An idea that just popped in my head is that you can give this Chinese claypot as a Christmas gift if you still need a last minute gift. All asian supermarkets carry this item. Many of the claypots have designs on them. The Japanese ones are usually expensive, but they are beautiful. The one I have is a very traditional claypot.
cooking instructions I posted earlier. Some claypots come with a box, but if not, you can just get a paper box and stick some styrofoam in it, gift wrap it, and voila--you have a unique gift to give for the holidays. Come to think of it, it can also be a great housewarming gift.