I received an orchid as a birthday present last year and what a great gift I have found it to be. It is now flowering again and looks beautiful and I know the flowers will last for months. It is not as difficult to keep as you would think. Place it in a pot with plenty of small stones, it doesn't need earth, and water a little once a week. It doesn't like over watering. They are now so cheap to buy. In the UK they cost £5 - £10. Bargain! I now buy orchids as gifts for a lot of people. Has anyone else bought an orchid as a gift? What gift have you found to be better than you thought it would be and now you buy the same thing for others?