Possibly the best Christmas present ever?? 21 Dec 2016

There's something extra special in the air at this time of year. People seem more expressive with their feelings and want to create a magical time for their loved ones. Now some cynics may roll their eyes at a Christmas proposal, but what better time than when you're surrounded by friends, family and festive spirit to pop the question? Here are some of our special ideas to help you on your way...

Go straight to the big man! No not the father of the bride, although that may help, but why not involve the man who spreads love all over Christmas? Santa! Set up a more personal visit to see old St. Nick and have him ask your fiancée to be what she'd like for Christmas or alternatively what you would like and have one of his elves hand her a present. If you want to go one step further then surprise her by dressing up as Father Christmas himself!

If you're lucky enough to get some snow then a beautiful forest walk would be ideal. Set up some candles, fairy lights in the trees and finish it off with 'Will you marry me?' in the snow.

Wining and dining your love is always a perfect way to go. You can go fancy and book a lovely restaurant that'll pop your ring in a glass of champers or even go a bit more casual with a stroll around your local Christmas market and propose over a stein of German beer!

Cities and towns provide wonderful proposal spots without you even having to try. Get down on one knee below a massive Christmas tree, use a temporary ice-skating rink in the area or if you're really prepared and looking to sweep her off her feet then get some Christmas carollers to serenade your future fiancée.

Keep it cosy at home by making some mulled wine, light a cinnamon candle, get your fave Christmas hits on and decorate the tree together. You could incorporate a personalised bauble into the tree that secretly contains the engagement ring or hang it with ribbon from a branch.

There's always the classic tradition of a kiss under the mistletoe, but why not stretch that to a proposal underneath it or if you have a pet together then get them involved with a ring on a big red bow attached to their collar?

If you want to keep the big moment for Christmas day then make it a bit of fun with lots of boxes inside each other like a Russian Doll! Alternatively, you could make DIY Christmas crackers to really take her by surprise over dinner. Hopefully it doesn't fall in the gravy!

Don't forget about New Years celebrations! Everyone's in the party mood, there are fireworks and there's the perfect sense of togetherness for you to take advantage of. Make it an unforgettable way to end the year and start the new one.

We hope our ideas have given you some festive inspiration for an extra special gift!