I have decided to try something new this Christmas season - I created a x-mas wish list and sent it out to my immediate family. Every year, I am not very successful with my wish items (maybe because they are not very realistic :-) My wife especially does not like when I tell her exactly what item I want - so she is going to love my electronic wish list.
Typically I end up getting x-mas presents that weren't necessarily what I had in mind - partly because I also have a habit of purchasing the items I want myself - ahead of time.
This year, with my upcoming Photo Safari Trip to Tanzania, I have various miscellaneous items that I need to purchase to be ready for the trip - photo vest, extenders, camera bag, etc. This served as a great opportunity to share with my family members the exact list of items that I need. Let's see how successful this approach will be - in the end, what I don't get from the list I will have to purchase myself as they are all items that will make the trip more enjoyable.