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You know the “Gee, thanks…” face. It’s the one your wife makes when she’s trying to look excited about a gift that didn’t exactly blow her away. Well don’t worry, we know how tough it is to find the perfect gift for someone you love, and that’s why we’ve rounded up the very best gifts you can get right now.
No matter what kind of person your wife is, something on this list is bound to elicit a genuine smile this Christmas. We’ve tested and used every one of these items, so you can be certain that you’re giving her something that is high quality and works well. Without further ado, 20 incredible Christmas gifts for wives.
1. For the wife who hates cleaning: Eufy Robovac 11S
We all hate vacuuming, right? Anyone with floors would appreciate getting a robot vacuum to do the dirty work for them before deep cleaning, especially right after the stress and mess of the holidays. The Eufy RoboVac 11s is our favorite affordable robot vacuum because of its impressive dirt pickup and quiet operation. The slim profile also makes it easier to reach every nook and cranny, and since its reasonably priced, you can splurge a little on your wife.
2. For the wife who is into essential oils: Innogear Upgraded 150ml Diffuser
Sweet and calming scents can help your wife relax after a stressful holiday season—and she might appreciate an essential oil diffuser to do so. This one from InnoGear is our favorite one and can run relaxing scents like lavender and eucalyptus for up to 11 hours. It’s not too expensive, which means you can manage to throw in some essential oils for her as well.
3. For the wife who loves gadgets: Apple Watch Series 4
Our top-rated smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 4 is a great choice for iPhone users looking to up their productivity and technical grasp with a gadget that’s also pretty stylish. During testing, we found that the Apple Watch outperformed the other smartwatches, doing double duty as both a minimalist smartphone stand-in and as a potential smartphone replacement (assuming you don’t need LTE services). If wife loves her iPhone, this watch could be the perfect gift.
4. For the wife who is too busy to cook: Home Chef Subscription
Everyone loves a home-cooked meal, but who has the time to be slaving in the kitchen hours a day? If your wife likes to cook but just doesn’t have the time to do very much of it, a subscription to a meal kit delivery service. In our testing, we found that Home Chef is the best meal kit service you can get. We were impressed by the high-quality ingredients, easy-to-follow instructions, and delicious results. Whether she’s a newbie or a seasoned cook, your wife will appreciate the ability to throw together a fantastic meal with little effort and no grocery shopping.
5. For the wife who needs some peace and quiet: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are essential when you’re commuting to work on public transport. You may not be able to block out the sights (and smells) on the subway for your wife, but with our favorite pair, you can at least help her distance herself from the person screaming into their cellphone as the train goes underground. Even if she’s not a commuter, she’ll love finding a moment of quiet zen in her own home.
6. For the wife who loves tea: Manatea Tea infuser
In a world of coffee shops, show your tea-drinking wife some love with this adorable Fred & Friends Manatea silicone tea infuser. It’s more than just cute, it actually took the top spot in our testing of the best tea infusers. We found that when tipping the mug to get the last drops of tea, the little manatea holds on tight and doesn’t spill. This tea infuser is also easy to clean and steeps evenly, making it the perfect present for a tea drinker.
7. For the wife who is into fitness (or wants to be): Fitbit Charge 3
Fitness trackers are a great way to stick to your fitness goals and have a little personal fitness coach on your wrist, and the Fitbit Charge 3 has been our favorite fitness tracker for quite some time. Count steps, measure calorie burn, or simply measure the quality of your sleep with a minimally designed watch that won’t get in the way of the rest of your life. This is a great gift for anyone starting (or trying to maintain) fitness goals.
8. For the wife who is curious: Third-Generation Echo Dot
Small and smart, the Echo Dot is one of our favorite Echo smart speakers. It uses the Alexa assistant and it can play tunes, recite bedtime stories, read the news and weather, and answer just about any random question that might come to mind. Most importantly, it will connect with smart home devices. Your wife will have fun hearing Alexa’s witty jokes, playing Alexa’s trivia games, and yes, hearing the forecast with a single command.
9. For the wife who loves to cook: Instant Pot Ultra
Yes, we know: The Instant Pot has been featured in many gift guides—but that’s because it really makes a great gift! If your wife loves to cook, she’ll love an Instant Pot. With all the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more, this magic kitchen gadget makes it easy to whip together a meal. It was a total rockstar in our lab tests. Plus, you can now get it in fun colors like red, teal, and white, so you can customize it for your wife’s (literal) taste.
10. For the wife who loves plants but hates that she kills them: a potted plant for beginners
Flowers are pretty, but they don’t last long. If your home has a sunny windowsill and your wife is willing to do a weekly watering, a green plant can survive for years, and you can have one delivered right to your door courtesy of a company called The Sill. The Sill has a whole section of their site dedicated to “plants for beginners,” which are hard to kill, even if the owner is negligent. But even if your wife forgets to water it for too long, not to worry: The Sill guarantees its plants for up to a year, and we loved the experience when we tried Sill for ourselves.
