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Guide To Honoring The Living & Dead With Personalized Memorial Jewelry

Author Jeri K. Augustus  / Category Information Center. Last Updated: April 1, 2024

Reviewed by John Conor. Reading time 41 mins.


The holiday season is one of the most joyous times of the year. Holidays are meant to be spent with friends, family, and loved ones. But for those who have recently lost a loved one, the holidays may be more difficult. 

Memorial gifts honor the dead while bringing joy to the living. If you or someone you know is grieving, a memorial gift can be comforting during the holiday season. Please keep reading to find out what’s in our 2024 holiday gift guide for friends and family.

Why Our Memorial Gifts Are Unique And Special

At Jewelry Keepsakes, we have various memorial jewelry and gifts to honor the living and dead. We design each piece with love and care using only the finest materials. We know these gifts hold special meaning, so we do our best to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.

Below are some reasons our memorial jewelry and keepsakes make unique and special holiday gifts.


Our variety of personalized memorial jewelry and gifts can be used to memorialize the dead or the living. A personalized photo engraved necklace of the deceased can be a sentimental holiday gift for a friend who recently lost someone. Memorial jewelry is a unique item worn for fashion and remembrance.

Additionally, you can gift memorial jewelry and keepsakes to remind you of living loved ones. A photo-engraved keychain of yourself can be gifted to grandparents who live far from you. A picture of their beloved grandchild on their keyring will help them keep you close to their heart. It will be a sweet reminder of the love you have for them.


Jewelry Keepsakes offers unique thumbprint jewelry and memorial gifts for friends and family. Our thumbprint items use laser technology to engrave the thumbprint of either yourself or a deceased loved one onto a memorial jewelry item or gift. Our unique thumbprint engraved items even feature the ridges of the thumbprint to make them feel more realistic.

Thumbprint memorial jewelry and gifts can be special reminders to those who have lost someone. Feeling their loved one's thumbprint (the most unique part of them) can help them feel closer to the deceased. Thumbprint memorial gifts may also help someone feel closer to a living friend or relative who lives far away.

Use this thumbprint buying guide and get all the information you need to shop like a pro!


Our personalized memorial gifts are made from quality metal and materials. These pieces are made to cherish and last for generations to come. We specialize in quality, sentimental jewelry that can be passed down to future generations. You create a new family heirloom when you gift a memorial keepsake or jewelry item.

Honoring The Life Of A Loved One With Unique And Memorable Gifts

Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Family and Friends takes all the guesswork out of what to buy and offers a great number of options depending on your budget and your relationship to the recipient!


Birthstone jewelry makes a special gift for a friend or loved one at any time of the year. Our pendants are made from stainless steel or stainless steel with gold plating. Our selection features a variety of shapes and stones to match your loved one's birth month.

To add something special, engrave their picture or your favorite picture of the both of you onto the pendant. They will cherish it as a unique and special gift from someone they know who truly cares for them.


Everyone needs a keychain for their keys. Keys and keychains are things people use every day when they are coming and going. A photo-engraved keychain will make a wonderful gift for your friends and loved ones who don’t wear jewelry.

Our photo-engraved keychains are made from quality metals that won’t tarnish when properly cared for. We have different styles to match your loved one's personality. Make the holidays extra special for them with a special keychain to hold their keys.


Celebrate the children in your life with unique and special necklaces and bracelets made just for them. If you’re a grandparent, you can personalize their gift with a picture of yourself. In this way, they will have a memory of you when you eventually pass on.

Memorial jewelry will make children feel special and loved. Although they will eventually outgrow their child-size jewelry, they can repurpose, resize, or pass on their memorial jewelry gift to a future generation.


Our quality beaded necklaces use beautifully colored beads to make a stylish chain for every wearer. Each beaded necklace can be fitted with an engravable pendant in various shapes. Beaded necklaces may be more stylish for your friends or family, depending on their tastes.

Their brightly colored beads are perfect for celebrating the living. Beaded necklaces make great holiday gifts for those you care about. Engrave it with a special holiday message for a more memorable gift.


