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A Gift for Every Type of Wife

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Finding the right gift for your wife can be anxiety-inducing no matter how long you’ve been together. After 18 years of flowers and nice dinners, you might be all out of ideas, or maybe you’re stumped about what to get her to really wow her for your first milestone as a married couple. And anyone who has shopped for their wife knows that if you do good once, she’ll expect that same level of thought once it comes time to unwrap her next gift, so you might be feeling the heat. If you’re unsure what to get your best gal, don’t panic: Below, we’ve put together a list of 64 gifts for practically every type of wife. The selection includes stuff recommended by cool people like comedian Bevy Smith and model Suki Waterhouse along with other things we love ourselves — none of which, we should add, will disappoint. Most of the items on this list are available on Amazon, but we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. And to make your search even easier we’ve group our picks by price point, offering options for every budget.

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Under $25

For the wife who eats lunch over her laptop

This electronics cleaning brush from Oxo Good Grips was one of the most-purchased things during Cyber Week — and for good reason. It’s good for getting into those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies and can be tossed in a bag or drawer for easy storage.

For the wife who wants loungewear but won’t wear a sweatsuit

Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit’s digital restaurant editor, told us she basically lives in these linen overalls that are “like your favorite well-worn jeans — but also loose, baggy, and freeing, unlike your favorite well-worn jeans.”

For the flower-buying wife with a great sense of humor

Try this “cheeky” ceramic vase.

For the wife who prefers faux flowers

While these aren’t actually flowers, she’ll appreciate the natural, wild look of pampas grass, which can make a statement all by itself.

For the wife who needs to relax

We named this soy candle from Mrs. Meyers the best of the drugstore, noting that its pleasant scent easily fills a room. It would be nice, we think, for adding a little ambience to your wife’s relaxing soak in the tub.

For the wife who needs her bedtime stories

This wearable book light, paired with noise-canceling headphones, makes the perfect gift for the wife who snuggles up with a page-turner while you snore.

For the wife whose idea of jewelry organization is a Ziploc bag

This three-tier structure is nice-looking and makes it easy to hang both long and short chains. One reviewer described it as “elegant,” noting that the gold doesn’t look tacky in person at all.

For the wife who loves her T-shirt and jeans

Hanes Women’s Nano T-Shirt
From $8
From $8

This T-shirt is a favorite of artist and writer Jo Rosenthal. It looks much chicer than the $8 price tag.

For the wife who has a whole puzzle setup

A double-sided puzzle that will keep her occupied at her favorite table for a bit longer than your average one.

For the (pet-owning) wife who’d rather cuddle with her fur baby

No fewer than three Strategist dog moms own a version of this yoga blanket, which they say is just as good for snuggling on the couch with their furry friends as it is for picnicking in the park with their human friends.

For the wife who has run out of Real Housewives episodes to watch

Them editor-at-large Michael Cuby says the drama on RuPaul’s Drag Race makes it a show your wife can watch regardless of her mood. A monthly subscription (via Prime Video) will give her access to seasons one through ten, which should be enough to last her until her beloved housewives return.

For the wife who is a crossword enthusiast

Former New York Magazine literary critic and crossword enthusiast Molly Young recommended this collection of not-too-challenging Times crosswords for our list of the best crossword books.

For the wife whose hands are always dry

This palo-santo-scented oil can be rubbed on her cuticles — and hair and body.

For the wife whose office chair is also a dining room chair

An ergonomic balance disc for her home-office chair will help your wife build up core strength as she cuts down on unopened emails in her inbox.

For the wife who just upgraded to AllTrails Pro

Socks from Darn Tough are hiker approved for their durability, moisture-wicking abilities, and comfort. They’re also approved by Pete Buttigieg, should your wife be the type to appreciate that factoid.

For the wife who’s getting into gardening

Fiskars Ergo Garden Tool Set
$31
$31

According to home-improvement expert Joseph Truini, this set includes three must-have tools (a garden trowel, a three-tine cultivator, and a measured transplanting trowel) for any novice gardener.

For the White Claw–sipping wife

This super-slim, super-insulated koozie will fit her spiked seltzer of choice like a glove.

For the wife who wants to go vegan

Colgin Liquid Smoke
$8

This will help wean her off grilled meat. Art curator Larry Ossei-Mensah told us he was inspired to get this after he saw vegan chef Tabitha Brown use it to make carrot bacon.

