You know what I'd really like for a gift? Some time with a really excellent piano, just to play for awhile, alone, no pressure-
I am so weary of keyboards and crappy instruments- I mean, I don't mind (particularly when I'm being paid) but there is nothing like the joy I experience playing a wonderful, in tune, instrument.
Sometimes listening to NPR, I get all weepy thinking about it. I really miss playing for pleasure. Playing what I want. Riffing on a tune, all that.
Gimme a big old Steinway grand, all wood, made fifty years ago and well-maintained. Yeah!