Easy practical craft project/gift (good for kids)
Here is a great easy project that absolutely delighted my eight year old girl: Go to a fabric store and let her pick out a pretty, cozy piece of polartec in a print that she likes (Delia chose one in lavender and yellow, showing teddy bears snuggling up to crescent moons). Buy a yard. Ours was on sale, and with the coupon it came to $4.00. Take it home, trim the edges straight. Make a straight cut from the middle of one side up to the exact center. That's it. Now it is a lovely shawl: your neck goes at the gap at the center point, and you drape the two cut sides around yourself. Then, make cuts about a half inch apart and three inches long along the top and the bottom edge. Knot them together, two by two. That's the fringe. It takes a half an hour, it's very easy, and it gives her something that delights her to snuggle up in when we turn the heat down to 62 degrees all winter long. And if I could just find the damn digital camera, I would post a picture for all to see. This is something that anyone, even a small child, can make, either for themselves or for someone else, as a gift which can be personal, thoughtful, and practical. It is something that you can make for yourself to help you bear it when you lower your thermostat. My daughter adores her shawl and wears it all the time.