There's nothing more flattering than receiving a gift handmade just for you—especially one that your friend painstakingly knit, embroidered, or crocheted over the course of several days, multiple YouTube tutorials, and a few bottles of wine. To get your creative gift-giving inspiration flowing, we've rounded up nine projects to whip up on the subway or while Netflixing this winter.
Oversized Knit Blanket
Those huge, cuddly knit blankets we're seeing all over the internet (including on our own Facebook live video!) may look easy to make, but if we want to master the technique in time for Christmas, we're thinking we better start ASAP. Giant wool yarn doesn't come cheap—the blanket kit above from Loopy Mango is $242—but knitting a loved one a giant wool cocoon is priceless.
Giant Knit Pouf
A knit scarf is always appreciated, but if you want to try something a little different this year, stitch up this cozy home decoration that doubles as an extra seat. Visit Pickles for the complete pattern.
Colorful Woven Wall Hanging
Weaving a handmade present comes with some startup costs (you'll have to invest in a loom and nice yarn), but once you have the basic supplies, you can weave a mini wall hanging for everyone on your list. Find out how to make the one above using a lap loom on Interiors Addict.
Embroidered Dish Towels
Have you ever seen anything more precious than these hand-stitched gardens from Flax and Twine? Thought not. Download the patterns, then work on this project while binge-watching Netflix.
Crocheted Makeup Pouch
Work on this crocheted pouch during your train ride to work and you'll have a finished present long before Christmas. Follow the pattern on All About Ami.
Chunky Knit Scarf
The trick to knitting a scarf this chunky is to use oversized needles the size of PVC pipes. Who says knitting isn't extreme? Get the full how-to on Lebenslustiger.
Embroidered Constellation Table Runner
Hanging Macrame Chair
I'm pretty sure if you give this macrame chair as a gift, you automatically win the best friend in the world award. The Darice craft blog, Live Craft Love, chronicles the process of creating the perfect chair, and also documents their failed attempts so you know what not to do.
Modern Geometric Quilt
A simple combination of squares and triangles makes this contemporary quilt easy enough to stitch together if you follow the instructions on eHow. The lucky recipient can decide whether to use the graphic statement piece as a bed cover or as a wall hanging.