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    Gifts for Anniversaries

    Gifts for Anniversaries

    In normal times, the summer season also brings with it the season of weddings. Even though these are starting to take place again now, most of them have been put off for a long time after the year we've all had. However, thanks to this tradition of a summer wedding, this does mean that there are many anniversaries also likely to be coming up.

    So if you or a couple you know have got an anniversary coming up and you want to get them a little something, here's some gift ideas that spread the love without being too sickly. They'd also be ideal as a little present to take if you're lucky enough to be going to one of the smaller weddings that have been taking place again.

    For any collectors or lovers of the brand, the Emma Bridgewater couple mugs are a wonderful gift that's both practical and a lovely keepsake. Available in Mr & Mr, Mrs & Mrs or Mr & Mrs.

    An Austin Sloan sign is a great addition to any home, so gifting someone one of them to remind them of a special day is a lovely idea we think. Their rustic style is timeless and goes with many different interiors, inside or outside, so these are also a fairly safe bet to go for.

    As weddings and anniversaries are possibly two of the most sentimental occasions we celebrate in life, we of course have to mention East of India. Their collection of trinkets with sweet sayings and lucky charms mean that you can say all you need to say in a simple yet heartfelt gift.

    You can never go wrong with a good candle. Country Candles' 'Congrats' candle is a great option for an easy yet lovely gift. Or perhaps the 'Lots of Love' one to give to your partner as part of reminding them how much they mean to you on your anniversary.

    Gift Voucher

    Finally, if you're really stuck for a good gift or feel they already have everything, sometimes a gift voucher is the best gift you can give. That way, they can choose something themselves and you can feel reassured that they'll be getting something they love. Simply pop it in a card like one of these and you're sorted.

    New Baby Gifts

    New Baby Gifts

    There have been many things to come out of this pandemic. Banana breads, home workouts, the return of the UK holiday and of course babies. Since it all started it's probably safe to say that there has been somewhat of a baby boom, don't you think?

    The wonderful thing about babies is that they never fail to bring a warmth that can't quite be found anywhere else. We're not saying it's all love and happiness, of course babies bring their fair share of stress along with them too. It's just a reminder that they can also inspire hope, reconnection and general love to families after the hardships the past 18 months have involved.

    So if someone you know is due very soon or has just had a baby, then here's a collection of goodies that we think would make for some gorgeous gifts for the little ones, with the bonus of a couple for the new parents too.

    Frugi is a kids brand known for it's organic, sustainable products that last whilst also being dreamy to both touch and look at. All of their muslins, bodies and bibs are made from 100% organic cotton and it's just heavenly.

    East of India is a great go-to for gifts for all occasions and new babies is certainly one of them. Whether it's simply a little hanging trinket or a "baby's first" box, we're sure you'll find something that has just the right amount of sentiment with it.

    This one is a gift more for the parents to enjoy. Whether it's for decoration in the little ones room or nursery, or just a nice scent to pop in the living room in the evenings when they get a (rare) chance to relax. The Country Candles new baby candles both have a gentle scent of rosewood and come in adorable soft pink or blue polka dot tins and make for a lovely gift.

    Many people will have heard of Jellycat toys. They're one of the leading brands of cuddly toys and known for being both adorable and hilarious all at the same time. These are brilliant gifts for babies and thanks to the variety of characters, you'll be sure to find a unique and quirky toy to stand out from the usuals.

    Now to bring it all together with the finishing touch of a lovely card. Whether it's a girl, boy, twins or just a gender neutral one, there's a great variety of cards to choose from and they're all super cute.

    Easter Treats

    Easter Treats

    We adore Easter. It's our favourite time of year here at Daisy Park because we get to decorate the shop with bright and colourful decorations. This year, the Easter celebrations we can have must be small and outside only, but why not go all out for it? After all, we missed last years, so get those decorations out and tidy up your gardens for an egg hunt, because Easter is on and here's the inspiration you need to get ready.

    The tradition of sending a card has had a real comeback over the past year, and we feel it's become a real part of people's lives again, which we love. For those special people you won't be seeing this Easter, send them some hope and well wishes for the time of new beginnings in a gorgeous card.

    The Easter tree has become a staple decoration in many homes in recent years. And each year it seems the range of decorations gets more and more gorgeous with more to choose from. As usual, we've got plenty of loveliness by Gisela Graham; from traditional rabbits and eggs, to wooden pigs and wool beehives that all add a touch of cuteness to your home.

    Emma Bridgewater knows how to make storing your Easter chocolate look delightful. The medium egg tins are traditional and timeless, and will keep hold of your chocolate happily until eaten. They make for a great addition to a gift if you're posting eggs this year, just pop one in the tin for a bit of extra protection with some added loveliness.

