The time between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day is dubbed engagement season for a reason: It's the most popular time of the year to pop the question. If your guy is thinking of getting down on one knee this holiday season, it's important that he gets a little bit creative to make sure his proposal stands out. Here are five ideas to avoid making your proposal a cliché.
1. Don't propose in front of her family or yours.
This is a very serious question and, God forbid, she wants to wait or has some things to discuss first, you don't want to put her on the spot with an audience. Choose a private time with just the two of you present for the actual proposal and tell everyone after she says yes.
2. Proposing before a big event or family occasion can be a lot of fun if you're certain the answer will be "yes."
Perhaps a stroll down to see your town's Christmas tree or a quiet dinner before a holiday party can provide just the right amount of one-on-one time and still allow you both to celebrate with loved ones immediately after you seal the deal.
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3. Don't hide the engagement ring in the toe of a Christmas stocking — it's not a Christmas gift.
It's an engagement ring. Rather than waiting for Christmas morning, do it when you're alone late on Christmas Eve. Sharing the joy with your loved ones on Christmas morning can be just as exciting for everyone.
4. While a New Year's Eve proposal is not an original idea, you can still be different.
Instead of planting a kiss on her, get down on one knee at the exact moment the clock strikes midnight and ask her to marry you. You'll still get your New Year's kiss, but it may be significantly more enthusiastic.
5. Be sneaky and wait til after the holidays to propose to a fiancé who is expecting the big question.
It sounds a little bit mean, but she'll forgive you when you finally do the deed. Make special plans for New Year's Day or mid-January when the winter blues have struck. She think you're waiting for Valentine's Day and she definitely be surprised. Pro tip: Don't put it in her dessert or the bottom of a champagne glass — bad things can happen and nobody wants to have to digest their new engagement ring in order to actually see it and wear it. Also, letting it out of your sight and trusting anyone other than your jeweler to hide it is dangerous.
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