When it comes to finding the best Christmas gifts for your wife, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. You always need to take into account her own unique interests, personality and style – but there’s also no harm in looking for a little inspiration on the internet, and that’s where our round-up comes in.
We’ve spent some time carefully curating beautiful gift ideas for every type of wife, and no matter how tricky you think she is to shop for, we’d wager that you’ll strike gold with our suggestions below. There’s something for all budgets and occasions, whether you’ve agreed to stick to silly stocking stuffers or want go all out with a present she’ll treasure forever. We’ve also tracked down some brilliant personalised options, and subscription services for the gift that keeps on giving, too.
So even if she tells you that all she wants for Christmas is you, popping one or two of these under the tree this year certainly won’t hurt. Here are our 50 failsafe options to shop this festive season – from now on your (present-finding) troubles really will be out of sight…
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The Best Christmas Gifts for Your Wife 2020
1. 100% Cotton Red Check Top & Trousers – £38.98, Oysho
Christmas pyjamas don’t come more classic than this Oysho set. She’ll love the traditional tartan check and how soft the cotton fabric is – you can make the set into a complete cosy Christmas Eve gift with the addition of a pair of fluffy slippers (see below).
2. Boy Smells Cinderose Candle – £36, Space NK
The brand name may be Boy Smells, but girls love them too – there aren’t many candles out there in this price point that have such great throw and longevity. Cinderose is one of their bestsellers, but check out the full range and cross-reference it with her existing candle collection to narrow down the one she’ll like best.
3. Christmas Ornament – £24, Jo Malone London
Jo Malone can be an expensive brand to buy into, but this Christmas ornament is a great entry-level buy that still feels luxurious and indulgent. Inside there’s a mini Wild Bluebell Cologne and an English Pear & Freesia Body Crème.
4. Cashmere Bed Socks – £36, The White Company
Novelty socks for Christmas are never a bad shout, but for something that goes beyond the realm of stocking stuffer, look to The White Company. Their cashmere bed socks come in a range of colours and truly are the softest, snuggliest pair she’ll ever slip on (if these don’t stop her trying to warm up her cold feet on you in bed, nothing will).
5. Elizabeth Scarlett Velvet Bee Hot Water Bottle – £30, Amara
White we’re on the subject of snug, hot water bottles are a classic Christmas gift idea, and they don’t come much prettier than this Elizabeth Scarlett Amara collab. The cotton velvet cover is embroidered with delicate gold bees to keep her toasty on even the chilliest of winter evenings.
6. Waterfall Stud Earrings in Gold – £69, Astrid & Miyu
For jewellery that looks incredibly luxe but is actually almost always under the £100 mark, head to Astrid & Miyu. We’ve been obsessed with these vintage-look waterfall studs all year, but really you can’t go wrong with any of their styles – from huggies to studs to big statement pieces, there’s no better place to cultivate an exquisitely curated ear.
7. Puzzle – £27, Piecemeal
2020 has undoubtedly been the year that puzzles became cool again, and these stylish designs from Piecemeal might just be the coolest ones we’ve found so far. Choose from three equally aesthetically pleasing 500-piece designs: California Nights, Summer of 2020, or Fishing in Burano.
8. Monopoly Board Game – £55, Mulberry
At £1,095, the recently relaunched Mulberry Alexa bag may feel more than a little pie in the sky to most of us. This Mulberry Monopoly, however, is a snip at one-tenth of the price, and is a really fun, affordable way to give a designer gift this Christmas. They’ve even added a gold-plated Bayswater bag as one of the playing pieces.
9. Stoneware Vase – £19, Arket
A vase isn’t just a vase – it’s a promise to buy her more flowers. Arket might be best known for its fashion but the vases in its homeware section are not to be overlooked – they’re bang on trend and most of them come in at less than £20.
10. Cook, Eat Repeat by Nigella Lawson – £15, Amazon
When it comes to cookbooks, you can’t go wrong with Nigella, and luckily the original domestic goddess has a new one for Christmas 2020. Cook, Eat, Repeat is packed with delicious recipes, from chicken with garlic cream sauce to rhubarb and custard trifle – plus, chances are you’ll get to benefit from eating all of them too.
11. Skincare by Caroline Hirons – £20, Waterstones
Another book that should be on your radar this year is this comprehensive skincare guide from beauty expert Caroline Hirons – it’s already shot to the top of the bestseller charts and if your wife doesn’t already have a copy, trust us, she probably wants one. This special edition pink cover comes with Caroline’s signature, which is a thoughtful added touch.
