"What do you want for your birthday?" is a terrible question: not only must I think of something for which to ask (and I hate to ask for anything), but also, I must take into consideration what the Asker would consider to be an appropriate gift, both in terms of price and also in terms of the utility of the actual item itself. It is tricky.
This year, though, I had a brilliant idea when my parents asked -- an item that I would not buy for myself, but that I will undoubtedly use, and which they would consider a worthwhile gift: the stand mixer.
I am pleased.
I have already made a loaf of sugar-spice bread using the mixer. We shall see how it turns out.