With the holiday season right around the corner what gifts to give our friends and family members becomes the question on everyone’s mind. For a lot of us gift shopping becomes a tedious chore that dampens our holiday spirit, but charms jewelry shopping never gets old.
Sure, there are always more generic choices out there. There are toasters or waffle makers, usually unwanted gifts that we received. There are candles, as if everyone needs one extra one at every holiday season. There are clothes, thanks grandma, I will wear that sweater every chance I get (when nobody is looking).
How about something a little more exciting? A jewelry piece, that is picked out for both beauty and meaning, can be a memorable, unique, and often inexpensive gift.
Like any kind of fashion related gift, picking out the right one might seem like a challenge, since we all have our own tastes and styles. What’s so great about giving jewelry as a gift, instead of more personal items such as clothing and lingerie, is that most people will wear different types of jewelry for different occasions.
Also, while they might be conservative in fashion, most are at least willing to experiment a little with their accessories. Women will often match their jewelry to outfit what they are wearing, so they like to have lots of selection in their big jewelry boxes.
The key to selecting a piece of jewelry your friend or family member will love, is giving one that has meaning for them. Even while you might not be able to pick out a piece that completely fits their style, picking one that has meaning is fairly easy even if you don’t know them very well.
Charms are some of the best ways to add meaning to your jewelry piece, as they can represent different aspects of peoples’ lives that they most enjoy. For example, if your coworker just had a new baby, a cute baby shoe charm would melt her heart. If your friend loves his dog, he will think it is a hoot to have a face of his companion as a charm, even if he is not normally into jewelry at all.
If you are in doubt, just ask them what they like. Most people are happy to talk about their favorite things, even when you didn’t ask! Charms are also very versatile as you can use them in different jewelry settings, such as charms for bracelets, charms for necklaces, and even charms for key chains.
As far as jewelry design goes for your piece, if you feel like you might not get it right, you could skip this part. You could give them a simple silver charm and let them incorporate it into their existing jewelry. If you want to personalize it more though, you could handcraft it yourself by picking out a nice chain and putting your charm, or multiple charms, that you picked out for that person’s unique interests.
Personalized gifts are more special as it has an added meaning of being a gift, especially created by you. The best advice for picking out a jewelry piece for a present is to keep is stylistically simple, especially if you are not very close with the person the gift is intended for. Most people own some simple jewelry for casual days, even if they have more eclectic tastes in general.
Let me recap a few basic principles for picking out the best jewelry gift. Keep it meaningful to a person you are giving the gift to, keep it simple in style, and personalize it in some way. Armed with these tips, you could absolutely not fail to give a gift anyone will love. So maybe enjoy that gift shopping trip a little more this time!
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