26 Best 2nd Anniversary Wedding Ideas for Him, Her, and Them

From cotton and china to more nontraditional gifts, we have your 2nd wedding anniversary needs covered for him, her, and couples

Updated 11/08/17
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Two is definitely better than one in terms of wedding anniversaries because, by this point, you're officially another year older and another year wiser within your marriage. Even though a 2nd anniversary seems less significant than the 1st, it's still a cause for major celebration and shouldn't be overlooked. You might have the perfect romantic evening planned to commemorate saying "I do," but the festivities won't be complete without a corresponding gift. Take your 2nd wedding anniversary to the next level with these gift ideas your partner will love...almost as much as you.

2nd Anniversary Traditions

Each wedding anniversary has customary traditional and modern gifts. While it's not mandatory to rely on these every year, they definitely help narrow down gift options. For 2-year anniversaries, couples traditionally give each other cotton. This soft material symbolizes resilience, adaptability, and versatility—key components of any marriage. Cotton also reflects increased comfort within married couples.

For a modern spin, china or porcelain have been used for 2nd anniversary gifts, as these embody both the strong and delicate aspects of marriage. The customs don't end there—red is the traditional 2nd anniversary wedding color, the designated gemstone is garnet, and cosmos are the conventional 2-year flower. Whether you choose a traditional, modern, or unique route, your anniversary gift will speak volumes.

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Gifts for Her

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Kill two birds with one stone through this cotton travel tote. You can cross the cotton criteria off your anniversary checklist, and your leading lady gets a chic new carry-on. If you're feeling uber adventurous, pair this gift with a romantic getaway trip, where she can put the bag to use immediately. Perhaps go back to the spot you proposed or had your first date.

Smitten Overnighter, $146, available at Anthroplogie

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Bedtime just got a cozy upgrade with a cotton pajama set. She'll never want to leave the comfort of this chic sleepwear, which is also perfect for lazy weekends of lounging.

UGG Raven Check Sleepwear Set, $88, available at Zappos

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Forget physical cotton—wrap your significant other in the scent of it. Infused with citrus, lilac, jasmine, and even amber and musk, this fragrance has an ideal mix of sweet and sensual, just like your sweetheart. Cotton has never smelled so good.

Clean Fragrance Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum Reserve Blend, $95, available at Sephora

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Courtesy of Brooks Brothers

Show you're bride you've still only got eyes for her with a cotton eyelet clutch. She can get good use out of the perfectly sized wristlet year-round, and she'll think of you every time she sports it.

Eyelet Cotton Clutch, $38, available at Brooks Brothers

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Picking out accessories she'll actually wear is no easy feat, but you can rest assured she'll never want to take this pair of earrings off. Made out of cotton tassels, these will make a welcome addition to her vast jewelry collection. Plus, the fiery red color fulfills another second anniversary tradition.

Tassel Ball Earrings, $24.50, J. Crew

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Courtesy of Two's Company

While the ring you proposed with is obviously the most important gem in your wife's life, she probably has an assortment of other finger jewels. Give her a safe place to store her sparkler (for the rare instance she takes it off), along with her other rings and small knick knacks through this set of four pretty porcelain flower dishes. There's no better gift to help ring in (pun intended) your second anniversary together.

Two's Company Ring Me A Flower Ring Holder, $24.99, available at Amazon

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Courtesy of Anthropologie

If your wife can't function without a daily dose of tea, this anniversary gift hits the jackpot...er, teapot. Porcelain makes a gorgeous backdrop for the gold leaves decorating the set, which includes a sugar bowl and creamer. She'll love using them, and they'll instantly glam up your kitchen space. Picking the most outstanding second wedding anniversary gift is your new cup of tea.

Caskata Arbor Creamer & Sugar Bowl Set, $100, available at Anthropologie

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Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Enjoy this gift together throughout your entire second year of marriage. The fill-in-the-blank paperback is like a fun workbook for couples, with 192 pages of cute prompts you can fill in at your own pace.

Me, You, Us By Lisa Currie, $15, available at Urban Outfitters

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Gifts for Him

Courtesy of J. Crew

For the dapper gent, surprise him with a cotton pocket square, which can be personalized with his monogram in the inner or outer corner. Plan for many more future date nights now that your guy has this posh accessory.

Cotton Pocket Square in Rustic Stripe, $45, J. Crew

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Courtesy of Corgi

No more worries of cold feet in your marriage. Make sure your husband always feels warm and fuzzy with an eight-pack cotton-blend sock set (because one pair just isn't enough). From plain colors to stripes to corgi patterns, your groom will love lounging in any one of these luxe sets of footwear all year long.

Corgi Eight-Pack Cotton-Blend Socks, $130, available at MR PORTER

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Courtesy of Pawleys Island

Let's be honest—this also doubles as a gift for you, too. Regardless, a cotton hammock makes the best cuddly hangout spot, which is a marriage must-have. Complete with decorative pillows or a throw for the ultimate cozy outdoor vibes.

