The Best Ideas of 2020
One way to say “I love you?” Spoil your wife with amazing gifts.
Running out of gift ideas for your wife? Whether you’re shopping for her birthday, your anniversary, the holiday season or another gift-giving event, we get it—the struggle is real. Coming up with thoughtful, romantic gifts for your wife (or girlfriend or fianceé) isn’t always easy. But that’s why we’re here to help. It’s time to cross “find gifts for wife” off the top of your to-do list!
To jump-start your imagination and brainstorm gifts your wife will enjoy, think about what she loves and values. Is she a homebody or an adventurer, sentimental or practical, trendy or traditional? Then think about what’s going on in her life. Are you decorating your home, planning a trip, celebrating a milestone or starting new jobs? Now you’re getting the idea.
Another great way to find the best gift for your wife is to simply start perusing lists of ideas to see what piques your interest and makes you think, “Wow, that’s so her.” In other words: Trust your instincts and have fun with it! Here, check out 60 unique and romantic gift ideas that your wife will actually adore. (And psst: Tons of these ideas work for other loved ones, like sisters and moms, too.)
A Map of the Stars
Commemorate a relationship milestone with a map of the stars from that night. It could be when you met, the moment you first said “I love you” or the day you said “I do.” No matter what, the special gesture may just move your wife to tears.
The Stars Above Co custom star map, from $50, Etsy.com
A Silk Pajama Set
A super-luxe set of silk pajamas, like these pretty ones from Lunya, are comfy enough to sleep in, but cute enough to answer the door in. Better yet, this set is machine washable—can you believe it? (We’re still in shock.)
Lunya washable silk set, $178, Lunya.co
The only thing better than a beautiful bouquet of roses is one that lasts up to a year—yes, you read that correctly. This heart-shaped arrangement from Rosepops is the romantic gift for your wife that keeps on giving (and giving).
Rosepops The Half-Hearted preserved roses, from $200, Rosepops.com
A Cashmere Sweater
Give your wife a chic, warm sweater to polish off her winter wardrobe. There’s nothing that says “treat yourself” quite like cashmere, and styles from this sustainable brand are less expensive than from other cashmere retailers.
NakedCashmere Cora sweater, $245, NakedCashmere.com
A Specialty Cookie Delivery
For your leading lady with a major sweet tooth, it’s time to think outside the box. These rainbow cookies are gorgeous, unique and absolutely delicious. Looking for more decadent treats that you can get shipped? Check out the rest of Goldbelly’s selection.
Zola Bakes rainbow cookies with assorted fillings, from $49 for a pack of 20, Goldbelly.com
Calligraphed Wedding Vows
Preserve your wedding vows in the form of a beautiful, romantic piece of art. It’s a constant reminder of your wedding day and your lasting love. You’ll never forget your vows with this hanging in a special place.
Minted Your Vows as a Foil Art Print, from $115, Minted.com
A Wine Subscription
You might be one of those couples who wants to be total winos, but you’re not really sure where to start. A subscription to Winc is an awesome gift for your wife that you’ll obviously benefit from too. She’ll get four bottles of thoughtfully crafted wine delivered to her every month.
Winc wine club membership, wine prices vary, Winc.com
A Custom Ornament
Get in the holiday spirit with a personalized ornament that screams “great Christmas gift for wife.” This artist will hand-paint a portrait of you and your spouse on a beautiful, meaningful wood slice.
Pine & Poppy Art small custom wedding portrait personalized Christmas ornament, $60, Etsy.com
A Spa-Worthy Robe
This supersoft, textured robe is made of 100 percent Turkish cotton and inspired by the luxury of a spa experience. Bonus: It’s lightweight enough to pack in her suitcase (because she’ll never want to travel without it).
Parachute waffle robe, $119, Parachute.com
Liven up the living room with a set of agate coasters that are useful and personalized. You can customize them with her first initial or your shared last initial. Maybe these will actually help you remember to use coasters.
