Pandora CharmsPandora bracelets are the gift that keep on giving - buy one of these for a loved one and you are fixed for birthday and Christmas presents for at least the next couple of years.
You can find a Pandora store on most high streets up and down the UK, but in case you're unfamiliar, they're essentially thin bracelets which hold made to fit charms of varying sizes and patterns. The add on acessories are fairly inexpensive, but have a feel of quality, which makes them an excellent gift for that special lady in your life.
Pandora bracelets come in a different forms, so you should be able to find something inkeeping with your recipient's unique sense of style, and just as importantly, your own budget. You can find something suitable for you mum, friend, girlfriend/wife, sister or grandmother. If you are struggling to come up with an idea for a gift - Pandora is the place to stop. Whatever you pick will be adored and loved by the recipient.
On the cheaper end of the spectrum, you can purchase woven fabric bracelets for around £40 to £50. As well as cotton, you can also get a leather version, or one with multiple loops (which gives you more room for charms).
The upshot of these is that there's a range of colours from which you can choose and you're not just limited to silver and gold - which gives your bracelet a little more sparkle. Equally, they are susceptible to wear and tear - particularly if you overload them with charms.
A basic metal chain will cost you roughly the same amount, while a slightly thicker bangle will set you back around £80 to £90. These will last longer though, and they feel more secure on the wrist.
You can get a metal bracelet in either silver or gold - we recommend sticking with the former though as there seem to be fewer charms available in gold.
There is a wide variety of charms to choose from - although in practice you may find your local store doesn't stock all the options available on the website. Don't panic though: they can order them in for you - just make sure you arrange everything a few weeks in advance of your loved one's special day.
You can get small and contained silver charm for anywhere between £20 and £70 depending on the complexity of the design (a standard love-heart or leaf pattern won't put too much of a dent in your credit card, but there are more specialist options which carry a slight premium).
More ostentatious charms, i.e. those that have hanging chains of their own, are predictably more expensive (think £70 to £100). These are also more prone to damage, though, and can be caught on things if you're not careful. In general the contained ones are a safer bet.
Gold charms are the most expensive ones and some of them can be well over £100. We recommend saving these purchases for those really special occasions - a landmark wedding anniversary, for example.