For the wife who thinks dessert is the most important meal of the day

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No matter how much she bakes, she’ll find something to delight her in here. New York Times contributor and food stylist Erin Jeanne McDowell told us, “As a person who bakes literally every day, I couldn’t believe how excited I was by every page in this book.”

For the wife who counts Bob Ross as a personal hero

Try an illustrator-approved travel watercolor set, so she’ll always have her paints handy whenever inspiration strikes.

For the wife who analyzes her dreams

This journal — which prompts you to write a sentence (or two) about one happy moment each day for a five-year period — took the top spot in our wellness-journal roundup.

Under $50

For the wife who lives in leggings

With more than 21,000 positive reviews on Amazon, these yoga pants come in dozens of fun colors and patterns and are affordable enough that you could surprise her with a few pairs.

For the wife who’s an extremely light sleeper

This “homely” white-noise machine is a favorite of New York Magazine deputy editor Alexis Swerdloff, who said it was able to blur the sounds emanating from the apartment next door. Her sleep, she says, immediately became “sounder” and “deeper,” and three apartments later, it’s still a favorite.

For the wife who longs for the Amalfi Coast

While it won’t turn her kitchen into a balcony over the Tyrrhenian Sea, this moka pot that André Aciman swears by can make her morning espresso feel a bit more italiano.

For the wife who’s ready to upgrade her kitchen gear

This apron is a favorite of chef and owner of Mr. Susan cocktail bar Susan Choi, who says the tailoring makes the wearer look “good, slick, and put together.”

For the wife who has a lot to do (and can never remember to do it)

For the frazzled wife, we recommend the Hobonichi Techo planner, which has made its rounds among Strategist staffers over the years. Strategist writer Dominique Pariso calls it the “if you know, you know” category of stationery, citing its size (perfect for chucking into bags!), sturdiness (deceptively durable!), and layout (light gridding with lots of space!).

For the wife who is religious about bath time

Perfect for a bath maximalist, this caddy tray can hold her salts, scrubs, loofahs, and wineglass.

For the wife whose phone is always dying

A Strategist-approved portable charger that’s ultralightweight, making it easy for her to stash in her bag for long walks.

For the Peloton-obsessed wife who can’t wait for her next ride

This mini-fan easily straps to her bike’s handlebars so she can keep cool while she rides.

For the wife who’s committed to family dinners once a week

She’ll handily impress her mother-in-law with this matching set of drinking glasses during shared meals.

For the wife who has been drinking Champagne out of a Mason jar

This comes recommended by writer and “wine unprofessional” Tammie Teclemariam, who says that it’s better than your standard champagne flute and “enhances the minerality of all sorts of sparkling wines from Vouvray to Vilmart.”

For the wife who likes her skin care luxe

This luxe-smelling hand cream will make her hands soft, supple and ultra-moisturized.

For the wife who has (literally) been pulling her hair out

If she’s looking to give her locks a little love, there’s not much better than Olaplex’s hair mask. Hairstylists and Strategist editors alike love the product for its moisturizing and restorative qualities.

For the wife who’s embracing her natural curls

This ultramoisturizing shampoo is a favorite of singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, who says it brings her curls to life. “The shampoo feels just as hydrating and non-stripping as the conditioner,” she says.

Under $100

For the wife who has a tough time keeping her pothos alive

This faux dracaena plant looks just like the real thing and requires zero maintenance. If she wants to make it even more realistic, she can stick it inside a planter and cover it with some dirt.

For the wife who’s tired of her Peloton

Trampolining is an effective low-impact way for your wife to get her cardio in. This one is a favorite of Amazon reviewers, who say it’s both easy to store and quiet to use.

For the wife who’s been wearing the same bra since you got married

This Polish-made bra offers cleavage without padding and has a dainty underwire that helps with forward projection (read: lift).

For the wife who’s a sneakerhead

If she’s more the type to crave new kicks, these old-school Reeboks (which are also cool-people-approved) are a sure bet.

For the clog-curious wife

This less-expensive dupe of the cult-favorite Swedish Hasbeens clogs would be perfect for someone who’s interested in the trend but doesn’t want to go all-in just yet.

For the wife who’s always turning up the heat

Terramar Thermasilk Scoop-Neck Top
From $49
From $49

This base layer made from silk will feel a little more luxurious than your average cotton long johns. Complete the gift with a matching pair of tights.

