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Did you know that each wedding anniversary has a set list of gifts to give? This isn’t just for the sake of ease, as it takes guesswork out of what to get the happy couple, but also allows them to fill up their homes with useful, beautiful things. After all, few people are able to fill all their cupboards with everything they need right from the beginning, right?
I am not certain as to why people came up with wedding anniversary symbols, but we can check our history and learn that the historic origins of wedding anniversaries started during the Holy Roman Empire, where husbands would crown their wives silver wreath for their 25th year of marriage and a gold wreath on their 50th. Gradually, the number of symbols expanded and the assigned gifts have become meaningful symbols of each stage in the marriage life.
The second wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with cotton gifts. Why? Because cotton is immensely versatile, easy to care for, and can be used in pretty much every room in the house.
As gentle as it may seem, cotton is a breathable fiber which can withstand heat.
Let’s tackle below how we can relate marriage to a cotton’s specified characteristics:
- Strong – cotton is known to be durable and can resist abrasion. We can relate that to marriage, as sometimes, two years of togetherness may seem pretty unstable but the friction, and the struggles help a marriage to become stronger.
- Absorbing – with a high absorption quality, we all want a marriage that is built on acceptance and understanding.
- Versatile – during the adjustment phase, it is important to set rules in your marriage, but adaptability is also an important factor in marriage. It’s best to always meet in the middle.
From bed linens to PJ sets, this material is used daily to make life a bit softer and happier. Read on for 15 fabulous cotton gifts for second-year newlyweds.
Every couple has a special story, song, poem, or phrase that means a lot to them and their relationship. With this gift, that text can be converted into a gorgeous, heart-shaped print for them to frame. Whether it’s song lyrics, their wedding vows, or their favorite Harry Potter monologue, those meaningful words can be paired with the couple’s names and wedding date, and cherished forever.
The couple that lounges together… well, they’re probably really happy indeed.
This fabulous his-and-hers set consists of two waffle-knit cotton robes, with unisex kimono collars, generous sizing, and roomy pockets. They can slip into these after a steamy shower together, and Netflix it up for hours in comfort and style.
Bonus: They can be personalized with text such as “His & Hers” or “Mr. and Mrs.”.
Do you love to hear people say “Awwww!” when you give them presents? Good, because that’s exactly the reaction these adorable pillowcases will evoke.
A pair of cartoon characters adorn these covers, whispering sweet, lovey messages to each other through an old-fashioned cup-and-string telephone. How cute is that?
What’s better than a gorgeous anniversary gift? One that can be used two different ways, of course!
This gorgeous cotton throw, which features the famous “Love is Patient” verse from 1 Corinthians 13, can be hung on the wall as a tapestry, or used as a soft, cozy blanket to snuggle under on cool winter evenings.
Does one member of the happy couple enjoy a glass of wine (or three…) after a long day at work? Then these socks are perfect for them. Made from a medium-weight cotton/wool blend, they speak volumes about what a person needs when their feet are propped up by the fire.
Be generous, dear. Keep pouring.
If the couple you’re buying for appreciations bohemian or rustic, natural decor, then this is the gift for them. Knotted in traditional macrame style, this large, “Tree of Life” dreamcatcher-like piece would look gorgeous on a cottage wall, or hanging by the fireplace. Measurements: 37.4’’ length x 9.84’’ diameter.
One of cotton’s most wonderful attributes is its sweet, pure scent. There’s nothing quite like it, and it evokes a feeling of comfort and cleanliness. Now, add that to a candle (who doesn’t love candles?) and you have an ideal, romantic gift anyone would adore.
This three-wick candle is made with soy-based wax, and will burn from 25-45 hours.
Does the couple you’re buying for nauseate you with how much they love on each other? Excellent: get this blanket for their anniversary, and they’ll coo even harder. Made of ultra-soft, 100% cotton, it’s large enough for the lovebirds to snuggle beneath, as they try to outdo one another about who loves whom more.
Perfect for plant lovers, this pair of handcrafted plant hangers would brighten up any balcony, patio, kitchen or bedroom. They can hold planters up to 10″ in diameter, so garden-savvy couples short on space can grow gorgeous plants indoors or outside.
(Here’s a tip: consider tucking in some organic culinary herb seeds when you gift these for an extra “wow” factor.)
The only thing better than lolling outside in a hammock on a beautiful day, is doing so next to someone special. With this double version, the blissed-out couple can do exactly that: spend balmy days reading or napping together, swinging in the breeze.
Woven from extra-durable twisted cotton rope, this hammock can hold up to 450 pounds.
If you’re buying anniversary gifts for foodies, they’re in luck: these hilarious aprons make cooking a lot more fun, and keep the couple from getting splattered in the meantime.
There are 12 different options to choose from, from “Boss of the Kitchen” to “King of the Grill”, so you’re certain to find one (or two) that match the recipients’ personalities.
There are few things as adorkable as couples who matchy-match their outfits, but matching pajamas is an entirely new plateau of cuteness. His (BEAST) are black, and hers (BEAUTY) are pink… though they can always be reversed if needed!
Available in sizes from small to 2XL.
If the couple wants to display anniversary pride in public, there’s nothing better than this coordinating T-shirt set. The shirts work together to announce how long they’ve been together, with each partner sporting half the sentiment, and half the year they partnered up.
Clever AND sweet, isn’t it?
Wrap the loving couple in luxurious warmth with these plush, oversized towels. Perfect for bath, spa, or even the beach, they’re embroidered with “Mr.” and “Mrs.”, respectively, and at 40” x 72” in size, they’re wonderful to wrap up in together on a romantic weekend away.
The towels are packaged in a beautiful gift box, tied up with yards of black satin ribbon, making them a wonderful anniversary present.
This pillow is one of the most unique items the couple could dream of receiving. Three sets of silhouettes adorn it: the date they met, the day they got engaged, and their wedding day, with corresponding dates below each image.
If ever there were a gift that celebrates each magical stage of their relationship, this is it.
But before I end this article, I think it’s also worth mentioning that there are two types of cotton that can be found in the market, the organic and non-organic cotton.
We can simply define organic cotton as the most natural type of cotton which is made of natural seeds and no harmful pesticides were used to grow them, while non-organic cotton were produced by using heaps of pesticides, which damage the soil and the air we breathe.
It does more harm than good to our environment and to our health as well. With those alarming details, I think it’s time for us to be more aware as consumers and switch to organic cotton, we can save our planet earth even by the littlest things that we change in our daily grind.
As you can see, cotton gifts expand far beyond the realm of dinner napkins and dish towels. Whether you’re looking for something special for your spouse, or to give a couple that are celebrating their second spin around the sun together, any number of the items listed above are sure to tug on some heartstrings.
Romantic or cute, utilitarian or sentimental, there’s something on here for everyone.
Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Anniversary Gifts by Year!