Anthropologie monogram agate coaster, $16, Anthropologie.com
A Versatile Throw
Throw blankets are excellent romantic gifts for wives. Why? Because they encourage snuggles, plus they’re perfect for picnics. We like ChappyWraps for a few reasons. They’re easy to wash, they come in classic patterns and they’re nice and thick (read: durable).
ChappyWrap Sea Watch plaid grey blanket, $135, ChappyWrap.com
A Stackable Ring
Jewelry is a go-to gift idea for your wife. She’ll love a trendy and versatile diamond band to stack on her wedding and engagement rings, or to wear alone on a separate finger.
Blue Nile diamond zig-zag stackable fashion ring, $475, BlueNile.com
A Weekend Bag
A sleek and sophisticated leather duffel is something everyone should have—just in case you spontaneously decide to sneak away somewhere romantic for the weekend. Get it monogrammed to make this good gift for your wife a great one.
Cuyana leather triple zipper weekender, from $395, Cuyana.com
Sound Wave Art
If you’re hoping to truly wow your wife with a romantic gift, this one is The One. This Etsy shop will turn any sound bite into a work of art. Send in a recording—it could be one of you saying “I love you” or a snippet of your first dance song—and they’ll do the rest. Talk about a sweet and super-sentimental present.
Aimee Rose Design sound wave art, from $33, Etsy.com
A Snazzy Coffee Machine
If you married a coffee obsessee, it may be time to upgrade her gear—especially if she’s been eyeing a Nespresso for years. The brand’s newest machine brews café-worthy cups of joe, but that’s just part of the appeal. It’s made from recycled plastic for the eco-conscious wife, plus the design is ultra compact so it won’t take up precious counter space. If those things don’t have you sold, the cool color options (hello, rose gold) will.
Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium, $169 or $219 with a milk frother, Nespresso.com
You’ve probably seen these slippers everywhere. But if you haven’t seen them on your wife’s feet, it’s time to change that, stat. L.L.Bean’s Wicked Good moccasins are cushiony, cute and last forever.
L.L.Bean women’s Wicked Good moccasins, $79, LLBean.com
A Lingerie Romper
Pretty lingerie is a great romantic gift idea for your partner—as long as you know what she likes. If this is your first time gifting on the sultry side, maybe shoot for something a little safer, like this delicate sleep romper that’s both sexy and comfortable.
Eberjey boho paisley Dreamer teddy, $111, Eberjey.com
An Initial Necklace
If your wife loves subtle, meaningful jewelry, she’ll cherish this sweet, romantic gift. Customize the understated gold chain with both her and your initials. That way, she can wear your love story. This thoughtful gift is approved by Meghan Markle (she’s been spotted wearing one of her own!).
Maya Brenner asymmetrical character necklace, from $240, BaubleBar.com
A Beautiful Watch
A nice watch is simply timeless. Sure, worthwhile watches can be a splurge, but it’s a practical gift for your wife that she can wear every day. Just think: Whenever she checks the time, she’ll instantly think of you.
MVMT Boulevard leather strap watch, $160, Nordstrom.com
A Skyline Pillow
A gift that speaks to your partner’s hometown pride is always thoughtful. This customizable city skyline pillow is also a great conversation starter whenever she hosts guests. Don’t be surprised if you hear her gushing about the awesome person who bought it for her.
Finch and Cotter personalized city skyline pillow, from $46, Etsy.com
A Matching Loungewear Set
Matching loungewear is all the rage right now, and it’s obvious why. Who doesn’t want to feel comfy and cute? Your wife will rock this set whether she’s running errands or chilling on the couch.
Summersalt The Softest French terry pullover, $65, Summersalt.com; Summersalt The Softest French terry jogger, $80, Summersalt.com
An Irresistible Perfume
Our staff adores this all-season fragrance. It’s wonderfully inviting, but not overpowering. Plus, the bottle looks like a piece of art. Not sure if the scent is right for your wife? Buy AERIN’s gorgeous discovery gift set instead—it’s a special and useful birthday (or holiday) gift.
