This list is for my own use, to keep track of things I'd like to have, but I'm not planning to buy right away. It is also a service to friends and family who occasionally give me gifts (but I don't expect anybody to give me some of the more expensive items here). I don't intend for anybody to abandon a good gift idea just because it isn't on this list, and of course, I never want anybody to feel obligated to give anything at all. The list is merely a convenience; a few ideas. I'll try to keep it up to date as best I can.

Updated 2007-11-18

Sport Stuff

  • Gift certificates for MEC, The Trail Shop, Coast Mountain Sports or Sportchek will always be appreciated.
  • We have most of our skiing, hiking and camping gear, but we are contemplating some rock-climbing, paddling and snowshoeing additions. As well, there are lots of accessories and tools we could use. MEC has these amazing tarps made of super-thin nylon that fold into a pouch the size of your fist.


  • You can never go wrong with wool items, especially hand-knit. Socks, sweaters, mittens.
  • Smartwool or other quality marino wool sport socks. All types. Thin ones for summer and daily wear, medium for hiking, ski socks for, well, skiing.
  • Sunglasses. I lost my good pair this summer.
  • I can always use some more stylish casual sweaters and button-down shirts. My neck is about 15.5", or a medium in most brands.


  • There are a select few movies that I could watch over again that I would like to own. Chronicles of Riddick comes to mind, Krista definitely wants to own Hairspray (the new one this year).

Home Stuff

  • A decent sliding compound miter saw.
  • Nice wall-mount picture frames for small to medium sized photos.
  • A good bench vise for the garage.
  • A nice, tall, stylish bookshelf.

Sound/Music Stuff

  • Another cymbal for the vdrums. Musicstop has the Roland Cy8 for under $100 and a basic arm to mount it can be had for less than $40.
  • Nylon brushes for my new drum set.
  • Acoustics by Leo Beranek available in the US from the ASA for $33 USD.
  • Architectural Acoustics by David Egan. The amazon link gives a commission to, our favorite promoter of technical excellence in churches.
  • Good DMM - Fluke 189 This is a cadillac DMM, but highly recommended by audio consultants and professionals for comprehensive features including true RMS and peak readings over more than the entire audio band (flat up to about 50 kHz according to one person). This is the kind of tool that will always be useful, but at the moment I don't have an urgent need for it.
  • Cable tester - Miles ACT-1

Computer Stuff

  • One or two Seagate Barracude 7200rpm 320GB hard drives. My server has a 320GB drive and I would like to start regularly backing it up.
  • One of those neat little USB-powered LED lights to go with my laptop.