After the high of celebrating your first wedding anniversary, don’t let the marking of your second anniversary fall short. The traditional second wedding anniversary gift is cotton and there are plenty of ways you can embrace this theme in your gifting. Alternatively, you might want to choose the modern gift for a second anniversary which is china, you will find just as many ways to embrace this theme in your gift giving.
Two years of marriage may have flown by but avoid the temptation to be distracted by every day life and ensure you carve out some time to celebrate this milestone. It could be as simple as making a special dinner and taking a look through your wedding photographs together. Or take a trip to a favourite restaurant so you can both get all dressed up and toast to your marriage. Whatever way you choose to celebrate your second anniversary, our pick of the best second wedding anniversary gift ideas will help you find the perfect token of love to mark this special occasion.
Traditional cotton anniversary gift ideas
The traditional gift for a second wedding anniversary is cotton. Cotton is said to symbolise both warmth and strength and those close weaves of the fabric shows just how much your lives are intertwined. You will find plenty of gifts to symbolise your cotton wedding anniversary, from personalised towels to bespoke wall art. Explore our pick of the best cotton wedding anniversary gift ideas and find the perfect present to celebrate your love.
1. Cotton wedding anniversary print
This cotton wedding anniversary print from Delightful Living comes personalised with all your wedding details and a nod to your wedding vows. We think it would make the perfect romantic anniversary gift to celebrate two years of marriage and it will hang in your home for years to come. For the text you have a choice of sixteen colours so you can find something to beautfully suit your home decor.
How much? £42
Buy it: Delightful Living
2. Real dried cotton stems
If you want to take the meaning of your second anniversary literally, you can’t get much more precise than gifting some actual cotton stems to your other half. These dried cotton stems tap into the current trend for dried flowers and because of their neutral colourway would suit almost any interior setup. We love that this is both thoughtful and stylish, the perfect pick if your partner is into home decor.
How much: £25
Buy it: Lavender & Rose
3. Personalised song cushion cover
We think this personalised song cushion cover from Vintage Designs Reborn is such a romantic way to mark two years of marriage. You could personalise with lyrics from the song you walked down the aisle to or from your first dance, as a happy reminder of that special day. Available in a choice of dreamy colours, including pink rose, meadow green and light blue.
How much? £37.95
Buy it: Vintage Designs Reborn
4. Wedding anniversary print
If your wedding photos have spent most of their life locked away in an album, then why not bring them to life with a gorgeous print of your most treasured picture? Your chosen photograph is printed directly onto cotton and then personalised with some words of your choice. We love the vintage feel that your pictures will have when printed onto fabric in this way.
How much? £38
Buy it: Modo Creative
5. Mr and mrs personalised towels
If you are looking for a fun 2nd wedding anniversary gift that is not too mushy then these cute personalised cotton towels are a fun way to mark your second year of marriage. Choose from two pretty font choices and then personalise with your words of choice.
How much? £32
Buy it: Minna's Room
6. Cupid initials cushion
Give a subtle nod to your anniversary with this personalised cupid’s bow cushion from Modo Creative. The sketchy font gives the cushion a hand drawn feel which adds to the romantic vibe. We think this is a perfect gift for your cotton wedding anniversary and would be a pretty finishing touch to your sofa, a statement chair or for your bed.
How much? £32
Buy it: Modo Creative
7. Personalised waffle robe
Keep things cosy with a personalised cotton robe from Next, available in charcoal, navy or grey and monogrammed with your chosen initials or word. If you are a couple who love a cute night in with a bottle of wine and your favourite Netflix series then we think this cotton gift is the one for you.
How much? £33
Buy it: Next
8. Coordinated couple sweatshirts
If you want to give off serious couple goal vibes then these matching sweatshirts are a super cute way to get there! Available in a range of colours and featuring the coordinates of a place that is special to you both, these adorable shirts are a fun way to celebrate your cotton wedding anniversary and will bring a smile to your partner’s face.
How much? £100
Buy it: Undone Stitch
9. Embroidered photo hoop
For a quirky wedding anniversary gift, this bespoke photo hoop is not only a unique gift idea, it’s also a lovely way to make use of your wedding photos. Choose your favourite wedding picture and the team at House of Whatnot will print that picture onto a piece of fabric and then embroider your names and wedding date onto the photo.
How much? £42.50
Buy it: House of Whatnot
10. Personalised cotton pyjamas
Ensure your relaxing nights in together are kept cosy and cute with a pair of personalised pyjamas. These cotton pyjamas from Next are available in white or grey and can be monogrammed with your beloved’s initials. We think it’s an adorable way to celebrate your second wedding anniversary.
How much? £48
Buy it: Next
11. Personalised handwritten banner
Add some rustic style to your home with this personalised handwritten banner from Oh Squirrel. Your unique wording is embroidered onto the banner with a velvet-feel flock and is available in two different sizes. For a unique gift that will personalise your home, we think this adorable banner is perfect.
How much? £50
Buy it: Oh Squirrel
Modern china wedding anniversary gift ideas
The modern gift for a second wedding anniversary is china. The china gift is said to symbolise the strong but delicate nature of a marriage, something special that when it is looked after can last a lifetime. To help you find the perfect china anniversary present for your husband or wife, we have picked out some of the best and most thoughtful china wedding anniversary gift ideas that we think you are going to love.
12. Love trinket plate
If you have chosen the modern anniversary theme of china then this bone china trinket plate from The White Company is a cute and affordable choice. This delicate plate is a perfect home for all those special pieces of jewellery that you don’t want to be misplaced, damaged or lost.
How much? £10
Buy it: The White Company
13. Handmade rose in a vase
Instead of giving traditional flowers, give a beautiful bloom that will last a lifetime. This ceramic rose sits proudly on top of a wooden stem - that is personalised with a message of your choice. We think it’s a beautiful gift that will remind you of this special wedding anniversary.
How much? £37
Buy it: Little Foundry
14. Laurel branch anniversary plate
This cute anniversary plate from Seahorse is made from white bone china and is personalised with your initials and wedding date. This serving size plate is adorned with laurel branches either side and is something you can bring out for family meal times for many years to come.
How much? £25
Buy it: Seahorse
15. Mr and Mrs Mugs
If you have been married for two years and haven't yet bagged yourself some Mr and Mrs mugs then what have you been thinking! These bone china mugs from Chapel Cards are a fun and affordable second wedding anniversary gift that will bring a smile to your partner’s face (and maybe they'll actually start making you a cup of tea in the morning?).
How much? £24
Buy it: Chapel Cards
16. Sushi Studio gift set
Does your other half love sushi? If they do then this Tokyo Design Studio sushi set is the perfect gift for them. Complete with sushi plates, dipping dishes and chopsticks, it’s a fun gift that your sushi-loving other half will love. If you want to go one step further then why not learn how to make your own sushi and suprise them wth a romantic dinner that evening to celebrate.
How much? £45
Buy it: John Lewis
17. Teacup candle
This personalised scented candle from China Betty is a fun take on the modern second wedding anniversary gift. Personalised with your names and wedding date, the cup is made from bone china and fired in a kiln before the candle wax is hand poured with a scent of your choosing. Pick from a floral, fresh or woody scent that is blended from essential oils and will fill your home each time you light the candle.
How much? £30
Buy it: China Betty
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