Today's favorite: Lynda.com online training.
I'm lucky enough that my work purchased licenses for Lynda.com this summer. I had always wanted to try their tutorials, and now that I have tried them I couldn't be happier. In principle, I'm not a big fan of video tutorials because it's harder to stop/repeat/let your mind wander for a minute with a video. But the tutorials on Lynda.com are the best I've seen. "But I can get tutorials on Youtube," you say. True, but it's a lot harder to find good ones. What you get at Lynda.com is consistency and a vast library of resources—not just on Photoshop, but on a host of applications.
So for your own personal wish list or for a gift, consider a subscription. One month for $25 or an entire year for $250.
Here's a blurb from the sites press release:
lynda.com is the most popular computer-skill educational site online, offering tens of thousands of straightforward, comprehensive instructional videos. The website offers a subscription-based service called the Online Training Library®, as well as CD- and DVD-based video training spanning hundreds of courses and thousands of topics that provide computer and technology skills. The lynda.com Online Training Library® is also available via the free lynda.com iPhone App.
From professional software tools including Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Logic, Illustrator and Office, to consumer-friendly education about digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others, lynda.com’s all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive and unbiased video-based training to a global membership of tens of thousands of subscribers. Members have access to over 53,000 movies in the Online Training Library®, and non-members can sample thousands of training tutorials for free. Learn more at www.lynda.com.