2nd Wedding Anniversary
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Two years together, and the adventure continues! Check out my guide for the best paper and cotton gift and celebration ideas for your second wedding anniversary.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 27 May 2024

The 2nd Year Wedding Anniversary

Wow, 24 months have intertwined into one long love story. They say these months are the hardest, but look at you two! I’ve put together a list of exciting gift ideas that tie in with the traditional 2nd year anniversary themes of paper and cotton.

Traditional Gift

For your second anniversary, the traditional UK gifts are paper and cotton. These materials symbolise how a marriage grows stronger as time goes by. When cotton threads are woven together, they become tougher and harder to pull apart. 

This is like a couple in a marriage, who grow more connected and inseparable over time. Both paper and cotton start off fragile, but when they are combined, they become stronger. In the same way, your bond will keep strengthening during this next stage of your journey together.

sea glass love birds


A wonderful handmade artwork displaying two birds in love and a heart shaped balloon, all handmade with sea glass and pebbles. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artists from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain. Personalized for you.

The perfect frame for an Anniversary or wedding gift.

Traditional Gemstone

The traditional gemstone for the 2nd year anniversary is the Garnet

For your second anniversary, the special gemstone is a garnet. This stone represents the strong and lasting love you both share. Just like a garnet, which takes years to form and become beautiful, your love, too, will only grow deeper and more profound with each passing challenge and joy.

Traditional Flower

The traditional flower for the 2nd wedding anniversary is the Cosmos

The traditional flower for your second wedding anniversary is the cosmos. This flower, with its lovely pink petals, celebrates the fun and sweet feelings you have for each other. Here’s to you both always look at life together with a positive, rosy outlook!

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Modern Gift

The modern gift for a 2nd wedding anniversary is china. This elegant dinnerware symbolises the delicate and precious nature of your relationship, which grows more valuable with time. Just as fine china requires delicate care, your love also thrives on nurturing and attention.

The smooth, polished beauty of china mirrors the evolving grace and complexity of your marriage at this stage. Each piece of china, like each moment in your marriage, comes together to create a beautiful whole.

On this special occasion, choosing a lovely china set can add joy to your meals and memorable moments. It’s perfect for intimate dinners and celebrations with friends. Let your china set be a physical reminder of the beautiful and enduring bond you’re building in your marriage.

How Long You´ve Been Married

2 years / 24 Months / 730 Days / 17,520 Hours / 1,051,200 Minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Mars, you would have been married for 1.06 years and if you lived on Mercury 8.30 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Surprise your wonderful husband with thoughtful gifts to celebrate your 2nd anniversary! Here’s a list of fun and unique ideas to make him feel special:

  • Cosy cotton pyjamas – for lazy weekends sleeping in
  • His and hers coffee mugs – to fuel all your adventures
  • Game night bucket – because couples who eat together and play together, stay together!
  • Book of “IOU’s” for back massages, date nights, and breakfast in bed
  • Romantic picnic basket – filled with all your favorite snacks and bubbly
  • Personalised sea glass art – with a loving message to your partner
  • Cotton bath gown – extra soft for maximum comfort
  • Embroidered handkerchiefs – luxurious touch to your spouse’s formalwear
  • Fun novelty socks – add his face from one of those zany photos you took
  • Funny – A pair of really outrageously funny boxer shorts!!
Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

“No matter what we do, I’m just excited to spend time with my best friend and fabulous husband. Here’s to laughing, dreaming and making more incredible memories together.
I love you honey!

XOXO, Your loving wife”

Gift Ideas for your Wife

On your 2nd anniversary, show your wife how much she means to you with a personalised present. Here are some gift ideas she’ll love:

  • A couples massage – for relaxing together
  • Cooking class date night – to make her favorite meal
  • Custom poetry book – celebrating your love story
  • Personalised tote bag – stylish cotton beach bag with initials
  • Personalised photo blanket – use your own favourite photos
  • Picnic adventure – gifted in a wicker basket
  • Candlelit dinner – under the stars that you plan yourself
  • Romantic getaway – to revisit where you honeymooned
  • Heartfelt love letter – recalling your most cherished memories
  • Fun – A pair of personalized socks or underwear with an inside joke


Handmade framed design of a couple in love, all made with pebbles and genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This can be pesonalized with your own message and makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or wedding gift to give to a loved one.

Try this special wish:

“My darling wife,

It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years since we exchanged our sacred vows and began this beautiful journey as partners for life.
I fall in love with you more each day.

Love always, Your adoring husband”

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Surprise the two lovebirds in your life with fun gifts to commemorate their paper and cotton anniversary! Treat them to pampering his and hers spa sets for relaxing “us” time.

