You're right - I meant Prime Tele. And I suppose I'm getting at a need for faster action at low light. Does that make sense?
I appreciate all the comments - and am leaning towards a new 70D at this point. I do understand that bodies are a personal choice, but knowing the wife as I do, she'll never buy one unless I force the issue. I'd rather do a return for something else than a gift cert. The real question then, at this point, is will a 70D be enough, or should I do the 70D and a lens.
As far as picture quality, there will be no discernible difference with the 70D. What you do get is the fast AF with liveview or when taking video, the ability to fine tune autofocus to a lens (great for wide aperture lenses), the touch screen, and Wi-Fi. If those things are of value to her, you will be able to get a deal this Christmas.
I'd signup with CPW for a target price of $800. Actually, I'd buy a refurb using the Canon Loyalty Program to get a additional percentage off the refurb price. You might also be able to add a lens for a big discount.