It's our anniversary month and I can't believe we are approaching our second wedding anniversary (and seven years together). What a wonderful, amazing ride it's been thus far. We are blessed, indeed.
We are fairly traditional people and I cherish the traditions and rituals we have established as a couple. We were engaged in Paris and we included some Parisian influences in our wedding.
Our honeymoon was in Spain later that summer, but we wanted a way to mark the occasion closer to the actual wedding date.
It was my sweet husband who suggested that, if we couldn't go to Paris, we should go somewhere where we can channel that French spirit, like Montreal or Quebec City or New Orleans.
And if we couldn't do that, we should go to a French bistro for dinner.
And if we couldn't do that, we would drink French wine at home and eat a baguette.
You get the idea.
He's a love.
Our first year, we did go to Montreal. And it was lovely.
This year, we will go back to Montreal or Quebec City. And we will drink French wine and eat a baguette. Or a croissant. Or all of the above.
Back at home, for our first anniversary, we went traditional and, honoring the suggestion of paper, we wrote each other a letter. We stayed at the inn where we were married. Back at home, we watched our wedding video. As far as anniversaries go, it was spectacular.
This year, the traditional second anniversary gift is cotton. So I went to the clearinghouses of all things creative: Pinterest and Etsy.
And now, I have something lovely for our anniversary that honors the suggested gift of cotton.
If you or someone you know is celebrating a second anniversary, here are some gift ideas.
1. A new duvet or quilt for your bed.
2. An artistic print noting your name and anniversary date.
3. Monogrammed cloth napkins...romantic and environmentally sound. A win-win. Sometimes, you can find hand towels (that can double as napkins) with initials at the Christmas Tree Shoppe...very budget friendly.
4. A monogrammed throw pillow case
5. Pajamas--top for you, bottom for him.
6. Your wedding vows or the lyrics to your first dance on canvas
7. A personalized throw for cuddling and canoodling
8. A picnic blanket for a romantic picnic for two.
9. A special table cloth or runner you can use for a romantic anniversary dinner (along with your toasting glasses and wedding candles, if you used them).
10. How about a hammock built for two?
It's fun to play with tradition and themes. It gets the creative juices flowing.
What are your ideas for cotton based anniversary gifts?