Monday, September 30, 2013

Picking cotton

Tomorrow is our second wedding anniversary. According to some entirely unreliable source and some totally bogus tradition, that makes it our cotton anniversary. Although cotton lacks some of the whatsit of the gold, silver or diamond anniversaries--and dudes, you'd better believe that if we make it to our sixtieth anniversary, this nonagenarian and centenarian will be rocking the bling--it's not actually that hard to come up with gift ideas involving cotton. There are plenty of options. It's just that they all suck.

Blah blah, shirts, blah blah, sheets. Blah blah, towels. I'm trying to think big here, people! A bale of cotton? A cotton gin? The collected works of Cotton Mather?

Help a girl out. What's the awesomest cotton-themed gift you can imagine?

19 comments:

Frances Altvater said...

Cotton stationary.
An epistolary novel of your love and marriage...

Janice said...

Cotton candy?

Psycgirl said...

Awesome, awesome sheets. (I'm very tired, to me this is really appealing!)

Sisyphus said...

Duh! Clearly you need to go to Egypt and dig up a mummy.

Renaissance Girl said...

For anniversary #2, my first spouse gave me a t-shirt from my fave sports team, signed my its starting lineup.

JaneB said...

a cotton candy making machine!

Flavia said...

Mmmm. Cotton candy!

RG: I was joking with Cosimo that I was going to buy him a ridiculously partisan and unintentionally hilarious t-shirt for an institution he dislikes. (But yours is actually a good gift.)

So far, though, Sisyphus is winning this thing. Wonder if there's time for me to get to & from Egypt, dodge pyramid security, and get back before dinner tonight. . .

squadrato said...

A trip here:


http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147343-d591025-Reviews-Cotton_Bay_Village-Castries_Castries_Quarter_St_Lucia.html

Betsy Willard said...

Cotton Mather is clearly the answer:

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invid=11492257338&qyear=1690&qauth=mather%2C+cotton&qyearhi=1700&qsort=&page=1

Anonymous said...

We went with the contemporary gift: porcelain (note: my husband is a potter, so that was easy).

Flavia said...

Squadrato:

I'm not much of a tropical beach person, but that does look nice.

Betsy:

YES. Though I think I'm more the target recipient than the giver of that one.

Oh, and Psycgirl:

I do love me some linens. But sheets wear out so fast that I'm really a best-thing-I-can-find-at-T.J.Maxx kind of girl myself. (And we're all set with both casual and formal table linens.)

Flavia said...

Frances:

As with the linens, I'm really the ideal recipient--rather than my spouse--for stationery, and I already have some gorgeous 100% cotton personalized stationery (so much of it, actually, that our address had better not change soon!).

But it's a great idea, which I'll keep in mind for anyone else in the market for a 2nd anny present.

d said...

If it were me... I'd want my spouse to buy me gorgeous soft expensive cotton yarn... and then I'd use it to knit him a pair of lovely and totally frivolous socks. Which either means I'm cheap (I'd be all set with spending the time to knit the socks) or totally sentimental. Oh, and also a knitter.

Dr. Crazy said...

Er, "d" was supposed to be Dr. Crazy, but I am so exhausted that I hit return before I could get all the info in :)

Withywindle said...

Cotton gin. And tonic.

ScrivenerB said...

How about a five-hundred pound "coffee table"?
http://www.cottonman.com/Cotton%20Bale%20Coffee%20Table.htm

Some would say it's just a regular cotton bale ready to hit the warehouse, but put a piece of glass on top of it and it becomes A TABLE.

Flavia said...

Win and win.

Anonymous said...

Copy of Norton Critical Edition of "North & South" by Edith Gaskell, + DVD of 2004 BBC production of same

Flavia said...

Last weekend a friend suggested a DVD of "Song of the South."

Game over.