If you want to make a special gift, a terrific twig trivet is a great choice. It's a functional gift -- it helps to protect the table from hot pans or dishes -- and it will be especially appreciated because you made it yourself.
This is a trivet and a whimsey. A trivet is a device in which you put something hot on, until it cools. A whimsey is a piece made by a craftsman, and taken home for his personal use. The maker of this piece, Edwin Hayward, was a worker at Tiffany Studios.