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Our Guide to Second Anniversary Gifts: Cozy Up to Cotton

July 7, 2017

Congratulations—you’ve nearly ticked two years off since your wedding! Here you stand on the threshold of your second anniversary. What do you get your sweetheart? Well, tradition says year two’s the time to give cotton, which means that the obvious choices include bathrobes, nice sheets, and novelty T-shirts, if you’re feeling a little bit funny. But… what’s that? You’re looking for something a hint more… uncommon? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with second anniversary-friendly gifts that range from do-it-yourself painting kits to customizable wall art and comfy throws. Read on for ten of our best traditional recommendations, plus a little something for the modern among us.

Traditional: Cotton


This world map-turned-throw pillow lets you mark your special spot with a hand-printed button bearing a symbol of love. It even comes with a threaded needle, so you barely have to do it yourself—but it’s still got that personal touch.

Heart Marks the Spot Pillow – $56 Buy Now »


Personalized Tree Throw - UncommonGoods

As plant lovers, we’d advise against carving your initials into the trunk of a real tree. Luckily, this custom throw requires no sharp instruments (and does trees no harm).

Personalized Tree Throw – $135 Buy Now »


To celebrate your second year, get your honey a gift they’ll never forget: five pairs of comfy socks emblazoned with their name and initials—you know, like a grown-up version of the labels your mom put in the shorts you took to camp.

Personalized Socks – Set of 5 Pairs – $50Buy Now »


I Carry Your Heart Lightweight Scarf - UncommonGoods

Sometimes, there’s simply no better way to say “I love you” than with a poem. And thanks to this lightweight scarf printed with sweet words from poet e.e. cummings, you don’t have to write that poem yourself.

I Carry Your Heart Lightweight Scarf – $48 Buy Now »


Made from recycled materials, this soft throw is primed for cuddling, embellished with a series of hearts drawn by legendary Southern chanteuse Eartha Kitt.

Eartha Kitt’s Hand Drawn Heart Throw – $250 Buy Now »


This personalized piece of wall art allows you to choose a couple in your image to adorn a ready-to-hang stretched flax and organic cotton canvas. You can even pick brides and grooms decked out in tuxes and gowns for a bit of a “special day” feel.

Personalized Couple Art – $150 Buy Now »


Handcrafted by women artisans in India from wooden beads wrapped in recycled saris, these vibrant earrings are an innovative way to incorporate cotton into your gift for year two.

Kantha Chandeliers Earrings – $22 Buy Now »


After two years together, you may as well come to terms with the fact that you’re an established family unit, whether you’ve had any tiny additions or not. What better way to make it official than with a hand-embroidered hanging?

Personalized Family Name Embroidery – $56 Buy Now »


Love is patient, love is kind; love is also comfy, like this literary pillow.

Love Is Pillow – $52 Buy Now »


Frustrations? Feelings? Let ’em all out with this couples’ art-making kit that includes everything you need to craft your own abstract expressionist masterpiece.

Love Is Art Kit – $36-60 Buy Now »


Modern: China

For those who choose to take a more modern approach to their second anniversary gift-giving, this pair of personalized mugs modeled after carved-up tree trunks will prove a touching tribute to your love.

Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set – $72 Buy Now »


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