Shear Beauty: 10 Stunning Pairs of Scissors

It's said that giving a pair of scissors as a gift is bad luck, and will cut the relationship in half. But for anyone brave enough to tempt fate, I think a pair of these thoughtfully designed and ornately polished shears would make the perfect gift: It's something gorgeous to keep around the home or out on the desk that someone would almost never buy for themselves. Unless, of course, somebody did want to buy a pair for themselves and wrap it up under the tree from Santa (no judgement here).

A styled pair of scissors may seem like an unnecessary splurge to some people. But "splurge" in this case is anywhere from $10 to $80, making for a sizeable gift that's creative and thoughtful, and will be appreciated for years to come.

Antique and thrift stores are a great place to scout for ornate office or craft shears. But for a quick, easy and guaranteed-to-work pair, check out these online options:

  1. Heirloom Scissors, $29, West Elm
  2. Sheffield Kevlar Shear, $76, Best Made
  3. Karim Rashid Scissors, $24.99, Slice
  4. Anything Scissors by Michael Sodeau, $39, Lumens
  5. Craft Design Technology Scissors, $80, Vetted
  6. Gingher Spring Action Scissors or Gold Handle Knife Edge Bent Shears, $30 & $32.99, Overstock
  7. Japanese House Scissors, $57.80, Garrett Wade
  8. Modern Scissors, $10, See Jane Work
  9. Fabric Scissors, $20-$28, Spartan Home
  10. Iron Utility Scissors, $18, Anthropologie

(Image credits: West Elm; Best Made; Slice; Lumens; Vetted; Overstock; Garrett Wade; See Jane Work; Spartan; Anthropologie)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.