If you don't think the recipient will be good with taking care of the gifts, I would suggest superwash yarns. There are other KP yarns that are superwashed. You just have to go with your gut feeling on this. Sometimes putting washing instructions and even including an itty bitty bottle of one of the handwashing products can help. But even the best of us accidentally felt things every now and then.
The Swish bulky knits up quickly.