I am terrible to shop for. I know it. And I hate the dreaded question: “What do you want?”
I know why I have trouble answering that question: I don’t tend to want much in the way of little things.
Sure, I have a fairly wide range of geekdoms and I do like a number of things. It’s just that most of what I want is not cheap and the things that are expensive, I don’t have time to really enjoy.
I seem to remember as a kid wanting more material things, but as an adult, what I want tends to be more intrinsic things that you can’t buy (unless you are really rich and own a few politicians). Perhaps I’ve just grown boring. Perhaps not.
Even looking to buy some things for myself, I was scouring sites like ThinkGeek looking for things I might want. I found several things that were cool and really neat, but I really couldn’t find something I really needed. I did buy a couple of things (I had money I had to spend there) but I don’t know how long my attention span will last for them. Which means I’ll have to find a place to store them and they’ll just collect dust.
I’d love to get a Raspberry Pi, but I don’t have the hours and hours of time would need to dedicate to playing with it. And I would definitely play with it. I’m thinking radio controlled drone programmed to …
I have a number of daggers and a few swords. I even have an old English long bow. I do like blades and medieval weapons. However, I probably don’t need anymore (though I’d really love a Ulfberht sword). Or a viking long ship. Oh, really any tall ship would do. But, I live in Kansas, and while I could pillage up and down the rivers with a long ship, I don’t have the time. (I’d rather be writing about pillaging up and down rivers instead).
Hobby wise, I love hiking and do enjoy photography. The hiking really can’t be given as a gift and the lens I want costs well over a grand, so … not likely gift ideas.
However, if someone was going to buy me something…I did see this trebuchet the last time we took a trip to the UK. I would not say no to that.