Handmade fashion jewelry is always a great gift but if you really want to get your significant other something special you need to do a bit of planning! Handcrafted gifts show that you spent a bit of extra time choosing a gift. If you’ve been with your partner for a few years, why not show them how much you care with a thoughtful gift?

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Narrowing It Down the Easy Way

It seems that someone knew a long time ago that gift buying, especially for the important people in our lives, can be stressful. Thankfully it was made as simple as possible with a little chart. Technically, it’s for wedding anniversaries but it can also be great if you have been dating for a few years as well.

Here is how the chart works:

  • First year: Gold jewelry
  • Second year: Garnet jewelry
  • Third year: Crystal, glass, or pearl jewelry
  • Fourth year: Blue topaz jewelry
  • Fifth year: Sapphire jewelry
  • Sixth year: Amethyst jewelry
  • Seventh year: Onyx jewelry
  • Eighth year: Tourmaline jewelry
  • Nine year: Lapis jewelry
  • Tenth year: Diamond jewelry

It continues on from there. You can find a full listing at http://anniversariesbyyear.com/.

Check out the listing for both the traditional and modern anniversary gifts by year. Jewelry is such a great keepsake that the modern list has been updated to include it for almost every year. Anniversary rings are lovely for major occasions like your five, ten, or fifteen year anniversary but aren’t that practical to buy every single year. Fashion jewelry is typically a much smaller investment but no less appreciated.

Step Away from the Jewelry Counter and Get Creative

There’s something for everyone’s budget so don’t let the price make your decision for you. Be creative! The traditional first year anniversary gift is paper. The modern gift guide recommends gold jewelry but that can mean buying any stone or metal with a golden hue. Try giving your partner a golden piece of handmade jewelry along with a letter to commemorate your first year today.

Read through the list with your significant other to take the stress out of gift buying. Why not even make a game of it? If it’s your 11th anniversary and the guide calls for steel and turquoise, see who can come up with the most creative gift using just these materials. It is really the thought that counts so focus on fun handmade gifts rather than scouring the department stores.

June 17, 2013 — SWCreations Jewelry

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