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While the first wedding anniversary often comes with a grandiose celebration—a big trip or a luxe staycation, and of course that top layer of wedding cake—the second can sometimes seem less monumental by comparison. But this occasion is no less special and deserves to be celebrated. So, how do you mark year two in a way that feels fresh and new? Well, for starters, champagne is always a good idea.
Choosing a present that perfectly symbolizes your love and affection is also a must. The traditional second-anniversary gift is cotton, making this the prime time to splurge on upgraded bedding or a cozy throw you can use when snuggled up together on the couch. The modern gift is china; consider adding to your entertaining stash, or finding a unique, one-of-a-kind piece. But by all means, feel free to think outside the box, too, and remember that going with a personalized, custom gift is always foolproof.
Here, the best 2nd-anniversary gifts your spouse is sure to love.
The Modish Home Couples Initials Throw Blanket
Incorporating both the cotton and personalization element, this oversized blanket is customized with your initials and wedding year. Toss it over your couch to have on-hand for snuggling up during movie nights, or layer it over the bedding in your master bedroom. Also nice: It’s available in two different sizes.
Canvas Vows First Dance Lyrics on Canvas
Both a sweet and sentimental way to commemorate your wedding and a cool piece of artwork for your home, this custom canvas features the sheet music from your first dance song. With eight different sizes to choose from, this can either be a beautiful accent or a serious statement-maker.
Pretty and Shine Calligraphy Print
Have your wedding song, wedding vows, or even just a heartfelt message transformed into a gorgeous print. Each piece is custom printed onto a piece of handmade cotton paper (though FYI, the frame does come separately). Available in seven different sizes, this is also a choice budget-friendly pick.
Paper Anniversary Love Custom Tray
These trays are a meaningful—and practical—gift for him or her. Choose from a variety of shapes and sizes, then add custom text on the inside. It can be something as simple as your wedding date, your vows, or a few lines about what you love about your partner. The message is printed on organic cotton, in keeping with the second-anniversary theme.
Pottery Barn Hotel Piped Trim Bath Robe
Channel those ‘we’re relaxing in a five-star hotel’ vibes every day by slipping on this extra soft waffle weave robe. The kimono-style is tailored and cozy, featuring contrasting piping to really complete that luxurious hotel robe aesthetic.
Make sure to pick up one for both you and your partner; you can even have them monogrammed with your initials for a personal touch.
Wendy Gould Personalized Anniversary Pushpin Map
Oh, the places you’ll go. This beautiful keepsake comes a vintage-inspired world map plus 100 pushpins. Use them to mark (and reminisce about) all of the places you’ve traveled together—from your hometowns to wedding destination to honeymoon spot—and/or to plot all the locations on your bucket list and plan future adventures to come.
YaYa & Co. Brooklyn Knit Throw
If you could take your favorite, coziest, most worn winter sweater and turn it into a blanket, this is what you’d get. Made of 100%, sustainable cotton, the black knitted throw boasts a unique wash that gives it a dimensional and even more textured look; it’s just as chic as it is cozy. Not to mention that for every purchase, the brand plants trees in the Amazon rain forest.
On The Edge Creations Custom Pet Portrait
For the spouse who’s obsessed with your pet, there’s truly no better gift. Simply send in a photo of your pet and receive this custom made whimsical print. Trust us, it’s guaranteed to please.
Brooklinen Move-In Luxe Bedding Bundle
If you didn’t register for (or receive) new bedding for your wedding, consider this the perfect time to upgrade your sleeping situation. This complete set has everything you need, including a comforter, sheet bundle, and even pillows.
Made of 100% long-staple cotton, it also totally fits this anniversary's theme, not to mention it's one gift you’re both guaranteed to get plenty of use out of.
Coyuchi Pismo Organic Blanket
When it comes to upgrading your bedding, this blanket is the perfect accent piece. Available in four, sun-washed colors, each with the same geometric print, it’s an easy way to add a fun visual touch to any neutral bedding.
Made of organic Portuguese cotton, it’s stonewashed to make it extra soft, and the perfect weight to add extra warmth in the winter or use solo in the summer.
The Citizenry Imabari Waffle Towel Set
These towels aren’t made out of just any old cotton. The brand partners with local artisans across the globe to create gorgeous wares in a fair-trade environment.
In this case, it’s a Pima cotton from a family-run mill in Japan that’s been making towels for over a century. The end result is these stunning, waffle weave towels that feel as good as they look.
Parachute Percale Sheet Set
If you don’t need to completely revamp all of your bedding, but do want to upgrade your sheets, go with this set. Made of an already-soft percale cotton, the fabric only gets better and softer with time, and has the added benefit of being nice and cool to the touch, a boon for hot sleepers. While it comes in six neutral shades, you can’t go wrong with the crisp and clean pure white.
Tuxton Home Zion Matte Mug
Elevate your coffee mug game with this set of six clean and classic mugs. All of the ceramic china from this brand is durable and chip-resistant, oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe, and, perhaps best of all, designed to be stacked to help maximize space in your kitchen cabinets. Is your spouse a coffee-lover? Pair it with the next item on our list for the ultimate gift…
Social Print Studio Layflat Photo Album
At this point, you’ve probably already compiled your wedding album, so why not create another album capturing all the fun and memories that have ensued since? This elegantly bound book features 38 ultra-thick pages and beautiful a linen cover that comes in 11 colors. For a personal touch, have a custom title foil-stamped on the front.
Cheurlin Thomas Célibrité Champagne
Any kind of anniversary (heck, any kind of celebration) calls for some bubbly. Toast to two years with a bottle of this special-occasion worthy champagne, considered one of the best there is. This exclusive varietal is produced in limited quantities, making it all the more special.
Saban Glass Champagne Flutes
Pick up a pair of these to sip said celebratory champagne out of. Every single one of the handblown glasses is completely unique—no two are alike—and they come in an array of gorgeous solid colors as well as metallic-flecked options.
Plus, for each item purchased, the brand makes a donation to support children living in poverty. And who doesn’t love gifts that give back?
The Wonderful Wine Co. Starter Pack
This is guaranteed to be unlike any wine you’ve had before. Produced via sustainable winemaking techniques—think organic grapes, pesticide-free farming, eco-friendly production, and natural-cork bottling—this is the ‘cleanest’ wine we’ve ever seen. But don’t worry, it’s still totally delicious, and with this pack, you can try a red, white, and rosé.