8 Gifts Ideas That Aren’t Just A Gift Card

Every year giving gifts to that special someone seems to get harder and harder; and every year you make a promise to yourself that next year’s gift will be better than a gift card.

J.H. Young is here to help make your 2020 holiday season live up to and beyond that promise. That’s why we have put together our top 8 gift ideas that will make this holiday season unforgettable:

A Watch

Want to tell your partner how timeless they are to you? A watch makes a great gift for anyone on your list this year. They say that everyone needs at least three watches: an everyday watch, an athletic watch, and a watch for more formal occasions or corporate settings.

So which one does the person on your list not have? If you’re not sure where to start, check out our watch buyers dictionary and some of our favourite brands like Citizen, Tissot, or Movado.

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Diamond Ring

You’ve made it through suddenly sharing your home office, a near-constant state of sweatpants, and moments of very real uncertainty as you’ve tackled 2020.

If you can survive a trying year like this then marriage should be easy, right? Maybe this Christmas is the time to surprise your partner with a little blue box under the tree. With a wide selection of cut, colour, clarity, and carat weights of diamonds, J.H. Young can make your holiday engagement wishes come true.

Not sure what style of engagement ring your partner is dreaming of? Check out our top tips here.

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Pearl Earrings

If you’re buying a gift for someone who is just starting their jewelry collection, look no further than pearl earrings. We love pearl earrings because they are classic and can compliment anyone’s style. Their versatility translates into many different occasions as well, from everyday earrings to the boardroom, to attending a formal event.

If the person you are buying for has their birthday in June then added bonus since that is their birthstone as well!

Pandora Charm

It’s pretty safe to say that we all have at least one Pandora charm bracelet love in our lives, which is lucky for us, makes gifting a little bit easier than for other people. Select a charm that has sentimental meaning or symbolism so every time you look down at it, that special someone is reminded of “that time when…”

If the person on your gift list doesn’t have a Pandora charm bracelet, then maybe now is the time to start with a new bracelet and their first starter charm to cherish Christmas 2020!

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Bracelet for Him

Men’s jewelry has come a long way, and not just in it’s acceptance in men’s fashion but the actual look of it. Men’s jewelry is no longer just gold and gaudy (sorry Mr. T) but is now simple and casual enough for everyday wear. Some of our personal favourites include either leath or sterling silver bracelets to add a little touch of added style to his look. Plus, they are basic enough that anyone can wear them without having to worry about whether it matches or not.



If you’re looking for something sentimental and heirloom-worthy then look no further than a locket for that special someone on your holiday list this year. While lockets can be considered “old school” they are experiencing a bit of a resurgence lately, and we are completely on board with that. Lockets are endlessly customizable with engravings and what you choose to put inside, whether it be a photo or special message. This gift is truly a special one and sure to bring a tear to the biggest Scrooge’s eye come Christmas morning.

Hoop Earrings

If you’ve ever worn hoop earrings you’ll know that what the internet is calling “hoop earring energy” is a real thing, and if you haven’t then you’re just going to have to trust us on this one! Available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or even silver, hoops come in all different sizes so you’ll have to do your homework and deciphering her style. Is she minimal? Go for a smaller hoop. If her style is a bit louder then a larger hoop might be a better match. Treating her to a special pair of hoops that can dress up any outfit is sure to be a holiday hit and certainly will be tough to top next year; on second thought…

Opal Necklace

Is there anything more beautiful than opal? We don’t think so, so we are always sure to include it on all of our Christmas lists! Every opal displays a unique array of colours, and with so many colours it goes with everything! Plus, no two opals are the same so when you give an opal, you are giving them a gift that is as unique and precious as they are.

There you have it – this year’s J.H. Young gift guide!

With so many options to choose from it was tough to narrow it down to just 8, so if you’re looking for more gift-giving inspiration visit us in our newly renovated store for a world-class jewelry shopping experience!

Plus, visit us while our Holiday Sale is on until December 31st and you can save the tax on all in-store items! What are you waiting for? We will see you today.