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5 Last-Minute Jewelry Gift Ideas for the Holidays

5 Last-Minute Jewelry Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Key Insights
  • 1: A New Watch
  • 2: A Pendant and Chain
  • 3: Custom Photo Pendant
  • 4: Bracelets
  • 5: Cuban Link Chains
  • Determining the Right Sizes
  • Get the Perfect Jewelry Gift at GLD 

Finding the perfect holiday gift can often be a challenge, especially when time is not on your side. However, jewelry remains a timeless choice, offering both elegance and personal touch. 

If you're in a rush, we got you. Here are five universally appealing jewelry gift ideas that are sure to delight just about anyone.

1: A New Watch

Watches are more than just timepieces; they're a blend of practicality and style. When choosing a watch as a gift, metal watches stand out for their classic and sophisticated look. They come in various finishes like yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold, allowing you to select one that matches the recipient's style.

When you’re looking over options, consider their lifestyle and fashion sense when choosing the watch design. For example, a sleek, minimalist watch is perfect for someone with a modern taste, or a more intricate design can suit someone who appreciates the finer details.

When buying a watch, think about the wrist size of the recipient. If you can't take exact measurements, opt for a watch with an adjustable band. Most metal watches come with links that can be added or removed for a custom fit. 

A good rule of thumb is to err on the larger side, as it's easier to remove links than add them. You can also choose a rubber strap watch, which can have some stretch and multiple sizing options built into the band. 

Learn more: Why You Should Rock a Stainless Steel Watch

2: A Pendant and Chain

A pendant and chain is a versatile and personal gift, perfect for anyone who loves a bit of flair. Pendants come in numerous styles like crosses, zodiac signs, or even logos from a favorite sports team, offering a personal touch. 

To complete the gift, add a chain to the gift. Classic styles like Cuban link chains and tennis necklaces are always fashionable and suit a wide range of tastes.

When selecting a chain, consider the length and thickness. A standard length for women is usually between 16 to 20 inches, while for men, it ranges from 18 to 24 inches. 

If you're unsure, a mid-length chain size is a safe bet, as it generally fits well and sits comfortably on most people. An ideal mid-length chain for men would be around 20 to 22 inches while one for women would be about 18 inches. 

Lastly, make sure the chain you pair your pendant with can fit it. Most chains sized 4mm or under can fit the majority of pendants in the jewelry game. 

3: Custom Photo Pendant

For a truly personalized touch, a custom photo pendant is an excellent choice. These pendants allow you to insert a special photo, making the gift unique and meaningful. 

When choosing a photo pendant, consider the style and material that would best suit the recipient. You can opt for classic metals like white gold or yellow gold and add some additional features like a 3D photo bubble to make it pop. 

Since these are custom items, make sure to order them with enough time for personalization. While you can't always get exact measurements, most photo pendants come in standard sizes and are designed to fit comfortably for most individuals.

Keep in mind, though that custom pieces can take time to craft. If you buy one for someone, make sure it has enough time to arrive for the holiday. If it’s still making its way to your door, show them a picture of the gift beforehand and make plans to give it to them shortly after it arrives. 

4: Bracelets

Bracelets are an excellent accessory that can elevate an outfit with minimal effort. They come in various design types, making it easy to find one that complements the individual's personal style. For an affordable option that still looks fresh, choose a gold plated bracelet finished in either white gold or yellow gold. 

For a hassle-free shopping experience, choose a bracelet with the same link style as a chain that they already own or one that you’re also getting for them. This will create a cohesive look they can rock with confidence in any situation. 

In terms of sizing, bracelets are generally more forgiving than other jewelry types, accommodating various wrist sizes. If you're unsure, aim for a standard size of around 7 inches for women and 8 inches for men, which fits most people comfortably.

5: Cuban Link Chains

Miami Cuban link chains are a classic and universally popular choice. Known for their durability and distinctive interlocking pattern, they make a statement piece that complements almost any outfit. These chains are highly versatile and can be worn on their own or layered with other necklaces for a more personalized look.

When selecting a Cuban link chain, consider the length and width that would best suit the recipient. They typically range from 18 to 30 inches in length. For a balanced look, choose a width that corresponds to the chain's length – thicker chains for longer lengths and vice versa.

Determining the Right Sizes

Choosing the right size can be a challenge, especially when you can't take exact measurements. We got you. These are some general sizes that will generally fit most people comfortably. We might’ve mentioned some of these above, but we’ll recap them here for you to reference quickly. 

  • General mid-length chain size: 20-22” for men, 18” for women 
  • Bracelets: 8” for men, 7” for women 
  • Watches: Choose one with a rubber strap or metal band with removable links 

Get the Perfect Jewelry Gift at GLD 

Like you, we love surprising those that matter most to us with a quality piece of jewelry they can appreciate. If you’re looking for a quality, yet affordable piece you can get for a special someone, all backed by a lifetime guarantee, shop our full collection today.