I also got a nice new tripod as a gift from my wife. I have used the same tripod for over 25 years and it has been about 12 inches too short for me (I am 6'6" tall). Now I can take photos without having to bend in half. It is a Sunpak Ultra 7000. Expect to see it in a video in the near future. And on the gift front I got one of my daughters a used Nikon D40 from eBay. I think it is so important to encourage our children to pursue their dreams. She was shooting really good on my D80 so I felt it was time she had her own camera. BTW she is 11 years old. You can find some awesome deals on a generation or two older models of DSLR cameras on eBay with plenty of life in them.
On the video front I have a lot of plans for this site for 2013. I am opening a studio in here in Sparta Michigan and so will have a place to easily shoot video. I am hoping to have the first video posted by mid January. It will be a review of a very inexpensive studio strobe I found. I have a whole list of other videos that will be coming shortly after that. I am not sure if this is a mid-life crisis or simply my artistic side finally bursting out, but this site and the studio will be getting major attention this year. Please let me know what you think as things get posted on the site by visiting the comments and suggestions section of the site.