It has been getting more difficult every year and after almost 40 years it is almost impossible…to find a good Christmas gift for my lovely bride. I have failed many times with gifts that can only be filed in the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category in my feeble mind. We can now laugh at some of those miserable attempts at clever and thoughtful gifts, or at least I think we can. In yet another attempt at being clever and thoughtful, I have decided to pursue gifts of the technical nature for my bride and some of my “old” friends and family. After climbing on board the interwwweb, I pointed and clicked my way to a site that was a sight to behold. Toys are not just for kids anymore and for a techyguy or techygal there are so many neato-groovy-cool grown up toys available. I am positive that Mrs. B would enjoy a remote controlled flying drone with camera that could deliver beer and sandwiches to a certain husband (hopefully me) napping in his hammock. For a mere 800 bucks, she can serve me refreshments and never leave her work space…er kitchen, and she can monitor how pleased I am to have a cool brewski and a sub delivered to my hammock. This is a way more thoughtful gift than those snow tires I thoughtfully gave her a few years ago! It seems that digital cameras are becoming increasingly more popular and more precise with improvements in the technology and batteries. Self-stabilizing cameras like Go-Pros are now able to capture events that are only limited to one’s imagination or in some cases, one’s failures and flops. The interwwweb is full of successful GoPro recorded events and feats. They can be impressive but the Go-Pro recorded epic fails far outnumber the successes and are way funnier to watch. If Mrs. B was to receive a Go-Pro as a gift for Christmas, she would have to take up a sport or hobby that is way more dangerous than her preferred pastime of gardening. There just aren’t that many gardening failures that are recorded on Go-Pros and replayed on the interwwweb. Too bad! After giving a great amount of thought to being thoughtful, I had a wonderful thought! What if my gift to my bride was one that would challenge her creativity and allow for artistic interpretation? For under $2000, Mrs. B could have a complete 3D printer/ scanner and accessories to manufacture anything she wanted to give me like a 3D sculpture of a certain hand gesture for example. If an item will fit in the scanner, it can be 3D printed…hmmm I wonder if that will work with beer. There is yet another camera-type gadget that is actually a new spin on an old favorite, the instant camera. The old big and bulky Polaroid Land Camera was popular with the Baby Boomers because it provided an instant record of a photographic event. It does not seem like a big deal these days because of the digital revolution that has cameras and replays on phones, watches, glasses and whatever, but 40 years ago it was cool to snap a picture and watch it develop right before your eyes. The negative, was that there was no negative for prints and the original seemed to begin fading after a few days. So if you were a blackmailer, you had to act immediately. These days, with a digital instant camera, you can blackmail someone instantly and still have digital memory or the “event” for future considerations. Not that either of us are ready yet, but there are some electronic gizmos that keep track of old folks and can help a senior retrace their steps, should they get lost or confused. Some of these gadgets can even call another cell phone if the user gets lost or begins to wander aimlessly. These “Personal Locators” would never work for me because I am always wandering aimlessly and it would never be able to decide what was out of character. If the personal locator did phone another senior’s cell phone, there is a good chance the other senior will have difficulty operating a modern cell phone. So, the smartypantsknowitallguys went back to basics with a senior’s cell phone. This is just a phone that can make and receive calls on a large easy to read number board and screen with no camera, video, computer, games, GPS, music library or texting to worry about. Easy peasy, if I could just open it! When it comes down to the crunch, I hope to have my Christmas shopping for Mrs. B completed before Christmas Eve so I will not have to make a last minute trip to the Marty Mart for snow tires and lottery tickets. Technically it is the thought that counts…right?