Thursday, May 7, 2009

Potential Birthday Wishlist (Vote in the Poll)

My 23rd birthday (gasp, wow!) is this Sunday, May 10 -- yep, Mother's day. Sadly, I won't be home with my mom and grandma (or friends from home) because traveling from DC to NY will be too hectic with the holiday.

I'm not big on holiday presents, and more into "just because" little presents. I'm the type of girl who likes going out to a nice dinner on a random week night or buying someone flowers as a surprise. I would rather just give/get gifts when the spirit moves me. And thankfully, I'm not normally for want of anything.

But this birthday, I'll admit that I do kind of want a nice present. I don't need to get it on my birthday itself -- in fact, I'd rather get it a few days/weeks later, to feel as if my birthday celebration is continuing, hehe ;) But now, the question is, what kind of present do I want?

I've narrowed it down to six items. As you can probably tell, I'm very indecisive -- that's why I'm still making up my mind three days before my birthday -- and that's why I'd like your opinions on which gift I should get myself/ask for from my fam.

In no particular order:

Bamboo Fun Tablet ($99 - $199)
From the company's site:"Bamboo Fun makes your computer your canvas, allowing you to freely express yourself by simply touching the pen tip to the tablet. Touch up digital photos, draw by hand, create artwork and paintings, and even write in your own handwriting."
Pros: Very cool, and it comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements and some other programs to do creative work on the computer.
Cons: How often am I going to use it?

I don't have a TV/cable in my new place, so a video game console seems like a fun thing to do as a replacement. I've played Wii sports before and it was a blast -- it's active and engaging. Plus, I can take the console with me when I move in a couple of months.
Pros: A more engaging replacement for television and lots of fun.
Cons: Expensive -- games add up in price. I don't have a TV so I'd have to hook it up to my 15 inch spare computer monitor. And will I get bored of it quickly? Maybe I'd be better off getting a Netflix subscription.

Compact digital camera ($99+)
I use my 7.2 megapixel Casio camera for work and play...but in three years it's gotten pretty beat up, and has started to give me some errors.
Pros: I'd love a camera that's smaller, sleeker and has better picture-quality than my current camera. It's an item I'd definitely use a lot, and a smaller camera would be easier to carry around.
Cons: My current camera is still pretty good.

SLR digital camera ($500-ish)
Pros: This would be awesome to help me further pursue my interest in personal and professional photography. (I sometimes take pictures for the newspaper I currently work at.) I could probably easily get a refurbished camera.
Cons: Expensive. I'm changing jobs in a few months (shh on the DL, haven't told my bosses yet...) and won't be using it at my next gig. So by the time it'd be worth it to use a camera like this for work, the one I get now will probably be outdated.

Memory foam pillow
($15 - $100)
Pros: We spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Why not do it comfortably? These pillows are freaking amazing, I feel so rested after I sleep on one.
Cons: None, except even though I know I'm going to spend a third of my life asleep, I'm too cheap to invest in a nice pillow.

iPod touch ($250+)
Music, apps, a nice big screen, planner, etc. This was a last minute thought, but...another cool item that I'd like to research more.
Pros: Works as a music and game player, as well as an electronic appointment book. Sleeker and slimmer than my current iPod (a video iPod that's about 2/3 years old) with more features and a bigger screen.
Cons: Smaller memory than my current iPod. I don't watch a lot of videos on my current player. And again, my iPod isn't broken. An upgrade would be really nice, but isn't necessary. (Guess I could sell my old one?)

Now that I think about it...I don't really need any of these things. But if I were to get one...which do you think I should go for? Comment or vote in the poll on the right.


VanityTreasure said...

I would vote for a good pillow! A good night's rest is priceless. :)


Ahleessa said...

Happy early Birthday! I hope you have a good one, as well as, your mother for Mother's Day!!! :)

Chelsa Bea said...

I think I like the Bamboo Fun Tablet. It looks like such a cool gadget. My other vote is for the pillow. I need a new pillow, so it sounsd like a good idea.

mayaari said...

happy early birthday :)

totally get a memory foam pillow - best thing I've done, short of getting a tempurpedic mattress. The ones at Target are actually pretty decent - I have the contoured ones and they last a good couple of years :)

I'd say get the Bamboo, but I got one for my birthday last month and I've only played with it mostly acts as a paperweight near my desk =T but I haven't had enough patience to test out all the features.

gio said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day!