5 Great Christmas Gift Ideas For Clueless Husbands

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Christmas gift ideas for your wife can be difficult to decide on. Here are the top go-to gifts for my wife that are easy on budget.

If you’re married, you know the challenge it is at times to come up with Christmas gift ideas for your spouse. This is especially the case the longer you’re married. At least that’s what I always find. If you’re a man, you have it doubly worse when thinking of good Christmas gift ideas for wives (of course, I’m not biased at all).

If you struggle to purchase Christmas gifts your wife will love, don’t despair. We’re all clueless, at times, at figuring out what to buy our wives. This post shares several of the best Christmas gift ideas for my wife I’ve used over the years.

If you hear that you’re difficult to shop for, read our post on Christmas gift ideas for men.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Clueless Husbands


We often hear it said that you need to spend a lot of money on your spouse, especially on Christmas presents. Don’t fall for that myth!

It’s the thought that counts and not the amount spent. If you look at the cost of the items on our list, you’ll notice that everything on our Christmas gift ideas list is under $50.

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1. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy


One of the things my wife enjoys after a stressful week is taking a bath. One gift is a hit for Mrs. Frugal Rules is the Bamboo Bathtub Caddy.

The Caddy fits across the bathtub and allows her to not worry about dropping a book in the tub or having a place to put a glass of wine. The caddy allows a spot to put a TV remote and fits most baths.

If your wife enjoys taking a long bath this is one of the best Christmas gift ideas to purchase. It also sends a signal to your wife that you know she works hard and you want her to enjoy a little ‘me’ time.

2. Jewelry


I know that jewelry isn’t the most of frugal Christmas gift ideas as it’s often a hit or miss. I have bought a few smaller pieces of jewelry for Mrs. Frugal Rules that she has really liked. Since I don’t like to go shopping, I do most of my Christmas shopping on Amazon.

The key I’ve found with buying jewelry on Amazon is to read the reviews of the item you’re considering.

I’ve bought one or two pieces that didn’t have the greatest of reviews and I could tell why. The ones with good reviews have them for a reason.

If you’re in a pinch and are looking for a last minute Christmas gift Amazon is an excellent option for jewelry as they run a lot of sales in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

3. Candelabra Wine Bottle Topper


This falls into the realm of unique Christmas gift ideas, and is a nice little accent piece to have for a romantic dinner.

The Candelabra wine bottle topper attaches, as you’d imagine, to the top of a wine bottle and when you put in some tea light candles it makes for a nice decorative piece.

Pair it with a bottle of your wife’s favorite wine and you have the makings for a date night at home.

4. Coffee or Tea Kit


I have done this for my wife several times. She loves tea, and is one of the top Christmas gift ideas I’ve bought. There are pre-made kits available, but I like to purchase coffees or teas I know she’ll like and make something myself.

The first part of the kit should be an electric coffee bean grinder. We use this one from Krups, and it works great. This allows you to buy beans and enables you to enjoy fresh coffee at home.

You can throw in a coffee mug and if you don’t know what kind of coffee your spouse prefers you can always go with a favorite coffee.

If your wife prefers tea then you should look at things like a Stainless Mesh Tea Ball, Stovetop Whistling Kettle and a tea sampler to get her started.

5. Gift Cards

I know gift cards aren’t always thought of as the best of Christmas gift ideas. But, they do work in a pinch. If you truly know your wife’s style, size, etc. then buy something specific.

I don’t, nor do I have the patience and would rather my wife have something she likes and enjoys. As opposed to going to different stores, I’ve found that Amazon is an excellent option to find gift cards.

*Related: Overwhelmed with buying for your kids? Check out our guide on the Four gift rule for Christmas to help manage your Christmas shopping*

You can either just buy a generic Amazon gift card or you can select from the various stores they have cards available for likeAmerican Eagle,Lord & Taylor and more.

You can even find places to buy discounted gift cards to stretch your budget a little further.




Remember, it’s the thought that counts when buying a present. Expensive doesn’t always mean good.

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I hope my list gets your creative juices flowing. Or, if you’re sitting at home four days before Christmas with nothing bought yet for your wife, that it saves you from hours of agony at the mall.

Just remember to go with your gut and tell your wife you love her when she opens her presents. After all, as Mrs. Frugal Rules tells me – that’s what really matters.


What are some of your go-to Christmas gift ideas for your spouse? Do you set a budget on your Christmas shopping? Do you consider a gift card a bad Christmas gift?

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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

Another one of John's passions is helping people save $80 per month by axing their expensive cable subscriptions and replacing them with more affordable ones, like Hulu with Live TV.