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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES

13 Unique Gifts Your Wife Will Love

Molly Gregory
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This holiday season, give your wife presents she'll love using year-round. / Out of Print (bag), Leuchtturm1917 (journal), Justin Dodd (background)
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Finding the perfect gift for your wife can be a challenge. But choosing something unique—and that speaks to her personality and hobbies—is always the best way to go. If you discover that great gift ideas aren’t easy to come by, we’re here to help with the gift guide below.

1. Growlight Frame Shelf; $289

Growlight Frame Shelf on wall.
Growlight Frame Shelf / Uncommon Goods

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 them the exact amount of light they need every day. If your wife isn’t exactly blessed with a green thumb, this Mini Terrarium DIY Kit ($20)—which consists of constructible felt succulents, faux moss, and decorative accents—will help her craft a set of plants that are (almost) indestructible.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

2. Amazon Fire Tablet 10; From $165

Amazon Fire Tablet 10
Amazon Fire Tablet 10 / Amazon

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 voice command-enabled, allowing Alexa to start reading your wife’s audiobook if she has her hands full. This Fire Tablet 10 comes in a variety of colors and touts up to 64 gigabytes (GB) of memory, which can hold a whole lot of content.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Fitbit Luxe; From $90

Fitbit Luxe
Fitbit Luxe / Fitbit / Amazon

A Fitbit is a welcome addition on the wrist of any fitness enthusiast, and with the Luxe, your wife will have plenty of features to tinker around with. In addition to all the usual tools—a heart-rate monitor, step tracker, GPS, and the like—this model also measures sleep health and displays notifications whenever the wearer gets a text or phone call. Each purchase comes with a six-month subscription to Fitbit’s premium membership plan, so your wife will have instant access to all of its features.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Original Bullet Journal; $20

Original Bullet Journal
Original Bullet Journal / Leuchtturm/Amazon

Your wife will get her aspirations in order using this chic bullet journal—and if she’s not familiar with the concept, there are instructional pages for setting up her unique organizational system. This book comes with numbered, dotted pages; a back pocket, and perforated, pre-printed pages to categorize thoughts, goals, tasks, and more.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Personalized Wine Serving Tray; $75

Personalized Wine Serving Tray
Personalized Wine Serving Tray / Uncommon Goods

Your wife will feel just as special as her dinner party guests with this personalized wine tray. Made from birchwood 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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

6. Votes for Women Puzzle; $22

Votes for Women Puzzle
Votes for Women Puzzle / Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. Living Composter; $199

Living Composter
Living Composter / Uncommon Goods

Give the gift of sustainability with this living composter from Uncommon Goods, which 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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

8. Bialetti Moka Express Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker; $33

Moka Express: Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker
Moka Express: Iconic Stovetop Espresso Maker / Bialetti / Amazon

If your wife likes when she has a little more control over the quality of her coffee, opt for the Moka Express from Bialetti. Even though it’s a manual contraption, it’s still simple to use: She’ll just need to follow the instructions for how much water and ground coffee to add, and then throw it onto the stovetop. The result, though, is far from simple: It pours out piping hot espresso with nuanced, layered flavor that your wife can depend on day in and day out.

Buy it: Amazon

9. DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit; $47

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit / Global Grub / Amazon

Experimenting in the kitchen is always fun, but trying your hand at making Insta-worthy mochi takes it to the next level. This kit has everything your wife will need to fashion these Japanese ice cream balls enclosed in rice dough, including a dough cutter, mold, ingredients, and instructions. You supply the ice cream.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Literature Rocks Glasses; $30

Literature Rocks Glasses
Literature Rocks Glasses / Uncommon Goods

As the first line of Pride and 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 rocks 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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

11. One Savvy Girl Backpack Cooler Chair; $45

Backpack Cooler Chair
Backpack Cooler Chair / One Savvy Girl/Amazon

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

12. Teva Re Ember Mocs; From $45

Teva Women's Re Ember Moc Sneaker
Teva Women's Re Ember Moc Sneaker / Teva / Amazon

Your wife can wear these cushy, comfy moccasins indoors and out. Teva’s popular Re Ember mocs are midway between a shoe and a slipper; the quilted and knit upper feels like your coziest around-the-house slides while the 50 percent recycled-rubber outsole offers enough traction and structure for walking the dog or running errands. They come in a variety of peppy colors, too.

Buy It: Amazon

13. Nancy Drew Tote; $22

Nancy Drew Tote
Nancy Drew Tote / Out of Print / Amazon

If your wife spent her childhood with her nose buried in Nancy Drew mysteries, she will surely recognize the imagery from the series on this tote. One side features Nancy with magnifying glass in hand (above), while the flip side pictures the teen sleuth with her pals Bess and George as they embark on another adventure.

Buy It: Amazon

A version of this story ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2022.

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