My niece needed something as well, and I love the Hoot pattern! The owls are adorable, and the purple yarn is squishy and nice (it's a super wash acrylic since my sister likes to felt the things I make out of nice wool...ahem.) It took a few hours (5-ish, I think.) It's a very simple pattern, well-written with a few cables. Nothing complicated. I will say though that the proportions of the overall pattern seem a little off. It's short in the body compared to the width. I made a size 6 months, so it won't fit my niece for awhile yet.
I didn't make a ton of things for Christmas, but the few things I did make were fun and well-loved! I also made my boys robes, which of course they haven't allowed me to take decent pictures of yet. Hopefully soon so I can share!