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10 Best Extra Special Occasion Gifts

Who doesn’t love a special occasion? Here at Restoration Yard we adore them. Any excuse to have a little celebration with our colleagues. Cake is almost always involved and a lovely RY gift. Yes, we’re living in slightly different times at the moment…but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate (from a distance). And a wee package arriving from RY is sure to make their day extra special. So we’ve compiled a list of a few special occasions and gift suggestions for each to help you decide. After all, there’s just SO much choice out there. Happy shopping and happy gifting (just thinking of your recipient’s happy face makes us smile).

The Engagement Gift

It’s all about the love. And what better way to celebrate than this fabulous welcoming doormat by Bombay Duck?

The New Puppy Gift

That gorgeous little bundle of fluff. They’re ridiculously cute and cuddly, but the furniture/plants/slippers are suffering. This rope toy is a perfect play buddy and should help those tiny teeth too.

The New Baby Gift

A lovely gift for anyone celebrating their new arrival. Spell out the baby’s name with these beautiful handcrafted letters featuring different animals.

The Gift for a New Mum

Revive sleep deprived new mums with this aromatherapy pulse point roller ball by Rebecca Tracey. With Geranium, Rosewood and Rosemary, it’ll gently energise and uplift and let her know you’re thinking of her.

The Lockdown Wedding Gift

The pandemic has affected so many couples’ plans to celebrate on a large scale with their loved ones. Why not treat them to some new homeware for them to enjoy together in their home? We adore Broste Copenhagen’s Nordic Sea Blue and Nordic Sand ranges, sure to liven up any candlelit dinner.

The New Job Gift

Say congrats to your clever friend with this Pure Genius notebook, ready to take many a note on many a zoom call/training session.

The Wedding Anniversary Gift

The team are a little bit in love with Spice Kitchen’s Spice Tins. We think they’re great fun to grab a glass of wine and spend some time cooking together in the kitchen. Each tin comes with a range of high quality spices, a recipe card and marinade wrapped in a gorgeous sari silk wrap.

The New Home Gift

This Hand Carved Marble Chopping Board is a lovely new home gift. Each one is unique due to the nature of the marble and each has a story. Supplied by Ian Snow, this brand helps makers around the world bring their products to the UK. A perfect cheese board or display piece. You could even top it off with some of our chutneys and cheese biscuits. Or pop in store to get some Mellis Cheese to go with it. Delicious.

The Big Birthday Gift

Let’s talk gin. Specifically, our neighbours’ gin from The Old Curiosity Distillery based at The Secret Herb Garden in Midlothian. We adore their pretty bottles and delicious contents, from colour changing gins to this rather special variety. Their RSPB Wild Gin is made from an array of botanicals from Scottish blanket bogs. Blended with their own herbs, 20% of proceeds are donated to the management of The Flow Country, a vast peat bog responsible for storing 400million tonnes of carbon and home to thousands of creatures, birds and plants.

The ‘Who Needs a Special Occasion’ Gift to Oneself

You might as well sneak in a little treat for yourself, right? We’re living in tough times after all. We recommend a browse of our chocolate section or wine section. Our recommendation? This little box of happiness by Cocoba. Cocoa Dusted Salted Toffee Truffles are Cocoba’s most loved.