Can you believe that the holidays are already just around the corner? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were firing up the grill for summer barbecues, but here on Long Island, the temperatures are starting to drop. Luckily for woodworkers, that means one thing — more time to spend in the woodshop! There’s nothing in the world better than a day of work in the shop when it’s chilly outside.

This is good for everyone, of course, because the more time you get to spend in your shop, the better their Christmas gifts are going to be! If you love the idea of handcrafting your own gifts to give during the holidays, you’re in the right place. In today’s post, we’ll be sharing a handful of projects that you can batch out to make quickly and easily. You’ll get to enjoy the making process and your friends will certainly enjoy such a thoughtful gift. Keep reading to learn more.

3 Simple Woodworking Projects to Give as Christmas Gifts

Recipe Box

In this day and age, recipe boxes aren’t generally something that you see that often. After all, when every recipe a person needs is available on the internet, who needs them, right? Wrong! There’s something special about collecting meaningful, delicious recipes in one place. Whether it’s a family recipe that has been handed down for generations or a favorite recipe given by a friend, having a beautiful wood box to put them in is a wonderful thing.

There are several designs you can find on the internet, so find the one that suits you and give it a whirl. Our advice? Creating a recipe box with finger joints is quick and easy once you build the right jig. Oh, and we also advise that you build more than you’re planning to give away because we guarantee that once others find out about your gifts, they’re going to come to you asking for a recipe box of their own!

Tissue Cover

Everyone has a box (or boxes) of tissue in their home. Sure, the companies that manufacture these tissues try to give us attractive designs on the boxes, but if you’re the type of person who likes to be intentional about what’s in your home, they’re not the perfect option.

The solution? Making a cover to put over the boxes! David Picciuto of Make Something put together a video on how to make a wood tissue box cover, allowing you to follow along and create something that’s simple, yet meaningful. And it’s pretty easy to make too, making this project a win/win for the holiday season! Once again, make more than you think you’ll need, because people love these tissue covers.

Bandsaw Santa

Let’s say you really want to make something that’s in the spirit of the holiday season. If so, it’s time to fire up the bandsaw and put it to good use making your very own Santa! There are plenty of different designs to choose from that you’re sure to love, and like the other projects, it’s easy to batch this one out, making several pieces at the same time to save yourself some hassle in the shop.

Take this YouTube video on making a Santa decoration as inspiration. Sure, there’s a lot of design work done on a computer, and then the final project is cut out using a CNC machine, but it doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the idea behind it, tweak it a bit, and really make it your own. Woodworking is all about using the tools at your disposal to create something that brings yourself and others a whole lot of joy, so get to it!

All the Essential Woodworking Tools You Need

At Long Island Woodworking Supply, we’re proud to offer a variety of different essential woodworking tools, so if you need to outfit your shop to create your holiday masterpiece, you’ll find everything you need right here.

And don’t forget to personalize your gifts! We also offer the best woodburning tools, like our Colson wood burning kits, allowing you to sign your work or decorate to your heart’s content. 

Place your order today, and stay tuned for more great woodworking holiday gift inspiration in the days to come!

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