Customized Gifts/Buying for the person who has everything.
After crossing "gift wrapped empty box" off your list, and fruitless hours shopping and surfing...
Where do you go to find something that little bit different?
Have you ever thought of contacting an Artist?
I have had great success in going straight to the designer in a lot of instances.
For example; I couldn't find the right bookcases for my study. Instead of paying several hundred dollars for some (ahem) less than satisfactory ones at a large furniture store, I went to a cabinet maker. Too expensive I hear you say??? It actually worked out to be almost half the price.
DONT ASSUME BECAUSE ITS CUSTOM MADE, THAT IT'S DEARER!
Not only will you get personal service, a custom design that nobody else has, and value for money, you can sleep better at night, knowing you've fed a starving artist.
Large/Franchise does not always = cheaper
Be Australian, give the little guy a go.........
And Remember...It never hurts to ask.