One idea I would like to suggest is this:
The 'next Christmas' stuff that we all want or have started you might want to do some of the smaller, faster projects that are more generic...meaning, they aren't really for anyone in particular, but are among the throngs of gifts you give to neighbors, co-workers or friends. These might include candle mats, place mats, mug rugs, hot pads... I usually go ahead and wrap them and put a label on so I know what it is. I have trouble formulating what I want to make my family and friends for the next year, but these gifts cover at least some of the ones I'll need.