F inding the perfect two-year anniversary gift for a man is a lot like marriage itself:
It isn’t always easy.
Not only does the gift need to be thoughtful and cool, but unlike the candle he gave you last year, it should be somewhat useful.
To make things more difficult, tradition says second anniversary gifts are ideally made of cotton, a durable, woven fabric that symbolizes the strength and comfort of marriage.
(If this was news to you, welcome to the club.)
Sure, the concept is nice in theory, but let’s be honest — a ton of great gift ideas don’t spring to mind when one thinks of cotton.
Fortunately for stumped spouses, we’ve put together an extensive list of the best cotton anniversary gift ideas for every type of man and marriage.
Whether you’re looking for a cotton gift that’s romantic, practical, or just plain funny, you’re sure to find the perfect anniversary gift to honor this special occasion.
And if you’re the type who prefers to buck tradition, we’ve even added a few non-cotton second year anniversary gifts that are pretty cool too.
So get ready to show him the honeymoon phase is far from over with a gift he’ll love as much as he loves you.
The (Absolute) Best 2-Year Anniversary Gifts for Him
Rounding up the most thoughtful, charming, and unique cotton anniversary gifts for your leading man.
Cool & Unique Cotton Anniversary Gifts for Him ↓
Celebrate your second year of marriage with a classic cotton anniversary gift: a handkerchief.
Your partner will love the personal touch of this sentimental gift that can include his initials, your wedding date, and a small love note hand stitched on the fabric.
For a nice cotton anniversary gift you’ll both enjoy, have your wedding vows turned into one-of-a-kind art.
Printed on handmade cotton, this unique gift displays your vows in the font style of your choice, and can include your names and anniversary date.
It comes unframed, but the 8×10 size makes it easy to find a beautiful frame to fit your home’s decor.
Map out the most memorable moments of your relationship, from your first date to your wedding day, with this unique cotton print.
You get to choose from a large selection of icons that best represent up to 12 important dates in your love story, so it’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Add an elegant or rustic frame and voila: the perfect cotton anniversary gift to show your spouse how much you care.
Made from 100% cotton canvas, these charming cotton pillowcases put a modern twist on a traditional second anniversary gift.
Toss them on your bed, sofa, or patio furniture to add a touch of romance and whimsy to your home.
Don’t forget the card!
Write your own message from the heart inside this adorable anniversary card, handmade with cotton fabric and thread.
They say music is the language of love, and this thoughtful anniversary gift turns his favorite song (or your first dance song) into a visual reminder of the love you share.
Printed on unbleached cotton, you can choose between several different sizes, and personalize it with your names and wedding date.
For the homebody, a customized cotton throw blanket makes a thoughtful second wedding anniversary gift.
Add your names and the year you were married to create the perfect accessory for cozy nights in.
Because he needs a place to put his watch and ring at night, this engraved jewelry tray is both a practical and thoughtful gift.
And yep, it’s cotton!
Wrap him in comfort and luxury with a premium Turkish cotton robe from Parachute Home.
Called the Cloud Cotton Robe for good reason, it’s lightweight and ultra soft, it will transform his daily routine into a spa-like indulgence.
While you’re spoiling him with comfort, why not add a pair of cozy cotton slippers?
Made with high-density memory foam for cushioning and support, they’ll be the most comfortable slippers he’s ever worn.
Cotton towels may seem like an overly traditional (okay, boring) gift, but having them embroidered with your partner’s initials adds a special touch.
Plus, they’re made from 100% Turkish cotton, which is ultra absorbent and incredibly soft.
Do you remember where you were when you met? Or maybe when he proposed?
Have that special location embroidered by hand onto high-quality cotton fabric for a special keepsake you both can cherish for a long time.
If you’re shopping for luxury cotton anniversary gifts, a high-end organic sheet set from Brooklinen is a great option.
Breathable, lightweight, and cool to touch, it will make getting into bed each night a heavenly experience.
More than just your average bath towels, these towels from Riley Home are made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, making them strong and durable as well as elegant.
It’s the perfect cotton anniversary gift that he’ll appreciate each time he steps out of the shower.
Give his skivvies an overhaul with a membership to the Underwear Expert subscription service.
Choose from a range of brands, colors, and styles, or have him fill out a quiz for an expert-curated selection.
Not sure which gitch makes the best gift? Check out our report on the style of underwear women find most attractive.
(Spoiler alert: It’s not a thong.)
If he’s a tried-and-true boxer guy, you can’t go wrong with a classic set of designer boxer shorts.
We think he’ll love this stylish set from POLO Ralph Lauren that has a tag-free, soft waistband for all-day comfort.
For couples who enjoy cooking, these adorable chefs’ aprons make practical and fun two-year anniversary gifts.
Strengthen your bond and spend quality time together making delicious home cooked meals together in style.
They feature handy pockets and adjustable straps, plus they come with matching oven mitts and a pot holder.
For the guy who’s always well-dressed, a bespoke cotton shirt tailored to his exact measurements is a great gift idea.
More than just a nice shirt, he’ll appreciate the attention to detail and the thoughtfulness every time he puts it on.
