I just discovered the Socrates WordPress Theme. It is less expensive than other premium themes (a single license is only $44), and it comes equipped with some neat tools right out of the box that make it so easy to create a website, you can do it from nothing to full blown website in less than 10 minutes (they have a video at socratstheme.com )
The uniqueness of this theme is the built in header images creator. It has over 100 quality images and you can then enter the title of your wordpress blog, your tag line, and then completely customize the text. You also have a background tool. This stops the site from looking like every other site on the Internet as there are 1000s of combinations. Along with the purchase come WordPress Tutorials
It's super easy to build your own custom navigation, and pick from a number of color schemes (or create your own). With Socrates, not only can you control all the links on the primary navigation bar, but there are also give you three
optional navbars. At the top right, bottom left and bottom right.Layout wise they don't get to crazy, but in the end aren't you going to go with a one to two sidebar layout anyway? There are some special areas at the bottom of the blog you can customize.
Out of the box you have built in integration with Google adsense, and Clickbank affiliate products.
If you want a license for all of your websites its only $77.
There is also free upgrades which is good as they are adding more SEO features in a new release coming soon. It is the brain child of Dan Nickerson (Clickbank Expert) and Joel Comm (NY Times Bestselling author of The AdSense Code, as well as Click Here to Order: Stories from the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs, and Twitter Power.)