Our quality beaded necklaces use beautifully colored beads to make a stylish chain for every wearer. Each beaded necklace can be fitted with an engravable pendant in various shapes. Beaded necklaces may be more stylish for your friends or family, depending on their tastes.

Their brightly colored beads are perfect for celebrating the living. Beaded necklaces make great holiday gifts for those you care about. Engrave it with a special holiday message for a more memorable gift.


This year, give your spouse a special gift with a thumbprint-engraved gold or silver ring band. Our rings come in several styles and can be engraved with your thumbprint, spouse's name, or anniversary date.

Thumbprint ring jewelry allows you to share the most personal and unique part of yourself with your spouse: your thumbprint. Thumbprint rings make a beautiful and sentimental gift for your significant other.

What Types Of Gifts Are Good For Celebrating The Deceased?

There are numerous ways in which you can celebrate the life of someone who has passed away and gift that celebration to a loved one that is grieving.


Cremation jewelry is jewelry made from ashes. At Jewelry Keepsakes, we can use a small portion of your loved one’s ashes and incorporate it into the design of your jewelry gift. We can also mix your loved one’s ashes into the resin center of your cremation pendant necklace or ring.

Cremation jewelry is one of the most personable gifts you can give or receive. It allows the receiver to keep a small portion of their deceased loved one with them wherever they go.

Some of our cremation jewelry options include:

  • Necklaces
  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Keychains

Most of our cremation jewelry pieces allow you to engrave a name, date, or special message onto a portion of the piece.


At Jewelry Keepsakes, we also have a selection of photo-engraved jewelry that holds ashes. This type of jewelry is different from jewelry made from ashes. Our specialty-made urn jewelry is designed to hold a small amount of your loved one’s ashes in a discreet, small compartment. These jewelry options come with a kit for you to fill yourself.

You can have a specialty piece of jewelry made to hold a deceased loved one's ashes with their picture engraved on the front. This memorial gift may only be possible if you can access the deceased's ashes. Jewelry that holds ashes is often reserved as gifts for close family members.


When you lose a loved one, you lose simple interactions with them, such as the sound of their voice and their handwritten letters. Signature jewelry and keepsakes allow you to stay in touch with your deceased loved one by memorializing their handwriting.

Jewelry Keepsakes offers jewelry and keepsake options that can be engraved with the deceased’s signature or handwritten message. Signature jewelry and keepsakes make great gifts for someone who misses the small things about the deceased. It’s a unique and permanent way to keep their memory alive.


Thumbprint engraved metal bookmarks make unique gifts for the bookworms in your life. For a loved one who has recently lost someone, a metal bookmark engraved with the thumbprint of the deceased can be a heartfelt reminder that their loved one is still with them. You can also engrave the bookmark with a name, date, or special message.


Memorial coins make special gifts to honor the dead. They can be engraved with an image of the deceased on one side and their thumbprint on the other.

Memorial coins are great for dispersing to multiple family members. They are small tokens of remembrance for the loved one who has been lost. Memorial coins can be kept in your wallet, sewn into clothing, or in a special display case.

How Can You Personalize Your Memorial Gifts?


Most of our memorial jewelry and keepsakes offer word letter engraving up to a select number of characters. To honor their memory, you can inscribe your special memorial gift with the deceased's name.


Along with word engraving, you can add number engraving. Many people choose to engrave the deceased's birth and death dates. But you could also choose to engrave a special date that meant something to you and the deceased, such as an anniversary, deployment date, or any other special date.


Consider a biblical quote1 or other type of quote if you want to engrave something other than the deceased's name or special date. You can choose a quote that was special to the deceased or choose a quote you think is fitting to describe your relationship. It can be a religious or literary quote from your favorite author. Many memorial quote ideas2 posted online can help you choose the perfect message to engrave on your memorial gift.


Our photo-engraved jewelry and keepsake gifts can take any image of the deceased and engrave it on the jewelry pendant or gift. You can choose a photo with just the deceased or a photo of you and the deceased. Your photo can be engraved in black and white or color, depending on your preferences. Adding a photograph of the deceased to your memorial gift makes your gift more personable and special for the receiver.


