I mentioned last month that my dad bought himself a Canon Digital Rebel XT camera for use in astrophotography.
I remember when he picked up that distinctive orange telescope from the factory in Torrance, California (in 1978, I think), and it was a staple of my childhood from then on. He used to make prints of photos in his own darkroom in our basement, but now that's no longer necessary.
My dad was only two years older than I am now when he bought the Celestron, yet he seemed very grown up and wise, more grown up and wise than I feel. On the other hand, I was nine years old, and I suspect I seem pretty grown up to my daughters. Maybe they'll have similar fond memories of the gadgets their mom and I purchase right now.