I don't do knitted Christmas gifts - that way madness lies. But earlier this year when I knit endless Noro scarves for mindless projects during all of the packing and moving madness, my SIL admired the colorway on one of them.
I did the basic garter in Silk Garden scarf that has been popular for a while. I didn't think I could handle stripes at the time. Instead to add some interest and make it a bit more feminine, I added columns of YOs.
Of course, I forgot to measure it before I wrapped it, so I can't tell you just how large a scarf I got out of two skeins, but it's plenty long. I washed it and shaped it a bit to dry and that did open up the yarn-overs nicely. They look slightly different on the back than the front, but not enough to make a distinct sidedness to it.