Christmas Gift Guide: most inspirational gifts for friends

This Christmas, give your friend that little bit of inspiration to see them into the new year full of hope and ideas. The right piece of jewellery lets them know that you have the utmost faith in them, and believe that they can achieve anything they set their mind to in 2017.

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Mantras, from £20

Honour your bond with a claddagh- a traditional Irish symbol of love, loyalty and friendship. Reassure any long distance friends that no number of miles can come between you with a best friend set.

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Take What You Need necklaces, from £38

Encourage your friend’s creativity with an interchangeable bar necklace by Take What You Need. Engraveable, and with infinite customisation options, this beautiful collection has something to inspire everyone.

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Gifts For Her: Cheat Sheet

At fabulous, we (naturally) believe that jewellery is the ultimate gift for her this Christmas. Whether it’s an elegant necklace, or a striking stack of bangles, giving jewellery  is the perfect romantic expression. Show your loved one just what they mean to you with a personal and precious gift that can be worn as a reminder of love at all times.

But finding a piece of jewellery that is just right can be tricky, so we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you choose that perfect present…

Cheat #1: Sentiment, or sparkle, or both? 

What do you want your gift to say to her? Do you want to tell her just how you feel with a personal token of love, or spoil her rotten with something sparkling and beautiful?

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Thomas Sabo Love Bridge from £125, Cherish Lockets from £157, Life’s Journey Bangles from £175

If you’re looking for a sentimental keepsake, an engravable collection such as Love Bridge by Thomas Sabo, which can be inscribed with something unique and meaningful, is the ideal gift. Also consider a gift designed to reflect her personality and experiences, such as a bangle by Life’s Journey, or a Cherish locket by Dower & Hall.

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Tresor Paris necklaces from £20

If you want to dazzle her with a precious piece of luxe, consider elegant and timeless styles that always shine at Christmas, such as these contemporary designs by Tresor Paris.

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Engelsrufer sets from £118, Thomas Sabo Love Coins from £25.95

And there’s no need to compromise when you can have both- choose a gift that’s imbued with meaning and accented with crystal, such as an Engelsrufer locket, or a selection of Love Coins by Thomas Sabo.

Cheat #2: Gold, Rose Gold or Silver? 

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Nikki Lissoni sets from £86

Probably the most important thing to bear in mind when gifting jewellery is which precious metal she prefers: does she wear gold, rose gold or silver?

If you aren’t sure, think about the jewellery she owns. Also consider her wardrobe: if she prefers cool shades, such as navy and grey, silver is the perfect complementary metal. If she loves warm rusty shades, such as browns, reds and olives, gold is the ideal accent. Rose gold pairs beautifully with chic neutral and pastel shades.

Cheat #3: What’s her style? 

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Take What You Need 2 bar sets from £81

To choose a gift that screams her, it’s important to make sure it perfectly suits her style. If you’re having trouble pinning down her look, consider her style icons: does she love the all-out glamour of Hollywood starlets? Or does she prefer the classic elegance of Kate Middleton?

When choosing a design or style, also think about whether she loves:

  • Colour: if she loves all things bold and and bright, look for designs that incorporate vibrant gems and natural stones.
  • Sparkle: if she loves to sparkle, look for crystals and pave.
  • Words: does she like to wear designs with words? What words would mean the most to her? What would she like engraved?

To help you out, we’ve created some ready-made sets to suit every style, such as those above by Take What You Need.

 

Check out our gift guide for her for more inspiration, and look out for our #fabhints appearing over social in the next weeks!

Make it Personal: Gift Guide

If there’s one gifting trend we unanimously love at fabulous, it’s personalisation! A simple personal engraving can transform a piece of jewellery by adding irreplaceable sentiment to any precious gift. The inscription of a pet-name on a necklace or bracelet ensures that it will become a treasured romantic keepsake. When buying gifts for a group, a personal flourish such as an initial or date will make sure that every recipient feels individually cherished. If a loved one is going travelling or moving away, engraving their name on a necklace will reassure them that they will always be near to your heart, wherever they are in the world.

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myMantra Pendants from £72

myMantra pendants were designed as both a beautiful piece of jewellery and a wearable, personal mantra that you can carry with you every day. Inspire a loved one with a motivational phrase, or tell them exactly how you feel with a sweet nothing.

