11 Gifts Your Wife Will Love

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Finding the perfect gift for your wife can be a challenge. Although you can always settle with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, a unique gift—one that speaks to her personality and hobbies—is always the better way to go. To make your search as stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet of versatile gifts to bring the wow factor this holiday season. None of these are as great a gift as your wife, of course…but they’re pretty darn close.

1. Growlight Frame Shelf; $139-$189

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Instead of getting a framed photo of you and your wife, try something a little outside the box. This nifty frame from Uncommon Goods has a built-in LED light for providing virtual sun to a variety of plants, which can be set on a timer to give plants the exact amount of light they need. If your wife isn’t exactly blessed with a green thumb, this Mini Terrarium DIY Kit—which consists of constructible felt succulents, faux moss, and decorative accents—will help her craft a set of plants that are (almost) indestructible.

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2. Personalized Wine Serving Tray; $85

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Your wife will feel just as special as her dinner party guests with this personalized wine tray. Made from birch wood and decorated with delicate floral accents, the tray fits four standard stemmed wine glasses and one standard 750mL wine bottle, making it easy for guests to keep their glasses full. The tray can be customized with a name and year, so it’s just as meaningful for wine lovers as it is useful.

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3. Votes for Women Puzzle; $20

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History buffs can celebrate suffrage—and the accomplishment of completing a 500-piece puzzle—with this colorful gift. Featuring voting rights champions like Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass, the puzzle celebrates 42 of the suffrage movement’s iconic historical figures (although, of course, many voting rights activists are still fighting the good fight today). The puzzle comes with a bonus pamphlet about the 19th Amendment, so your wife can quiz you on it during puzzle breaks.

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4. Intelex Warmies Slippers; $20

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Even if your wife doesn’t get to relax as often as she’d like, she should still have a spa-like experience every day. Give her the gift she deserves with these microwave-safe slippers from Intelex. The slippers are packed with natural grain and French lavender, which provides a therapeutic scent after just a few seconds in the microwave. Now, whether your wife is shuffling off to an early-morning Zoom or to get some extra work done, she can pretend she’s heading off to the spa instead.

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5. Amazon Fire Tablet 10; $150

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Bookworms should be able to carry their library with them at all times…and now, they can! The Amazon Fire Tablet 10 not only stores a wealth of eBooks and audiobooks, but it also provides instant access to the web, streaming services, music, and more. It’s Alexa-enabled, allowing Alexa to start reading your wife’s audiobook if she has her hands full. The Fire Tablet 10 comes in variety of colors and has an ad-free version, so you can choose the best option for your partner.

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6. Apple Watch SE; $270

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You can’t go wrong with an Apple Watch. This smart device tracks sleep patterns, heart rate, and a variety of workouts, helping your wife better understand her performance whether she’s a yogi or a HIIT fiend. With the ability to make calls and reply to texts on the go, the watch can even replace a smartphone during runs outside or to the store. Bonus: it’s swimproof, so it’s able to travel from the gym to the pool and back again.

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7. Living Composter; $200

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Give the gift of sustainability with this living composter from Uncommon Goods. The modern-looking composter doubles as an art piece for a kitchen counter or a backyard patio. Once a few worms are added to the soil inside, the composter can process over two pounds of food scraps each week—enough to keep up with a small household, according to the manufacturer. Include the Zero Waste Cookbook or these reusable beeswax food wraps as an additional gift to assist your wife (and the rest of your household) with going green.

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8. Growlerwerks Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $200

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There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee to start the day, and with GrowlerWerks's Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Maker, your wife can enjoy the taste of café-quality cold brew without the café-quality price. The set comes with everything you need for great cold brew—filter bags, nitrogen cartridges, a funnel, and a serving mat for presentation. Just fill one of the filter bags with coarsely ground coffee, add cold water, and let the brewer soak overnight. Now your wife will have a barista that’s more local than her closest neighborhood joint.

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9. Molecular Gastronomy Kit; $50

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Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun, but adding a little food science will allow your partner to take it to the next level. This kit includes 20 additive sachets (aka scientific ingredients) to turn various dishes into yummy science experiments. Your wife will have the ability to turn liquids into solids, produce into beads, and melted chocolate into powder by following the included recipe booklet. And, with a host of science-based cooking tools to work with, she’ll never feel bored in the kitchen again.

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10. Literature Rock Glasses; $30

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As the first line of Pride & Prejudice goes, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Acknowledge your amazing wife—and your good fortune—by gifting her these Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë-inspired rock glasses. Each glass features its author’s signature and the opening lines of one of their iconic novels (Pride and Prejudice for Austen; Jane Eyre for Brontë). The other side of the glass includes an excerpt from the novel’s first edition inside cover.

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11. Backpack Cooler Chair; $42

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This innovative backpack is built with plenty of storage space for bringing water bottles, snacks, and extra gear on the road, and it unfolds into a portable chair when it’s time for a well-deserved break. It’s extra lightweight and compact, too, so your wife can keep it in her car to have on hand when adventure calls.

Buy it: Amazon

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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

Sony

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

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- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $169 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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Black Friday Deals on Retro Gaming Consoles and Drones Are Here

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Cold weather and a little time off from work is the perfect combination for a gaming marathon. Get everything you need with an extra 20 percent off when you use the coupon code BFSAVE20 for a limited time during The Mental Floss Shop's Pre-Black Friday sale.

1. Gamebud Portable Gaming Console (Red); $16 (78 Percent Off)

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Swap your smartphone for this retro gaming console pre-loaded with classic 8-bit games.

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2. Gamecube Controller Adapter For Wii/Pc/Nintendo Switch; $8 (60 Percent Off)

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Use your GameCube controller on just about any game with this adaptor, which can be used on a Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch, or PC.

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3. Two-In-One Protective Case With Stand For Nintendo Switch Lite; $12 (37 Percent Off)

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Keep your Nintendo Switch Lite safe with a protective case and stand to prevent scratches and other damage.

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4. Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0 + 268 Games; $12 (76 Percent Off)

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Nineties kids, rejoice. This retro console comes complete with 268 throwback games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and more.

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5. Portable Foldable Ultimate 4k Drone; $49 (67 Percent Off)

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Take pictures, video, and even stream content through this compact drone with a 4K HD camera and wide-angle lens.

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6. Ultra-Slim 500-Game Retro Gaming Device (Blue); $11 (94 Percent Off)

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Bring the biggest and clunkiest arcade games with you anywhere when they’re packed in this ultra-slim retro device.

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7. Retro Tv Game Console; $29 (68 Percent Off)

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This console, which is compatible with today’s televisions, will bring your memories to life by offering more than 620 classic 8-bit games.

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8. Diy Building Block Fly And Drive Drone; $28 (30 Percent Off)

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Build your own drone with this kit that includes digital controls, flight stabilization, 12 minutes of flight time, and more.

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9. Retro Mini Built-In 400 Video Game Handheld Console; $20 (71 Percent Off)

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Play the video games you grew up adoring and experience them on the big screens you’re using today. This handheld console can hook up to any AV output for gaming at home or on the go.

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10. Space Fighters Building Block Drone; $28 (30 Percent Off)

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Design your own drone with precise flight controls and learn about aerodynamics, weight distribution, and other concepts.

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Prices subject to change.

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