Most years I buy a little bit of gear at the very end of December as I find myself thinking, "oh yeah, need tax deductible expenses."
Nothing big this year for me, just a nifty Akai controller that integrates with Ableton Live, and an extra, super-simple pre-amp and USB audio interface by M-Audio.
Anybody buying anything cool at this time of year? Maybe you don't care about tax expenses, but just got a nice bonus from the old day job? That used to be my main reason for buying gear in December, before tax write-offs were a consideration.