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If you’re trying to think of a second anniversary gift that tops last year’s present, take a deep breath, because there are plenty of special, sentimental items you can give your significant other.
We researched modern and traditional second anniversary gifts, including sentimental picks, personalized presents, and unique experiences. Our favorites include virtual travel dates from Amazon Explore, custom puzzles from Uncommon Goods, and comfy slippers from Bomba for ultimate relaxation.
Here are the best second anniversary gifts.
Recreate a favorite vacation or “go” somewhere new with Amazon’s virtual travel experiences. You can learn about Rome by touring the city’s historic sites, or partake in a Zen session at a Buddhist temple in Japan. Experiences are available among six regions (North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia) and vary in price and length. Select one or make a day of it with multiple memory-making tours.
We love this pick for couples who may not be able to physically travel anytime soon or just love to learn more about different cultures and cities. With the amount of experiences available, every recipient is guaranteed to find something they love. This is a unique gift that they are sure to remember for years to come. It may even inspire your next vacation.
SeventyEightDesign Custom Star Map
This celestial map is customized to show how the stars aligned on an important night in your relationship, whether it’s your first date or your wedding. Unlike other maps, this one utilizes foil to chart the stars, making it extra elegant.
Uncommon Goods The Kissing Mugs
Any type of porcelain product is a great interpretation of the second anniversary’s china theme. But what makes these mugs the perfect pick is that they fit together—just like you and your spouse. Pair this with your partner’s favorite coffee or tea for a cozy, sweet gift.
HomeBeamCo Custom Wedding Date Vase
A perfect way to present your anniversary flowers, this ceramic vase is inscribed with your anniversary date. (Which doesn’t have to be a wedding date, despite what the product name implies). Each vase comes with a glass inset that actually holds the water and flowers, so you don’t have to limit the vase to waterless buds.
Wilton Baking and Decorating Class
If you’re a traditional couple, you likely froze the top tier of your wedding cake and ate it on your first anniversary. (And, chances are, it didn't taste the best.) For your second anniversary, recreate that day-of dessert with a cake decorating class. It might not look 100% like your wedding cake—and you’ll have to make the actual cake beforehand—but you and your spouse will have a good time and have something tasty to eat at the end of the night.
Anniversary Gifts Date Night Decider Dice
Let’s be honest—after two years with someone, you start to run out of fun things to do. Enter the Date Night Dice — two tiny items that provide 36 potential activities for you and your partner to enjoy. You can even get ahead of the first date by buying the ingredients for a pizza night, or directions to a new town to explore.
DotsAndPrintsDesigns Song Lyrics Wall Art
For Kate Murtaugh, Principal & Creative Director of Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, , the best anniversary gifts honor your special day. And although framed photos would do the job, Murtaugh suggests, “Take the lyrics from your first wedding dance and apply the words to a gorgeous wall canvas.” Not only does this serve as a piece of art in your home, but it’s a daily reminder of an intimate moment from your wedding.
GiftsforGuysCo Personalized Robe
A personalized robe is the coziest way to incorporate the cotton theme into your second anniversary gift. Made of Turkish cotton and available in a number of colors, users rave about the great fit and intricate detail of the personalization. Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert, is a big proponent of sticking to theme. She suggests that couples looking for more together time pair the robe with a cozy cotton blanket and matching porcelain mugs filled with hot cocoa to set the scene for an at-home movie night.
IndigoRoseDesignCo Long Distance Cotton State Art
Who says cotton gifts have to be limited to robes and linen? For this custom-made piece, the artist uses cotton string to create the image of a state with a heart over a meaningful spt for you and your partner, such as the place you first met, the place of your first kiss, or the place you got married. If you want to add your initials or date to the piece, the artists will do so free of charge.
Uncommon Goods Written in the Stars: Birth Chart Class
Perfect for couples who are into astrology: In this one-hour virtual class, leading astrologer Emily Klintworth will show you and your partner how to chart your astrological forecast for the next year. In doing so, you’ll be able to identify times where you need to be more active or when you should slow down.
Push Pin Travel Earth Toned World Push Pin Map
This gift comes highly recommended by Johnson, as well as former customers who rave about the excellent quality and beautiful product. A creative play on the traditional cotton theme, this handmade canvas map allows you and your spouse to track all the places you’ve been and (hopefully) will go in the future.
