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I planned to write this blog about pensions, savings, investments and insurance. But then I thought again.

You know how important it is to regularly review your pension pot. You know only too well that you need to keep an eye on your insurance cover to make sure protected against unforeseen emergencies. Equally, you can't have missed the fact that the recent rise in property prices in Greater London and many other parts of the UK mean that you may need to check on your IHT position. And, as the family start gathering to celebrate Christmas together, your thoughts may well have already turned to wondering how to help your children become less reliant on the Bank of Mum and Dad (or even your elderly parents).

So, instead of stating the obvious that we are can help you with all of the above, as it's almost Christmas, I’ve compiled a short but timely last minute gift guide.

For teenagers: The Teenager's Guide to Money  [Paperback] £7.99

Why? Wouldn’t it be great if they could find out now that it doesn’t grow on trees?

From the blurb:

Jonathan Self's user-friendly guide demystifies every aspect of money and money management, covering such critical topics as bank accounts, living on a budget, the dangers of credit cards, and how to cope with money at university. But The Teenager's Guide to Money not only addresses crucial money matters for the teenager and young adult, it also looks forward to the key financial decisions that will need to be made once the teenager becomes an ex-teenager. In fact,  it wouldn't be a bad idea if the book was read by parents themselves, just in case they've forgotten its core message that having enough money has very little to do with how much money you earn, and a great deal to do with how well you manage it.

For your parents/elderly relatives: Retirement Money-Makers: How to Turn a Buck in the Third Age by Jim Green.

 

Why? Because wouldn’t it be wonderful to help them enjoy their old age? Despite its title, it is a UK book, aimed at UK pensioners.

 

From the blurb:

 

When we retire from the workaday world and become third age people, it is vital to keep the mind firing on all cylinders if we are to be all we can be - and if this mental activity can be converted into profitable pursuits, so much the better. This pragmatic book focuses on the evolvement of a money-maker plan to add to the meagre income on which the majority of retirees struggle to survive...

 

For yourself: Android Application Development For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))  [Paperback] £14.51

Why?  App* development is apparently The Next Big Thing, so why not add another string to your bow/impress your children and friends and learn how to create apps yourself.

From the blurb:

Bring your big ideas to the small screen with this one-of-a-kind guide to creating amazing Android applications. The Android OS continues to rapidly expand offering app developers’ access to one of the largest platforms available, and this easy-to-follow guide walks you through the development process step by step. In this new edition of the bestselling Android Application Development for Dummies, Android programming experts Michael Burton and Donn Felker explain how to download the SDK, get Eclipse up and running, code Android applications, and share your finished products with the world. 

*If you need an explanation of what an app is, this book is not for you.

And finally

We’d like to take this opportunity to send all our clients and readers of this blog our warmest wishes. We hope that you manage to take a break over the festive period, whether it's just for a few hours or many, leisurely days.

Merry Christmas from the team at Knight and Company.