Inspiration (Whatever The Occasion)

Shopping on the main high street has its advantages – but when you are shopping for a special occasion it can be hard to find an item that stands out from the rest without spending a small fortune.

We don’t believe a special little something has to cost the earth and we pride ourselves on helping you find the perfect present whatever your budget. Here are a few ideas from our team…

Fill a photo frame from our ever-changing selection with a photo of a loved one and you have the perfect gift – it may not seem very original but it never fails to delight!

photo frame birthday gifts edinburgh

Our range of scented candles from Celtic Candles and Love Olli look beautiful, smell amazing and always add an indulgent touch to anyone’s home.

Celtic Candles and Love Olli Edinburgh

If you are looking for an unusual gift for the person who has everything, the gorgeous handmade stem vases from Yorkshire-based potter Andrea Cundell are perfect – we love them and you can collect several for a striking display!

handmade stem vases by Andrea Cundell, Edinburgh

Babies these days seem to get so many toys and clothes it can be hard to find something that stands out. One of our favourites are our super cute knitted dinosaurs which come either as a rattle, perfectly sized for little fingers, or a big ‘man sized’ version. Choose from T-Rex, Stegosaurus or Triceratops – or all three for a terrific trio!

new baby gifts edinburgh - knitted dinosaurs

Alternatively check out our range of ‘Dou Dou’s’ (that’s French for comfort blanket!) – exquisitely soft brightly coloured comforters with a detachable toy, packaged in a cute cardboard box making it the perfect gift. The only problem is which one to choose?

Dou Dou's French comfort blankets, Edinburgh

If you really want to push the boat out for that special arrival – maybe a grandchild or Godchild, our handmade wooden Noah’s Ark and animals delights parents and children alike. Designed as a keepsake rather than a toy, this stunning piece is a family heirloom in the making and looks perfect sitting in baby’s nursery.

handmade wooden Noah’s Ark and animals, Edinburgh

The loveliest new home gift I received was a simple bunch of flowers – complete with vase….perfect when you are up to your ears in moving boxes and can’t even find a mug for tea, let alone a vase to fill with flowers! We sell a varied range of vases, jugs, tumblers and tubs all of which can serve as a lovely container for fresh flowers.

Plus our resident florist Sally will happily create a bespoke bouquet to suit the exact container you buy!

new home gifts, Edinburgh

On a more practical note, it is hard to beat the humble tea towel as a perfect little gift for someone with a new home. We can’t escape ‘drudge’ (as my Mother-in-law calls it!) so it’s nice if washing up can bring a smile to your face because a friend bought you a cute/funny/stylish tea towel!

We stock loads of these so there will definitely be one that fits the bill – cat people, dog people, bee-keepers, cyclists, swimmers, camper van folk, proud Scots – you name it, we have a tea towel to suit!!

unique tea towel gifts, Edinburgh

Getting more practical by the minute….our fabulous storage cubes from Dotty Designs are one of the items we have stocked forever! They are permanently in demand because they are simply brilliant gifts that are very practical, are easy to mail to friends far away and they look lovely – what more to say?!

Dotty Designs gifts, Edinburgh