Book/Gift Ideas for the Financial Newbie on Your List

Here’s a short list of great book/gift ideas for the financial newbie on your list. In their own way, each of these books introduces some basic concepts essential for building a solid financial footing. I’ve included a mix of both oldies as well as some more recent titles. Enjoy!

Perfect for those wanting a quick read on timeless investment advice:

The Investment Answer by Daniel C. Goldie and Gordon S. Murray

Perfect for a new graduate who’s a little clueless about finances and would appreciate the author’s young, no-b.s. point-of-view:

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Perfect for any woman who doesn’t like to talk about money, feels uncomfortable asking for higher pay or may not value herself and contributions enough:

Overcoming Under-earning by Barbary Stanny

Perfect for someone who wants a classic with a female focus, and would benefit from a mix of both practical financial advice and tips on addressing the emotional side of money:

Women and Money by Suze Orman

Perfect for the person about to embark on their own business venture and wants a quick start:

Smart Business Finance for the Busy Entrepreneur by Sylvia Inks

Perfect for coaches, creative professionals and anyone who gravitates toward self-help & the law of attraction, and prefers unconventional “woo”over practical technical money-speak:

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks

Perfect for the skeptics or anyone who’s been burned by the financial industry and wonders, now what?

Lost and Found by Geneen Roth

Perfect for your best girlfriend who’d love advice from another girlfriend on how to create a winning money mindset:

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch! By Denise Duffield-Thomas

Perfect for the new entrepreneur or small business owner who needs a method of accounting and cash flow system in order to create a profitable, sustainable business.

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Perfect for the everyday investor craving an entertaining, yet practical read without the technical jargon, who is interested in learning about the psychology of money and behaviors that are not necessarily rational but are all too common:

The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

Perfect for anyone who appreciates the big personality of self-help guru Tony Robins, wants an overview of many different investment strategies, and doesn’t mind a (very) long read:

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Perfect for parents with elementary school kids or teens grappling with how to talk about money openly:

The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber

Perfect for the hoarder on your list who wants to de-clutter and try a more minimalist lifestyle – with the positive side-effect of making you think twice about your purchases and overall spending:

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Perfect for the person on your list who doesn’t like to read(!) but would enjoy an engaging, important movie about U.S. mortgage housing crisis of 2005 and the subsequent financial collapse that followed:

The Big Short (or if you prefer to read, The Big Short by Michael Lewis)