Every year I get Christmas money from my Papaw, and occasionally from other folks as well. And I always intend to pick out something and buy it specifically as my present from Papaw. It almost never works out that way. A few years ago, I specifically bought myself two pairs of shoes, but I can't think of an instance before or since that I actually spent my Christmas money on something memorable. I usually end up breaking the $50 bill on gas or Kroger or something equally boring, and once it's broken, it's gone, and I never get around to doing anything self-indulgent with it--which, in the grand scheme of my self-indulgent life, is probably for the best.
This year, in addition to the gifted money I received from Papaw and an aunt and uncle, I've got a $75 amazon gift card burning a hole in my inbox. I've mentioned this before, though at that time, I was leaning towards spending it on an external hard-drive. Now that I've got right at $150 to frivolously spend and that I've gone through another holiday season dealing with my irritatingly unreliable camera, I'm leaning much more towards a digital camera that is less than five years old and hasn't spent a day and a night in my dad's recliner.
My plan is to go to a real-live store and look at some and handle them before ordering one online, but tonight I started to look around on amazon and found one that I hope is going to live up to my expectations when I see it in person. The Nikon Coolpix L20 has gotten mostly good customer reviews on amazon. It's got twice the megapixels as my old camera (but really pretty much anything does at this point), and it's red. Plus the viewing screen on the back is huge, which is what I'm most excited about. And here's the best part: right now on amazon it's on sale for $79. Of course, once I get a memory card and battery charger and such, it'll cost me a bit more than that. Well, actually it's not costing me anything, but I still feel a responsibility to get a good deal.