This thread is pretty much what it sounds like. I want to buy a Christmas gift for a friend. 10 or 12 inch stainless steel frying pan, aluminum disc bottom. It doesn't have to be perfect, and I'm not interested in minute differences in heat conduction. It does have to be sturdy, oven safe to a fairly high temp, and come with a usefully thick layer of aluminum at the bottom of the pan.
It also has to be affordable. What's the best deal available in this type of pan? A lot of the cheapest deals on Amazon.com and such are pans that I have not tried out or seen reviewed.