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Christmas Gift Guide: The Editors’ Picks

“He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice…”

‘Tis the season of giving and we don’t know about you, but all this Christmas shopping can be rather overwhelming! So, we thought who better to ask for some inspiration than our favourite bloggers and editors? Read on for the experts’ pick of the most magical gifts, hand-picked in store at Restoration Yard.

Let the Christmas shopping commence. . . 

Scott McGlashan, Blublazer Guy

“I am a huge fragrance fan and Miller Harris has to be one of my top British Perfumers, so much so that I featured them in a blog post not too long ago.

Lumière Dorée Eau de Parfum 50ml by Miller Harris, £75.00

Lumière Dorée is the perfect choice for a man or a woman as it exudes a perfect balance of masculine and feminine notes. I am obsessed with Orange and Neroli as they immediately transport me to sunnier climes, which is sometimes needed here. This fresh/floral combination is sure to be a winner as the perfect gift.”

Amanda Southey, i-on magazine

“Who doesn’t love a cuddly avocado?! A perfect stocking filler…

Amuseable Avocado Small Soft Toy by Jellycat, £13.00

I always love to give my daughter a book at Christmas and this beautifully illustrated one is the perfect present, the book of feelings ‘In My Heart’. My wee one just started school a few months ago and this will help her identify how she feels.”

In My Heart by Jo Witek, £10.99

Jojo Fraser, lifestyle and wellbeing blogger and author

“I love the gift shop at Restoration Yard, especially at Christmas time.  I could spend hours there.  I am a fan of this lovely Pom Amsterdam shirt dress, it is so comfy with my favourite colours. 

Shirt Dress in Paradise Green by Pom Amsterdam, £165.00

I also love the peacock cards that read ‘I’m your biggest fan’ – I am a great believer in writing letters and complimenting people. 

Have a Little Pun Postcards, £8.99

I love all of the inspirational books for both adults and kids.  They sell my book too, Mummy Jojo UNCUT, Time for a Mojo injection, which makes me very happy,  I buy books and notepads lots, they fill me with joy.”

Mummy Jojo Uncut by Jojo Fraser, £10.00

Gaby Soutar, Lifestyle Editor & Restaurant Reviewer at The Scotsman

“I have traditional plans at Christmas, though I’d probably rather lock myself in the house and decimate this cheese hamper. Restoration Yard can tweak it to include your favourite cheeses, so you won’t end up with a dud cranberry-infused bright orange cheddar.

There’s also a decent selection of crackers, two bottles of wine and plenty of chutney. All killer, no filler. We’ve barricaded the doors.”

The Cheese Hamper by Restoration Yard, approx £65

Julia & Claire, Midlothian Ladies Club

“This Famous Women card game promises to be lots of fun for children of all ages – and not just for girls.  Highlighting the achievements of inspiring women throughout history, this game brings a new angle to the traditional card game and is bound to spark interesting conversations about girls and women excelling in all areas of life. 

Famous Women Quiz Box by Ridley’s, £10.95

If, like us and our children, you enjoy reading stories about strong women and breaking away from the princess clichés, this game will be right up your street.”

Louise Wilson, editor MADE magazine

“I love this jumper! It’s my all-time favourite colour and would look awesome on my husband.

Cashmere V Neck Jumper in Oasis Blue by Vedoneire, £59.95

This is the perfect book for my son, Luke. He is an avid reader and devours all types of books – it would be brilliant to give him this, to help him realise it’s okay to be different.

Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, £20

I would love to buy this for my best friend – she’s actually admired it for years. She has gone through quite a rough time recently, and has had to move house multiple times, so it would be lovely to treat her to this now she is in a home of her own.

746 Telephone by Wild & Wolf, £69.95

I would buy this for me! I burn candles every night in the winter, I can’t get enough to them to make my house feel warm and cosy. I love this candle because it’s pure white and would look beautiful in my living room. Plus it smells amazing!”

Scented Candle by Inis, £24.00

Laura Russell, Satisfashion Style

“I cannot recommend highly enough heading to the Restoration yard to do your Christmas gift shopping! What I love most is the relaxed, gorgeous surroundings in which you get swept away by the unique choices on offer.

I love this dress up doll for my daughter, Lilah. She is definitely following in the family trade of Stylist and being called Satisfashion Baby has rubbed off into her clothing choices! At 2 and a half years old, she is dressing herself – and telling me what she thinks I should wear as well – so this will focus her styling eyes and train them up to take over my empire in the future.

Sofia Magnetic Dress Up Doll, £19.95

I love this jumper as pink is Lilah’s favourite colour and everything and anything has to be pink! So this jumper is perfect to gift to my Mum or Lilah’s Granny, who are also being dictated to wear pink by Satisfashion Baby.

Savannah Jumper by Luella, £75.00

Lilah loved playing with slinky when we came into shop, there is such a fab selection of stocking fillers for any budget so do come down and see what would be perfect for your loved ones.”

Rainbow Springy, £6.95

All these lovely gifts are available to buy in store now, so pop in for some Christmas shopping – and a mulled wine (or two!).