For my birthday, the old man got me a Canon Powershot 750 (and a cute pink protective case to boot). It's a great, handy little camera perfect for grabbing shots when I go out.
The reaction time on taking photos is quick, everyone hates the lag time it can take lots of digital cameras to actually shoot a photo after pressing the button, but I've had no problems with my snazzy new camera.
It's an investment, but worth it for all the memories you'll capture with it.
But what do you think?