Two years of marriage is a big deal, and should be celebrated! Anniversary gifts can be difficult, especially when shopping for the man in your life. Tradition states the second year anniversary gift is cotton. Here are 16 thoughtful, romantic, funny, and traditional second-anniversary gifts for him.
Need to also make up for last year? Check out our article: 1st Year Anniversary Gifts for Him
1. Novelty Socks
When you add two good things, you can expect something great. And who doesn’t love socks and tacos? Put them together, and you get the best taco socks ever! Keep his tootsies warm and his stomach rumbling with these fun foot covers.
Socks are the latest in accessory trends, so go all out – nothing is off limits! These super fun socks can be dressed down with slacks for work, or added to a weekend outfit for your quirky man. But as always, the guac is extra. Tacos not his favorite? These socks also come in pizza, beer, sushi, and other fun patterns.
2. His and Hers Aprons
The couple who cooks together stays together – or is it the couple with a good sense of humor stays together? This set of aprons is perfect to embarrass your man when company comes or to entertain in style while showing off your cooking skills (or lack thereof). Who knows – maybe you’re one of the lucky ones with a husband who can cook. If so, he’s never been cuter than when he’s wearing a matching apron and cooking you gourmet years for the next 50 years!
3. After 2 Years T-Shirt
“After 2 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. But 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! But if he’s a really good sport, he’ll wear this out to show how much he loves and appreciates you.
4. Hammock for Two
You can almost hear Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the background and the waves crashing. Maybe your honeymoon was to somewhere tropical, and this reminds you of when you were newlyweds and basking in the sun. Even if you didn’t take a dream destination honeymoon, you can feel like you’re on a vacation with this hammock built for two. With the subtle swing of the hammock, you can share many romantic and relaxing moments together in your own backyard. Made with cotton rope, it’s comfortable and durable at the same time. This is a gift both of you will enjoy during many relaxing evenings.
5. Mustache Bow Tie
Whether heading to the symphony or running to the grocery store, every man looks great in a bow tie! Let him know he needs to take you to fancy places more. This handmade mustache-patterned bow tie is great for weddings, work, or evenings out (hint, hint). Plus, the fun and trendy mustache pattern takes some of the “stuffiness” out of the bow ties from back in the old days. Now to get back to working on that night out …
6. Cotton Candy
Give your sweetheart something sweet, and let them know they make you feel like a kid again! It’s just as delicious as you remember. Cotton candy is delicious by itself, but it has been gaining popularity with recipes from cotton candy martinis, to cotton candy cappuccinos, and even cotton candy fudge. Even if you’re not the best cook, you can eat your failed culinary experiments!
7. Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World
If your man is an avid reader, this is book 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. You can make it a little more romantic if you also get a bottle of wine for you both to sip while he reads.
8. Star Wars Boxer Shorts
Tighty whiteys are for rebel scum. True imperial leaders wear nothing but comfort beneath all of those black capes. While two years might not seem like a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, these Kylo Ren boxers are a great way to celebrate your out-of-this-world love. He can join forces with the First Order while experiencing the comfort of breathable cotton and the power of the dark side.
9. Messenger Bag
Whatever you do, don’t call this a man purse. This 100% cotton canvas messenger back is perfect for work or travel and can hold all of his essentials — from electronics to gym clothes. Backpacks are for teenagers — help him look sophisticated and smart while he travels with his wares to and from home, the office, the gym, and more. Besides, he can still keep his bubble gum and comic books inside — no one will ever know he’s a teenager on the inside with this grown-up bag on his shoulder.
10. Hooded Bathrobe
If you’re tired of your man stealing your bathrobe, then this is the perfect anniversary gift. This robe features a hood, is 100% Turkish cotton, and will make him never want to get dressed again! Gone are the days when he answers the door in your hot pink robe and embarrasses you both in front of the unsuspecting neighbors. Well, you can at least make sure it’s not for the bathrobe.
11. 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.” It also has two pockets for beverages, remote controls, or even snacks. This won’t be mistaken for the fancy bed pillows that he’s not allowed to sleep on but still does. But it’s also comfy enough to take a cat nap and be refreshed for the rest of the day!
12. Onesie Pajamas
You’re never too old (or big) for onesies. Your man will sleep like a baby … literally … in these footed onesie pajamas. We’re showing you blue and white plaid here because it was our favorite, but they also come in several other colors and patterns, even camouflage.
And no need to grab a jacket, because while it may be cold outside, he will be nice and toasty inside these 100% microfiber fleece jammies! They are available in women’s sizes too for the couple that gets comfy together on cold nights.
13. Luxury Towels
Make every day feel like you’re on vacation with these 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.
14. Pokemon Pajama Pants
Bring back the nostalgia with these Pokemon pajama pants. Whether he’s an avid Pokemon trainer, or simply remembers his Pokemon days as a kid, these comfy pajamas will remind him that you “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!” and will remind him that while he’s valuable to you, you would never trade him for the world — even for a high CP Snorlax.
15. Cotton Sheet Set
Sheets might seem like a boring gift — unless they’re from your wife on your anniversary. Wink wink. These Calvin Klein sheets come in both Queen and King sizes and are 100% cotton. 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.
2nd Anniversary Gift for Husbands: Conclusion
So there you have it — 16 second wedding anniversary gift ideas for him. And while the traditional theme of cotton may seem like you have limited options, this list shows there are plenty of unique gifts to celebrate this relationship milestone. Which one will you buy?
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