The best part about these wool mittens is that I did not slavishly knit them myself. (If I had, it would have been one pair instead of 12!) There are a couple of Etsy shops that have inexpensive hand-made items that can then be embellished or personalized . (see SHOPS below) I just gave a pair to a colleague who retired recently, and also a pair to my hairdresser. I like the fact that there is a little or a lot of embellishment, and it's fun to personalize with the recipient in mind. Also, a pair of beaded mittens are 'not too serious', so its something that's handmade, pretty and has a whimsical twist.
Knit4you- wonderfully simple all-wool mittens in really nice colors and nice quality un-scratchy wool. All the pictures shown here started with Knit4you mittens.
SoEclectic-this shop has some really adorable striped handwarmers that are just begging for a little bling. Of course they are also super cute as is :)
Zoeleon-I have not personally tried this shop, but the fingerless gloves look simple, are in wool, and are still inexpensive enough to not break the bank.