One of the nice things about holiday gift knitting is that I (usually) get people involved in their gift. Hat, gloves, mittens, or scarf? What size/length/width/circumference? What favorite color(s)? And sometimes, what design?
It also helps that friends have come to expect that their holiday gift will never be ready at the Christmas holiday. In fact, the "holiday" in the holiday gift knitting means "after the New Year holiday" and that takes a load of self-deception and pressure off of me. And they get one more gift after the holidays are done. WIN-WIN! (You're welcome.)
Right now, it's the Shark-Tastic! mittens for the girly girl, which I will have done on the Christmas holiday.
Then there's fingerless mittens, earband wamers, scarves, hats, and a pair of wool/alpaca socks for gift knitting after the holidays.
Meanwhile, I'm lining up my first of two "thanks for being awesome" gifts for two friends.
Scarf one of Tricor Lux:
And it turns into a ruffled scarf, you can see it here.
Scarf two of Cascade 220 worsted:
And my reward is to knit up the plaid scarf by Franklin Habit for myself: