Here's what I decided to make as a surprise present for my daughter - she likes Fair Isle/Nordic style knitwear. I went for a pair of socks rather than mittens - you're less likely to lose one sock no matter how drunk you get in the student union bar! I stopped putting her mits on strings a long time ago.
My main Christmas craft difficulty (apart from lack of time - obviously there's never enought time) is that I'm struggling to make secret gifts for my partner and younger daughter who lives at home. I'm considering using work lunch breaks (total three hours per week) otherwise I'll have to lock myself in the bathroom. What does everyone else do?