Pattern for present for my mum in australia

I want to knit somethinf for my Muum for Australian Mothers day which is mid May an the beggining of their winter - although in Sydney i dont think it gets as cold as int he UK!

My mum is a bit of a tomboy (nothing fluffy or ‘mumsy’), and young for her age (shes 50 but is learning to body board and has developed a taste for dub and break beat music)

Im still a begginer but would like to do somethign like a shrug or simple cardi. does anybody know an apropriate pattern please?

Lok at some of these
http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?P=0&PG=lady&PT=k&LGC=


http://www.knittingwisdom.com/patterns/cardigans-and-wrap-sweaters/fitted-rib-jacket.htm
http://straw.com/cpy/patterns/punk-jacket.html
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/iceland-VCollarJacket.html
shrugs
http://joann.com/content/projects/projectsDisplay.jhtml?articlePath=%2Fcontent%2Fprojects%2Fstatic%2Ffall05%2Fknit_bolero.jhtml&CATID=25293
http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=elann.com+Peruvian+Cuzco&Cat=&ProductType=5&Count=1

thank you some nice ideas there, now i have to decide which one and not get scared off by the patterns.