My nephew graduated his Web Design and Graphics Design courses after 3 years of busting his can on it.
I'd been trying to think of a good graduation and birthday present for him, but kept coming up blank until late May, when I bought myself a new Wacom graphics tablet. While I was tinkering with the thing, I realized that it'd be perfect for him, given the impressive Photoshop skills he's shown (he added himself to a black & white photo of horror legends Lugosi and Karloff).
I had my setup all laid out. He would be coming to town July 1st or 2nd. I let him settle in a bit, then mentioned that I was headed to Best Buy to get that graphics tablet I'd been wanting and invited him along.
Off to the store, grab the tablet, look around a little, make the purchase, head back home.
We sat at the kitchen table and talked for an hour or so; the tablet sat wrapped in its bag next to me while I waited for the proper moment to spring my surprise.
The he mentioned being "so jealous" that I'd gotten one; he'd been wanting a tablet for a couple of years but couldn't afford it between school and bills. He told me to go install the thing.
"It wouldn't be right for me to do it," I told him, "since it's yours." I pushed it toward him.
He damn near freaked out! "No, I can't take that, I know how much it cost! That's too much! You don't have one!"
I had to show him my tablet, shiny and new, on my desk, before he'd believe that I had one.
Took him several more days to settle down and accept that it was his. I told him he had to earn it.