Due to scheduling difficulties with my family, we celebrated a day before we usually do. My family's not loaded or anything, but we all have pretty much everything we need, save for a few little things here and there. Despite hard times though, we always find a way to muster up some fun gifts for one another.
The mother-lode of my evening was a little gem that I've always drooled over since it's introduction... I scored an AirPort Express from the parents! Talk about a lot of goodies in a small package at a modest price point.
Among other things, some much needed clothies and sleepwear and a percussion back massager (pummels you so nice it hurts) from the wife, some gift cards for wallyworld and best buy, some old obscure episodes of Flash Gordon on DVD, and a few other interesting and fun things.
My wife wanted a new "boom box" stereo because she's been joining me in boycotting stores and buying all her music through iTMS lately, but her burned CD's don't play well on the old system. It was nice about 7 years ago when I bought it, but it's lacking now.
I surveyed the prices of new stereo systems that can play MP3's and all of them either seemed like junk or were about the same price as middle-of-the-line home theater systems but lacked the flexibility (and surround sound) of the home theater setups. Sooo I just picked up a nice 5.1 home theater that as well as having a tuner built in, also does CD's very nicely with just the remote and on-board display and you don't need to turn the TV on. Also does DVD's, MP3's on DVD or CD, has a photo viewer, most of the typical things any newer DVD player can do, but with a tuner, more speakers, more inputs, and a sub to boot.
Can you say "AirTunes over the home theater?" - I knew you could. The AP Express plus the new audio setup will rock. I'm missing the optical cable I need to finish it off, but believe me, it will come to fruition before the new year.
My wife scored some nice new 500TC sheets and some blankets for our bed, so I'll benefit from that as well. I also gave her a humidifier to help her sleep at night. The dry air in our place makes it hard for her to breathe.
I got the rest of my family a lot of the smaller things that they needed and finished it off with gift cards for places I know they love.
All in all, great times and a lot more than I expected.
I know a lot of my stuff was techy and could go in Other Tech, but honestly it's more about the holidays and giving and telling what you got, than it is about the techy geek stuff. So post it up!
Merry Christmahannukwanzaayulidays everyone!
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