This year, I figured it out. Mass production. Make 10 or more of the same thing, and it goes really fast, though there's a guarantee you will probably never make another one. Ever. The top pictures is just a selection of the Obi-inspired Hot/Cold packs from the book One Yard Wonders I made for a number of family members. The small purple square is one of two hand warmers, and the white floral rectangles are just larger hand/shoulder warmers. There's a tea-towel with ruffles in there somewhere, too. The hot/cold pack was something I thought that was useful, and very easy to make.
Good idea: Every single fabric was from my stash!
I also made knitted slippers for a lot of people this year. The one on the far left went to my best friend, the maroon ones went to my mom, the three others (unfinished, needed buttons) went to our three child-care workers, 2 from Grace Chapel's nursery, one from our weekly community group. I made upwards of 10 pairs of slippers this year, too.
Good idea: Everyone loved them, and I caught up on my Netflix queue while working on them!
Bad idea: guessing foot size is a bit tricky and hopefully none are falling off or stretching out!
Unfortunately I don't have a lot of other things to show, as I've already showed Ani's sweater, Lukka's poor thing is still waiting for sleeves, and I don't have a picture of Stefan's hat yet!
What did you make this year for Christmas, show us some links!