    Jellycat probably has a toy for every occasion and we simply love it. Their Spring collection has got lots of lovely Easter cuties, including adorable chicks, ducklings, lambs and bunnies. These would also make for a great little gift alternative if you don't fancy giving the little ones too much chocolate this year.

    Finally, for the tea and hot cross buns in the garden, get really into the Easter spirit and serve them on some seasonal tableware. Whether it's the Emma Bridgewater Bumblebee range, or Spring flowers with the Gisela Graham mini bits, it'll be sure to make it feel that little bit more seasonal.

     

    Despite everything, there's no reason you can't get your home looking like a Springtime dream this Easter, even if it's just for the sake of a new season shake up. It's a wonderful time of year to welcome new beginnings and better times (particularly this year). So whether you will be celebrating in the garden with a small group, or simply staying safe with a hot cross bun or two to yourself, we hope you manage to enjoy some of the joyful anticipation that Easter brings with it.

    Fab New Trays & Mugs

    Fab New Trays & Mugs

    Although it can be stressful, hosting friends and family can be such a fun experience. Whether it be for Christmas, a birthday or simply just a get-together, they're often where we make some of the best memories. Not being able to have these for a year now is tough for all of us, but perhaps now we can start to think a little bit about planning them once more. It seems a bit risky, but maybe, just maybe, we can start to get a tiny bit excited about a future filled with good times again.

    One of the best parts of hosting people is getting all your best tableware out, don't you think? Even if it's just having a few friends over for a coffee and cake, it's simply a necessity to bring out your best tray. And wouldn't it be nice to have some lovely new pieces to showcase when we are finally able to do these things again? If you're interest has been sparked then look no further, new trays and mugs from Jamida designed by Asta Barrington are now in the shop and they are simply delightful.

    Bursting with bright colours and bold letters, there's a tray for every personality and every occasion. From the strong women in our lives who are all about the girl power (it's a firm fave here at this female-run business), to the men who love an opportunity to crack out a cold one. There's trays with your favourite tipples written on, or simply ones that spread a bit of positivity with your serving.

    And there's even new mugs too, in the 'Love' and 'Happy' designs so now you can have matching pieces for an even more pleasing aesthetic. Plus they're made of the finest quality bone china so you know they're good quality. We particularly love the vibrant yellow 'Happy' mugs for brightening up some of these dull winter days.

     

    All of this gorgeousness is making us dream of all the possibilities we could serve when we can finally host again... homemade cocktails on the 'happy hour' tray, celebratory bubbles on the 'Yay' tray for the start of a normal life again, we could go on and on. But we'll leave you to have a little daydream yourself!

    Celebrating VE Day

    Celebrating VE Day

    VE day, or Victory in Europe Day as it's formally known, celebrates the day that millions of people were able to return to their homes and families. It's a special day, and one that we think probably holds particular importance this year, with many people being stuck away from loved ones, waiting for the day we can all reunite once more.

    But, it's important to remain positive so we suggest still celebrating it in some way that you can, perhaps by still decorating your home a bit, and by holding a virtual tea party?

    Being a proudly British brand, Emma Bridgewater of course has a wonderful mug dedicated to the day. It's beautifully designed with everything that summarises Britain and that day: bunting, planes flying home, a vintage car with people celebrating, with the phrase "and the bells rung throughout Britain" just completes it.

    We think it would make a perfect gift, perhaps for an elderly loved one who remembers the day, or simply just to keep in your collection and use for a proper cuppa on the day.

    If you want to decorate your home too, there's some gorgeous union jack printed bunting that we got in from Emma Bridgewater also, just for VE day because it's simply perfect for it. Pop it up around your home and have it on show in the background of your virtual tea party and you're sorted! Or hang it up around your garden and have a tea party in your garden with your household if the weather allows.

    And to finish it off, the Emma Bridgewater union jack mug would also be ideal for this celebration. It's a simple design that holds great meaning, and would be great for general use all year round as well as VE day.

    To make the day that bit more special whilst celebrating from home, you could bake (or buy ) a traditionally British cake, like a Victoria sponge or some scones and enjoy them with loved ones on video call. Then grab a cuppa in one of the lovely mugs, and have a chat about all things British: the weather, sarcasm and of course the war and those who fought in it.

    But whatever you choose to do this VE day, it doesn't really matter. The main thing is that you take some time to think of the people who were there and how much they mean to us, and what they did for us. As we're facing these current strange times now, it's certainly going to make us at Daisy Park think about it and celebrate it that bit more.