It would be quite a pleasant surprise to provide the finished piece for the next important event. Its going to be a pretty piece using all of the skills that you have acquired over the years.How ever many I'm actually working on plus one.
I started a bedside table as an anniversary gift to my wife about 15 years ago. Some beautiful quilted maple from @Mike1950 for the top, some very nice tight curly maple boards for the aprons and drawer front. It was early days, and I thought I knew the limits of my skills, so I bought duplicate parts in poplar for me to make my mistakes and learn what I was about to do without screwing up the good stuff.
I was right about the limits of my skills at the time, what I grossly overestimated was the limit of my attention span. Got as far as tapering the practice-run legs, then got distracted - didn't even get as far as cutting a mortise in any of them. They (and the rest of the boards) are still sitting on the shelf waiting. I did glue up the top though - maybe I'll cut it to final size and smooth it in time for our next anniversary.