Two lists exist to define the customary gifts for different anniversaries. These lists are the "modern" list and the "traditional" list. The modern list notes china gifts as appropriate for a second anniversary whereas the traditional list waits until the 20th anniversary to include it. China, also known as bone china, is a type of porcelain.
Formal dinnerware and tea sets are commonly made of china and are great for entertaining . Makers such as Wedgwood, Lenox and Noritake sell their china wares online. If you received china for your wedding, you can expand your collection. If you did not, an anniversary is a good time to obtain it.
China or Porcelain Figurines
China or porcelain figurines can make good gifts. Although plates, bowls and other dinnerware can certainly be displayed decoratively, makers such as Lladro make statues to honor many different occasions. Choose a figurine relating to your identity as a couple, such as two lovers embracing or dancing.
Grow Kits and Pots
If you'd prefer a less formal and less expensive china option, be a little looser in your interpretation of china and choose a porcelain pot or a grow kit that contains porcelain pots, like the Aromatherapy Growing Kit available from RedEnvelope. Such pots will honor the idea but will conform to you and your spouse's personal styles.
If you already plan on giving your spouse a bouquet of roses or another favorite flower, choose a vase made of china. The china will lend even more beauty to the bouquet, especially if you choose to create contrast by giving darker, bright red roses in a stark white vase.