We had a short visit from a weeble-wobble type friend before school let out. My 5th grader said to me at four in the afternoon, "And, Mom, my last bit of homework is a gift for the exchange at school tomorrow."
I did a few quick calculations and decided that if I worked quickly and figured driving time as "free time", then I could probably needle felt a gift within the price range of the class gift exchange.
So I got to work. First I consulted with the 5th grader. We talked ideas. We made plans. Then I set to work. There are details--like the blue eyes and very red (cherry red, mom!) nose that were definitely beyond my liberty to change--but overall I thought he was cute. And the felted friends in the cupboard enjoyed their visit from Santa very much!