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31 Gifts for Every Type of Wife (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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Whether you’re a newlywed, or you’ve been in a partnership for years, it’s been a strange time to be in a long-term relationship. What do you get for the person that you’ve spent the most time with this year? How do you say “I’m glad we’re in this together” on a budget? To try to make shopping for your spouse easier this year, we’ve rounded up picks (and gone through our archives) to find suggestions for all kinds of wives — from wives who miss wild swimming to wives who miss getting a free coffee from Pret. Whatever their interests, we’re here to help.

For the wife whose 2021 resolution was to master crow pose

For the wife who skips forward to the Shavasana

For the wife who has been working on her ’70s Peugeot PX-10 since last March

Bike Nook Bicycle Stand
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This Strategist-approved bike stand will make her “work in progress” into an objet d’art.

For the wife who has a sweet tooth

One hundred mini-bags should service her 3 p.m. snack attack.

For the wife who has a savoury tooth

For the wife who turned the balcony into a “drinks terrace”

A classic tartan knee rug will take the chill out of February balcony drinks.

For the wife who turned the balcony into a miniature wildlife park

There is something very charming about a bird on a National Trust–branded bird swing.

For the wife with a Goodreads account

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If she’s finished the Netflix series, there are eight Bridgerton books to get through (one for each sibling).

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The most talked-about book of last year has just been released in the U.K.

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This striking novel takes place over the course of one day. For fans of Eimear McBride.

For the wife who soaks


Contributor Grace Banks gives these 19th-century German bath salts to everyone she knows, “making committed fans out of news editors who had once relegated baths under trite self-care and men who previously never would have been seen dead with a purple bath salt by their tub.”

For the wife who scribbles

This cheery ballpoint scored very highly in our (exhaustive) ranking of the 87 best pens.

For the wife who always finds her light

A well-reviewed ring light: Its CRI is over 90. (Experts told us that a CRI that’s as close to 100 is best, as natural light has a CRI rating of 100.)

For the wife who misses after-work karaoke

ShinePick Wireless Microphone

This microphone connects via Bluetooth to Spotify, YouTube, and Alexa: no app required.

For the wife who is thrilled she no longer has to even consider after-work karaoke

Four of our experts recommended Patchwork, created by accomplished game designer Uwe Rosenberg, as one of the best two-player games for beginners.

For the long-distance wife

This cordless wand vibrator is designed for long-distance couples in mind. It features ten vibration settings, connects to the We-Connect app for worldwide play, and comes with two additional attachments for both clitoral and penile stimulation.

For the wife who signed up to a Veg Box

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Lizzie Mabbott, author of Chinatown Kitchen, recommended this vegetarian cookbook to us. “With our shopping now limited, I’m turning to lots of hearty vegetables — so I love that, in her recipes, she uses British vegetables that are easy to come by. Her recipes are often scalable and economical, and they provide the spices and heat I’m craving to provide some comfort during these difficult times.”

For the wife who signed up to a cocktail-subscription box


A splash of these cocoa bitters would be delightful in an old-fashioned.

For the wife whose Spotify daily mix is basically “Drivers License” on repeat

folklore (Deluxe 2lp) [VINYL]

Listen to the Betty/August/Inez love triangle on wax.

For the wife whose Spotify daily mix is basically Charlie Bones on NTS

For the wife who smudges


This set contains enough palo santo to get to at least April.

For the wife who spritzes

A pillow spray that looks nice enough to leave out on the bedside table.

For the wife who snoozes

For the wife who misses the lido

For the wife who misses mooching around Boots


In lieu of swatching eyeliners on the back of her hand, gaze upon Fetto’s favourite products, like lipstick or foundation, which are shot on striking-coloured backgrounds.

For the wife who always gets a free coffee in Pret

CAVN Milk Frother

Add some foam to her at-home filter.

For the wife who can propagate anything

There’s something pleasingly scientific about this plant stand.

For the wife who can’t keep a succulent alive

The spiky leaves of this yucca are no less dramatic than the real thing.

For the wife who lusts after a Le Creuset


This £25 option is a perfect dupe.

For the wife who lusts after an Eames chair

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31 Gifts for Every Type of Wife (That You Can Buy on Amazon)