My future sister-in-law registered for a set of black dishes and white dishes so for her bridal shower so I sent her these two black pot holders and 4 black & white dishcloths to match her future dishes. Honestly, they are the best potholders and dishcloths money can't buy. They take a lot of time to make but are such good quality that they are totally worth it. I don't know what I'd do without mine.
I'm teaching a couple friends how to crochet tomorrow night and I'll start them off on a hotpad. It's a good starting point for beginners.