In preparation for this Christmas (and because I already had a big ass hook), I started work on 5 1/2 hour throw. Lion Brand has several variations of this pattern--basically, choose super bulky yarn and get V-stitching. My choice was based on color preferences--the boyfriend likes orange, and Nicole Stitch Studio Heartfelt Heritage had an orange I thought would be good.
This is not actually a 5 1/2 hour throw, even accounting for the fact that I had to work and rest from grappling with a massive plastic hook. Unless everybody's way better at maneuvering gargantuan crochet hooks than I am, there's no way this is even 6 hours of work even if that's all you did that day. It's an improvement over the previous Infinity Hours Afghan, and it is a quick project, but you're not going to finish it while binge-watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
the week after your cat eats yarn is fairly unpleasant, I decided to go with a single crochet border all the way around.
This was also a way to incorporate the boyfriend's second signature color, blue. Despite not going to UVA (other than that one time when we visited Charlottesville), the boyfriend likes orange and blue together, and he was happy with the dark orange and dark blue.