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Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts
All The Meanings And Symbols

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Traditional 2nd Anniversary Gifts

Traditionally your Second wedding anniversary gifts are celebrated with cotton which some believe represents the wiping of tears and growing together. But what are the other meanings for your 2 year anniversary?

cotton anniversary rose

Traditional cotton anniversary gifts could be;

  • a cotton rug for a romantic picnic, just the two of you.
  • You could sew an "I Love You" message onto a cotton hanky 
  • or you could write a message on a piece of cotton and send it as a message in a bottle. You could send it out to sea or send it to them at work!
  • T-shirts can also be romantic - your first band, a best husband or their favourite team. (You may not think that's romantic but they probably will!) 
  • You can even get these gorgeous cotton roses from JustPaper Roses! Imagine a bouquet of flowers that will last all year!

Modern 2nd Anniversary Gifts

You also have the modern anniversary list and here your Second anniversary is celebrated with china.

The modern list was put introduced in 1937 by the American National Retail Jewelry Association and as such there are no meanings attached to these gifts.

However china is also on the traditional anniversary list for your 20th wedding anniversary, here china symbolizes that you need to look after your marriage.

Modern china anniversary gifts could be;

  • cooking a dinner for the two of you and serving it on new china plates,
  • or a trip to your favorite Chinese restaurant.
  • You can also paint china mugs and add your own message.

2nd Anniversary Flowers

The anniversary flower for your Second wedding anniversary gifts is the Cosmos.

The name is derived from the Greek word Kosmo which is the universe due the ordered symmetry of the petals of the flower.

If the Cosmos flower is given as a romantic gift you are saying;

Walk with me, hand in hand and see how beautiful life is...

cosmos - 2nd anniversary flower

The Cosmos flowers are romantic all by themselves! A great big bunch of these would brighten anyone's day and they come in lots of different colors.

Second Wedding Anniversary Garnets

The gemstone that represents your 2 year anniversary is Garnet, a lovely deep red stone and one that was a popular stone for engagement rings. Diamonds were for only the very wealthy, rubies and garnets were popular and red is the traditional color for love. Garnets were more affordable than rubies!

The meaning behind Garnets is that they attract love and soul mates and enhance your creativity.

All of the meanings behind your Second wedding anniversary gifts are beautifully romantic, it has been 2 years since you said I do and during that time you have grown as a couple. Life might not always be romantic but on your Second anniversary that is definitely the order of the day!

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