For Todd: a rice neckwarmer/stress reliever. I saw something like this recently and thought he might like it, so I borrowed one of his shirts one night while he was sleeping, took a few measurements, and sewed a muslin U with channels to hold the rice. You just pop it into the microwave for a couple of minutes and the rice grains gets warm. I think Todd was more amused than impressed with it. We'll see if he ever actually uses it. Note that he is not wearing it in the photograph?
I made the slipcover with a print from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley so it looks nice and sort of masculine, I think. I also mixed some essential oils into the rice a few days before filling the neckwarmer so it smells good (like oranges and bay, because I didn't think he's like patchouli and lime so much) when the rice warms up. It stays warm for quite a while, and the weight of the rice combined with the heat is soothing after a long, stressful day.
I should have used this myself today, come to think of it.