I have to be VERY careful what I make for my mother. When I was in highschool MANY years ago, I crocheted her a full length robe in a shell stitch using the then current brown/gold/orange colors. Done in a cheap acrylic (which was all I knew about back then). She still has it and pulls it out to show my children. It doesn't fit her anymore, but it's stored carefully in the top of her closet. I had no idea she still had it until she brought it out to show my grown daughters.
She also still has the poncho I made my baby sister from the same era, and the shawl. None are worthy of long term storage.
I finally found just the thing for her! She has trouble keeping her feet warm and loves the slipper socks I make for her. She wears them out almost faster than I can keep them knit! But hey.. if they get worn out, they eventually get tossed (after I put a new toe/ball of the foot in them a few times).
So, she will be getting slipper socks along with a few other goodies.
My MIL was a very sweet woman. When I was in my first years of University I decided to see what would happen if I took a needlepoint pattern and crocheted each stitch. I used what I had on hand... and so the hook was a bit large and the colors weren't just right, but you could tell it was a rose. Rather rough. Nothing I wanted to keep, but MIL loved it and framed it and for over 20 years I had to look at that thing over her dinning room table! I offered to make her something to replace it, but she wasn't giving it up.
When she died and we cleared out her house, it was the first thing I took down and tossed. However, if she were still here, I would gladly make her another!