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The art of gifting jewellery as a thoughtful holiday present

Who doesn’t like a thoughtful and meaningful present? And like any good gift guide would suggest, few things are as memorable as gifting jewellery to that special someone in your life. There is indeed a correlation between the amount of time and thought one spends when choosing jewellery as a gift.  That’s because the memory and sentimental value attached to that gift will last – just like the jewel – for a lifetime, especially when connected with a festive holiday or occasion.

Speaking for myself, I can definitely say that on a handful of occasions, I received gifts that had zero relevance to my sense of style or personal taste. But I must also take the blame for being a sloppy gifter in many instances, either for not thinking the gift ideas through or just going for the first thing from my list of last-minute options.

1980s Monet gold tone clip-on earrings hooked on Bakelite crystallised discs by Lulu Frost.
Valentine's gift from Lulu Frost - a beautiful pair of 1980s Monet gold-tone clip-ons hooked on bakelite crystallised discs.

My best friend once told me that gifting is an art that spreads love between people. That resonated with me, and I realised that all the gifts that sparked joy in me (Marie Kondo’s kind of joy) were well-thought-through items that complemented my style and personality. She surely practises what she preaches, and I can confidently report that she has never failed me with any jewellery gift or other present I got from her. In fact, she endeavours to consistently outdo herself, therefore making my life more difficult!


Ok, so this is where I talk about jewellery. Need I explain why jewellery is important, why it makes such an excellent gift for any woman, how precious metals and gemstones live forever and can be passed on…and all that jazz? 

However, there are many potential pitfalls when choosing jewellery gifts for women especially as, in my experience, men tend to be less fussy. 

Here are a few things you need to consider before you gift jewellery to that lucky someone:

    Ask yourself, what jewellery does the recipient in question already wear? Do they usually opt for big designs and bold colours or understated classics and intricate details? Are they a ring or a necklace person? Would they wear a yellow gold diamond ring, or would they be happier with a more casual trinket?
    Notice whether the person prefers one metal type over another. This could indicate a metal colour preference or perhaps a skin sensitivity, which would be a deciding factor when choosing your present, especially if they’re allergic to nickel.  Sterling silver or gold jewellery are among the safest options in these cases.


    Even the most beautiful piece of fine jewellery can’t save that embarrassing and awkward moment when the diamond ring doesn’t fit, or the bangle bracelets fall off her wrist. Correct sizing is a major factor when choosing the perfect jewellery gift and paramount to thoughtful gift-giving. It shows that you care enough about them to have spent time researching their size and selecting a piece that fits them perfectly (bye-bye returns!).

    Jewels can represent our feelings and the cherished relationships we hold with loved ones. Personalising our gifts to evoke this connection through gems and custom details is the ultimate thoughtful touch. Think diamonds for engagement rings, birthstones for friendship jewellery, an inscribed mother-daughter necklace or a photo locket. Then add luxurious gift wrap and similar touches to make your gift extra special.
Beautiful diamond ring on a bed of rose petals cupped by a woman.


Even when you have all the above details laid out, finding that perfect piece for your special someone without any external inspiration can be somewhat daunting. Here’s a quick list of jewellery gift ideas I came up with while being thoughtful of varying tastes and preferences. These are all brands and jewellery creations which I personally love and have either received or gifted to others.

I also have some pressie ideas for the guys (trying to be inclusive and all!) so let’s jump into it!


One thing I believe to be true for any woman, is that, no matter how tomboyish or superhero a lifestyle she may lead, there will always be that occasion when she needs to dress up and put on a pair of pearl earrings or a statement bracelet to feel a bit more special. Chanel has a huuuge variety of jewellery options, from gold earrings and cuff bracelets to elegant necklaces and rings.

Chanel pearl CC logo on a champagne gold hammered bangle worn on a woman’s wrist.
Chanel pearl CC's on champagne gold hammered bracelet.
Pearl-studded Miss Coco Chanel pendant necklace on a woman wearing a black chiffon blouse.
My pearl-studded Miss Coco necklace.

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic CC stud earrings or a Coco Chanel-style pearl necklace. All of the brand’s designs are synonymous with timeless and sophisticated style, especially their 1950s vintage pieces.


