Whether it’s for a special day or “just because,” there are plenty of reasons why jewelry is always a great gift. Fashion jewelry is easy to budget for, and fine jewelry will last its recipient a lifetime. (Read up on the differences between fine and fashion jewelry.) Jewelry has been a classic gift for centuries, and its delicate nature makes every gift a meaningful one.
Many people see jewelry as an excellent gift “for her” during most major holidays. However, it can also be a great gift “for him”! A new watch or watch band makes for a sparkling jewelry gift for anyone, and today’s modern man has a felted box for his watches, tie clips, and rings right next to his partner’s.
Why jewelry is always a great gift for holidays
Jewelry is always a great gift for annual holidays, like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Mother’s Day. When it comes to holiday jewelry, I like to recommend fine jewelry pieces. These classically-designed styles tend to use more precious materials, so they’re lovely investment pieces for the future. A well-cared-for piece of fine jewelry can be passed on to your children and your children’s children, and truly classic pieces will remain in style for generations to come.
As every holiday has a theme, so should jewelry given on holidays. Make sure to select for your recipient’s own style first and foremost, but don’t be afraid to touch on slightly “trendy” notes. I find that Valentine’s Day is a great time to give heart-shaped jewelry, especially in earrings and heart-shaped pendant necklaces. Valentine’s Day gifts commonly feature gold, rose gold, and diamonds. Solid gold pieces will last longer, but demi-fine jewelry (that is, pieces that mix precious metals and gemstones with semi-precious or fashion-grade materials) is a great option for items your loved one may not wear on a regular basis. It’s also a great option for those celebrating their very first Valentine’s Day, when a big gift might be inappropriate but no gift would be even worse. A high-quality gold plating can give the right necklace a beautiful finish — without breaking the bank.
Gifts tend to be bigger on romantic holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, while Mother’s Day presents frequently feature more fashion jewelry: something that the kids might have pitched in their allowance money to purchase. Sterling silver is a great Mother’s Day option, and many designs will feature words such as “MOM” in bracelet or necklace form.
Why jewelry is always a great gift for birthdays and anniversaries
Jewelry makes a great gift for birthdays and anniversaries, too. While they’re not holidays (although I’d love a ruling where you always get a paid day off on your birthday), they’re still special days of the year.
Birthdays give you the option of buying your loved one birthstone jewelry, which is awesome… As long as you discuss it first. No one gets to pick what their birthstone is, and it might not be a well-loved colour for everyone! (I, for instance, love my birthstone — but I already own the perfect ruby necklace, and until the cyborg revolution comes, I only have the one neck.)
Other than birthstone jewelry, birthdays are a great time to show your partner that you’ve really been paying attention to their likes and dislikes. You can go any way with a birthday gift: opulent diamond earrings, simple gold chains, or chunky stone bracelets. Anniversary gifts tend to be a little more conservative, at least in my experience writing gift guides; most couples splurge only on major anniversaries, and typically buy fine jewelry pieces after they’ve already said “I do.” You can celebrate traditional anniversary gifts by surprising your loved one with silver for your 25th, pearls for your 30th, rubies for your 40th, and so on. You have to make it to a whopping 60 years together before you’re expected to gift diamonds!
How to give a great jewelry gift on any day
Even if you’re not celebrating a big anniversary or a holiday, jewelry still makes for a lovely surprise. Just like a box of chocolates or a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers, a piece of fashion jewelry can be the perfect way to say “congratulations” or “I’m sorry.”
For “just because” jewelry, I recommend picking out a smaller item and making sure to wrap it nicely. Shopping for rings under $50, for instance, lets you give your partner something special simply to show them that you adore them. (The best part about that ring selection is that it has plenty of options for both him & her!) It’s always the gifts that I’m not expecting that mean the most to me, whether it’s a handmade friendship bracelet or a bottle of Veuve-Clicquot the day that finals finish.
Jewelry that’s given for small (or no) occasion has a lot of flexibility, so it’s a great time to buy your partner a statement item. Trendy jewelry tends to go out of fashion quickly, but is eye-catching and stylish for the years that it’s popular. While you’d wear a pearl necklace to the opera, it may not be workplace appropriate — and that’s where fashion jewelry comes in. I love a big, geometric statement necklace or a long metal pendant for everyday wear, and these pieces put a lot less pressure on the buyer. Because fashion jewelry is meant to come and go throughout your life, if you don’t get it “just right” with every gift, it’s okay! There’s more room for experimentation with fashion pieces, which can be really fun.
The best jewelry gifts for men
I always like to make a point of the fact that jewelry makes a great gift for men, too, because I think people tend to forget about it! Best Buy has an awesome selection of rings for men, mostly in tungsten carbide or titanium. Rings aren’t always an option—in fact, if your partner works with their hands a lot, wearing a ring to work could be straight up dangerous—but for those who love them, they make an excellent gift.
A great ring can take an outfit from “well-dressed” to outright slick, and so can a great watch. Watches are the primary form of accessory for men. I jokingly refer to them as “bracelets for men” in today’s smartphone-obsessed world, where next to no one leaves the house without a full-on little computer tucked away in their pocket.
Dress watches can provide a stunning complement to a dress shirt or suit, while minimalist designs, like cufflinks, add an instant hint of trendiness. Watches make a great gift “for him,” and I really like the range that Best Buy carries from Bering. It’s a great line of products, with a design mentality that really seems to emphasize classic styles.
Whether you’re shopping “for him” or “for her,” jewelry makes a great gift at any time during the year. Shop jewelry online at Best Buy now.