Two things make this an awesome gift:
1) I mentioned this kettle to my husband months ago after reading a review in a magazine. I thought my subtle aside was a "hey, listen to this cool thing I read about" conversation, not a "PAY ATTENTION I want this thing for my birthday hint." He remembers it as the latter--yay for me either way!
2) It is lovely and amazing! This is the mother of all programmable kettles.