My wife doesn't read Kuro5hin, nor does she know I'm the minor demon of spelling errors, so here goes:
- 6yearold son:
Lego rocket. I guided other gifts, and this isn't the whole story, but he's interested in space, somewhat, and that is something I wish to encourage. Plus, he's a young boy, so he likes Legos.
- 3yearold son:
Woody. No, not the debian distro, the Toy Story character he was named after. He's a big fan of the story, and although he prefers Buzz, I don't think I want to encourage him zapping people too much. (Yes, he loves Woody, too.)
This goes back to last year and her birthday. She wanted to get a spa treatment (facial, haircut, fingers, all that girl stuff we guys don't understand), and I wanted to get what she wanted. I just didn't want her to know it. Giving gifts they know about just sort of stinks, y'know? So, I asked if she'd want a Palm like I had. She said not really. Then I acted sad and confused. (That I got away with it, I consider a minor miracle. I have a "tell". When I lie, I smile. I hardly smile otherwise, so when all of a sudden I have a pie-eatin' grin, you can tell I'm lying. I was driving, and thus looking at the road, and that's how I figure I got away with it. ) So she started asking me about what it's good for, and she started using one when I got a free green Handspring Deluxe. So, besides a book, I got her a keyboard for her PalmIII, and I'm thinking of getting her a Palm IIIxe. The price is right, and it'll work with the gear she has, including the keyboard she doesn't know about, and I'll get the old III back to use with some other stuff, like a SmartPad. (It is silly to have more than one PalmOS machine, I think. I'm silly, I guess.)
This one is easy. She like mysteries. She's also had a stroke, so she needs hardcovers so she can keep 'em open. So, that's a lot of books. Which one? Well, I took her shopping, and we went through Barnes and Noble and got her the new "Ransom Notes", the little booklet which presents the new books. She said "$author. I like $author." when seeing it, so I got her the new hardcover book by $author.
- Sister, Parents:
My wife is so much better than me covering general, sentimental, non-functional gifts, so she has that duty.