First off, Wells, not everyone thinks your'e shallow. And besides, everyone is a little bit shallow from time to time so its nothing to worry about.
I don't celebrate any holidays so I don't get gifts but when I do its either for my birthday or a care package from my mother and so I always like what I get since my family know me pretty well! I don't think your'e being ungrateful, I know where you're coming from. But PP's have given you good suggestions such as keeping it in your car or for travel etc.
Anyways, I have never even heard of a kindle before I came on here!
I can't see me ever using one. I have a love affair with books, even large ones (I am lugging 'marine geochemical cycles' around with me these days). I love how they smell, I love turning the pages and I love seeing my shelves full of books I love. And I also reject everything to do with technology when I can. I don't even own a computer!
My ipod however, I couldn't live without. It will be coming with me when I sail the Atlantic in a month and I am getting a solar charger so I can recharge it!
AOTB, Hawaii is lovely! Its my favourite place in America by far!