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Mantra Disc Necklaces from £35, Personalisation £5

Personalise any Mantra disc necklace for £5, with a simple engraving on the reverse of the disc.

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me.mi Name Necklaces from £50

A hit with celebrities, these bespoke name designs are the perfect way to show a loved one how dear they are to you. Whether you want a simple initial pendant, a luxe monogram or an intricate filigree full name, me.mi necklaces are an ideal gift.

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Thomas Sabo Love Bridge Pendants from £25.95

The Thomas Sabo Love Bridge collection is an engravable collection inspired by the Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris; covered in engraved padlocks, the bridge is a symbol of the unbreakable bonds.

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Thomas Sabo Love Bridge Bracelets from £70

The collection features both engravable pendants and bracelets in silver, gold and rose gold.

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Take What You Need Engravable Bars £23.50

Take What You Need is a interchangeable bar jewellery collection from Dutch designer Mi Moneda. Completely personalise a bracelet or necklace with an engraving.

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For more inspiration, shop our full personalised gift selection!

Solihull: Summer Trends!

The girls from fabulous Solihull have been on a spree around the town! The team visited some of their favourite shops to find out what’s trending in the town this summer…

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Bravissimo Swimwear from £32, Swatches from £32

Firstly the girls took a trip to Bravissimo in Solihull’s beautiful shopping centre, Touchwood, to take a look at this season’s most popular swimwear. The staff in Bravissimo all agreed that high-waisted bikinis are particularly on trend this summer! As well as vibrant colours such as bright orange and lime green, perfect for your summer holidays.

The Solihull girls think Swatch Watches are the perfect pool side accessory, with their bright summer colours to complement the popular vibrant bikinis this season!

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Nars Eyeshadow from £21, Alex and Ani Rings from £24

After Bravissimo the girls visited Space NK, located outside on our sunny high-street. We spoke to the staff from Nars who all said their new summer collection, Sea, Suspense and Splendor, has been very popular this season. The collection includes calming blue and dazzling gold eye-shadows, which are perfect for a summer night out with friends. Complete this look with the new Alex and Ani coastal rings.

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O-Bags from £25, ChloBo Stacks from £215

The girls also went to O-Bag, which is new to Touchwood this year, to check out this season’s trends. The staff in O-Bag said their brand new insert, ‘Tropical Flowers’ has flown off the shelves this summer. Try a White Classic Body with the Tropical Flowers insert for the perfect look! Complete your outfit with a ChloBo Stack.

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Happiness Mantra Necklaces from £45

Enjoy a Touch of Rio at Solihull’s very own beach. From the 9th July – 4th September Touchwood have built their very own beach for the public to enjoy. With activities including live music, sand art, free BBQs and a Bank Holiday Party on the 27th August there is so much to do!

Enjoy a day out here wearing our ‘Happiness’ Mantra necklace bar.

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Perfumes from £20, Daisy London Daisies from £32

Next the girls went to check out this season’s perfumes at the Fragrance Shop. The Staff recommended their favourite summer sent by Victor and Rolf, Flowerbomb. The scent is bursting with floral accords- perfect for summer! This concept reminds us of one of our favourite brands at fabulous – Daisy; we think Flowerbomb and Daisy jewellery are a match made in Heaven.

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Cocktails at Turtle Bay from £6.95, Take What You Need Necklaces from £42.50

Last but not least the girls took a visit to Turtle Bay, which is brand new to Solihull this summer. Enjoy Caribbean-themed cocktails and food in the outside seated area, perfect for a summer night out with family or friends. The Turtle bay staff said Raspberry Reggae has been the most popular cocktail this summer.

The girls at fabulous Solihull think our eclectic new brand, Take What You Need, would be the perfect accessory to sparkle during a summer night at Turtle Bay.

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Trend Alert: The Yogi

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For those of you in touch with your spiritual side, the reinvigorating summer sunshine serves as the perfect motivation to achieve a healthy mind, body and soul. A summer holiday for you  is a state of mind, a place of extreme relaxation, recuperation and positivity. Your wardrobe consists of the latest athleisure brands and your dream destination is a yoga retreat in the Ibizan hills, fashionable and free!

