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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.
Laura Jennings, gifting expert and founder and CEO of Knack, recommends incorporating this theme into a cozy article of clothing. Another great option? “If you’re going to buy yourselves something together to celebrate your anniversary, it’s great to splurge on luxurious sheets or bedding—it’s something you’ll both appreciate for a long time,” she says.
Meet the Expert
Laura Jennings is the founder and CEO of Knack, a custom gift-giving company specializing in personalized gifts and curated boxes.
Read on for the best 2nd-anniversary gifts your spouse is sure to love.
What To Look For in a 2nd-Anniversary Gift
The Traditional Theme, Cotton
From crisp white sheets and cozy throws to handmade paper gifts, it’s easy to find something that will fit this theme. It’s also a great time to refresh some household items like towels and kitchen linens that you may have received from your registry two years ago.
The Modern Theme, China
If you’re looking for something a little different, think beyond dishes and platters. And a little customization goes a long way. Add a personalized touch by monogramming a bedside table tray or ring dish, suggests Jennings.
“A second anniversary is a fun time to revisit someplace important to your relationship, such as the site of your rehearsal dinner or wedding proposal. Or consider recreating the events—and excitement—of your first date,” suggests Jennings.
“The traditional gift list is simply a helpful tool for inspiration, especially for ‘minor’ anniversaries, those after the first but not divisible by five,” says Jennings. Above all, focus on a gift that’s personalized or an item that reinforces the story of your relationship, she suggests.
You might want to go out for a fancy dinner or choose to cook a romantic meal at home. It’s also a great idea to plan a getaway together, even if it’s just for a few days. Something as simple as breakfast in bed or a hike through nature can also make the day feel special.
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Brides contributor Melanie Rud has nearly 15 years of journalism experience covering the beauty and lifestyle space for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She’s also a bride-to-be, currently planning her wedding.