Since I have been heavily into crochet, most of mine were crocheted objects, but not all.
Here are baskets I made - different sizes and shapes - one for each of my friends. Some began using the baskets right away - filling them with pastel pencils or pens - or their drink glass! I told my friends to use them until they "dissolve"! I'm still new at this and not sure I always finish off the way I'm supposed to.
Another gift was a neat journal I found last year just after that retreat. I'm just proud of myself that I was able to keep track of them and not lose them over the course of the year! The one below is one I kept for myself; the others all had different designs. These are nice because they have a zipper where you can store your pens.