A few years ago I discovered the pure joy of knitting and, while not particularly talented when it came to more complicated designs, I was able to shower friends and family all around the world with gifts of lovely soft scarves and shawls. There's something incredibly satisfying about creating something from a few balls of yarn and knowing that what you've created will delight and keep warm those people in your life you care most about.
More recently, I've learned how to crochet and have found it even simpler and more satisfying! My curent crafty passion is crocheting "granny"-styled afghan blankets. They're very simple, once you've mastered a few basic stitches (chains, double and treble crochet, generally), and it doesn't take long to make something gorgeous and completely unique. The best thing is that you can create all manner of blankets / throws using inexpensive yarn - I tend to buy a myriad of colours of acrylic 8ply for about $2AUD per ball - and sourcing free patterns online.
My favourite online craft website for crochet is Lion Brand Yarn. They have literally thousands of free patterns - for both knitting and crochet - including a lovely selection of afghans.
I'm already onto my second blanket and I like to imagine my future children and grandchildren snuggling up in my home-made crochet treasures, which is what I do with the blankets my nana has passed down to me.