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Gentlemen, are you ready to wow your wife this Valentine’s Day?
Here’s the deal:
If you’re one planning to join the roughly 50% of Americans who participate in this holiday, then you’ve got to be sure to do gift-giving right.
You might be wondering:
“Why can’t I just get her some chocolates or that vacuum cleaner she’s been talking about for the last six months?”
Ummm… because unless you’re married to Forrest Gump or Mr. Clean, I don’t know that a box of chocolates or household appliances will really make your wife happy.
If you think that Valentine’s Day sucks and you want to forget this whole thing: don’t. We’ve done the research, and we’ve spoken with wives (and even some husbands) around the country to determine the best Valentine's gift ideas for your wife.
So, take a look at our list of the best Valentine’s gifts for your wife. We’ve covered a wide range of gift ideas, so you’ll have plenty to choose from.
Contains 36 decadent treats packed with creamy ganache, crunchy nuts, and chewy caramel. Smooth, carefully crafted chocolates with attractive designs exude elegance with every delicious bite.
This is much pricier than a drugstore box-o-chocolates, but most wives we've talked to hate receiving cheap candy anyway.
Okay, we know what some of you are thinking right now. You're wondering why we're suggesting Godiva chocolates when we told you nobody really appreciates boxes of chocolate except Forrest Gump. Well, two reasons: We knew some of you would ignore our advice, and we also realize some wives genuinely do love chocolate.
Especially when it's Godiva chocolate. This 36-count box is packed with mouthwatering favorites, from chewy caramels to ganache-filled delights. It has plenty of what she wants (nuts, caramel, ganache) and none of what she probably hates (marshmallow fluff, orange cream).
As an added bonus, this candy comes in an elegant gold box draped with a matching bow. Now you don't have to wrap it!
Arrives nestled in a soft velvet pouch for gifting and storage. Engraved message stands up to frequent wear.
The inside of the bracelet may turn your wife's wrist green if she has sensitive skin.
You know your wife is amazing, but sometimes she might need a reminder. Show her that she's a strong woman with this inspirational silver bracelet from YOYONY. Engraved black letters declare 'she believed she could so she did,' which lets your wife know she's capable of anything her heart desires.
This hand-stamped expandable cuff bracelet slides easily over your wife's wrist, and there's no tricky clasp or bulky buckle to mess with. She can wear this sleek, shiny bracelet with nearly anything, from casual clothes to workplace attire. It's cheap, so this bracelet makes a great gift if you're on a budget or plan to pair it with a few other inexpensive items.
Great starter kit includes double-sided scrapbook pages, letters, metallic markers, glue dots, and tape. The book has binder rings, so she can add more pages as your relationship grows.
No major cons - most scrapbookers love this wedding kit.
After a wedding, many vibrant photos and special mementos often end up stashed in a drawer or box somewhere. Help your wife remember your special day with this vintage-style scrapbook kit.
This wedding scrapbook kit includes everything she needs to get started, from sturdy paper to metallic pens. However, you'll score bonus points if you buy some love-themed scrapbooking stickers and a hole puncher to go with this kit.
The cover has an open heart where she can insert her favorite wedding pic. Elegant font delivers a heartwarming message, 'Our story begins here,' reminding your new wife that your love will continue to grow over the years.
Metallic font spelling out your salutations reminds the world that you're a married couple. Generously sized mugs have plenty of room for your favorite coffee or tea.
These mugs aren't dishwasher safe, so prepare to get stuck washing them by hand.
Whether you're newlyweds or an established couple, these mugs are a fun way to show you love being a Mr. and Mrs. Fill them with hot chocolate and relax by the fire, or surprise your wife with a cup of coffee in bed. You can also use these mugs for soup, but they're best suited for beverages.
These mugs are sturdy yet lightweight. A curved handle makes it easy to grip each mug as you sip your beverages.
Just make sure you don't stick these mugs in the dishwasher or microwave. They're not designed to withstand either appliance.
Releases fragrance for up to 6 continuous hours. Attractive design makes this diffuser a welcome addition to any shelf or counter.
No major complaints, but some reviewers say it's difficult to open the diffuser.
Essential oils benefit the mind and body when used correctly. If your wife currently dabs them on her body or ingests a few drops under her tongue, she'll appreciate this best-selling essential oil diffuser.
The diffuser has 7 different light hues to suit your wife's mood and decor. Your wife can also decide between a 3-hour continuous mist or 30-second diffusions that last up to 6 hours. There's even an automatic shutoff feature to prevent overheating.
Make this gift extra special by giving your wife a set of pure essential oiils with the diffuser.
Machine washable for convenience. Fun, vibrant designs.
They run small, so order up a size if your wife likes a loose fit.
Fuzzy socks are like bath bombs, you really can't go wrong with them. Especially on chilly winter nights or summer days with the AC cranked on full blast.
We researched lots of fuzzy socks before selecting this set. It's highly rated by reviewers who say the socks are soft, comfortable, and colorful.
