While not a luxurious material, who doesn’t like cotton? Natural, strong and flexible (like a good marriage), it can produce your coolest jeans or a sumptuous velvet jacket. Or how about sinking into some 400 thread Egyptian sheets – a great way to celebrate a cotton anniversary.
A crisp white fashionable cotton shirt
A pair of designer jeans
A vintage Levi’s denim jacket
Luxury cotton set of bed linen
Soft cotton bathrobes and towels
A spa day for two (more bathrobes…)
Go wild with cotton textures: velvet, corduroy, chambray, velour, jersey and flannel
Good quality china can last for generations. Or be smashed to fragments by an instant’s lack of thought. That’s marriage for you! But after two good years it’s time to get some decent crockery that matches and complements those MasterChef moments in the kitchen. Or explore the China theme in terms of the country itself, be it here via a restaurant or something Chinese or a trip abroad.
Any sort of tasteful (or not!) china house items, like a vase, crockery, jug, plant pot, candleholders etc.
His and hers mugs (with amusing photo)
Classy and stylish dinner sets: Royal Doulton if that’s your thing
Minimal design store china options for something more modern and useable
China sculpture or figurine – but remember you’re not buying for your Nan
A trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing
Buy some elegant new chopsticks and give them a workout in one of the UK’s five Chinatowns: in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, or Nottingham. Or one near you outside the UK.
Garnet gets its name from the Latin word “garanatus” which means “like a seed”. This is a reference to the pomegranate, as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside that fruit.
Rose quartz is a name for specimens of quartz with a nice pink colour. Advocates say that rose quartz purifies and opens the heart to promote love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.
Any jewellery featuring garnet or rose quartz: bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings.
Cosmos, Lily of the Valley Cosmos are annual flowers with colourful daisy-like flowers that sit atop long slender stems. Blooming throughout the summer months, they attract birds, bees, and butterflies to a garden. Growing easily from seeds, cosmos even survive in poor soil conditions.
A bouquet or a pot of cosmos or lily of the valley or both
Presents with a flower theme that embraces cosmos or lily of the valley (e.g an art photo or print, fragrant candles, perfume or room fragrance)
Gifts with a floral motif (e.g handkerchiefs, napkins, underwear)