Gathered and textured scarves are still quite popular. I've noticed that this year the gathering seems to me more sophisticated and structural than in the pas These are a few of the scarves I found on the Nordstrom website.
Then I got to wondering what the DIYers were doing. I think a lovely scarf would be a great holiday gift. The range of patterns and tutorials available online range from simple to ornate.
Gathered Scarf from Rain to Hope is a really cool modification on this Gathered scarf from Monster Yarn. There is also another modified version using sock yarn from Little Purl of the Orient which is quite beautiful.
Gathering the fabric before dyeing gives you beautiful shibori scarves. This one by Silken Wind is an easy start. You can also do the shibori techniques with knitted scarves as Just Jussi shows here. Cynthia Reynolds shows an awesome shibori technique in her tutorial.
Ruffles the easy way using Cha-Cha yarn from Trendsetters. I think I need to make one of these for myself!
While this Five Fat Quarter scarf from Tea Rose Home isn't gathered, I really like the idea of using fat quarters to create a cool scarf that looks like it came straight of the racks of Anthropologie.
Perhaps you have your own tutorial, or know of one I missed. Do share, please!