We indulged his wishes this year and got him a "fancy hamster" a few days before Christmas.
He was wrapping presents in my room, unbeknownst to me, and heard chewing sounds in my closet. He opened it expecting to see a mouse and found his present. It was a definite hit! The cage is beautiful and fun!
However, not all pets are created equally hardy. Digger passed away within two days. Jarrod came home to find a weeping Cooper and a belly-up hamster.
Because he came with a ten day warranty, Cooper went back to the pet store and chose a "teddy bear hamster." His name is Copper, he's very active, and Cooper is happy again.