So, I've picked up another craft again. I did a bit of embroidery a few years ago. I rediscovered it I think due to me watching Martha Stewart on a regular basis again. I think it'll make great gifts...I'm making tea towels out of this project. It's pretty quick and not a difficult craft. There are many many instructions and templates online and you can just trace them onto your project. There's also fabric transfer paper you can buy so you could trace any drawing you want onto different items like towels, pillowcases, bags, etc. Have fun!
resources: marthastewart.com, Hoop Love group on flickr for templates