For the wife who is an SLT enthusiast

A splurgy fitness mat beloved by Esther Perel.

For the wife who likes to sing in the shower

JBL Clip 4
$50
$50

This Strat-favorite waterproof Bluetooth speaker can be clipped to your shower head so she can sing Dua Lipa at the top of her lungs.

For the wife who keeps an eye on everything

A security camera that can help monitor her packages and stop home intruders.

For the wife who is religious about bedtime

We’ve waxed poetic about Eberjey pajamas many times before. This shorts set in particular is a favorite of content creator Yuneida Gutierrez, who calls them “insanely soft and wrinkle free.”

Under $200

For the wife who spends hours on CleanTok

This electric floor mop can be used on everything from hardwood to tile to linoleum and has two spinning heads to make cleaning sticky messes a breeze.

For the wife who longs for the French countryside

So she can grow herbs like parsley and tarragon from the comfort of your yardless studio apartment.

For the wife who longs for Paris

This cast-iron crêpe pan is a favorite of Jessica Alba, who says it’s good for getting the size and consistency just right.

For the wife who’s on a health kick

$155

This design-y blender is a favorite of Halle Berry’s, who says it’s super-powerful, crushes ice at record speed, and is easy to clean. Plus it’s nice enough to keep out on your counter full time.

For the wife who’s all about the “vibe”

Ellen Pompeo says this nice-looking aromatherapy-oil diffuser makes any space — from the bathroom to the gym — smell “fresh and not germy.”

For the wife who likes her morning cup of Earl Grey

The Stagg EKG kettle is often recommended here at the Strategist and for good reason. It heats up fast, looks good, and has temperature control so she can brew the perfect cup of tea.

For the wife who is also a dog mom

Embark will test your dog’s saliva and screen for more than 250 breeds. It’s an especially good gift if Fido is a rescue pup.

For the wife who’s getting into skin care

This gadget uses a microcurrent to tone, contour, and lift.

For the wife who’s long-distance

To give her something to cuddle with while you’re not together, gift her this cooling weighted blanket from Luxome, which is half the price of a Bearaby and nearly as good. It’s a favorite of Robert Pagano, co-founder of Sleepline, who describes it as “light and airy,” and it’s available in a range of neutral hues.

For the wife who overplucked her brows

While stuck at home during quarantine, contributor Maria Dueñas Jacobs, who told us she “over-plucked and mistreated her eyebrows in her younger days,” used this serum to achieve newly lush, thick, and silky soft brows.

For the wife who lives (many) states away from a Waffle House

This gift is also an investment in Sunday mornings at home because it can cook two waffles at once. Bonus points if you make them for her yourself.

For the wife who wants to log steps (and miles)

Garmin Forerunner 45S
$139

This GPS-enabled watch can track pace, heart rate, and distance — and can even be preprogrammed for interval workouts. It was a most-wished-for gift among runners we spoke to, including City Coach founder Jonathan Cane, who says it’s equally useful for new runners and more experienced athletes.

Over $200

For the wife with an impressive collection of vintages (and limited space)

This compact wine fridge is a staple at New York hot spot Cervo’s; it stands up to evening after evening of busy dinner service. According to the restaurant’s co-owner and drinks director Nialls Fallon, they’ve used the same one for four years and it still holds the temperature perfectly.

For the wife who’s always a little stuffy

This nicely designed, app-compatible air purifier from Molekule should help (and she’ll appreciate the thought you put into finding her one that actually looks sleek).

For the wife who (occasionally) wants to tune you out

Apple AirPods Pro
$175
$175

After testing a bunch of top wireless earbuds, we deemed the AirPods Pro one of the best noise-canceling models out there.

For the wife who is a derby girl at heart

These groovy glitter wheels will help her street-skate in style.

For the wife who could use a little help in the kitchen

This do-it-all oven air-fries, toasts, bakes, broils, and more, making it more of a sous-chef than a kitchen appliance.

For the wife who wants to log miles (on wheels)

Yes, it’s pricey, but after 20 or so rides, it basically pays for itself.

For the wife who’s more serious about her coffee

Photo: retailer

She’ll appreciate the sleek design of this precise coffee grinder.

For the wife who’s really serious about her coffee

We dubbed this espresso maker the best overall option for most people, noting its cafe-quality brews and the fact that it’s quieter than most.

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