How to pop the question this Christmas!


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I popped into The Diamond Shop this week, and discovered that more people get engaged at Christmas than Valentine’s Day!

We’re all on holiday, whether at home or overseas, the bubbly is flowing and we’re all at our happiest, surrounded by friends and family – Oh, and we’re already buying presents… in fact, Christmas couldn’t be a more perfect time to propose!

Everyone’s favourite holiday also makes an incredibly romantic time for a proposal for some because of the religious and family importance of Christmas. Tell your beloved that you want to spend the rest of your lives with them with a Christmas proposal.

As well as carrying the highest quality (and best priced) diamonds in New Zealand, The Diamond Shop also carry the little white book. They’re getting really into the spirit of giving this Christmas, offering all engagement ring customers a little white book for free with their purchase, so I’m excitedly getting prepared for an influx of orders this December and January. Talk of stock turned to stockings (or stocking-fillers to be exact) and I asked the team to share their combined 50 years of experience to suggest how to propose at Christmas time!

Good things come in small packages

A tiny little box is a BIG giveaway – so if you want to maintain the element of surprise, place the ring in a larger box (or several boxes) to open under the tree on Christmas Day. You could consider filling the box with packing materials to prevent it being shaken around, or put something heavy in the box with the ring-box, to disguise the gift.

Twas the night before Christmas

Christmas Eve is the day when people in many European countries exchange gifts, and there’s also a tradition among many other countries and families to open just one gift on Christmas Eve.

If you would otherwise be opening all your presents with the family all around, but you want to keep this moment private, we suggest you each open a present the night before, and make it that one!

Hide it in a bauble

Over the years we’ve seen many beautiful ring boxes, and one of our clients actually put the ring in a custom made Christmas bauble. Simply hang the engagement ring (or the box with the ring inside) on the tree and no other ornaments.

I found a couple online: here and here.



Other traditions

Whether you love Love Actually and watch it religiously each Christmas, or leave carrots and cookies out for the reindeer and Santa, incorporate your proposal with a special tradition and she can relive it each year. You could propose with Cue Cards like Mark expressed his unrequited love for Juliet in Love Actually or by leaving the ring among the cookie-crumbs for Christmas morning.

Christmas Lights

Tell her you want to show her the Christmas lights you’ve set up, and let her flick the switch to reveal your proposal in lights.


Say it with Sweets

Hide the ring inside their Christmas stocking. You can put a candy cane through it and tie a ribbon holding the two together with a, “Will you marry me?” note attached.

Holiday Cheer

Have a bottle of Champagne on ice to celebrate together straight away – The Diamond Shop also gifts a bottle to each of our engagement customers to ensure they have the means to celebrate.

In every proposal after the tears of happiness is under control and the bubbles have flowed the next best thing is telling all their loved ones their very special news. What better day to propose when you will be seeing everyone the next day.

Pop into The Diamond Shop this holiday season for even more Christmas proposal ideas, and leave with the perfect ring and the little white book.


Now check out the little white book wedding diary and organiser, and head to the wedding planning index to get started with wedding planning!