Hopefully, by the time your second wedding anniversary approaches, you and your spouse will have settled into a comfortable rhythm, living together in your happy home, with all the amenities you need.
I’m thinking of plates, knives, forks, drinking glasses, etc. But when a friend of mine got married last year, her husband bought her a cheese slice (even though he spent the entirety of their engagement confused as to what they were) because she couldn’t possibly live in a house without one!
Whatever your make-or-break item might be, fingers crossed you’ve got one in your kitchen drawer or your bathroom cupboard. This year, you can afford to indulge a little.
Traditionally, cotton marks a couple’s second wedding anniversary. Symbolists say this is because it represents both comfort and strength. Husband and wife should think of themselves as threads of cotton that have been woven together, and over time, the bonds between them become even sturdier.
Some modern gift lists, however, might suggest you give china or porcelain instead. China is delicate and can be cracked or even broken if you use it carelessly. As such, presents made out of china or porcelain are intended to remind couples to look after, and cherish their relationship, and to work hard to fix it, should they hit a little bump in the road.
In addition to materials, wedding anniversaries also have flowers and gemstones associated with them. And for two years of marriage, these are cosmos, lily of the valley, and garnet.
So, if your second anniversary is coming up, and you’re stuck for what to get your wife, or you’ve got no idea what to buy your husband, you’ve come to the right place!
Giftingsherpa.com is all about finding the perfect gift for special occasions (not to mention those hard-to-buy-for relatives… we’ve all got them). So, we’ve put together a one-stop shopping list for second-anniversary gift-giving, comprising a vast range of unusual items that we’re sure will delight even the most discernible of spouses.
So, what are you still waiting for? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of this buyer’s guide!
High Thread-Count Cotton Sheets
There are plenty of 400tc combed cotton sheets weaved with sateen for a soft and luxurious feel. These last for years—just like the promises you made to each other. A high-quality linen set is excellent for when you want to fall into bed together at the end of a long, hard day, though maybe not so handy when you need to get up the next morning…
Kickstart your search with The White Company, currently available with 30% off, with prices starting from $118.30.
Fun, Custom Pillowcases
Both Not On The High Street and Etsy have a fantastic range of personalized pillows to choose from. Check out these cute, “My Side,” “Your Side,” cushion covers, printed in the UK on 100% cotton, but available for international delivery.
You can choose from a range of text options, such as “His Side,” “Her Side,” and “Reserved”; and 17 different colors, including Charcoal Gray, Midnight Blue, and Radiant Orchid.
Mr. & Mrs. Towels
Plus, you’ll be treating yourself as well as your partner, because they come in pairs, each personalized with the name you share with your spouse. Choose from three sizes (or buy the full set if you’re feeling flush!), and a range of colors for a wonderfully warm, soft reminder of your special day every time you step out the shower.
(Monogrammed) Bath Robe
An ideal gift if you like snuggling up with your spouse in your pajamas and fuzzy socks! We know there’s loads of choice out there when it comes to dressing gowns—all good fashion retailers stock them, and they’re available in everything from silk and linen to wool and fleece and flannel.
But, in keeping with the cotton theme of this special anniversary, we’ve found one bathrobe we think is extra special. It’s eco-friendly, unisex, and made from a white cotton waffle by The Fine Cotton Company. You can even have it monogrammed!
Prices start from $125.83 + the international delivery fee—ships from the UK.
Yankee Candle’s Clean Cotton® fragrance comes in a variety of different sizes and mediums. To enjoy the very best of them all, choose the Clean Cotton® Fragrance Set (only available in the UK), which includes 17 candles to keep your home smelling laundry fresh (even on your anniversary, when, let’s face it, nobody wants to be doing the washing!).
Alternatively, if you already know you both love the elegant and stunning scent of sun-dried cotton, combined with white flowers, a note of something green, and just a hint of lemon, go straight in for the Large Jar Candle, which promises 110-150 hours of burn time.
