A co-worker's 16 y/o has expressed an interest in photography. She wants to graduate from cellphone selfies! I'm thinking a small point and shoot with a moderate focal length range. Since I have no experience with them I am tossing it out to you knowledgeable folks for some ideas to pass on. This will be a Christmas gift. She didn't really have a price range in mind but if it were my kid I would probably stay in the $200-$300 price range in case it is a passing fancy.
I'm treating myself to a 2 month road trip as a retirement gift early next year. Since I will be travelling by vehicle room for "stuff" isn't a big issue. Accomodations will be a combination of staying with family, motels and a bit of tenting. I'll be watching the advice given here for my planning!