AERIN Amber Musk eau de parfum, from $30, Bloomingdales.com
A Cute Pair of Leggings
Give your wife a pair of fashionable and functional leggings. Girlfriend Collective makes some of the most trendy, colorful activewear in the game. And believe it or not, these flattering high-rise leggings are made from recycled water bottles. They’ll get her through everything from grocery store runs to hard spin classes in style. But be warned: They’ve been known to sell out. Plan ahead for the holidays!
Girlfriend Collective high-rise pocket legging, $78, Girlfriend.com
A Flower Bouquet Subscription
A bouquet of flowers is one romantic gift for your wife that’ll never go out of style. Give your wife fresh, farm-to-vase blooms with a subscription to flower delivery service The Bouqs.
The Bouqs Co. flower subscription, from $52 a bouquet, Bouqs.com
A Frame for Something Meaningful
Obsessed with that adorable first look photo where you’re both happy crying? Or maybe there’s a certain love poem that makes you two sentimental. Now’s your chance to frame it and hang it for everyone to see. The best gifts for your wife are the ones that you really put your heart into.
Framebridge The Fancy Wide frame, $95, Framebridge.com
For the fashionista, a pair of fun, statement earrings will hit the nail on the head. She’ll be seriously impressed with your exquisite taste in accessories.
Mignonne Gavigan Burst earrings, $195, MignonneGavigan.com
A Sleek Sweatshirt
The warmest woman in your life deserves the coziest hoodie on the market. It’s made from the softest fabric we’ve ever felt—seriously. (Oh, and you can also get her matching sweatpants.)
Outdoor Voices CloudKnit hoodie, $88, OutdoorVoices.com
A Zodiac Pendant
Give your wife an elegant necklace she can wear alone or layer with other pieces. This gold bauble pays tribute to her zodiac sign in the prettiest, understated way. If she’s always reading her horoscope, you know she’ll like this gift—especially for her birthday.
Abbey Park zodiac constellation necklace, from $45, Etsy.com
A Meal Service
If she loves trying new recipes (but doesn’t love all the research and prep), get everything she needs for delicious, pre-planned dinners delivered to her door. Bonus: This gift is sent as an e-gift card, so it’s a good last-minute option.
Blue Apron gift, from $60, BlueApron.com
Give your wife the hottest footwear right now—a fashionable and comfortable pair of Allbirds runners in her favorite color. Ideal for her long commute, a mood-boosting workout or a weekend stroll through the neighborhood, this pair of eco-friendly sneakers is the way to go.
Allbirds women’s Tree Dashers, $125, Allbirds.com
A Memorable Candle
Whether you’re short on romantic gift ideas or your wife just loves scented candles, never underestimate the power of this sweet-smelling present. We can’t get enough of Paddywax’s wide range of themed collections. The fragrances are all divine, and the pretty packaging is next-level unique.
Paddywax candles, from $20 each, Paddywax.com
A Pillowcase Built for Beauty Sleep
Give your wife the gift of an amazing night’s sleep—in style. Cotton pillowcases can damage hair and cause premature wrinkling. This silk one, however, is beauty expert-approved. It’ll also make her feel like she lives in a hotel. Now that’s a luxury gift for your wife.
Slip silk pillowcase, $89, Sephora.com
Does your wife need new headphones? Go cordless—she’ll be obsessed. This genius audio headband is great for travel, falling asleep or just kicking back. It’s wireless and ultra comfortable, and she can even pull it down over her eyes to double as a nap mask.
SleepPhones wireless headphones, $100, SleepPhones.com
If she needs headphones to wear to work, try these over-ear headphones instead. Whether she’s working from home or the office, the noise-canceling feature comes in clutch. The classy design looks way more expensive than it is, and it’s sure to earn her some compliments from her colleagues.
