Hello husbands. It’s once again time to wow your lovely wife with a fabulous Christmas gift – one that’s especially meaningful to her, or something she’s been subtly talking about. Now if you’ve been a good elf, you’ve been dutifully writing down all the hints she’s been dropping for the past several months. But just in case there’s a remote possibility that you’ve been a bad elf, well, that’s why you’ve got me as your back-up plan. I have lots of experience as a wife, and I was pretty sure I’d have a handle on the things most wives wanted from their sweethearts, but just to be sure, I sent a shout out, via social media channels, looking for some first person feedback.
I shouldn’t have been surprised by what they asked for, but honestly, I was…just a little bit. Since, by nature, women are nurtures, they requested a lot of sweet soul-feeding books that would lift their spirits, and devices that would help them awake energized to face even their toughest days. They craved the kinds of Christmas presents that might allow them to express their creative side, because especially wives with small children rarely make the time to pursue hobbies. By the time you two are empty nesters, she’ll wish that she had developed more of those outside pursuits. Some even asked for (small shudder here) things like robot vacuums. Which was exactly when I began to understand how today’s pressures of working and raising a family, mean a gift like that eases the household chore load for you both.
I do understand – wives just want what they want, so I’m including a lot of the gifts they asked for. But I also know many married women under-ask. They often avoid talking about the sorts of things that might be on their dream Christmas gift list, but this is the year you can make their dreams come true. So here’s the deal. I’m going to share with you a whole lot of those most requested presents, large and small. All of them will definitely please the lady you share life with. But I’m also going to toss in some totally splurge-worthy presents for her, because your wife certainly deserves something more creative than a new vacuum this year (even if it is robotic.)
And don’t worry, your budget will be up to the challenge, because so many of the most desired gifts this season aren’t going to require a second mortgage. In case you’ve been thinking of getting her a diamond anniversary ring, or that wickedly powerful KitchenAid stand mixer she’s been coveting, I promise you, they’ll be on this list too. If instead, you’ve been pondering, wondering or floundering about What to Get Your Wife for Christmas, read on. Of course there’s no more important gift you can give your wife than your time, attention, and truly memorable experiences together. But for something really awesome to put under the tree, I’ve given it my best shot on behalf of all my women friends, who are also amazing wives.
Most Requested Indoor Gifts & Gadgets
1. KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
1. KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer
There’s one gold standard (or in this case, copper) when it comes to stand mixers, and this KitchenAid Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is it. This amazing kitchen tool is the perfect wife gift for the woman who loves to create anything in the kitchen. With ten speeds, and an incredibly powerful 575-watt motor, she can tackle the toughest mixing jobs imaginable. It comes with a burnished metal flat beater, PowerKnead spiral dough hook and a six-wire whisk that will make mixing, kneading and whipping ingredients into culinary masterpieces, quick and easy. But it offers even more versatility, because the power hub on the front of this fits 12 different optional attachments, from food grinders to cheese shredders, and pasta rollers to spiralizers. The six quart stainless steel bowl offers enough capacity to mix dough for 13 dozen cookies, eight loaves of bread or eight pounds of mashed potatoes, all in a single batch, so cooking for large crowds is suddenly simpler. Hands down, this is the most used tool in my kitchen, and I’ll bet it will become the most beloved in hers too. Just in case you’re planning a big Christmas party, you might want to order and deliver this gift early enough to help her with the holiday prep work. While we love this gorgeous copper colored stand mixer, this model comes in nearly 30 colors to match any kitchen décor.
Price: $370.73 (26 percent off MSRP)
2. SimpleTaste 1400W Multi-function Electric Air Fryer
Let’s be honest here, your wife is most likely to be the one in charge of making sure that you and your family eat healthy every day. That doesn’t mean she won’t be bombarded with requests for french fries, and other fatty foods that get you all off track. With the SimpleTaste multi-function air fryer, She can give all of you what you want, without compromising her commitment to good health. With eight preset smart programs, anyone in the house old enough to cook can prepare a multitude of foods, with perfect results. This air fryer makes it possible to enjoy healthier versions of all of your favorite foods, because it fries them with a tablespoon or less of oil, and drains excess fat during cooking. Foods come out crispy on the outside, and moist and tender on the inside. But this nifty kitchen tool can do a surprising number of other tasks, from grilling and roasting, to (believe it or not) baking. Perhaps you and the kids could whip up a cake with this cool gift for her, and take over some of the regular cooking duties too. As one of the most highly rated air fryers we’ve found, we think this is an excellent idea for what to get your wife for Christmas this year.
3. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
There’s hardly any more jarring way to wake up than with a buzzing alarm or bad song on the radio. It’s time to give your wife a gentler wake up call with the Philips Wake-Up Light alarm clock. Instead she can wake up to the sensation of the rising sun and gentle bird songs. It is ideal for anyone who finds it difficult to get up in the morning, especially during the dark winter months. Its gradual sunrise will ease your wife awake, gently and naturally, feeling refreshed. Scientifically proven to be a more effective way of waking up, the Wake-up Light also leaves you more energized and in a better mood upon awakening. That sounds pretty sweet. Mimicking the natural sunrise, the light gradually increases in brightness over a 30-minute period before her set wakeup time, growing more intense, until your room is filled with bright yellow light. This process of changing and increasing light stimulates her body to wake up naturally and comfortably.
4. CRYSTAL DECOR Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp
Among the most requested gifts for wives this year are Himalayan salt lamps. While we thought it might be a passing fancy, these lamps are becoming ever more popular. More than just creating a warm, relaxing glow wherever your wife keeps it, these salt lamps are naturally purifying, removing contaminants from the air. They are constantly emitting negative ions that ease breathing, which especially healthful for those with allergies or colds. They are also purported to give users more energy and vitality. While we love this little metal container filled with beautiful chunks of real salt, there are many other popular styles to choose from. Pick one that you think best suits your home décor, or your wife’s personal style. You can get a single huge chunky Himalayan Salt Lamp, or a beautiful salt bowl filled with lots of chunks of salt. The hand carved, heart shaped Himalayan Salt Lamp would be a sweet and romantic idea, but any of these lamps would make great wife gifts.
5. iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum With Wi-Fi Connectivity
Okay, I know I said your wife deserves something better than a vacuum, and this is it. A vacuum that does all the work by itself. It’s almost like hiring help, for household chores, but you won’t have to pay benefits and taxes. The iRobot Roomba is synonymous with robot vacuums, and many people think of all robot vacs as Roombas. Not true. This is the gold standard of vacuums, doing the best job of deep cleaning carpets, although it’s also great on bare floors too. The HOME App lets your schedule, clean, and customize cleaning preferences right from her smartphone, plus it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. With up to 120 minutes of run time, this robot vac can clean, dock and recharge, and then go back to cleaning. Now clearly, this is the top of the line robot vacuum, but if you’re looking for an entry level robot vacuum, the Roomba 614 comes in at under $300, and it’s Amazon’s Choice. If pet hair is your home’s biggest issue, the bObi Pet Robotic Vacuum Cleaner might be the best choice for you, and it comes in at an affordable price that’s also less than $300. Check out all the best robotic vaccums, features, prices and recommendations here.
6. Amazon Echo 2nd Generation PRODUCT(RED) Edition
The gifts most requested by nearly every wife we asked, were those that made life simpler and easier for her, while she’s juggling a job, family and home. This Christmas you can give her a personal assistant that keeps getting smarter the more she uses it. The Amazon Echo with Alexa could be your answer and it’s less than a hundred bucks. She can just ask Alexa to check the appointments on her calendar, or to get weather and traffic updates. She can manage her to-do and shopping lists, control your home’s compatible smart lights and thermostats, and even schedule that robot vaccum you’re getting her, if it’s compatible. (The one we recommended is, by the way.) She can also enjoy high quality music from Amazon Prime, Pandora, Spotify and other music services because the new Echo has a great speaker with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio, with seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation. Echo is the simple way for her to order pizza delivery or hail an Uber, stream video to your smart TV and more. If you really want to raise the bar when it comes to wife gifts, don’t forget to get an Echo Dot (or several) for other rooms in your house. She can then direct Alexa to accomplish all those same tasks from other rooms in the house. Another cool benefit of buying the PROJECT (RED) Echo is that $10 from every purchase of this product will support (RED)’s efforts to fight AIDS through the Global Fund. That will make your wife feel great about your social conscience, and pampered at the same time. Nice.