A birthstone is a stone or gem corresponding to your birth month. For example, those born in December have blue or turquoise birthstones. If you want to make your memorial jewelry or keepsake gift extra special, include the deceased's birthstone. If your gift is to celebrate the living, include the birthstone of the gift recipient. Birthstones add both a dash of color and more sentimentality to your gift.


If you want to personalize your jewelry pendant, consider an initial pendant. Choose either the first name or last name initial of the deceased person you’re gifting to.


If your friend or loved one recently lost a pet, consider a jewelry style that memorializes their pet. We offer multiple options for pet memorial jewelry. Choose between shape options like cat paws, dog bones, fish, birds, and more for your jewelry pendant. A gift representing your friend or family member's deceased pet will make their gift more personal.

Who Can You Gift Memorial Keepsakes & Jewelry To?


Gift a spouse a special personalized gift in honor of your relationship. We have a selection of rings and pendants that can be engraved with special dates (such as an anniversary date) or messages (such as their name or the place where you met). These personalized gifts can be a way to show your spouse you care for them and want to be in their thoughts always.


For children who have recently lost a loved one, memorial gifts can help them cope. Some children are too young to understand the reality of death. Death can be traumatic for them, especially if they are unsure how to cope with their grief.

Photo-engraved jewelry, such as a photo-engraved bracelet for children, can be a comfort item. They can wear a bracelet with a picture of their deceased loved one. When they feel sad or lonely, the image of their loved one will comfort them.


Friends are like family, especially during the holidays. Memorial jewelry and keepsakes can make great gifts for friends who have lost a loved one.

Have a specialty-made pendant necklace or keychain engraved with their deceased loved one's name, a special quote, or a personal condolence message. Memorial gifts are meant for special people; no one is more special than friends who feel like family.


Siblings stick together through thick and thin. They are both your friend and family from birth until the very end. Our personalized jewelry and gifts can be customized for each of your siblings. If you want to memorialize your family connection, have photo engraved pendants made for each of your siblings with a special message from you engraved on the back.

If you are grieving another close family member, picture-engraved jewelry can also be gifted as a memorial gift. Take a group photo with the deceased to share their memory wherever you go.


If you have recently lost a parent, your surviving parent may be feeling especially lonely during the holidays. A cremation jewelry gift will allow your mom or dad to hold a part of their life partner with them always. Cremation jewelry comes in necklaces, rings, pendants, and more.


Remind your friends and family members who live out of state how much you miss them by sending them personalized jewelry and keepsakes that remind them of you. Please engrave a picture of you and your friend or family member on a jewelry pendant or keychain.

They may also enjoy a more useful gift, such as a money clip engraved with your special message. These special gifts remind your far-off loved ones that they are in your thoughts during the holidays.


Remind your friends and family members who live out of state how much you miss them by sending them personalized jewelry and keepsakes that remind them of you. Please engrave a picture of you and your friend or family member on a jewelry pendant or keychain.

They may also enjoy a more useful gift, such as a money clip engraved with your special message. These special gifts remind your far-off loved ones that they are in your thoughts during the holidays.


Co-workers quickly become our friends and sometimes feel as close to us as family. If your co-worker has recently lost someone, a memorial gift may be an appropriate and kind gesture. You could have a special jewelry pendant or keychain with an engraved religious quote or a special condolence message.

Giving a memorial gift to your co-workers lets them know that you and others love them. It lets them know they are not alone and have people in their lives who care for them.

How Do You Choose The Perfect Memorial Gift?

How do you choose the perfect memorial gift for your friends and loved ones? Below are some tips for making the right choice this holiday season.

1. Decide who the gift is for. First, decide who your memorial gift will be for. Choose certain pendant shapes or add personal touches specific to the person you buy the gift for. For example, when buying a gift for a friend, you may want to avoid pendant shapes that are best reserved for loved ones or spouses, like heart-shaped pendants.

