Best gifts for your wife: 50 thoughtful gift ideas she will cherish – USA TODAY
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Getting your wife a gift she’ll love (and won’t immediately want to exchange for something else) isn’t easy. Although it might seem like she has all her favorite stuff already, there are still plenty of thoughtful gift ideas for wives who have everything if you know where to look.
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So, what are the best gifts for wives? You’ve come to the right spot. Here at Reviewed, we’ve tested tons of products, from foot spas to fitness trackers and everything in between. Whether your love is a foodie or a total bookworm (or just enjoys a great surprise), here are the best wifey gifts that are sure to make them smile and land you the title of the best spouse of all time.
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1. For the wife who’s into gadgets: Apple Watch Series 8
It’s a pretty 21st-century experience to need a gadget for your gadgets, but that’s the reality of life in 2022. With the Apple Watch Series 8, your wife can track her workouts and her vitals, make calls, text and send emails, scroll social media, listen to music, navigate directions, track her temperature and even call emergency services if she’s in a car crash—versatility that makes it our top smartwatch pick for 2022. If your wife isn’t an iPhone user, you can swap in the fabulous Galaxy Active Watch 4 instead.
2. For the wife who loves to wear sneakers: Catiba Pro Women’s Sneakers
Shoe shopping for your wife can be hard, but we’re confident she’ll love lacing up with this perfect pair of kicks. With a sleek aesthetic that’s right on-trend, these popular Veja sneakers have a cult following that includes plenty of celebrities, such as Meghan Markle and Reese Witherspoon.
3. For the wife who loves to lounge: Athleta leggings
If she wants something that’s both perfect for you and lounging, get her these Salutation leggings from Athleta. Boasting more than 2,900 reviews, this customer favorite comes in seven colors, regular, tall, and petite sizing, and features a curved seam for a flattering behind. It’s got deep pockets for any belongings, a high waistband that lies flat on the tummy while tucking it in, and a roomy leg that makes for a cozy alternative to leggings.
4. For the wife who loves a good blowout: Shark HyperAIR blow dryer
If your wife has long, flowing tresses, you probably have seen all the tools and contraptions she uses to get them looking their best. Many of these hairstyling gadgets use heat to achieve the desired look, and it’s well known that heat can damage hair. Luckily, some products counter this issue with lower-heat technology and manage to achieve the same end result as its heated competitors, without damaging the hair. One such product is the Shark HyperAIR blow dryer. It has “intelligent heat control” to make heat damage a thing of the past. It also comes with several attachments for all hairstyles, a negative ion generator and a cool shot button to make sure her style stays put.
5. For the wife who loves a little bling: Brilliant Earth Diamond Halo Pendant
Nothing like a reminder of your love she can wear everywhere and get complimented on, right? This Diamond Halo Pendant from Brilliant Earth is sure to put a smile on her face every time she wears it, because it’s sure to make her feel like the queen she is. The necklace length can be adjusted from 16-18 inches, so she can position the pendant in just the right spot. The center diamond is surrounded by smaller diamonds, lending a simple elegance to the overall look.
6. For the wife who is into beauty: Glamcor Riki Skinny
There are few things more embarrassing than looking into a public mirror and seeing that your makeup looks totally different than it did at home in the bathroom lighting. It’s hard enough to do makeup without having to contend with poor or dim lighting at the vanity. A good makeup mirror with adjustable lights makes a huge difference, and luckily you can buy her the best makeup mirror, the Glamcor Riki Skinny. It has excellent lighting, a large viewing area, and is portable.
7. For the wife who enjoys feeling pampered: Parachute Classic Robe
Want to treat your wife to a spa day every day? A plush robe is a great start, and the Classic Bathrobe from Parachute is the perfect splurge for any spouse who appreciates the finer things. One of our editors loves this robe because it’s “luxurious, comfortable, and functional.” Just be prepared to buy your own once you feel how soft hers is because she won’t be letting you borrow it.
8. For the wife who styles her own hair: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
A trip to the blowout bar is so pre-pandemic. Bring the glam home with the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, a must-have styling tool with more than 37,000 rave reviews—including a resounding endorsement from Reviewed’s beauty editor. Simply put, this thing is awesome. If your wife doesn’t already have one, buy it now, and thank us later, because believe us, it’s one of the best gift ideas for wives right now.