Price: $79.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
Most Requested Gifts for Your Earth Mother
7. Root Farm Hydroponic Garden System
7. Root Farm Hydroponic Garden System
Winter can be a bummer, especially because the growing season for most of us ended months ago, but if your wife loves to garden, a cool hydroponic growing system can get her through the winter blahs, with a blast of green. The Root Farm hydroponic growing system is specifically designed for growing fresh produce at home year-round, both indoors (with supplemental lighting) and outdoors. Whether she’d be tickled growing a gorgeous tomato plant to harvest from, or tending to fresh herbs to boost her kitchen creativity, this cool hydroponic gardening gift is the perfect way to infuse her day with the satisfaction of growing something to feed her soul as well as your family. The Root Farm Hydro Garden System contains a high-quality, long-lasting pump and an easy-read water level indicator, to remind her when plants need water. This hydroponic system works by pumping water and nutrients straight to every plant’s roots, nurturing faster growing, more robust plants, and it’s a great way to kick start her spring plantings as well. If you don’t have the space and natural daylight to make the Root Garden successful, another favorite gift for your wife is the AeroGarden, a countertop hydroponic growing system that includes that all important light component, already built in. The great thing about these cool systems is that you can get one at the size and price that works for your home and budget, from a three plant starter, to AeroGardens that accommodate six and even nine plants at one time.
Price: $74.98 (25 percent off MSRP)
8. Wingspan Optics SharpView 8X40 Birding Binoculars
It might just be that your wife wants to find a new hobby – one that takes her into the outdoors more, has her get zen-like quiet, and treats her to the joy of both visual beauty and soul-salving sounds. It’s no wonder why bird watching has become the fastest growing outdoor activity for adults. It’s also something you could start doing together, because all it takes is a great pair of binoculars like these and a desire to breathe in lots of fresh air. Even my fairly macho man has become a huge fan of spotting and identifying birds by sight and sound, after years of poo-pooing people who did. These bird watching binoculars deliver a great combination of balance, brightness, clarity, and affordability. She (or you both) can drink in the view of an entire forest, then zoom in to discover the tiny details you’ve missed from 1000 yards away. With a 429 foot extra-wide field of view, these binoculars are a great wife gift that tells her you care about her having time to develop new interests. Help her out with an excellent bird watching book, so she can become adept at identifying the species in your area and on far flung adventures too. Another book that got me interested in learning more, and has since captured the imaginations of our grandchildren is The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America: A Guide to Listening. This cool book actually has an audio playback for each bird listed inside, and you can quickly get attuned to the birds around you on a daily basis. And don’t forget to get your wife a bird watching journal, so she can keep tabs on everything she’s seen, and reread it to relive the memories.
9. Magicfly Drawing Pencil Sketch Set With Sketch Book
Women often ooze with creative energy, but unless they’re in a creative industry, they don’t always find ways to express all the passion that’s flowing inside them. It wasn’t a surprise that, among the gifts requested by wives, a beautiful sketch set would land on this list of Christmas gifts for wives. Sketching is approachable for everyone, because there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. It’s all about the expression of whatever each individual sees, and it’s a great way to get your wife in tune with her most creative side. This lovely set includes both graphite and charcoal pencils, a highly erasable sketch pad, and lots and lots of other sketching essentials, all of which can be neatly zipped up in a clever case that keeps everything organized. If you really want to respect her desire to draw, create a small studio space in your home just for her, with a dedicated desk at which to draw, that can also accommodate her growing collection of sketch pads and instruction books. If she’s more likely to want time outside, introduce her to the powerful experience of plein air painting with a portable easel and palette. We suspect, once you help her to get started, one of these will become a hobby that lasts a lifetime. And she’s gonna love you for it.
The Gift That Every Woman Wants
10. 0.75 Carat Round Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring in Platinum
10. 0.75 Carat Round Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring in Platinum
Now we warned you ahead of time that we were including an awesome anniversary ring, and we cut you some slack by waiting until the very end to do it. This dazzling diamond doozie is a one of a kind design. Not only does it feature 0.75 carats of sparkling white diamonds, they’re set in swirling circles of pure platinum. The unique design is definitely going to wow your wife, especially if it comes with a card from you to remind her that you’d marry her all over again, starting now. You can get it for $1,000 less, if you choose this ring in 14k white gold instead. Another amazing design from Madina Jewelry is the Two Round Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring in 14k White Gold. It’s unique, highly polished design is simply breathtaking, and it’s a bit more affordably priced than our first choice, unless of course you want to get it in platinum. Then it’s close to the same. We understand if you’re seriously on a budget. Because we don’t want you, or any husband, to be denied the joy of giving such a meaningful gift for your wife this Christmas, we’ve found a lovely stacking diamond anniversary ring with 0.50 carats of glittering stones for under $400, and a stunning Blue and White Diamond Anniversary Band for less than $150. We also know she’d absolutely love a single bezel set diamond necklace, and it is indeed a great way to show your wife your love and devotion. If she loves heart necklaces, we’ve found some amazing choices at every price point.
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