· He specially went to the shop to get her favourite chocolates.
· I got this gift specially for you.
· He did not want to be treated specially.
In all the above sentences, especially would sound odd or even wrong, especially to native speakers. Here are some scenarios where both especially and specially would give correct meaning to the sentence.
· I especially/specially gave this assignment to you as it will help with your promotion.
· I especially/specially like the way she speaks.
· The kids have been working really hard, especially the boys.
· I especially like the flower decoration of the room.
· The shirts are nice, especially the blue one.
In all the above sentences, we are talking about something that stands out from the others, for example, the white kitten, the boys, the flowers, the blue shirt and the food. So, when we say especially, it indicates an ‘additional’ striking feature of something that makes it unique from others. Specially, on the other hand, means something that is for a particular purpose. For example, a cake specially bought for a birthday.