I think I found the pattern I'm going to use for my Giftee...it's a nice mitt pattern, knitted in the round AND flat to create the thumb hole. This of course totally makes me curious and is probably a good part of why I chose this pattern. I should be casting on today at lunch or tonight.
I'm not going to make them the full eight inches; I think I'm going to shorten them to around five and a half or six, just covering the wrist. If these turn out nicely, I might make a pair for myself with a nice varigated.