Thoughtful 2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas That'll Make It One to Remember

Celebrate the cotton anniversary with one of these unique or traditional presents.
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Naoimh O'Hare the knot
by Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
Naoimh O'Hare
Assistant E-Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at college and lives in Galway, Ireland
Updated Apr 08, 2021
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While the first anniversary generally grabs the most attention, don't let that take away from the fact that celebrating two years of marriage is a major milestone! After all, you know what they say: Two is better than one. Want to make the day feel extra special? Two-year anniversary gifts are a sweet way of showering your spouse with love or congratulating the happy couple. 

If you're not sure how to trump last year's present, fear not! We've put together a list of all the best traditional and modern picks, including some impressive cotton anniversary gifts to go with the year's unique theme. Of course, you don't have to follow the traditional guidelines when it comes to choosing a thoughtful present. We've also gathered some of our favorite alternative two-year anniversary gift ideas we're sure they'll love. 

In this article:

What is the second anniversary gift?

If you've decided to pick out a traditional second anniversary gift for your wife, husband or the couple, you're in luck. The material associated with this special milestone is cotton, which comes in many forms and is super easy to work with.  This fabric represents flexibility and interconnectedness—because with every year together, a couple only gets stronger. From cozy bathrobes and blankets to sentimental canvas art, there are tons of great cotton gift ideas to choose from. 

Of course, cotton isn't the only material you can turn to for inspiration. The modern take on the second wedding anniversary gift is china or porcelain. Just like a couple's union, these materials are beautiful yet fragile. The second year of marriage is also linked to cosmos flowers, the color red and the dazzling gemstone garnet.

Cotton Anniversary Gifts

Two years in and the couple is likely as comfortable with one another now as they are wearing a well-loved T-shirt. That's why it should come as no surprise that cotton is the traditional two-year anniversary gift. Still, it can require some creativity to transform something cozy and laid-back into a thoughtful or romantic present. Lucky for you, we know exactly where to start.

1. Custom Map

Cotton travel map anniversary gift with push pins

While travel might still be taking a back seat, that just leaves more time to plan your next adventure together! Help your S.O. keep track of where you've been (and where you plan to go) with a personalized cotton map that reads: "adventuring together since…" This thematic present is just what they'll need to fuel their wanderlust.  

Paper Anniversary Love Adventuring Together cotton map with custom pins, from $119, Etsy.com  

2. Stylish Sweater

Model wearing cozy dusty pink cotton and silk sweater

Luxury cotton anniversary gifts are a great way to mark this special milestone. We all love Lunya's trademark silk PJs, but did you know that the brand makes some gorgeous cotton clothing too? This sweater comes in two neutral hues and has a trendy cropped fit, meaning it'll look great with high-waisted pants. The scoop back and cuffed blouson sleeves give this loungewear a fashionable edge.

Lunya cozy cotton silk reversible pullover, $258, Lunya.co

3. Colorful Sock Subscription

Four colorful pairs of socks stacked next to Sock Fancy delivery package
Sock Fancy via Facebook

Subscription boxes make excellent last-minute cotton anniversary gifts because you can usually send your boo a sweet email letting them in on the surprise before anything actually arrives at the door. And what better subscription to celebrate two years together than cotton socks?! These bright and colorful designs will add a subtle pop to any outfit.

Sock Fancy sock gift subscription, from $57, SockFancy.com 

4. Meaningful Art

Canvas wall art showing sheet music of a romantic song

Here's a sweet way for your spouse or favorite lovebirds to relive a meaningful moment through song. This tasteful wall art features the sheet music of your choosing, such as your (or the couple's) first dance song. The icing on the cake? The canvas is made primarily from cotton. It's easily one of the best cotton anniversary gifts for him, her or the couple.

Canvas Vows first dance lyrics on canvas, from $89, CanvasVows.com

5. Super-Soft Loungewear

Man wearing snug cotton sweatpants and matching hoodie in black

Stylish and functional loungewear is here to stay. If your S.O.'s favorite sweats are looking a little worse for wear, they'll appreciate a cozy new hoodie, sweatpants or both. Outdoor Voices loungewear is fast becoming a cult favorite, and it's not hard to see why. This soft and fleecy attire is 100% cotton (and 100% comfortable!).

