Given a little advance warning you can easily make a personalized gift for any occassion. I recently went to a dinner party and rather than bring the typical bottle of wine I made a wood cut out name plaque for the family. Of course I'd be happy to receive a bottle wine, that's perfectly acceptable, but I prefer to make a unique gift.
I used scrap wood to put together this last name plaque and cut out the letters from 1/2" plywood but you could easily purchase premade letters and achieve a similar look.
I just love seeing the plywood sandwich layers under the stain and all the grainy bits poking through.
Down below I'll show you how to cut out the letters and assemble this name plaque.