Around the world in ten pins

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If your significant other or someone in your family is bonkers about bowling you're pretty sorted when it comes to birthday and Christmas presents. An AMF gift card is sure to elicit squeals of delight every time you hand one over.

Unfortunately, there will come a time when even a bowl-tastic gift card becomes a bit repetitive. When that happens it's time to pull out the big guns, bring your A-game and organise a trip to some of the best bowling alleys in the world. It might be pricey, but you can't put a price on the brownie-points you're guaranteed to get.

Here are some suggestions to get your brain kick-started.

Le Bowling Mouffetard, Paris

Attempt to strike it lucky at this bowling alley in the most romantic city in the world. Cheesy eighties decor makes you feel like you've gone back in time and no-one knows why there's a rule against wearing hats but they're relentless in implementing it. Still, it's Paris and you're bowling - who needs hats?

The Gutter, New York

We Aussies have taken to bowling pretty well but we still know that at its heart it's an American pastime. The Gutter, on the trendy streets of Brooklyn, celebrates that fact with ostentatious old-school Americana draped over the walls. It's trendy, cool and the perfect place to grab a good old New York hot dog and fries while you bowl.

The White House, Washington DC

Yes, that White House. There's been a single-lane bowling alley in the basement of the world's most famous building ever since 1947, when one was gifted to President Truman. We're not exactly sure how you would manage it, but if you can sneak in and play a game with Mr. Obama himself you will be raised to the status of bowling legend and we insist you come straight to us to be showered with multiple high-fives and raised aloft triumphantly.