Ever dream of owning a stake in Berkshire Hathaway? Now you can, and for under a $100: this limited-edition spin on the classic game of Monopoly features properties named after the investment powerhouse’s famous insurance ventures, including Warren Buffet himself and Charlie Munger as real estate. The Geiko Gecko makes a cameo appearance as one of six custom pewter tokens on the board.
You can find dozens of movies whose main characters work in insurance-industry professions. Here are some suggestions of insurance-related movies for the insurance professional in your life. Any of these can be purchased on Amazon.
Double Indemnity (Fred MacMurray as a cheesy personal lines insurance agent; Barbara Stanwyk as the femme fatale who convinces him to help murder her husband; and Edward G. Robinson as the insurance adjuster who cracks the case)
Cedar Rapids (Ed Helms, John C. Reilly and Anne Heche as insurance agents)
Momento (Guy Pearce as an insurance investigator)
About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson as a retiring actuary)
Weekend at Bernie’s (Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as low-level insurance company employees)
Truman Show (Jim Carrey as an insurance clerk…or IS HE?!)
Along Came Polly (Ben Stiller as an insurance risk assessment expert)
Groundhog Day (bought purely for the reoccurrence of the best insurance salesman/whistling belly button performer ever to appear in the movies)
The Jack Lemmon trifecta of The Apartment (as an insurance clerk), Save the Tiger (involved in arson) and The Fortune Cookie (convinced by brother-in-law lawyer Walter Matthau to fake being paralyzed for insurance money)
Carrie Reynolds, co-owner of Alan Galvez Insurance, says: “My favorite is a gift certificate for a day of pampering at a local spa. This industry has a wee bit of stress. It’s nice to relax.”
Anson Thompson of The Thompson Group recommends the new Google Chromebook. “[I] just picked up a new Chromebook for $199, it’s functional and loads fast.”
-Laura Mazucca Toops
Cleaning up insurance regulation is the last thing agents and insurance lobbyists want to do around the holidays. Make the task easier with a Roomba. Use this handy robotic vacuum cleaner to navigate through Farm Bill muck, MLR calculations and NRRA interstate squabbles and gaps.
Bonus gift: No one throws a party like an insurance agent. Make regulation cleanup a night to remember with DJ Roomba.
Some sell insurance for the glory; some do it for the money. Others simply do it for the love of insurance. For them, we suggest the “I Love Insurance” tee, which comes in a variety of colors—and is guaranteed (though not by NU) to elicit laughs at the agency picnic.
Items monogrammed with the “World’s Best” moniker make for classic holiday gifts. This World’s Best Insurance Agent ornament spreads heart-warming holiday cheer that can be hung in an insurance agent’s office or on a Christmas tree.
Are you the “tech guru” among your family and friends? Think about giving members of your inner circle a year of free tech support, but do it in a way that saves you a trip to their homes to get the job done. Set up their computers with software so you can remotely access their computer and fix whatever they have managed to mess up. One such tool is Splashtop Remote, a small client installed on the remote machine that runs on startup. As long as the machine is connected to the Internet it allows you to remote onto that computer and fix the problem. You can even connect from your iPad or your iPhone. It’s available at the App Store or Google Play.
-Robert Regis Hyle
Looking for that perfect gift for someone with tired bones, muscle strain, or seeking relief from a migraine? There’s an old fashion remedy that does the trick—the ice bag. Simple, reusable, and environmentally friendly, the ice bag has been used for decades for all sorts of alignments: fever, mending muscles after a taxing workout or heavy physical labor, or giving relief for that splitting headache.
Great for any agent or businessman trying to relieve that pounding head after a stressful day at the office or one too many drinks the morning after a conference party.
The ice bag comes in an array of colors and patterns. Price range from $5.99 and up and is available at your local drug store, department store, or online.
Ice not included.