Creating Unique Holiday Gifts With Burl Wood

Creating Unique Holiday Gifts With Burl Wood

15th Nov 2022

burl wood, exotic wood

Did you know that Americans spend over $900 on average on holiday gifts? With all the secret Santas, white elephants, and family gatherings, it's no surprise that people end up spending that much.

If you want to trim your holiday budget this year, consider DIY holiday gifts. This will help you save money, and your thoughtfulness will touch your friends and family.

Not sure where to start? Give woodworking a try! People will go crazy for a holiday wood gift, especially one made from burl wood.

Keep reading to learn more about this exotic wood and some great gifts you can make with it.

What is Burl Wood?

Burl wood isn't a distinct wood species but a characteristic of the wood. Burls are knotty growths that appear on the outside of tree trunks. These formations are often the result of injury to the tree, fungal infection, or insect infestation.

These deformities look unsightly on the outside of the tree, but they have unique grain patterns on the inside. Due to its beauty, burl wood is sought after by artisans and woodworkers. This exotic wood is often used to make furniture and other household objects.

DIY Wood Gift Ideas

DIY gifts are fun to make and are always appreciated.Below are some awesome woodworking gifts that you can make with burl wood.

Garden Planter

If someone in your family has a green thumb, a garden planter might be the perfect gift for them. For growing vegetables, try a planter box with an attached trellis. A small raised bed with legs is great for flowers or an herb garden.

Laptop Stand

With so many people working from home these days, a laptop stand is the perfect holiday wood gift for almost anyone on your list. To make it even more functional, add compartments for storage. If you're really handy, add foldable legs to it can turn into a lap desk.

Storage Chest

Ask almost anyone, and they'll agree they need more storage space. A personalized storage chest is a wonderful, thoughtful gift. If any family or friends have children, make a smaller version as a toy box.


Burl wood coasters are the perfect stocking stuffer or white elephant gift. Everyone will want them! These will make for beautiful, stunning home decor.

Cutting Board

If you know someone who loves to cook, a burl wood cutting board might be just the thing they're looking for. If they think it's too pretty to take a knife, they can use it as a cheese tray or a charcuterie board.

Serving Tray

With so many gatherings this time of year, everyone will need a serving tray. This is an easy woodworking project that's sure to get everyone talking.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Burl wood is a beautiful type of exotic wood. You can make all kinds of unique and thoughtful holiday gifts using burl wood.

At Global Wood Source, we have all kinds of pieces and slabs of burl wood that you can turn into something amazing.Get in touch today to let us know how we can help with your woodworking project.

Global Wood Source is a family-owned and operated lumber yard and mill specializing in exotic woods from around the world and rare domestics. We personally acquire and inspect each piece of log and timber obtained from forests and jungles worldwide.