9. For the wife who collects purses: Tory Burch McGraw Bucket Bag
Doesn’t she have enough purses already? No. No she does not, because for a handbag fanatic, there is no such thing. The McGraw Bucket Bag has a simple, classic look, yet the unique design and Tory Burch logo are bound to turn some heads. It comes in three different colors, all of which could complement any wardrobe. Or pair of pumps. You know how she is.
10. For the wife who loves vino: Oster cordless electric wine opener
If your wife is a wine lover, the Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener is an impressive gadget that can uncork her bottle of wine with just a touch of a button. Oster’s electric opener is completely cordless and can uncork up to 30 bottles of wine before needing to be recharged. It’s stylish and comfortable to hold thanks to the opener’s ergonomic design. She’ll love the bonus foil cutter and easy it is to use. Cheers!
11. For the wife who loves to nap: YnM Weighted Blanket
Long days call for some rest and relaxation and a weighted blanket may be just the thing your wife needs to unwind. These unique blankets provide what’s called “deep touch pressure,” which can feel comforting and soothing for some. (Think of it as a big hug but from a blanket.) We think the YnM Weighted Blanket is a fantastic, budget-friendly option for your wife because it performs just as well as many products double the price. It comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 5 pounds to 30 pounds and it’s comfortable enough to keep her cozy all night long.
12. For the wife who is on her feet all day: UGG Women’s Scuffette II slippers
Ever walk on a cloud? Neither have we, but we’d bet it feels a lot like wearing these UGG slippers, which we named our best women’s slippers after several rigorous rounds of very cozy testing. So if that sounds like something your wife might like after a long day of being amazing, go on and add these must-have slippers to your cart.
13. For the wife who has a sweet tooth: Premier Favorites Sweets & Treats Gift Basket
The Majestic Grandeur Gourmet Gift Basket from 1-800-Baskets includes an array of delectable sweet and salty treats your wife will love to snack on. There’s everything from Cheryl’s Iced Buttercream Cookies to Totally Caramel Popcorn Moose Munch, plus it comes in a beautiful, water hyacinth basket that she can repurpose in the home.
14. For the wife who needs a new vacuum: Dyson V8
A vacuum cleaner might not sound like a gift you should buy your wife, but a premium vacuum like the Dyson V8 cordless vacuum is sure to put a smile on her face. It comes with five brush accessories, a mountable charging dock and it can run for up to 30 minutes on a single charge. Here at Reviewed, we are big fans of Dyson’s vacuum’s high-powered suction and sleek corner-cutting abilities, so you really can’t go wrong with this easy-to-use vacuum.
15. For the wife who needs her coffee hotter, longer: Yeti Rambler mug
Yeti didn’t get as popular as it is without delivering on its promises. The brand’s 14-ounce Rambler is one of our favorite travel mugs, keeping coffee hot for as long as your wife needs to drink it. Trust us, this mug is worth the wait—and is one of the best gift ideas for wives for 2021.
16. For the wife who’s tired of takeout: Green Chef meal kit delivery
If you’ve been eating out a lot but your wife is craving something home-cooked, a meal kit gets her delicious meals with very little effort. Green Chef will give her 30 meal options each week, and if she’s looking for keto, paleo, gluten-free or vegan meals, Green Chef has it covered. Pro tip: Don’t just give her the subscription… cook the meals for her!
17. For the wife who could use some new kicks: Allbirds Wool Runners
Allbirds are known as some of the most comfortable tennis shoes on the market, and our testing confirms that. Our reviewer even said they would sleep in their Allbirds Wool Runners if it were socially acceptable. That’s how comfortable they are. But they are not just comfortable, they’re supportive. The cushioned mid-sole offers excellent arch support for those times she’s on her feet all day. The Wool Runners are made of Merino wool, have cushioned insoles, and are machine washable. If her feet are always cold, these cozy, limited edition Wool Runner Fluffs are bound to be a hit in the winter.
18. For the wife who loves jewelry: Kate Spade’s One In A Million necklace
Kate Spade’s One In A Million Pendant necklace is a fantastic choice to make any lady feel extra special. You can choose the initial of your choice to place on the front of the 12K gold plated necklace with “one in a million” engraved on the reverse side. The pendant comes on a 17-inch chain with a 3-inch extender, and we bet she’ll be wearing this necklace for years to come.
19. For the wife who is workin’ on her fitness: Fitbit Charge 5
Our favorite Fitbit is the Fitbit Charge 5, which may not offer all the bells and whistles of the Apple Watch, but still packs quite the punch—and also tells time—at a much more digestible price point. Not only is the Fitbit Charge 5 comfortable to wear, it offers comprehensive activity tracking features and an intuitive app, so it’s a perfect gift for a wife who seems to have everything but wants to keep fit in these odd times.
