Artangel: Mixed media crumpled tissue technique - tutorial - basically, glue tissue paper over a canvas, let dry. Paint, let dry, then rub pastel or chalk over the surface to highlight the texture. Would be an awesome way to vignette around a painting.
give someone a rugged travel outfit in a box with a camera like this and a open around the world plain ticket on top would be an AWESOME gift! (maybe in a cool old leather suitcase instead of a box as well, make it an all you need to go right now package)