I bought a Very Special Gift for OmegaDotter this Christmas. It was very small. So I decided to do the box-within-a-box-within-a-box approach; I wrapped the VSG, put a bow on it, and a note saying it was the last box, dumped it all into another box, gift-wrapped that one with bow and note, etc. The end result was nice and big.
I was actually rather nervous about doing this: either she would think it was funny, or she would get horribly frustrated, and I had no idea which way she would lean.
Anyway. Since she opened it first, I wasn’t ready with the camera, so the settings were wrong for the first box:
Second box—she was kind of perplexed:
Third box—she was getting the hang of it, and was amused. I have a picture of her laughing, with the box already unwrapped, so we’ll use this one:
Fourth box—she’s giggling:
The VSG revealed—I think she likes it: she screamed!
What was it? An iPod nano, filled to the brim with songs I knew she liked. She has since wandered the house with it connected by umbilical cord, belting out various songs—in particular, Fireflies by Owl City, which has been an earworm for both of us, as well as various Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus songs.
Now, onto the consumer review: OMG. Apple has the “user-friendly”, ergonomic approach down to an art. Or a science. When I was setting it up for her, I pulled it out of its little box, plugged it into the computer, and *boom*, it hooked to my iTunes and started walking me through it. Once it was loaded with music, *boom*, I was using it. I am truly, truly impressed with the ease-of-use of this gadget—the dotter had figured out all the buttons (in particular, how to replay Fireflies over and over and over again) within a short time. Now I want one…or maybe an iPhone, which does all the same stuff, plus.