Still, no young woman I've ever met wants to show her friends her ring, and then explain "he's still in school", "he's saving for retirement" or whatever. While I agree the thought matters, and it matters a lot, to many women, the ring is indicative of how you value her. I should also say: Great story Wes. Knowing how hard you worked for it is probably 95% of the value to her. Not sure about the safety of giving a dishwasher as an anniversary gift though.