I got an e-mail from him today. He's buying a stuffed giraffe for Girl1 (she LOVES giraffes as does her mother) and a stuffed camel for Girl2. He's also buying a thumb drive to use with his laptop. That way, he'll make videos on his laptop, save them to that drive and e-mail them to me for the kids.
I'm reminded why the kids miss him so much (as do I of course).