'Aww, I love it.' Actually, let's paint a more accurate picture: 'Oh... I mean, aww-- thanks. I... love it.'
When we repeat that horridly rehearsed line above, what we're really saying is 'Aww, I really l love that you got me a gift.' We appreciate you, and of course that means we don't want you to feel bad, even though you bought a necklace that bears a striking resemblance to the one we got out of a gumball machine when we were six-- for a quarter.
Yes, Valentine's Day is more than just the gifts you give and the gifts you receive. It's about making your special someone feel exactly that-- special. But the hard truth is, no one feels special when they get a necklace or bracelet that makes them wince.
It's not just the sheer gaudy-ness or annoyance that comes from these charm bracelets whenever you do- well, anything- with your hand. It’s the fact that they aren't special. They're always super cliche designs, rendering them “pretty” at best.
(Now, I won't name names, but you know what I'm talking about. In fact, SNL made a funny skit one time that describes it perfectly.)
Guys: Please show us that you did more than Google "jewelry” and then click 'valentines day gifts’ on a tab in the upper right corner of some half-rate jewelry website. This isn't just a PSA for guys buying their special someone a gift on Valentine's Day.
In general, no girl, actually- no woman wants a vibrant pink heart around her neck. It's tacky, and when we wear it (only because we love you), we feel tacky.
If you want to buy your S.O., your bae, or just your "complicated friend" a gift for Valentine's Day to show how much you are crazy about them, don't buy them a CRINGY gift! This means if it clanks when you walk or has a heart pendant the size of your thumb, maybe you should think again.
We did you a favor and pulled some of what we think is the worst cliche jewelry on the market right now for Valentine's Day. Instead of thinking of this as a gift guide, think of it like an 'AVOID BUYING THINGS THAT LOOK LIKE THIS AT ALL COSTS' guide.
HOW ABOUT NONE OF THIS:
Now here's the thing we don't want you to get confused by: It's not that women don't want jewelry. Trust us- most women LOVE jewelry.
Finding a gift that explains how you feel is hard enough, which is why some (unlucky) fellas always go for that heart shaped necklace because a heart means 'I love you', right? Well, that's what they thinks it means. In reality, it actually means 'every guy since the beginning of time told me this was an OK gift', but never a woman. I wonder if that means anything?
It is the RIGHT kind of jewelry that makes all the difference.
Brands like Pieces of Me are the right kind. It's different than all those cliche jewelry lines out there because it serves a different purpose. Not only does it show you love them, but it allows you to show them WHY you love them for who they are.
Pieces of Me is not just a jewelry line-- it's a concept. Someone can receive a daily reminder to tell themselves 'I am driven. I am confident. No one can take that away from me,' or, a giver can remind someone 'I love you because you're unwaveringly passionate.' Pieces of Me can articulate all these expressions in a single gift. There are a variety of traits to highlight each person's individuality, so start here:
What is it that you love about (name)? Navigate to 'Explore the Traits' on the site, and find the trait or several traits that fit best, and then select a medium (pieces of jewelry) for the trait to go on. Not only will they take the moment and person with them wherever they go, but also the 'why' on a deeper level that can't be achieved with hearts, roses, and cupid.