Christmas gifts ideas

Buying Jewellery for Christmas

Some of you are probably still feeling unsafe about buying jewellery online even though the discounts can sometimes be up to 50% off what you would pay at your local retailer, but there is absolutely no reason to be if you shop wisely. See our top recommended online jewellery stores, check our Christmas gifts suggestions and enter our competition to get a chance to win a $200 gift card for Peoples Jewellers.

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Jewellery Gifts Ideas

Buying jewellery for someone special is all about choosing a tasteful quality piece no matter what price you’re paying for it. It’s not because you paid a few thousand for a gold bracelet that the person will like it more than if you would have chosen a tasteful but cheaper silver bracelet. I’ve tried to put a few suggestions below, mostly for women, but be careful as it is highly possible that the suggestions will not satisfy everyone’s tastes.

One major recommendation for men: if you don’t plan on asking your loved one to marry you, you might want to avoid buying her a ring.

Essentials

Ice.com Pearls

7.5-8mm Culture Pearl 14K Gold Earrings, $60 at Ice.com, Buy it Now

This is what I got for Christmas last year and I love them. This is a classic and I think that every women should have a pair of real pearls in her jewelry box. Prices for cultured pearls depending of their quality and vary a lot, so you might want to read more about pearl quality and the different types before choosing a pair.

Diamond Solitaire Necklace

Premium Quality Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant 1/10 Carat (ctw) in 14K White Gold with Chain (SI1), $199.00 at Myjewelrybox.com, Buy it Now

Here’s another classic that I think should please any woman. A woman’s first diamond is really important, so you might want to get her the first one if she doesn’t have one yet because ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ after all.

Designers

Dannijo Bracelet

Dannijo Jacinda Cuff Gold-Plated 14kt, $487.00 at Charmandchain.com, Buy it Now

If your girlfriend or loved one appreciates ‘out of the ordinary’ jewelry, then Charm and Chain is the perfect online store as they have all of the latest and most popular jewelry designers. Before choosing a piece, pay close attention to the jewelry that she already owns so that you have a better idea of what she likes. If she’s doesn’t wear gold, that’s probably because she doesn’t like it ;)

Gorjana Feather Necklace

Gorjana Feather Necklace Gold-plated 18kt, $60.00 at Charmandchain.com, Buy it Now

I like this necklace as it’s different from what we normally see but at the same time it’s quite classic. I’m sure that alot of young people would also appreciate this piece of jewelry.

Watches

Men's Citizen Watch

Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive™ Perpetual Calendar Watch with Round Black Dial (Model: AT4008-51E), $625 at Peoplesjewellers.com, Buy it Now

I didn’t pick the cheapest watch but this is one of my favorite models from Citizen. Don’t stress though as you can find a nice watch for less than $300 and watches generally make a good gift either for men or women. I also think that having a personal message engraved at the back of it is always a nice (and relatively cheap) way to personalize your gift.

Tips to Buy Jewellery Online

One of the most important things when buying jewellery online is to buy it from a trusted site. You don’t want to end up with cheap jewellery that you paid twice what it was worth or worse, not receiving it at all. So here’s a list of the biggest jewellery stores in Canada, you can all find the latest promotions for these stores on our site.

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Before buying jewellery online or at your local retailer, I highly recommend that you get more familiar with the measure of quality of gold, diamonds or any other products you might be interested in. This is common sense, as we would probably do some research before buying a TV or a MP3 player for example. It is even more important when it comes to jewelry as it all looks relitively the same so we can easily end up paying a lot more than what it’s worth.

Play close attention to the stores return policy and guarantees before ordering the products as you might have to send them back. If you order from a store located in the US, you will probably need to pay for shipping, handling and duty fees when shipping the product back. If buying diamonds, you probably want to make sure that it comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Jewellery Coupons

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Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is for a $200 gift card for Peoples Jewellers. It can either be used in store or online.

Good luck!

Win a iHome Audio System

This is a gift that’s on my own Christmas gifts list. If you know someone who owns an iPod, iPhone or iPad, then a docking station with speakers is a great gift. Here are some tips to choose the best audio system, coupons for your favorite stores and to even win a iHome audio system.

Congratulations to Shanon Heitt! You just won a iHome ID91 audio system. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

Gifts Ideas

The variety of iPod docking stations with speakers available out there is astonishing. This means that it can also be pretty hard to choose which one to get because there are so many different models that all seem to have the same functionality. So I did the research for you and here are my top 3 favorite models under $150 that are available to buy in Canada.

iHome Audio ID91
iHome Audio ID91

iHome Audio ID91, $99.99 at iHomeaudio.com, Buy it Now

We like the iHome audio systems because we think that these are among the best value devices you could get for your money. They are nicely designed and they offer good sound quality. (see below to get a chance to win one!) Stephen actually owns one, he said that they work best with an app, so you may want to download it if you get this system.

Phillips Dock Clock Radio
Phillips Dock Clock Radio

Phillips Dock Clock Radio AJ7040D, $94.99 at Futureshop.ca, Buy it Now

We like this audio system for its beautiful futuristic design and the sound quality. I don’t know what more we could ask for, with such a lower price?

Sony RDPM15IPB Speaker Dock-Black
Sony Speaker Dock

Sony RDPM15IPB Speaker Dock-Black, $129.99 at Thesource.ca, Buy it Now

All the reviews that I’ve read on Sony iPod docking stations seem to agree on one thing: its amazing sound quality. The audio system is also built robust, so it should last longer.

My Pick for the Best Design
Instudio Turin Speaker iPhone/iPod Dock

Instudio Turin Speaker iPhone/iPod Dock with Alarm Clock Radio, $69.99 at Thesource.ca, Buy it Now

We love this audio system because of its vintage look, its remote control and its good sound quality. We weren’t able to find a review of this dock system this is why it’s not part of the top 3, but I wanted to share it with you because I just love its look. And most of the times, no reviews can also mean no angry customers.

Making a price comparison of all these systems can become quite complicated because different stores have different models. But I noticed that in terms of selection Thesource.ca and iHomeaudio.com were the most complete.

What to Consider when Buying an Audio System?

The first thing to consider when buying speaker docks as a gift is if the other person owns a compatible music device. Most audio docking systems are made for Apple devices (iPod, iPad, iPhone) but also come with a cable adapter to plug in other devices. If you buy this radio for someone who owns an iPad, make sure it will fit as not all the systems will be able to dock an iPad.

You also might want to make sure that when docking, the device is going to be charged at the same time. This is a super useful functionality as after a few years the durability of iPod and iPhone’s battery is ridiculously short. One of things most annoying about my kitchen iPod dock stereo is that it doesn’t charge the latest iphone4 or iTouch, I think it;’s a software thing, but it’s super annoying. At some point I m going to have to throw away a perfectly good stereo because of this.

If you’re buying a gift for a teenager, another good idea is to buy them a portable speaker dock system. These can be relatively cheap, about $50, and their quality is a lot better than they use to be. This is a lot of fun if you want to listen to music at the beach or when you go traveling and you’re not sure that they will have an audio system, but they are not very durable in the long run.

Coupons

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Giveaway

Today get a chance to win a iHome ID91 audio system (value: $99.99)! Leave us a comment here on this post and you’ll automatically be added to the competition.