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Wooden Christmas gifts: our top five

You’ll no doubt be in the thick of your Christmas shopping. Not long now. And perhaps you’ve been pondering some wooden Christmas gifts? As there’s so much to choose from, we thought you’d welcome us highlighting our top five, based on popularity (and feedback) from previous years. So, here goes.

Number one: Wooden carving board

Who says tradition is dead? Our handmade wooden carving boards come into their own at Christmas time. They’re easily our front-runner. The perfect gift for a special couple, Dad, or even your own home. 

Made from European oak, the weighty boards are 42mm thick and can be engraved on the front and back edges. Available in two sizes, we’ve even bespoke-made a four-foot long board to accommodate a three-bird roast!

“Much better than I expected, and such a great gift. Thanks so much.” Kirsten B

View our wooden carving boards 

Number two: Gin & Tonic board

A fun and thoughtful gift for anyone that likes a tipple. It makes preparation even more enjoyable. Such a handy size to have at the ready, they’ll love the quality of the oak – hand finished with Osmo TopOil. We can engrave your message on the side and on the base of the board. Their special board will be dedicated to them.

 “A really thoughtful gift for us G&T lovers. I’ve bought a few!” Lorraine B.

View our gin and tonic board 

Number three: Bath caddy

Recently featured on George Clarke’s Old House, New Home, this is as decadent as it gets. And demand is high. Handmade in a variety of widths, the sturdy wooden caddy houses four tea light holders, a wine glass holder and a tablet stand. Our bath caddies ensure the ultimate in relaxation. Just what they need after the Christmas festivities.

Of course, we’ll engrave the edge or base with your personalised message to make it extra special. This is a gift that just keeps giving.

“It’s transformed the bathroom into a serene place for lengthy relaxation. I’m told it was the perfect gift.” Tom S.

 Number four: Boot jack

When it’s wet and muddy outside, there’s nothing more welcoming than a homely boot jack to help get those wellies off in quick-sharp time. And that’s why our wooden boot jacks are so popular. There’s room for (at least) one by every front door.

Designed to withstand the elements, our jacks are finished with Osmo TopOil. They’re a decent weight too, thanks to the quality of European oak. If you give your loved ones a boot jack this Christmas, they’ll get inside faster for a warm cuppa!

Lots of wellies to store? Take a look at our wooden welly boot stands.

“Just the best, well-received presents!” Anna L

View our boot jack

Number five: Personalised key rings

A heart-warming idea for so many, our engraved key rings are popular wooden Christmas gifts. Does Dad lose his shed keys? What about your parents and their summer house? Give them a homely, personalised key ring and they’ll never misplace keys again.

We craft our key rings from small pieces of oak and engrave them with your own message. They’re then finished with Osmo TopOil to bring out the attractive graining.  A sturdy ring enables the key to be securely attached.

“My father beamed when he saw his keyring, just for him. He loves it, thank you.” Clare P.


So, there you have it. Our top five wooden Christmas gifts, as chosen by our customers. We’ll be taking your Christmas orders until 16th December. As we make everything to order, the more notice you can give us, the better (especially for larger items). Rest assured, we’ll work hard to get your gifts to you in time for the big occasion. We love knowing we’re making so many people smile on Christmas Day.

Veuve Clicquot

Custom design for top Champagne brand

It’s a fine day when you get to work on a bespoke project for one of the world’s greatest names in Champagne. 

We were originally approached by Tewkesbury based, Capability Events. They have a well-deserved reputation for organising premium parties and events across the UK. Many celebrities and large organisations adorn their impressive client list. This time, it was Veuve Clicquot, a 250-year-old top Champagne brand that forms part of the Moet Hennessy group.

Veuve Clicquot wanted to find a way to personalise their “arrow” presentation cases in store at the point of sale. This was to be an exciting promotion, to run in high-end stores such as Selfridges in Manchester and London. Capability Events had the challenge of creating a stylish and practical facility to undertake the case personalisation.

Ben Leeke of Capability Events explains: “We devised and created a unique personalisation desk for Veuve Clicquot to use in Selfridges stores. The customer would purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and have the lid of the “arrow” shaped tin personalised; with their hometown and the distance from Reims in France, for example.

We needed a custom-made wooden board that could hold the tin lids in place whilst they were being personalised in-store. The board needed to meet our style and quality credentials, given that it presented a high-end brand in a top retail store.

