Good news: the traditional gift for your second wedding anniversary is cotton. That means there are some seriously covetable presents you can buy while still following tradition. From gorgeous homewares to affordable-luxe clothing and personalised treats, there are plenty of excellent gifting options. But too much choice isn't always a good thing - how do you know where to begin?
To help you narrow down the options, we’ve hunted high and low to find the best second anniversary gift ideas with cotton at their heart. The best bit about cotton anniversary presents? The recipient will be able to treasure them forever - or at least until it's time to buy your third anniversary gift!
Whether you're buying for your partner or for a special couple, these are the best contemporary cotton presents that nod to tradition.
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1. Blue Stripe Cotton Throw with Fringe – £28, Trouva
2. 600 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen – £23-£171, Soak & Sleep
3. Cotton Pyjama Set White Hummingbird – £30, Their Nibs
Their Nibs pyjamas combine high-quality cotton and unusual designs at an affordable price point. We love this hummingbird design, which is pretty but still grown-up.
4. Paul Smith Pack of 5 Cotton-Blend Boxer Briefs – £55, Matches Fashion
Look for a second wedding anniversary gift for your husband? Get him some stylish pants from a leading brand, like this Paul Smith 5-pack. They're cotton blend rather than pure cotton, but when they look as good as this, who's complaining?
5. Unisex Hooded Ribbed Hydrocotton Robe – £85, The White Company
On chilly mornings and evenings, there's nothing more delicious than a snuggly cotton robe - and The White Company may well make the snuggliest. This hydrocotton robe manages the clever trick of being incredibly comfortable and yet still stylish.
6. Cotton Flowers – £45, Little Foundry
Who says you can’t still give flowers on your cotton wedding anniversary? The best thing about these beautiful blooms from Little Foundry is that they're made of cotton so will last a lifetime! We particularly like the personalised oak charm that you can order with these flowers.
7. HAY Waffle Bathrobe – £65, End
Add some Scandi cool to his loungewear wardrobe with this waffle robe from Danish design house HAY, so he can still feel stylish on a duvet day.
8. Spa Day – from £99, Virgin Experience Days
This is cheating a tiny bit, but if you book a couples’ spa day, you’ll have robes and slippers provided which counts as cotton. So when you think about it, you’re not cheating really are you? And you’ll be so relaxed you won’t even care.
9. Cotton Stems - £25, Etsy
If your partner loves on-trend homewares, treat them to this bunch of dried cotton stems - dried flowers and foliage are all over the most fashionable Insta grids right now. It's perfect for adding texture to a small corner of your home while maintaining a minimal pared-back look, and will last for years to come.
10. Socks – £14, Solesmith
Socks, but make them second-wedding-anniversary. This personalised pair from Solesmith are a cute, affordable gift.
11. Personalised Cotton Towels – £19.95, Duncan Stewart
Splash out on some new fluffy towels that reference your couple status, like these ‘his’ and ‘hers’ towels – you can change up the wording to be ‘his’ and ‘his’ or ‘hers’ and ‘hers’ too.
12. Noosa Plain Towel – £26, Mayde
Sticking with towels, Mayde do the softest yet most lightweight designs around. There are plenty of colours and patterns to choose from, but we particularly like the minimalist beauty of Noosa. It's perfect for your bathroom in spring and summer.
13. Katia Silver & Thread Bracelet – £48, Not On The High Street
You can still buy jewellery for your second wedding anniversary while following the cotton tradition - this very pretty bracelet is made of cotton threads and metallic tubes. You can have one of the tubes engraved for free.
14. Fabric Wedding Song – £25, Not On The High Street
It’s been two years since your romantic first dance at your wedding – so why not reminisce about that special song and have the lyrics printed onto cotton and framed? It will be a beautiful reminder of a special moment.
15. Luna Cotton Wall Hanging – £35, Oliver Bonas
Of course, you may feel you have enough wedding-related home décor. If that's the case, turn your attention to this very cool Oliver Bonas wall hanging as a cotton anniversary present. It's a totally on-trend way to add interest to a blank wall.
16. Bless Crew Neck T-Shirt – £25, Reiss
A white t-shirt is a men's wardrobe staple. As with all basics, the cut and fabric are key, as with this Reiss tee - it's simple, smart and very contemporary, making it a useful yet still thoughtful cotton anniversary gift.
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17. Cotton Large Jar Candle – £7.50, Marks & Spencer
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry? We're confident that you and your other half will both appreciate this gorgeous scented Cotton candle, which burns for up to 75 hours.
18. Personalised Lobster Cushion – £22, Not On The High Street
This cotton cushion can be personalised with your names, and has a very apt design - after all, as Friends fans know, lobsters mate for life!
19. Pack of Long Pyjamas – £29.99, Zara
Who knew Zara did pyjamas - or that they're so good? This men's cotton PJ set actually looks stylish enough to wear outside the house, although we recommend saving it for lazy Sundays indoors.
20. Sari Photo Album – £15, Not On The High Street
These beautiful photo albums, which you can fill with all your memories, come in colourful sari colours and are bound with recycled cotton paper.
21. Champagne Bottle Bag – £14, With Congratulations
A bottle of their favourite drink - it doesn't have to be alcoholic, of course - is a simple yet effective present. Make it second-wedding-anniversary-worthy by presenting it to your other half in one of these personalised bags.
22. Cactus Embroidery Kit – £21.95, Etsy
Surprising as it may sound, embroidery has become one of the hottest hobby trends out there. If you know your partner would like to give it a go, there are some fabulous kits on Etsy - think contemporary designs rather than the twee animals of old. We chose this cactus kit because the finished product is very much something we'd like to have in our homes - assuming it goes to plan, of course... Anniversary relevance? Your partner would be sewing cotton thread onto cotton fabric.
23. Custom Pet Portrait – from £32.61, Etsy
Is your partner crazy about your pet? A custom pet pawtrait (sorry) could be the ideal second wedding anniversary gift. But where, we hear you cry, is the cotton? You get the file as a digital download, which you can then have printed - ideally onto canvas, which is usually made from cotton.
24. Personalised Wedding Cross-stitch Pattern – from £14.05, Etsy
If you or your partner are into cross-stitch, this cute personalised design is just what you’ve been looking for. When you send a picture over they’ll create the design that you can stitch yourself.
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25. Organic Cotton Yoga Bottoms – £9.99, Decathlon
Want to support your partner's fitness goals? Decathlon are a go-to brand for affordable activewear. If your partner is into Pilates or yoga, treat them to this pair of organic cotton pants - they're super-stretchy and have a cool contrast fold-over waist.
26. Clean Reserve Warm Cotton – £83, Cult Beauty
This light floral perfume harnesses the fragrance of fresh laundry, and is a lovely, wearable everyday scent.
27. Happy Marriage Tea Towel – £8, Etsy
We don't recommend you make this tea towel your partner's main present - cute as it is, it's still a tea towel. However, as the wedding anniversary gift equivalent of a stocking filler, it will do very nicely.
28. Pack of 7 Knickers – £16, La Redoute
These cotton days of the week knickers are very keenly priced, and we love the fact that they're in French, giving them a certain je ne sais quoi.
29. Personalised Cotton Napkins – £6, Etsy
If your partner loves putting together a chic tablescape every time you have people round to eat, you need to check out Plume 1848's beautiful personalised napkins on Etsy. There are a range of lovely designs, but we love the monogrammed reindeer napkins - save them for your Christmas table.
Gift sorted, but how are you going to celebrate your second wedding anniversary? Check out our list of fun date ideas for inspiration!