Ive found that women between the ages of 15 and 85 love these little gifts.
Its nothing new, but I use all the cut off pieces that most usually dump or use for kindling.
I use any stain I have laying around, and dont usually stain or polyurethane any of them till Im doing something else requiring polyurethane.
(Ive never had anyone complain about them burning or igniting, and Ive made Id guess around 50-60 so far over the past 1.5 years)
Take a scrap of hardwood, figure out a pattern, take out the 1.5 inch forstner bit, and bingo, its done. (now I rout the sides all at once, this way I dont have to set up the router more than once, I cut the holes, and leave them in a box till IM ready to rout, and I stain when Im doing something else, so theres really little time consumption invovled)
Sometimes I get fancy and will put a nice glass voltive in the middle of circular ones, use green and red tealights for christmas, theres little limit.
When I have time, I make step like shapes, pyramid shapes, always using a piece of scrap.
The women I give them too, or my wife gives them too love them.
The fact that it was "handmade" , adds a bit, since its more personal.
Ive never met a woman who doesnt enjoy a candle now and then(Only the young moms dont want candles around, but they like it for show)
Heres a few in different states of completion.
Just sharing(a bag of tealights usually cost around 2 bucks for 50, but if you look for sales, it brings the price of these down to next to nothing, and it takes a minute to make.)
and Im quite sure the women would prefer a nice salad bowl or turned piece of wood, but these take no time and dont cost anything(using the scraps)The one on the right sells for 30 dollars in a candle catalog Ive seen.(second from right, 4 candles, that was from the white oak chairs I redid.)