12. Perpetual Celebration Calendar – £14.50, Once Upon a Tuesday
In 12 months time, a typical calendar rendered pretty worthless – but that’s not the case with the Once Upon A Tuesday range. Their genius ‘perpetual calendars’ come with dates but not days, meaning that she can use it as a reminder of important birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate for many years to come.
13. Party Cracker – £14, Liberty
This cracker from Liberty is a fabulous budget buy, containing gems from two legendary make-up brands: a Surratt Smoky Eye Baton in Nuit d’Orage, and a NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (reportedly one of Taylor Swift’s favourite red lip shades, FYI). In short, it’s her party season make-up sorted.
14. Wool Fringed Blanket Scarf – £45, & Other Stories
A warm, stylish, oversized wrap that’s available in a choice of nine different colours – if there was ever a crowd-pleasing gift for your wife that ticks all of the boxes, it’s this & Other Stories scarf. The fringe trim is timeless and the wool will wear well even in face of the harshest weather conditions.
15. Ribbed Hat – £6.99, H&M
H&M does some of the best knitwear on the high street, especially if you need to stay on the more affordable end of the spectrum. This ribbed knit hat comes in a bright Christmassy red and is just right for popping on for that big Boxing Day walk.
16. Women’s Wool Runners – £95, Allbirds
Hollywood A-listers love Allbirds for a multitude of reasons – not only are they hailed as one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes ever, they’re ethically made from renewable materials, giving it kudos when it comes to eco-credentials too. A box of these Wool Runners is essentially the gift of walking on a cloud for the year ahead – plus, with so many colours on offer, you can completely tailor her pair to the rest of her wardrobe.
17. Rosado Glassware – £26 for a set of four, Oliver Bonas
If cocktail hour is her favourite time of day, upgrade her glassware collection with Oliver Bonas’s temless Rosado glassware range. There are three equally worthy versions up for grabs – gin glasses, wine glasses and champagne flutes.
18. Gold Star & Moon Print Bowls – £16, Cath Kidston
Nibbles or trinkets – let her decide what to store in these wonderfully celestial star-shaped bowls from Cath Kidston, which are a refreshing alternative to the brand’s usual florals. They also come packaged in a Christmassy box so the outside is just as impressive as its contents.
19. Curl Styler Luxe – £60, Babyliss
Babyliss’s new 36mm Curl Styler will help your wife to create effortless beachy waves with genuinely minimal effort. It’s a clever bit of kit that uses cool air to set the style, and offers three different heat settings to suit a variety of hair types.
20. Best of Space NK: Our Beauty Heroes – £99, Space NK
Before you form any kind of opinion about this Space NK beauty gift set, let us tell you that the contents are worth £220, but you get them for £99 (and tucked into an an easy-to-wrap presentation box, no less). The brands included are all cult favourites that beauty buffs will recognise instantly – it’ll score you major points if pampering self-care is high on her list of most enjoyable activities.
21. Hokeki Wake Up Light Alarm Clock – £15.99, Amazon
Dark early mornings definitely not her thing? Make the rest of winter a little easier with this Hokeki wake-up clock, which will emit light to wake her up gently, rather than jumping up at the jolt of an alarm. It’s a fraction of the price of brand name competitors, but has hundreds of five-star Amazon reviews.
22. Beats Solo Pro Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones – £169, John Lewis & Partners
With active noise cancelling, 22 hour battery life and an ergonomic design you can wear for hours on end, these Beats headphones are top-of-the-line stuff. Whether she’s a commuter, podcast lover, runner or music fan, this is one gift she’ll get so much use out of every single day.
23. Navy Fluffy Slippers with Crystal White Lobster Brooch – £35, Laines London
When it comes to slippers, you won’t find many pairs that are more delightfully bonkers than Laines London’s. For spouses who always quote Friends to each other (‘he’s her lobster!’) these will mean even more than most, but vintage TV episodes aside, they’re just all out fabulous footwear to wear with her Christmas day pyjamas.
24. Anissa Kermiche Tit for Tat Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers – £65, Matches Fashion
Anissa Kermiche’s female body vases have been all over Instagram this year, and spawned a thousand copycats – unsurprisingly, as the original starts at £350. These salt and pepper shakers from the cult designer, however, represent a far more purse-friendly option that’ll also be the talking point at your next dinner party for all the right reasons.
