Second Anniversary Gift Ideas

Our second wedding anniversary is coming up in less than a month.  I’ll save you the whole “Where has the time gone? It feels like we were married a week ago!” schpeel.

With anniversaries come anniversary gifts, and I’m all into the traditional gift ideas.  Call me crazy, but I like traditions.  Last year, for our first anniversary, the traditional gift was paper.  Brad got me an Indiana print I had been swooning over, and I got him (and me) tickets to a Zac Brown Band concert.

This year we’re moving on to cotton– the traditional second anniversary gift.  Apparently, cotton was chosen because by the time a couple reaches their second anniversary, they are more comfortable with each other.   Awww.  So I thought I’d share some cotton themed, second anniversary gift ideas with you.

second wedding anniversary gift ideas

This is a fun idea.  Take a map and stitch a heart around where you live, where you married, where you met, or whatever.  You could also stitch a little house around where your first home is located.

Cotton anniversary gift: Vintage map framed in 6" wooden hoop. Symbol hand-embroidered round your chosen location.source

Print something anniversary-ish onto cotton fabric and display it in a frame.

New- Modern Font Cotton Anniversary Gift-  Mr. and Mrs. Announcement, Perfect for Weddings, Engagements, Showers, Announcement

Give your love muffin a wedding photo printed on canvas.  Go an extra step and have your first dance song lyrics or vows printed on top of the canvas.

Gift Personalized Cotton Anniversary Gift photo words, lyrics, vows, memories Bridal 18X24

Nothing says “I love you, happy anniversary” like a monogrammed handkerchief.  Your beloved will no doubt think of you every time he or she cries or blows his or her nose.

Custom Embroidered Handkerchief Bridal Accessory Valentines Day Gift source

cable knit throw, a classic and timeless gift.  Go the extra mile and have it monogrammed.  This is one of my favorite cotton gift ideas because if you treat a blanket right (i.e. you don’t let your dog lay on it) it can last a lifetime.  If you’re a knitter, crocheter, or quilter you could make your own blanket to present to your lover.

ralph lauren blanketsource

For the fun-loving couple, Mr. and Mrs. mustache and lips throw pillows.

Mr and Mrs - Moustache and Lips Throw Pillow Cushion Cover - Perfect Wedding Gift For a Trendy Modern Couple

Keeping with the pillow theme, why not a monogrammed throw pillow?  Or you could get a pillow with your wedding date or last name or first names or initials printed or stitched on it.

MEMORIAL DAY SALE Monogrammed Coral Chevron Pillow Cover Monogram With Insert Embroidered Monogram 12 x 16 Personalized Gift Housewarming B

Brad and I aren’t robe people.  The only robes we own are from the Alaskan cruise we took with Brad’s family in 2006.  (They were a gift– we didn’t steal them.)  But, if you and your love are robe people, you can’t go wrong with Mr. and Mrs., His and Hers, or monogrammed robes.

Mr. and Mrs. Waffle Weave Robe Set wrap yourself in cotton luxury.

This one is for the ladies: a cotton clutch.  Just send this blog post to your husband and hint that you really like the last image.

gold pin dot clutch collection : bridal clutch, bridesmaid gift, evening bag, ivory, dusty rose and gray with metallic gold pin dots

Here are some other ideas I cooked up:
bedding setquilt • womens apronsheetsbath towelstea towelstablecloth

Over-achiever?  Check out these great third wedding anniversary gift ideas.  There’s no shame in planning next year’s anniversary gift.

Other anniversary gift ideas:
1st wedding anniversary
3rd wedding anniversary
4th wedding anniversary

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  1. Meghan says

    Great ideas! I am one year ahead of you in the anniversaries and wish I had these ideas when I was looking. Leather is for the third anniversary and I’d love some creative ideas other than a belt or wallet (of which he loves his current ones).

  2. says

    Love the idea of a traditional anniversary gift – never thought of that. The Mr. and Mrs. pillows are really great =)

  3. Lindsey says

    I am with Meghan, I would love it if you would do a few years ahead. I am on the 4th anniversary this year, fruit and flowers, and I feel like this one is going to be a tough one. For our third anniversary (leather), I gave him a leather passport holder, but the dog ate it before the passport even arrived. I might need to replace that.

  4. says

    Wish i’d read this yesterday since it was my 2nd wedding anniversary =) Oh well, we went out to dinner and are planning a lake trip for the weekend <3 not very Traditional

  5. Natalie says

    Here’s your fun fact of the day: “paper” money is not made out of paper. It’s actually made out of cotton and linen. So tell Brad you would appreciate a stack of Benjamins this year……Grants and/or Jacksons would be cool too. Boom, problem solved. You’re welcome. 😉

  6. says

    Yea! I’m totally into traditional gifts too. I’m not sure we even got each other anything those first few years though because we were in college and broke. I guess I can say we got textbooks for the 1st year (paper) and a graduation gown for the 2nd year??

  7. Kristen says

    Love these ideas! Our 2nd anniversary is in a few weeks and I’m trying to get ideas on what to get for my husband. Last year for paper I got him a book he’d been wanting and he got me tickets to the symphony.

  8. says

    Love this post! I’m still looking for a good 2nd anniversary gift for my hubby though – none of these really fit. Hmmmm just thought of some nice pjs (he does have a set he likes that I like to tease him about!)

  9. Heather says

    I love the cotton fabric frame! I may have to order something like that for our anniversary this upcoming summer!! :)

  10. Blanca says

    I love those ideas for mine which is on Easter we r going out of town to a beach and stay in a bed and breakfast my gift to my husband is telling the owners to write love quotes leading to the closet where he will find 2 personalized shirts on the back of them will say our mr. & mrs. And when we are side by side it will form a heart!