Christmas 2005 was an interesting one for me, when taken from the perspective of gifts. I made a point of asking for certain things that I wanted, and I pretty much got everything I desired.
The most interesting gift of all came from my mother. An amazing egg and muffin toaster that will poach an egg, heat pre-cooked sausage/bacon, and toast an English muffin at the same time! It'll even hard or soft-boil up to four eggs, if you want it to. My mother also sent me an Amazon.com gift certificate, which I've just used to buy a Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 webcam. I'm a big fan of the Skype internet telephony service, and they've just released a version of their software that will allow video conversations. I'm planning to use the webcam to talk to my mother. If the camera works well, I'll return the favor and buy her one too.
From my stepchildren, I got a nose-hair trimmer (it was becoming a little too obvious) and a cool digital compass for my car. I've got a little Ford Focus, and it doesn't have all the usual electronic gadgets in it. Now I can point the thing at the horizon without worrying about getting lost. Sweet.
I ordered a few things for myself, including piles of English candy from UK Goods and the fourth seasons of The Shield and Star Trek: Enterprise. What? Doesn't everyone buy stuff for themselves at Christmas?