Original Pawleys Island Deluxe Cotton Rope Hammock, $189.99, available at Target

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Not every anniversary has to call for an elaborate celebration. If your significant other considers himself a self proclaimed movie buff, spend the night in with a humorous binge watching kit, which has all your couch potato needs covered. Featuring a pair of socks, drink coasters, a sofa yoga guide, stain remover, a chip clip, tissues, and even dental floss, you only need to supply the movies.

Binge Watching Kit, $20.95, Paper Source

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If your love treats beer like water, say hello to a stoneware portable growler. This genius invention insulates your cold ones so they stay, well, cold, and the rubber gasket at the top effectively seals in carbonation. Customize the growler with your S.O.'s initials and wedding anniversary to add to the sentiment. Bottoms up!

64 oz. Custom Engraved Stoneware Growler, $85, Orange Vessel Co.

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His morning cup of joe will get a personalized upgrade in this quirky porcelain mug. This will quickly become his go-to cup, especially since it's unique to him and you can't snag it. But, you can still join in on the fun with a matching "hers" lipstick version.

His Mustache Mug, $5.99, World Market

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Remind your partner how wonderfully you two fit together with a heartfelt mountain scene puzzle. You can spend a relaxed anniversary evening finding the perfect puzzle piece matches with your perfect match.

Scenic Secret Puzzle in Mountain, $12.99, available at ModCloth

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Courtesy of Native Union

If your S.O. loves gadgets almost as much as they love you, give them a way to fashionably charge their tech toys. Made from fine leather, this portable device ensures that his phone battery will last forever (just like your love), so there's no excuse whatsoever for them to ever miss any of your calls...wink wink.

Native Union TAG Lightning Cable, $49.99, available at Nordstrom

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For a subtle reminder of your affection toward your spouse (especially when he's wearing a tie), don't let him forget it through an engraved sliding bar. The "I Love You" on the back side displays the message loud and clear without detracting from the sophisticated aura of the little silver piece.

Ox & Bull Trading Co. "I Love You" Hidden Message Tie Bar, $25, available at Cufflinks

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Gifts for Them

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For the musical moguls, give a personalized gift that doubles as home décor and a sentimental wedding reminder. This hand-crafted canvas is custom made with sheet music from a couple's first dance song. It's totally "aww" worthy and makes perfect bedroom or living room art. Canvas sizes range from 10x20 inches to 30x60 inches.

First Dance Lyrics on Canvas, $115-$350, Canvas Vows

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn

For the coziest anniversary present anyone could ever ask for, turn to his and hers cotton bath robes. Featuring extra soft Hydro Cotton and a kimono-like fit, your beloved couple will get five-star hotel quality treatment without leaving their home. This gift truly brings out the comfort aspect of the second wedding anniversary tradition.

Hotel Piped Trim Robe, $79, Pottery Barn

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Courtesy of House of Whatnot

Satisfy the second anniversary tradition with a handmade personalized vintage cotton map. Pick a location important to the couple and have the map embroidered with their initials and wedding date. Encased in a wooden frame, this heartfelt art will mesh well with any décor.

Embroidered Cotton Vintage Map in Wooden Hoop, $74.58, House of Whatnot

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Courtesy of Kate Spade New York

For the foodie couple that loves cooking together, pair this cotton kitchen set with a cookbook for a second anniversary full of delicious eats. And, don't worry—the reverse side of the oven mitt reads "Hers," so she can still call dibs on wearing it.

Kate Spade New York His/Hers 2-Piece Kitchen Linen Set, $25, available at Bloomingdale's

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For the couple that's always the life of the party, give them some fellow party animals to help celebrate their second anniversary. They can add these cute porcelain wine stoppers to their party hosting armory, or save them for romantic evenings together.

Porcelain Animal Bottle Stopper Gold, $4.99, available at Target

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For the porcelain tradition, the happy couple will love this simple ring dish. From holding wedding rings to keys and other knick knacks, the trinket will always remind the bride and groom of their big day.

Mr. and Mrs. Ring Dish, $9.95, Crate and Barrel

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Courtesy of Anthropologie

You know the couple's marriage is already in good hands, so reward the sentiment with a modern glazed porcelain vase. Polish the brass piece off with a bouquet of cosmos, the traditional 2-year anniversary flower.

Well In Hand Vase, $168, Anthropologie

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This monogrammed cheese board will come to the rescue when the married couple hosts future parties. Complete with a personalized slate attachment, chalk, and four slate markers, your social butterflies will be stylishly well equipped for any guests.

Cathy's Concepts Monogram Acacia Wood Cheese Board, $84, available at Nordstrom

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No matter how the long the couple has lived in their house together, it's not truly a home without equally homey kitchen décor. Help make the couple's residence feel more lived-in and personal with stoneware dessert bowls from Target's Chip and Joanna Gaines collaboration, decorated with a black house design. How sweet it is to have decorative dessert kitchenware for eating second anniversary treats.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Stoneware Dessert Bowl, $3.99, available at Target

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