Taking the leap? Propose in style
28 Feb 2020
Thinking of getting down on one knee this Leap Year? Don’t go empty-handed – pick up one of these gifts for an offer he can’t refuse.
If you’re using this leap year as a cue to pledge your love (chop, chop, 29 Feb is this Saturday!), then here’s the Muddy edit of gifts you can get down on one knee with. (Such a shame that Ferrari won’t fit in the gift bag, eh?).
You don’t necessarily have to put a ring on it but men’s engagement rings clocked up 14,800 online searches per month in 2019 so it’s no surprise that jewellers are hopping on the bandwagon. Beaverbrooks have just launched a proposal ring collection intended for men, including seven styles for around £70 a pop – this sleek titanium and black rhodium number is £75.
Prefer to shop local? Bucks and Oxon are both home to a veritable treasure trove of jewellers. We’re fans of Biagio the Jeweller’s with branches in Bicester and Thame, and The Jeweller’s Bench in Great Missenden offers a bespoke service if you’d rather design one from scratch.
Whether you’re looking at a traditional wrist watch or a pocket variety, these always go down a treat with the hairier sex. The only thing we’d recommend steering clear of is any kind of smartwatch, as they quickly go out of date and will end up gathering dust or being traded in (not ideal for a symbol of your eternal love). For high end brands, a visit to Bicester Village will never go amiss. For less flashy fellas, try Beaconsfield-based Wagstaff Watches. Our top pick is the Yorkshire watch in silver, £125, as it’s low-key but chic enough for a proposal.
Who doesn’t love receiving jewellery? If your chap has a penchant for a pendant or will happily brave a bracelet, then a nice bit of jewellery is a sure-fire way to his heart (it works for women, after all). For extra brownie points, get it engraved – Monica Vinader offers free engraving on their bracelets, so we’ll be adding this Baja Men’s Bracelet (£250) to our basket.
Got a suited-and-booted type? Magpies will love these sparkling diamond stunners from jeweller Berry’s (just over the border in Berkshire) which come in at £2,395.
For a more budget-friendly option with a meaningful twist, we love British designer Sally Clay’s collection, including these North Star cufflinks (from £79) with the option to personalise with a message.
Of course, it’s nice to wear something as a symbol of your engagement, but if your guy isn’t a jewellery fan or has enough watches and cufflinks, then opt for a symbolic keepsake instead. We’re a fan of this copper photo wallet card (£22) from Surrey-based Oakdene Designs – not only is it small enough to sneak into a proposal scenario, but you can have your message engraved on the back – ideal if you’re too choked up for, y’know, the actual proposing part.