25. Bamboo Lotus Serving Board – £36, Uncommon Goods
Another tip for any hostess with the absolute mostess (or, someone like the rest of us, who’s just really into snacks), this cute bamboo board provides a whole new way to serve. It would also be sweet as part of a DIY hamper with packets of her favourite foodie buys.
26. White Truffle Oil – £16.95, Lina Stores
If there’s a go-to restaurant you always take your wife to, check their website – lots of places have pivoted to online sales in recent months and now have an array of tasty food gifts that feel that little bit more personal that anything you’ll find at the supermarket. Personally, we’re making a beeline for Lina Stores’ beautifully-packaged range of oils to drizzle directly over a bowl of comforting pasta.
27. Poetic Mind Car Air Freshener – £11.99, Zara Home
This nifty copper coloured square from Zara Home is infused with hints of magnolia and soft wood that will fill her entire vehicle for months. It’s ideal for anyone who spends a lot of their time behind the wheel, or treats their car as their pride and joy – this is the little slice of luxury they never knew they needed.
28. Green Flash Gift Set – £85, Manucurist
Manucurist is a new-to-the-UK brand, but has been a favourite in France for years. Its gel polishes are set with LED light and made from natural ingredients that are much kinder to nails – this box contains everything your wife needs to DIY her regular mani in less than 40 minutes.
29. Clifton Luggage – from £164, Antler
For the wife that loves to travel, this sleek, sophisticated Antler set of three suitcases will be the ultimate wow-factor gift. Each one is an ample size even if her philosophy is the total opposite of packing light, and the sage colour is unusual enough to spot on the carousel, but also neutral enough to tie in with any outfit she might want to wear on the journey. Invest in them now, and she can fly with them forever.
30. Notes on Love – £24.99, Fenton
This book of essays from jewellery brand Fenton is one of the most romantic Christmas gifts for your wife we’ve found. It contains 40 thought-provoking essays on life, love and loss from writers including Candice Brathwaite, Pandora Sykes and Elizabeth Day, comes beautifully bound in a coffee table-worthy cover, and 100 per cent of the profits go to charity.
31. You Look Damn Good Hand Soap – £12.50, Beyond Living
Because it never hurts to remind her! Hand soap has always been an essential but in 2020 it’s really come into its own, so making an everyday ritual feel more like an indulgence is a great idea when it comes to gifting this year. The soap inside this bottle is a vegan formula and smells heavenly, like kumquat and bourbon vanilla.
Best Personalised Christmas Gifts for Your Wife 2020
32. Will Jacket – from £100, Sézane
For when only the chicest of the chic will do. Every fashion insider’s favourite French label Sézane will personalise your chosen Will jacket – which comes in a range of colours and fabrics, from indigo denim to camel suede – with vibrant red embroidery, bearing either her name or a short and sweet message.
33. In The Frow Zodiac Birthstone Necklace – £185, Edge of Ember
If your wife is a fan of all things celestial, this Edge of Ember pendant, designed by influencer Inthefrow, aka Victoria McGrath, is the perfect pick. You can not only personalise it by adding her birthstone but also by engraving her zodiac constellation on the back – it’s so special that once she’s closed the clasp, she’ll never want to take it off.
34. Personalised Leather Trinket Box – £75, Monica Vinader
Well, if you’re getting her jewellery for Christmas, she’s going to need somewhere safe to keep it. Monica Vinader’s handcrafted leather trinket boxes can be stamped with her initials and have plenty of compartments to store all of her most precious pieces.
35. Personalised Map Hanging Bottle Christmas Bauble – £12.95, Bombus
Whether it’s your happiest holiday, the place where you tied the knot or even the location of your first date way back when, this personalised bauble lets you bottle that memory – literally! It’s a lovely keepsake that can be hung straight on your tree – the glass bottle will catch all of the twinkly lights and continually catch her eye.
36. Moon & Stars Foiled Notecards – £23.60 for 10, Papier
Encourage her to leave you more love notes with these chic personalised cards from Papier. The foil comes in your choice of gold or rose gold, and you can add envelope address printing on the back for easy correspondence elsewhere.
37. Bombay Sapphire Bombay Bramble Personalised Gin – £32.99, Selfridges
This gorgeous ruby-red Bombay Sapphire Gin, infused with the flavours of freshly harvested raspberries and blackberries, is a winner before you even get to the label. You’ve got 11 characters to write her name, a special date or other note – once it’s finished, she can keep the bottle and turn it into a vase or candlestick holder.
