I don't know how many of you remember those old Daisy Seal-A-Meal commercials, but the real thing these days is actually a great addition to the kitchen. I have a feeling those early ones were kind of a waste of money, but not the ones that are around today. In fact, this might be a nice gift item for the right person (i.e. the type of person who won't be offended at receiving a utilitarian gift rather than an extravagance - or maybe you should just make it in addition to an extravagance to be safe).
We've had a Food Saver machine for a few years, and it is quite spectacular. I'm not sure which model it is, but it has held up pretty well over that period, given that it's been sealing lots of food every week for those years. Fresh food sealed into the custom-fit vacuum bags last vastly longer than in other packaging, and the plastic of the bags is sturdy enough to handle the freezer quite well.
In fact, having no air in the bag when it's dropped into the freezer means freezer burn is basically eliminated from the get-go. Oh, and the bags are good enough to wash and reuse, so it's not like we're adding tons of plastic to the world's landfills either.
All around, they pay for themselves in short order, and are highly recommended to all and sundry.