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24 Best Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts: Cotton Ideas They'll Love

The traditional second wedding anniversary gift is cotton. Mark two years of marriage with a thoughtful 2nd anniversary gift - we've picked out 24 great cotton gift ideas

Cotton bunch of flowers

You probably set the bar quite high with an amazing first wedding anniversary gift, so you need to make sure you deliver with an incredible second wedding anniversary gift

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.

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? Treated right, the recipient will be able to treasure them forever.

Whether you're buying for your partner or for a special couple, these are the best contemporary cotton second wedding anniversary gifts that nod to tradition.

24 of the Best 2nd Wedding Anniversary Cotton Gifts

2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her

1. Long Pyjamas – £170, Desmond & Dempsey 

Model wearing jaguar print pyjamas

Not only does Desmond & Dempsey have some of the coolest PJ designs around – think punchy tropical jungle and animal prints (like this signature Jaguar style) aplenty – you can also monogram them for free, giving an even more luxurious feel to that next lazy Sunday morning. 

They're made from 100% cotton which will keep you cool as you sleep, despite the long trousers. This is confirmed by a customer who said, "I’m usually so hot in the night wearing silk or stretchy cotton pyjamas, but in these gorgeous cotton ones I’m the perfect temperature!"

Sizing: XS-XL

Pros & Cons: They have deep pockets and an elasticated waistband for a comfortable fit. It is recommended to size up if they prefer a looser fit for pyjamas. 

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2. Cotton Flowers – £46, Little Foundry

Cotton roses

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.

Choose from a selection of different colours, including blue, purple and pink and you can also add on a bouquet jug so that they can sit pride of place on the side. 

Pros & Cons: If you are trying to match them to your wedding bouquet, they have an option for that. Bespoke orders will take a little longer to be delivered. 

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3. Cotton Waffle Spa Slippers – £17, Hitched Shop

Model wearing cotton slippers

Complete your loved one's cosy get-up with these cotton waffle slippers from the Hitched Shop. They're washable so can be used time and time again and they also come in soft pink. The Velcro open style makes them ideal for a pampering evening if your partner paints their toenails as they'll be easy to slip on and off while waiting for the polish to dry. 

One review stated that they do not have thick soles so are best suited for the warmer months. 

Sizing: S-L

Pros & Cons: The Velcro strap also means that they are adjustable to fit narrow or wide feet. They flatten down and are lightweight - perfect for travelling. 

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4. Cotton Stems – from £7.99, Etsy

Cotton stems in a vase

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 it will last for years to come. 

"If you're planning on gifting your partner a bunch of flowers for your second wedding anniversary gift, it's a lovely idea to pop a few of these stems in among the blooms," says Zoe Burke, editor of Hitched. "It'll nod to the traditional present of cotton and give the bouquet a beautiful finish." 

Pros & Cons: You can choose from one, two or three stems but we recommend going for the latter as they will look fuller in a vase. The buds are delicate so be careful not to damage them when wrapping. 

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5. Cotton Waffle Makeup Bag – £18, Hitched Shop

Cotton waffle makeup bag

This cotton makeup bag will be just as practical as it is pretty. It can be personalised with your partner's initials and with 15 different thread colours to choose from including three gorgeous metallic shades, there's something to suit everyone's taste.

If you're planning to go on a romantic holiday to celebrate your second wedding anniversary, this bag is the ideal size for storing toiletries and makeup. 

Pros & Cons: This bag has a waterproof lining and is machine washable so despite its light colouring, it won't stain if any products leak. "These bags are amazing. Such great quality and the size is perfect! The embroidery looks amazing and I love that the inside of the bags are lined and that they can be washed," says a reviewer. 

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6. Linen and Cotton Scented Candle – £23, John Lewis

2nd wedding anniversary

Who doesn’t love the smell of clean laundry? We're confident that you and your other half will both appreciate this gorgeous scented cotton candle, which burns for up to 35 hours. Enjoy the tranquil fragrance of linen, rose petals, lily, musk and sandalwood which one customer described as "fresh". 

It's an unusual take on second wedding anniversary cotton gifts and one we don't think your partner will expect. 

Pros & Cons: As the design of this candle is so stunning, it will look wonderful on the side even when it isn't lit. 

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7. Organic Cotton Yoga Bottoms – £19.99, Decathlon

Model wearing cotton yoga bottoms

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.

"On your second wedding anniversary, you might want to opt for a more practical present than you did for the first," explains Rima Barakeh, deputy editor of Hitched. "These cotton trousers fit the bill and will be much appreciated." 

