(Closed) For those who got engaged at Xmas or on your bday, was ring your only present?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My birthday is just over a week away and I would trade it, and Christmas gifts in exchange for a ring an proposal too!! There’s nothing I want more then that!

Post # 4
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I was asked on Mother’s day and it was my Mother’s day gift.  I also got flowers and breakfast in bed but that was part of purposal. 

Post # 5
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ha!  With my first husband, I got a CD.  I was super annoyed too.  I had bought him a really nice watch, nicer that what he’d have bought himself…and I got a CD — and NOT a certificate of deposit.  I had already had a bad gift experience with him (he had let his mom buy my birthday present and hadn’t even known what she bought), so I was like “Umm..thanks?”

I guess my gift should have been a clue…but I had no idea the ring was coming later that day.

With my current husband, he gave me my ring on New Year’s Eve, but I still got earrings and a bracelet (and a bunch of smaller presesnts) for Christmas.  Last year, he and the local jeweler got to know each other rather well.

Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Um… I’d say no I didn’t get anything else but its not entirely clear. We went on a trip (that I requested) for my 25th birthday and also to celebrate a really huge bonus I’d gotten at work. I paid for the trip (I offered) because I knew he was saving for a ring and because I had it at that time from the bonus. He proposed on the first day of the trip, which was about 3 days before my birthday. He said he didn’t do it on my birthday because 1) I would’ve expected it (I did) and 2) “that’s lame.” lol. 

When my actual birthday rolled around he paid for us to go on a kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling excursion and also got me a card, but no other gift. But realistically if he hadn’t proposed he probably still would’ve paid for the trip and also got me a gift. 

So overall I’d say he didn’t really get me anything else but that was 100% okay with me. He really killed himself scrimping and saving for my ring and it was an AWESOME surprise, I can’t really think of anything he could’ve done for my bday that would’ve made me happier. 🙂

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee

Hi! I got engaged on Valentine’s Day (2 days after my birthday, so I never thought much of Valentine’s day & I he usually just gives me one nice gift on my birthday only…which is more important to me anyway :).  He got me a gorgeous diamond necklace for my birthday but I didn’t know a ring was coming 2 days later.  So when I had this incredibly surprising proposal which I wasn’t expecting, I felt bad he spent so much and told him that he can return the necklace but he said he wanted me to keep it.  I would not care at all if I was just given my engagement ring as a present for a big holiday…that was a million times more special than any other gift I could get.

Post # 9
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I was proposed to on Christmas Eve (which is also my dad’s birthday) with both of our families present. I think I received one or two other present’s, but we both had gotten each others gifts earlier on in the year. If I hadn’t gotten anything else I still would have been ecstatic! I knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, when he proposed I was over the moon happy and wouldn’t have needed nor did I want anything else. Knowing I had him for the rest of my life was more than enough!

Post # 11
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I got engaged on my birthday last year. He came down the night before to meet with my parents for permission while I was in night class, which kinda gave it away (long story as to why haha). That night he gave me a sweatshirt and stuffed bear that he bought while we were on vacation with his family the week before. But the next morning on my birthday, he left me for like 2 hours and said he was going to “visit friends”, which at the time bothered me! He then planned a picnic and took me out to a hiking park where he spent those 2 hours that morning carving his proposal into the rock wall… So I got a sweatshirt, bear, and the proposal on my birthday and didn’t see it coming 🙂

Post # 12
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I got my ring 2 days before my actual birthday as a birthday present….and then I got a camera on my birthday. 

Post # 13
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got my ring on christmas eve and an I-pod.  He says he does not think he could top it this year LOL.  I don’t think he could either.  The ring was important, the gifts were not.  But I do love my i-pod.

Post # 14
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My fiance gave me my ring in my stocking on Christmas morning. We had been saying all year our gifts would be no more than $50, so we had to be creative. Well that didn’t happen obviously. But no it is was not my only gift. He gave a me a big fake diamond in front of the ring..he said it was the big diamond I had been hinting at and then there was my ring box. I was so blown away and crying…I loved that moment and didn’t care if there was anything else in there. But in the stocking I also had a DVD and a book.


It was all really sweet and I was really blown away! I also can’t wait to be his wife Smile

Post # 15
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

While it was not my only BD present on the day, a lawyer friend made an interesting observation: she flippantly said that if the wedding/marriage fell through, then as it was a gift, and not solely specific to our engagement, then the ring would not have to be returned to my FI! ummm, thanks!

Post # 16
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It was my birthday and I got white satin Christian Louboutin shoes.

Fiance gets me shoes instead of flowers, and I had seen something about the designer on tv at some point and said how it would be cool to walk down the aisle in red-soled shoes. So, as soon as I saw the shoes I knew. The ring was in a pouch in the shoe. Laughing

Also, he tricked me. I came home after working pretty late and he had flowers, a card, wine and was making dinner. I love cards, but this one was an obvious money envelope with $20. I laughed and told him we were regressing – he was treating me like a niece. But I wasn’t fazed at all. Then he asked for it back to pay for a hair cut, and I gave it back – still not fazed. He had hoped to get me worked up!

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