As we enter November, the holidays are fast approaching us. There’s sure to be that dreaded gift list looming over our heads as we try and get each special person their perfect present! For many, there’s that one person on their list who adores all things piercing and jewelry related, so of course the perfect gift would be exactly that! Shopping for such a thing can be a little tricky though, so we decided to write a short piercing gift guide to help ease the holiday hassle. How and where a piercing is worn is very individual. Each person has their own unique style that is specific to them! With that being said, this can make shopping for body jewelry a bit of a process. Although you may feel confident in your ability to pick the perfect piece, there’s always the chance it’s not all that the recipient hoped and dreamed of; and unfortunately, body jewelry is non-returnable/exchangeable. Plus, these days, there are an endless amount of options as far as what jewelry can be worn! With over a thousand things to choose from, and even the option to fully customize and create a brand new piece, it can be hard to narrow it down. Aside from style, there are some other things to consider when shopping for body jewelry. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the basics below: Sizing- Like shoes and bras, piercings are not one size fits all. The jewelry worn comes in a variety of lengths, diameters and thicknesses! If you’re shopping for someone else, it’s important to know as much information about what size is needed to ensure you don’t accidentally buy a bad fit. You can try to casually ask them, or if they have other pieces for that piercing, you can bring them into the studio to use as a reference. If all else fails, invite them by the studio! Our staff loves gift giving and surprises and we’re always happy to help make the magic happen. You can pull aside any of our staff members and let us know you are shopping for the holidays and we will discreetly relay you the sizing so you know! You can also feel free to message or call us ahead of time to let us know you are coming in and we will plan for your visit and make sure we get you the information you need to buy that perfect piece. Gems and Material- Body jewelry nowadays comes in an abundance of materials and stone combinations! We stock everything from implant grade titanium to 14k gold in every color, as well as both synthetic and genuine gemstones. If you’re gift shopping, knowing what color of metal or what stones your recipient wears/enjoys plays a key role in finding the right piece. Take notes! See what other jewelry they’re wearing, or what colors they’re drawn to. Our staff can point you in the direction of pieces that match those things once you’ve gathered some information on what the wearer likes! Ask the Staff: If you know that the person you’re shopping for visits the studio somewhat often, there is a GREAT chance that they have already talked with the staff about their favorite pieces, preferred materials, and/or piercing plans! Often times piercers remember what their regulars like. Fortunately for those of you who are local, our piercers Lynn and Margo have stellar memories and love helping others shop for their loved ones. This also means for all our clients reading this- feel free to let us know your favorite pieces and encourage your friends and family to come in; we will make sure your holidays are filled with sparkle and cheer! If you’re still not sure what to get, gift cards are a great option! They allow you to give any amount and can be used for anything at the studio, including piercing services. Gift Cards allow for endless options and at the end of the day, are the most foolproof when it comes to body piercing related gifts! They eliminate the need to play detective and give the recipient the option to change their minds as many times as they like without any regret.