54 Best Last-Minute Gifts for Wife 2020 | The Strategist 🎄
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Getting the right gift for your wife can be anxiety-producing no matter how long you’ve been together. After 18 years of birthdays and holidays, you might be all out of ideas, or maybe you’re stumped about what to buy a new mom after she got everything she wanted on her registry. If you’re unsure of what to get your best gal, don’t panic — below, we’ve put together a list of 54 gifts for practically every type of wife, which includes items recommended by cool people like actress Julia Fox and comedian Bevy Smith as well as stuff we love ourselves. Since Christmas is just a week away, we’ve made sure all of these items will ship in time for the holidays, but availability could change as we get closer to December 25.
This double-sided puzzle will keep her occupied at her favorite table for a bit longer than your average one.
According to writer Cat Marnell, “this poncho from Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs is like a portable blanket you can wear over jeans” and is appropriate for pretty much anywhere. “You can wear it to the new Delancey Street Popeyes, or you can wear it to eat the chic caviar at my favorite restaurant, Le Crocodile,” she writes.
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).
Them editor-at-large Michael Cuby says the drama on RuPaul’s Drag Race makes it another show she 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 episodes to last her until her beloved Housewives return.
If she’s started to tend her own victory garden, this is perhaps the only time worms will make an acceptable gift. These red wrigglers will make a nutrient-rich compost she can use to feed her developing veggies, herbs, and other green things.
Heritage cookware brand Lodge’s classic cast-iron skillet is the perfect thing to bake her bread “baby” in.
This gadget uses a microcurrent to tone, contour, and lift.
“It’s a paraffin-wax dip machine like they have at the nail salon,” explains Strategist contributor Alison Freer. “Giving my hands and feet a soothing, moisturizing dip has become the highlight of my day.”
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.”
These groovy glitter wheels will help her street skate in style.
A board game that’s perfect for two.
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.
A splurgy mat for her at-home workouts.
This palo santo–scented oil can be rubbed on her cuticles — and hair and body.
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.
No tigers were harmed in making this tray, where she can keep her doodads.
A security camera that can help monitor her packages and stop home intruders.
This speaker looks vintage but can easily stream her favorite station without fussing with a dial, thanks to its Bluetooth compatibility.
A backpack cooler she can take on a hike.
To hold her tea, book, and remote.
An Angela Dimayuga–approved massager that almost looks like an art sculpture. Its design helps to better target hard-to-reach knots.
An actually cute-looking (and Bevy Smith–approved) vibrator.
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.
An aloe plant that comes potted in a wavy ceramic planter.
The Coravin does it all: It opens and preserves your wine.
This super-slim, super-insulated koozie will fit her spiked seltzer of choice like a glove.
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 yourself.
If she has run out of Melissa Clark recipes, she can use this book to bake her bake her way through the canon of Nordic delicacies.
Not your average apron, this one actually looks cool, in part because it’s made from a cotton denim. The darker color will also help hide stains.
Hairstylist Danielle Priano told us she and her daughters play with this karaoke machine almost every night. “We’ve made so many great memories together,” she says.
A favorite of self-taught artist Ashley Longshore, this watercolor set has traditional colors plus some unexpected ones like ultramarine and burnt sienna.
Perfect for a bath maximalist, this caddy tray can hold her salts, scrubs, loofahs, and wineglass.
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A stylish, simple pajama set with more than 2,000 rave reviews.
Sixteen sets of one of our favorite firming eye masks.
This elegant watch that looks way more expensive than it is will help her keep time while still keeping you on budget.
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.
The Tile Mate, a Bluetooth tracker–slash–key chain, will help her keep track of her keys (and phone and wallet) with ease.
A Strategist-approved portable charger that’s ultralightweight, making it easy for her to stash in her bag for long walks.
In these, she will definitely stand out from every other Nike-wearing person on a run.
This GPS-enabled watch can track pace, heart rate, and distance and can even be preprogrammed for interval workouts. It was also most-wished for gift among runners we spoke to, including City Coach founder Jonathan Cane said it’s equally useful for new runners and more experienced athletes alike.
She’ll find it much easier to drink more water when it’s coming out of a bottle this nice-looking.
It’s basically the Cadillac of vacuum cleaners.
Yes, it’s pricey, but after 20 or so rides, it basically pays for itself.
So she can grow herbs like parsley and tarragon from the comfort of your yardless studio apartment.
With this, any room can be a home theater.
Try this “cheeky” ceramic vase.
She’ll love displaying them in these faux vases, which are actually made of paper and pop open to accommodate fake stems. Each features coordinating, but not matching, abstract prints, making them easy to display together or throughout the house.
A thousand homegrown daisies will outshine a dozen store-bought roses any day.
A surprise beauty editor favorite, Ariana Grande’s Cloud perfume has notes of lavender, pear, bergamot, coconut, praline, vanilla orchid, and cashmere, and is a close dupe for the (much) more-expensive Bond No. 9 Greenwich Village.
While it has hints of rose, citrus, and palmarosa, this candle smells mainly of geranium, making it simple enough never to tire of. It’s also affordable enough to stock up on so the house will never lose its signature aroma.
A pack of status chocolate bars made with roasted cocoa beans in flavors including coconut milk, pink sea salt, and bourbon. Each is wrapped in aesthetically pleasing packaging to boot.
This is the cutest stuffed animal we’ve ever laid eyes on, and something about the delicate, detailed “feathers” makes it feel very adult.
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