So, today our DD, our youngest, our little baby girl is 8 years old. 1st there's the How the heck did THAT happen?!?! I swear, no more BLINKING! Her party is planned for Saturday, 5-7, only a few friends/cousins. We're having it at Creative Hands. May have mentioned them? You go in and paint/glaze pre-poured ceramics/bisque, and depending c or b, take them home that day or pick them up in 1-2 weeks after firing? Anywho, b-day party includes painting (1st hour) one ceramic piece per person, and then the second hour you have your cake and whatnot. They've cordoned off a little 'room'... SO CUTE... it's a castle. These are some very creative ladies. Even a little door for the kiddo's entrance. You can choose the less expensive package (what we did) where you provide the deco, cake, etc. or you can pay extra and they'll do all that. Overall pretty darn nifty. And bonus point is that if a guest has a tight budget then they can always paint a gift for the b-day person! Well, I think it's neat anyways. And DD has been bugging us for over a year to have her b-day there. Last year just was not possible, but we can this year. ANYWHO... trying to sort out the gift thing... she's an interesting mix of girlie girl (gah) and tomboy (woot)... and (thank goodness) both of ours are pretty easy to please in the gift dept. They've never sneered at a gift.... prolly sounds strange but I've seen other kids do this... just blows my mind. So, I'm quite happy that mine do NOT do this. Makes me feel maybe I'm not doing to horrid a job teaching manners you know? Anywho, just about anything would do... but I do try and go with things she'll like you know? To that we've gotten her artsy stuff... animals (toy, not real)... and she loves all things music so she got a keyboard (great price in February) for Christmas last year... it's REALLY cool. Has like 100+ songs that you can learn... step by step, the keys light up... right now she's teaching herself Fur Elise. Taught her Twinkle Twinkle and she just took off from there. So... yeah music fan. And not just creating, but also listening. Dad and bro both have ipods and an extensive collection of songs. She (and I) both have our Lists on the puter... don't listen to the actual ipod, but will bring up the List and play it on the puter... at 7 she's already got a very interesting mix of songs in her list... from Irish rock to Avril... pretty eclectic (woot!!)... so based on that... I was thinking of maybe her one big gift from us being an ipod shuffle. Not a big fancy thing... but just a little one... her brother also got an inexpensive shuffle. With the right cable (we have) the ipod can be plugged into ANY stereo that has an input outlet... so, get her the shuffle and a small inexpensive radio and she'll be set. So... thoughts? Good idea? Horrible idea? Haven't bought it yet... figured on tomorrow... so advice (possible alternatives) are welcome. P.S. For those curious about the Irish Rock comment... Suidakra Feats of War is by far and away her favorite... If you care to have a listen... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3kzcYKUe4U Here's irony... went to an Irish/Celtic Metal fest and by FAR this GERMAN band kicked butt. Their rendition of Danny Boy... OH MY GAW... flat out AMAZING. And got DH a cool shirt that on the back says "I only answer with my blade" Okay... so MAYBE one too many D&D quests in the backyard for all three of mine... (and the front yard... poor mulberry hasn't been the same since DS slayed it) ...but at least it's not Kill The PoPo gangbanger crap.