We’re getting to that list-making, gift-giving, present-wrapping time of year. How well you’ve organised yourself could make the difference between celebratory fist pumps or frantic nail biting come December 25th.
Getting the lucky people in your life jewellery for Christmas is a great way to win extra brownie points. But it’s not without its perils. Fortunately, we’re here to share 10 tips to make your silly season shopping stress free.
1. Tailor the gift to their personality
Look at the clothes and jewellery they normally wear. Big and blingy or minimalist and monotone? Neons or neutrals? Gold or silver? The answers to these questions will give you valuable hints about the kind of jewellery that’s up their alley. If you prefer to shop with guidance, ask sales assistants or customer service staff to recommend options based on your observations. Easy!
2. Buy unique
It shows that you’ve put thought into tailoring the present to their needs. Showing up with the same chain store necklace as Great Aunt Gertrude is a sure fire way to have it end up in the return pile. Look for gifts from independent retailers and smaller handmade brands as you’re less likely to find something that they have seen before (or worse yet, already own). Great places for unique jewellery gifts include Etsy, Lustr and Local Threads.
3. Make it personal
Choose jewellery that can be engraved or set with birthstones. Don’t feel limited to the name or initials of the person you’re buying the gift for. Customising jewellery with a personal message, a symbol or partner’s and children’s names can turn it from something generic into a keepsake that will be treasured forever.
4. Give rings a miss unless you know their ring size
It’s not easy to guess a ring size and there’s too much room for error. Go for bracelets, earrings and necklaces, which aren’t as reliant on exact sizes.
5. Consider the message
Who is the gift for and what do you want to say with it? Sending a diamond ring to someone you’ve just met may be a tad inappropriate (don’t be THAT guy). Think about whether the gift should be deep and meaningful, sweet and romantic or fun and frivolous. If in doubt, necklaces, bracelets or earrings are often safe bets.
6. After something special? Customise!
Whether the gift is designed from scratch or an existing (but customisable) design, it’s sure to win them over. It shows that you’re willing to go above and beyond to create that perfect present. Remember that it takes additional time to have something bespoke made, so plan ahead and get sorted early. Find out how to create your very own story-worthy Christmas gift.
7. Choose somewhere with good post purchase service
Fact is, no matter how hard you try, your gift may be returned or relegated to the bottom of a sock drawer for the rest of its life. Wherever you’re buying from, find out what the return and exchange policy is, or whether they have a Happiness Guarantee for extra peace of mind.
8. Shopping for someone picky? Get a gift card!
Gift cards may seem like the easy way out. But if your gift recipient is someone who likes to make their own choices, it’s a great way to put the power in their hands. It means they can pick out something they really want and they may just love you more for it!
9. Don’t forget the guys
10. Think ahead
Whether you’re getting something made or ordering online, don’t forget to allow a little extra time for delivery – especially around those busy Christmas periods. Your post office (and your jeweller) will thank you for it. This is also true if you’re shopping in person. Getting ahead of the Christmas rush means that your gift is less likely to be out of stock. More options and less stress. Win-win!
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