High quality gifts that will last a lifetime are among the most special gifts, especially when a lot of thought is put into the gift itself. A sweater may only last a season and the giver of gift cards are often forgot. Instead, a gift of high quality will allow the recipient to think of the giver years later when they use or look at it.

Classic Game Board

Classic games, like cribbage, will never truly go out of style. A cribbage board is beautiful to look at, making it a great idea for a coffee table game. There are plenty of ways to personalize the game boards and bring them into someone's home decor. Even better, they are durable and will last for even those who have children or a lot of parties.


Those who are religious may be more familiar with luminaries (luminaria). They are traditionally paper lanterns with a candle inside, but that is not always the safest option. Creating woodworking models make it not only safer but longer lasting. They are available with different designs, including for various holidays, and can be placed both inside and outside to brighten up porches, mantels, or even walkways.

Keepsake Box

One of the most special gifts you can give is a keepsake box. This is a great idea for anyone regardless of age or how well you know the person. Something that is well made and high quality will stay with a person for the rest of his or her life. You can find options that are any size and shape, fitting in with a person’s lifestyle. You can go as simple as you want or create something that is extremely personalized and holds hidden meaning.

Rocking Chair

If you are looking for a bigger gift (at least in size), a rocking chair is a great gift for mothers-to-be. A perfect addition to the nursery, they are great for rocking baby to sleep. Rocking chairs can also be passed down to the next generation of mothers-to-be.

Cutting Board

A customized cutting board is a great gift, especially for a housewarming gift. It feels more thoughtful than something you would just get at a big box store. They can be engraved with the family name or a monogram.

These are just some woodworking gifts you could consider giving to friends and family for Christmas. If you are looking for other ideas, you can find a variety of handmade wood boxes and more at Heartwood Creations.