One of the most popular ways to "finish" a fleece blanket is to make slits around the edges and then tie each resulting strip into a knot. But to make these blankets extra-special, say a separate short prayer for the recipient during the tying of each knot.
It's a simple gift that will clothe someone in prayer. What a meaningful, personal birthday or Christmas gift this would make, as well as for births and baptisms, and even charitable donations such as to the homeless or soldiers. This is also a something children can help with (well, theoretically - mine didn't work out so well). It's a wonderful way to get kids to practice praying for others with a hands-on project.
We are awaiting the births of two very important baby girls in our lives: one is our niece, and the other is our goddaughter.
I found cute baby girl fleece in the 50% off remnants bin at Jo-Ann Fabrics, enough for two baby blankets, and planned to make these blankets together with my 4 year-old son. Although in the adorable photo below it appears that my son is tying a knot, he, in fact, is not. He tried, and perhaps the strips were too short for his beginning fingers, but he wasn't able to do it, then declared it "boring" and didn't want to keep trying. So I ended up making them alone, and that's okay, too!
The prayers I said were for different parts of the baby's life. For example:
Relationships with parents
Relationships with siblings
Relationships with extended family
Relationships with friends
Relationships with children/grandchildren
I also took prayers from the 31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your children on keepingitpersonal.com.
(I actually have a printout of the color poster on the linked page which I keep next to my calendar, and each day I can pray the matching number prayer to the day of the month.)
Stay prayerful, my friends.