38. Moet & Chandon Imperial Limited Edition ‘Specially Yours’ Gift Box – £49, Selfridges
Or if she’s got a taste for the even finer things in life, perhaps this personalised bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne will do the trick. There’s more room (14 characters) to play with here, so you can select a Christmassy slogan or something a little more sentimental.
39. Personalised Initial Leather Heart Page Corner Bookmark – £9.50, Hurleyburley
This Italian leather bookmark is a small but super sweet reminder of how much you love her, and in turn, her love of books! The look of the gold on red foil is especially good for Christmas, but there are tons of colours to choose between, from duck egg blue to dusty lilac.
40. Personalised Ash Wood Bath Caddy – £53, The Forest & Co
This personalisable ash wood bath caddy, which is lovingly handmade in The Forest & Co’s studio in Devon, has space to slot her iPad or phone, and a tea light holder to really set the mood for some me-time. Present this with a bottle of fancy bubble bath (Molton Brown, L’Occitane and Rituals are great places to start).
41. Sienna Monogram Water Bottle – £18, Anthropologie
Like a supremely elevated version of the water bottles with their names on they give to the Love Island cast every year, the Sienna water bottle from Anthropologie is one of the most stunning ways to stay hydrated we’ve ever seen. You could opt for your wife’s first initial, or the initial of your married name.
Best Subscription Gifts for Your Wife 2020
42. Beauty Pie Subscription – from £5 per month, Beauty Pie
If she knows her stuff when it comes to make-up and skincare, a Beauty Pie subscription will bring her joy all year long. The service essentially gives access to premium beauty products at incredibly discounted prices – the amount you pay determines how much she has to spend each month, so our advice is to be as generous as possible.
43. Cohorted Beauty Box – £39.99 per month, Cohorted
Alternatively, if you prefer to subscribe to an actual beauty box, Cohorted is widely considered to be one of the best. It’s all killer, no filler, and has a strong leaning towards the types of premium products she’d probably love to try but would never treat herself to on a regular basis.
44. Lush Kitchen Subscription Box – from £35 per month, Lush
You’ll probably already know if she’s a Lush aficionado (baskets full of bath bombs and endless supplies of black tubs are key clues here) – and for fans of the store, a Lush Kitchen Subscription Box is a real dream come true experience. Every month she’ll get 4-5 exclusive products to try, plus the chance to cast her vote for next month’s line-up.
45. Letterbox Stationery Subscription – from £14 per month, Papergang
Anyone who collects notepads and pens like they’re going out of fashion will swoon over Papergang’s selectively curated boxes, which comes with 4 four or more exclusive pieces of stationery inside each delivery. And speaking of delivery, this one is letterbox sized, which means it should slip through your front door even if you’re not home, no trips to the post office required.
46. Houseplant Subscription – £24.99, Beards & Daisies
Even if your home is already full of houseplants, there’s always room for one more. Enter Beards & Daisies' houseplant subscription, which will deliver a surprise rare or unusual houseplant direct to your door each month, along with all of the instructions she needs to help them thrive.
47. Book Subscription – from £42 for 3 months, Rare Birds Book Club
Rare Birds Book Club was created with two principle focuses: to help its members discover the best female-authored fiction, and put the fun back into reading it. Each subscription comes with access to the website where your wife can chat with fellow book lovers about that month’s read.
48. Coffee Lover Monthly Subscription Gift – £28, Novello
For caffeine fans this subscription will be a saviour – a supersize bag of ground coffee or coffee beans arriving each month for either three, six or nine months. They’ll also receive tasting notes to give them information on the coffee’s origin, production process and flavours, so they’ll learn a little something too.
49. Jewellery Subscription – from £15 per month, Jewel & The Gang
Each Jewel & The Gang starter box contains a chain, and the remainder of the subscription fills that chain up with interchangeable white or yellow gold-plated charms. Not only is this a fun addition to her jewellery collection, the excitement of being able to update her look each month definitely won’t wear off as more and more charms arrive.
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50. Breathe Magazine Subscription – from £53, GMC Subscriptions
Breathe describes itself as the ‘original mindfulness magazine’, covering core pillars of wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escape. Every time it lands on the doormat, it’ll serve as a reminder to take a break and sit down to read it – a very welcome respite in any otherwise busy schedule.