My latest projects have come up in KNOTS and NOTS!
Knitting should be fun--not stressful, painful, or hand-numbing. When it begins to get unfun, it's definitely time to throw it down and do something else (although getting my house in order certainly wouldn't be my preferred pastime--maybe kayak fishing).
And gift cards are a great idea--especially if there are lots of people on your list.
Maybe next year consider trimming that list down quite a bit??!!!
After all, this fact applies to most people in America: What could we possibly need or want that we haven't already bought ourselves?