For 2nd anniversary gifts, it's back to basics
with traditional cotton or modern china.
Traditional 2nd Anniversary Gifts:
~ COTTON ~
If you favor luxury in a cotton gift, a matching pair of cotton velour bathrobes would be just the thing. Cotton is also the best for a set of bath towels and bathmat, as no other material absorbs water nearly as well. Or, choose a cotton quilt or comforter set - a traditional gift that might become an heirloom.
Cotton duck, canvas and denim suggest other gift ideas: tote bags, backpacks, lawn chairs/chaises, and hammocks. A picnic pack with cotton lining or cotton napkins follows the traditional cotton theme, and all the more so if you can find one made of cotton canvas. A cotton Brazil hanging chair (or a pair of them) will be comfortable 2nd anniversary gifts for the family room or out on the porch.
Let's remember cotton cord, too - this cotton rope porch swing for two will help to keep the romance alive. Your anniversary couple's decor will take on a natural living tone with a handcrafted cotton macrame wall hanging or some flower pot slings for the houseplants.
For something a bit different, you can arrange for a 2nd anniversary dinner at a restaurant with "Cotton" in its name. Google lists many around the US - and there's one in Budapest and another in Shanghai; we also found a "Cotton Club" in Hamburg, Germany. Or, you might organize a group of friends and family to give the couple a Caribbean vacation at a "Cotton" resort - Google will show you several to choose from.
Modern 2nd Anniversary Gifts:
~ CHINA ~
If your recipients have chosen a china pattern, one obvious choice for a 2nd anniversary gift is a place setting, serving piece or matching accessory. GiftCollector.com lists many china manufacturers and patterns (check the brands menu). The bride's mom or close friend can probably tell you exactly which pieces the couple needs - or, a gift certificate will allow them to choose for themselves.
If your anniversary couple has a discontinued china pattern - perhaps a family heirloom - Replacements, Ltd. can usually help. They have a huge inventory of dishes, accessories and collectibles, and I've always received great service from them. Another idea is holiday china - you might start them off with two place settings, for romantic dinners during the holiday season.
Accessories made of china, such as napkin rings, placecards/holders, a bread dipping set, sushi dishes, candle holders, or picture frames, are popular gifts. If the item you're looking for does not come in your recipients' china pattern, a style that coordinates would be a well-chosen gift.
For something a bit different, there are many unusual china/porcelain collectibles - for example, miniature art reproductions, covered boxes, nativity sets, capodimonte centerpieces, even plant pedestals. Be extra careful, with collectibles, to match the gift to your couple's tastes and interests.
Finally, as you think creatively about modern anniversary gifts, consider that "china gifts" can mean gifts made of china... or, gifts from China! Like this Chinese tea set or other Chinese gift items.
You'll find more china gift ideas on our 20th Anniversary page, where china is the traditional gift theme.
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