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Daisy London Chakras from £39

We love the new Chakra collection by Daisy, which features beautiful filigree motifs of all seven chakras on bracelets, rings and necklaces, in gold, rose gold and silver. In Yogic traditions, the chakras are the seven centres of spiritual power in each body; physical manifestations in the human body of each spiritual energy. It is thought that perfectly balancing all seven chakras is the key to a healthy and happy life. Read our fabulous guide to help you find your chakra.

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ChloBo Luna Soul from £35

The stunning Luna Soul collection by ChloBo, inspired by the moon, features healing labradorite, calming pink aventurine and grey agate, a harmonious stone said to balance yin and yang energy. The perfect collection to stack high at a meditative retreat!

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Take What You Need from £21.50

Take What You Need is a interchangeable bar jewellery collection from Dutch designer Mi Moneda. Change up your necklace or bracelet depending on your mood, and draw strength, passion or inspiration from a word bar. We also love the collection’s striking filigree word rings!

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The Giving Keys from £30

Working with charities such as the LA Downtown Women’s Center to rehabilitate the homeless, The Giving Keys recycle old keys into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery stamped with a motivational word. Proudly wear your STRENGTH, BELIEVE or FEARLESS key or padlock for inspiration or good karma.

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Trend Alert: the Artisan

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With the August sunshine stoking our wanderlust, we’re craving the untouched beauty of the world’s hidden gems. Those of you who dance to the beat of your own drum know that it’s sometimes better to travel off the beaten path. Drawn to culture, art and architecture, you’ll be found wondering the streets, browsing the markets and speaking to local artisans. The of-the-moment kaftan is your outfit of choice accessorised with symbols and references to bygone eras celebrating the folklore, mythology and symbolism of the world.

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Edelblau £38, Roetli £38

These eye-catching Swatches are part of the Grüezi All collection, inspired by mountain chalets and folk-art. Grüezi All translates as “hello everybody” in Swiss-German, which aligns perfectly with your relaxed and friendly approach to travelling.

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Take What You Need Bar Necklace £42.50

Take What You Need is an interchangeable bar jewellery collection with countless customisation options- perfect for anyone whose style is completely unique. Reflect your surroundings with a Natural Beauty bar, or draw strength and inspiration from a Word bar. 

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Corundum Rose Gold Hamsa Pendant £215, Dreamcatcher Ring £270

Add colour to your collection with these striking and ornate additions from Thomas Sabo, which feature delicate filigree and gemstone accents.

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Scarab Bangle in Rafaelian Silver and Gold £24

An ancient emblem of the desert, the scarab is a talisman of prosperity and promises a safe passage to new horizons. Have a scarab accompany you for good luck on any upcoming adventures with this beautifully intricate bangle by Alex and Ani.

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Take What You Need: Holiday Style Guide

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Everyone at fabulous is very excited about a new launch exclusive to fabulous in the UK- Take What You Need! This innovative interchangeable bar jewellery line from Dutch designer Mi Moneda was inspired by the phrase “Take what you need and give what you can”. Inspiration is key in this collection, each necklace comes with the ‘inspire’ bar as every piece of jewellery inspires the wearer to make it their own.

Collect the interchangeable magnetic bars and customise your necklace at any moment to suit your needs, whether you need a boost of strength, courage, positivity or passion, or an on-trend accessory.

The launch of Take What You Need in the UK coincides perfectly with the holiday season. If (like me) you need a bit of help cutting down on clutter and packing light, this is the must-have travel accessory. You can create endless looks with this collection, making it ideal for any activity you choose to do on your hols.

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Take What You Need Word Bars from £21.50

We love these motivational word bars to ignite your wanderlust, and help you overcome any pre-travel jitters.

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Take What You Need Natural Beauty Bars from £27.50

Got a sea-side holiday planned? Or are you getting in touch with nature on a rural retreat? Embrace natural beauty with these beautiful semi-precious bars.

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Take What You Need Sparkle Bars from £25.50

If you’re planning a stroll along the Riviera or a romantic candle-lit dinner, let your sparkle shine with these versatile and dazzling bars.

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