The Meaning of Cotton for a 2nd Anniversary

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Each year of a marriage corresponds with a different meaning and is exemplified through the gifts received. For the gift giver, finding a gift and trying to maintain its intended meaning can be confusing. An understanding of the year's importance and a range of gift options can make the experience easier.


Cotton can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C. to the Indus Valley and Egypt. It is the most commonly used fiber and leading cash crop in the United States.


The traditional gift for a second wedding anniversary is something related to the material cotton. It symbolizes the need for a marriage to remain strong and be able to adapt to changes.


Cotton is sought after because of its practicality; the many uses include clothing and household materials. Its longlasting aspect is hoped to be reciprocal in a marriage.


Common gift ideas for your mate may be a robe, comfortable lingerie or any other piece of cotton clothing. Gifts of draperies, towels or bedding for the house represent the desire to build and maintain a home together. A cotton hammock would be a great option for the two of you to share.

Fun fact

Not only is the fiber of a cotton plant useful, but cottonseed contains a high protein content. For the anniversary meal, bake your mate a delicious meal with the crushed seeds or add cottonseed oil to your dinner salad dressing.