I guess the standard "snobby" "elitist" response you will get here is never buy a coffee machine from a company which also makes hair curlers.
Ill add my voice to that chorus and advise that if your special someone appreciates a good espresso, buying such a machine will not do them a favour.
Sorry, but that is the way it is.
On the other hand, if he/she doesnt really mind the shortcomings, it will impress. After all, a real, $6-700 machine is probably over the top as a gift.