Unique jewelry gift ideas for the holidays

Each year, countless individuals search far and wide for the perfect gift for their loved ones. While some people are easy to buy for, others can require more thought.

Each year, countless individuals search far and wide for the perfect gift for their loved ones. While some people are easy to buy for, others can require more thought. Perhaps they already seem to have everything, or are a minimalist at heart — or maybe they are just so extraordinarily special to you that no gift seems like it’s enough.

Jewelry is a popular holiday gift choice, but that category is quite vast. It can range from inexpensive department store pieces to high-end pieces from an exclusive jewelry designer, and everything in between. For those less familiar with jewelry shopping, it can be overwhelming. And if you’ve already run the gamut on traditional and typical jewelry gifts, you may feel uninspired when searching for a fresh jewelry gift idea this year.

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Thankfully, as jewelry experts, we’ve given this more than just a little thought. We’ve seen a wide range of unique jewelry and can offer some truly exceptional gift suggestions for someone near and dear to your heart this holiday season.

Jewelry Engraving

An engraved piece of jewelry is a wonderful way to personalize your gift and create a memorable memento for your loved one. Perhaps you’ve already discussed engraving a beloved piece years ago and simply haven’t gotten around to it, or maybe you just want to take the sentimentality of a specific piece to a new level. Most pieces of jewelry can be engraved by expert craftsmen — and you can select just about anything to be inscribed, so long as it fits on the piece of jewelry.

However, this does take some maneuvering to pull off, especially if you’re hoping to engrave an already cherished piece of jewelry from their collection. Start planning early to ensure you can deliver this unforgettable gift.

A Watch

Many people wear watches but few own several. Some individuals may have multiple high-end watches but not a sturdy, everyday watch that can be worn at the gym, while working at the house, and so on. Gifting a watch is a great idea because it isn’t something that is often purchased as a gift, and it is sure to be a surprise when they open it. If you’re not sure where to begin with searching for a watch, jewelry experts can help you select the perfect one for someone on your list based on their personal style preferences, their lifestyle, and more.

Custom Jewelry

Beautiful jewelry is sure to be a hit as a gift this holiday season, but if you want to gift something more unique, consider gifting a custom jewelry piece. Custom jewelry boutiques like Roman Malakov will work with you to design a creative, skillfully executed piece that meets and surpasses your vision for an ideal gift. Start with a pre-existing piece of jewelry and make simple changes, such as the shape of a center stone or the actual gemstone itself — or start with a clean slate and create a wholly original piece for your giftee. However you choose to customize a piece of jewelry, your recipient will be delighted by a bespoke piece of jewelry designed especially for them.

Jewelry Repairs or Improvements

If your loved one has a broken or unwearable piece of jewelry, you might choose to have it repaired as part of their holiday gift. Maybe a watch clasp has broken, or the band needs to be adjusted, or perhaps a necklace chain has come apart. The transformation of an unwearable but beloved piece into a new accessory is a gift in and of itself.

Perhaps a favorite pair of earrings has been a single for too long, and you want to have a missing earring replicated to make a complete set. Thinking of extending or shortening a necklace or updating a bracelet clasp? Or maybe it’s time to finally get that piece of heirloom jewelry restored or cleaned? A good jeweler can help make this gift idea a reality.

Initial Jewelry

Jewelry-lovers are likely to have multiple categories of jewelry for a variety of occasions — high-end jewelry for elegant events and more casual pieces for everyday wear. Or maybe you know somebody who just prefers to wear a few well-loved pieces that brighten their day. For the latter option, initialed jewelry can be a sweet gift option. Necklaces are one of the most popular types of initial jewelry, but rings, earrings, and bracelets with initials can be found as well. You can choose to include a first initial alone, or first and last initial. These pieces can be simple and subtle, such as one made from white gold alone, or they can be a little more embellished, like with diamonds or other gemstones. Choose a piece of initial jewelry that matches their personality and jewelry style preferences for a special gift that joins their daily rotation.

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Birthstone Jewelry

Although it’s more commonly given as a birthday gift, birthstone jewelry is an excellent option for a more personal gift for the holidays. Birthstone gems are popular gifts and there are multiple attractive settings that can be purchased as-is or customized for your loved one — a birthstone ring or necklace are both popular options. No matter the birthstone in question, it’s usually quite easy to find a variety of jewelry pieces with different stones that will excite and delight.

And if your gift recipient already has birthstone jewelry pieces from a prior birthday, a creative and meaningful alternative for the mothers in your life would be to gift them a piece of jewelry with the kids’ birthstones. Rings and necklaces with each child’s birthstone are extremely popular nowadays, and gorgeous pieces of jewelry sure to be worn with pride and adoration.

Jewelry Box or Holder

Although she may already have a beautiful jewelry box, every woman knows she can always use more jewelry storage. Whether she needs a small travel jewelry box, a brand new stand-alone jewelry box or a smaller jewelry box for her dresser, this is a great gift idea for the holidays.

Perhaps she is more than set with jewelry boxes but needs a small jewelry dish for the bathroom countertop or the kitchen sink. Another thoughtful option might be travel accessories that help protect her jewelry when she’s away from home —a jewelry travel bag or soft travel cloths to wrap individual pieces can come in handy.

And if you’re shopping for him, there are several travel cases for sunglasses, cufflinks, watches, and more that are gender-neutral and incredibly protective of the items inside.

Jewelry Upgrade

A jewelry upgrade is something that many couples discuss for an anniversary gift, but what a nice surprise it would be to plan this for the holidays! If the happy couple’s engagement ring is ready for a larger center stone or your wedding band can use a complete overhaul, maybe this is the time. Perhaps the smaller diamond studs can be traded for some larger ones, or a new design. No matter what type of jewelry upgrade you have in mind, this is an excellent gift idea for the holidays.

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