I want you to do me a favor. Close your eyes – wait, leave them open so you can read this – take a moment to pause, and think about the people you love most in your life. Are you picturing them in your mind? Great!
Now, think about the last time you made any or all of those people feel really, truly special. Think about the last time you did or said something that made a memory and made them feel loved. If you can rattle off a list of things, good for you! If you can’t remember the last time you went out of your way to show your love, or if the last time you remember was a long time ago, you are not alone.
We all know that our lives are busier and more chaotic than ever. Between taking care of kids and family, focusing on our career and education, making time for exercise, and fitting in that extra Target pickup order because you just ran out of toilet paper, life is just plain hectic. Now, with the holidays upon us, life tends to be even busier than normal. We’re all doing our best to simply keep up! In doing so, the people we love the most in the world sometimes don’t get the care and attention we wish we could offer.
This holiday season, I encourage you take a moment to pause, think about who you love most in this world, and give them a truly special gift that they will always remember.
In my humble – and completely unbiased, of course 😉 – opinion, giving the gift of jewelry is one of the best ways to surprise and delight someone. Jewelry isn’t something you give to someone you love every day, or even every year; it is a gift you give when you truly want to show them how much they are loved and cherished. It’s the last gift opened under the tree because it is the most special. And, in addition to being beautiful and sparkly, I love that jewelry stands the test of time. The boots I received as a Christmas gift will last a few years at most; the ring my husband gave me for Christmas almost 20 years ago is still worn regularly, and someday I will pass it on to my children. The gift of jewelry is a beautiful, timeless, and personal way to share your love.
Right now, you might be thinking, “That all sounds great! And, I am overwhelmed and too busy the way it is – I just don’t have time to even think about that this year. Plus, I really don’t want to spend a lot of money.” If this is you, you aren’t alone!
To help make your holiday shopping easy this year, I put together a list of my five favorite gift ideas, all of which just happen to be jewelry. 😊 Our non-commissioned team would be honored to help you, and we’ll even gift wrap your selection for free! And, all of these gift ideas come in every price point. You know your loved ones better than anyone, and you know what they will truly appreciate – I just wanted to give you my two cents and do the leg work for you to save you time, and hopefully help you make this holiday season one that you and those you love will truly remember.
Here are my favorite gift ideas for you to consider as you think about how to make your loved ones feel special this holiday season:
Gift Idea #1 - Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond stud earrings are quite simply classic and timeless. Starting at just over $100, they go with every outfit, and can be worn every day. At J. F. Kruse Jewelers, we hand-select every pair in our store for quality, so you can feel confident in presenting them to a loved one. In addition, we have a fantastic trade-up policy – if you or your loved one ever decides to purchase a larger pair of diamond stud earrings, every penny you paid goes towards the larger pair, even if the larger pair is only $1 more. This is a simple, yet powerful gift to consider for any loved one.
Gift Idea #2 - Diamond Pendant
A diamond pendant makes the perfect special gift because you can select a design that suits your loved one’s personality and style, and it is something that can be worn every day. From simple to funky to glitzy and everything in between, we have a large selection of diamond pendants at J. F. Kruse that we’ve personally chosen, and our bench jewelers are always in-store to customize a design and make it perfect for your loved one. Consider a classy, feminine style with a single diamond that goes with every outfit. Or, start a new tradition with a simple gold pendant, and add a diamond for every Christmas you celebrate together. Want your gift to really turn heads? Consider one of our dazzling diamond pendant designs by Simon G. No matter what design you choose, a diamond pendant is a truly special and unexpected gift that can be worn for decades to come.
Gift Idea #3 - Diamond or Gemstone Ring
I love rings! I love the plethora of design options, and I also love how personal they are. This holiday season, consider presenting your loved one with a ring. Consider a linear sparkly diamond band that can be worn on its own, or next to her wedding set. Or, perhaps a unique, asymmetrical ring for her right hand is more her style. Shopping for someone who changes their mind a lot? Check out our awesome selection of stackable rings here at J. F. Kruse that will allow her to change the design as she sees fit. Diamond rings go with any outfit, so selecting a diamond ring is pretty much a guaranteed win! However, gemstones are really lovely as well; consider presenting your loved one with a ring set with their birthstone, or even the birthstone of the month you met or were married. Regardless of the design, a ring is a beautiful, intimate gift that will be cherished always.
Gift Idea #4 – Personalized Family Jewelry
What better way to keep your family close to your heart than with a piece of personalized jewelry! Jewelry that represents your family or a loved one is affordable and incredibly special. For me, anything with my kids’ names and/or birthstones absolutely warms my heart, and it’s really lovely to have a tangible reminder of them throughout the day. Consider a pendant or charm with an initial, name, or special phrase on it. You can also add birthstones to make it even more personal. Or, consider a ring with a birthstone for each member of your family set into it. We also carry fingerprint jewelry at J. F. Kruse, which is a beautiful and personal way to keep a family member close to you. We have a wonderful array of personalized and family jewelry options for you to consider, and our non-commissioned team absolutely loves learning the stories of our customers and helping them select or create the perfect piece for their loved one.
Gift Idea #5 - Funky Fashion Jewelry
Maybe you’re shopping for someone that loves jewelry, but has a lot of it. This year, think outside the box and surprise your loved one with a piece of designer fashion jewelry. Starting at under $40, we have so many fun and exciting pieces that are unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere! From asymmetrical gemstone pendants to luxurious designer bracelets to unexpected sterling silver and diamond fashion rings to one-of-a-kind pieces created by our team, you are sure to find a piece that will add an unexpected pop of style and fun to their jewelry wardrobe.
In all the years I’ve worked in jewelry, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a customer tell me the story behind their jewelry. “My husband gave me this ring when I graduated from college.” “My dad gave me this necklace when I turned 16.” “My wife gave me this ring and engraved our favorite Bible verse on the inside.” “This is the first diamond my husband ever gave me.” We all have a story, and the jewelry we wear is a timeless symbol of our story. For each piece of jewelry we own, we remember the moment we received it, who gave it to us, and how it made us feel. This holiday season, I encourage you to show a loved one how special they are to you through the gift of jewelry. Not only will you make them feel incredibly loved and special; you will create a memory and a story that they will never forget.