Leap years are full of fun quirks and traditions, like women proposing to their partners and people celebrating their ‘proper’ birthdays. Thankfully, women are now free to propose whenever they feel like it (hello equality) and men no longer get fined for saying ‘no’, but that doesn’t mean the novelty is lost. Whatever you are celebrating on February 29th, be it a birthday or an engagement, make it a day to remember and gift them jewellery they can wear for years (and leap years) to come. For inspiration, our team has picked some of our favourite leap year gift ideas for him and for her.
Engagement rings for him
If you’re planning to stick to tradition and propose to him this leap year, then we have a refined collection of engagement rings for men. Minimal, pared back and contemporary, the Bancroft ring collection is perfect for the man who knows his own style and appreciates simple quality. Our bespoke rings are available in 18ct gold, 18ct rose gold, 18ct white gold and platinum, in your choice of 2mm or 4mm widths. Cast in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter before being delicately finished by hand, our wedding and engagement rings for him are designed with an engineered and simple form, featuring a squared edge and curved underside for comfort. All our rings are made to order to fit him perfectly and come in our signature polished, matte and blasted finishes. Simply choose your metal, size and finish and you’ll be ready to pop the question! All you need to worry about is how to do it…
Engagement gifts for him
Looking for an alternative to an engagement ring for him? There are loads of great options when it comes to proposing. The key is to choose a versatile piece, in a metal he loves, so that he can dress it up and down as a true wardrobe staple. We love a bracelet like our P4 Bancroft polished silver bracelet, our Dot mottled tag necklace or a timeless pair of cufflinks like our Oliver rose gold cufflinks or Elliot gold cufflinks. Expertly crafted for a gorgeous finish, these are pieces that will stay with him through life, looking as great for work as for a special occasion (like your wedding!).
Birthday presents for him
Leap year birthdays are always exciting. After all, it’s four years worth of birthdays rolled into one right? A lot of our customers choose to mark their loved one’s ‘true’ leap year birthday with an extra special gift. No matter if he has a more casual vibe or prefers a formal look, you’ll be able to find a piece of jewellery that he’ll love. We recommend a cuff bracelet like the Maxwell copper bracelet or Lapworth polished bracelet. They look as wonderful with a suit as they do with a jumper and jeans. Alternatively, go for a pop of colourful with a bold pair of cufflinks like the Bayley Sage cufflinks or one of our Jessica Bird patina lapel pins.
Birthday presents for her
Shopping for one of the special ladies in your life? Our women’s jewellery collection is full of great birthday gift ideas for her. Opt for a pair of versatile earrings with our Dot gold and silver hoops or choose a graphic, textured bracelet like our Anning cuff bracelet. Or, for the ultimate gift, we recommend the AMT Tool Box, offering 18 necklace combinations from the 7 pendants in this gorgeous gift box. A refined curation of our brass and steel pendants paired with gold and silver chains, the birthday girl can experiment with her favourite necklace combinations, depending on her mood and style, for years to come. Whether she is a fan of silver, gold or rose gold, we’ve got precise and refined jewellery for any leap year birthday gift. Can ad chat about the other earring too if you fancy … or just the new earring collection in general.
Precious metal jewellery
As leap years (and leap year birthdays) are rare, precious metal jewellery can be the ideal answer when it comes to finding a truly memorable gift. Pull out all the stops and choose a beautiful, warm and contemporary piece to gift. As well as our wedding rings, which all come in your choice of precious metals, our collection features some truly elegant, precious pieces.
Cast in solid 9ct gold, the Bancroft gold tie bar features a juxtaposition of matte and mirror finishes. A simply and timeless piece, it is perfect for securing your tie to work or a wedding. Looking for cufflinks to match? The Erno polished gold cufflinks are once again cast in 9ct solid gold and are precisely buffed and polished by hand by our Silversmith in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This solid gold tie bar and cufflink set is inspired by brutalist architecture, creating wonderful silhouettes that make a stand out gift for him.
Continuing our precious metal Bancroft collection, we also have a curation of solid gold bracelets for him, available in 9ct and 18ct gold in your choice of matte or polished finishes, in 2mm, 4mm or 6mm widths. Made to order to fit you precisely, our men’s precious metal bracelets have a lovely weight to them, sitting comfortably on the wrist. A simple and engineered piece, the Bancroft bracelet is a gift that he will wear throughout his life and that he can style for all those special occasions.
When it comes to marking a special date like a leap year, personalised jewellery can make for the perfect gift. No matter if you are shopping for him or for her, you can make the most of our complimentary engraving service and add that extra personal touch to your gifts. From cufflinks and bracelets, to rings and lapel pins, you can add your mark to our men’s accessories and women’s jewellery, engraving initials, memories, words or numbers onto the surfaces. Just look out for ‘engrave me’ while you are browsing our collections and decide what you’d like to inscribe. ‘29/02/20’ is just the start!
Looking for more leap year gift ideas? You can browse our full collection of men’s accessories here and women’s jewellery here. You can also follow us on Instagram @alicemadethis for more inspiration.