How about an idea for making gifts out of old socks? I'm serious. I buy Smart Wool socks for my older son because they keep his feet from smelling bad (TMI?), and also because the stripes are cool. But Smart Wool socks aren't cheap, so when he wears holes in them, I cannot throw them away. Enter the upcycled-sock mason jar cozy (and the easiest tutorial ever).
-- A sock or two with holes worn in the heels and/or toes.
-- Needle and thread
Step 2 :: If your sock does not have a thick cuff (where the fabric is doubled), turn sock inside out, roll a 1/4 inch (1/2 cm) hem and pin in place. If your sock does have a thick cuff, turn the sock inside out, bring the edge up to meet the bottom of the cuff, and pin in place. Use a needle and thread to stitch hem. (If you've never sewn a hem stitch, here's a link for how to do it.)
Step 3 :: All done! Now you or your gift recipient will not burn fingers on hot jars of coffee or tea (and no one needs to know that their gift originated as an old, worn out sock... shhhh...I won't tell.)