Choosing Earrings For Someone Else

Buying earrings for someone else is not always easy. There are so many options—many of them really beautiful and attractive. There are also so many factors to consider, such as the recipient's style preferences and the cost of the earrings. If you ever find yourself standing in the jewelry store feeling overwhelmed while looking for earrings as a gift, here are some tips that will come in handy.

Set a budget from the get-go.

It can be tempting to spend more than you really should when buying earrings as a gift. However, the whole process tends to go best when you set a budget up-front. Decide how much you are willing to spend, and pledge not to go past that amount. This also helps you narrow down your options. For instance, if you decide on a budget of $100, that instantly means that any earrings over that amount are no longer in consideration. You may go from having, say, 400 pairs to choose from to having only 100 pairs to choose from.

Look for something similar to earrings you've seen the recipient wear.

You've likely seen your gift recipient wear earrings in the past. What did those earrings look like? Maybe you've only ever seen this person wearing studs. In this case, you should buy more studs rather than taking a chance and hoping they'll like hoops. If you've only ever seen this person wearing simple earrings, then look for other simple, classic designs, rather than really artsy and colorful ones.

Choose earrings for sensitive ears.

You may not know whether your recipient has sensitive ears. However, it's best to assume that they do since sensitive ears are so common. The last thing you want is to buy earrings they cannot wear because the metal makes their ears red and irritated. Good metals for sensitive ears include gold, sterling silver, and titanium. If you're on a tighter budget, surgical steel earrings are safe and often come with a lower price tag. Definitely stay away from earrings made from nickel, as nickel is very likely to irritate someone's ears.

Choosing earrings for someone else is not always easy. However, if you set a budget up-front, try to mimic a style you've seen the recipient wear, and choose a metal that's good for sensitive ears, you will be on the right track. Earrings make a great gift when you put in the time.

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