11. For the wife who can’t live without music: Apple AirPods
You’ve seen them everywhere. Those wireless Apple earbuds that are on the ears of every commuter and jogger alike. Though we were initially skeptical of how well AirPods actually worked, they turned out to be our favorite true wireless headphones.
They’re really easy to use with any Apple product, they sound great, and the included carrying case charges them when you’re not wearing them. Anyone who has mastered their music and podcast listeners will enjoy unwrapping these.
12. For the wife who is on her feet all day: Ivation Foot Spa Massager
We put our feet through a lot—squeezing them into shoes that don’t quite fit, wearing flimsy sandals with no arch support, and traipsing through puddles in improper footwear. A foot spa is a spa-like experience that anyone can enjoy on their tired feet. Our favorite is the Ivation Foot Spa Massager, which features adjustable heating, massage rollers, water jets, and a timer.
13. For the wife who loves travel: Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Suitcase
For people who fly on a regular basis, traveling with reliable luggage is crucial. That’s why we decided to take a good, hard look at several popular suitcases designed to be checked once you get to the airport. In our roundup of the best checked luggage you can buy, one suitcase soared above the rest: the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2.
This 29-inch suitcase offers 137 liters of packing space and rides atop four magnetized wheels that are designed to move smoothly and in the same direction. Although it’s not much to look at, we loved the durability the Platinum Magna 2 brought to the table.
If your wife is in need of better luggage, this suitcase will almost certainly provide years and years of reliable performance.
14. For the wife who can never get warm: L.L. Bean Heated Blanket
If your spouse is constantly asking what the thermostat is set at and putting on more layers of clothing, take the hint and get her what she really wants for Christmas: heat. L.L. Bean’s heated blanket impressed us during our tests with its multiple layers, heavy weight, and its capacity to generate and retain heat. The queen and king sizes of the blanket even offer dual-zone control, so she can be as warm as she wants without you bursting into flames.
15. For the wife who is into beauty: DeWeisn Tri-Fold Lighted Makeup Mirror
There are few things more embarrassing than looking into a public mirror and seeing that your makeup looks totally different than it did at home in the bathroom lighting. It’s hard enough to do makeup without having to contend with poor or dim lighting at the vanity. A good makeup mirror with adjustable lights makes a huge difference, and luckily you can get her a great one for not much money. When we tested makeup mirrors, the DeWEISN Tri-Fold Lighted Makeup Mirror was our top pick for its adjustable lights, magnification options, perfect size, and option to run on batteries.
16. For the wife who fights with you over the thermostat: Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat
Sleeping in a cold room can help you wake up more rested, but trying to get out of the cozy blankets in a house that’s frigid is just the worst. If your wife hates having to run to the thermostat in the mornings and then waiting for the house to heat up, she’ll fall in love with a smart thermostat immediately. The temperature can be adjusted right from her phone, easily set on a varying schedule, and even save you money on your energy bill. Our favorite smart thermostat is the Emerson Sensi Touch. It’s very easy to install, works with lots of other smart home devices and smartphones, and it even has geofencing so it can make adjustments when you leave or arrive home.
17. For the wife who needs a hot coffee in hand at all times: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
For so many of us, the day doesn’t officially start until we’ve had a few sips of hot coffee or tea. But there are few things more tragic than a busy morning leading to a half-full, room-temperature cup of joe abandoned on the counter. It’s a tragedy easily avoided, though, with a quality travel mug. The Zojirushi is the best travel mug we’ve ever tested. It holds temperature all day, it’s comfortable to hold, and it fits into most cup holders.
18. For the wife who likes to switch up her look: Play! by Sephora subscription box
If your wife is always trying new products and looks when it comes to her makeup, a subscription to Sephora’s subscription beauty box, Play!, will deliver her a box of fun for her face, month after month. After testing eight beauty subscription boxes, Play! Emerged as the best of the best for its perfect color matching (thanks to Sephora’s ColorIQ technology), high-quality products, and affordable subscription fee.
19. For the wife who loves to bake: KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Anyone who’s serious about cooking deserves great cooking tools, and the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is the ultimate cooking tool. It’s hands-down the best stand mixer we’ve ever tested, and your wife will appreciate its quiet motor, multitude of attachment options, and ease of cleaning. And hey, maybe she’ll like it so much she thanks you with a batch of cookies.
20. For the wife who never stops reading: Kindle Paperwhite
Even if your wife prefers the feel of a “real” book, she’ll still appreciate an e-reader to easily access books while traveling. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader we’ve ever tested and makes an amazing gift, especially for that special bookworm in your life. Pro tip: You can get sweet Kindle book deals every Sunday, so your recipient can start off with a mini library for cheap, too.
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