I believe it's been previously mentioned that I don't sit still terribly well, and that I do better with a hand project to distract me from fidgeting. When my grandma was in the hospital last year after a broken hip, I thought of crocheting her a shawl as a gift. I'm familiar with the concept of a prayer shawl, where basically the idea is that you're thinking of/praying for the person as you work on the shawl, and then they are given a gift of warmth and positivity. So I found a (naturally) free pattern online that would allow the yarn shades to be the star - bonus points that it was a mindless pattern, allowing me to work without paying much attention. That's important when one is crocheting while attending continuing education meetings or church!
This one was given to my grandma. The yarn I used is Red Heart with Love, which is softer than the regular acrylic.
This one became my mom's Christmas present. She loves yellow.
This one, which didn't photograph well, was for a friend for Christmas. I thought she'd enjoy the cheery colors! It is the Fruit Punch shade.