Glad you specified a non-cartoonish elephant as there's plenty of those!
Here's a few freebies, hope you can find something suitable for your friend (nice gift idea too!)
this one sort of is cartoonish, but better than the childish sorts of ones, look down the lefthand side (the first one, there are about 3 of them):
Second pattern from bottom:
pattern here for the one above:
probably these are too large:
ROFL couldn't resist "Ellie the Circus Elephant!"
not sure how you get these patterns from this site, could be too large anyhow:
If there aren't any you like, please email me directly and I'll have a better look for you!