There is something about vintage and old jewels that is so magical and intriguing. For the sustainability-focused ones who long for the good ol’ chic and suave days, vintage is a very appropriate choice with a wide variety in historical period trends and price points.

Collection of vintage earrings placed in sections of a grey jewellery box.
Collection of YazJewels vintage jewellery pieces on a coral background.

Depending on where you are in the world, there are many places you can score interesting jewellery gifts with curious stories for that style time traveller in your life. 

These include flea markets, antique jewellery shops, vintage dealers, and auction houses.

Or you can skip all the above trips and head to YazJewels for the chicest selection of vintage fine and costume jewellery from eras past.



Lizzie Fortunato is a sustainable jewellery brand founded by twin sisters who create unique and modern accessories using unconventional materials. Their designs usually feature a lot of colour and are beautifully crafted to resemble art objects.

Green stone beaded charm necklace with crescent black pendant by Lizzie Fortunato.
Lizzie Fortunato green beaded charm necklace with crescent pendant.
Woman-facing profile with statement Lizzie Fortunato heart drop earrings.
Statement Lizzie Fortunato heart drop earrings.

Gifting jewellery that’s so unusual and quirky is a surefire way to make your present memorable. I love their bold and playful collections and the fact that they expanded their line to bags, scarves, and home accessories.


Inspired by industrial locks and screws, Marla Aaron creates jewellery locks of different shapes, sizes, and metals by hand in her New York atelier. 

Marla Aaron heavy curb chain with a baby lock layered with a green stone necklace on woman’s neck.
My Marla Aaron heavy-curb 45cm chain with a baby lock, engraved with my husband and children's initials. Here, I've styled it with my coral heart charm.

Her pieces allow for charm attachment, layering, interchangeable styling, and all sorts of playing around, making them the perfect gift for that creative friend with an individual style.

The locks are unisex, have different price points, and you can engrave special messages on them (or inside them sometimes) – so romantic!

Marla is also very witty and funny, so make sure you follow her Instagram page to get a taste of her brilliant sense of sarcastic humour.


Azza Fahmy is an iconic Egyptian jewellery designer who revolutionised the way silver is perceived and appreciated in the realm of metal jewellery. Her collections revolve around Middle Eastern heritage, poetry, Arabic calligraphy and folk culture, defined by meticulous craftsmanship and often adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Azza Fahmy snake bangle in gold and silver with diamonds and rubies.
Substantial Azza Fahmy snake bangle in gold and silver, adorned with diamonds and rubies...simply gorgeous!
Azza Fahmy Arabic calligraphy cufflinks in silver with the words "Life" and "Peace".
Azza Fahmy silver cuff links with the words "Life" and "Peace" in Arabic calligraphy.

You can
shop for her jewellery online or from the many stockists and boutiques worldwide, including a beautiful flagship store in Burlington Arcade in London (a personal favourite of mine).

Azza Fahmy 3D silver band ring with a Nubia-style village house and a "lake" of turquoise.
Azza Fahmy 3D ring with a Nubia-style village house overlooking a "lake" of Turquoise. Isn't this genius?
Azza Fahmy silver and leather Arabic calligraphy men’s bracelet that reads "He who walks with confidence walks as a king".
Azza Fahmy silver and leather men's bracelet that reads "He who walks with confidence walks as a king" in Arabic calligraphy. I think this should be a unisex bracelet!


My husband discovered Tateossian online when searching for a men’s bracelet that was sophisticated yet cool enough to go from suit to loungewear. The brand has a vast collection of unique, playful, and unusual men’s accessories that are sure to satisfy any taste and style.

Pair of Tateossian silver cufflinks in the shape of a deck of playing cards.
Pair of Tateossian silver cufflinks in the shape of a deck of playing cards.
Tateossian brown-coloured stone bead bracelet with gold crowned skull centre.
Tateossian men's beaded bracelet with crowned gold skull.

They have some perfect holiday gifts for that special man in your life who deserves a bit of luxury and glamour!

So that’s my two cents on the art of gifting jewellery and making it a memorable present to be cherished for all time.

I hope that you get spoiled with marvellous pressies and surprises this upcoming holiday season, and that you likewise spread love and joy amongst your loved ones with thoughtful offerings.  

Til next time, happy gift-hunting!

Yaz X

P.S. All the brands featured in this blog are not paid endorsements; they are simply brands that I love and appreciate.

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