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Jewellery can make an absolutely wonderful present for any occasion. So, if you’re planning to treat a special someone for their birthday, Christmas, graduation, or even “just because”, a beautiful accessory will fit the bill perfectly. But there are so many different options out there that settling on the perfect piece can sometimes be quite difficult.
There are a few questions you can ask yourself to make the process a bit easier, and guarantee you manage to pick out something that the recipient’s sure to love. Here, we’ll talk you through the main factors you need to consider, and hopefully help to point you in the direction of the right gift for your loved one.
Take inspiration from what they usually wear
Whenever you’re picking out jewellery for someone else, the best tip we can possibly give is to pay plenty of attention to what they already wear on a day-to-day basis. This will give you a good idea of what they feel comfortable in, and what they’re going to be happy to receive. For example, your loved one might wear a simple necklace and stud earrings, which suggests they might be uncomfortable with anything that’s going to make too much of a statement.
It’s also vital that you pay special attention to what kinds of metals your friend or relative tends to gravitate towards. So, if they never stray away from silver jewellery, avoid buying them something that’s rose- or gold-toned, as it won’t be to their taste or complement the rest of their jewellery collection. Remember that you’re buying for them and not yourself so, while something might not be to your taste, it’s important that you buy them something you know they’ll love. And, looking at what they already own and love is a great way to take a lot of the guess work out of the equation.
Consider their lifestyle
Next, think about their lifestyle and how this might affect what jewellery they wear, so you can ensure you buy them a piece they’ll actually be able to make the most of. For example, if your loved one works with their hands, it’s probably best to forego bracelets and rings. Or, if they’re a workaholic who spends a lot of time at the office, you’ll want to go for something simple that will complement their workwear beautifully.
If they enjoy dressing up, you’ll have a bit more freedom to pick out some more statement pieces. For someone who likes to inject a dash of glamour into all their outfits, some chandelier earrings will work beautifully. By considering their lifestyle and working out which jewellery will fit seamlessly into it, you can make sure you pick out the perfect gift that the recipient will wear time and time again.
Make it personal to them
A fail-safe way of showing that you’ve put plenty of thought into your gift is by making it more personal to the recipient. Perhaps you could buy them a ring with their initial on, or you could choose a piece of jewellery that’s decorated with their birthstone. We have more information about this in our jewellery and watch guides, or you can check out our entire range of birthstone jewellery.
Buy from a reputable jeweller
You’ll want to know that you’re getting your loved one a high-quality gift they’ll be able to cherish for years to come, which means it’s best to buy from a reputable jeweller. A trustworthy retailer should be able to give you plenty of information about a particular piece of jewellery you’re looking to buy, and will even be able to point you in the direction of the perfect piece if you give them an idea of what you’re looking for.
The best way to find a reputable jeweller is by doing plenty of research. If there’s a company you’re thinking about buying from, make sure you check that previous customers have had a positive experience. You can do this by reading online reviews and checking their social media replies. If everyone is saying that your chosen jeweller is reliable and offers high-quality and genuine products, you’ll be on to a winner.
Give them the option to return it
If you know you’re buying for someone who is quite particular about their jewellery, or you just want to give yourself some peace of mind, it’s best to buy your jewellery gift from a retailer that has a great returns policy. This will ensure that, if your loved one doesn’t think your present is quite right for them, they’ll be able to send it back and pick out another piece that they like better.
Buying a present for someone special should be very exciting, but it can also get a little bit stressful if you aren’t sure what to look for. These tips should help you to pick out the perfect piece for whoever you’re looking to treat to something special.