I have a hard time figuring out what kind of gifts to make for Benjamin. He doesn't love cluttery, purposeless items, he is picky about his clothes, and hobby-related items can be hard to make. Happily for me, though, over the past few years he has added golf to his list of hobbies (music, gaming, writing, golf). I can't build a guitar, amp, or piano, code a computer game, or plant inspired phrases in his brain, but I can make golf towels! Perhaps the best thing about golf towels is that they'll look pretty grungy after one season of golf, so if he likes them, I can make some more next year! And the next, and the next, and maybe even the next. ; )
I found a tutorial (which I followed pretty exactly with the exception of the corner pocket which I left out), gathered supplies, and after less than an hour of sewing, I had two terry-cloth-and-corduroy golf towels. I even installed grommets in one of the corners of each towel, which was a first for me. They look nice, and I hope he'll enjoy using them next summer!