If you are anything like me, you are looking at your Christmas list and panicking right now. Here is one present you can make very quickly, perhaps even with fabric left over from the last project you made for yourself. I made this with an old skirt and some nice lining fabric. You could even use an old T-shirt for the inside.
This is similar to Zoe's cowl, except made from a woven fabric with a soft lining. I cleverly designed it so the inside is larger than the outside, so that only softness touches the tender neck.
You need two pieces of fabric. Cut an inner soft rectangle 24" by 9" (61x23cm)and an outer fabric 24" by 8" (61x20cm). Basically this is the formula for the heights: Inside = outside+ (seam allowance x 2). This makes a rather fitted neckwarmer that easily slips over your head, yet tucks easliy under a coat. You can easily adapt the sizes to be wider for a looser look.
Place the two pieces right sides together,
pin and sew the long sides together. The inside will not lie flat.
This will look wrong, but when you turn it right side out it will rearrange itself into the correct shape. Now you can either slip stitch the lining shut. or simple fold the seam allowance inside and topstich it close.
Here's another view:
And here is an interesting version with buttonholes:
By the way, I think you could use something manly and maybe get a guy to wear this too. It's worth a try anyway.