This is a bit of shameless advertising, but I've got a pattern up for sale on etsy and ravelry that's really lovely! It's a really beautiful scarf, with a braided pattern on one side and twists on the other. It knits up very quickly and would make a really nice present, the yarn is so soft and fuzzy and comes in lovely colours. It uses left twists and right twists for a cabled effect, but they're much easier than using a cable needle.
Available for download for a very reasonable $2 at ravelry (you need to be a ravlery member) or etsy.