Think outside the box of traditional cotton gifts and get him a stylish timepiece with a canvas watch band.
This one from MVMT is sophisticated in style yet durable and casual enough for daily wear (it’s even water resistant up to 10 meters!)
And since canvas is derived from cotton, this modern gift is still inline with the second anniversary theme.
If he’s a beach bum, he’ll love lounging in the sand on this oversized beach towel.
Made from 100% Turkish cotton, it easily shakes off sand and dries quickly so there’s no mess.
It also comes with a compact travel bag so it fits neatly into his beach bag or carry-on.
For the man who likes to be fashionable even in his sleep, a comfortable and stylish cotton pajamas set is a fantastic gift.
The lightweight cotton blend assures they’ll be soft and won’t irritate his skin, perfect for lazy Sunday mornings or cozy nights in.
Keep his feet cozy and stylish with a collection of colorful cotton socks.
From funky patterns to more traditional styles, there’s a pair to match his personality and taste.
Or if he’s got a sense of humor (and a penchant for pizza), then this set of funny pizza socks will be right up his alley.
It may seem like a traditional gift, but a stylish necktie is a great way for your beau to add a little personality to his outfit.
Go for a unique design, a pop of bright color, or even a floral pattern to help your handsome fella stand out from the crowd.
A cotton scarf is a versatile accessory that adds a touch of elegance and style to any outfit.
This crinkle cotton-linen blend makes it lightweight, soft, and easy to wear with a casual look or a stylish blazer.
For the dapper gentleman, a classy pocket square is a great idea for a traditional 2nd anniversary gift.
Select a pattern or color that complements his suits and adds a dash of personality.
A durable and stylish cotton duffle bag is the perfect travel companion for any man.
Look for one with ample storage space and sturdy construction for weekend getaways or gym sessions, then customize it with his initials to give it a personal touch.
A stylish and practical gift, a canvas messenger bag is perfect for his daily commute or travels.
We like this one because it’s durable, manly, and has multiple compartments to accommodate his essentials.
A canvas Dopp kit is a must-have travel accessory for the organized man.
It keeps his toiletries organized and protected while on the go.
What better way to create a serene oasis for him than with a beautiful cotton hammock?
Perfect for lazy summer afternoons or relaxing weekends, it’s a gift that encourages him to unwind and enjoy moments of tranquility.
Plus, this one is extra large so it’s big enough for two (wink wink).
Golf shirts make great practical gifts for any guy who loves hitting the links.
We like this one from Nautica because it’s not only a well-known sportswear brand, but it’s also affordable.
The best part is, this shirt is 100% cotton so it will be breathable and lightweight to keep him cool on the course.
If the two of you share a sense of humor, a funny t-shirt is a really fun cotton anniversary gift.
Made from 90% USA-grown cotton fibers, it’s soft, breathable, and makes a statement.
A canvas backpack is an ideal gift for the adventurous man or guy who’s always on the go.
With multiple compartments and built-in charging port, this rugged backpack is perfect for outdoor excursions and travel.
A guy can never have too many hoodies, and this ultra-soft and cozy cotton blended pullover is sure to become his new favorite.
Available in a wide range of sizes and colors, you can find the perfect fit to suit his personal style and favorite color.
Give his shoe collection a comfortable and stylish update with cotton slip-on shoes.
They’re perfect for casual outings and provide a relaxed alternative to traditional lace-up shoes.
Help him stay organized on his travels with a cotton travel organizer.
It keeps his essentials neatly arranged, ensuring he can easily find what he needs.
Whether your hubby’s a gym rat or likes playing sports, a good gym towel is a must-have accessory.
Lightweight, absorbent, and stylish, this set perfect for wiping away sweat during intense workouts.
If he has a sense of humor (and a sweet tooth), he’ll get a kick out of this fancy wedding-cake flavored cotton candy.
Handcrafted in small batches, it puts a delicious twist on the traditional cotton wedding anniversary gift, and is sure to make him smile.
Non-Cotton 2nd Anniversary Gifts ↓
Tradition be damned.
If he’s a whiskey man, pouring a stiff one from his own decanter will be the perfect way to wind down after a long day.
Save him a trip to the barber with a luxury set of grooming tools that guarantee a smooth, ultra-close shave.
Update his scent with a custom-curated set of cologne; one for work and one for play.
Show him your love was written in the stars with a print of the night sky as it appeared on the day of your wedding.
For the guy who loves to entertain (and snack), this personalized, handmade charcuterie board is an elegant reminder of your love.
Take those millions of pictures off your phone and put them into a special album you can show off to friends and family members.
For the budding mixologist, make him the hit of the future dinner parties with a complete cocktail-making set.
Have the coordinates of your first date night or wedding day engraved on this custom bracelet so he can carry the memory with him wherever he goes.
For the hubby with expensive taste, a sterling silver money clip from the legendary Tiffany & Co. is the perfect 2nd year anniversary gift.
They say the first wedding anniversary is supposed to be paper but, who’s counting?
If he’s not one for material gifts, give him the adventure of a lifetime with a unique and thrilling experience.
Too soon? We don’t think so.
Head to a tropical location and do the whole thing again with an expert-coordinated second destination wedding.
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