How to buy jewellery as a gift for someone? It’s daunting for sure. If you buy the wrong thing, this small item loaded with symbolism can ruin your special occasion. That’s why we created this easy guide to help you get it right.
1. Look at your loved ones’ existing jewellery for ideas
Observe the jewellery your gift recipient already wears, because it will tell you what they would like to receive as a gift. Things you should look for: Do they wear small, simple items? Or big, sparkling, flashy ones? Do they usually wear silvery-coloured metals or yellow gold? Do they have pierced ears?
Is your gift recipient’s style more like classic Kate, luxurious Kim or cool Katy?
2. Don’t try to change their style
You might think that hoop earrings are sexy. But if you know your loved one hates hoop earrings, buying them an expensive pair won’t convince them to wear that style. In fact, it will have the opposite effect… the moment that was meant to be special could end in disappointment for both of you.
3. Make sure the gift has sentimental value
Your gift item should have some personal meaning because it shows you thought about the person when buying it for them. For example, a birthstone symbolises the month a person is born. Heart-shaped necklaces are romantic, and initial necklaces add a personalised touch, while eternity rings say ‘I’ll love you forever’.
4. Watch them window shop
Walk through a department store jewellery section or have a casual look at jewellery on Instagram or in an online shop with your loved one. Observe them, and you’ll soon see what type of jewellery items make their eyes sparkle.
5. Ask their friends for advice
Your loved one’s friends, sisters or bothers are closest to them in age and taste. Therefore, if you’re in doubt, they’re the best people to advise you on what they would like. Just make sure they can keep a secret!
6. DON’T buy a ring unless you’re planning to propose! (Or you’re already married)
When you give someone you’re in a romantic relationship with a ring, that person’s thoughts invariably turn to wedding bells. Therefore, during the early stages of a relationship, avoid misunderstandings and give them a beautiful bracelet, earrings or a necklace instead.
7. Always hold on to the receipt
Even the most thoughtful gift buyer doesn’t always get it right. That’s why it’s wise to check your jeweller’s exchange and return policy before you buy, and always keep the receipt.
8. Buy the best quality for your budget
Your budget is nobody else’s business. Just remember to shop around and get the best possible deal for your money. If you can afford expensive jewellery, go for it. Important birthdays and anniversaries are appropriate times to go big with gold and diamonds.
However, a small jewellery gift can be just as beautiful and doesn’t mean you need to skimp on quality. For example, jewellery made with sterling silver is beautiful yet affordable.
9. When in doubt…
If you’re not sure what to buy, you have a few options. Discover 4 jewellery items you cannot go wrong with. Alternatively, jewellery gift vouchers are a great idea if you know your loved one would prefer to choose the item themselves.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want advice on buying a jewellery gift. We’re always happy to help 🙂