If you’ve ever wondered what you could buy the person who has everything, and money is no object, you might consider buying them their own Airbus A380, or the Rolls of your dreams, but they probably have several already, so what would be the point?
Here are some of the things that you might want to consider if money was no object.
1. Welsh gold mine
A now defunct Welsh gold mine could be purchased for very little money, but it would repay dividends if you also bought state-of-the-art equipment to mine the gold. Its claim to fame is that it is red gold and Charles and Diana’s wedding rings were made from it.
2. Oud oil
Oud oil is more expensive per ounce than gold, and is the most luxurious oil imaginable. You could buy up a whole year’s harvest of the oil and relax in the knowledge that the recipient of this gift would have what is considered the best smelling baths in the world. This has also been thought of as an aphrodisiac just as sandalwood and other aromatic oils resins are, but oud oil is supposed to be the best of this kind and stories abound about how men who were impotent miraculously recover their youthful vigor when they are surrounded by the pungent odour of oud oil.
Bars of Platinum would be a good investment for your rich friend who would certainly appreciate the gesture on your part. More expensive than gold, platinum is more easily obtained than uranium, and you may have problems trying to procure that radioactive substance. Hopefully your friend wouldn’t want his/her own nuclear fuel anyway.
An island might be just the thing. The Scots are always trying to sell some off, and there are a few small uninhabited Greek islands that could fit the bill. The weather would be better than an isolated rock off the Scottish coast too.
5. Pirate Ship
A really unique gift would be a wreck from the Caribbean. You could raise an old pirate ship and have it lovingly restored to thrill your friend, who would be especially delighted if he/she were a fan of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
6. Faberge eggs
Faberge eggs would be good gifts too, especially if you could afford to persuade the owners of them to part with them. They have long been sought after by royalty and millionaires, and are exquisite decorations. The Czars and Czarinas were great collectors and they had eggs made which were encrusted with gem, some of which were made as miniature musical boxes.
7. Film Studio
If your friend is the creative type, a film studio to rival Warner Bros would make an excellent gift. Your friend wouldn’t need to make commercially successful films, although is he/she were as rich as Croesus, people would probably flock to see anything that was produced for the sheer novelty value. Your friend would have a new hobby and could swan around sets directing or acting and be both the star, director and producer of his/her own movies. They could start their own film festival and if they were altruistic, could give aspiring actors a place to work and rehearse and attend master classes.
A diamond as big as the Ritz (with apologies to F. Scott Fitzgerald might be appreciated, although your friend might consider it just a tad flashy, and you could have problems finding one that big anyway. Of course, if you’ve seen the film “Blood Diamond” you will be aware that diamonds are not the most ethical gift to give unless you are absolutely sure of their provenance. You might consider a trip to the diamond fields of South Africa and mine your own diamond as your gift. That would sow just how much you are prepared to sacrifice for your friendship.
Perhaps your friend would appreciate a small painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and of course you may wish to enter into negotiations with the Louvre in Paris, to see if you could purchase the Mona Lisa. Having the original would certainly add to your friend’s kudos. However if that failed you could try the last item on this list.
Love is something that can’t be bought as The Beatles so famously pointed out, so if you truly love your friend, then none of the above items could match that gift. This is probably the best gift of all and doesn’t actually cost much at all. Maybe it should have been at the top of the list.