Well, up to this point I have been hesitant to start thinking about Christmas, but as we had our first snow a couple of weeks ago and it has now been snowing for the past three days, I’m starting to get into the mood. Curled up with a mug of cocoa and some spiced apricot oatmeal bread, watching the children play all bundled up in their snowsuits, I have been coming up with my Christmas list. Over the next few weeks I plan on sharing some high impact, low budget gift ideas for lots of different gifts. I hope you find something that you like. Up first is this gorgeous crochet bib necklace. I came across the pattern last weekend while searching for some new ideas and I love it. It is quite bold, and definitely fun, and for the right person it would be a perfect gift. It’s such a clever and easy pattern and can be made from start to finish in a matter of a couple of hours. My favourite part I think is that it uses ordinary 100% cotton yarn. You’re looking for a sturdy well defined necklace here so no need to spend a bunch on some luxurious yarns. Total cost? I spend $2 for the yarn and used only half of the ball. I did get the jewelry chain and closing for 50% off at Hobby Lobby, but even full price it would have been less than $2 for the chain and clasp. So, I spent less than $2 for an absolutely gorgeous, handmade, super high end looking necklace. I think so much of gift giving is the thought and effort that goes into it, not just the money. To know what the recipient likes and go about picking out and/or making them the perfect gift means a lot. Even though the cost is very little (which pleases the frugal side of me) I also know that someone who loves bold jewelry and accessories would love that this was made just for them. I’ll be back with some more gift ideas in a couple of days. If it’s cold where you are, stay warm, and if you still have some autumn left, enjoy it.