Once a year, we set aside time on Mother’s Day specially to tell our mothers how much we love them. While it’s always the thoughts that count, presenting Mum with a gift tells her that you are thinking about her. There’s nothing more heart-warming than receiving a gift that you know the giver had spent time picking out specially for you. Trust us, your mum will appreciate a well-chosen gift.
If you haven’t had any ideas what to get her yet, we hope this list of recommendations will come handy.
1. Send her good vibes
The Anna Sui Lucky Wish fragrance has a zesty scent that conveys optimism and positive energy and gives its wearer the hope of receiving “good luck”. A floral, citrus, woody fragrance, Lucky Wish has frozen lemon, tangerine, and pomelo in its top notes, and develops into accords of freesia and bamboo, before finishing with sandalwood and musk. This perfume will remind your mum of your wish that everything goes right for her. This is available from May at SGD72 (30ml) and SGD127 (75ml), at major department stores, including Takashimaya, Isetan Scotts, Tangs Vivo City, and Robinsons Raffles City.
2. Care for her before she sleeps
Remember when she used to tell you stories or sing you a lullaby to coax you to sleep? Tell her that you appreciate those gestures by caring for her skin in her night skincare ritual with the new Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam. This cleanser removes makeup as well as daily surface impurities and pollutants that are responsible for damaging skin’s appearance. Unlike regular cleansers, this doesn’t strip the skin of its natural moisture, which means skin is left feeling soft and smooth. Besides this cleansing foam, you can also check out the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm, which is also launched this May. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam retails at SGD52 (100ml) and the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm is at SGD56 (70ml).
3. Help her relive her first love
Her first love may not necessarily be your dad – it could have been a pair of red heels or her favourite sport – but it’s a memory that makes her feel alive and young again. Present her with Tender Romance, the new fragrance by Ralph Lauren, which is designed to evoke the warmth of an affectionate embrace and the soft caress of cashmere on the skin. This sweet oriental scent features pure white magnolia and silky soft cashmere. It is available from May at SGD116 (50ml) and SGD149 (100ml), at Ralph Lauren counters at selected department stores, including Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya, Sephora, and Robinsons Raffles City.
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4. Perk up her hair
Our hair lose volume as we age, but one way to instantly perk up our hair is by curling it. The new ghd Curve range can help your mum achieve gorgeous, shiny, healthier-looking curls that last. Most importantly, its special technology keeps the heat at 185°C. This special temperature level is optimal for creating the ideal look without damaging hair. The ghd Curve Creative Curl Wand retails at SGD330 and is suitable for all hair lengths, and the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong (SGD330) is great on longer hair. Both devices are available at Sephora stores, as well as hair salons including PREP, Salon Vim (313 Somerset), and Shunji Matsuo (Ngee Ann City).
5. Bring her spring
When was the last time you bought a bouquet for your mother? She may tell you not to waste money on flowers that usually cost more on Mother’s Day, it shouldn’t stop you from bringing her a bouquet – the type that lasts for more than a week. We’re talking about a floral fragrance like the new limited edition Jo Malone Nashi Blossom. Its heart note features the crisp and clean scent of Nashi Blossom, as well as a hint of rose. The elegant scent is a celebration of spring and will be launched in May until it sells out. It will retail at SGD105 (30ml) and SGD210 (100ml).
6. Love her eyes
Those tender eyes that look at you lovingly are probably showing signs of ageing – inevitably. The Lifting Eye Serum by La Mer may be an ideal gift if she is concerned about these visible imperfections. Formulated with kelp-infused active ingredients, this eye serum tightens the skin around the eyes, lift it, and make the eye contours look more radiant. It retails at SGD350 and is available from May.
7. Lift her mood
If home is her favourite sanctuary and you wish to alleviate her anxiety, get her a home scent from Mt. Sapola. We recommend the Rose Geranium scent because rose is known for its ability to relieve anxiety, and geranium is great at lifting mood and helping with stress and tension. It will definitely make home feels even more relaxing. Prices of the Mt. Sapola home scents start from SGD49.90.
8. Give her a word of affirmation
Hug her and tell her how much she means to you. And to remind her every day how much you really care, consider getting her the innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder from the limited edition Thank You Collection, launched as part of the Korean brand’s 10th anniversary celebration. This product is infused with Jeju natural mineral powder to keep the skin comfortable and fresh all day. But most interestingly, the case is imprinted with endearing phrases like “Thank you” and “You are the best”, making it a meaningful gift. It is available from May and will retail at SGD10 each and you should really consider gifting her all five variants.
9. Caress her face
The passage of time has probably add dullness to your mum’s complexion. Help her revive more youthful-looking and radiant complexion with the new ETUDE HOUSE Toning White C Active Essence. It contains 72% Berry C Toning Water, an ingredient extracted from Acai berry and Acerola that provides four times more anti-oxidant effects than those of general Vitamin C. It is therefore able to control the appearance of melanin pigmentation by preventing melanin generation and oxidation. This intensive care treatment retails at SGD40.90.
10. Present her with roses
Flowers aren’t just found in skincare products and fragrances, they are also found in the new K-Palette Bulgarian Rose Eyeliner. The original award-winning eyeliner that’s loved by many is now infused with Bulgarin Rose Water, which is known for its hydrating properties. This ingredient is used in this limited edition product to help control skin’s sebum production. This means that eye makeup will smudge less because eyelids will be less oily when you use this product. Your mum will thank you for saving her makeup. This product is available in Watsons and BHG, at SGD20.90.
11. Revive her crowning glory
Poor diet can sometimes lead to problems like hair breakage and split ends, and if these are her concerns, consider making an appointment for her at Svenson for a hair analysis.
The leading hair care centre has released a hair care system comprising of different hair care products for different needs. The Revive shampoo and conditioner, for instance, is great for thickening hair. It is formulated with a blend of powerful peptides that reinforce hair shaft and flexibility, and sunflower seeds to condition hair and increase its shine. The shampoo is available at SGD42 and conditioner at SGD38.