Are you in search of the perfect Christmas present for that special someone? If you are, and your special someone has any interest in reading – you HAVE TO get them a Kindle Fire.
Right now is the time of year when gifts galore come flooding in. I could spend hours writing about how the true meaning of Christmas is overshadowed by the obsession of gift-wrapping rather than giving – but I’m not going to. One – because I don’t have that much time to write. Two – because I love unwrapping presents.
Growing up, while I was extremely blessed in many areas, I was always jipped in the realm of gift receiving. You see – although the exact day of our Savior’s birth is unknown – we choose to celebrate each year on December 25th. Many years and a few days later, I was born – a glorious moment for many – but the importance pales in comparison. For this reason, my birthday was often overlooked. Not as forgetfulness, but as convenience.
People would say to me, “here’s your gift, A Blinkin” and the card would read “Christmas AND Birthday.” Terrifying text to any youngster.
If an average gift (circa 1992) was $20, then most children would receive $20 gift on their birthday and $20 gift on Christmas. However, as a December birthday, I would receive either a gift for $20 (completely ignoring the two separate celebrations) or I would receive a “combined” gift of $30. I know I risk sounding ungrateful (which I’m not) but very rarely would I receive the same level of toys as a June birthday..
..this was only as a child.
Today, as I was lounging with my lovely lady during our usual Sunday routine, which consists of – nothing (who am I to defy the day of rest!?); she turns to me and asks the most exciting questions to my ears. “Wanna open some presents?” As a deprived child, how could I possibly turn this down?
We each have loads of vacation time remaining so our (National Lampoon’s) Christmas Vacation will consist of her and I visiting our hometowns, followed by a romantic getaway to New York City. So what better time to open my presents than now? In a world filled with individuals seeking instant gratification, (excluding withdrawals from an IRA) now is always better.
I Got A Kindle Fire
Miss Blinkin really outdid herself. I said that as a child I rarely received the “$40 gift” – but in today’s scenario I received the “$500 gift.” I realize the actual value of a Kindle Fire isn’t that much – but it shows how excited I am to receive it.
As a regular reader, this little gem (and I do mean little) will be extremely useful. It took about 20 minutes to set everything up (sync my Amazon account, sift through the user guide, etc.) which was not the least bit painful. I immediately downloaded a book I recently requested from Barnes & Noble (they didn’t have it). The download took about 5 seconds – but the cooler thing – was the cost. The in-store price of the book was $18 and on the Kindle it was $12.
I’m not going to be ecstatic about a $6 savings, but I am ecstatic about things that pay for themselves. If the cost of a Kindle Fire is $199, once I read 33 books – the Kindle will have paid for itself. Since I average 1 book every 20 minutes, this baby will be “paid for” in no time! Kidding aside, I wouldn’t buy the Kindle as a means to save because remember, you’re never “saving” if you’re “buying.”
Instead – I would buy it because it’s awesome.
Do any other Kindle Fire owners have any tips?