Simple and Useful Coat RackElegant American Chippendale MirrorThe holidays are upon us and whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ashura, another religious holiday or just a holiday, this is often the time of year when we need that perfect gift idea. Usually this means walking the mall and looking in the store windows, imagining what a loved one might want; of course, if you are like me, you have no idea what they want – not a clue! The pressure builds until you grab something from a shelf, convinced you have found that perfect gift. Probably not – what you have likely accomplished is added a little more profit to some giant corporation such as WalMart.

Handy, Stable & Easily Portable Foot StoolWe all know the pressure, the sick feeling of not knowing what to get and the worrying about whether someone will like it. I suggest a different approach, one that will give you enjoyment and is bound to please the recipient. Make something small in your shop; something elegant and useful. Something handcrafted that says “I care enough about you to put my talent and effort to work”. My holiday gift to you is three gift suggestions, complete with plans and some shop hints. One or more of the projects shown on this page can be gifted to a man, woman or child. They can easily be completed in one or two weekends. Check out my Chiefwoodworker’s Newsletter October 6, 2012 for complete information and SketchUp Models. Happy Holidays to you!