Handmade gifts are the best in my opinion. I love to give people turned items as gifts for weddings, house warmings, birthdays and of course Christmas. Since my dad is also an avid turner he enjoys this kind of gift as well. This year he finished up 3 coffe mugs just in time for Christmas, (I saw him spraying the last coat of laquer the night we arrived at their home) My brother, brother in law and myself were the happy recipients of these mugs. Mine is the spalted hackberry in the middle. The left one is burr oak and the right one is walnut.