  • Matching plush cotton robes and slippers
  • Custom mug set with their names on
  • Monogrammed soft cotton towels
  • Pet family personalised cotton throw pillow
  • Picnic basket filled with gourmet goodies
  • Tickets to a comedy show or concert
  • Couples pamper day at a luxury spa
  • Wine and paint night date at an art studio
  • Game night bucket with favorite board and card games
  • His and hers cooking aprons with a funny message on each

Fun Fact

In Bolivia, old wedding gifts like the bride’s shoes are dug up and displayed on anniversaries to remind the couple of their past happiness.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways and ideas how to celebrate your 2nd anniversary

At home idea:

For your second anniversary, consider doing something a bit different. Kick off the celebration in cosy cotton robes and slippers, creating a relaxing atmosphere right at home with the soft glow of candlelight.

Treat yourselves to a skincare session with a selection of face masks – perhaps a detoxifying charcoal one or a refreshing aloe vera mask. And, of course, don’t forget to capture the moment with a few selfies!

Make the evening more special by giving each other massages. With calming music in the background and your favourite scented oils, it’s a perfect way to express your love and care.

On a budget idea:

Having a budget-friendly anniversary can be just as memorable, if not more so. It’s more about spending quality time together and making it personal.

One fun idea is to create your own custom t-shirts. Grab some plain tees, iron-on graphics, and maybe a cherished wedding photo. Once the shirts are ready, wear them for a casual date like a picnic, a home movie night, or a neighbourhood walk.

An adventurous idea:

Enjoy a helicopter ride for this years anniversary adventurous celebration

How about trying something out of the ordinary for your anniversary? Start with a bird’s eye view of your city on a helicopter ride or private plane tour. As the sun sets, the view from above will become even more magical, making this experience truly memorable.

After landing, head to a top-rated local restaurant for dinner. What’s better than a lovely meal to end a day full of high octane? 

If you’re up for more excitement, try indoor skydiving. A state-of-the-art wind tunnel lets you experience the thrill of flying without leaving the ground. But maybe keep this one for before dinner. It’s probably not the best idea on a full stomach!

A luxury idea:

Commissioning an artist to create a piece that embodies your relationship could be a meaningful way to mark this milestone. Maybe a wedding picture of the two of you curated into a stunning oil painting. 

And for a relaxing celebration, consider a weekend getaway to a luxurious 5* hotel. A room with a stunning view, a calming couple’s massage, and a tasting menu for two is always a great thing couples can connect with.

The key is choosing experiences you both love to make your 2nd anniversary exceptionally memorable!

Fun Fact

In some folklore, straw is considered good luck for a 2nd anniversary to signify flexibility and overcoming life’s stresses together.

Common Questions about the 2nd Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 2nd wedding anniversary called?

A: The 2nd wedding anniversary is known as the paper and cotton anniversary.

Q: What is the 2nd wedding anniversary gemstone?

A: The 2nd wedding anniversary gemstone is garnet. It symbolises strength, safety, prosperity, and abundance.

Q: What is the UK 2nd wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The UK 2nd wedding anniversary is symbolised by paper & cotton anniversary.

Q: What is the 2nd wedding anniversary colour?

A: The traditional colour associated with the 2nd anniversary is red or linen white.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 2nd wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for the UK 2nd wedding anniversary is paper and cotton, and the modern gift is a china set.

Q: What is the 2nd year anniversary flower?

A: The classic flower for the 2nd wedding anniversary is the cosmos, which symbolises happiness.

Did You Know?

Cotton is stronger when wet!

Cotton has been used for over 7,000 years.

Cotton is the world’s most commonly used natural fibre.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKPaper or Cotton
Traditional Gift – USCotton
Traditional Gift – AustraliaCotton
Traditional Gift – CanadaCotton
Traditional Gift – SpainCotton
Traditional Gift – GermanyCotton
Traditional Gift – FranceLeather
Traditional Gift – ItalyCotton
Flower GiftCosmos
Gemstone GiftGarnet
Modern GiftChina

Around the World

Curious about how the world celebrates the 2nd anniversary? Here are some fascinating traditions from various corners of the globe:

  • Korea – Here, strength and flexibility in a relationship are symbolised by wood. So, on their 2nd anniversary, Korean couples often exchange wooden gifts.
  • Russia – Russian people spice things up with garlic. Yes, you heard it right! Garlic is gifted on the 2nd anniversary to ward off any evil spirits and ensure a long, happy life together.
  • Poland – The sweet scent of geraniums fills the air on Poland’s 2nd anniversary. These beautiful flowers symbolise true friendship and positivity.
  • Japan – The humble material straw takes the spotlight on the 2nd anniversary in Japan. Gifts made from this simple yet meaningful material represent happiness and prosperity.
  • Mexico – There’s no better way to express love blossoming than a wreath of flowers. This floral circle is exchanged on Mexico’s 2nd anniversary, representing an eternal bond of love.
  • India – Husbands give their wives a sari made of cotton to celebrate the 2nd anniversary in India. Cotton represents comfort and honesty in their relationship.

Unique, isn’t it? How each culture has its own special way of commemorating this 2nd anniversary milestone!

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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