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A Gift for Every Type of Wife

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Finding the right gift for your wife can be anxiety-inducing 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 get her to really wow her for your first milestone as a married couple. And anyone who has shopped for their wife knows that if you do good once, she’ll expect that same level of thought once it comes time to unwrap her next gift, so you might be feeling the heat. If you’re unsure what to get your best gal, don’t panic: Below, we’ve put together a list of 64 gifts for practically every type of wife. The selection includes stuff recommended by cool people like comedian Bevy Smith and model Suki Waterhouse along with other things we love ourselves — none of which, we should add, will disappoint. Most of the items on this list are available on Amazon, but we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around.

Under $25

For the wife who wants loungewear but won’t wear a sweatsuit

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.”

Editor’s note: Some colors and sizes arrive after Christmas.

For the flower-buying wife with a great sense of humor

For the wife who needs to relax

We named this soy candle from Mrs. Meyers the best of the drugstore, noting that its pleasant scent easily fills a room. It would be nice, we think, for adding a little ambience to a bathroom or kitchen.

For the wife who loves anything on E!

She’ll love reading the memoir of star WWE wrestlers Brie and Nikki Bella from her favorite E! reality show Total Bellas.

For the wife who needs her bedtime stories

This wearable book light, paired with noise-canceling headphones, makes the perfect gift for the wife who snuggles up with a page-turner while you snore.

For the wife who wants to go vegan

This will help wean her off grilled meat. Art curator Larry Ossei-Mensah told us he was inspired to get this after he saw vegan chef Tabitha Brown use it to make carrot bacon.

For the wife whose idea of jewelry organization is a Ziploc bag

This three-tier structure is nice-looking and makes it easy to hang both long and short chains. One reviewer described it as “elegant,” noting that the gold doesn’t look tacky in person at all.

For the wife who loves her T-shirt and jeans

Hanes Women’s Nano T-Shirt
From $7
From $7

This T-shirt is a favorite of artist and writer Jo Rosenthal. It looks much chicer than the $8 price tag.

Editor’s note: Some colors and sizes arrive after Christmas.

For the wife who has a whole puzzle setup

A double-sided puzzle that will keep her occupied at her favorite table for a bit longer than your average one.

For the (pet-owning) wife who’d rather cuddle with her fur baby

No fewer than three Strategist dog moms own a version of this yoga blanket, which they say is just as good for snuggling on the couch with their furry friends as it is for picnicking in the park with their human friends.

For the wife who has run out of Real Housewives episodes to watch

Them editor-at-large Michael Cuby says the drama on RuPaul’s Drag Race makes it a show your wife 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 to last her until her beloved housewives return.

For the wife who is a crossword enthusiast

Former New York Magazine literary critic and crossword enthusiast Molly Young recommended this collection of not-too-challenging Times crosswords for our list of the best crossword books.

For the wife whose hands are always dry