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32 Gifts for Every Type of Wife

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Shopping for a spouse is never easy, especially when it’s for the most romantic day of the year. Perhaps you’re a newlywed looking to dazzle them on your first Valentine’s together. Or maybe you’ve been in a partnership for years, and want to try something new (beyond a classic bouquet and box of chocolates). Either way, to try to make shopping for your spouse easier, we’ve rounded up picks (and gone through our archives) to find suggestions for all kinds of wives — from wives who go wild swimming to wives who always nab a free coffee from Pret. While most of these items are available on Amazon, we’ve found some options elsewhere too, for those who like to shop around. Whatever their interests, we’re here to help. Lastly, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the last shipping date for most retailers is February 10. We’ve added a note on the last shipping date for each product, and noted if it’s available on Amazon Prime.

For the wife who mastered crow pose

Some handsome cork yoga blocks.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who skips forward to the Shavasana

For the wife who has a sweet tooth

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who has a savoury tooth

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Some chocolatier-recommended sea salt.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife with a Goodreads account

Bone up ahead of season two — confirmed for late March. If she’s a fast reader, it helps to know that there are eight Bridgerton books to get through (one for each sibling).

Last date to purchase: 14 February (Kindle edition).

As their relatable, girls-in-the-club-toilets vibe jumps from podcast to the page, she can expect The Receipts Podcast 2.0. It’s full of comical anecdotes, conversations about sex “they never got to have” as Black women, and reflections on the joy of friendship. The stories within stories might even top the podcast’s best bits.

Last date to purchase: 14 February (Kindle edition).

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Kindle edition).

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.” [Editor’s note: This product is low in stock.]

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who scribbles

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

And a (refillable) journal, perhaps?

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

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.)

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who has a go-to karaoke song

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who can’t imagine anything worse than karaoke

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the long-distance wife

This expert-recommended 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 a wireless remote.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

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. “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.”

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

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

Angostura Cocoa Bitters
£8
£8

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife that hits every note on “Easy on Me” (whilst admiring her wedding ring)

She can sing her heart out to Kacey Musgraves, too.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

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

Perfect Sunday breakfast vibes.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who smudges

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who spritzes

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

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who snoozes

For a luxurious lie-in.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who wakes up early to book a lido slot

For the wife who can while away hours mooching around Boots

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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.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who always gets a free coffee in Pret

Add some foam to her at-home filter.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife that loves to hate-watch Emily in Paris

£33

She can perfect her crêpes before (inevitably) binge-watching series three and four.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who can propagate anything

There’s something pleasingly scientific about this plant stand.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who lusts after a Le Creuset

This £42 option is a solid dupe.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife who lusts after an Eames chair

This Frank Lloyd Wright puzzle will have to suffice.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife that submits her Letterboxd rating before the credits are over

She can talk you through her best of 2021 from the comfort of the living room.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

You could bundle the projector with this fancy popcorn selection for an at-home cinema experience.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

For the wife that got the Switch just to play Animal Crossing

With this expansion pack, players become the architect and interior designer for holiday homes, restaurants, and other spots for their islanders. Ideal for the wife that’s looking for something new to do on her island.

Last date to purchase: 14 February (Download edition).

For the wife whose Veganuary went better than expected

If she’s planning on sticking it out, these kitten-shaped treats are 100 percent vegan.

Last date to purchase: 12 February (Prime).

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32 Gifts for Every Type of Wife