20. For the wife who ends her day with a glass of wine: Winc wine subscription
Want to give the gift that keeps on giving? Winc’s online wine subscription service may be just the gift for the wife who prefers her grapes fermented. After trying Winc, we can whole-heartedly attest to how delicious this wine is. We also like that the service includes useful details about each bottle and suggests recipes to pair with each wine. Whether she’s more of a red or white kinda girl, Winc is a great way to sample something new, while also enjoying a taste of tried-and-true favorites, so for those searching for stellar gift ideas for wives, it’s aces.
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21. For the wife who loves cold brew: Takeya Cold Brew coffee maker
You’ve heard the saying some like it hot—a nod to the classic 1959 film—but when it comes to coffee, she might prefer it cold. To brew up the very best, your wife needs the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker. It’s been one of our favorite cold brew coffee makers for a while now because of its user-friendly design. It also doesn’t hurt that it makes some of the tastiest coffee (and tea) we’ve ever sipped.
22. For the wife who loves a good facial: Foreo Luna Mini 3
If your wife sometimes walks around with what looks like green mud smeared all over her face or she has a time-consuming facial routine, it’s a good bet that she’d love a cult-favorite facial cleansing brush like the Foreo Luna Mini 3. In our testing, we loved that the Mini 3 has 12 vibration intensities to accommodate different skin types. It’s two-sided and lets you know when you’ve been scrubbing long enough.
23. For the wife who wishes she had a sous chef: Amazon Echo Show 5 (second-gen)
Amazon’s Echo Show 5 (second-gen) makes the perfect countertop accessory, but did you know it can also double as a sous chef? Relying on Amazon Alexa, the Show 5 can help your wife find new recipes, read aloud the ingredient list, and guide her step-by-step with helpful photos and videos. As a bonus, she can also use it to make video calls to her friends and family.
24. For the wife who loves to cook: Instant Pot Ultra
Looking for genuinely sweet gift ideas for wives? If your wife has a lot of family recipes she likes to make for holidays and gatherings but is short on time, this is a great solution. An Instant Pot helps any cook create delicious meals quickly, without dirtying multiple dishes. The Instant Pot Ultra cooks perfectly, is intuitive to use, and is easy to clean.
25. For the wife who likes to snuggle up: Nordstrom’s Bliss plush throw
As temperatures drop, a cozy blanket becomes an increasingly important thing to have. So don’t let your wife be caught cold-handed (or footed) without Nordstrom’s highly-rated Bliss Plush Throw blanket. The luxuriously soft throw features stylish tassels at the top and bottom and measures 50-inches by 60-inches, so there’s plenty of room for her to cuddle up. Even better, the blanket is machine washable and can be tossed in the dryer for an easy clean, so it’s an ideal gift for a wife who seems to have it all.
26. For the wife who can’t live without music: Apple AirPods Pro
Your wife needs a quality pair of wireless earbuds to do things like listen to her favorite songs, handle work calls, and drown out the noise from the kids once in a while. With clear sound, intuitive design, a great fit, and brilliant noise cancellation, there’s no better pair of earbuds to get the job done than the 2nd-gen Apple’s AirPods Pro.
27. For the wife who loves to do her nails: SunUV Gel Nail Lamp
Is your wife missing her pre-pandemic manicures and pedicures? This professional salon curing nail lamp is one of the most thoughtful gift ideas for wives, and it’s so good it’s garnered a 4.5-star rating from more than 17,000 Amazon reviewers. Our staff loves this popular nail lamp because it works with any gel polish and doesn’t smudge. A win-win.
28. For the wife who needs a new weekend bag: Minted’s personalized Snap Tote
Whether she enjoys spending weekend mornings at the farmers’ market, crunching or working out, the Snap Tote from Minted is the perfect bag no matter what she’s up to. It’s spacious, durable and comes in several stylish prints and patterns she’ll love. For a custom touch, personalization (up to 12 characters) is available at no cost.
29. For the wife who practices yoga: lululemon yoga mat
If your wife is a serious yogini, she should have a serious yoga mat, and lululemon’s 5mm reversible yoga mat, our best yoga mat winner, carries plenty of bang for its buck. We loved its portability, its firmness and how easy it was to clean, making it worth every penny. If you’re stumped for what else to buy, this could be a great gift for a wife who seems hard to shop for otherwise.
