questionschallenge: panning for gold equipment

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Are accessories acceptable? Like a pup tent, tripod for over the fire pit, a collapsible chair etc.

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If he's the office jokester, would you want to go the joke route?

Don't remember where you're located (if you've even revealed that). Is there a natural history museum in your town? If so, you can probably get him some nice big chunks of pyrite! They call it "fool's gold" for good reason. Couple that with an antique metal pie dish, and you're in business.

If you want to go the more serious route, Dahlonega, GA is the site of one of the very first American gold rushes. It even has at least two working mines to the present day:
www.consolidatedgoldmine.com
www.crissongoldmine.com
Crisson's online giftshop has equipment and other goodies; Consolidated's is "under renovation"

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@sgoman5674: Due to health issues he will probably only do day trips. Light-weight equipment and a collapsible chair would be nice but I don't think he will have a use for a tent or fire.

Thanks.

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@heymo: Thanks! I didn't even think of the pyrite. We are in the Seattle area and there are lots of people who go panning on the weekends and bring back flakes and nuggets, which is why he is interested.

Thanks for the links, I'll check them out.

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@theoneill555: Its for the experience of the the Gold Rush! He could bring along his grandkids (if he has) and they could set it up. I used to do a lot of crazy things with my grandfather when I was younger.

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@sgoman5674: Sorry, no little ones (or big ones) to help out. Though I do admit that the pup tent and fire would add some nice atmosphere.

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GOLD PANNING KIT :D

http://www.amazon.com/Garrett-Metal-Detectors-1651300-Gold/dp/B000GFQ61G/ref=pd_sim_sg_1

Bought one a while back and used it out west with my folks. Reliable and lots of fun :)

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@mmaurice01: Nice kit, are the pans metal? The kit shows a sifter but the sifter is not included in the kit contents in the description?

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@theoneill555: Its a high grade plastic, and the sifter IS included... A sifter is actually called a "classifier" hence why you didn't see the word Sifter. The pans are great quality and are better than metal pans I've seen. Plus, they're lightweight.

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@theoneill555: You are very welcome. If you choose to purchase, I do hope he enjoys :) Best of luck in your gift hunt!

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Sounds like you may have found what you're looking for; if not, www.benmeadows.com or www.forestry-suppliers.com could be great resources. I work as a geologist and we order supplies from there when we need the heavy-duty stuff. I do mostly environmental (not panning for gold!) but they also carry a lot of the additional things like map boards, tool belts, sieves, and whatnot that might come in handy. Sounds like a great gift idea and a fun hobby too!

Love the pyrite idea; if you don't have a natural history museum nearby, another thought is that many many gift shops/tourist traps sell bulk semiprecious stones. You can also look for gem shows or rock shops in your area.

A few low-budget ideas:
http://www.benmeadows.com/Rock-Specimen-Boxes_31223297/ to show off finds.
You could also order him some USGS quadrangle topographic maps of the towns/areas he's thinking of prospecting, and a compass.