First and foremost, I had early on told my parents that I wanted a digital systematic camera for my birthday. I don't know much about photography, but I really want to learn and I think it's wonderful to try to compose pictures. I have only had a small automatic camera before, and while it certainly took great pictures, there were no challenge there - all I could do was point the camera and push the button!
I did get money from both my parents and on the annual sale right after Christmas I bought a wondeful NikonD40x that I'm completely thrilled about!!!! It was a really good price and I also got a proper bag for it a few days later!! So far I haven't had time to check it out properly - that will take a lot of time - but I have used the "Auto-mode", where you only adjust the zoom, and the camera does the rest - and the pictures are AWESOME!!!!! A really GREAT gift!
I knew about the camera beforehand, but I also got a surprise gift from my Mum, that I had never ever guessed. Without me knowing, she had made the most wonderful bed-cover you can ever imagine!!!!!!!!! It's HUGE and completely hand-made, and she's been working pretty much around the clock since August to get it ready - talk about feeling speachless!!!!!!!!!!
It's absolutely gorgeous and means SO much to me, since she's actually made every little bit of it herself - a fantastic gift to say the least!
I put it on to take some pictures, but I won't have it on all the time, since it'll get ruined (by cat-hairs and other dirt)! I'll only put it on for visitors! Doesn't my bedroom look SOOOO great?!!??!?!