To choose a good gift you need to personalize it to fit the person. In this case, the person was very interested in Egyptian culture. Building off of that idea, I set out to make something that looked Egyptian and could be useful.
After doing some research, I chose to do an Egyptian themed jewelry box. I noticed a lot of styles that used dark colors with gold accent. This led me to try a dark wood stain that is then engraved to reveal the lighter internal wood. I used random hieroglyphics for the four sides. On the top lid it has the eye of Horus since is watchful eye of the protector. Under the eye I put the person’s name in hieroglyphics.
I used a new type of hinge that allowed for smooth rotation of the lid and added a spacer and red felt inside.
It’s not something that I think would sell because of the costs and time involved to produce. But as a gift that wasn’t an issue.