If you are looking for a quick knitting/crochet project, then a scarf is always a winner and would make a lovely timeless gift.
There's lots of adorable yarn out there, but some yarns are more adorable than others!
One of them is the Colinette Point 5 pure wool chunky yarn, which comes in a large range of the most beautiful colours.
For my Indigo Rainbow Scarf shown in the image, I needed two hanks of this yarn, colour option Kingfisher no. 33.
The yarn is spun unevenly; it's quite thick in places, and you will need size 12mm needles.
Cast on 14 stitches, 2 knit/2 purl until you've used up all the yarn. Length of the scarf: 150cm x 12cm width.
Knitted in two days.
Quick, easy and ideal for a beginner.
UK stockist: http://www.cucumberpatch.co.uk/point_5.htm