My Mum was always liked to give home made gifts at Christmas. When I was a child/teen, I would love to help her make the Christmas gifts. Each year she came up with a project, and then made it up in different colours/fabrics to suit the recipients. Some of the gift ideas included: aprons, pot holders, string holders, etc. One year we even made up Macramé pot holders (I was enlisted to make them - it was the 70's after all!).
One of my favourite Christmas projects was the Peanut Pillow. It was handy travel sized pillow, shaped like a peanut, that was useful when going on long road trips or when relaxing in the bean bag etc. I was reflecting on the peanut pillows recently, and tweaked the pattern and made one up in more modern fabrics. I also added a hanging loop.
Peanut pillows are especially useful for anyone with a neck problem as they are soft, and support the cervical curve of the neck. We are planning a family holiday which will include a rather long place flight - perhaps the family will all find one of these in their Christmas stocking this year!