- Clean Cotton® Fragrance Set: £24.99.
- Clean Cotton® Large Jar Candle: £23.99 / $29.50
A Spa Day
Indulge yourself and your better half with a relaxing day (or even weekend away!) at the spa. This luxurious experience could include time in the pool and sauna, a yoga class, massage, or beauty treatment, and maybe even a cheeky glass of fizz to top of your time there off!
It contains a shower gel, bubble bath, body scrub, body oil, two bath bombs, and a super soft bath towel—but why not combine with some of our other ideas (like the bathrobes and candles) for that full spa experience?
Handmade in the UK, with real cotton threads, these cotton reel cufflinks are ideal gifts for him or to her (because, hello, women in suits) for your second anniversary.
Choose from eight colors, and team with a personalized card from the same shop for a thoughtful anniversary present they’ll never forget.
Again, sites like Not On The High Street and Etsy are great for this kind of thing; they each have so many brilliant designs to choose from.
This hidden message bracelet (handmade to order from sterling silver on a waxed cotton cord) can be customized with the latitude and longitude coordinates of any place special to you both—Perhaps your wedding venue? Or the place where you first met?
And these cord knotted bracelets are perfect for couples who want to make a declaration of their ongoing commitment. The waxed cotton style comes in more than ten colors, so you can each choose your favorite. The infinity knot symbolizes the vows you made to one another at your wedding: for as long as we both shall live.
A Charm Bracelet
As an alternative to the traditional cotton, consider gifting a garnet! As well as being July’s birthstone, this beautiful red rock is your go-to second-anniversary gem.
We usually think of garnets as being red, but they actually come in several colors, including yellow, green (called tsavorite), and pink. You’re bound to find any number of beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces with whichever of these you think she’ll like best.
What about this heart dangle charm from Pandora? It can be worn on a chain or, alternatively, added to one of their charm bracelets. Why not buy a bracelet and add to it each year until it’s full of charms and a million memories of your life together?
Is the once pristine white dinner set you were gifted at your wedding now looking a bit worse for wear? Two years on, is it scratched, stained, cracked, and in need of an upgrade? Or have you been saving it for a special occasion? Has it ever been used at all?
Either way, it sounds like you need to invest in some new plates!
You may think this gift idea doesn’t sound very indulgent or exciting. But, did you know you can get some exquisite statement pieces from companies like Xavier China in England? They make everything from Classic White bone china tableware to bespoke pieces featuring monograms and even family crests!
But, if your budget doesn’t extend that far, there are tons of eye-catching designs on Amazon, like this set from Divitis Home. It comes as a set of 12 in a choice of two colors, and the unique technique used to manufacture the items creates a special marble effect. As such, each plate’s slightly unique!
Still not convinced? Let us put it another way: it’s what goes on the plate that really counts.
You could just run down to Target and pick up a couple of these, or something very similar, for only $3.00 each (just ensure they’re made of china, so the symbolism isn’t lost), and then use them to serve up a feast! Celebrating an anniversary with a homecooked meal always goes down a treat.
There are so many fantastic options out there for this one too but, even after an hour’s searching: this set of two Romantic Silhouette Mr. & Mrs. Mugs from Not On The High Street is an absolute favorite! Maybe it’s the Austenite in me, but there’s no way every modern Mr. and Mrs. Darcy (be that Lizzie and Fitzwilliam, or Bridget and Mark!) shouldn’t have a pair of these sitting in their cupboard at home.
Made in Britain from high-quality ceramic, they can be personalized front and back, with both of your names and the date of your wedding or anniversary. They’re microwave and dishwasher safe and available for international shipping.
If your spouse is a big tea or coffee drinker, but your mug tree or cupboard is already crammed full to bursting, why not get a ceramic biscuit jar (hurry, there was only one left when I looked!) instead? That way, they’ll always have something sweet on hand to dunk?