30. For the wife who says there’s nothing on TV: Disney+ subscription
It’s a dejected feeling when you get to the bottom of the TV channel listings without finding anything you want to watch. Fortunately, a Disney+ subscription can help with that problem, offering hundreds of movies and thousands of TV episodes ranging from Pixar favorites new and old to the Marvel universe to Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. At an affordable price, Disney+ is a great deal the whole family can enjoy.
31. For the wife who loves to exercise: Echelon Connect Bike EX-5
Indoor cycling is booming, but not everyone is ready to invest in a Peloton. Fortunately, there are more affordable options available for those looking to buy a fitness bike on a budget. My husband and I share a Schwinn IC4, which we pair with a monthly subscription to the Peloton app. When one of us takes a class, we watch along on a phone or tablet, and the whole set-up works pretty well. If your wife would rather not have to use a second device, she may prefer the Echelon Connect EX-5, which offers a built-in screen in its popular indoor bike.
32. For the wife who needs a personal assistant: Amazon Echo Dot (5th-Gen)
It never hurts to have a little backup, and an Echo Dot (5th-Gen.) speaker makes for the perfect sidekick. A brilliantly simple and affordable smart speaker, the Echo Dot uses Amazon Alexa to help manage calendars, set reminders, and answer (almost any) questions throughout the day. Alexa’s not all business, though. She can tell funny jokes, play trivia games, and play your wife’s favorite songs, making her an ideal personal assistant.
33. For the wife who wants to try new recipes: Home Chef subscription
When preparing a meal, planning is half the battle, and when crunched for time, coming up with new things to cook can start to feel like a chore. Our favorite meal kit delivery subscription, Home Chef, takes the preparation out of the equation, giving you fresh, creative options, portioned out and delivered directly to the door. And if she dislikes meal prep, it’s one of the most thoughtful gift ideas for wives right now.
34. For the sentimental wife: Framebridge custom frames
As the world has moved away from processing negatives and printing photos, Framebridge offers a great online photo service that will help your wife turn her lasting memories into lovely pieces of art. You can upload your own imagery and choose a frame for her, or give her a gift card so she can make her own selections. I’ve been using Framebridge in my own house for years and I’ve given it as a gift on multiple occasions. It’s always been well-received and the framed photos are an amazing value given the quality, so it’s one of the most super-sweet gift ideas for wives.
35. For the wife who is into family history: AncestryDNA Kit
Does your wife love to learn about her family history? Help her discover more about where she came from with the AncestryDNA Kit. The test, which comes with detailed instructions, will help your wife trace her roots back to the beginning. Think of this as a gift for a wife who really wants to have the ultimate family tree.
36. For the wife who never misses an episode: Roku Ultra
With so many different streaming services competing for our attention, staying afloat in a sea of available programming isn’t always easy. But with the Roku Ultra, our favorite streaming device, your TV-loving wife will have a trusty tool at her disposal. In addition to being easy to use, the Ultra offers a customizable remote complete with a headphone jack, giving your wife access to easy wireless audio for binging after you’ve started snoring.
37. For the wife who never stops learning: a MasterClass subscription
Would your wife enjoy a tennis lesson with Serena Williams? How about a cooking class with Gordon Ramsey? A comedy workshop with Steve Martin? These experiences may never be feasible in real life, but they’re just a few of the offerings included with a MasterClass subscription. We love MasterClass for its encyclopedia of motivating content for users with interests across the board.
38. For the wife who likes to eat healthy(ish): Cosori CP158-AF Air Fryer
Let’s be honest: Air fryers didn’t become a kitchen craze because people are looking to eat healthy foods. Consider it more like a healthier way to eat the snacks you already love. So don’t feel guilty hitting “add to cart” for your wife on our best value air fryer. It’s a gift for a wife that the whole family will love, it works well, it’s easy to use, and your wife will love how it looks in the kitchen—the perfect combination.
39. For the wife who loves candles: Capri Blue Volcano candle
If your wife loves candles, then surprise her with the top-rated Capri Blue Volcano Candle. Made in the USA, this best-selling scent features notes of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons and limes and fresh mountain greens. It has a burn time of up to 85 hours and comes in a gorgeous iridescent jar with a copper lid that can be repurposed after use.
40. For the wife who likes to keep it cozy: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic socks
Barefoot Dreams makes some of the softest blankets ever, so it comes as no surprise that the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Socks also live up to the same hype. Like a soft, warm, hug for her feet, your wife will love slipping on these ultra soft socks after a long day. These cozy socks come in three colors and can be tossed in the washing machine for easy cleaning.
