Regardless, I had two sweet nieces on my Christmas list this (last?) year. For the littlest one (only 2 months old at the time!) I made my first attempt at a 3D stuffed toy. Using an old Women's Day book of patterns from my Mother in Law, some left over gray fleece, and scraps of quilt batting I came up with a soft, sweet stuffed kitty. The face didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, but overall I'm pleased with the outcome.
And for my energetic, active and creative 2-year-old niece (whose mother recently introduced her to the glories of dress-up clothing), a super hero's cape! It's reversible so she can choose her alter-ego depending on her mood, and closes with velcro to make it easy for her to put on or take off.