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Holiday Jewelry: The Ultimate Gift Guide

November 2020 | Mariam Norman

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what gifts to get for your loved ones. Fortunately, there's one type of gift that always delights and surprises the recipient, no matter who they might be - jewelry. Jewelry is not just a great gift idea because it's valuable and looks good. It is memorable, versatile, and easily customizable. You can get a bracelet for dad, a birthstone necklace for mom, and a heart necklace for your girlfriend. But what if you don't know anything about buying jewelry? Not to worry. Our buying guide below should give you tips, tricks, and ideas on what holiday jewelry would be best for each of your loved ones.

Jewelry Gifts For Him

Jewelry for men is not limited to chunky gold necklaces, bracelets, and rings. A piece of jewelry should enhance a man's look and personality; it shouldn't be overpowering your entire outfit. While Mr. T was definitely a badass, we don't think that's the look most men should be going for, especially if you're dressing to impress. Below are some tips on what holiday jewelry you can buy your man, brothers, uncles, dad, etc.


When you're gifting jewelry, it's always important to consider the person's style, skin tone, and size. The first factor will help you determine the design of the ring while the second one will help you choose the best material that will look good on him. The third factor will help you determine how big of a ring to get.

Now, most rings for men are pretty straightforward. But some might prefer a little bit of bling to make things more interesting. That could mean the inclusion of certain gemstones such as white and/or black diamonds. And then there's the actual style and profile type. Some might prefer rings that have no pronounced edges to suit their lifestyle. And then there's the material. Cool skin tones look best when paired with jewelry that are made of light metals such as platinum, silver, and white gold. Warm skin tones are better off with yellow metals such as brass, rose gold, and yellow gold. Those that have neutral skin tones can go either way.

Whether you're looking at Father's day rings or a wedding band for your soon-to-be hubby, you need to make sure to take these three factors into account before handing over your payment.

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Bracelets are no longer an uncommon accessory for men these days. But that doesn't mean you can easily pick anything as an anniversary jewelry gift for him without taking into account several factors. The first of which is material. Leather is one of the most popular choices for men. It's durable and classic. You can't go wrong with gifting your dad with a Father's Day leather bracelet or getting one for your man on his birthday. But for those who want to create a more modern, professional look, leather might not be the best option. Silver might be better. Not only do silver bracelets look more stylish and sophisticated, they're quite affordable.

Aside from material, you should also consider the size of the bracelet and the design. Some bracelets have a thin width while others are thicker. Some designs allow for engraving while others don't. The size of the bracelet is another factor. Wide wrists require larger bracelets.

Link Chains

One of the newest trends in jewelry is link chains. It is a jewelry chain that is formed when individual links are interlocked in a pattern, hence the name. There are different types of link chains, depending on the shape of the link and how the links are connected. Like with bracelets, it's important that you consider the type of chain, the material used, and the size before making your purchase. Link chains can be in the form of a necklace or a bracelet. Keep in mind that link chains require quite a bit of care to keep them looking good and in perfect condition (e.g. not tangled). So, if your recipient is not someone who can take the time to clean the chains and store it properly after use to avoid kinks and tangles, this may not be the best jewelry to gift this holiday season.

Jewelry Gifts For Her

Choosing holiday jewelry for the women in your life isn't going to be easy. Aside from the fact that there are a number of factors that you need to consider, you're also surrounded by so many choices such as chandelier earrings, London blue topaz earrings, birthstone rings, Mother's Day necklaces, etc. So, how do you narrow down your choices to something more manageable?

First, you should consider her lifestyle and personality. What does she like? Does she like specialized holiday jewelry like Thanksgiving earrings and Halloween bracelets? Or does she prefer traditional designs? Does she like modern or vintage pieces?

And second, consider the material and stones. Does she wear a lot of silver, platinum, or gold? Does she have an allergy to certain metals? What are her favorite gemstones?

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Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings are one of the easiest pieces to choose from. The type of gemstone you choose can be based on her favorite color or the color of her eyes. It can be her birthstone which not only adds color to her collection, but has special meaning to her as well. It could also be a color that matches her favorite dress or the dress she wore on your first date.


Jewelry always relays a message. Pendants, in particular, can provide more than just glitz and glam but special meaning to the recipient as well. The Lover's Knot or the infinity symbol suggests forever. A key pendant can symbolize how that person holds the power to unlock your heart. A locket can hide a secret photo of someone special. A pendant can even be a gemstone that has special meaning. This last one is best if you're looking for a pendant necklace that suits a loved one that's not a romantic interest such as a birthstone necklace for grandma.

Pro tip: make sure that the color of your pendant matches the chain. Also, while your chain should be simple, make sure that it doesn't weigh less than your pendant. Otherwise, the chain might snap after some time.

Station Necklaces

A station necklace is a simple, delicate chain necklace that features adornments that are positioned along the chain in stations. These adornments can be gemstones, beads, or even various shaped pieces of metal. It's the perfect accessory for layering up. It's a good option for women who want a simple but elegant piece as well as those who prefer to have a variety of gemstones showcased in one necklace.

Bracelets and Bangles

Bracelets and bangles are two different pieces of jewelry that you can get for your special girl. Bracelets are flexible and typically based on a chain or strand, featuring a clasp that allows you to secure it on your wrist. Bangles, on the other hand, are thicker and typically have a well-defined, rigid structure. When choosing a bracelet or a bangle as a gift, you'll need to consider size, style (e.g. subtle, extravagant), and the skin tone of the recipient.

Pearl Jewelry

Pearls are classified as gemstones, they deserve their own category because they are so unique and require no polishing from human hands. Which makes pearl jewelry the perfect choice for showing a loved one how unique and special they are. When choosing pearl jewelry, you'll need to consider the pearl type, the size, and your setting. The best thing about pearls is that while they are elegant and beautiful, they aren't as expensive as other gemstones.

Personalized Jewelry Gift Ideas

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Aside from your special someone and your parents, you can give holiday jewelry as gifts to friends and relatives. You can even buy them pieces that have the same designs with one big exception - each one is personalized. What does that mean? You can buy engravable bar necklaces and have each bar personalized with the recipient’s name or a word that is meaningful to him or her. You can choose alphabet initial pendants or alphabet huggie earrings for your sisters and girlfriends. One personalized piece that became one of the popular Mother's Day jewelry gifts is the "Mama" necklace. This piece can easily be customized to the style and design that suits the mother you want to give it to - your mom, grandma, aunts, friends, etc.

There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to personalized jewelry. The beauty of this type of gift is that it has significance and value. He or she will forever remember that you took the time to get something special and unique to remind him/her of what he/she means to you.

As you can see, buying holiday jewelry isn’t going to be easy. But if you know what to look for, choosing the best piece for your loved ones isn’t going to be overwhelming. Even if you’re new at it. Just always keep in mind that style, material, and size are trifecta for getting your jewelry right.

Mariam Norman
Mariam Norman is a former wedding planner, an experienced storyteller and a gemologist at Noray Designs. She is passionate about helping people explore all aspects of gemology and fashion industry.

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