Don't worry. I've already told my Mom's not to look. And they like surprises too much to spoil it. :)
For my step Mom, Pat:
Knitty's Pedicure Socks
She doesn't get lots of pedicures in the winter but she does live in her flip flops and well, the desert gets cold at night. Those are my feet modeling them and don't worry, her feet are longer than mine.
For my Mom:
Hand spun yarn. OK, so it's not perfect handspun yarn but she's mom, she'll love it. And I'll give her full permission to felt if it that's what her heart desires.