You may also want to consider the gender of the person you’re buying for. We offer numerous styles of jewelry for both men and women. Choosing a jewelry style that fits their gender may make them more likely to enjoy their gift.

2. Decide what the gift is for.  Jewelry Keepsakes makes jewelry and gifts to honor the living and the dead. Our jewelry and gifts can be given for any occasion at any time of the year. Knowing what occasion or reason you buy a gift can help you decide.

For example, a birthstone photo-engraved pendant can make a great birthday gift, while a metal-engraved bookmark is perfect for a school graduation gift. If the gift is for memorializing someone deceased, you may want to consider one of our cremation jewelry styles that can hold ashes.

3. Consider the recipient's personality.  Carefully considering the recipient's personality will help guide your decision-making. Consider their favorite color, religious faith, favorite animal, personal fashion style (like minimalist or maximalist), or occupation (such as military members). Jewelry Keepsakes has various jewelry and memorial gifts to fit every personality.

If you are buying a gift for a deployed military spouse, consider our photo and thumbprint engraved dog tag pendants. Have a photo of yourself and your family engraved on the front with either your thumbprint or a special message on the back. A gift like this will hit close to their heart and be something they can wear while on duty.

4. Consider how they will use the gift.  When it comes to giving gifts, it’s the thought that counts. However, it’s nice to be gifted something you will use. Before you purchase a memorial gift for someone, consider how they will use it. For example, an engraved bookmark is a beautiful gift, but it could be more practical for someone who reads. You would be much better off getting them a money clip or keychain that they will find useful in their everyday life.

5. Think about how you will personalize the gift.  Jewelry Keepsakes offers different jewelry styles that can be personalized in different ways. How much you can personalize your gift will depend on how close you are to the recipient. For example, it may be difficult for you to purchase a cremation necklace for a friend who's lost a loved one since you likely don't have access to the deceased's ashes.

Instead, consider gifting them jewelry that holds ashes or an urn necklace. The gift recipient can gift and fill these jewelry items. Also, consider whether you want to add engraving. How much engraving you want to add will determine what shape and style gift you should choose. Certain styles have more room for engraving than others.

6. Consider your budget.  Jewelry Keepsakes has a wide variety of quality products for every budget. Your chosen gift may depend on how much money you have to spend. If you are tight on money this year for holiday gifts, consider our stainless-steel jewelry options. Stainless steel is a quality metal that doesn’t tarnish easily when properly cared for3. It’s a strong metal that can withstand outside elements but is less expensive than silver or gold.

Consider one of our gold jewelry pieces if you have a higher budget. Gold is a precious metal with classic style and elegance. It is more expensive than metals like silver or steel but is more special because of it. A 14K gold cremation urn necklace is a beautiful gift for someone you’re very close to. It will last for years and can be passed down as an heirloom gift.

Where Can You Purchase Personalized Memorial Gifts?

Jewelry Keepsakes is one of the largest personalized memorial keepsakes and jewelry gift suppliers. We have been in business for over a decade and understand our customers' needs. We will also work closely with you to personalize your gift to meet your expectations. When you choose Jewelry Keepsakes, you get top quality and customer service.

Other places to purchase memorial gifts and keepsakes from may include:


Etsy is an online shopping platform that connects you with local and worldwide artisans. It is a platform only for handmade goods. Many Etsy sellers will make custom and personalized orders for their customers. You can find almost anything on Etsy, from handmade jewelry to furniture and beauty products.


If you prefer to shop locally, find local artisans in your area. Start by going to craft fairs or farmers markets where local artisans are more likely to display their products. You can also check online or on social media platforms to find local sellers in your area.


If you’re set on purchasing memorial jewelry, check with your local jeweler. They may offer special services such as engravings on certain jewelry items and design a unique style of pendant, ring, or earring set.

How Much Do Memorial Gifts Cost?

Memorial gifts range in price points depending on the item you purchase, the quality of the metal or stone, and where you purchase it from. Sometimes, personalization can cost extra, increasing your total price point. At Jewelry Keepsakes, we offer memorial gifts that range from just under $50 and up.