Boltune Bluetooth headphones with microphone, $41, Amazon.com
Shopping for Valentine’s Day? Swap the standard bouquet for this stylish set of unique candy. We bet she hasn’t seen chocolates like these before! They’re such an unusual and fun surprise.
Maggie Louise Confections Rose Garden 9-piece chocolates, $48, Nordstrom.com
Self-Care for Beauty Lovers
If she’s a skincare fanatic, snag her this coveted beauty set. It comes with an ultra-luxe facial oil, plus two facial massaging tools. The tools are made from stunning blue lapis, ideal for displaying on her vanity. It’s the useful gift for your wife that she’ll want to show off.
Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Ritual Kit, $98, HerbivoreBotanicals.com
A Diamond Bracelet
Sometimes, you just want to say “I love you” with a sparkling diamond. If you’re on the hunt for fine jewelry, this hoop bracelet is absolutely elegant.
Joie de Viv Olivia diamond hoop bracelet, $569, JoiedeViv.com
A Video Montage
Tribute lets you do just that: pay tribute to your amazing spouse. With the help of friends and family, you can create a collaborative video montage full of heartfelt messages for your wife. It’s the kind of special, sentimental gift that she’ll never forget, and the perfect way to show your appreciation.
Tribute video montage, from $25, Tribute.co
A Nice Notebook
A good notebook (with a gorgeous cover, of course) is always a welcome gift for the ultra-organized wife. This pretty present works as a stocking stuffer or a standalone gift.
Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party fabric journal, $24, RiflePaperCo.com
Okay, this might be one of the most useful and unique gift ideas we’ve seen. These sunglasses transform into blue light glasses so she can wear them during work and play. But the coolest part has to be the fact that they’re fully biodegradable. Buh-bye, plastic waste!
Pela Vision Sulu eco friendly sunglasses, $80 with swappable lenses, PelaVision.com
Another great gift idea for your wife? This rolling luggage from Away that doubles as a phone charger. Now she can travel in style without stressing about losing power mid-journey. Because who needs more stress at the airport? We love all the color options, but we’re really into this ombré design, which is the stunning result of a collaboration with actress Rashida Jones. If that’s not cool enough, you can add a personalized monogram or luggage tag to make this gift that much better.
Away The Bigger Carry-On in Summit, from $295, AwayTravel.com
A Cool Phone Charger
Speaking of phone chargers, this Italian-designed charging stone is easy on the eyes and ideal for her desk or nightstand. Just try not to steal it.
Eggtronic natural stone fast wireless charger, from $50, Amazon.com
A Fill-in-the-Blank Book
Sometimes, the smallest gifts are the ones that mean the most. Fill this book with all of the reasons why you love your wife. She’ll cherish your handwritten words even more than you realize.
Knock Knock What I Love About You By Me, $10, UrbanOutfitters.com
A Photo Album
Searching for great photo gifts? Celebrate the sentimental wife with a custom, personalized photo book curated by you. Fill it with snapshots that she hasn’t seen before to really surprise her.
Artifact Uprising Color Series photo book, from $20, ArtifactUprising.com
Rothy’s flats are the best thing to happen to overworked feet. They’re stylish and professional, but so much better than her old, uncomfortable flats or heels. She’ll be amazed that shoes this great are made from recycled materials. Don’t blame us if she asks you for another pair next year.
Rothy’s The Point, $145, Rothys.com
A Phone Sanitizer
For the woman who takes sanitization seriously, there’s the PhoneSoap. This UV-powered disinfecting device can kill bacteria on her phone, credit cards and even her jewelry. It’s the gadget that she never knew she needed, but one that she’ll definitely appreciate having. How’s that for a gift for the wife who has everything?
PhoneSoap Pro, $120, PhoneSoap.com
A Pushpin Map
Oh, the places you’ve been! A pushpin map helps you and your wife keep track of all your wonderful travels. Bonus: You can personalize this one with anything you’d like. What a cute surprise gift!
