Unusual Christmas Gift Ideas

Give a Handmade Wooden Jewelry Box or Decorative Keepsake Box

One of the biggest challenges in life, it seems, is to repeatedly find unusual Christmas gift ideas; especially if you have a someone that is impossible to buy for. If you have a special someone in your life that truly seems to have it all, you can't go wrong with a handmade wooden jewelry box or decorative keepsake box.

Whether you're shopping for that special woman or man in your life, nothing is more special and unique than a handcrafted decorative box made of exotic woods.  Men appreciate the fine craftsmanship and also appreciate something that is artistic, classy, and masculine. They can use it to store keepsakes, jewelry, or watches; or even remotes, device chargers, and "pocket stuff."  

And ladies, of course, absolutely love having a beautiful piece of decor that also serves to store their jewelry and special keepsakes.  Few things are as thoughtful, personal, and unique as the gift of a handcrafted jewelry box.

Below are a few suggestions on how these gorgeous wooden decorative boxes can be your solution for that perfect unique Christmas gift.  

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This "Catch-All" box is not only a beautiful piece of art, but is one of the most ideal unique gifts for men.  Placed on a coffee table, it can hide away unsightly remotes or  chargers; or can hide pens, staplers, and other office items.

Women have an intrinsic love for anything beautiful and personable; not to mention they love to have a place to organize their jewelry.  This "Angle" box is my second largest, & has secret doors on the sides to hold necklaces.

My other popular design for unique gift ideas for women is my "Swingdoor." This standing jewelry box is a smaller version of the Angle, but also has hooks upon which to hang necklaces (and drawers for other jewelry).  

One of my most popular designs for women is an armoire jewelry box which includes ten drawers to store earrings, bracelets, or watches; and also includes two doors that open up to reveal sliders on which she can organize and hang her necklaces. Any woman will attest to how challenging it is to keep all of her necklaces untangled and easily displayed; this is the answer to that dilemma!

Giving a handmade wooden jewelry box shows your loved one how much you treasure his or her own individuality and appreciation of quality. How personal is it to give a gift that was mass produced in a factory in China? By putting some effort into finding truly unusual Christmas gift ideas, you are showing that your special someone is worth the extra effort and worth more than a last-minute trip to the mall.

Not to mention, you have plenty of opportunity to get truly creative when giving your exotic hard wood box.

  • If you truly want to spoil your loved one as he or she deserves, then you can give them an extra "surprise" by adding to their collection and putting a piece of jewelry, a watch, or a keepsake in the box for them to discover.  Start a tradition that you can build upon year after year.  
  • Have your kids make a handmade piece of jewelry to put in the jewelry box; and she will treasure your sentiments forever!
  • Hide a "voucher" for something you promise to do in the future within one of the drawers of his or her new exotic hard wood box. Promise to clean the house, make dinner, take her to the theater, or something a little more personal....it will seem that much more special if it's hidden as a surprise within the box.

Regardless of who your special one is, or what they received in the past, nothing makes for more unique Christmas gift ideas than the gift of a handmade wooden jewelry box. Your only obstacle will be trying to come up with something better next year!

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PLEASE NOTE: Sadly Steve has passed away, so these boxes are no longer available.

We are in the process of taking this site down; thank you to all of his customers, we hope you treasure your jewelry box forever.

Thank you, 

The Smith Family

Steve Smith Boxes

"The Swingdoor"

"The Wedge"

"The Angle"


I purchased one of your Bubinga and Maple boxes about 4 years ago and still think it's as beautiful as the day I bought it. The craftsmanship is superb and leaves nothing to be desired. My wife loves the flexibility of it and everyone who sees it thinks it is simply stunning. Thanks so much for such a wonderful product.

~ Andy

Thank you, Steve, for the beautiful jewelry box. It is gorgeous and I know that my daughter will love it. We hope it will be an heirloom piece for her to remember her graduation day from med school. Hopefully we will do business again in two years when my other daughter finishes her grad degree. Sincerely yours,

~ Georgia

Just to let you know that my jewelry box arrived and it is stunning, I really love it! I looked at hundreds of them including store-bought (and probably Chinese-made), Amish/Shaker, and other hand-mades, and yours were the most beautiful (and the most versatile, as none of the others had adjustible drawer dividers). Thanks for the beautiful jewelry box, and I'm glad my holiday purchase was Made in the USA.

~ Michelle

Hi Steve, I just wanted to tell you that I have been having so much fun with my beautiful box, putting everything in one place (at last) and standing in front of it with the doors and a drawer open, admiring both the box and my lovely pieces. It sits in a place of honour in my bedroom; and has been much admired by my friends. Keep up the good work!

Kind regards,

~ Pam