My Christmas present this year (2014) was an Intuos Wacom CTH-480S tablet.
So far I am trying it out and followed a tutorial on drawing a carrot with the tablet.
My carrot output was fine (although I did not spend too much time with it!).
I also have edited GIMP and finally got it to recognise Python-Fu scripts (it seemed only to work when I installed Python 2.6 and a bunch of other stuff PyCairo etc? Why wouldn't it work with later Python versions?).
So I hope to finish my original sword image that I started when I joined here last year and to get better at digital artwork...
Happy New Year to all!