2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas: Cotton

Last Updated:  October 30, 2017

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The 2nd anniversary gift is traditionally something made of cotton, which offers plenty of surprising options for those willing to venture beyond the predictable. Lucky for you, we’ve searched far and wide to put together this list of unexpected and romantic second anniversary gift ideas. While the first and tenth anniversaries might get all the attention, you’ll score extra points by really nailing the anniversaries in between.

Here are a few favorites, all made of cotton (or a close relative), that are sure to leave your spouse feeling appreciated!

2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas: The List!

1. Vintage Denim: Find the Perfect Pair

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Denim is cotton of course, in perhaps its finest form.

The right pair of jeans can make even the most style-challenged spouse look like a fashionista. Whether your partner dresses like Lucky Blue Smith or your grandmother Edith, their wardrobe will surely benefit from an injection of vintage denim. The thing is, it’s got to fit just right.

Here are three ways to pull this one off perfectly:

2. Luxurious Sheets: Sleep Like Royalty

2nd Anniversary Gift - Luxury Sheets
The benefits of high end sheets extend well beyond sleep!

If you haven’t already splurged on fancy bed sheets by your 2nd wedding anniversary, you’re missing out. Thread count certainly matters, but it’s not the only thing you’ll want to pay attention to. Sheets made from true Egyptian cotton with a lower thread count are often softer than those with a higher thread count made from a blend of cotton and other materials. Sateen weaves are supple and shiny while a percale weave will be crisp and more likely to hold up to repeated washing. Jersey sheets are really soft, just like your favorite well-worn t-shirt.

Make the right choice and the benefits to your marriage will extend well beyond a good night’s sleep! Here are some of our favorite options for swanky sheets at various price points:

3. Snazzy Shirts: Freshen Up His Closet

2nd Anniversary Gift - Guys Fashion
Take the opportunity to make some subtle style suggestions!

Lots of guys are reluctant shoppers at best, so a second anniversary is a good excuse to swap in some new styles.

4. High-End Hammock: Swing in Comfort

2nd Anniversary Gift - High End Hammock
You’re getting sleepy. Very, very sleepy…

When was the last time you kicked back in a hammock? Get one that’s big enough for two to keep your sweetie close and warm whether you’re deep in the backcountry or chilling in the backyard.

5. Couples Glamping Tent: See The Stars in Style

2nd Anniversary Gift - Cotton Tents
Sibley still makes tents the old-fashioned way: with cotton!

True, most camping tents aren’t really made from cotton anymore. But if glamping is more your style, then you’re in luck because these extravagant Sibley Ultimate tents are 100% cotton. They’re not a cheap 2nd anniversary gift but once you’re all set up in the wilderness, you may never want to leave.

If you’re willing to fudge a little bit on the “cotton” theme, then we love both Nemo backpacking tents and uber-lightweight American made Tarptents.

6. Personalized Canvas: Wedding Song Stanzas

2nd Anniversary Gift - Song Lyrics
Can you recite those special first dance song lyrics word for word?

While canvas used to be made mostly from hemp, it’s now made from cotton. That opens up all kinds of creative possibilities to give customized artwork for a 2nd anniversary gift. CanvasVows will work with your ideas, generate a proof quickly, and then get your one-of-a-kind custom gift printed and shipped pronto. Wedding vows and first dance song lyrics are both great options. Or go with whatever else you can dream up!

7. Cotton Pushpin Map: Remember Where You’ve Been

2nd Anniversary Gift - Cotton Map
Keep track of your globetrotting exploits together. Canvas = cotton!

The popular Etsy shop PushPinMap will customize a canvas map to just about any request. You choose the words across the top, like “Where Our Love Has Traveled” or “Our Bucket List” and they’ll make and ship it to you in 1-2 weeks. They’ll throw in 100 push pins so all you frequent flyers can keep track of your journeys together. There’s also a National Park edition for outdoorsy folks!

Every map is made to order, printed on cotton and mounted on high-quality foam backing. They ship free and owners Ashley and Eric sport tons of 5-star reviews from happy second anniversary gift givers!

Did We Miss Your Favorite 2nd Anniversary Gift Idea?

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