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’ve got 10 tips to make your silly season shopping stress free!
1. Choose something that suits their personality
Look at the clothes and jewellery they normally wear. Bright and colourful or sleek and monotone? Gold or silver? Understated or dramatic? These factors will often give you hints about the kind of jewellery that suits their taste.
2. Buy unique
It shows that you’ve put thought into tailoring the gift to their needs. Showing up with the same chain store present as Great Aunt Betty is a sure fire way to have it end up in the return pile. 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. And 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 make it that little bit more special!
4. Give rings a miss unless you know their ring size
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!
6. After something special? Customise!
Whether the gift is designed from scratch or a customisable design, it’s sure to win them over. Remember that it takes additional time to have something special made, so plan ahead and get sorted early! Find out how to create your very own story-worthy piece.
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 are a great way to put the choice in their hands. It means they can pick 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.
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