Anyone who chooses to dive headfirst into tax season year after year deserves a gift that stands on its own. After all, accountants always know how to solve the problems we didn’t know we had in a way we could never understand. CPAs are a rare breed indeed— a species that actually finds enjoyment in what the rest of us consider mundane and humdrum. But there is a lot we can learn from accountants, and at the very least, we can do our best to comprehend the small nuances of what they do for us. Yep, accountants are very underappreciated. And we’ve decided to help change that.
As gift-givers, we can’t ignore the conventional wisdom of our favorite money managers. They may be less creative than most, but accountants are still visionaries following a road less traveled. We make jokes about how hard it is to hold conversations with CPAs at polite dinner parties and we try to outsmart them with our crazy ideas about what should be tax-deductible, but the truth is that the mainstream world would have little to offer us without the people who play with our numbers and manipulate them in our favor.
But don’t spend too much on an accountant gift, or they might bring out the spreadsheet and make you list it as a deduction. If you’ve got a CPA in the family, or even if you just want to show your immense gratitude to the accountant who kept the IRS away, there is no shortage of great gift ideas for them, and these gifts will be all the wage. (Ba-dum ching.)
Gifts for CPAs don’t have to be taxing.
In fact, we’ve found that even though CPA’s get branded dull and boring, they tend to thrive in their own brand of comedy. Is your CPA buddy tweeting “You better be nice to me, I’m an auditor”? Just kidding. We know accountants aren’t on Twitter. But we do know that every tax season is a true test of sanity, and making them a well-rounded, thoughtful, and unique CPA Gift Basket will definitely help them get through it unscathed.
How to Build a Gift Basket for your favorite CPA
Not like the other gift boxes you give, these gift baskets should be filled to the rim with survival items to get your financial genius through another tax season. CPA Gift Basket Survival Kits are also great for young CPAs and recent accounting graduates. Take it from us…never underestimate the power of a respectable collection of cliche office supplies. Especially when it comes to accountants.
🧮 Toy Abacus
🧮 A ridiculous amount of liquid white out and white out tape
🧮 A ridiculous amount of coffee
🧮 Coffee Cup donned with some CPA humor (see Comedy for CPAs below)
🧮 An abundance of “sign here” stickers
🧮 A clear ruler
🧮 A calculator (don’t forget the refills of calculator ribbon ink and refill paper)
🧮 Fidget Toys
🧮 Binder Tabs
🧮 Post-it Notes
Music Playlist for Your Favorite Accountant
Great for your friendly neighborhood accountant to hum along to while working on the books, we’ve picked out 15 of our favorite songs about wealth. Nowadays it’s pretty easy to create a playlist on Spotify, AppleTunes or Amazon Music, but if you are dealing with a REALLY old fashioned accountant (not as uncommon as you think!) you may want to invest in a CD burner or tape deck. Yes, they STILL exist. Jam out to these money classics:
🎵 BILLIONAIRE by Travie McCoy, featuring Bruno Mars
🎵 BILLS, BILLS, BILLS by Destiny’s Child
🎵 OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) by the Pet Shop Boys
🎵 MONEY, MONEY, MONEY by Abba
🎵 CAN’T BUY ME LOVE by The Beatles
🎵 MONEYTALKS by AC/DC
🎵 RICH GIRL by Hall and Oates
🎵 MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING by Cyndie Lauper
🎵 MONEY by Pink Floyd
🎵 IT’S MONEY THAT I LOVE by Randy Newman
🎵 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS by Puff Daddy & The Family
🎵 SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY by Donna Summer
🎵 MONEY FOR NOTHING by Dire Straits
🎵 MONEY HONEY by Lady Gaga
🎵 EASY MONEY by Billy Joel
Funny CPA Quotes
We have scoured the web to find you the funniest gifts for accountants and ironically there was more humorous pundits written for accountants than any other profession. (Perhaps we have under-estimated the profession and their brilliant sense of humor?)
Buy them a t-shirt or coffee mug, or personalize something yourself. (We know you creative types can’t help it!) We’ve put together the best CPA quotes we could find. Feel free to add these to your Greetabl cards, write them in notes of gratitude, or if you really want to make your CPA gift recipient happy, engrave it on a new calculator.
✏️ I do all my own accounting stunts
✏️ Be Audit you can be
✏️ Because, SPREADSHEETS
✏️ Sorry for what I said during Tax Season
✏️ Weapons of Mass Deductions
✏️ 90% of being an accountant is fighting off the babes
✏️ Cal Cu Lator
✏️ Better be nice to me, I’m an Auditor
✏️ CPA: Certified Pain in the Asset
✏️ There’s no crying during Tax Season
✏️ I’m an accountant, not a magician
✏️ If I had a dollar for every time algebra has helped me, I’d have n dollars
✏️ I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to fix your mistakes.
✏️ Happy Birthday Message: May all your receivables always exceed your payables
✏️ I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.
✏️ It’s Accrual World
✏️ If you allow people to make more withdrawals than deposits your life will be out of balance
✏️ Accountant (noun): The person in any business most likely to know what is actually going on and the least likely to be able to do anything about it.
✏️ Accountant (noun): Someone who does precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge.
✏️ You know you are a CPA if when you clear the calculator, you press the button at least five times just to be sure.
✏️ Only Accountants can save the world- through peace, love…and reconciliations.
✏️ Accountants can do it all without losing their balance
✏️ Creativity is great, but not in accounting.
✏️ Accountants never retire. They simply recalculate.
✏️ I love accounting. It makes people cry.
✏️ Eat. Sleep. Do Taxes. Repeat.
✏️ Spreadsheet Wizard
✏️ What the FICA?
✏️ I survived another meeting that should have been an email.
✏️ Accountants work their Assets off
✏️ Happiness is Debits = Credits
✏️ I am the Tax Whisperer
✏️ Accountants are NOT boring. Stop by and I’ll tell you why.
✏️ First coffee. Then Accounting.
✏️ Teach your children about tax. Eat 30% of their ice-cream.
✏️ All you need is love. And a good Accountant.
✏️ Will do taxes for tacos
✏️ I survived tax season
✏️ Don’t even ask. It’s Tax season.
✏️ If at first you don’t succeed, try doing what your accountant told you to do the first time.
✏️ Yeah. I balanced that. You’re welcome.
It doesn’t matter if your CPA pal isn’t creative or quirky… sometimes they need US creative types to design a workspace that gets them through the war. Consider taking any of these fun quotes and turning it into a framed poster or work of art. Spice up those plain white walls with some color and visual interest. Don’t be afraid to add a little humor to their particularly serious profession. Everyone could use a giggle… even (and especially!) accountants.
Looking for something a little more substantial?
After all, thanks to your financial advisor, you may have a little more cash to spend on gifts this year. Why not start with the person who made that happen for you? We agree. Here’s a list of more luxury items that your bestest CPA is sure to love:
💵 An engraved decanter with fine whiskey and matching glasses set
💵 Engraved bookends
💵 Magazine subscription to THE ECONOMIST or THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
💵 Board Games like MONOPOLY LIFE and DAYTRADER
💵 Stock Market Executive Decision Maker Paperweight
💵 Custom Engraved Business Card Case
💵 Personalized Office Golf Putter set
💵 Mini Zen Rock Garden
💵 Engraved Desk Sets
As the number cruncher in your life revs up for tax season, remember that gifts to get them through will be appreciated, but gifts after tax season will be just as treasured.