We contacted John at Engraved Oak Company. He quickly understood our brief and came up with a design that worked perfectly and looked fantastic. The boards for each desk are made to order, and John’s turnaround times are always fast. We’ve also ordered some variations on the original board, for example, a board to hold Moet Hennessy Champagne bottles. As ever, John made this extremely quickly and to a high standard.

The Veuve Clicquot team were delighted with their custom-made boards. They could understand exactly how they made the store operatives’ lives easier when undertaking the personalisation, whilst also maintaining the brand’s look and feel. The personalisation process felt polished and professional. Every time this promotion has run in a store, sales have significantly increased.

It’s reassuring to have skilled craftsmen like John at Engraved Oak Company on hand to enhance our events when necessary. We cannot fault his craftsmanship, creative ideas and fast, friendly service.”

Thanks Ben! We love working on custom projects, whether they’re for a company or an individual. Should you need a personalised wooden item and be unsure where to start, please do get in touch. We have a reputation for delivering a great job and we’d be delighted to help you.

Contact John today.

5 unique wedding presents for couples

They’re getting married and they’ve got everything. You haven’t a clue. If only you could find some unique wedding presents to buy…

So many of our customers purchase their wedding presents from us. They tell us that, even when the couple has everything, there’s always room for our handmade wooden gifts. 

Practical, personalised and timeless, they’re the perfect balance. With such a raft of great feedback, we know your happy duo will be delighted.  

Without further ado, here are five fantastic and unique ideas for wedding presents.

Unique wedding presents they’ll be thrilled to receive

#1: Personalised chopping board

There are chopping boards, and then, there are chopping boards. Crafted from solid European oak, your wedding couple will marvel at the workmanship that’s gone into their special board. At 42mm thick, they’re weighty and long-lasting. You’re choosing a high quality, British-made item here. It’ll take pride of place in their kitchen.

Engraved with your personalised message on the edge and base, this is a keeper to help them remember their spectacular day.

“Top marks for fantastic speedy service (arrived early) and a great quality product…bought as a wedding present.” Sue T 

View our large personalised chopping boards


#2: Welly boot stand

If your couple love the outdoors, indulge them with their own, personalised welly boot stand. Robust and strong, it’s designed to stand outside against a wall. Finished in Osmo UV Protection oil, it’s ready to withstand the elements.

Choose from a stand to hold two pairs of wellies (his and hers), or up to six. Perhaps in anticipation of little feet?

“We bought this engraved welly boot rack as a wedding present – brilliant. My daughter and son-in-law loved it.” Kenneth W

View our personalised welly boot stand


#3: Tealight holder

Perhaps, in your quest for unique wedding presents, you’re searching for something romantic? Let me introduce our tealight holders.

Holding from two to ten tealights, your wooden holder will be crafted from a single piece of solid oak and hand-finished with three coats of oil to bring out the beauty of the graining. Add a personalised message for the couple and they’ll love using this; in the lounge, in the bathroom, in the bedroom.

No reviews! A bit of creativity?

“They loved it! Thank you so much. The quality is out of this world and your help with my order most welcome.” Anna C

View our tealight holder


#4: Gin & tonic board

What could be more thoughtful than their very own G&T board? Add a cheeky message on the base if you like. They’ll love using it to make refreshing drinks together in the evening.

Designed and made with love, we want this board to take pride of place in their home for years to come. And so, it will. Your thoughtful (and unique) wedding present.

“Fabulous ...once again! A really thoughtful gift for us G&T lovers. I have bought a few!” Lorraine B

View our gin & tonic board


#5: Coat rack with shelf

Satisfyingly heavy, this coat rack will last as long as their marriage. Choose from three to ten hooks – all finished in brushed steel. They’ll welcome the hidden fixings that prevent unsightly screws in the wall.

If your wedding couple are still nest building, this coat rack is ideal. A homely sight when you walk in the door. And of course, we’ll engrave your personal message on the edge.

“Was slightly put off at first with the price. But wow is it worth it!!” Sarah C

View our coat rack with shelf


Want a custom-made gift?

Commission us to bespoke-design your unique wedding presents. We love to bring your ideas to life. Based on one of our products, or something entirely different, we’ll create a gift that’ll be stand-out and adored.

Need some inspiration? Get in touch and we’ll tell you what we’ve custom-made before.