You’ve been in marital bliss for two years now. The right side of the bed has been established, who is in charge of the cleaning and cooking has been allocated and you know which bottle of wine to buy to keep everyone happy. So, time to celebrate!
Your second wedding anniversary is coming up and in keeping with tradition, the wedding anniversary gift you give to one another should be made of cotton.
As one of the oldest naturally occurring materials, cotton dates back to 3000 BC and has been an indispensable material mostly because of its versatility and durability. As a soft, natural material cotton is also incredibly strong and has been used as a valuable fibre for thousands of years. Cotton is grown worldwide and the elegant, unassuming buds can be made into fibres that are used for clothing, textiles, paper and plenty more making it an ideal gift for your anniversary.
With plenty of practicality, cotton is a durable material with a long lasting aspect. This symbolises the strength and adaptability of marriage as you enter your third year.
As your budding relationship develops you will find yourselves needing to be both strong for one another and able to adapt to each other’s different needs. Just like cotton. Cotton symbolises the growth and development of your relationship while being strong and compliant – essential qualities for a loving relationship.
We have come up with a few ideas at The Wedding Secret so that you can give your loved one the perfect cotton wedding anniversary gift and celebrate both the exciting two years together as well as giving a gift that – thanks to its composition – will last you for years to come; a lovely memory of your first two years as newlyweds.
A Personalised Tapestry
Over the past two years you have most likely spent time building upon the foundations of your life together, and even building the physical foundations of your forever home.
Now the fun begins! Those final touches will make your house a home and we’ve got a wonderful idea that will only add to the rich tapestry of your lives together.
A personalised tapestry will make a lovely gift for the two of you to share. Hung pride of place, this tapestry will serve as a lovely reminder of your special day, prompting memories of all that laughter and dancing.
These cross-stitched charts from Holly’s Hobbies are a lovely idea for a gift that you can design with whatever theme you like. Add your names, your wedding date and a pattern or image that represents you and you have the perfect wall hanging symbolising your relationship.
How about a romantic evening in? Run a bath and pop open that obligatory bottle of bubbly and cheers to making it two years into your marriage.
To really create the perfect mood, you will need ambience. There is nothing better than the flicking light of a candle, the flame dancing in the air hung heavy with romance.
For a subtle and delicate fragrance that will leave your house smelling fresh and enticing, we recommend purchasing a candle from Shearer. These are the perfect second wedding anniversary gift and they won’t break the bank.
Why not add a home cooked meal into the equation. You’ll be collecting some serious brownie points from your other half! Add cottonseed oil or crushed cotton seeds to really add to the second anniversary theme.
As you create your home together, you will find yourselves wanting to make it as inviting as possible. We believe cushions are the perfect way to make a cosy nest so you can snuggle up on the sofa together in complete comfort.
Why not decorate your bed with feather pillows and cushions making it irresistible to leap onto every time you go in the room?
We are loving these quirky creations made by Silly Cushions. You can design the cushion yourself adding your desired colour and creating the words you want to make your very own personalised masterpiece. If you have a specific saying or phrase that is intimate to you or you would just like to write ‘I Love You’, then a cute cushion could be just the trick.
How about combining your names together for albeit a cheesy but quirky ‘portmanteau cushion’ to symbolise your relationship?
One of the most wonderful things about your second year of marriage is the feeling of comfort and ease around each other.
Sometimes all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa in your pyjamas and read a book or watch the TV, so what better present for your second anniversary than some cotton pyjamas that not only look pretty but feel 100% luxurious.
These gorgeous pyjamas from Cottonreal are beautiful and not only that, they are incredibly comfortable. Made from 100% cotton with satin trim, these are the perfect cotton anniversary gift to spoil your loved one. Believe us you will not be able to take your hands off them (the pyjamas that is) once you get a feel for how soft and cosy they are.
Much like pyjamas, robes are another lovely item that are a ‘must-have’ in any household and a brilliant option for your second wedding anniversary gift ideas. Snuggling up with a comfy cotton dressing gown that is both lightweight and warm is the perfect item of clothing for a Sunday lie-in.
