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Doesn't it feel like you're always buying a gift for someone? You've got loved ones celebrating graduations, bridal showers and weddings, along with tons of birthdays peppered throughout. Beyond making sure you've got all the dates right on your calendar, you've now got to figure out what you're getting all these people. Oy!
Wouldn't it be nice if you could take the guess work out of what to get this year and for years to come? Well, we've got a solution: Collectibles, or the gifts that keep on giving and the gifts you can keep on giving.
No, we're not talking about coins, stamps or Beanie Babies -- it's the more fashion-focused items we're suggesting. For example, building a charm bracelet. You can start by gifting the actual bracelet and then present charms to attach to it after every major accomplishment or each birthday.
"Personally, I love giving charms and charm bracelets, I think it is really one of the most thoughtful and also practical luxurious gifts to give," jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann told The Huffington Post. "I wear my charm bracelet everyday and I even started one for both of my daughters. I find charm bracelets are a very empowering piece of jewelry for a woman -- they help her cherish and celebrate all of her milestones in life."
And if you're looking for more stylish collectibles, look no further. We've rounded a few more options you can give today ... and forever.
Monica Rich Kosann charm bracelets
You're gifting an instant heirloom when you give a charm bracelet -- especially when it's from this New York City-based designer. The pieces can be pricey, but are totally worth the investment if you've got the funds. (And if you're looking for something more affordable, check out Blue Nile.)
Top row: Baby Feet Charm Bracelet, $2,750; "Freedom" Birdcage Charm, $1,975; "My Earth" Charm, $3,525; "Heritage" Book Charm, $3,900.
Bottom row: Miniature "Luck" Elephant Charm, $150; Floral Half-Locket Charm, $240; Charm Bracelet, $345.
Alexis Bittar hand-painted Lucite jewelry
Any piece of jewelry from Alexis Bittar would be an amazing gift, however it's his signature Lucite creations that have made him one of the most renowned accessory designers in the world. The hand-painted, wearable-works-of-art will definitely put a smile on anyone's face.
Top row: "Skinny Tapered" Bangle, $70; "Lucite Bean" Ring, $95; "Coral Deco Pendant" Necklace, $375.
Bottom row: "Gold Circle" Necklace, $100; "Desert Jasmine Flower" Pin, $595; "Gold Capped Spike" Studs, $95.
Hermés silk scarves and "H" bracelets
Let's face it, there are very few people who can afford a $221,846 "Birkin" bag, but that doesn't mean you can't give someone an Hermés moment. The French fashion house's silk scarves and "H" bracelets are just as iconic for a fraction of the price.
Catbird stackable rings
Just one of these dainty rings is a beautiful gesture -- but once you start stacking them, they make an even bigger statement. Catbird is famous for their precious metal rings, so don't be surprised if your gift recipient squeals when she sees the box.
Top row: Classic Rose Gold Hammered Ring, $64; "Tomboy" First Knuckle Rose Gold Ring, $148.
Middle row: Alphabet Sterling Silver Rings, $56/each; Heart Sterling Silver Ring, $56.
Bottom row: Tiny Chain Gold Ring, $68/each; Tomboy Gold Ring, $198.