Lionbrand Yarn, or these scrappy scarves, might be just the ticket.
The afghan is made from Wool Ease Thick and Quick and a 'P' hook. I loved the colors, it worked up quick, and the yarn was a joy to crochet with. There was in fact enough yarn left over to make the two scarves here.
My most favorite thing to make for gifts is scarves from yarns in my stash. I like to use bulky weight yarns and mix up the textures and fibers. For these scarves, with an 'N' hook and bulky weight yarn, just chain 100, then work six to nine rows of half-double-crochet. This will give you a scarf from four to five feet long and 4.5 to 6 inches wide. Use different colors, or similar colors with different yarns, or use up whatever you have on hand. What better than a warm and loving hug around the neck for your friends and family?