Alright, guys and gals—the time has come to start holiday shopping for the lady in your life! We know it may be hard (even if she isn't picky) to find the best gifts for your wife, as you want to express everything she truly means to you. Do you go with sentimental? Pampering? Practical? Prepare to peruse!
When shopping for the perfect gift, consider her personal preferences and hobbies. Is she a self-care queen who goes crazy for all the newest scrubs and serums? Does she love a good piece of jewelry (like that engagement ring, for instance)? Or is she more of a Netflix and chill in a PJ set with candles burning type of woman? Once you determine her tastes, look for items she'll actually love and use in her daily life. You might also consider something thoughtful and fun that the two of you can do together.
To help you find a holiday gift your girl will adore, we've researched and hand-picked the best options available. For something extra sentimental, we love the Minted Duo Custom Vows Print and The Stars Above Co. Custom Star Map. Going the practical route? She'll appreciate the Aquala Freestanding Bamboo Bath Caddy or the Away Carry-On Suitcase.
Read on for the best holiday gifts for every type of wife.
The Stars Above Co. Custom Star Map
You can customize this star map to show the exact alignment of the stars at the place and time you choose. Showcase the night you get engaged, married, or even first met, and you're pretty much guaranteed some tears come Christmas morning.
Price at time of publish: $35 for 8x10 Inches
Umbra Aquala Bamboo Bathtub Caddy with Wine Glass Holder
The perfect accessory to a warm bath (besides a bath bomb) is this handy bath caddy. It can hold a glass of wine, a book, soap, or whatever else she needs to level up her "me time."
Price at time of publish: $60
Minted Duo II Custom Vows Art Print
Searching for a sentimental holiday gift? It doesn't get much more personable than this art print featuring the vows you said on your wedding day. Just provide the sweet words, choose a font and frame, and Minted will send you an amazing art print that's totally one-of-a-kind.
Price at time of publish: $68
Apple Watch Series 8
For the fitness-lover who loves to track her steps, the latest Apple Watch in this sleek band is sure to make her swoon. With advanced health sensors and apps, you can take an ECG, measure heart rate, and blood oxygen, and track temperature changes for advanced insights into your menstrual cycle.
Price at time of publish: $478
Food52 Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Library Gift Box
Satisfy her sweet tooth with enough chocolate to last her through the next year. This gift box comes packed with delectable chocolate bars in an assortment of unique flavors like cabernet sauvignon, green tea crunch, and bananas foster.
Price at time of publish: $30 for 3-Bar
Away The Carry-On
Seasoned travelers often consider this the quintessential luggage. This sturdy carry-on is equipped with a battery pack that charges your phone and other electronics. If you haven't gone on your honeymoon yet, your wife will be ready to jet-set once she finds this under the tree.
Price at time of publish: $275
Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Forever Eau De Parfum
Let your wife know, "I want Choo forever" with this luxe scent. The tantalizing chypre amber gourmand fragrance encapsulates a sense of confidence and elegance that's perfect for the number one woman in your life.
Price at time of publish: $69
Mejuri Horizontal Engravable Bar Necklace
You can engrave this modern, minimalist necklace with just about whatever name or seven-letter word you can think of. However, we are particularly partial to the idea of engraving the 14K gold bar pendant with your wedding date.
Price at time of publish: $300
Dyson Airwrap Styler
Consider this the end-all be-all of hair stylers. With a Dyson digital motor (yes, as in Dyson vacuums), this styler can curl, wave, smooth, and dry hair with no extreme heat. Fans deem the tool life-changing, so the chances of her returning this gift are right near zero.
Price at time of publish: $600
Vitruvi Stone Essential Oil Diffuser
The Vitruvi diffuser pulls double duty; it's both a piece of decor and a way to beautifully scent your home. Simply add water and an essential oil of your choice. We recommend giving a few scents as a bonus holiday gift!
Price at time of publish: $123
Nordstrom Cashmere Lined Leather Touchscreen Gloves
Gloves are essential come wintertime. Make this basic anything but with this luxe leather pair. They're lined with cozy cashmere and the fingertips are touchscreen-compatible, so she won't have to take them off to use her phone.
Price at time of publish: $99
The Bouqs Co. Monthly Flower Subscription
When in doubt, a bouquet of flowers is a holiday gift that'll never fail. The Bouqs Co. delivers farm-fresh flowers and stunning arrangements, and they even offer flower subscriptions so she can enjoy multiple bouquets of blooms throughout the year.
