I know, there is already a thread out there on this topic, but I wanted everyone's opinion here on a few things. I have about a $100 limit total on whatever I get, so that rules out a lot of COOL stuff. -- I was thinking, since I won't have money anytime soon for Leopard, I could get that. My sister could pick it up for my mom from the school bookstore for $89. I'm just not certain I want that as cool as it may be. It can wait, if you know what I mean. -- I was also thinking the KERN jacket from Veer was looking mighty nice. If I don't get that, I just might be buying it myself with my Christmas bonus from work. -- Another passion of mine is cooking, though I rarely do it. I might like a nice set of industrial grade pans and pots. I could get a couple pans and pots for about that price. -- I know a lot of people have mentioned books for designers, but not too many specific books. Someone mentioned Thinking with Type, but I'm currently reading that one (checked out from the school library). Are there any other specific design books that would be good for a beginner? Are there any other items that might be nice for a beginning designer for around $100 or less? Any cool gadgets that a designer might need? I need to get this list over to my mom's house tomorrow sometime so she can start shopping. What ideas do YOU people have?