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These six quirky, functional and CPA-tailored options will delight all your number-loving friends. The best part? They are budget-friendly.

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6 holiday gifts that will speak to the accountant in your life

Cross all the CPAs off your list. From personalized T-shirts to a fitness-tracking smartwatch, this line-up has all your finance friends covered.

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Stumped on what to give your fellow number-loving friends—or what to put on your own wish list—this holiday season? 

These six quirky, functional and CPA-tailored options may be just what you’re looking for. The best part? They are budget-friendly options that’ll help keep your spending in check, especially since CPA Canada’s latest survey revealed Canadians are being more careful and planning to spend just around $643 on gifts this year.  

Here’s some inspiration to play Santa without having to break the bank:


Meet your new personal assistant. From auto-tracking steps to monitoring distance and heart rate, this smartwatch does all the counting for you. It also keeps tabs on sleep quality, syncs calls and sends texts, while providing calendar alerts, music and various apps. As the ultimate fitness companion, it offers on-screen workout guidance, while recording performance. The lightweight aluminum case, durable screen and amplified brightness make it a versatile and comfortable showpiece. Water resistant up to 50 metres and with a battery life for four-plus days, you can wear it day and night, to bed or in the shower.

Choose from three colours—Black, Peach and Periwinkle—and switch out the clock faces, or swap out the band style to make it your own.

Available at BestBuy.ca for $249.99 (regular price)

Casio Men's Twincept Databank Ani-Digi Resin Watch Black

(CASIO America, Inc.)

Go retro with this classic Casio calculator watch. Features include quartz movement, a protective mineral crystal face to avoid scratches, resin case, black dial and perpetual calendar functions. Bonus: this watch is water resistant up to 15.2 metres. 

Available on Amazon.ca for $39.99 (list price) 


From dress shirt to T-shirt, any CPA on your holiday list will appreciate donning this soft, vintage-feel, Accountant Definition T-Shirt—see also There’s No Crying During Tax Season and Be Audit You Can Be styles—after a long day at the office. 

Made to order with 100 per cent combed and ring-spun cotton and printed with eco-friendly inks, this original design tee is available in four colours—Heathered Grey, Classic Black, Heathered Ink Navy and Heathered Fuschia—and various sizes.

Available on Etsy for $34.28 

Keep that CPA in your life balanced with this linen weave pashmina scarf (see also Ledger Paper Print Accounting tie). Handmade with a silkscreen print using eco-friendly ink, it’s available in a wide variety of colours, including golden olive on cream; black on sand and platinum on golden olive. 

Available on Etsy for $60.46 


Sudoku by Indigo

(Indigo Books & Music Inc.) 

Put some fun back into working with numbers with this classic brainteaser game, making sure every block, column and row contain the numbers one to nine. This charming wood-finished Sudoku set is a perfect addition to any office or coffee table. It includes instruction sheet and easy, medium, hard and expert versions dependent on a player’s proficiency.  

Available on Indigo.ca for $18 (regular price)

For the CPA who’s always wanted to be a rock star, or for your favourite pen tapper, these drumstick pens are sure to be an instant hit. Dual purpose, these sticks are great to get the fidgets out or write a note or two. They make a perfect stocking stuffer or simple gift for a friendly colleague.  

Available on Indigo.ca for $8.95 each (regular price)  

Note: Prices and availability of products in this gift guide were correct at time of publication and may be subject to change.


Aside from gifts, how much will we be spending on travel and entertainment this year? Check out CPA Canada’s Holiday Spending survey for more insight.