You can always galvanise someone with the practical gift or charm them with the frivolous pressy, but Christmas isn't Christmas without handing over something completely puerile and senseless. So here it is: tank driving lessons.

The Activity Superstore offers introductory sessions and half-days, but surely the chance to get behind the controls of a 56 tonne Chieftan tank is too good to miss. The full day course will also put you in the driving seat of an armoured personnel carrier and an Abbott self-propelled gun (whatever that is). With a tank museum entrance ticket included in the cost, these lessons are notionally educative but don't tell me you haven't got your eye on the car crushing finale. For the very small child in you only.

Full Day Military Vehicle Extravaganza,pounds 163. The Activity Superstore 01799 526526