PURSE YOUR LIPS AND GET SEWING
A lot of people are enjoying cloth purses right now, so those who have plenty of free time (or actually--just a little bit of free time) can still whip off a few wonderful shoulder bags for very nice Christmas gifts.
Because I'm handicapped when it comes to following sewing directions, I'll direct you to website directions that even I can follow: TinyHappy's Shoulder Bag Tutorial.
Here is a bag I have given as a gift:
I used Walmart "upholstery" fabric and made my straps 6 inches shorter than the original. I have gotten many compliments on the one I used this summer (graciously modeled by my younger son):