Buying a romantic gift for her only gets more difficult as time passes. But the difficulty in finding a truly unique romantic gift for your wife is all the more reason to do it: A gift that demonstrates real appreciation and sustained attraction can do wonders for a relationship and make every single day feel actually special.
The goal is to find an unexpected gift — one that triggers a feeling as similar as possible to the initial thrill she got from the idea that you wanted her. What’s required is a little creativity and a little risk-taking (also, a semi-decent wrapping job). The gifts below are, in essence, tribute. And that’s entirely the point. If you wouldn’t leave it as an offering at a large but tasteful shrine to your wife or partner’s best qualities, it’s just not romantic enough to make the cut.
A cuff for her wrist is a solid addition to her jewelry repertoire. This one is quietly beautiful. It's strong. It's elegant and refined. Like her. And of course, because it screws on at the end, you have to put it on her.
This lovely assortment of uniquely preserved flowers maintains its natural shape, thanks to East Olivia's unique preservation process. And this specific bouquet is made up of hand-painted sun palm, pampas grass, troll hair, phalaris, amaranthus, helecho fern, miscanthus, ruscus, and bunny tails. Each arrangement lasts a year or more, so plenty of time for her to remember how much you love her.
Always be close to her heart with this locket, made in a studio that's been family owned and operated since the 19th century. It's 14k yellow gold, with a 7mm X 7.5mm space for photo. And yes, you can get engraved with a letter that's meaningful to her.
There's no much sexier than a woman who's at home in her own skin. And this washable set puts her front and center: It's fabulously simple in the best sense.
As SNL so astutely pointed out, a bathrobe is pretty much the worst gift you can give her. If you're feeling a bit frisky, opt for this instead, and who knows where the evening might take you. The set includes a lace eye mask, delicate wrist ties and a drawstring bag. So get a sitter, light a candle, and the night is yours;.
A conversation starter that isn't just a conversation starter. The couple that plays together stays together — not because toys make a difference, but because communication does. This vibrators is made from silicone, has a run time of 2.5 hours, is water-resistant, and has three speeds. Go forth and enjoy.
With its understated yet dreamy rose scent, this naturally hydrating oil can be used all over. As a body oil. Or a massage oil. And it goes perfectly with the set above.
Let legendary scribes Charlotte Brontë, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, John Keats, and Virginia Woolf share their timeless words of love on these hand-screened cotton voile napkins. Yours, for ever.
A weighted blanket can feel calming and soothing. But generally, they're not all that cozy. Meet the magical blend of the two: Soft and breathable, this GOTS-certified organic cotton weighted blanket feels like a warm hug that lasts and lasts.
Sometimes we confuse something romantic with something highly impractical. And maybe she's not someone who craves three dozen red roses. But what she does appreciate is a functional and stylish water-repellant bag that makes her life easier and more manageable. It has plenty of interior pockets designed to store snacks, shoes, and multiple wardrobe changes, and a central zip divider with a mesh top to air things out.
Chocolate is an aphrodisiac. And this clever microwavable pot lets you enjoy melted chocolate fondue for two, thanks to a tea light that keeps it warm without burning anything. It includes two ceramic cups, a stainless base, two fondue forks, and a tea light.
Athena was a warrior queen, who sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus. She was brilliant and fearless, qualities that could use some appreciation, and get it in the form of this quietly dramatic necklace. It's made from 18k gold vermeil, featuring an ethically-sourced 1.8mm sapphire on an 18 inch solid rolo chain.
Sensual and dramatic, this medium-sized container is hand-crafted from lead-free crystalline glass and is a keepsake for her keepsakes.
This lamp has five light modes, so you can instantly set the mood. It gives any room a dreamy, otherworldly glow, and if you want to spice things up, use the remote to change the color.
Diamonds don't get much more affordable than this. The single diamond and elegant chain make it stunning enough for formal occasions but understated enough to wear daily. And you'll always be close to her heart.
Sometimes it's truly the little luxuries that leave the biggest impact. Take this delicate cashmere pillow, filled with the gorgeous scents of lavender and chamomile. It's just slightly weighted, so it ever so gently gets at her acupressure points to help her get the most out of a power nap.
A true romantic gesture is recognizing when she needs time to herself, and giving her the tools to make it happen. If she's into yoga, she'll be into this yoga mat, which fits into a tote or backpack and is made from natural rubber material that is sustainably sourced and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council™) certified.
What's more romantic than a great dessert? Not much. This set of palette-pleasing cookies includes those, as well as B’Day Cake truffles, corn cookies, blueberry and cream cookies, chocolate chocolate cookies, and cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.