Lenox Twelve Days of Christmas 12-Piece Ornament Set
Murtaugh thinks the second anniversary is a great opportunity to “start a collection of family heirlooms to pass down to future generations.” If you and your partner celebrate Christmas, this 12-piece ornament set is a great place to start. Made of durable and pristine white ceramic porcelain, the colorful pieces honor the “12 Days of Christmas,” making for a fun addition to any evergreen.
Able Carry Max Backpack
Prepare your partner for a romantic getaway by gifting them this quality travel bag. Lightweight and water resistant, the bag has plenty of pockets should you come back from the trip with some extra special souvenirs. Murtaugh suggests packing the bag with sleeping masks, a sexy candle, a bottle of your favorite wine, and bath oils to better enjoy your romantic time away.
Uncommon Goods We Found Each Other Custom Puzzle
You and your partner managed to find each other in a world of 7 billion people—that’s certainly something to celebrate. Memorialize the moment with this puzzle, showing an aerial view of the exact place where you met. Once you complete the puzzle (together, of course) get it framed and hang it on the wall as a daily reminder of how lucky you are to have found each other.
Pottery Barn Garnet Luggage Collection
Garnet is the traditional second anniversary stone, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to jewelry. If you and your partner like to travel, for example, this luggage set from Pottery Barn is a great way to incorporate the gem into your gift. Expertly crafted for durability, each piece in the collection includes a TSA combination lock for secure travel.
Brooklinen Linen Core Sheet Set
As boring as it may seem, a bed set is a great cotton-themed gift if you and your partner just moved in together or forgot to register for it when you got married. Light yet cozy, this set from Brooklinen includes everything you need for a comfy sleep setup: a core sheet set, duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases.
PaperAnniversaryLove Personalized Cotton Tray
Give them a soft, stunning place to put their special items. The natural cotton canvas is accented with brass geometric details and a custom inscription, which can range from initials and a special date to a song lyric or quote. One former customer wrote, “This is totally unique, stylish, and quality. Would def recommend!”
Bombas Men's Gripper Slipper
A top performer in Lab testing, these cozy slippers wear just like socks, but have little grips on the bottom to keep you from sliding. A brushed lining on the inside helps keep your partner warm on cold nights.
David Yurman Cable Classic Bracelet with 18K Gold & Semiprecious Stones
Simple and stunning are the two words we’d use to describe this sterling silver cuff from American designer David Yurman. Featuring two garnet stones, the bracelet is elegant enough to wear to a formal affair, but classic enough to wear with jeans and a T-shirt.
What to Look for in an Second Anniversary Present
“The second anniversary is the perfect time to revisit some place important to the history of your relationship,” says Murtaugh. This can mean planning a trip to one of your favorite vacation spots or purchasing a piece of art showcasing where you met and fell in love.
If you and your partner have exited the honeymoon phase, it’s important to find ways to keep things from getting stale. By gifting your partner an experience, such as a class or trip, you can keep your date nights fresh.
Even the most traditional anniversary gifts—photos, jewelry, flowers—can be made more special with a little customization. Elevate your gift by adding monograms to an item or honing in on a special moment in your relationship.
What is the traditional second anniversary gift?
The traditional 2nd wedding anniversary gift is cotton, with each fiber representing two people that have become interwoven with one another. The modern 2nd anniversary gift is china, which, like cotton, represents comfort and strength. Go-to gifts that encompass these themes are robes, linens, and dishware. But you can get creative with cotton-based artwork or porcelain vases..
What is the 2nd anniversary flower?
The 2nd wedding anniversary flowers are the oh-so-unique cosmos, which are said to represent the powerful love that exists uniquely in this second year of marriage. That said, these buds can be difficult to find. Another floral option is lily of the valley, a fragrant choice that symbolizes purity.
What is the 2nd anniversary stone?
The 2nd anniversary stone is the garnet. A bold red gem, the garnet symbolizes love and friendship. Though you can easily incorporate this into a piece of jewelry, you can get creative by incorporating the color into your gift.
Why Trust The Spruce?
For this article, Leah Rocketto, a writer with years of covering home content, performed hours of research on products for this article. She also consulted Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert who has made a career out of knowing what will withstand the test of time and truly tug at the heartstring, and and Kate Murtaugh, Principal & Creative Director of Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, who has spent the last decade helping couples around New England plan every moment of their love story. In doing so, she has become an expert on all wedding-related etiquette, including the gift-giving process.