If you are getting close to celebrating two years of wedded bliss, and you’re panicked on what to get for your other half, fear not. We’ve pulled together some of the best cotton anniversary gift ideas for both him and her.
The big wedding anniversary milestones — like 10, 25, 30, or even 50 — seem to get the most attention and and biggest presents! But we believe that EVERY wedding anniversary deserves to be as special and unique as the last. Anniversaries are a time to celebrate the union you have built together. After all, 24 months of marriage is a big accomplishment that deserves recognition.
First, we’ll briefly discuss what the second anniversary traditional gift (cotton) is all about.
What is the Traditional 2nd Anniversary Gift?
Traditionally, the second-anniversary gift is cotton.
Depending on where search online, you may come across a few different meanings for what cotton is supposed to symbolize. Some people believe that it represents that you’ve become more comfortable with each other. I tend to think this is a more modern representation.
Others think that the fibers of the cotton fabric represent how your lives have come together. As the interwoven fibers of cotton signify a couple growing closer as their lives become increasingly intertwined.
Modern 2nd Anniversary Gift
Modern lists mark the second anniversary gift with fine china, which is fragile and can easily be broken. A gift of china emphasizes the need for ongoing care of one another and the relationship.
Cotton Anniversary Gifts for Her
The honeymoon stage doesn’t have to end after the first anniversary, it can continue on past the 2nd anniversary too! Keep the spark alive with these soft, romantic, thoughtful and practical cotton gift ideas for her.
1) Custom Typewriter Wedding Vow Print
This would make a very romantic and personal gift for any occasion, but especially perfect for your 2nd year cotton anniversary. Have your vows or love letter typed and displayed on this gorgeous handmade cotton paper with deckle edges.
2) Cotton Bed Sheets
After two years of marriage, chances are your wedding registry gifts have found a particular spot within your home. And, hopefully you’ve returned the ones you that didn’t quite fit into your style! Now it’s time to add a few extra items that will make your home feel oh so good.
We think it’s important to have a really cozy bed to retreat to after a long day. One of the easiest ways to do that is to refresh your sheets. In honor of your cotton anniversary, what better present (and excuse) than to buy a set of really good quality cotton sheets. Cotton is the most popular fabric used to make sheets, and for good reason. It’s soft, breathable, easy to care for, and durable.
3) Personalized Cotton Pillow
If luxurious cotton sheets are already checked off your list of things to buy for your home, why not personalize your bed with a cute throw pillow made of textural cotton fabric?
4) Cotton Table Cloth & Matching Napkins
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Many couples love to entertain friends & family at dinner parties or seasonal occasions. If there is an avid dinner entertainer in your house, than a 100% cotton tablecloth will add easy elegance to everyday meals or dinner parties alike. Don’t forget matching cotton cloth napkins to really bring up your tablescape game!
5) Cotton Candles
I just love a good candle on my fireplace mantle to really set an inviting and warm atmosphere. Admitedly, these are not necessarily real cotton. Nonetheless a romantic fragrant candle with notes of fresh cotton and white florals made with the world’s finest scented oils will make for a beautifully anniversary gift.
6) Cotton Flower Watercolor
Simple yet elegant. These cotton flower watercolor paintings have a certain appeal that makes the wall (pictured above) really pop with design style. Bonus: What a beautiful story to tell guests who ask where you got the paintings.
7) Cotton Nightgown
With a beautifully soft fabric feel, who wouldn’t want to get comfy in this 100% cotton nightgown. This anniversary gift may be as much for him as it is for her. ;-)
8) Personalized Anniversary Cotton Blanket Throw
An elegant adornment over a bed or ideal for freshening up sofas, this cotton throw blanket can be embroidered with your names, a date, or a cute message. Curl up on the couch with your new personalized throw (and spouse!), pop some bubbly, and throw on a good movie. You’ve got yourself the perfect anniversary date night!
9) Macrame Plant Hanger
Did the macrame trend from the 1970s ever go away? Yes, it most certainly did. Macrame is back with a vengeance as this article explains — it was Instagrammed back into revival! Surprise her with a new potted plant that she can hang in this beautifully handmade macrame plant hanger.
Cotton Anniversary Gifts for Him
The end of your second year of marriage is a milestone to be enjoyed. Here are a few simple and afforadable cotton gifts for him we really like.
1) Cotton Hammock
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This first gift suggestion is as much for her as for him!
Backyard hammocks are such a treat. I remember as a child having a hammock in my backyard and spending countless hours swinging in a hammock, lulled into a state of relaxation. If your husband likes to sit in the backyard or take an outdoor snooze here and there, this two person soft woven cotton hammock is a great idea.
Star gazing 2nd anniversary date night anyone?
2) Cotton Chef’s Apron
Is there a budding gourmet chef in the house?
If your spouse loves to cook and doesn’t already have his own personalized apron, this could be the anniversary gift to really spice things up … in the kitchen.
3) Personlized Plush Bathrobes
For both him and her, I for one would love to discover a personalized soft cotton luxury bathrobe on the morning of my anniversary. I do own a bathrobe, but a personalize one would be like being at a posh spa everyday!
4) Cotton Leash
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Sometimes a gift that is for him and his best pooch friend is a good idea. Made from pre-dyed cotton, this exceptionally soft three-strand dog leash can make for a practical and well themed gift.
Can’t see how a dog leash is a gift for him?
While at first glance it could be similar to getting your mom a pair of ovenmits (so she can cook dinner for you), I had a second idea for this leash on your anniversary. Let’s just say perhaps both of you could use it the first time, before the pooch gets to try it out. We’ll leave the details to another book — 50 shades of dog leashes?
5) Cotton Money Clip
If your loved one is into unique statement pieces, this would be a standout gift to mark and symbolize a 2nd wedding anniversary. A Solid 925 sterling silver money clip with the cotton incorporate logo stamped on it in.
6) Personalized Pillow
How would your personalized pillow read? We all have a beginning to our love story, and we think this is such a cute reminder for any couple.
My pillow to my husband would likely say, “It all began over some salty paella!”
7) Men’s Cotton Pyjamas
Definitely a practical gift. But if your husband is anything like mine, some weekends he lives in his super soft 100% cotton flannel Pjs. Nothing beats lounging around in absolute comfort on the weekends!
Until next year, thanks for checking out our list of cotton anniversary gift ideas. Congratulations on your second anniversary and we wish you all the best in the years to come!