Valentine’s Day. Anniversaries. Birthdays. Christmas. Every time these annual events roll around, you find yourself fretting. You don’t know the first thing about jewelry, but you know that your significant other would greatly appreciate a thoughtful, romantic, and original gift.
So how can you be sure that you’re making the right purchase—and not just buying your wife something that she’ll have to wear just to avoid offending you in the future?
It starts with knowing occasion-appropriate gifts. It’s appropriate to buy her a ring for a marriage proposal; for a seventh anniversary, the same gift doesn’t make as much sense. Yes, it’s the thought that counts—but you’ll find that the more thought you put into it, the more she’ll love your occasion-appropriate gift.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday most exclusively about romance. While rings are romantic, they’re also symbolic of commitment—and unless you’re proposing to her this Valentine’s Day, that means you won’t have to even consider getting her a ring. Instead, necklaces and bracelets make great, romantic accessories that are a sign of your love and affection. For Valentine’s Day, go for something with a little more “wow” factor—something that really sparkles, and something that she can show off to her friends. Necklaces and bracelets are two of the most prominent items of jewelry anyone can wear, which is why they make such appropriate Valentine’s Day faire.
- Rings (unless it comes with a marriage proposal)
Anniversaries and Birthdays
- Pendants and Charms
Why do earrings make such an anniversary-and-birthday-appropriate gift? Well, an anniversary gift should be symbolic of your love and commitment while adding a layer of practicality. Rings are great as symbols of love and commitment, but your wife will get much more use out of earrings than she will any more rings. Pendants and charms—also recommended for Valentine’s Day—work well because they up the romance factor. An anniversary is usually a couple’s chance to break up the routine of their daily lives and remember their most romantic days, like the marriage proposal, their first date, and of course, the wedding itself. A ring can make a great choice if you plan on renewing your vows, but otherwise, you can do no wrong with a good pair of earrings. And on birthdays, many of the same rules apply: you want to show your love while also providing a gift your wife can use all the time.
- Bracelets, watches, necklaces—if it suits your wife’s taste, these all make great gifts for anniversaries and birthdays.
Christmas is all about love, of course, but it’s less about romance than these other occasions. That means the jewelry can be practical—including beautiful watches—and still make a great, thoughtful gift. Of course, you can use Christmas as an excuse to propose, which doesn’t exclude engagement rings from the fold. But if you’ve been with your significant other for some time, you know you can’t buy an engagement ring every year.
- You can only go wrong here if you forget the gift!