A 2019 survey by Coinstar indicates that 51% of people get stressed about buying the right gifts for their loved ones. There’s no denying that it can be tricky to choose the right thing. Plus, it seems like it’s always someone’s birthday, and Christmas will be here before you know it. If you’ve got many female friends and family members, you could ease your gift-giving stress by choosing a perfect jewelry gift. This classic present is timeless, stunning, and always well-received.
You might think that giving earrings, bracelets and necklaces is only appropriate for someone who you’re in a romantic relationship with. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many women love jewelry, but don’t think to buy it for themselves. Not to mention, there are many ways that you can add a personal touch to jewelry and make it a valued, meaningful gift.
Who should you give a jewelry gift to?
So long as you pick the right piece, this is a great gift for almost any woman you have a close bond with. They will surely appreciate the thought and effort that went into choosing the piece. Along with your romantic partner, jewelry is also a great gift for female family members. Consider giving jewelry gifts to your family, like sisters, moms, aunts, and grandmothers.
Beyond this, if you have a particularly close female friend, it would be lovely to celebrate your bond with a thoughtful jewelry gift. Just remember that, if you’re of her preferred gender, she may interpret the gift as a romantic gesture. If you don’t want that to happen, be very careful about the type of jewelry you choose to give her. Anything heart-shaped or romantic should be off the table. Of course, if you want to add romance to your relationship, this could be just the way to do it.
A final group of people who you could consider giving jewelry to would be the family of your romantic partner. Buying something such as a beautiful gold pendant or pearl earrings for your mother-in-law is a great way to win some favor. In this context, jewelry could be a gift to make a great first impression when you meet her family for the first time. Or, jewelry could be a perfect Christmas gift for her sister, mother or aunt, even if you already know them well.
Who should you avoid giving jewelry to?
With that said, it’s important to note that jewelry is quite an intimate gift. Therefore, you want to ensure you don’t make anyone feel uncomfortable. Jewelry makes a great gift for people you already have a close personal relationship with. And, as stated above, make sure you avoid giving jewelry to a close female friend if you don’t want to pursue a romantic relationship with her.
It’s recommended that you hold off on giving jewelry to clients, bosses, and anyone you have a professional relationship with. The only exception could be a colleague. If you work with someone and your relationship has become more one of friendship than coworkers, you likely have the all-clear to buy her a jewelry gift.
Choosing a jewelry gift for your family and friends
There are so many types of jewelry to choose from! If you choose the right pieces, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate your love and bond. The main thing to keep in mind is that you want to lean away from any romantic jewelry. Here are some ideas.
Jewelry with a special meaning
One of the most beautiful things about jewelry is how it tends to represent something. If you’re in a relationship with the person you’re giving the gift to, the jewelry is usually designed to represent the love that you share. But if you’re giving a jewelry gift to family or friends, you may need to get creative and find a different unique meaning.
Have a think about who you’re giving the jewelry gift to, and consider what’s important to them. If you’re buying a gift for your sister, who loves animals, consider a small cat or paw print shaped charm. For an openly Christian coworker or friend, you could consider getting her a crucifix necklace.
However, it’s even better if you can find a meaning that also relates to you, and describes your bond. For instance, maybe you have a female friend who you do outdoor activities with. If you recently went hiking in a forest, you could get her a beautiful necklace with a leaf-shaped pendant. That way, when she wears the necklace, she’ll remember how much fun you had together.
Designer jewelry is likely to be made from high quality metals, like gold, silver, platinum or rhodium. These materials tend to last a long time, and continue looking gorgeous for years. If you want to choose a jewelry gift that’s going to have some serious staying power, look no further than designer pieces.
It’s a fairly big investment, but designer jewelry is a great option for a close friend or family member. Not to mention, if you’re trying to impress your girlfriend’s family, buying some small designer earrings or a bracelet for her mother could be an amazing choice. Of course, have a think about her family and if this seems like the type of thing her mother would like.
One key point to remember: don’t buy designer jewelry for someone if it’s very far outside of their own price range. Obviously, you would never buy anyone a gift with any expectations or strings attached. But if you buy a friend an amazing designer necklace, she may wish to return the favor at some point. It’s not great etiquette to put her in an awkward position where she feels she might need to scrape together hundreds of dollars to buy you designer jewelry.
Minimalist and dainty stud earrings
Earrings are a great gift for your female friends and family. Most women would agree that they can never have too many earrings. Simple, dainty stud earrings are an excellent choice for everyday wear.
So long as you choose high quality metals, and don’t go for any designs that are too flashy, these are perfect. You could choose earrings with diamonds, quartz, cubic zirconia, or pearls – depending on your budget.
If you want to play it safe, consider plain metal, such as silver or gold. In this case, it’s really important to consider her skin tone. Warm toned women will look best in gold, and silver suits cool toned people far better.
To get an idea of her skin tone, take note of the clothes she wears. If they are more red, yellow, and brown, she’s likely warm toned. Blue, green and grey are more cool toned colors. And if she wears a lot of silver jewelry, stick to silver, and vice versa.
A chain necklace
Chain necklaces have been in style for so long now that it’s hard to argue that they count as a trend anymore. Of course, silver is slowly replacing gold on the runways, and different thicknesses come and go. But on a whole, chains are a timeless jewelry gift.
They’re also an amazing choice for family or friends, because they don’t feel too romantic. Chain necklaces are very gender-neutral, and don’t have much romance or emotion attached.
They’re also a highly versatile gift. Whether you’re buying for your sister, who has a cool streetwear style, or you’re looking for a gift for a feminine coworker, this is a great choice. It’s hard to go wrong with a high quality, minimalist chain necklace.
Key things to remember when choosing a jewelry gift
- Buy jewelry with a unique and personal meaning. Every woman will love to have something representing something special to her. The beauty of jewelry is how it allows her to hold something important to her near her all the time.
- Choose jewelry that fits with her style. When buying jewelry, pick something that will align with the rest of her outfits. It’s also wise to consider if she’s warm or cool toned, and buy gold or silver accordingly.
- Buy jewelry for a friend if you don’t think of them romantically. Of course, you can if your friendship is clearly defined and you’re both totally happy just being friends. But if there’s any potential for romance there, and you’re not interested in pursuing it, you should be careful about giving them the wrong idea.
- Give a friend or family member jewelry to make up for a fight. This is particularly true if you’re going for designer jewelry. Although gorgeous, it has the potential to look like you’re trying to buy their forgiveness.
- Give jewelry far out of their price range. This may cause them to feel pressured to return the favor, which could cause stress.
- Buy jewelry on a whim. Jewelry is expensive, so it’s important not to impulse buy. If you’re looking at pricey pieces, get a second opinion from a good friend before making your purchase.
If you consider these key points when you’re buying a jewelry gift for family and friends, there’s no doubt that you’ll pick the perfect thing.