I made these boxes by combining a bunch of youtube and forum techniques and advice I'd been given. I followed the advice of Sunnybob here and left dovetails alone for the moment. My first few attempts (albeit in softwood) would not have made the grade for the recipients.
I gave two to my mother for her 60th and one to my girlfriend for her birthday and they're all very happy. I resisted the urge to point out all the mistakes I'd made and just let them enjoy them as I also read on here somewhere.
Overall a great experience and I can't wait to do more, and improve on the parts I know I can do better at! In particular the splines showing end grain and the tearout on the sapele.