Your wife can wear these socks at home with her slippers or under her yoga pants or workclothes. They're thick, but not thick to the point where she can't get shoes on over them.
We love the budget-friendly price and the fact that these are machine washable. She'll love their cozy fit and fun patterns.
Burns for up to 55 hours. Handpoured candle with a pure cotton wick.
None - we can't think of anything wrong with this candle!
Some of us put romance on the backburner after we get married. This personalized candle offers a cute, affordable way to rekindle your spark - literally.
You can personalize the font, message, and scent of this pure soy candle. It burns for anywhere from 40 to 55 hours, so your wife will have plenty of time to admire your heartfelt words and custom-selected scent.
The candle is made from American-grown soy and has a pure cotton wick that won't release toxins when lit. It only costs $15 or $20, so consider getting a few for different rooms in the house.
This handy device shares news updates and weather forecasts. It also streams music from multiple sites, connects with Amazon for click-free purchases, and answers questions.
Some people feel their privacy is violated because Alexa is always listening.
An Echo Dot is the kind of gift that's suitable for nearly everyone, especially wives who love electronics. This smart device simplifies your wife's life by letting her issue voice-activated commands. She can ask Alexa to stream music, check the weather, order household supplies from Amazon, or provide information about topics that interest her.
She can also sync her phone with the Echo Dot, but it's not required. The device still works just fine without connecting to a smartphone.
Clarity isn't an issue with the Echo Dot, despite its small size. The speakers deliver crisp, easily distinguishable sounds, whether she's streaming her favorite tunes or chatting with a friend. She can even use her Echo Dot to control smart locks and smart thermostats.
Seven layers create a thick, comfortable blanket for your wife. Different blanket weights are available; choose one that's approximately 10% of her body weight.
It retains heat, so wives who get hot easily might wake up drenched in sweat. It's also difficult to clean if you don't have a large washing machine.
More than 260 million people live with an anxiety disorder. If your wife is one of them, she may find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. This weighted blanket helps solve that problem.
It has seven layers, including one with fiber filling and one with tiny glass beads. These layers create a thick, heavy blanket that promotes restful sleep and an overally improved state of wellness. Reviewers say it truly works, so there's a good chance your wife will benefit from this therapeutic blanket.
It does get hot, though, so keep that in mind if your wife tends to overheat easily. It's also tricky to wash it unless you have a jumbo washing machine. Aside from that, reviewers have few complaints about this comfy blanket.
Four settings let your wife customize each massage. A convenient controller eliminates the need to tap hard-to-reach buttons or grab hidden levers.
Depending on who you ask, the airbags are either intense, just right, or worthless.
Let's be honest: You probably don't want to give your wife a massage every time she asks, and massage therapists aren't available 24/7. That's why she needs this full-body massage chair from Real Relax.
Soothing heat relieves tension as your wife enjoys a gentle massage on her back, neck, arms, legs, and feet. She can shut the chair off when she's ready or set a timer for 30 minutes and relax as she watches TV or listens to music. It's a plush, comfy recliner, so she might even enjoy napping in it.
We realize the price might deter some buyers, but think about it: This is also a gift for you. Plus, if she gets a massage once a month, she probably spends $60 to $120 per session - maybe even more. When you break it down like that, this chair is much cheaper than a monthly trip to the massage therapist.
Let’s face it. You’re not perfect. (And neither is your wife.) If she’s got a sense of humor, give her this apology notepad so you and she can add a little humor to your mea culpas.
It’s smaller than some people expected, so check the specs before buying.
Unless she joked about writing you up for your bad behavior, this probably won’t lead to a stronger romantic connection. Nevertheless, it’s sure to make her laugh! She’s probably not expecting this one, though!
Real Simple had a great suggestion for how to gift this one: “Filling out the first sheet with one of your more recent slip-ups and the reason for your indiscretion ('I forgot you didn’t like that' or 'I’m a schmuck') will guarantee immediate forgiveness and lots of laughter.” Also, it’s so cheap you can affort to buy more than one.
If your wife loves to watch TV and movies, give her something that will merge all her favorite apps into one. Surprise her with this on Valentine’s Day by suggesting you spend a night in watching a movie, and then watch as her face lights up with all the options.
Like with any other tech item, people have experienced issues with streaming as well as the remote. Luckily, Amazon has great customer service.
Let’s face it. This’ll probably be a gift for both of you. So while it may not hold any sentimental value, it’s something you and your wife (and family) can appreciate. The Fire Stick’s an often-recommended gift for tech and movie lovers.
If she wasn’t making time to watch TV or movies before, she will now. And, considering this comes with built-in Alexa functionality, it’s an excellent price.
As far as tangible gifts go, your wife may expect you to get her the standard chocolates and roses associated with Valentine’s Day. If you want to make this holiday one to remember, give your wife this beautiful and personalized print that looks cool, will make her friends jealous, and will last a long, long time.
Some customers have said the print looked more sepia in color than black-and-white. While not the majority, it’s still important to consider if you’re trying to color-coordinate.
