Last Minute Gift Ideas For All Occasions

Last Minute Gift Ideas For All Occasions

Caitlyn Rugless Caitlyn Rugless
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Let's face it, we've all been there. You know, that feeling of panic when you realise you've completely forgotten about someone's birthday or anniversary and have absolutely no gift to show for it. But fear not, our last minute gift ideas will save you from showing up empty-handed. 

Jewellery is the perfect gift for any occasion, and it's guaranteed to make your loved one feel special. And the best part is  you don't have to spend a fortune to get a beautiful piece that they'll treasure forever. 

So, whether you’re looking for last minute gifts for women or gifts for men, we’ve got you covered. Read more to learn about our last minute lifesaver gift ideas for you to choose from next time you need a present, quick!


Last Minute Lifesaver: Dazzling Jewellery Gift Ideas That Will Save Your Day

What are the best occasions to gift jewellery?

The first thing to consider when shopping for a gift is what the occasion is. Different occasions usually call for different types of gifts. Luckily for you, jewellery tends to be a versatile choice that is suitable for a whole range of milestones and events. 

  • Valentine's Day: Jewellery is a classic and popular last minute gift for couples on Valentine’s Day.. Heart-shaped pendants and earrings are popular Valentines Day gifts for her.

    Learn more: Valentines Day Gift Ideas

  • Anniversaries: Whether it's a wedding anniversary or a milestone in a relationship, jewellery is a great way to celebrate the occasion. You can choose something meaningful, like a personalised pendant or a watch with a special message engraved on it.

    Learn more: Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year

  • Birthday’s: A piece of jewellery can make a wonderful and thoughtful last minute birthday gift idea. Especially for milestone birthdays like 18, 21, 30, 40, 50, or 60. Consider choosing a piece that reflects the person's personality or birthstone.

  • Christmas: The festive season is a perfect time to give jewellery as a gift. You can choose something festive like a Christmas-themed pendant or go for something timeless like a diamond stud earring.

    Learn more: Christmas Gift Ideas

  • Graduation: Graduation is a significant accomplishment and a piece of jewellery can serve as a memorable keepsake. Consider gifting a piece of jewellery that represents the graduate's field of study, such as a medical charm bracelet for a doctor or a law-themed necklace for a lawyer.

    Shop now: Graduation Gifts

  • Mother's Day: Jewellery makes a thoughtful and meaningful Mother's Day gift. You can choose a piece that reflects your mother's style or go for something that symbolises your relationship, like a mother-child pendant or a birthstone ring.

    Explore: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Last minute jewellery gift ideas

Personalised jewellery

Personalised jewellery is a great way to add that personal touch to a last minute gift without actually putting in too much thought. Initial jewellery, such as initial pendants and initial necklaces, are a quick and easy gift idea that is also trendy. Go for something minimalist or add a touch of sparkle with glittering cubic zirconias and diamonds. Some choose to adorn their own initials while others choose to wear that of a loved one. 

Alternatively, you could go for an ID bracelet complete with a designated tag that can be engraved with whatever you would like! You could engrave a date, special motto, coordinates of an important place, or even a name. With many different bracelet options in both silver and gold, you will be sure to find a piece that they will adore. 

 last minute gift ideas - personalised jewellery

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Silver Pendant Initial C set with Diamond

Silver Pendant Initial C set with Diamond


A symbol of elegance and modernity, this Silver Pendant Initial C set with Diamond is crafted from gleaming sterling silver. The subtle curves of the C evoke contemporary styling while the complementary diamond's gleam adds a hint of sparkle. This… read more

Birthstone jewellery

Birthstone jewellery is a great choice for a last minute gift as it is a no-brainer. Birthstone jewellery refers to gemstones that are associated with certain months. If you don’t know what your gift recipient's birthstone is, do not panic! You can easily find all the information about birthstones in our comprehensive birthstone guide.

Not only is this a fun idea, but each gemstone is said to have spiritual beliefs that add another layer of meaning to the piece. Some encourage motivation and prosperity while others are thought to protect the wearer from negative energies. 

Birthstone gems are also very colourful and pair perfectly with any wardrobe. Browse gemstone rings, gemstone earrings, and more at Shiels!

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9ct Alluring Yellow Gold Created Ruby + Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

9ct Alluring Yellow Gold Created Ruby + Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

$159.00 $399.00

Incorporating sparkling created rubies and cubic zirconias, these stunning flower style earrings are sure to please. Crafted in 9ct yellow gold.… read more

Hoop earrings

Now, if you are really in a rush, and you are looking for a last minute gift for friends or family, then hoop earrings could be your lifesaver! Hoops are a versatile choice that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion or style, this is what makes them such great gifts. You can never have too many hoops. Hoops can be worn on their own or paired with other earrings in a stack.

Browse beautiful silver hoop earrings and gold hoop earrings online. For the modern and trendy recipient, go for a huggie earring with stylish pendant. Huggie earrings sit close to the earlobe and have a slightly different look to regular hoops. 

last minute gift ideas - hoop earrings vs huggie earrings

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9ct Yellow Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings with diamond cut feature with Rhodium

9ct Yellow Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings with diamond cut feature with Rhodium


Crafted in 9ct yellow gold, the diamond cut fancy huggie earrings are a dazzling addition. With white gold diamond cut embellishments, the earrings will add instant glamour to any outfit.… read more

Men’s jewellery

Let’s not forget some last minute gift ideas for the men in our lives. As one of the most popular accessories for men today, you can’t go past men’s rings for stylish last minute gifts! 

Explore a range of styles and metals, from sterling silver, white and yellow gold, tungsten, titanium, and gemstone rings. 

Alternatively, why not buy a classic gold chain for your male loved one. Shiels has a wide range of chains for men, with discount prices and buy now, pay later options available.

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Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia + Onyx Classic Ring

Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia + Onyx Classic Ring

$269.50 $499.00

This gents ring is chic and contemporary. Featuring sparkling cubic zirconias, the sterling silver ring is the perfect accessory for the modern gent.… read more

When it comes to last-minute jewellery gift ideas, there are several options that can be both thoughtful and meaningful. Whether you opt for a personalised piece or a timeless classic, jewellery is a gift that is sure to be treasured for years to come. Some options to consider include birthstone jewellery, personalised jewellery, and hoop earrings. Don't be afraid to get creative and think outside the box to find the perfect piece that will make your loved one feel special. Remember, a little thoughtfulness can go a long way, especially when it comes to gift-giving.


What to get a friend for a last minute Christmas gift?

There are plenty of last-minute jewellery ideas perfect for the holiday season! Some of our favourite picks include:

What is a unique last minute birthday gift?

For a birthday gift that is extra special and unique, we recommend opting for something personalised like a letter necklace. Otherwise, you can choose from our range of stylish drop earrings or gift sets.

Is jewellery a thoughtful gift?

Yes! No matter who you’re shopping for, jewellery can easily compliment anyone’s unique style and make them feel appreciated. Because jewellery is so versatile and elegant, it’s one of the best go-to gifts for a reason!

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