CanvasVows push pin travel map, from $159, CanvasVows.com
A Patterned Tote Bag
A stylish and versatile tote always comes in handy, whether she’s headed off to yoga class or an overnight trip. Get this one embroidered with your wife’s name or initials so everyone knows it’s hers. Voilà! You’ve just found the perfect birthday gift.
The Knot Shop personalized extra-large Cabana canvas fabric tote bag, $15, TheKnotShop.com
A Monthly Book Subscription
If your wife’s an avid reader, you might have trouble keeping up with what she has and hasn’t finished—hence, gifting your wife books can be a gamble. Instead, try a Book of the Month subscription so she can choose what she reads.
Book of the Month subscription, $50 for 3 months, BookoftheMonth.com
Everybody could use a set of personalized stationery. And with these cute cards, which come custom-printed with a portrait of her pet, your wife will be looking for reasons to send her loved ones some mail.
Rifle Paper Co. personalized flat notes, from $65, RiflePaperCo.com
A Pro-Level Makeup Brush
Here’s another gift for the wife who’s serious about her makeup routine. Artis Elite brushes are famous for their revolutionary designs. Chances are, she’s seen them watching her favorite YouTube beauty tutorials. Now she can finally try one out herself—and one covered in limited-edition Swarovski crystals, no less.
Artis crystal brushes, from $250, ByArtis.com
A New Winter Beanie
This Christmas gift for your wife supports a good cause—proceeds go toward fighting cancer. It’ll also keep her perfectly toasty.
Love Your Melon beanie, $30, Amazon.com
A Mrs. Mug
Let your wife know you’re proud to call her your “Mrs.” Say hello to her new morning mug. It’s a small but meaningful token of your love.
The Knot Shop custom white ceramic Mrs. coffee mug, $14, TheKnotShop.com
A Gardening Gift Box
This fresh gift idea is perfect for the wife with a green thumb (or the wife who wants to cultivate one). Gardening is a fun activity you two can enjoy together, and you’ll save some money on groceries too!
Hortiki Plants organic leafy greens eco-friendly gardening kit, $46, Etsy.com
A Fitness Tracker
If you and your wife like to work out, a fitness tracker is the perfect gift idea. But it’s not only great for exercise—it also tracks sleep habits to help maintain a balanced lifestyle. The icing on the cake? This one isn’t bulky.
Fitbit Charge 3 fitness activity tracker, $150, Amazon.com
A Crossbody Bag
If you’re still wondering what to get your wife, check out this practical pick. Not only will this stylish, structured crossbody go with most outfits, but it’s also the perfect size to hold all of your wife’s necessities. Nice and functional—we love it.
Nisolo Simone crossbody shopper, $160, Nisolo.com
An Anniversary Bracelet
There’s no way your wife would ever forget your anniversary date (right?), but just so she can display it proudly, gift her this dainty bracelet. (It proves you know it too!)
GIGIMEY dainty custom roman numeral bar bracelet, from $48, Etsy.com
A couch for Christmas, Hanukkah or her birthday? Yes, really! If your wife has been itching to redecorate, make her home design dreams come true. This luxe loveseat makes cuddling easy, and it’s great for the wife whose Pinterest boards are filled with velvet decor ideas.
Edloe Finch Albany velvet loveseat, $899, EdloeFinch.com
A Special Cutting Board
Complete your kitchen with an heirloom-worthy cutting board. This shop can engrave her favorite family recipe onto a slab of wood. The end result? An exceptionally thoughtful gift for the wife who’s passionate about cooking.
Morning Joy Co. recipe engraved cutting board, from $69, Etsy.com
A New Hobby
If she’s always looking to learn a new skill (and if beautiful things delight her), this how-to book makes a great stocking stuffer. It walks her through the art of calligraphy, so she can add something new to her list of many talents. Oh, and it doubles as a lovely coffee table decoration.
Page Street Publishing Creative Calligraphy Made Easy by Karla Lim, $22 to preorder, Target.com
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