Sometimes you are out shopping for items which you know you’ll use just once and throw away, and other times you’re after something which you will be using everyday. And then there are times when you’re buying for a perfectionist – like say, your wife. Can anybody out there relate? Come on, guys you know what I mean (the ladies are just shaking their heads right now, I bet.) That’s right, often times those closest to us have some pretty exacting definitions of what they would like to receive for a gift. And the rest of us are left trying to figure it out.
I was in this situation just a couple weeks ago when my wife’s birthday was drawing close. We had been cleaning out the house during the spring and we were both shocked at just how disorganized we had allowed our “stuff” to become. My wife in particular, seized onto the fact that her jewelry was hard to find now. She had long since outgrown her old jewelry box given to her by her during the first Stone Age (her words, not mine!) And so she wanted a new one – oh hubby! And so began my search for an item that I knew nothing about and would never use myself, but I knew it would bring a smile. Since I learned a lot in the process, I decided to write this article to share my experiences and give you a few tips.
Tip number one when shopping for a jewelry box is to size up the recipient – whether that’s you or someone else. Now what do I mean by that? I mean look at their personality and their use of jewelry. Does she like princesses and pink and flowers? Or is she more of a modern, high-luxury personality? This one tip alone will almost guarantee the success of your gift giving, because if you nail their personality right off the bat you can be sure that you give her the a jewelry box that looks compatible to her! Trust me on this, I learned the hard way.
Secondly, look at what kind of jewelry box she uses now – if any – and get a good idea of how much jewelry she has. Not only that, how much does she wear on a daily basis, versus what she wears only on special occasions. If she has a lot, you’ll want to look for jewelry boxes which have multiple compartments and are large enough. When in doubt, always go bigger. Many jewelry boxes also contain ring rolls for storing her rings, and snaps for securing necklaces in place. Get what she’ll need, based on what she already has. And set yourself up to succeed too by getting her a gift which shows that you put some thought into it!
Lastly, consider your price point. Quality jewelry boxes range from anywhere under a hundred dollars to far more depending on size, number of compartments, and generally speaking the look of refinement. You’ll do well to think about how much you want to spend, but a jewelry box is a luxury item which holds other luxury items. Whatever you do, don’t skimp and get something cheap looking! You want everything to go together in terms of quality – and so does she. Check out solid brands like Mele and Reed and Barton. Follow these few tips and you’ll be well on your way to getting a great jewelry box, but most importantly you’ll be nurturing someone else by showing your thoughtfulness. In my opinion, this is far more important than features and benefits. Thanks for reading!