Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!

 

Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.

The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!

Let’s Start With an Introduction

There is something to be said for falling in love. It’s a wondrous feeling and when you find it, you hold onto it tightly! For Anna and Terry, the feeling was as instinctual as it was instant. The two had bonded over a shared wanderlust for the world and their affinity for exploration, surprise, and adventure would surely be the fuel for the story that is about to unfold.

But we all know why you are here. You are here to learn about a secret gift, one held close to heart but unrevealed for nearly two full years!

A Secret Gift Begins With a Plan

Terry and Anna had begun dating in 2013 and by the following year, they could tell that the relationship was going to get serious. For Terry, this meant creating a perfect gift to present to Anna on their anniversary. The only question is, what could Terry get the love of his life that would accurately show how he felt?

As a lover of romance and treasure, Terry decided to do something unique. He decided that he was going to make his own gift with a secret inside of it!

3. The Best Gifts Are Made From Scratch

As we all know and agree, the best gifts are often ones that we make from scratch. Not only do we get to imbue the gift with our love and passion, but we also get to present our loved one with something truly unique. Terry turned to his woodworking studio where he had begun to hone his skills.

As a challenge, Terry decided that he would craft a gift-within-a-gift from scratch, by hand, and for Anna. Intimidating, right?

Is There More Than Meets The Eye

Terry didn’t rush into the anniversary project and instead, he spent several days trying to decide what to craft. What could he make that would provide her with something now and in the future? What could he make as a relatively new woodworker that would truly showcase his love and appreciation/

Terry decided that the answer to his question was a pendant. But what kind of pendant? What material? As it turns out, Terry had a few more good ideas up his sleeve.

Working With Tasmanian Huon Pine

In order to craft her the loving gift that she deserved, Terry knew that he would need to work with a special wood. Enter the Huon Pine, known for its growth throughout Western Tasmania. Huon Pines only grow in wet and temperate climates which makes them particularly hard to raise in certain areas of the planet.

The perfect wooden gift would require the perfect material to craft with!

A Special Material for a Timeless Gift

What makes the Huon Pine particularly alluring for crafters is the relatively elastic nature of the material itself. Huon pine timber is known for its unique smell, elastic quality, and propensity to not split during crafting. The Huon Pine takes roughly 500 years to reach full maturity. Thanks to research, we also know that there are Huon pine trees more than 3,000 years old!

The Gift Was Well Received & Cherished

Needless to say, Terry had found the perfect wood for the gift he was giving Anna. After working to carve and treat the pendant, the gift was finally ready and Anna was thrilled! In fact, after hanging the pendant on a piece of white twine, it would become part and parcel of Anna’s outfit for days, weeks, months, and years to come!

Throughout the months to come, Anna wouldn’t realize that something quite precious was hidden within her already prized gift.

Travel Brought Them Together

After Terry presented the gift to Anna, it was easy to see that he had chosen correctly. She had fallen in love with the necklace and had decided to wear it everywhere, including on their big trip! Anna and Terry had bonded early on in their relationship over their love of travel and that shared passion wouldn’t diminish in the years that their relationship progressed.

Now that Anna had received her gift, Terry was ready to plan a special trip. Where would they be going to?

Compiling Their Shared Bucket List

The couple from Australia had been working on their traveling bucket list for quite some time. After a few years together, they had gotten to go on some pretty fun adventures. Along the way, they kept jotting down places that they would one day like to visit if the timing were ever right.

Terry and Anna pored over their bucket list together before finally selecting one destination from the listed options.

A Momentous Trip is Planned

A trip to Scotland was in the cards and Anna and Terry knew just the place, Durness. Durness is located on the coast of Scotland along the Scottish Highlands. Terry had wanted to take Anna to the Smoo Cave along the beach. His goal for this trip was simple, to help Anna unlock the final piece of the puzzle that was their anniversary gift two years prior.

The Smoo Cave complex was the perfect destination for what Terry and Anna were about to experience!

Was the Time Finally Right For The Gift?

By this point in the story, Terry and Anna had been dating for three years. Terry had given Anna her unique present after their one-year anniversary and now it was finally time to unlock the final secret. Terry had chosen to incorporate a hidden gift because the idea of waiting for the time to be right appealed to him. There was something almost poetic about a gift waiting to be given, resting neatly in public view.

Anna Begins to Grow Suspicious

At this point in their journey, Anna was starting to get a little suspicious. After all, you don’t often take romantic trips to Scotland. What was up Terry’s sleeve? Did he have some major plan ready to launch when they arrived? And why did he keep smiling so much about her old necklace, anyway?

These were certainly the thoughts running through Anna’s mind as they made their way to the Smoo Cave.

They Head to the Beach Near Durness

During all of their traveling together, Terry had kept a close eye on the pendant necklace he had given Anna. Fortunately, she had kept it safe and sound throughout the two years they had spent together since the gift had been given. Terry joked, “At one point I thought she was going to trade with a blacksmith at a market.” The blacksmith reportedly made an offer on the necklace but Anna didn’t budge.

Now drawing near the vortex of caves, Terry was very grateful the pendant had not been sold. He was even more grateful about what was to happen next!

And Terry Takes a Knee to Anna’s Shock

When Terry and Anna finally found their destination, Terry knew that the time had come. Before taking a knee, he gestured to the necklace that had hung around her neck for two years. Terry would go on to say, “She stood there dazed for a second, trying to work out what was going on.”

As the gorgeous treasure unveiled itself, the reality began to truly settle upon Anna’s shoulders!

Revealing the Treasure Inside

Perfectly preserved within the wooden box was a stunning ring, bought and paid for two years prior. Terry had the ring specially fitted into the wooden container so that it would stay snug, preventing it from rattling around during their journeys. While Anna was rightfully blown away by the ring, she was also shocked!

Anna would say, “Wait, it’s been in there the whole time? I could have lost it you idiot!” 

She Said YES!

Of course, concern gave way to love and Anna was quick to say YES. Terry said of her final response to the gift, “She was quite a hilarious mix of happy and angry.” The couple would end up getting officially engaged before the Smoo Cave with a handmade gift that they had been sharing together for more than two years.

What do you think? Could you hide away a wedding ring for two years, only to unveil it in such a romantic gesture? If we are being honest, we might have to step up our engagement game!

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