I have started a scarf for a man who doesn't like new clothes, doesn't like gifts and has a horror of being conspicuous. Which makes Christmas presents tricky! I came to the conclusion that something soft, cosy and as understated as possible might work - fingers crossed!
I'm using linen stitch as it has the least 'this is hand-knitted' signs of any stitch I know. I'm probably going to felt it as well. It will be in two layers for extra warmth - which is why it is a circle at the moment. And surely this colour of charcoal grey couldn't threaten anybody!