I got my first ukulele for Christmas in 2010. It is a Lanikai LU-11 soprano ukulele. The idea was to get something relatively cheap to find out if I would enjoy it or not.
I barely ever play on this uke now, but it was all I played for 3 years. It worked out great as a starter uke. The intonation isn’t especially great, especially as you move up the fretboard, but it is still very fun to play. Now I use it for hiking trips, since it is so small and light, and would be easy to replace if something happened to it.