We want our recipients to laugh and with luck actually use the thing we've made.
Measure a pillowcase you own to make a pattern or I made a patten for a pillow case in Simplicity 2200.
This pattern has a simple tote bag, as well, and that is another great option for novelty fabric.
AND pajamas are a great home made gift for someone just beginning to sew. Not too many people will notice if all the seams are perfectly sewn and there is nothing like sleeping in pajamas made with love.