Two years of marriage is a big deal and should be celebrated! But anniversary gifts can be difficult, especially when shopping for the man in your life. Tradition states the second-anniversary gift is cotton. Here are 16 thoughtful, romantic, funny, and traditional second-anniversary gifts for him.
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Socks are the latest in accessory trends, so you can go all out with creativity in choosing novelty socks – nothing is off limits! Fun, patterned socks can be dressed down with slacks for work, or added to a weekend outfit for a quirky touch. Novelty socks also come in taco, pizza, beer, and sushi prints, as well as other fun patterns.
His and Hers Aprons
The couple who cooks together stays together – or is it the couple with a good sense of humor stays together? A set of aprons is perfect for embarrassing your man when company comes — or for entertaining in style while showing off your cooking/grilling skills.
“After Two Years” T-Shirt
“After two years, she still puts up with me.” The shirt pretty much says it all and is a great way to give a lighthearted and humorous gift to your husband to remind him just how lucky he is. But really, marriage is hard, and it can be a give and take. If your man is a good sport, he’ll get a kick out of this shirt – and realize that you both have to put up with each other!
Hammock for Two
Maybe your honeymoon was to somewhere tropical, and a hammock reminds you of when you were newlyweds and basking in the sun. Even if you didn’t take a dream destination honeymoon, you could feel like you’re on vacation with this hammock built for two. You can almost hear “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” in the background and the waves crashing. With the subtle swing of the hammock, you can share many romantic and relaxing moments in your own backyard.
Whether heading to the symphony or running to the grocery store, every man looks dapper in a bow tie! A patterned bow tie is great for weddings, work, or evenings out. Choose a fun or trendy pattern for a somewhat less formal look.
Give your sweetheart something sweet, and let them know they make you feel like a kid again! Buy a few packages of the original candy, or come up with your own concoction. Cotton candy is delicious by itself but has also been gaining popularity with recipes from cotton candy martinis, to cotton candy cappuccinos, and even cotton candy fudge.
Cotton History Book
If your man is an avid reader, he may enjoy a book like Empire of Cotton or Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World, which examines the economic, political, and social effects of the $425 billion annual cotton industry. Cotton has had lasting impact ever since Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin in 1794.
Star Wars Boxer Shorts
While two years might not seem like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, these cotton Star Wars boxers can help you celebrate your out-of-this-world love. (Or, choose another of your husband’s favorite franchises/characters.)
A 100% cotton canvas messenger bag is perfect for work or travel and can hold all of his essentials — from electronics to gym clothes. Help him look sophisticated and smart while he travels with his wares to and from home, the office, the gym, and more.
If you’re tired of your man stealing your bathrobe or simply want to give the gift of comfort, a cozy cotton bathrobe with a hood may be a perfect anniversary gift.
Man Cave Pillow
For the sake of a good marriage, everyone needs their own space. And nothing says man cave like… well, a pillow that actually says “Man Cave!” Some pillows even have pockets for beverages, remote controls, or snacks.
You’re never too old (or big) for onesies. Your man will sleep like a baby in his onesie pajamas… literally. They are available in several colors and patterns, from plaid to camouflage. They are available in women’s sizes too for the couple that gets comfy together on cold nights.
Make every day feel like you’re on vacation with luxury, 100% Turkish cotton bath towels. Sure, you have a monogrammed set your aunt got you for your wedding, but two years is a long time for towels. Spoil both of you with this soft, comfortable upgrade.
Pajama pants are a useful, comfortable gift that fits that cotton theme perfectly. Bring back nostalgia with Pokemon pajama pants or another favorite character — or, choose a simple color or classic print for the more refined husband.
Cotton Sheet Set
With the gift of high-quality cotton sheets, comfort and fashion come together and make for a good night’s sleep every night with the love of your life — there’s no better gift than that. Pair with the pajamas or onesie suggested above for an extra-cozy anniversary.
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