Mar 27 2017
2nd Anniversary Symbols
- Traditional: Cotton/Straw
- Modern: China
- Flower: Cosmos
- Gemstone: Garnet
Celebrating Your Second Anniversary
The second anniversary is not as common as the first anniversary, as many relationships end before the second anniversary. Your relationship however made it and you know your partner a lot better than you did on your first anniversary and they know a lot more about you than they did after the first year. So the perfect gift for your significant other who has stood beside you for two years will be a gift that says thanks for putting up with me and I appreciate you more after two years than I did after the first year.
Cotton/Straw Gift Suggestions
The immediate second anniversary gift that comes to mind is bed linens. Get linens with a high thread count, new pillows and feel the difference. New linens with high thread count are cheap luxury. With all the colors and patterns of sheets available selecting which sheets to get will be the biggest challenge you face.
If you want to get a unique bedroom accessory, a cotton valance to surround the bed is sexy and romantic and just might remind you of your honeymoon.
Staying with the bedroom theme you could get you and your special someone matching monogrammed his and her terry cloth bathrobes and pretend you just started again. Or you could go for those giant terry cloth towels that men love to wrap around their waist after they get out of the shower. Interested in buying online, try Bedding&Bath.
Just getting time to relax is a gift in its self, but for the best outside the box second anniversary gift a two person cotton hammock can’t be beat, find two trees and tie up and relax. There are some great cotton hammocks available through DFO Home. This wins the prize as the most unique 2nd Anniversary present.
Lingerie is always a hit for gifts and sexy cotton underwear is one of the required gifts for the second anniversary. Sexy underwear is available everywhere but a gift in a Victoria’s Secret box will be appreciated.
In the dining room to go with the modern gift of china a traditional touch is woven straw placemats. Woven straw mats are a beautiful accent to any table and with a little work you can find unique and distinctive placemats.
A dozen roses, made out of cotton will last for many years and she will remember the second anniversary every time she sees the roses.
Second anniversary gifts for men are usually more practical, an apron with “King of the Grill” or “Mr. Right” pillowcases are some of the more interesting and certainly affordable.
Crazy cotton tee-shirts are a hit with men as second anniversary gifts. Sayings that build the ego are very popular. “The World’s Greatest Lover “or “This is what the world’s greatest husband looks like” are fun or you can have your own favorite message printed on tee-shirt at Choice Shirts. Do you have a memorable catch phrase, nickname and/or picture you want to print on a T-shirt? Print on demand services like Zazzle and CafePress make it easy to order custom matching his-n-hers t-shirts.
Straw gifts allow you to be even more creative than cotton Take a look at the straw fiber boxes made to your dimensions offered at The Straw Shop. Think about it, would you get a jewelry sized box, a box for scarves or sweaters or a box for special treasures. The options are endless.
Or how about a lampshade or stationary made from rice straw paper? Read all about this unique paper on Step Forward Paper.
Living in a small town near farms a perfect gift is a hay ride, especially at night and it is a little cool, you huddle up and look at the stars, how romantic is that!
A handmade traditional Amish straw hat is another great second anniversary gift for your farmer or gardener. There are straw hats handmade by the Amish in New York on Pickens General Store.
China Gift Suggestions
The modern second anniversary gift category of china provides lots of interesting options spanning a very large price range. A china gift can include a single serving piece or dishes for many. The dish patterns can be simple, modern, classic or ornate Prices vary depending on the quality of the china from inexpensive to the most exquisite china imports priced in the thousands of dollars. China whether one item or a whole set of dishes, is a gift that quite likely will become a family heirloom.
China is available at most large department stores and online, buying locally is easier, but the choices on line are so much larger and they know how to ship so there is no breakage. New lines are available at Macys or Neiman Marcus or Wayfair while vintage sets can be found on sites like eBay and TIAS.
Cosmos Gift Suggestions
Spanish priests first grew cosmos in their mission gardens in Mexico. The evenly placed petals led them to call the flower “cosmos,” the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe.
The cosmos is the traditional flower for the second anniversary. In the summer they are available at most flower stores in a variety of colors and in the winter a silk flower arrangement with the cosmos will bring color, beauty and order to any anniversary celebration.
Garnet Gift Suggestions
The red garnet suggests passion, power, and beauty and is the symbol of eternal love. What a great second anniversary gift to symbolize your passion and love. The garnet can be a pendant, a ring, jewels in a watch, ear rings and necklaces. Check out the garnet jewelry options available on Cartier and Morning Glory Jewlery.
The second anniversary celebration is typically a dinner date. Going out to dinner should include some roses and possibly a piece of garnet jewelry. Or a romantic dinner at home with china place settings and a bowl of cosmos flowers on the table would be fun. The second anniversary celebration is special to your spouse; you are on your way to an exciting lifetime together and should carefully plan the celebration to reflect that theme.