I realize this post is coming "after the fact", but most of the items I made for the boys could be for any occasion (not just the holidays) and may inspire someone to make a birthday, anniversary or any other time a little more special.... without a lot of time or money invested. Just a lot of imagination!
A friend of mine had picked up a small half-round side table for me recently. It had a REALLY bad black paint job and was rickety as all get out. Not something I would pick out myself, but she thought I might be able to fix it up.
Unfortunately, I could not get it fixed to properly support anything and it basically fell apart during the process.
I took the top off altogether and had my son sand the warping out until it was smooth. Little did he know at the time it was going to become a gift for him!
I left the black paint in the grooves around the edges, stained the flat surface and custom cut vinyl for the lettering.
Now he has a custom made sign to go over the door to the workshop... and he loved it!
Just another example of taking one thing and re-styling it to become something else. What do you have that you can repurpose?