The season of giving, receiving and stuffing yourself senseless is fast approaching and while the pressure of present-purchasing has yet to hit, there's no reason not to grab a few gifts early, if you can. Anyone you know who'd appreciate a gold-plated Nikon FM2? How about a shiny K1000? A company called Goldbug in the UK might be able to help you out.
It's certainly one of the more audacious objects one could unwrap on December 25, but I doubt it'd ever end up in the regifting box -- more likely the window of a pawnbroker's. Goldbug offers various classic camera models for sale, all plated in 18-carat gold. Including the aforementioned Nikon and Pentax SLRs, the store also has a sparkling Olympus OM-1N, if that's your thing.
The cameras aren't cheap, but they're also not stratospherically expensive either, with prices ranging from £390 to £1230. Shipping to Australia is £24.
If none of the available models tickle your fancy, you could always employ Goldbug's customisation service and get that special someone's camera gold-plated instead.