The Best Holiday Gift Guide for Money-Wise Women

By Martin Brown

What do wise investors have that you don’t?  Great money advice.  Give your secret Santa a broad hint that these stocking stuffers will make your year—and your 401K with these unique gift ideas for women:

Money Magazine (one year’s subscription: $14.95: A 69% savings!)

Money offers a wide range of investment and money-management advice through articles, interviews, and regular columns. Issues include practical information on increasing the value of your home, financing vacations, planning for retirement, paying taxes, protecting finances, investment strategies for building wealth, remodeling and refinancing homes, life insurance, and tips on getting the best life at the best price. The magazine also covers family matters regarding money, including how to teach children good money-management habits and how to blend finances after marriage. Money has the highest circulation of any financial publication in the U.S.

Smart Money Magazine ($5 for a one-year subscription; a 92% savings!)

Smart Money comes to you straight from the editors of the Wall Street Journal, the best financial reporters in the business. Every issue brings you the information you need to know to deal with markets and protecting your wealth. Turn to SmartMoney for no-nonsense advice you can put into action.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ($12 for a one-year subscription: a 75% savings!)

Kiplinger’s provides affluent readers with the information they need to make smart decisions about their money. Each issue includes intelligent reporting on investments, taxes, insurance, paying for college, planning for retirement, home ownership, major purchases such as cars and computers and other personal finance topics.

Smart Women Protect Their Assets ($13.25)

Too many women still haven’t taken control of what will happen to their wealth and their assets. If you don’t plan, the government will decide who’ll act for you when you’re sick…who’ll manage your estate when you die…who’ll get everything you’ve worked for. Everyone needs to plan, but women face unique issues that are often ignored in “typical” discussions of estate planning. Smart Women Protect Their Assets, written by Leading estate planner Wynne A. Whitman, offers the specific guidance women need to safeguard their futures and control where their assets will go, along with some smart, up-to-date, and easy-to-use advice for the scenarios millions of women will face. You’ll discover how to protect children of a previous marriage…give gifts the right way…do the easy planning that may save you nearly a million dollars…get the Living Will and Power of Attorney you simply must have…and a whole lot more. Written by a woman for women, this is a quick, focused, engaging, and practical book packed with simple checklists and “what-to-do-next” advice: information every woman can act on, right now.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Personal Finance in your 20s and 30s ($12.89)

This book clearly explains everything members of this age group need to know to get a handle on their pocketbook and their portfolio, from planning their personal finances to enhancing their current financial plan to getting better returns on their investments. This revised and updated third edition includes completely new material on: Internet banking; Debit and prepaid credit cards; Online car shopping; The latest in effective job hunting; Online college degrees and what they can get you; Investment strategies for the next decade; Home-based employment opportunities; New financial impact of marriage and children; and Home ownership options from building your own to townhouses and condos. Author Sarah Young Fisher is the president of Kuntz Lesher Capital, LLP, an estate/financial planning consulting firm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the author of “Your Money,” a column in Consumer Digest magazine.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence ($10.88)

There’s a big difference between “making a living” and making a life. Do you spend more than you earn? Does making a living feel more like making a dying? Do you dislike your job but can’t afford to leave it? Is money fragmenting your time, your relationships with family and friends? If so, Your Money or Your Life is for you. Based on their West Coast self-help seminars, authors Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, and Monique Tilford map a route to financial security through a prudent and environmentally friendly way of life.

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