Jill's book has several patterns for both dolls and toys. She has a simpler doll pattern, that is really dear, and a pattern for marionettes and topsy/turvey dolls. For toys, there is a perfect Velveteen rabbit, a precious pony, and a sleepy puppy. Something here for every child in your life (including yourself!).
Jill has a unique way of making hair for her dolls. I've never tried it, but always loved the result she gets. You can find Jill on her blog Bybido. Check it out!
Here is another great dollmaking book, available through Dover Publications, for a 14 inch storybook doll
I have to admit, I have not made a doll from this book, but the patterns look simple, and there are lots of pictures of the doll construction. And, several color plates of finished dolls, like this:
The author includes many accessories for this doll, including the sweet pets you see pictured here.
So, come Black Friday, turn it into a White Friday and make the child in your life a handmade gift that they will cherish forever.