My wife asked for a terrible particle board bench for Christmas. When I complained about the quality, she told me to build one instead. I may have been played.
I found the plans here and the only modifications I made were resizing to fit our space, and adding a tree design to the sides, cut using my desktop CNC router. The design was purchased from an artist shop on Etsy.
She loves the bench and I saved a few hundred dollars. I also got to finish another project which is awesome.