It's not a trick question, the obvious answer is, of course, make a pair of socks (and also, I was flummoxed for a title for this post); but, if you think about it, you can do so much more. You can (or at least I can, I have no idea what your ability is, but you are probably just as capable as I) really make someone's day by knitting them a pair of socks.
Handknit socks say: "you are special," "I like you" (enough to slog through hours of monotonous knitting on really tiny needles), "I am concerned about the possibilty that you might get frostbite on your toes and wanted to help prevent that", and I guess other things that could pretty much be covered by the first two statements. Regardless, the act of making handknit socks for someone means that you consider that person worth a good amount of your time, particularly so when the person has big feet.
I like my husband a goodly amount (probably a good thing), and when he asked me to knit him a pair of socks 3 years ago (I know, let's not go there), I was excited that he was actually requesting something handknit. So I found a good solid pattern without a lot of bells and whistles (while I like bells and whistles and what-have-yous, my husband is not a fan). I opted to go with Nancy Bush's Lichen Rib socks from Knitting Vintage Socks , because it's Nancy Bush, how can you go wrong?
Well, let me tell you how you can go wrong. At first I followed the pattern completely and this is what led to the hiatus on these socks. After I finished the first sock, K asked if it was supposed ot be uncomfortable. Um, well, no. The pattern, as vintagely written and retranslated by Ms. Bush has you putting purl stitches in the center of the heel and the toe. While I thought it sounded a little crazy pants when knitting the first sock, I figured, well, it's Nancy (as though I know her and we are friendly), obviously she knows what is best. Okay, Knitters, I ask you, would you want to be walking about on a sock with a purl bump down its center (for all practical purposes)? No, of course you wouldn't, neither would your spouse. I should have went with my gut and just done the heel and toe as I normally do, but I didn't and because I knew K would never wear this sock (or it's mate for that matter), into the UFO pile it went. And then, last month, I picked it up again, ripped back, re-knit the sock and its mate and now everyone is happy. The sock has gone from being "the most uncomfortable thing ever" to being the catalyst for the requesting of more knit socks...by everyone is my household with a y-chromosome.
And there is so much yardage in a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy (which really is quite smooshy, if we are being truthful) that you (or at least "I") can knit a pair of socks for the large-footed and then quickly crank out a pair of cute Stay on Baby Booties to boot (if the baby is a girl, she is going to look fierce in these booties--so very avant garde, no?).