A jewelry box that's passionate and elegant and sexy. This leather one has three ring rolls, five storage compartments, and is made of sumptuous leather.
Stripper lingerie is a hard pass. Opt for this instead. It's made from soft cotton. It's flattering. It's quietly lovely. It shows that you see her, appreciate her, and love her as she is.
This dewy, sheer fragranced oil is more subtle than perfume, and gives her a glorious understated glow. There's no better feeling post-shower than spritzing on a delicate scent that also makes her skin soft and her hair shiny. And since no one is going on much of a vacation this year, bring it to her with this heady blend of jasmine, edelweiss flower, lychee, and sandalwood that's like a tropical outing in a beautiful bottle.
You know what's romantic? You doing the cooking and making her the kind of meal she'll never forget. This is that meal. You get two dry ages filet mignon steaks, coupled with two sustainably harvested lobster tails, along with a lemon and garlic marinade. Porter Road meticulously sources all its own meat, visiting every rancher and doing the carving themselves. And don't forget the cleanup.
Forget everything you know about house shoes. These plush cashmere ballet flats caress her feet and are so supple she'll never take them off.
It's nigh impossible to make handwashing sexy. And yet here we are. This dazzling set includes a gentle orange-scented cleanser and vanilla hand cream to keep her digits soft and supple. And look like a million bucks in her bathroom.
There's nothing more luxurious, or romantic, than a glorious night of sleep. This silk pillowcase is cool the touch, keeps her hair from frizzing, and is breathable and can be used year-around. In other words, it's perfect.
Chocolate contains two chemicals it contains that contribute to its reputation as an aphrodisiac, and one of them, tryptophan, is involved in sexual arousal. Each month, she gets three small-batch, organic dark chocolate bars from Raaka Chocolate sent right to her door. She can enjoy it alone. Or together.
Get her a monthly subscription of flowers, from a brand that sources blooms directly from growers. Each month, she'll get a lush bouquet of seasonal flowers, including roses, stocks and hydrangeas.
After the year we've had, we could all use some uplift. And the emerald is the symbol of hope. Along with vitality. She gets these vibrant 3mm emerald gemstones housed in 14 karat gold studs. Something she can wear 24/7.
Is this something she can't live without? Not at all. But does it make a glass of wine taste that much better? Yes, yes it does. It purifies wine by removing sulfites and chills the wine by 10 degrees in minutes. So grab a bottle of Sancerre, pour a glass for her, and have a nightcap once the kids are in bed.
Set the mood with this luxurious ceramic diffuser, which on its own looks like a design piece that belongs in the bedroom. But add 10 - 20 drops of the essential oil of your choice, such as the delicately floral ylang ylang, and you're in a totally different headspace. It works continuously for 3 hours.
When she fires up the diffuser, give her some much-needed alone time in the bath. And this wood caddy, each one unique and made from reclaimed wood, elevates any soak. It's got room for a candle, a bath oil, and a book. In other words, everything she needs to zen out.
If she's not much of a bath person, you can still elevate her daily bathing routine with this set of essential oil-infused shower steamers. You place half on the shower floor and let the seam activate their scent.
Imagine making snow angels with her, and then warming up with a hot toddy. Now imagine that in bottle form. Tom Ford's fragrance is a delicious blend of fresh bergamot and warm musk. It's like the best of winter, in a stunning bottle.
For an impromptu alfresco champagne brunch: The chiller in this set secures the bottle in place, so nothing falls out, and keeps the bubbly cold for hours. And hours.
The brainchild of New York Times beauty columnist and mom Bee Shapiro, Ellis Brooklyn is the epitome of smart luxury. And this particular candle not only looks beautiful, which it does, but also smells beautiful when she lights it up while soaking in the tub: It has notes of orange blossom scent combined with violet, petitgrain, and honeysuckle. Each container is handmade and the burn time is 60 hours.
These aren't your grandmother's pearl earrings. Instead of perfectly smooth spheres, these oblong freshwater pearls take on an organic shape, giving them a fresh, modern look. The hoops are silver sterling plated with have a thick layer of 18k gold, keeping the quality up and the price down.
Linne is a brand that curates all-natural botanicals, and uses as few ingredients as possible. This particular set promotes calm and awakens the senses. To get her going in the morning, Rise is made up of orange essence, black spruce, and black pepper. And to help her feel tranquil, Rest is made up of petit grain sur fleurs, blue chamomile, and frankincense.
Okay so fridge magnets don't usually bring to mind big romantic gestures, but giving her a way to see all of her favorite memories every day is pretty likely to be a hit. Inkifi takes photos right from your Instagram, desktop, or phone, and prints them on laminated magnet tiles.
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