Sizing: S-4XL

Pros & Cons: The turn-down waistband means they will fit and flatter every figure - including pregnant people. Available in black, grey, navy or white, these trousers have over 2,000 five-star ratings. 

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2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him

8. Paul Smith Pack of 5 Cotton-Blend Boxer Briefs – £60, Matches Fashion

Men's boxers with coloured waist bands

Looking for a second wedding anniversary gift for your husband? Get him some stylish underwear from a leading brand, like this Paul Smith five-pack. The vibrant, contrasting waistbands give a fun and playful look, but the plain black design keeps them understated and ideal for everyday wear. 

Sizing: S-XL

Pros & Cons: They're cotton blend rather than pure cotton, but when they look as good as this, who's complaining?

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9. HAY Waffle Bathrobe – £105, End

Blue waffle robe

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. This robe will give him a spa-like feel at home and it has two front pockets for practicality. This luxury robe will last years! 

Sizing: One size 

Pros & Cons: It is only available in one size however it is a loose fit that will be comfortable for most. It also has a waist tie should you need to wear it more oversized. 

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10. Socks – £14, Solesmith

Anniversary cotton black socks

Socks, but make them second-wedding-anniversary-worthy. This personalised pair from Solesmith are a cute, affordable gift and and they're made from 75% cotton so will keep toes toasty, while still being breathable. 

Reviews confirm that they wash well, but we recommend a cold-wash so that the lettering stays in great condition. 

Sizing: 4-11

Pros & Cons: The black design means they are ideal for everyday wear - whether they rock them to work or on the weekend. 

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2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Couples

11. 600 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen – £25 - £180, Soak & Sleep

White cotton bed sheets

When it comes to cotton bed linen, the higher the thread count, the better the quality. Most bed sheets start at around 150 - so at 600, expect this Soak & Sleep bed linen to give you a seriously blissful night's sleep, turning your bedroom into a high-end hotel. 

Rated 4.7/5 on Trustpilot for quality, style and value for money, you won't be disappointed. 

Pros & Cons: This is a present that both you and your partner can enjoy. Choose a bundle to suit your budget, picking from pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers. 

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12. Natural Printed Cotton Throw – £25, Trouva

Patterned cotton throws hanging up on a peg stand

A throw is one of those design details that can really add style to a living space or bedroom. This natural cotton throw is undeniably chic, and it would also be a delight to snuggle under during a Netflix marathon. Here are some of the most romantic Netflix movies to watch right now. 

It is crafted from recycled cotton and is brimming with texture and warmth. 

Pros & Cons: This boutique offers a complimentary gift wrapping service. There are only a few throws available so we recommend adding this to your basket ASAP. 

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13. Unisex Cotton Classic Robe – £65, The White Company

Couple wearing white cotton robes

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 robe manages the clever trick of being incredibly comfortable and yet still stylish. 

It's a bestseller for this brand for a reason, with one person saying "it is the best bathrobe out there," and "great value compared with alternatives." 

Sizing: XS-XL

Pros & Cons: The mid-weight material makes it a perfect year-round option. It has an oversized fit so be mindful of this when ordering. 

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14. Spa Day – from £99, Virgin Experience Days

Woman relaxing in a pool

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. Discover even more romantic spa breaks in the UK

"A gift experience for couples is great for those who are hard to buy for and you'll have memories of your second wedding anniversary that will last a lifetime," says Joanna Magill, writer at Hitched. "You could even book the spa day in for the date of your anniversary." 

Pros & Cons: There are lots of experiences to choose from so it will take some time picking the perfect one. The variety of spas and packages means there is bound to be one that is suitable for your location and taste. 

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15. Personalised Cotton Towels – from £29.99, Etsy

Personalised cotton towels

Splash out on some new fluffy towels that reference your new couple status with this luxury customisable set. They are available as a hand, bath towel or bath sheet so can cater to different budgets and are embroidered in stylish lettering. 

They would also make a lovely wedding gift if you have any in your calendar. 

Pros & Cons: They are only available in white with black font, but this is a gorgeous colourway that will fit into any bathroom.

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16. Fabric Wedding Song – £25, No Ordinary Gift

Fabric personalised wedding song in a frame

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 and is a really unusual way of livening up a wall in your home. 

One review said that their wife cried from happiness upon opening - now, that's a reaction we like to see! 

Pros & Cons: The wooden frame is optional but we recommend opting for it as it will stop any damage to the cotton and means it can be hung up in your house straight away. 

