Sure, there’s the wood selection. And the preparation. And the carefully cut joinery. Maybe some embellishment.
Yeah, that’s all well and good. But, whether you like it or not, the first part of your woodworking project that people encounter is the finish.
Since (hopefully) your holiday projects are getting close to the finish, this is an appropriate question. What is your go-to finish? Is it a hand-rubbed oil? A lacquer you shoot on the project? Maybe a varnish you brush on?