Post # 1
I am trying to be productive in my waiting time by selecting the gift to give the boyfriend as his engagement present.
I know that cufflinks and watches are traditional but I won’t be going that route. He and I are both fountain pen collectors so I always assumed I’d get him a pen but I didn’t know exactly what brand/model. A new pen has been released that has me really excited – I think it might be the one! It is by one of his favorite manufacturers and allows you to adjust the amount of tension in the nib to suit your personal writing style. I think he’ll really like that unique engineering element!
I especially love the idea of a pen because we can use his engagement present to sign our marriage license. I’m just a wee bit sappy that way. 🙂
So what are you gals getting for your beaus?
Post # 3
@SepiaSquid: I bought him a ring. He has been wearing a band since we got engaged. He will have a “nicer” one on the wedding day and continue wearing the cheaper one to work.
Post # 4
I love the idea of the pen. It adds that special touch to your marriage certificate.
Post # 5
@MrsPanda99: I like that idea. Guys work up to this huge decision and then have no physical representation that they’ve made that step.
I once had a male coworker show up to work with a tee that said “I proposed and all I’ve got is this stupid shirt” because he had no idea how else to share the news with people.
Post # 6
i didn’t give my husband anything & i know he would’ve been weirded out if I had.
anyway, though, i think the pen sounds like a good idea
Post # 7
@SepiaSquid: It really works for us. He has been calling me his wife since he started wearing it, which I think is sweet. He is proud of our relationship and wants everyone to know. A ring is a great way to do that and he needed two rings anyway because his job would destroy his “nice” one. The logistics just worked out!
Post # 8
I’m getting him a guitar! When he bought the ring, I asked him if there was anything he wanted (I was going to get him an iPad) and he said a guitar he would have forever, the iPad wouldn’t last. He seemed touched that I thought he should have something too.
It isn’t even the fraction of the price of my ring, but it’s the thought that counts eh?
Post # 9
I’m planning to get a pair of puppies for him and I once we’re engaged. The timing will obviously depend on what else is in the mix at that time, but I’m set on having some little cuties to keep me sane through wedding planning.
I’m staunchly against making joint purchases, mixing assets, or co-owning a pet until there’s a formal commitment, so this will be our first act as a joint household.
Post # 10
@CaroBee: He made an excellent point with the guitar lasting a lot longer than the iPad. And it is such a personalized gift!
@shaka: I like the way you prioritize things!
Step 1: Proposal
Step 2: Puppies!
I adopted a puppy last fall & my boyfriend was there for the raising & training stage. It was so wonderful because it was the first time I really got to see that nurturing paternal side of him. And, it strengthened our relationship to face such a blessing/challenge together. He’s going to be an awesome dad, but now I know he’s going to spoil our kids rotten!
Post # 11
@SepiaSquid: FI wore a claddagh ring on his right hand, so I got him an upgraded claddagh to replace it (his original was pretty cheap, I got it while we were in college). So it’s sort of an engagement ring, but he still wears it on his right ring finger instead of left. I told him he could wear it on his left ring finger if he wanted, but he’s so used to wearing it on his right hand that he just continued.
Post # 12
I got him an engagement watch, since he wanted a nice watch to wear on dressy occasions and at work. It’s cute, he wears it all the time now, and I always love seeing it.
Post # 13
I had gotten him a watch a month before we were engaged, so instead I got him a nice leather wallet and made a book of ‘our story’ with pictures, in a nice photo album 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Runnymede Hotel
I love the idea of him getting something too. My bf and I have been equals in every aspect of our relationship and I don’t want this to be any different!
He got serious about engagement rings recently, and said he wanted to save up for one – and was dismayed when he realised how much they actually are. I told him I’d hate something expensive (I really would! I’d be so paranoid!) and guided him to some lovely £600-ish rings that were totally my style. He was still pretty shocked (god knows how much he thought they’d cost!) and said “I could get a bass for that!”
So that’s my plan. My boyfriend is a bassist, his instrument is his first true love and he’s never had the one he really wanted. So I’m getting it for him 🙂 the awesome thing is, they will cost the same amount, so I won’t feel guilty! We’re also saving up together so it’s become a fun game.
I’m hoping that when the day comes that we’re ready to propose to each other I’ll have been able to get it engraved too 🙂
Post # 15
I got him a hiking trip to Colorado and hiking gear!
Although we combined finances, like, two minutes after we got engaged, so we ended up paying for most of the trip as a couple, lol. It’s the thought that counts!