Outdoor Voices Nimbus hoodie, $88, OutdoorVoices.com; Outdoor Voices Nimbus sweatpant, $88, OutdoorVoices.com

6. Cozy Quilt

Charcoal gray cotton quilt and pillows shown on a bed

Still not sold on a present for your loved ones? Don't worry, we've got plenty more cotton wedding anniversary gift ideas where those came from. With this luxurious quilt and pillowcase set, the couple will feel like they're in a five-star hotel every time they climb into bed.

Quince stonewashed handcrafted cotton quilt set, $240, OneQuince.com

7. Decorative Pillow

Personalized cotton throw pillow with couple's initials and established date

Who knew cotton could be so diverse? This decorative throw pillow is a great gift idea for the person who's always sprucing up their home with the latest seasonal decor. It's also a lovely tribute to your union thanks to the cute initials and established date.

Emma and the Bean Home personalized initials and heart pillow, from $30, Etsy.com

8. Plush Bathrobe

Three cotton bathrobes hanging on the wall in different hues

Inspired by Brooklinen's beloved bath towels, this super-soft cotton robe feels like wrapping up in a cloud. Once your other half puts it on, they'll never want to take it off. It's easily one of the most practical cotton gifts for him or her, especially if they work from home.

Brooklinen super-plush robe, from $98, Brooklinen.com

9. Sentimental Tray

Small and large cotton trinket trays with couple's initials and romantic song lyrics

Get this beautiful cotton tray embroidered with your wedding vows, lyrics from one of your wedding songs or another romantic quote that'll mean a lot to your spouse. It'll put a smile on their face whenever they go to grab their jewelry, keys or whatever.

Paper Anniversary Love personalized cotton tray, from $79, Etsy.com 

10. Hobby Socks

Close-up of man wearing stylish golf-themed socks

Socks can make excellent cotton wedding anniversary gifts, and we're here to prove it. If a subscription isn't really your style, here's a memorable and personal present they can unwrap right away. Select a pair inspired by your partner's favorite hobby or interest, from baseball and soccer to wine and dogs. It's a small token that'll show just how well you know them.   

Soxfords pima cotton embroidered socks, $24, TheGrommet.com 

11. Adorable Portrait

Cross-stitch family portrait cotton anniversary gift

If you're looking for something truly unique to mark the occasion, consider it done. A cross-stitch portrait is an adorable way of capturing your family, whether that's just you and your S.O. or includes kids or pets. All you have to do is submit some photos to the Etsy seller so they can recreate your likeness. Who needs an anniversary photo shoot?

Hoops and String custom cross stitch family portrait, from $30, Etsy.com

12. State Towel

Hand towel adorned with different states with cute prints

If your other half hails from another part of the country, a patterned hand towel of their home state is a meaningful present. The cutest thing about these cotton second anniversary gifts is the thematic pattern that goes with each state: Maryland has a blue crab print and Kentucky has bourbon bottles.

Coast & Cotton patterned hometown heart hand towel, $18, TheGrommet.com

13. Romantic Throw

Woven cotton throw customized with song lyrics and couple's names and wedding date

Thought snuggling up together on the sofa couldn't get any better? This handwoven throw blanket begs to differ. You can have it personalized with your names, wedding date and the lyrics of a meaningful tune (think: one of your wedding songs). Don't forget the tissues—this one's a tearjerker!

The Modish Home song lyric blanket, from $97, Etsy.com

14. Personalized Apron

White cotton apron personalized to read Mel's Kitchen

If your spouse loves to get creative in the kitchen or is a self-proclaimed grill master, a personalized apron is a must-have accessory. It'll let everyone know who's boss at your next dinner party or backyard barbecue. Plus, it might just encourage them to start cooking up a storm. It's a win-win!

Bride Bikini custom text apron, from $18, Etsy.com

15. Chic Satchel

Floral canvas and leather satchel cotton 2-year anniversary gift

This stylish handbag is made from high-quality materials, including canvas, cotton and vegetable tanned leather. Each R. Riveter bag is handmade with care by creative military spouses from around the country. Named after the expert cryptographer Dorothy Braden, this particular line is designed for everyday use, featuring multiple compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap.

