What to Get an Economist this Christmas

13 Dec

Here are tips on what to buy for Economists this season of giving (from the “Mind Your Decisions” Blog)

Gifts for economists, 2010

It’s that time of the year where I try to answer the following question: what would you get an economist?

There are plenty of good ideas in my previous guides, so you may want to get started there:

Gifts for economists, 2008

Gifts for economists, 2009

This year’s list adds on a few more economics related gifts.

So without further ado, here is the 2010 version of gifts for economists.

For the card player:

For the planner:

  • The Economist wall calendar 2011
    This is a perfect accessory to put up around the home or in the office. The monthly images are drawn by by Kevin Kallaugher (“KAL”), The Economist’s editorial cartoonist since 1978. I received the calendar and the promo material said you can find the calendar in Barnes & Nobles and Borders stores online, from the Economist website, via telephone (            800-456-6086      ), and in Canada’s Chapter stores. The calendar retails for $14.99 – $16.99 plus shipping and handling.

For the board game player:

  • Monopoly
    This is a classic board games and definitely brings about important economic concepts. I still love the classic version of the game with paper money and property prices in the hundreds. There is a new version that uses an electronic banking system – called plainly Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition which could be useful to prevent corrupt bankers (though I always felt stealing was an interesting element in the classic game). There is also a modern version known as Monopoly Revolution which features a circular board. It looks good though personally I’m sticking with the classic edition.

For the general read:

  • SuperFreakonomics
    I got around to this book during the year and I’m still going through it. While it’s not as good as the Freakonomics (unfair, as that’s a high standard), it is definitely still worth a read and by now the price is very affordable at $18 for the hardcover.

For the movie enthusiast:

  • The Informant! (Blu-rayDVD)
    This is an interesting comedy starring Matt Damon. The plot centers around a whistle-blower concerning price fixing in agri-business, and this is based on the true story of lysine price fixing.

For the TV watcher:

  • Modern Family Season One (Blu-rayDVD)
    This is a personal preference, but I did enjoy how the characters got into amusing binds and had to think of strategy to get out of them.

For someone that likes cool t-shirts, mugs, etc.

  • Economists Do It With Models merchandise
    The logo for the site EDIWM is very cool–a graph in the shape of a woman–and you can get this logo on tons of items like t-shirts, mugs, hats, or on a bumper sticker. I’m sure if you sport one of these items it would definitely be a conversation starter in the office or at a cocktail hour.

For a last minute gift:

  • Amazon.com gift card
    I’ve mentioned this in years past: this is a gift that is pretty close to cash and reasonable for pretty much everyone. You can send it in the mail with free one-day shipping (crazy!), or as a last minute gift, you can send the gift card to a friend’s Facebook account.

Source: http://mindyourdecisions.com/blog/2010/11/29/gifts-for-economists-2010/

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