Christmas gift ideas: what to buy for your friends

Christmas is the perfect time of year to spread the love, and show your appreciation for all your friends – whether that’s your best friend, work colleague, or a childhood friend who you might not get to see too often nowadays – and so we’ve put together a guide with our top picks for jewellery gifts to give your friends this festive season.

A jewellery gift can be the perfect way to remind someone of your friendship, and allow them to carry it with them wherever they go. A high quality piece of jewellery is something that they will likely treasure forever, especially when you go the extra mile to add a personal touch such as an engraving or a special symbol that reflects their personality, so make sure to consider their hobbies, interests and lifestyle while you’re shopping!

Add to their charm collection

If your friend is an avid charm collector, especially of Nomination and/or Trollbeads, then finding a gift for them should be a breeze! Make sure to take note of the brand and style of their current bracelet, and simply go from there. Maybe they like to colour coordinate, or they stick to a specific theme (like sports, music or nature), or perhaps they just like to collect charms that remind them of specific events, memories or people. With over 3000 charms and beads to choose from here at Joshua James, spanning brands including Nomination, Thomas Sabo, Trollbeads and Swarovski, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

If you want to gift a close friend something really special and meaningful, Nomination’s recent #OneForMeOneForYou collection is just perfect. These charms are all about celebrating relationships and personal bonds, with an emphasis on friendship and sharing with others. An important element of this collection is its matching charms, which are designed to be shared with others – one for you, one for your best friend! This obviously requires you to have a Nomination bracelet as well… but if you haven’t already, Christmas is probably the best time to start your collection, right?

If you want to gift a close friend something really special and meaningful, Nomination’s recent #OneForMeOneForYou collection is just perfect. These charms are all about celebrating relationships and personal bonds, with an emphasis on friendship and sharing with others. An important element of this collection is its matching charms, which are designed to be shared with others – one for you, one for your best friend! This obviously requires you to have a Nomination bracelet as well… but if you haven’t already, Christmas is probably the best time to start your collection, right?


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Make it personal

Another thoughtful idea is a piece of jewellery that includes your friend’s birthstone or initial. Our collection of birthstone jewellery features matching sets of necklaces, rings and earrings for every month of the year, from garnets for January through to blue zirconia for December, all crafted in 925 sterling silver and Swarovski crystal. As an added bonus, the beautiful pendants also come with an option for free engraving, so you can add in a special message or your friend’s name for that extra personal touch. Meanwhile, our alphabet collection features pendants for every letter, in a modern art deco style and with cubic zirconia for added sparkle.


  • Joshua James December Birthstone Set
  • Joshua James Silver & CZ Initial A Pendant

One of the wonderful things about our personalised range is that every piece of jewellery is extremely versatile, so your friend will have a piece that’s suitable for every occasion. And if they like to get creative, they’re perfect for mixing and matching, or stacking pendants to build their favourite combinations. And one final added bonus: these pieces won’t put a strain on your gift budget!

We also have a varied selection of birthstone and alphabet jewellery spanning brands such as Nomination, Trollbeads and Swarovski… so there really is plenty to choose from here.

Let them decide with a gift voucher

Sometimes, especially in the case of long distance friends, it can be difficult to know what their exact jewellery tastes might be (even after a little detective work on their social media). If you don’t see them very often, you might not be sure if they prefer gold or silver, colourful gemstones or delicate detailing, and so on. And if you’re shopping for a male best friend, you might be feeling completely lost as to what they might prefer. Of course, you can take the risk and just make sure to include a gift receipt when you give it to them, but it’s never a nice feeling to find out that someone has decided to exchange your gift!

In this case, there is a simple option that never fails: the gift voucher. If you know they’re looking to add a stacking ring to their collection, or they want to add a new charm to their bracelet, but you also know they’d appreciate being able to choose for themselves, then this could be your answer. We’ve got a selection of beautifully designed e-vouchers that can be redeemed across our entire store, and you can even have it delivered straight to your friend’s email on Christmas day!


To sum up… when it comes to jewellery, finding the perfect Christmas gift for your friend is all about adding in that little personal touch to show the thought you’ve put behind it. Whether you opt for a pair of birthstone earrings, or a new charm for their Nomination bracelet, or simply opt to let them decide with a voucher, they’ll recognise that you’ve taken their preferences and personality into account. Make sure to check out our full range of Christmas ideas for friends, for all the gifting inspiration you might need!

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