The choice bits consisted of:
4x 10x2 character 14-segment VFDs
7x 96x64 1" monochrome LCDs
4x motors with high resolution encoders
2x passive infrared motion detectors
2x window/door security sensors
2x small R/C cars
5x GSM cell phones
4x security keypads
The small component haul was mostly capacitors, with some resistors, potentiometers (dual log!), and fuses in reasonable quantity as well.
I think the outcome, in parts and fun, was well worth the ~$70 we spent in total. We already have a small contribution towards the next order, which I tentatively put 3 weeks away.