Since you can personalize this with your names and a special date, this is definitely one that’ll tug at her heart strings (unless you mess up the date). There are clearly people who know of this website and who have previously purchased this piece of art, but chances are good you don’t know any of them.
You can pop this up on your wall so you and your wife can see it each and every day. And, while it’s a little pricey for a commercial print, the customization is totally worth it.
Heavy suggested this as one of the best gifts to get your wife, and we totally agree—if she’s a fitness fanatic or just wants a sleek and classy multipurpose watch to wear.
Some people have had issues with tapping the display. If you read the reviews on Amazon though, you should find a workaround for the problem if you should encounter it.
Not necessarily sentimental, but it is a whole lot of practical. Additionally, the Alta came out last year, so it’s still pretty new tech. Your wife may not see this one coming.
If your wife likes to track her daily fitness activity against her goals, this is a great piece of tech for her to do it with. The sleek and slim design also looks really cool, so she can wear this on most casual occasions.
Not cheap. But if you’re buying tech, you don't want to skimp.
Looking to take your wife away to celebrate the holiday or some other special occasion, but not sure what to do with the kids? Care.com is an affordable service that’ll help you do just that. Hire someone for in-home care, day care, and even camps—whatever you need to give your wife a break.
You’ll have to take time to meet the caregiver before you commit to hiring them.
Sometimes it’s just nice not to have to worry about the kids while you’re trying to enjoy some time away from home (or at home with your hubby… if you know what I mean). There’s a chance you’ve used Care.com before. There’s also a chance that you haven’t. That doesn’t mean it won’t be appreciated for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re able to find a sitter, meet them, hire them, and make arrangements all without your wife knowing, she’s going to go crazy for this gift. You’ve just got to be able to pull it off.
The upfront fee is the one that’ll make you take a step back (simply because it’s not expected). The hourly/nightly rates for sitters though are pretty reasonable.
So when we asked wives what sort of gift they wanted for Valentine’s Day, most of them didn’t want anything tangible. They simply wanted their husband to spend more time with them: time doing chores together, time going to the movies, time lounging around in bed. Give your wife the gift of quality time with these vouchers.
You’ve got to be willing to grant your wife’s wishes.
Sometimes all your wife really wants is a little more of your time. Give her that with these vouchers. While IOUs and “love” vouchers aren’t a unique idea, your wife might not expect it this Valentine’s Day. And she’s going to use them. We guarantee it. We also love that these love vouchers are very affordable.
Business Insider was the original inspiration for this gift idea… and then we spoke with a bunch of wives around the U.S. They all say the same thing: “You’re telling me I can come home to a clean house that I didn’t have to clean myself? Yes, please!”
Handy.com is only available in major metropolitan areas. If you don’t live in one of these, look for other local services. (Or you can just clean the house yourself.)
Your wife works hard all year round. You may be surprised how much she’ll appreciate a little help around the house on Valentine’s Day. Considering how many people we heard this suggestion from, it's probably not the most unique gift idea, but that doesn't mean she won't love it.
There’s no question about this being a practical gift—especially when you see the look on her face when she walks into a spotless home. Pricing will depend on how big your home is, but it’s not too bad.
Unless you live in Florida, your wife probably isn’t too happy with how cold it is right now. If her feet get cold easily (or if she just really likes to have warm feet), give her these UGG slippers. They’re super comfortable, come in awesome colors, and last a long time.
None. Unless she doesn’t like the look of UGGs, and some women don't.
Meh. This might not be the most romantic or heartfelt of gifts, but it’s one she’ll appreciate nonetheless. Be sure to let your kids and anyone else who may get her a Valentine’s gift know you’re getting these for her. Though, to be honest, two pairs of these wouldn’t be such a bad thing. And she’ll wear them every day. We promise.
Really the only down side is that they’re UGGs, so they’re going to be expensive.
Everyone loves to be pampered. Manicure. Pedicure. Massage. Aromatherapy. Or even a trip to the salon. Give your wife the gift of pampering or make arrangements so you and she can enjoy a day at the spa together.
If you make plans, be sure her schedule’s free.
Every woman deserves some peace and relaxation. She’ll love you for this. This is better and more unique than aromatherapy candles or soothing bath salts.
As long as she can make time in her busy schedule for this, you better believe she’s going to put it to use. Spa services tend to be expensive, so just be sure to get a gift card that covers everything she may want.
If you want to add some extra style to your wife’s life, give her this Kate Spade satchel. It’s got a classic style and goes well with everything, so you won’t have to worry about this sitting in the back of the closet and going to waste.
Some women have said the bag was too small for them, so be sure to check the specs against your wife’s other bags before buying.
Not necessarily sentimental, but it’s a great gift all the same. Jewelry, candy, and flowers tend to be the more common Valentine’s gifts, so you should get extra credit for picking this one out on your own.
This beautiful bag goes with everything, so your wife will have plenty of use for this gift. Considering the overall quality and durability, the price is worth it if your wife appreciates a nice bag.