GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
For bargain hunters, after Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. After Christmas Shopping (ACS). If you have opportunities to give gifts in the next 3 months, now is the optimal time to pick up those birthday, anniversary, valentine, etc. gifts.
Maybe even for gift occasions even more months out. If you’re really a planner, time is now ripe to get next Christmas’ shopping done. Although financial experts might advise against buying so far ahead. Still, if you have definite gifting occasions in the first quarter of 2013, I think you’re costing yourself by missing these sales.
Jewelry’s a good starting point. Pretty things usually makes great gifts across the personalities. There are some great sales going on at lots of retailers. Here are few suggestions to get your neurons firing.
If he’s into it, this Men’s Chunky Curb Link Necklace might be perfect birthday or Valentine gift. Stainless steel in 20, 22, 24 & 30” lengths.
$70 $28 (22”) amazon.com
The Pave Crystal Dome Ring’s crystals light up her finger. The dome shape is fantastically unusual.
$75 $50 neimanmarcus.com/
Green Quartz and Diamond Ring by Victoria Townsend will garner appreciative looks for its sparkle and distinctive green stone. Sterling Silver.
$130 $59 $40 http://www1.macys.com
The Men’s Grey Titanium Bar Link Bracelet works for the polished man with just a bit of edginess. And, it’s titanium.
$120 $58 amazon.com
Some experts believe that chandelier earrings never go out of style. Gift her with the Carolee Linear Chandelier Earrings. She’ll wear them often, whether to dress up a leather jacket and jeans or accent a dress at afternoon tea.
$50 $25 www1.macys.com
She might be a social butterfly or involved in a lot of dressy fundraisers. If so, these Adriana Orsini Pave Crystal Oval Drop Earrings would be a great choice. Made of rhodium-plated brass, 2” long.
$85 $51 saksfifthavenue.com
The Adriana Orsini Marquis Drop Earrings might be more in step with her formal style. $105 $63 saksfifthavenue.com
Just the name of the Stoned Rocker Ring sounds right for this group. The pyramid-stud border around the stone makes this an eye-catching piece that a Gen Z’er might love.
$55 $11 Beyond Ring selections on Amazon
The Three Birds Ring could qualify as a signet ring. Bird designs engraved on top and sides.
$79 $39.50 shopplanetblue.com/sale
The Low Luv Erin Wasson Hawaiian Warrior Mask Ring – a definite Gen Z choice. The Mohawk on this ring takes on many meanings. The antiqued metal just adds to the allure.
$95 $20.50 (size 8) $11.50 (size 6) amazon.com
Think he’d love the Gents Skull w/diamond Ring? If he’s a size 11, you’re in luck. In addition to the convo starter skull on the top, a Maltese cross adorns each side. Stainless Steel. Or maybe he (or she) would prefer the Gothic Skeleton Hand Ring.
$ (Size11) amazon.com
If you don’t know her size, try the one size fits all MILITARY THREE ROW BRACELET.
$79.00 $39.50 shopblueplanet.com
The silken Tamarillo Bangle Set will accent just about any outfit she wears. Six two-tone stackable bangles.
$50 $33 neimanmarcus.com/sale
Add some color with the Kenneth Jay Lane Pyramid Bangle Bracelet. Made of a gloss resin with 22k gold plated outlines. She’ll love the chunkiness of this one.
$65 $39 saksfifthavenue.com
$19 $34 urbanoutfitters.com
These 3” BCBGeneration Earrings might elicit a smile. These will certainly complement her preferred attire, especially the triangles at the ends.
$25 $12.50 www1.macys.com
The Anne Klein Gold Tone Snake Leather Hoop Earrings add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. Actual snakeskin leather covers the gold tone hoops.
$28 $14 www1.macys.com
The Anne Klein Gold Tone Snake Leather Bracelet might be even more outfit impactful. This link flex bracelet slips on and off for when she’s contemplating the big deal. If you’re so inclined, the bracelet and earrings make a fantastic combo gift.
$55 $27.50 www1.macys.com
The Zina Sterling Silver Stratus Lined Cuff Links help any cuffed shirt look polished. Polished sterling silver
$185 $33 amazon.com
Signet rings are making a comeback. The Sterling Silver Onyx Fleur-de-Lis Ring works well as a signet ring. Or, it could become a treasured piece of a New Orleans Saints fan. In 3 sizes.
$80 $35 (Size 10) $55 (Size 9, 11) amazon.com
This might be a group gift, but this Michael Kors Tortoise-Print Chronograph Watch is a beauty. And will look great with a suit or casual attire. Goldtone stainless steel. Or, he might prefer the two-tone stainless steel Chronograph Watch. Both on sale for the same price.
$275 $192.50 saksfiftheavenue.com
For a less expensive, but also with distinctive look, consider the Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch. $175 $122.50
Could this Men’s Sterling Silver Crucifix Cross Pendant be the perfect birthday or Valentine’s Day gift for a Christian recipient? Sterling Silver, 24” long. Come in a blue sueded-cloth pouch.
$95 $43 amazon sale jewelry
Perhaps he’d prefer his cross on a ring. The Men’s Black and White Diamond Cross Ring comes in sizes 9, 10 and 13. Yellow gold plated silver. Also comes in suede cloth box.
$237 $75 (Size 9) amazon.com
This Mizpah Medal might be more appropriate for many upcoming occasions. Inspirational verse from Genesis inscribed across the two interlocking pieces of sterling and stainless steel. Each on its own chain, 20” and 24”. Perhaps you keep one half and gift the other? Also comes with a lovely pouch.
$65 $30 amazon sale jewelry
The Vatican Library Collection Blessed Flower of the Lily Key Ring. Your recipient will easily find their keys, whether in purse or pocket. Polished gold-tone with four Swarovski crystals. They’ll likely treasure this keepsake key ring, inspired by items in the Vatican Library in Rome.
$28.00 $6 http://www.amazon.com/
Or, for those needing protection, the St. Christopher Medal. Sterling silver pendant and stainless steel 20” chain. Come with a free pouch
$50 $28 amazon sale jewelry
This c.A.K.e. Champagne Beaded Cluster Ring could be the perfect gift for the avant-garde woman. Champagne and gold-colored beads glitter out from an interesting cluster.
$25 $12.50 www1.macys.com/sale/jewelry
The Athena ring, made of antique-finished brass, is striking. Could also start a conversation about the Greek Gods.
$70 $42 saksfifthavenue.com/
White pave crystals grace the face of the Nicholai Quilted Statement Ring. Distinctive touches include black enamel band between the face and the band’s silver plating, and a quilt-like segments of the crystals.
$95 $63 neimanmarcus.com
The Victoria Townsend Black & White Diamond Accent Pendant gives a twist to the usual pendant. Sterling silver. 18” chain.
$80 $39 $30 www1.macys.com
For more jewelry ideas for those future occasions, here are the sale links for above retailers:
Macy’s jewelry sale Gives Bonus Offers (i.e. pendants) on many items and an extra 10% off over sales prices
neimanmarcus.com/sale/jewelry Extra 40% off already reduced prices online only through Friday!
Saks Fifth Avenue – jewelry – Free shipping
Saks Fifth Avenue – watches – Free shipping
Happy Frugalista Shopping! May you find the perfect gift to produce a sparkling smile.
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