I actually love this as a gift idea for family...except there is now way I would be able to make them
Stupid Simple Wood Carving Designs For Beginners - Best Wood Carving Tools
Exercises wood carving for beginners:
Handyman tips guide through wood carving tools! Learn all about beginner sets and sets for master carvers! Choose the set that suits you best and start carving!
pyrography stroke guide http://www.lsirish.com/tutorials/pyrography-tutorials/fundamentals-and-techniques-pyrography/basic-woodburning-strokes-and-textures/
How to Use a Dremel / The Dremel Bit Guide (this post is great for figuring out what bit to use on a project-- plus it gives you ideas on what to do with your Dremel tool)
Easy-To-Do Wood Carving Ideas for whittling and chip carving to help get you started and familiar with various cuts and techniques.
Beginners Carving Corner and Beyond: Ultra Flat Plane Animals For Patterns
whittling ideas for beginners - Google Search