I know they say everyday should be Mother’s Day (or any other gratitude occasion for that matter) — and rightfully so. But if you’re like me and grew up in a family of particularly little words/affection when it comes to love, gratitude days are especially useful for expressing “I love you!” sans the usual awkwardness. That aside, if you’re looking to spoil the mum in your life a little, Mother’s Day is also a good time to jump on all the exclusive just-for-mum promotions. So ahead of 9 May, we’ve curated a list of meaningful but also practical gifts for mum/your mum figure this year, for our socially distanced times. From home office essentials to personal health trackers and charming all-in-one cookers — here are 7 most useful gifts for the mum in your life this Mother’s Day!
For The Home Office: YUN Desktop Diffuser II (Rose Gold), S$59 via SCENE SHANG
Ease into the work zone! This dainty diffuser that will spruce up mum’s workspace, while filling it with good energy. We love the elegant hardware of sleek rose gold metal and wood for subtle Scandinavian living vibes, with a compact body that will fit right onto any busy work desk. The YUN Desktop Diffuser II’s USB power function is another useful feature: simply plug the diffuser into any laptop or computer to get it going. If mum’s home office is keeping home itself, this portable diffuser can also sit by the bedside — or anywhere really. Use it with mum’s favourite blend of essential oils for the ultimate mood boosting, space enlivening accessory!
For Cooking Adventures Together: BRUNO Compact Hotplate (Rose Milk Tea), S$199 via HipVan
Can we take a moment to appreciate how pretty this hotplate is? The BRUNO Compact Hotplate in Rose Milk Tea gives us all the right fuzzy feels, from its milky rose aesthetics to high-performance capabilities. With a quick heating function and power-packed size, this hotplate allows cooking (and by extension, eating) straight from the dining table. Better yet: every compact hotplate set comes with a hotplate machine, flat plate, takoyaki plate and a wooden spatula for endless cooking adventures together. From Sunday breakfast to a late night stew, we can imagine this chic hotplate being a charming addition to any home cook’s kitchen — and one for many warm, cosy culinary memories.
For Giving Mum A Hand: Philips ProMix Viva Collection HR2657 Hand Blender (800w), S$129 via COURTS
Another tool for the kitchen that we think mum would really like! The Philips ProMix HR2657 Hand Blender is a do-it-all that will save serious time, hassle and help revolutionise meal preparation. The nifty blender is terrifically versatile; with its powerful 800W motor along with a suite of extensions including a whisk, extra large chopper, spiralizer and on-the-go tumbler. Suitable for blending, chopping and spiralising, the HR2657 hand blender also it up a notch with some impressive technology. ProMix technology allows for fast, consistent blends, PeedTouch makes the hand blender’s speed settings both intuitive and convenient (case in point: simply squeeze the ‘turbo boost’ button to add power without having to alternate speed settings).
The anti-splash blade is also a massive bonus, since cleaning up after a big cook off always feels like a party pooper. The HR2657 hand blender’s special blade guard will prevent splashing and promises minimum mess. Neat!
For Elevating Mum’s Beauty Routine: SU:M37˚ Water-full Special Set, S$124.50 via iShopChangi
Beauty enthusiast or not, we’re positive you can’t go wrong with the skin-pampering gift option. When in doubt about what would best suit mum, consider stepping back from fancy ingredients for skincare essentials that will fit easily into an existing routine. Like the SU:M37˚ Water-full Special Set, which features a full routine of SU:M37˚’s best moisturising elixirs formulated for combination, mature skin and hot climates (sounds about right). The intensive hydrating and rejuvenating regime includes a full-size and deluxe-size SU:M37˚ Water-full Skin Refresher with signature AquaFerm™ for lightweight yet long-lasting hydration, as well as the refreshing Water-full Rebalancing Gel Lotion with Fermented Bamboo Sap.
The kit also includes Water-full line minis that are as handy as they are potent; including the Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream, SU:M37˚’s best-selling Secret Essence and its Skin Saver Essential Cleansing Foam. You can never get tired of good skin days!
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For Total Wellness: Fitbit Inspire 2 (Lunar White), S$139 via COURTS
‘Amp up mum’s step tracker game with a holistic wellness tracker! The Fitbit needs little introduction. Probably one of the finest activity trackers around, the Fitbit Inspire 2 has the full suite of essential functions plus selected advanced features, for something that packs a punch but is still uncomplicated to use. Apart from basics like all-day activity, steps and calorie tracking, Inspire 2 also ups the game with useful add-ons. This includes 24/7 heart rate monitoring, active zone minutes, sleep tracking, guided breathing and menstrual health tracking — swoon! Besides, we think mum will also appreciate the ease and subtlety of Inspire 2’s design. The slim band (one of the slimmest from Fitbit) is a big bonus in our books for pairing with outfits, along with the tracker’s hardy 10-day battery life and a water resistance of up to 50m. A mighty watch for the mightiest mum!
For A Luxurious Treat: Eu Yan Sang Superior Deluxe Bird’s Nest With Rock Sugar, S$79.90
Easily one of the most classically opulent gifts, bird’s nest will also make an especially thoughtful treat if you’re planning to gift a soon-to-be/new mum. Eu Yan Sang’s Superior Deluxe Bird’s Nest set comes with 6 ready-to-drink bottles of concentrated, premium quality cave bird’s nest. Made from pure ingredients without artificial colouring and flavouring, we like the extra dash of rock sugar to this for a sweeter, easy-to-consume drink. The naturally rich and nourishing bird’s nest is traditionally believed to improve immunity as well as the function of lungs and kidneys — to give mum an overall health (and beauty) boost!
For Something Classic: Far East Flora Basket Of Blooms, S$64.09
And finally… What is mother’s day without some blooms! Although to be honest, my own mum is not the biggest fan of standard bouquets because she finds all the wrapping a waste. If the mum in your life (or yourself) shares the same sentiments, the Basket Of Blooms from Far East Flora might be perfect. In place of standard bouquet wrapping, the Basket Of Blooms is a lush arrangement of carnations, rose sprays, phoenixes and eucalyptus parvifoglia leaves sat in a weaved basket. For something both pretty and practical: the soft and blushed blooms will look lovely on display, while mum can easily repurpose the basket later on. We like how the dinky basket also gives this bouquet somewhat of an everlasting quality. So you and your mum will always remember mother’s day this year!
While you certainly don’t need Mother’s Day to make the mum in your life feel special, Mother’s Day will be a great excuse to pull something a little extra — because mum deserves it! All gift guides aside, sometimes quality time can also mean the world. So big or small and tangible or not, we hope you take some time to show the mum in your life that you’re thinking of her this 9 May! Happy Mother’s Day in advance!