Many wish to mark their 2nd wedding anniversary with a thoughtful gift for their loved ones. There are numerous options to choose from, including everything from bouquets of flowers to jewellery and cotton goods.
Here we’ve listed a few of our favourite ways of celebrating the occasion that should go down well with your loved ones and friends.
Meaning of 2nd anniversary
It’s not clear when wedding anniversaries first became a celebration; each year however has a different meaning.
Cotton signifies the 2nd wedding anniversary, with the interwoven fibres of this fabric said to bring a couple closer together, as their lives become more and more intertwined.
Cotton is both soft and strong, a little like a new relationship. It therefore represents the need for both individuals to learn to adapt to the other’s needs.
Just because cotton signifies a 2nd wedding anniversary, this by no means you can’t gift your loved one with something romantic.
Roses made from a red cotton fabric are not only an ideal and amorous gift for this occasion; they’re also extremely long lasting. Looking for something a little flirtier in style? Choose some cheeky pillows with brazen slogans splashed across the front of them.
If your loved one loves to relax, gift him or her with a cotton robe with a spa pass tucked inside the pocket.
Cotton underwear and socks with slogans such as ‘you still make my toes wiggle’ are also great gift options for 2nd wedding anniversaries.
Flower suggestions for 2nd anniversary
The second wedding anniversary is a special occasion.
This is the point in the relationship when couples tend to have a much more in-depth understanding of one and other. The flower for this occasion is the picture-perfect cosmos, as it symbolises an amazing transformation. This sublime bloom boasts a unique beauty and an intense charm.
It is said to represent a unique kind of love and a love that will be celebrated for many years to come. Gifting a loved one with an overflowing bouquet brimming with cosmos is guaranteed to impress them.
If you’d prefer to gift your other half with a plant, choose the ‘cotton’ plant. Whether you buy one that is already semi-grown or seeds to plant together, this is a sweet and unique present idea for the second wedding anniversary.
Traditional 2nd anniversary gifts
The traditional gift chosen to mark this anniversary is cotton.
With this in mind, traditional gifts include everything from luxury high thread count sheets, to cotton candy and cotton pyjamas. If choosing bedding, opt for Egyptian cotton with a high thread count, as this will be a gift for both of you! Personalised cushion covers with cutesy sayings such as ‘Mr and Mrs’ or the date you met are another popular choice when it comes to choosing a traditional 2nd wedding anniversary gift.
For a trendy, fun gift, invest in 100% cotton bathrobes with initials emblazoned across the breast pocket or ‘his’ and ‘hers’ splashed across the back. Similarly, towels with hand-sewn names are another prevalent option, just as fabric shopping bags, aprons and fabric photo frames with a picture of yours truly displayed in them are also must-gives.
Gift ideas for husbands
Husbands looking to impress their other half on their 2nd wedding anniversary, but who wish to veer away from traditional gifts, may wish to plan a treasure hunt.
Use a cotton piece of string to guide your loved one to the hidden treasure, or in this case, any gifts you may have hidden around the garden or home.
Another option is a framed fabric map, although technically associated with the first wedding anniversary; it can still be bought for the 2nd wedding anniversary providing you ensure it is made out of a cotton material.
Gift ideas for wives
If you’re struggling to think of a gift for your husband, the likes of initialed handkerchiefs, terry slippers, cotton ties, socks, pyjamas and boxer shorts with slogans splashed across the back are all good ideas. For something a little cheesier in style, have your image (or an image of you together) printed on a t-shirt.
If you’re set to celebrate a 2nd wedding anniversary soon, congratulations! And we hope we’ve managed to provide a little inspiration to help you to pick out the perfect gift.