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17. Personalised Lobster Cushion – £22, Not On The High Street

Cotton lobster cushions

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! Whether you had a Friends themed wedding, or it is constantly on in the background, this gorgeous cushion will be received well. 

You can choose to have it as just the cover or with padding and all designs are made from 100% natural cotton. This would work as a funny Valentine's day gift too. 

Pros & Cons: Naturally, this present is best suited to those who watch Friends but we're predicting that is the majority. 

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18. Sari Photo Album – £14.95, Paper High

Colourful cotton photo albums

These beautiful photo albums, which you can fill with all your memories, come in colourful sari colours and are bound with recycled cotton paper. They are a lovely alternative to a traditional album and a great idea if you haven't got around to getting a wedding photo album yet. 

Each album contains 30 pages and can hold up to 60 photographs. 

Pros & Cons: You can add photo corners for an additional fee so it will be all set up for you to get sticking. Fountain pens aren't recommended for use on this paper. 

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19. Champagne Bottle Bag – £10, Etsy

Champagne bottle inside a cotton personalised bag

A bottle of their favourite drink - it doesn't have to be alcoholic, of course - is a simple yet effective present. Make it extra special by presenting it to your other half in one of these personalised bags. Made from 100% cotton, it holds up to a one litre bottle and has a drawstring closure. 

Pros & Cons: This present is best suited for those who don't want to go too extravagant for their second wedding anniversary, but still want a thoughtful idea. 

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20. White Cotton Canvas Tote Bag – £17, Hitched Shop

Puppy print cotton tote bag

There are countless uses for this cotton canvas bag from the Hitched Shop. Whether your other half uses it as a reusable shopping bag or even as their everyday handbag, the personalised puppy print is sure to be a big hit.

If the puppy print isn't your vibe, there are lots of other designs to pick from, including an anchor and a city landscape. 

Pros & Cons: The light, foldable material means it can easy to be transported to the shops. It is hand wash only. 

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21. Cactus Embroidery Kit – from £25.95, Etsy

Cactus embroidery kit

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 would like to have in our homes.

Anniversary relevance? Your partner would be sewing cotton thread onto cotton fabric.  

Pros & Cons: This kit includes practice fabric making it suitable for beginners. One review commented that it was their first time doing embroidery and "the instructions were really easy to follow and it was a great introductory piece."

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22. Custom Pet Portrait – from £22.15, Etsy

Pet portrait framed

Is your partner crazy about your pet or did you have dogs at your wedding? A custom pet portrait 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.  

There are over 500 glowing reviews for this product, many saying that the seller is easy to work with and their print came out beautifully. 

Pros & Cons: You can have up to five pets included in your portrait and almost any type of animal. Submit a clear and crisp image of your pet for the best results. 

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23. Personalised Wedding Cross Stitch Pattern – from £18.82, Etsy

Wedding cross stitch

If you or your partner are into cross-stitch, this cute personalised design is just what you've been looking for. When you send your picture over, they'll create the design that you can stitch yourself. You can have up to seven characters in the design. 

Worried that the cross-stitch won't resemble you? Reviews confirm that the design is on-point: "It is super accurate and detailed and it totally looked like my husband and I! I was so impressed with the detail down to the facial features, colouring, and style of our clothing."

Pros & Cons: This present will take some time to complete before you get the finished product, but that's half the fun of it! 

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24. Happy Marriage Tea Towel – £11, Etsy

Happy marriage tea towel

How adorable is this 'recipe for a marriage' cotton tea towel? You can personalise it with your names and wedding date and the rest of the recipe will be done for you. It doesn't even have to be used as tea towel - one customer said they framed it and hung it up in their kitchen. 

Pros & Cons: All the tea towels are white so that the design shows up clearly, however they can be machine washed. Line dry for longevity. 

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What is the Traditional 2nd Wedding Anniversary Gift?

The traditional second wedding anniversary gift is cotton as it symbolises the strength, weave and comfort between two people. 

"It is sturdier than the first wedding anniversary gift of paper but is still flexible as your bond is getting stronger," explains Zoe Burke, editor of Hitched. 

What Gift Do You Give For a 2nd Wedding Anniversary?

Your second wedding anniversary is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your home with lush cotton bedding, luxury clothing and cosy throws. "You can also think outside the box with cotton scented items, such a candles or fragrance, or personalised cotton products including tote bags and framed prints," says Zoe. 

Gift sorted, but how are you going to celebrate your second wedding anniversary? Check out our list of fun date ideas for inspiration!