Here are a few more gift ideas that will knit up in a flash:
Odessa : (non-beaded version) Many have knit this lovely hat. See Anonyknits version in worsted and no beads for a quicker knit.
From All Tangled Up: Have you tried 1 strand of ribbon yarn with 1 strand of brushed alpaca or mohair on 12mm needles? 2-3 hours and you have a warm and fashionable scarf. Easy-peasy but nice yarns works out expensive. My 3 balls of colinette mercury + 1 hank of brushed mohair worked out to over 25 pounds per scarf but the recipients love it… can it it cheaper with other yarns though
Anyone may add pattern suggestions in the comments area of this post. I’ll add them as I can.