Price at time of publish: $56 for Monthly Deluxe
Homesick Love Letters Candle
Candles tend to have the reputation of being a boring holiday gift—but hear us out! This one is extra special. The "Love Letters" candle is crafted to invoke the feeling of when you look at one another. It delivers an evocative blended scent with notes of lemon, rose, and sandalwood. We'll take 10!
Price at time of publish: $38
Hunter City Explorer Short Neoprene Boots
Don't let rain put a damper on her style. These winter-ready handcrafted rain boots are both chic and practical for all those gloomy days ahead. The best part? They feature a recycled lining made from post-consumer waste.
Price at time of publish: $225
Native Union Wireless Dock Phone Charger
A reliable charging station is a necessity—but whoever said necessities can't be pretty? This dock charger comes in a pretty blush hue, as well as a sleek slate. It will look great on her desk at work, and she'll never have to worry about her phone dying again.
Price at time of publish: $70
Winc Gift Card
The gift of wine delivered to your doorstep every month sounds pretty priceless, but it is possible with Winc. After redeeming her gift, she'll answer a few questions so the Winc wine experts can assess her tastes and choose wines that she's sure to love. They'll be delivered right to your door, so you can toast to the holidays, the new year, or just a regular ol' Tuesday.
Price at time of publish: $60 for 1 Month
Modern Sprout Smart Growhouse
Your prayers have been answered—greenery that she finally can't kill (or at least would have to try really hard). Designed to foster indoor plants, this mountable grow house means she can successfully start your at-home garden in any room—no sunlight required. Just add water, and the LED beams and a built-in timer do the rest of the dirty work for you. Proof that anyone can develop a green thumb, given the right circumstances.
Price at time of publish: $239
Paper Blase Let's Stay Home Coffee Mug
If the two of you would rather spend a night on the couch (Netflix and chill, anyone?) than out on the town, this mug was made for you and your future wife. It's even dishwasher- and microwave-safe so you can use it to serve your wife's favorite coffee, tea, or cocoa for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $12
Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Turntable
If the bride considers herself an audiophile of sorts, this vintage-inspired turntable will be right up her alley. It can both play her prized collection of vinyl LPs and connect with Bluetooth to stream tunes, too. Plus, how gorgeous will this look in your home?
Price at time of publish: $80
The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Mirakle Cream
If your wife is a self-care queen, she'll appreciate a new addition to her beauty cabinet. This skin-loving, all-purpose facial cream is made with coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize that dry winter skin.
Price at time of publish: $36
HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer
Whether she wants to print out all the pics with your wedding hashtag or those honeymoon snapshots, this tiny printer will let her do so—straight off her phone! It produces prints instantly via Bluetooth connection for tangible, framable memories.
Price at time of publish: $130
west elm Chunky Cotton Knit Throw
We're forever fans of chunky knit blankets—and we're betting that she loves them, too. This knitted blanket comes in seven gorgeous shades, and it's sure to be her new favorite couch accessory. Who wouldn't want to cuddle up with it on winter nights?
Price at time of publish: $130
L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Robe
Who doesn't love a soft, plush robe to lounge in on those lazy Sunday mornings? This one is so soft, it's about to put all the other robes she's ever had to shame. Honestly, you might just have to get one for yourself, too.
Price at time of publish: $99
Uncommon Goods Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Making Kit
Speaking of wine, if an interactive gift is more up her alley, consider this DIY wine kit that features everything she needs to mix up her own batch of cabernet sauvignon. It also comes in merlot, chardonnay, and pinot grigio blends, so you can be sure to get her favorite.
Price at time of publish: $65
J. Crew Chateau Parka in Italian Stadium-Cloth Wool
Winter coats don't necessarily have a reputation for being super pretty—which makes this wool parka from J.Crew all the more special. It comes in six hues (our favorite is the Dark Forest), and totes some gorgeous gold hardware and faux-fur trim.
Price at time of publish: $385
Crate & Barrel Wood Marble Wine Cooler
If she loves to host friends and family, you can be sure that this gorgeous wine chiller will get plenty of mileage. It'll keep the bubbly cold while adding an eye-catching decor element to the space.
Price at time of publish: $40
J. Crew Oversized Cashmere Wrap
Cashmere is practically synonymous with winter style, so your gift will undoubtedly see its fair share of use during the holidays. She can wear this piece as a stylish scarf or wrap it around her shoulders for extra warmth.
