COTTON - 2nd Wedding Anniversary Gifts
(or Fine China & Garnet Gemstone)
After the invention of the Spinning Jenny in 1764 and the subsequent Industrial Revolution in Great Britain and the United States, the cost of cotton gradually came down and buying ready made cotton clothes became the preserve of everybody, but the gift of cotton as a second wedding anniversary gift remained.
Nowadays, most young wives wouldn’t know what do with twenty yards of cotton as a second anniversary gift so it’s now considered perfectly appropriate for a young husband to get his wife her choice of linen or Manchester (Manchester was the world center of cotton production during the industrial revolution).
In modern America, the tradition for 2nd anniversary gift ideas has shifted to fine china. Why? A combination of rising affluence in the United States as well as improved availability of fine china sets. These days it’s comparatively easy to park your family car in the car park at your local mall and buy a china set, with little danger of breakage. Compare that to a ten-mile wagon ride into town to do the same thing. At the rate we’re going, it won’t be that long before a 2nd year wedding anniversary will involve getting beamed up to luxury space station for a truly spectacular ocean view. In the mean time, would you like a lovely cotton napkin to place by your lovely china cup, while we discuss my other anniversary ideas?
Traditional 2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas (Cotton)
- Quality cotton towels.
- Beach towel.
- Luxurious cotton sheets set.
- Deluxe doona cover.
- Table cloth and napkins set.
- Monogrammed bathrobes.
- His and hers bathrobes.
- Cotton undergarments.
- Terry Towelling slippers.
- Designer t-shirt.
- Monogrammed handkerchief.
- Cotton socks.
- Porcelain cup and saucer set.
- Fine China teapot set.
- Personalised drinking mug.
- Porcelain figurine.
- Ceramic vase.
- Artistic bowls and serving plates.
- Decorative antique plates.
- Collector's item; a porcelain doll.
- Antique Porcelain candelabras.
- Porcelain jewelry box.
- Ceramic picture frame.
- Porcelain cameo brooch.
- Ceramic jewelry.
Alternative 2nd Anniversary Gift Ideas (Garnet, Red Gift)
- Garnet ring.
- Bottle of red wine.
- Garnet jewelry.
1. 2nd anniversary presents in USA are generally cotton, while in the UK paper is preferred.
2. Gifts for 2nd anniversary are becoming increasingly slanted toward fine china.