Poundland Selling £1 Stand-By Engagement Rings For Women To Propose To Men
For anyone who doesn't already know, this year is a leap year and it means that for one day every four years, girls can propose to their fellas.
To be fair, ladies, you can propose to your fella any day you want, but I don't make the traditions, do I? Anyway, to give you a helping hand on 29 February, just in case your partner doesn't propose to you - assuming you want them to - Poundland now has a 'stand by' engagement ring on sale.
The simple ring - or 'manband', if you will - is obviously not very fancy (it costs £1, what do you expect?). But the concept behind it is that women give the ring to their boyfriends in the hope that he'll return the gesture further down the line, presumably in the form of a massive, expensive diamond (if that's what you're into).
Called the 'Ask Him Ring', it comes in a blue velvet box and is marketed as a 'stand-by engagement ring'. It comes in different sizes and colours.
Poundland announced the news on Facebook, saying: "Take the leap...because he might never get round to it? In stores from Monday."
People took to the Facebook page to share their views, with some suggesting that they would be less than impressed if their other half gave them a cheap ring. Most, however, said it's the thought that counts, with many sharing their own proposal stories.
One said: "First time I proposed I had a wire twist tie taken from our last bread loaf. The meaning was much bigger than the value. Our wedding band is a very cheap one too, and I don't see the point in spending thousands for a ring, really."
Another commented: "TBH it's the sentiment behind the proposal not the monetary value of the ring, my engagement ring was £5 16 years ago - we're still happily married 15 years later."
Another disgruntled girl tagged someone - her boyfriend, you'd have to imagine - and wrote alongside it: "I'm gonna buy this for you because after 8 years and no proposal you're taking the p***."
The custom stems from Bachelor's Day - an Irish tradition whereby on Leap Day (29 February), women initiate dances and propose to men. If the man refuses the marriage, he's still expected to buy her a silk gown. The latter tradition changed from a gown to a fur coat in the 20th century - sounds like a win-win situation, they're much cheaper and probably more practical, to be fair.
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