The holidays are upon us, and we all know what that means. Hot chocolate. Winter flurries and a warm fire. A season of joy and goodwill. Ah, who are we kidding? 'Tis the season to get some serious shopping done. Don't head out to fight the Black Friday crowds just yet. Save yourself the trouble by doing a little online jewelry buying for the lovely ladies (and gents) in your life. But where to begin? Have a look at our list of the top five websites for holiday jewelry shopping.
Red Envelope: You probably know Red Envelope as the go-to place for a last minute Mother's Day gift. The site carries everything from knickknacks and garden gnomes to bathrobes and decorative vases. But Red Envelope also has an exceptional jewelry selection that's perfect for an aunt, a grandmother, or mom herself. We recommend the family embrace birthstone necklace (pictured above) and the blue topaz pendant.
Dogeared Jewels and Gifts: For the casual, fun-loving friend in your life, head over to Dogeared Jewelry & Gifts for jewelry that's completely California cool. The jewelry options here are endless, with everything from teak wood bracelets (pictured above) to snake stud earrings and karma necklaces. For gifts with a more personal touch, check out the Create page, where you can mix and match gems and charms for a perfectly customized holiday gift.
Uncommon Goods: For the person in your life with eclectic tastes and an appreciation for all things unique, check out Uncommon Goods. The theme here is originality, and trust us, you'll find a treasure trove of beautiful and unique jewelry at this site. The selection is so massive that it's impossible to pick a favorite, but we do love the birth month pendant (pictured above) made from recycled glass. Don't forget that almost all of the jewelry on this site is divided into two categories: hand-made and recycled. How's that for a wildly appealing choice? Have fun with this one.
Novica: Most of the guys we know aren't thrilled about wearing jewelry unless we buy it for them. So, where's the best place to find jewelry just for him? Hands down, Novica is the one-stop shop for masculine jewelry. Plus, it's all for a good cause! In partnership with National Geographic, Novica brings together designers and artisans from developing nations around the globe and sells the products on the site. You get to read all about the designers, their craft making journeys, and the story of their business, too. With all of these cool factors, jewelry from Novica will surely wow the man in your life. To ensure that he treasures your gift for a long time to come, err on the side of caution and don't tell him the site is curated by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert.
Firefly Kids Jewelry: If you've got a pint sized jewelry-lover in your life, chances are she'll be more than happy to tell you where to find her holiday gift. Here's a hint: don't listen to her. Find her something cute and unique over at Firefly Kids, one of the cutest jewelry lines out there just for the little ones. The necklaces, bracelets and earrings are adorable, dazzling and age appropriate. So whether it's for dress-up or a day at school, make sure that you shop Firefly Kids for some of the best jewelry for under 5-feet crowd.
Happy shopping, happy holidays and ... enjoy!