Unique ideas for a man's 2nd wedding anniversary

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Unique ideas for a man's 2nd wedding anniversary
Surprise him with an unexpected anniversary gift. (weddingcake figurine image by Viktor Sychkov from Fotolia.com)

Charm your husband with a second anniversary gift that he will enjoy for years to come. Traditionally, the second wedding anniversary called for an exchange of cotton between the husband and wife, which offers a wide variety of items that they can choose from. Modern culture expands the norm to include china as a gift; however, most men appreciate any sentimental gift that comes from the heart.

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Cotton can be found in many things -- clothing, linens, towels and even a hammock. Give him something for the home by purchasing new linens or towels. If linens aren't an option, look in the yard for coordinating trees that a hammock can stretch between. Hammocks are made of cotton and will allow him to have a place to relax outside. Clothing is another much loved purchase for men; if you aren't a shopper, purchase a gift card for him to use on himself.


People buy china as a joint gift for both husband and wife due to the expense of it. Purchase china as a set or à la carte, depending on the brand and price range. Not all china is used specifically for eating. Look at what he collects, such as ceramic animals, and find one in china that he doesn't have. Consider a decorative china plate from his honeymoon location or one that features a personalised saying on it.

Romance for Him

Skip the traditional and modern gifts and spoil him with romance. Men, like women, want to be wined and dined, so surprise him by treating him to dinner at his favourite restaurant. Think outside the box and take him to his favourite sports bar so he can relax and unwind in a casual and exciting environment. Think of his favourite thing to do -- attending a sporting event, going to the theatre, gambling -- and set the night around him. This unexpected surprise will catch him off guard.


Purchase a watch for him and engrave it on the back with a small message of love. The garnet stone is associated with a second wedding anniversary. Garnets are deep red and can be placed into many items such as watches, key chains, rings and cuff links. If you don't care for the gem, plain cuff links will work. There is a type of jewellery for every man. Ask him about it and, if this isn't a surprise, let him pick the piece he wants.

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