41. For the creative wife: Apple iPad
Creativity can strike at a moment’s notice, so portability is critical when it comes to the tools of the trade. Apple’s ninth-generation 10.2-inch iPad builds on the company’s long-standing legacy of excellent mobile devices, offering a high-quality product that your wife is sure to get plenty of use out of. And, if you really want to fill out the suite, toss in Apple’s Smart Keyboard and an Apple Pencil, then watch her creativity flow. An iPad always makes for a nice surprise, so definitely consider getting one if she doesn’t have it yet.
42. For the wife who needs perfect coffee: Hario V60 Coffee Dripper 02 Ceramic
Most people are either “coffee people” or they’re not—and there’s not much in-between. If your wife loves coffee, the Hario V60 is the best pour over coffee maker out there. It’s a handy, durable accessory that will give her complete control over her morning cup(s) of joe. Pour-over coffee allows the person making it to determine the flow of water through the grounds, allowing for more precise saturation and temperature control. It’s a subtle technique adjustment, but if you’re looking for a gift for a wife who’s a coffee buff, it can make a huge difference.
43. For the wife who loves home décor: Ruggable
A house isn’t a home until it’s properly decorated, and as they say, it’s the rug that pulls a room together. It’s also pretty helpful when that rug is machine-washable and looks amazing, which makes Ruggable a bit of a unicorn in the world of interior design. I have multiple Ruggables and they stand up to just about anything my family and I throw their way. When it’s time to swap them out, Ruggable has lots of unique prints to choose from, so refreshing any room is a breeze.
44. For the wife who wants to be a plant mom: The Sill
The Sill is one of our favorite places to buy plants online and sells a variety of potted plants that your wife will love. Reviewed staffers have ordered from The Sill numerous times with nothing but positive things to say about the experience. The online plant company also offers helpful online plant workshops so your wife can keep her favorite holiday gift in tip-top shape. There are lots of stylish pots to choose from, or you can customize your own for a personal touch.
45. For the wife who is into essential oils: Asakuki Portable Essential Oil Diffuser
When it comes to aromatherapy, distribution is as essential as the oils, themselves. So up her olfactory game with the Asakuki Portable Essential Oil Diffuser, our favorite affordable diffuser. It’s sleek, it’s affordable and it works as advertised, and makes a great gift for a wife who you think has everything else.
46. For the wife who loves to nap: Thread Count 4-piece sheet set
Your average sleeper likely isn’t too concerned with the thread count of their sheets, but if your wife enjoys snoozing in the lap of luxury, these 600-thread-count sheets from Home Depot will surprise and delight. You might not normally consider the hardware store the best place to find a gift for a wife that’s hard to impress, but this bedding is the sheet. Not to mention, it’s got a 4.7-star rating from Home Depot shoppers!
47. For the wife who likes to game in bed: Nintendo Switch
A Switch might be on your little one’s wish list, too, but Nintendo’s latest foray into the world of handheld gaming appeals to adults all the same. I love getting lost in Animal Crossing after the kids go to bed, and my husband is convinced he is better than I am at Mario Kart (though I can assure you, he is not). Video games can make for a great release at the end of a long day, regardless of skill level, and this particular console is the perfect addition to any gamer’s nightstand.
48. For the wife who is a pro in the kitchen: Made In Nakiri Knife
We think every cook should have a Nakiri in their kitchen toolkit because it can’t be beat for slicing and dicing. This 6-inch knife features a razor-sharp blade and beautiful design, which our tester noted makes it “a lovely gift that’s also practical.” Your wife will no doubt appreciate how easy it is to maneuver this knife for the perfect cut when she chops up her next onion.
49. For the wife who needs a massage: Theragun G3
Move over foam rollers—there’s a new gadget that’ll make your wife’s muscles “ooh and ahh” after a grueling workout. Several Reviewed staffers tried the highly sought-after Theragun, agreeing the massage gun’s high-powered pulse feels great on sore muscles. Another thing we love? The free Theragun app, which will help guide her along as she uses it to warm up before a workout or cool down afterward.
50. For the wife who wishes she had more time to read: Audible subscription
There’s nothing new about the concept of listening to books, particularly when you just don’t have time to settle in and actually read with your eyes. But Audible, Amazon’s super-popular audiobook subscription service, offers a modern take on old-school books on tape, and we loved it when we put it to the test. For $7.95 a month, your wife—and, by extension, you—can access unlimited titles in the Audible Plus catalog, plus a book of choice each month and discounts on additional titles.
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