MEN considering treating their partners to jewellery and gifts this Christmas should make a start now to make sure they get it right.
Bosses at one of the UK’s leading online jewellery and giftware retailers are giving husbands and boyfriends free advice because they’ve seen so many female hearts broken by poorly thought-out present ideas.
Warren Karpf, manager of TheUKGiftSpecialist.com, has more than 35 years’ experience in the jewellery and giftware trade and says a few simple steps can save a lot of hassle, and a disappointed face when the wrong gift is unwrapped on Christmas morning.
“At this time of year, time is of the essence. The most popular items are limited, highly collectable and sell out fast. So to get the best products you need to start now. Our most popular giftware ranges are Charlie Bears, Snowbabies, Disney characters and Willow Tree.
“Watches this year, particularly ICE, DKNY and CRYSTALLA watches from Sekonda are just flying. And, of course, jewellery, especially designer jewellery. If a lady has her heart set on one of these items, nothing else will do and if you wait until mid-December they’ll be in short supply.”
The UKGiftSpecialist.com also encourages male shoppers to set a budget and take time to understand their other half before spending any cash.
“The internet is great because it allows fast, spontaneous purchases but that can be risky when presents for women are involved. It’s well worth taking some time to think things through.
“What is it they like? If you’re buying jewellery does she like bling? Or something more traditional? And what about gold or silver? And if it’s collectable giftware which items in the set does she have already? Buying her a Charlie Bear she’s already got could lead to a serious huff.”
Charlie Bears are nothing less than a giftware phenomenon. The small, handmade teddy bears are strictly limited and highly collectable.
They’re sold in 30 countries and since their launch seven years ago have won a devoted army of passionate fans.
Warren Karpf explains: “We know of one woman in Clydebank in Scotland who spent one night sleeping on the floor because she didn’t have the heart to move her Charlie Bears off the bed.
Another customer came into one of our Michael Warren high street stores and spent £2,000 in one afternoon on an entire collection of Charlie Bears.
In all my years in the jewellery and giftware trade, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Jewellery and giftware make the ideal Christmas present because there’s a wide range of products available at a price to suit everyone.
TheUKGiftSpecialist.com has Disney character gifts from £9.95, Charlie Bears range from £30 up to £600 and designer jewellery from names including Coeur De Lion, Dansk and VIP ranging from £25 to £150.
Shoppers are also advised to check out the delivery and returns policy from the shop or website they buy from.
Warren Karpf explains: “Everything we sell through www.theukgiftspecialist.com comes with free delivery to all UK mainland addresses and we frequently ship overseas.
“Customer can call our hotline on 01698 711 000 for information on costs. Our returns policy is very simple – you must tell us within seven days of receiving your order and then return them to us within seven days of us issuing a Return Authorisation Number.
“Not every retailer is quite so transparent, so whoever you buy gifts and jewellery from – it pays to read the small print.”
To arrange an interview with Warren Karpf from the UK Gift Specialist call Colin Kelly Media on 01505 863 990 or 07758 211 585.
The UK Gift Specialist has been serving customers worldwide for more than 60 years and has carefully built a proud reputation for customer care and service through their branches and extensive World Wide Export Department.
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