Here we are, a little more than a week away from Black Friday and you’re scrambling to figure out where to spend your money (or lack of money) on holiday gifts. With newspapers and magazines encouraging consumers to (a) make gifts, (b) consolidate gift-giving and (c) skipping Christmas entirely, it’s hard to get psyched up for any kind of shopping at all.

If you want my advice, don’t skip Christmas. It only comes once a year, and you don’t want the moment to pass you by. Also, don’t make your gifts. It sounds like a great idea, but once you break out the glue, construction paper, cotton balls and such, you’re looking at a huge mess and a waste of six hours.

Rather, I would say, go with a “less is more” approach. Instead of buying a lot of inexpensive (or, gulp, expensive) things for your loved one, why not get them one special gift to commemorate the season and the end of a long year. Yes, you can get something special without breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas from the jewelers at John Christian:

For under $100, you can get a Personalized Engraved Crystal Diamond, Emerald or Heart.


Choose from their 4″ diameter Crystal Diamond cut exactly like a real diamond, their 4″ wide Crystal Emerald or the 3.5″ Crystal Heart–each are spectacularly beautiful heirlooms, engraved with your name, date, family crest or corporate logo.

For $165 you can find one of their monogram sterling silver key rings, featuring a cool, classic design:


The way it works is, one of the little balls unscrews to allow you to insert your keys. The hook shape allows it to hang easily over your finger. Meanwhile, the Sterling Silver tag can be engraved to have your monogram in Somerset (script) or Sutton (block) letter styles.

Also under $100 is John Christian’s Crystal Bud Vase, which can be engraved with names, dates, family crests or even corporate logos.


This year, $100 may seem like a high-ticket item. But, keep in mind that it’s often one gift people remember during the holidays. Make sure your one gift counts!