Bought a metal detector for my cousin and her family. They love it – the kids really enjoy going on the beach and having a dig for some treasure. They are not that expensive either and it makes a really unusual gift. I got one for around £60 on ebay, but there are some companies you can find online.
This website has beautiful professional photographs of the sun rising on each day of the year – lovely christening present that someone can treasure for ever as my first day on earth.
Sounds a little crazy we know, but my friends and I bought our friend a beehive for his 40th birthday, this included the hive, the bee-keeper suit and instructional DVD. You have to buy the bees separately in the Spring. Apparently it is extremely rewarding and you can even sell the honey and some kits come with a honey for sale sign! how sustainable!
Pollinates the garden as well, supports the British countryside and also saves the dying-out honey bee! Cost: hive £125, beekeepers suit and gloves £60, DVD and accessories £80, membership to Beekeeper Association £33 so about £300 (excluding the bees)