Alternatively, this print (also from Not On The High Street) makes a gorgeous addition to any home. Again, you can personalize it with both your names and the date of your wedding/anniversary. We’re confident that the cozy design with its warm neutrals will go with any style of décor.
Buy a packet of seeds or a sprig from another plant and some soil to go in it too. Then as the year’s pass, you and your spouse can watch them grow while the relationship they commemorate continues to flourish.
Amazon has a fantastic range of intricate and exciting designs, like this Vintage Blue Planter —but, equally, your local homeware store or garden center is likely to stock something similar. Plant something that has special meaning for you both (a flower that was a part of the wedding bouquet, perhaps?) and tend to it together. Watch it grow and bloom along with your marriage.
If, like me, you lack the green thumb gene, but you still want to celebrate your anniversary with flowers, check out CottonBirdDesigns on Etsy! Angela, the owner, makes beautifully crafted flower sculptures for a variety of occasions but specializes in creating cotton roses for couples’ second anniversaries.
Prices for these gorgeous blooms start at £29.00. But, for £50.00, you can get a cotton fabric rose with poetry printed on its petals and a personalized heart pendant – it’s the epitome of romantic!
Unfortunately, international delivery isn’t available at this time, but do hurry if you live in the UK as stock is limited and in very high demand!
Ceramic Table Lamp
Show them they still light up your life by gifting them a beautiful and ornate lamp! These ones from nuLOOM on Amazon caught our eye with their awesome shapes and unique designs. This is the perfect idea for couples in the process of buying and furnishing their own property.
Ceramic Door Numbers
Ceramic door numbers are, again, another perfect idea for new property owners, but work just as well for anyone who wants to make their house feel more like a home! Terrabagra is a shop based in Bulgaria, but its gorgeous tiles are available for free international delivery on Etsy! Check out their fantastic range of handcrafted, floral, and geometric designs.
Or, if you live in a house with its own name, consider commissioning Lisette at CeramicHouseSigns instead! The plaques she creates are entirely bespoke and made by hand from start to finish. So, each and every single one of them is a beautiful and unique work of art.
Capture the personality of your property by choosing everything from the color and picture yourself. The examples she lists include portraits of horses, houses, and plants. Prices start from £75.00 and are available for international delivery.
FAQs About Cotton Anniversary Gifts
There are traditional names for every year of your marriage, for example, paper for the first year, silver for 25 years, and gold for 50 years. Cotton is the chosen name for a two-year-old marriage because it’s thought to symbolize durability, strength, and comfort (like cotton!).
A quick tour of Google tells us there are plenty of ideas out there whatever the number of years you’ve been married. However, if you’re super keen and traditional enough to want to embrace the cotton theme, you could set your dinner table with fine cotton linens, your wedding china and share a meal of all your favorite foods together.
You could also dress the table with cosmos, the traditional flower of second anniversaries, or buy some cosmos seeds and plant them in your garden ahead of the big day.
Hopefully, our article has outlined gifts to suit a range of budgets. If you go down the traditional route and plump for good quality china and cotton, you’ll need to shell out more, but ultimately, it depends on the size of your budget.
The most important part of any anniversary is to spend it with your beloved to show him or her that you’ve thought about them and the special day you shared two years ago.
If you’re a friend or family member who was involved in the wedding, you could buy them something personalized as a joint gift or ‘his’ and ‘hers’ versions of the same thing. If you know the couple in question are romantic, then, of course, a gift that appeals to that side of their nature would be ideal.
How Fab Are These!?
From big-name brands to small, independently owned, artisan businesses, we at Giftingsherpa.com will trawl through them all to bring you the best presents the internet has to offer for every occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries etc.
We hope somewhere on this list you found something your spouse will love almost as much as they love you. What was it—the cotton sheets, the charm bracelet, something ceramic? Leave a comment or get in touch on our socials to let us know!
PS if there’s a big birthday coming up, or you have no idea what to buy your baby brother for Christmas (I know I never do!), why not have a click-through some of our other articles and see what you can find?