1983 Gift with Purchase Mirror

The Long History of the Gift with Purchase

In the 1980s, as department stores turned to jewelry manufacturers to offer more competitive pricing, a new trend emerged within the industry. Trifari, Monet, 1928, and The Napier Co. all began to use “Gift with Purchase” marketing—a program designed to reward customers for purchasing the product. Gift products ranged from vanity items, velveteen jewel boxes, jewelry rolls, stuffed animals to jewelry.

1983 Gift with Purchase Mirror
1983 Gift with Purchase Mirror

Napier began its program in 1982 and continued through the 1990s. Prior to 1983, free item promotions were in place, but The Napier Co. had not implemented the “gift with purchase” advertising phrase in its marketing. The “Gift with Purchase” marketing became standard for the top leaders in fashion jewelry.

1982 Feather Necklace Gift with Purchase
1982 Feather Necklace Gift with Purchase

The single feather pendant necklace from the 1982 summer collection was one of many promotional gifts.

1986 Napier Gift with-Purchase Item
1986 Napier Gift with-Purchase Item

Author: Melinda Lewis

Jewelry historian, Melinda Lewis is co-founder of Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI) and author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry.

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