LeAnn Rimes’ live-in boyfriend, Eddie Cibrian, may not have popped the question during her relaxing 28th birthday celebration last week in Mexico; however, he did give her some expensive rose gold bangles that she adores.  Rimes raved to People about how beautiful the bracelets were and how very sweet it was of her boyfriend to pick them out for her.  The country singer recently went from living on her own to sharing her home with Cibrian and his two children, which he has joint custody of with his ex, Brandi Glanville.Does jewelry always make the perfect gift?

Cupid’s Advice:

As something that is both expensive and alluring, fine jewelry always seems to be the go-to present on birthdays and holidays.  Though it can bring smiles to the faces of many, it can also be a disappointing gift when the recipient was expecting something else.

1. Great expectations: It’s easy to set yourself up for disappointment when you go into an occasion hoping for a  marriage proposal.  Try not to assume or expect a commitment from your partner, even if it means wearing a diamond solitaire around your neck instead of your finger.

2. Give a memorable gift: It’s not about the gift itself, but what it stands for, such as a  memory of an amazing trip you took together.  Though jewelry does fit into this category, any sentimental gesture can be a romantic way of letting someone know you care.

3. The cop-out: Sometimes gift giving is difficult, no matter how well you know your partner.  This could result in picking out a pretty piece of jewelry simply because you can’t think of anything else.  The problem, is a gift with no meaning could be worse than no gift at all.  Creativity and thought almost always trumps expense!