Post # 1
I’m writing this post because I’m so excited!
(Skip down for a TLDR.)
BACKGROUND: DH asked several years ago if he might be able to have a watch as an engagement gift, saying it was apparently the new thing. I grinned, and told him, “Yes. I like this idea! It’s nice.” And then, because I was really hoping for a proposal, “Probably a REALLY NICE ONE.”
After he proposed, he dragged his feet on picking one out! DH hates shopping, even for something like this. We even got married before we managed to get the watch! We picked one a few months ago, but wanted to wait so that we could argue our way into a better price.
CURRENTLY: I went yesterday and FINALLY picked it up! I was nervous to go shopping for it. I think that must be how men feel buying engagement rings. I was planning to wait until the one year anniversary of our engagement next month, but I got too excited and proposed back to him with it when he got home from work. He was thrilled.
THE WATCH: It’s James Bonds watch, which DH was very excited about. I managed to haggle the price down about $650, including the tax we didn’t pay. This was thanks to another bee, actually! I learned here that the store in question is very flexible on price. 🙂 We paid $3900 even.
TLDR: I got my DH a watch as a late engagement gift! Did anyone else do a man-engagment gift? Was it a surprise, or did he help choose it?
Post # 3
@Fizzy8: FI proposed at a resort in Mexico and proposed during the trip. We had some resort credit left, so we used it at the resort jewelry store and I paid the extra to get FI my new fiance a nice watch, not as nice as the James Bond watch, but nice. It’s a gorgeous watch- I’m sure he’ll love it! Congrats!!! 🙂
Post # 4
@Fizzy8: I love engagement watches! My FI wanted his (not cheap) ring early, so that was his “engagement’ gift.
Post # 5
Yes! My husband wanted a new golf club, so I bought it for him. His friends were all jealous – they didn’t get any gifts but shelled out major cash on rings. I think many women don’t even consider getting their fiance a gift as well, but why not? He spent money on you, after all, to give you a token of his love and committment – why shouldn’t he get one?
I felt like he had something to celebrate as well. I got the sparkly ring I wanted so he should get the shiny new golf club he wanted!
Husband got a watch as his “wedding gift” from me and he got me the Kate Spade “mrs” necklace I wanted.
Post # 6
@HeartsandSparkles: That is awesome! That watch will always remind him of that particular trip. 🙂
@jdhall89: That is so cute he wanted his ring early. 🙂 The wedding band was another reason for the fancy watch… I told DH he could have any band he wanted. Gold! Platinum! Meteor and dinosaur bone! He chose a titanium band on amazon for $10. A pricey wedding band would certainly have taken a bite out of the watch budget.
@antisocialite: I totally agree! It’s nice to give a symbol of your love and commitment to your guy too… I’m a bit of a feminist, so I liked that it was equal. The watch budget I gave him was less than my ring budget, but both were in line with our respective incomes. And I can’t wait to watch him show it off to his friends! He was positively beaming after we had it sized and on his wrist.