It’s my Birthday, I’m currently in Vancouver, and I probably haven’t gotten any birthday presents yet if for no other reason than logistics.
There are other reasons I don’t get birthday presents, though.
Not only do I not usually ask for presents, but people I know tell me I’m very difficult to buy presents for, because I tend to buy what I want as soon as I want it.
This is generally true.
To make matters worse, I usually tell people who ask me what I want for my birthday that I don’t want anything, and that if they insist on giving me something that they should just give me some money. Sure, giving money takes the thoughtfulness out of gift giving, but if they’re asking me what I want, then they weren’t going to give me a meaningful gift in the first place.
This year, however, between my recent Snowboard purchase and my vacation plans, and the sudden realization that I need to start saving towards a PowerBook G4 if I hope to buy one this fall, I’ve been making a conscious effort to not make so many arbitrary purchases.
On that note, here are five things I’ve considered buying in the last month but have decided to hold off on. (In other words, if you’re dying to give me something, here are some ideas.)
- Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the GameCube. I mainly haven’t bought this because I’ve been so incredibly busy that I just wouldn’t have time to play it.
- Sonic Advance for the Game Boy Advance. Same as above.
- Super Mario World for the Game Boy Advance. Same.
- The Adobe Design Collection (which includes Illustrator 10, InDesign 2, Acrobat 5, and Photoshop 7 for the fantastic educational price of just $386). I’ve held off on this because 1. Photoshop 7 isn’t actually out yet, so I’d have to wait around for it anyway, and 2. This is the regular academic price, and the bundle isn’t going to go away any time soon.
- A PowerMac G4 bundle. ;-)
Despite all that, though, when my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I said “money,” because I want to subsidize my snowboard purchase and vacation as much as possible.