For the man of the house, we think that Tom, Dick and Harry have it sorted with one of these luxury cotton robes made from – of course – 100% cotton. With the lovely, navy satin stripe, you will feel both smart and handsome in this luxurious wedding anniversary gift.
Equally, for the women, nothing says cotton anniversary better than a cotton kimono from Susannah Cotton Gowns. It is a gift that will leave your partner feeling elegant, warm and beautiful as they glide graciously around the house. Bliss.
So, you’ve heard the expression ‘as snug as a bug in a rug’, well how about ‘as snug as a bug in a hammock’? OK, so it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but trust us when we say you will never want to get out of one of these once you get in.
As something you can both share, a hammock is a lovely addition to your garden – or even your house if you have the space. It has to be said, there is something wonderful about lying under a canopy of stars while snuggled up together in one of the comfiest and we ought to mention prettiest, hammocks around.
For the eco warriors among you, these hammocks from the gorgeous stylists Amara, are ethically made and make the perfect gift to while the hours away. Relax in the luxury of your own space with a book, music or just with one another. They are even family size so when the time comes there can be room for more than two.
Ok, so in the UK we call it candy floss but it is the same thing and we have no issues borrowing an Americanism for one of our second wedding anniversary gift ideas. A candy floss maker is not a bad idea for those of you with a sweet tooth. Otherwise, why not do something a little different for your anniversary celebrations and go to the fair?
It makes a great day out with tonnes to do and huge amounts of fun. Hey, you are only two years into your marriage. There’s plenty of time for serious things in the years to come but sharing some cotton candy and getting a bit sticky while enjoying a fairground ride is certainly a lovely idea for an anniversary day out.
Cotton bags are an economical way of carrying your shopping around and avoiding those nasty plastics. Treat your other half to their very own cotton bag, complete with a personalised image or text.
Doodle bag have created the perfect cotton tote bag for you to personalise. Add a picture of each other, a meaningful phrase or your own design and this bag can be a personal little touch for your perfect cotton based wedding gift.
The bags will be the perfect accessory for a trip to the shops or a stroll around the park for a lazy weekend picnic. The options are endless.
Have we gone mad? Books are not made from cotton! Well, in fact they are, or at least some of them are. Cotton paper has been in production for hundreds of years and is also used in book binding so for those of you with an affinity to a paper back, a cotton bound book could be the perfect gift.
So, if you want to continue in the same vein as your first anniversary but with a little twist, we think a cotton paper book is the ideal second wedding anniversary gift.
Khadi Papers create brilliant log books that are ideal for sketchers, artists and those who love to jot down a few intimate thoughts in a charming note book.
If you are a hopeless romantic why not include some poems or favourite memories from the past two years? Your partner will be blown away by this thoughtful gift.
Egyptian Cotton Sheets
Scientifically speaking, sleep is one of the most important things we can do to help our bodies regenerate and stay healthy. The less sleep you have, the grouchier you will be with one another so here’s to eight hours of undisturbed sleep!
We have found the perfect Egyptian cotton sheets to guarantee an incredible sleep. These Graziano Hem Stitch sheets are the perfect gift for your cotton wedding anniversary. As luxury bedding items, they are the ideal gift for a blissful night’s sleep that you can both benefit from; the only issue is that you genuinely won’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Oh, and it may cause arguments over who hogged the duvet!
A Night Under The Stars
Perhaps rather than giving a gift, you would prefer to enjoy a new experience together. In keeping with the second anniversary theme of cotton, why not book a glamping trip?
Jessica from ‘Home Farm Glamping’ suggests a night away under the stars. Why not book a night in a luxury cotton yurt or bell tent and spend some quality time together. “Grab some sausages for the BBQ and a bottle of wine and spend your evening relaxing together in tranquil countryside and falling in love all over again round a flickering campfire”
Now, doesn’t that sound idyllic?
So there you have it, a few simple ideas for your perfect cotton wedding anniversary gift. We hope you enjoy snuggling in your new night robes or getting cosy in a gorgeous cotton hammock and most of all enjoy celebrating two years with the love of your life. Here’s to plenty more years to come. Cheers!