We believe that memorial gifts should be affordable for everyone, but we also believe in carrying quality products. Fine jewelry differs from fashion jewelry because it is made from more expensive and rare metals or gems. Quality metals last longer and are less resistant to tarnishing when properly cared for.

Our memorial jewelry and gifts are made to stand the test of time. We offer fine metals, including stainless steel, sterling silver, and 14K white gold. When you purchase from Jewelry Keepsakes, you pay a premium for fine quality, artistry, and personalization.

Quick Fact

At Jewelry Keepsakes, we design, create and package all of our fingerprint jewelry. The entire process is done under one roof, allowing for absolute quality control every step of the way.

Memorial jewelry and gifts are made to order and shipped right to your door. Each purchase includes a special, decorative box to hold your jewelry or memorial gift, making them perfect for gifting as is. We also include the chain (if you order a pendant necklace) with your jewelry purchase (which some jewelers charge extra for).

If you purchase cremation jewelry, we will include a filling kit to fill your jewelry at home. Should you have any issues with your order, we have a 24/7 customer service call center ready to answer your questions whenever needed.

When Is A Good Time To Give This Type Of Gift?


Intimate family gatherings are a great time to gift your memorial or jewelry to the intended receiver. As a family, you mourn the loss of a loved one together.

While you may have only one gift for a specific person, like your grandma, the rest of the family will enjoy watching her receive it. Memorial gifts can mean much to the whole family, regardless of the intended recipient.

Quick Fact

Family gatherings are a great time to gift something to a grandparent. Photo engraved necklaces, wallet cards and more can be engraved with the images of all the grandkids and will be a gift they treasure.


If your loved one or friend is having a difficult time over the holidays, gifting them a memorial gift on the holiday itself may help with their loneliness. A picture engraved memorial gift will help them remember the memories they shared with their loved ones during the holidays. It can be a comfort to them knowing someone else is also thinking of their deceased loved one on the holidays.


Sometimes, receiving a memorial gift can be emotional for the receiver. If the intended recipient may be embarrassed to get emotional in front of others, consider gifting it to them one-on-one.

Gifting memorial jewelry or keepsakes one-on-one makes the experience more personal. It also saves the intended receiver unwanted attention or embarrassment should they become emotional.

What Other Types Of Gifts Can You Give Other That What We Offer?


A memorial blanket or quilt is a memorial gift and a way to stay warm. Memorial blankets are special blankets that can incorporate pictures of your loved one into their design.

You have a couple different options for memorial blankets or quilts:

  • Screen-printed blankets. Numerous print-on-demand retailers offer customizable screen-printed blankets and throw blankets. You can upload your favorite photos of the deceased and print them onto the blanket. Create a collage or have one photo on the blanket and a special printed message.
  • Handmade sewn memorial quilts. Contact a sewist or crafter and have them make a memorial quilt. They can include special word embroidery, screen-printed pictures of the deceased, and even parts of fabric or clothing that were special to the deceased. Memorial quilts make deeply sentimental gifts that the living can receive warmth from as if they were receiving warmth from their deceased loved one.


Decorating the Christmas tree is a longtime holiday tradition for many families. But when your family is missing someone this year, decorating the tree will feel a lot different. Memorial ornaments can help your family feel more connected to their deceased loved one during holiday festivities.

Memorial or remembrance ornaments can be purchased online from select retailers, commissioned from a handmade seller on platforms like Etsy, or made by you.

Some ideas for a remembrance ornament include:

  • A holiday shape (such as a snowflake or snowman) is inscribed with the deceased name and date of birth and death.
  • A snow globe ornament containing a photo of a deceased loved one.
  • A round plain ornament painted with a special design or artwork to remember the deceased.


A remembrance or memorial stone is a special, usually flat, smooth stone that can be inscribed or painted with the deceased's name or special message. You can have the stone made by an artist or make it yourself. Memorial stones are long-lasting, inexpensive gifts that can be placed in gardens, on porch steps, or a shelf as decoration.


