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Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Traditional second wedding anniversary gifts

When A and I got married, we decided to stick to traditional gifts for each wedding anniversary. Ok. If I’m being honest, A had nothing to do with the decision. It was all my idea, but he got onboard pretty quickly. So with our anniversary coming up, it’s time to start looking for traditional second wedding anniversary gifts!

I’m always so tempted to get something funny like these custom bobbleheads but I need to be good and stick to the agreement. I mean, I really cannot deny the similarity on the figurines with the person, and if I am being completely honest about it, I would not mind A giving me custom bobblehead dolls of us for our anniversary. Nevertheless, I decided to honor the agreement and stick to traditional gifts instead!

The traditional second-anniversary gift is cotton which sounds a little dull on the surface, but when I started brainstorming, I found that there were a lot of great options out there! That’s the great part of traditional wedding gifts: you can get really creative with your interpretation of the theme. Sites that offer custom anniversary gifts are great when it comes to getting inventive.

Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts


When you think cotton, you don’t necessarily think art, but if you have something done on canvas, it totally counts! You could do a wedding photo or your first dance lyrics and places like Shutterfly do them for fairly reasonable prices. If you want to do a gift that is a little out of the box, you could get a Personalized Photo Moon Lamp. Not only is it practical, but you can personalize it by putting your wedding photo or a photograph from your first date as a token of your love.

Another fun option is this custom cross stitch piece from Etsy. It’s so stinking cute and would be a great family heirloom!


You may think that bedding sounds a little too practical to be a good anniversary gift, but then you’ve never slept on these Vera Wang sheets. They’re a little on the pricey side, but are amazingly soft and last a really long time. I heart mine.

If you want to go with something a little less expensive (and more DIY), these scripted pillowcases could be super cute! If the DIY route isn’t for you, this one would be perfect. Most use your first dance song lyrics, but you could also do your wedding vows! I’m definitely leaning towards this option for A’s gift.

Clothing and accessories

Another great way to give traditional second wedding anniversary gifts is clothing and accessories! I love this funny cotton apron for when A’s in the kitchen; now if only I could convince him to wear it. If your guy is a little more conservative, then anniversary socks or cuff links like the ones on Damiani are nice options too. Cuff links not only keep the shirt cuffs together but can also help make a suit look smarter. If your partner dresses smartly for business then this would be a perfect gift. Maybe you could go the extra mile and get him a Henleys or a crewneck sweater, something quality of course. Socks are also essential for various occasions. If you’re unsure of the type of socks to get your man, read this article on Ties.com all about the best type of socks for all occasions! Socks are always an important item that everyone requires. Last, but not least, can someone buy me these warming slippers? Don’t they look cozy?!

How would you give cotton as an anniversary present?

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