Price at time of publish: $198
VRAI Duo Dangle Earring
Diamonds really are a girl's best friend, which is why we partnered with VRAI to create a stunning collection of lab-created diamond pieces for the woman in your life. This standout pair of earrings from the VRAI x Brides Fine Jewelry Collection is sure to make her smile from ear to ear.
Price at time of publish: $750
Lauren Ralph Lauren Stretch Velvet Pajamas
Cozy, luxurious, and perfect for chilly winter nights, these pajamas were practically made for cozying up by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. The stretch velvet is at once comfortable and chic.
Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum Twist & Spray Set
There's a certain je ne sais quoi about Chanel perfume that makes it the perfect holiday gift. This particular scent, Gabrielle Chanel, is a floral fragrance featuring notes of jasmine, ylang-yling, orange blossom, and tuberose. The two-piece set comes with both a bottle of fragrance and a travel-sized twist-and-spray version.
Price at time of publish: $172
Mark & Graham Wine and Cheese Picnic Basket
Promise her plenty of picnic dates once the weather warms. You can bring along this handwoven willow picnic basket that comes complete with a pair of wine glasses, a cutting board, and other accessories. Plus, you can make it extra special by adding a personalization.
Price at time of publish: $179
Anthropologie Carmo Vase
Your flower fanatic gets the best of both worlds—a ceramic vase to store her favorite blooms and an extra bit of flower power to further curb her fix. The delicate vessel packs such a gorgeous floral punch that it can even serve as a standout piece on its own–no bouquet required.
Hush Puppies Hadley Chelsea Boot
These boots were made for walking, and that's just what your wife will do in them. Not only are they on-trend for winter, but they're also water-resistant, comfortable, and easy to style with a variety of outfits. Choose from four different color options to best suit her personal style.
Price at time of publish: $130
Airbnb Gift Card
For the woman who loves to travel, give her an Airbnb gift card so she can find unique accommodations for her next adventure. It's sure to come in handy for any romantic weekend getaway.
Price at time of publish: $100
Bauble Bar Niata Huggie Hoops
We love the understated, cool-girl look of huggie hoops, and these pavé-encrusted beauties are guaranteed to go with pretty much anything.
Price at time of publish: $48
Slip Silk Sleep Mask
A woman needs her beauty sleep! Treat your lady to this luxurious 100% pure silk eye mask, which is available in 10 dreamy colors.
Price at time of publish: $50
UGG Disquette Slipper
There's nothing like a good pair of cozy UGG slippers. She'll love slipping these on her feet on chilly winter days and nights. Not to mention, they're cute enough to wear out of the house!
Price at time of publish: $100
Colgate Optic White Pro Series Whitening Kit
Help her get camera-ready with a glowing smile. Colgate's new Optic White at-home treatment is revolutionary and will get teeth six shades whiter in just ten days. A must-have for brides-to-be.
Price at time of publish: $50
What to Look for in a Gift for Your Wife
When shopping for a holiday gift for your wife, look for items that show you really listen to her and know her. Consider her hobbies, interests, and personal style. For instance, if she loves spending time outdoors, new hiking boots or a nice coat will make her happy. If you love to spend nights at home watching movies together, a cozy blanket or pajamas are the perfect gifts that show you care.
Another way to make something extra special is by opting for a gift that you can personalize. Putting her name, initials, or a special saying on something will show her you went the extra mile. Plus, it's something she'll love and use for years to come!
Practicality and Quality
Of course, you'll want to give your wife something she'll actually use. Therefore, in addition to thoughtfulness, look for practical gifts that are also high quality. For example, if she's a fitness-obsessed athlete, a new workout set or the new Apple Watch Series 8 are perfect choices that she'll put to good use.
What is a thoughtful or creative gift that is not a product?
If your wife is someone who already has everything, go for an experiential gift–an Airbnb gift card is an excellent option, as it's something she can use and experience in the future. Some other creative ideas are a cooking class, a painting class, or planning a romantic outing for just the two of you.
How much should I spend on a holiday gift?
That all depends on your own personal budget. A great gift doesn't need to be expensive, but it's also nice to splurge on something special for the holidays. If you're unsure of how much to spend, consider having a conversation with your wife to agree on a budget for holiday gifts.
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Jamie Cuccinelli has several years of experience in the wedding and lifestyle industries as both an editor and writer for publications such as Brides, Bustle, and The Zoe Report. Her time at Brides has made her somewhat of a gift-giving pro, (whether it’s bridesmaid gifts, wedding gifts, or anniversary gifts) and an expert in the art of stocking the perfect registry.