The Perfect Anniversary Gift (especially if it’s your 2nd!)

Did you know that cotton is what you’re supposed to give your partner on your Second Anniversary? So what better second anniversary gift could you give your loved one than a LittleLeaf 100% organic cotton sheets set, all lovingly presented in a tissue-lined box? Officially, cotton is linked to the Second Anniversary, but the gift of organic cotton would surely be welcomed at any time in a marriage – in any case, it’s got to be better than the Chicago Public Library’s suggestion that the perfect way to celebrate 44 years of marriage was (drum roll)  …groceries!

A Brief History of the Anniversary Gift List

The idea of the wedding anniversary list, whereby certain types of gifts are attributed to different milestones in a marriage, is thought to date back as far as Medieval Germany. A silver wreath was given to a wife on her 25th wedding anniversary, and gold was given on a 50th anniversary – which must have been a very rare occurrence in those days, when people didn’t live as long.

Then the longer list is thought to have come into vogue in Victorian times, as the idea of marriage for love and the importance of the family unit began to take prominence. The list begins simply, with paper and flowers, and the gifts gradually increase in substance and value, the idea being that the order of gifts reflects the investment that the couple gives to each other and their relationship. By the 1880s, even Webster’s Complete Dictionary of the English Language was declaring a list of the appropriate gift for different anniversary years – wood for 5 years, tin for 10, china at 20, etc.

Looking for Cotton Present Ideas?

One big advantage of such a list is that it gives some guidance when it comes to present buying, and narrows down the options. So if you’re looking for a gorgeous present to thrill your loved one, you can’t go wrong with our affordably priced Sheets in a Box. Technically just sheets in a box, but so much more – luxuriously soft, ethically made, organic cotton, beautifully presented in a smart turquoise tissue-lined box (100% recycled of course!), the perfect, thoughtful gift.

Alternatively, there’s now our Luxury Bedding Gift Set, which includes a gorgeously soft duvet cover along with the  sheet and pillowcases. Choose white, natural or aquamarine and give the gift of a blissful night’s sleep!