Just a thought.......
If you possess the sort of woodworking talents I suspect and have turned out
some pieces in the past that you were proud of, your wife/girlfriend noticed
how you presented the finished product when it came time to show it. She
watched you touch it and speak of how you did this or that to it to achieve
the end results. She noticed the time spent and the pride you felt etc.
Now you plan to hand her something you whipped out with little effort and
time spent....She might receive it well because that's what she is suppose
to do, she might be touched that you made her something and she might even
place it on display.....She might also at some point in the future look at
it and realize what it really was....a half-hearted attempt to play up on
Now here's the thought......
When you give this to her, tell her quite honestly that this isn't your best
work. She knows what you are capable of. This is to represent the fact that
you yourself haven't been what you are capable of and when she looks at this
she's to be reminded that this year you plan to ___________.