R. Riveter Dot | Abstract Serenity print and brown leather handbag, $255, RRiveter.com

China Anniversary Gifts

If the traditional two-year anniversary gift just doesn't feel right, why not look to this milestone's modern material instead? Check out some of our favorite china and porcelain presents right here.

16. Special Ring Dish

China ring dish personalized with couple's initials 2-year anniversary gift

This elegant trinket dish is a fitting china anniversary gift for your second year of marriage. It'll give your S.O. somewhere safe to store their rings and gives a sweet nod to the date of your nuptials.

Willow Lane Collective personalized trinket dish, $14, Etsy.com

17. Sweet Mug Set

Set of kissing porcelain mugs pictured on a breakfast tray china second anniversary gift

Looking for modern second anniversary gift ideas for a couple? This adorable set of porcelain mugs will make their morning coffee extra sweet.  

Uncommon Goods The Kissing Mugs, $65 for a set of 2, UncommonGoods.com

Custom ceramic cuff links pictured with initials K and J

Ceramic is another material that's pretty much interchangeable with china. Your spouse can wear these minimalist monogram cuff links with their favorite suit over a celebratory anniversary dinner or save them for another special occasion. 

Ceraminic personalized cuff links, $33, Etsy.com

19. Commemorative Plate

And They Lived Happily Ever After personalized wedding memento plate

It's never too late to give the couple a heartfelt memento of their wedding day. This keepsake plate can be personalized with their names, the date and a cute illustration. Most romantic of all, at the top it reads: "and they lived happily ever after."  

Suzanne Pollack Happily Ever After platter, $84, UncommonGoods.com

20. Fun Kintsugi Kit

Kintsugi kit pictured next to two bowls repaired by kintsugi

Don't be afraid to think outside the box on your search for the perfect gift for your spouse. This repair kit inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi is an unusual take on the modern theme that'll allow your S.O. to transform broken china into something even more beautiful. The gift set includes two bowls to practice on so they can get gluing right away. 

Sandy Leaf Farm Wabi-Sabi kintsugi repair kit, $25, KonMarie.com

Alternative Two-Year Anniversary Gifts

You shouldn't feel pressured to pick out a cotton or china present if you don't want to. At the end of the day, following the guidelines is totally optional and it can be just as fun to make your own tradition. To make it that little bit easier, we've listed some of our favorite second wedding anniversary gifts for him, her and them that don't follow tradition below.

21. Unique Game

Personalized wooden four across game with couple's names as the holes

The dating game may be over for these two newlyweds, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Personalize this wooden four-across game with the couple's names, so they can challenge each other to some lighthearted competition.

Kasey and Justin Pearson personalized hearts four-across game, $85, UncommonGoods.com

22. Elegant Serveware

Wooden serving board engraved with couple's first names and family name

Are they self-proclaimed charcuterie experts? Is their house the go-to spot for dinner parties? If so, they need a personalized cutting board to use for all their serving (and cheese board) desires. Even if their most-used app is Seamless, this custom piece will be a decorative addition to their kitchen.

True Mementos personalized cutting board, from $29, Etsy.com

23. Mesmerizing Rose

Metallic rose with fairy lights in a glass dome

Now this is a memorable two-year wedding anniversary gift. Nothing says "I'll love you forever" quite like a rose preserved in an enchanting glass dome. The fairy lights add a magical finishing touch any Disney lover would appreciate.  

Rose Lives Love Galaxy Rose, $95, RoseLivesLove.com

24. Sexy Lingerie Subscription

Two women wearing designer Underclub lingerie in mint color
Underclub via Facebook

Give your spouse the gift of designer underwear delivered right to their door. This awesome subscription service will send your other half a notification on the date of your choosing. From there, they can fill out a style questionnaire that'll help curate each month's package. You can even select a few add-ons for the first delivery, from sexy intimates to comfy loungewear.

Underclub gift subscription, from $45, Underclub.com

25. Adventure Scrapbook

The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition scrapbook next to a camera

Whether you're looking for a two-year anniversary gift for your wife, husband or the couple, we're big fans of the Adventure Challenge. This cool scrapbook is chock full of awesome date night ideas for couples to do together and then document. The best part is that you have to commit to one of the scratch-off ideas before finding out what it is, bringing an element of fun and spontaneity. (That said, there are some helpful hints beside each date idea to help you choose.)

