There is perhaps no better saying than, "Treasured are the presents from the heart." How do you show somebody that you rightfully cherish them? You placed your thinkings, time, vigour, and most of all your love into a hand-crafted gift. Do-it-yourself woodworked items are an excellent choice as they can be tailored to please the recipient you have in mind. Think to start building your project at least 2 months prior to the occasion in order to ensure that you will be up in time. Here are some special woodworking gift ideas:
Toys - Surprise a kid with a hand-crafted classic wooden toy from the "good old days". They are tougher, more durable than many modern plasticise toys on the mart today. You can even make a collector's item such as an old locomotive or a pony rocker for an adult who remembers and loves those old classics.
Child Items - Do you have a new child in the family, or know friends or relatives who have just welcomed a teen? Making a special infant keepsake can greatly enhance that elated event. Make a memory boxwood for the parents to safe-keep loved moments of the baby's life, or carpentry a picture frame with a great event carved on it such as "Baby's First Christmas"or "Baby's First Birthday." More advanced woodworkers can make a little automotive or a lovely piece of baby furniture for the nursery.
Home Items - There are a variety of common and not so common house items that you can make for just about anyone. A special and personalized letter box would offer a unique accent to any household. Outdoor decorations for the garden such as flower boxes and woody artwork are wonderful gifts. For inside the home, try producing a bread-bin or a mail holder. An encasement for a nation calendar adds heat to any room.
Vacation Items - There are literally endless gift ideas for the holidays. Some of the more odd ones include making a pressboard cutout snowman to stick outside when Christmas is green, or a grim but special coffin big enough to place a pop out Dracula that will scare those little freaks at Halloween.
Different, hand-crafted presents will affect the hearts of your loved ones, leaving a warm and long-term impression for the years to come, at a fraction of the cost of commercial store bought presents. How can you go wrong? You can see the plans for your woodworking gift ideas from books at your local bookstore, and sometimes you can get free plans online.
A word of advice: Be safe - wear safety gloves and goggles when working with tools.