The office Christmas tree is up, the receptionist is wearing one of those tacky yuletide knitted sweaters and Mike from IT has already eaten all 24 of his advent calendar chocolates.
But help is at hand! I’ve put together a one or two potential stocking fillers for figure wizards that should hopefully keep Aunty Kay at bay, satisfy secret Santa requirements or give you an inkling about what to get your company accountant or perhaps Lizzie who does the bookkeeping.
It’s that time of year again, and while the rest of the working world is winding down ahead of the festive break, for most accountants the run-up to tax return season has only just begun. And the last thing they need is Aunty Kay repeatedly asking “what do you want for Christmas dear?”
The Fidget Cube
For those long days slaving over tax returns or perhaps the firm’s excel spreadsheets, when focus is needed (but not always easy to find), the Fidget Cube is a desk toy for people who like to, well, fidget. The cube features different tactile attachments on each side, letting you absent-mindedly spin, click, or roll the tiny interactive features while you work.
Originally dreamed up by two brothers for the pin clickers, desk tappers and phone cord winders of the world, the Fidget Cube raised over $6m in a Kickstarter campaign with an original target of $15,000 and over the past two years has been a phenomenon in the toy world.
I had no idea that there was a whole bunch of novelty accountant merchandise, available. Once upon a time the standard ‘I love spreadsheets’ mug was all an aspiring number-cruncher could hope for, but a thriving industry seems to have grown up around the need for novelty accounting products: here a handful of the gifts on offer that I personally like (no hint intended):
Number One: (For individuals who consider coffee a necessity in life):
Number Two: (For those with a liberal office dress policy):
Number Three: (For individuals who regularly have a bad day):
Number Four: (For accountants who admire Darwin):
Accountant Christmas Alternative gifts
Booze in its many forms, whether it be a variety pack of real ales, a bottle of craft gin or a 20 year-old malt whisky, is always acceptable to most accountants.
Well that’s it, I’ve made my list, I wonder what Santa will bring this year!
If you would like more detailed information on some aspect of UK Tax, send me an e-mail and I’ll be pleased to advise further.David Jones Tax Accountant