The Adventure Challenge scrapbook in Couples Edition, $40, UncommonGoods.com

26. Custom Illustration

Digital portrait of a couple holding their dog

Custom digital portraits are having a serious moment right now. They're a sweet way to memorialize your favorite photo, and some artists are able to include additional elements, like pets or children too. Honor two years of marriage by getting your S.O. a sweet picture to commemorate your wedding day. 

Frankie Norman Designs custom couple portrait, from $80, Etsy.com

27. Creative Hot Sauce Kit

Hot sauce making kit showing labeled bottles with different color sauces inside

For the spouse who likes their food hot and spicy, you can't go wrong with a DIY hot sauce kit as a second-year anniversary gift. This one features a variety of spice packs, recipes, bottles and labels to whip up small-batch condiments that'll turn up the heat on their favorite eats.

Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce kit, $40, UncommonGoods.com

28. Heart Pendant

Diamond and red garnet heart-shaped pendant

Garnet is another second anniversary theme you can use for inspiration to pick out a winning present. The two-year anniversary stone represents love and friendship—a fitting symbol of your special bond. This stunning pendant doubly demonstrates the love you have for your other half thanks to the gemstone's heart-shaped cut. 

Blue Nile heart-shaped garnet and diamond pendant, $825, BlueNile.com

29. Milestone Journal

Anniversary Journal bound with black cover shown open and closed

This beautiful journal is an incredibly popular first anniversary gift, but it's never too late to start documenting your milestones. There's a space dedicated to each year of marriage, from the first all the way to the 60th. Thoughtful prompts inspire couples to reflect on the past year together, while dedicated photo pages and envelopes allow them to preserve their memories in different ways.  

Uncommon Goods The Anniversary Journal, $85, UncommonGoods.com

30. Engraved Glassware

Engraved decanter and rocks glasses with monogram and last name

For the couple who likes to celebrate with their favorite bottle of scotch or bourbon, this elegant decanter set is sure to wow. It comes engraved with their shared last name and monogram. Trust us, they'll find any excuse to break out these fancy rocks glasses from now on. 

Timeless Treasures USA engraved decanter set, from $70, Etsy.com

31. Monthly Plant Delivery 

Two potted plants from The Sill plant subscription

Whether they're succulent experts or just starting out, get the newlyweds a plant subscription to fill their home with lush greenery every month. You can choose how long the subscription lasts too.

The Sill classic plant subscription, $60 a month, TheSill.com

32. Sleek Charging Tray

White trinket and wireless charging tray with phone and makeup on it

This trinket tray isn't just a chic piece of home decor, it's also a wireless charging tray for your partner's phone—perfect for the person who's always losing or breaking their charger. The non-stick base means it won't easily fall and the Italian leather finish looks and feels luxurious. Better yet, it comes in five different colorways to suit your S.O.'s style and can be monogrammed. Talk about a useful two-year wedding anniversary gift!

Courant CATCH:3 charging and accessory tray, $175, StayCourant.com

33. Fancy Cologne Set

Cologne gift set second anniversary present

This gift set from Fulton & Roark really is the whole package. It includes cologne, a bar of soap and deodorant all in the same scent so that your partner can streamline their most-used products to avoid conflicting fragrances. The cologne comes in the form of a solid bar that's easy to apply, doesn't smell overwhelming and is travel-friendly.

Fulton & Roark Total Package fragrance set, $85, Fulton&Roark.com

34. Floral Earrings

Sterling silver plated cosmos flower earrings

These pretty earrings come in the shape of the second anniversary flower: cosmos. Made from recycled metal, each made-to-order pair has an antique-style sterling silver finish. Cosmos is a symbol of peace, making it a lovely representation of the harmony you've found in your relationship.

321 Simple Creations cosmos flower earrings, $34, Etsy.com

35. Mini Travel Case

Mini black suitcase alternative 2-year anniversary gift

Okay, but have you ever seen anything as adorable as this miniature luggage case?! If you plan on taking advantage of travel's much-anticipated return this year, why not organize a romantic weekend getaway for you and your loved one? Tuck a flight or hotel voucher inside the case for an extra-special surprise. When you head off on your next adventure, it's the perfect place to store jewelry and other small-but-important items.

Away The Mini suitcase, $45, AwayTravel.com 

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