Awkward moments are unfortunately a part of life we have to experience. Such as when you want to give the gift of jewellery to your significant other, their tears of joy can quickly turn to tears of sorrow when you have to tell them that the ring you just gave wasn't supposed to be an engagement ring. That's pretty awkward, right?
However, there may be many moments when you wish to gift a non-engagement ring as a special present, marriage thoughts aside. How can you do so without looking like you're proposing?
Just tell them
Yes, telling your favourite person that you're giving them a gift will ruin the surprise, but at the same time, it will really prevent a big awkward situation from arising.
There's no need to deal out the details, but rather, just say, "I've gotten you a present – it's a ring to say thanks for all your support", and make it perfectly clear why you are gifting the ring, and that it's not meant to be an engagement ring.
Let them pick it out
It's time to be honest here – we don't all know exactly what our partners want. Rather than floundering around and not quite hitting the mark of exquisite jewellery, why not simply ask them what they want?
After letting them know that you want to buy them a gift, take them shopping. That way, they can pick the exact style that'll they'll be proud to wear.
If you're on a budget, pick out the store or designer (or a few!), and give them a catalogue to browse. This probably isn't suitable for a new couple, but if you're both familiar and comfortable around each other, there shouldn't be a problem letting them choose within your budget.
Wait for a special anniversary
If it's not a present out of the blue, there's a better reason for your gift. Anniversary presents can symbolise love and commitment without the weight of a proposal. You can also engrave something like the date of your anniversary, and add flowers or chocolate to the mix.
Write down in a card exactly what the ring symbolises, and make sure your boo reads it first so she has all the facts straight about her non-engagement ring.
Reason to romance
Honesty is key here, to make sure you're both on the same page. Dissolve any awkward tension by talking about it – that way, she won't be left wondering if there are any hidden meanings.
It's really important how you deliver it, so by giving a reason for the present, you're not getting their hopes up about a wedding – it doesn't mean that you can't buy a real engagement ring for them in the foreseeable future, though!
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