A ceramic or glass candle votive inscribed with a special message makes a special memorial gift for honoring someone who has passed. The recipient can like a candle in the votive and say a prayer for their deceased loved one. When they feel lonely, lighting their special memorial candle will help them feel closer to their lost loved one.


Memorialize the deceased or the living with a professionally printed and framed photograph. Pictures can capture a moment in time and have it live on forever. Have a picture of the deceased sent to a professional photo printing company.

You can then have it framed professionally in a custom-made frame. A beautiful, framed photograph of the deceased will add comfort and style to any home or office space.

2024 Holiday Gift Guide Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a personalized gift for someone?

Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult, no matter the occasion. You may feel pressured to choose something they will appreciate and use. To select a gift your loved one will like, consider their personality, preferences, and style. These factors will help you determine what they most likely enjoy receiving as a gift.

For example, if your friend or loved one is a minimalist, they are unlikely to wear an intricate or glitzy jewelry pendant. They will most likely appreciate a simpler piece, like a simple rectangular silver-framed thumbprint pendant.

What is an appropriate memorial gift?

Memorial gifts are generally keepsake items, like jewelry and other items that can be personalized. However, technically, anything could be considered a memorial gift if the item means something to the receiver. Common examples of memorial gifts include:

  • Personalized engraved jewelry items
  • Framed photo collages of the deceased
  • Engraved plaque or decorative piece
  • Engraved memorial coins
  • Specialty-made memorial quilts or throw blankets
  • Thumbprint engraved bookmarks
  • Engraved money clips
  • Cremation jewelry that holds ashes

How long does it take for a photo engraved pendant to be made?

Our photo engraved jewelry pendants are made to order. Our team gets to work when you place your order and upload your photo. Usually, we can have photo engraved orders shipped out within 24 hours. If you have any questions about the status of your order, you can contact our customer service team 24/7.

How do I go about getting a fingerprint from someone?

You must first purchase a fingerprint collection kit to get a fingerprint from someone for your fingerprint jewelry and keepsakes. If the person you want the fingerprint from is deceased, you can ask the funeral home to take a fingerprint sample. Once you have the fingerprint on paper, you can upload it onto your computer and our website.

Is it considered morbid to buy someone a piece of cremation jewelry as a gift?

Cremation jewelry is no more morbid than keeping a deceased person's ashes in an urn. It holds a small portion of the deceased's ashes inside the jewelry, acting as an urn you can transport wherever you go.

However, you may have to “read the room” before gifting cremation jewelry to someone. Some people may be uncomfortable with carrying their loved one's ashes on them in the form of jewelry. You should make sure they are okay with the idea before going forward with your purchase of cremation jewelry.


The holidays can be a joyous time of year, but gift giving can often be stressful. When you or your friends and loved ones are suffering a loss, the holidays can be even more stressful. 

Memorial jewelry and keepsakes make gift giving during the holiday season more sentimental and personal. When you choose Jewelry Keepsakes, you can ensure you are getting a quality gift for yourself and your loved ones.

Updated April 1, 2024

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Jeri K. Augustus

Meet Jeri K. Augustus, an experienced customer service professional from Great Falls, Montana, with a heart full of compassion for helping others. Jeri has spent more than four decades in the industry and has gained a wealth of personal experience with loss and grief. She has dedicated herself to assisting families in finding meaningful ways to honor their loved ones who have passed on and celebrate those who are still with us.

Jeri's contribution to the cremation jewelry industry is remarkable. She played a key role in developing new lines of modern pendants, cremation rings, and bracelets. She launched a line of photo-engraved jewelry that now includes several hundred styles for families to choose from. She is actively involved in leadership and customer care at Jewelry Keepsakes Inc., where she helps people every day with their inquiries and concerns regarding these products.

Despite her many years in the industry, Jeri remains passionately committed to helping those who are grieving and supporting families as they find personal ways to cherish their loved ones. She still resides in Montana and enjoys spending her free time with her dogs, children, and grandchildren. If you're looking for someone who can guide you with compassion and expertise in selecting a beautiful keepsake to remember your loved ones, Jeri is the perfect person to help.