Forget flowers, mugs and chocolates. Treat mum to something special and thoughtful this Mother’s Day.
30 April 2019
Text by Vanitha Pavapathi
Mothers do a lot and their work never stop in the office. They cook, clean, take care of the family and had way too many sleepless nights since the day of their firstborn. In fact, we don’t give them enough credit for what they do. They are basically superwomen sans cape. So, cherish your mum this Mother’s Day, with one or more of these thoughtful gifts.
This is the gift that keeps on giving. Pamper your mum with a massage chair like this OSIM uLove 2 ($5,829) that’s designed to deliver the sensation of two synchronized masseuses giving a full body massage. Equipped with surround sound speakers and wireless Bluetooth music playback, your mum can enjoy the symphonic blend of a four-hand massage while watching her favourite drama! Available at all OSIM outlets and roadshows.
Mother’s Day is the day that you don’t want your mother to be doing any household chores. Engage a day cleaner to do them so your mother could sit back, relax and catch up on her favourite TV shows. It’s now so easy to hire one online from sites like Helpling, PartTimeMaid, and 6 Days. And the service costs from $20/hour.
For many Asian parents, acts of service are proof of their love and Asian families have become incredibly proficient at reading cryptic emotional signs. Instead of doing the same to your mum, take this opportunity to profess your love to her in a unique yet direct method. Gift her a personalised Ten Things I Love About Mummy print ($44.88). This way, you don’t have to feel awkward saying them but still get your message across loud and clear.
Mothers don’t take enough vacations. Even after working eight hours in the office, they still come home to work – taking care of their families, that is. Treat your mother to a much-deserved vacation this Mother’s Day. Send her off to a week-long vacation overseas or on a cruise getaway if you have the financial means. If not, a staycation in one of the many five-star hotels and resorts would be great too!
After a hard and long day at work/home, all your mother needs is some downtime. What better way to unwind than listen to some calming music. Replace the lousy portable speaker your mum got as a free gift from some exhibition with this pocket-sized wireless speaker that’s more powerful than it looks. The Beoplay A1 ($400) delivers up to 24 hours of playtime and comes in eight fabulous colours (the limited edition colours are super pretty!)
You’re probably sick of watching the same movies and TV shows playing on repeat every fortnight. Guess what? So is your mum. Get her a Netflix subscription (from $10.98/month) this Mother’s Day, and she’ll be glued to the TV or her mobile devices in no time.
Give the gift of good night’s sleep with this breathable Heveya Bamboo Sheets set (from $398). Made from 100% bamboo fibre, it does not trap excess heat, repels odours and allergens, and naturally wicks away sweat faster than cotton. Furthermore, each sateen weave gives the fabric a slight sheen and an irresistibly smooth, silky touch. Each set includes a fitted sheet, a duvet cover and two pillowcases for King/Queen sized bed or one pillowcase for Single bed.
Sometimes all mothers need is a little assistance, especially in the kitchen. With the Google Home Hub, your mother won’t need to open a cookbook ever again. She can ask for any recipes online and the voice-activated smart device will read out step-by-step instructions. But if your mum has all her recipes stored in her head, she can still use it to watch her favourite Youtube videos while cooking, organise calendars, control her smart home, listen to the news, play music, set the alarm, check the weather, monitor flight ticket prices, use it as a digital photo frame and more. Available at E-Gadget Mini in Changi Airport and Lazada.
If a well-styled tress is important to your mother, then you’ll become her favourite child for gifting her a Dyson Supersonic. The sleek and stylish hairdryer not only looks good, it makes at-home styling a lot easier and faster. The Mother’s Day 2019 gift edition ($599) – available from now till 12 May – comes with a Dyson paddle brush and detangling comb kit. Available from now till 12 May at Dyson online store, Tangs Plaza Orchard pop-up store, and major departmental and electrical stores.
If your mother prefers to partake in activities than receiving physical gifts, sign her up for a workshop. It could be a glassmaking workshop at Art Glass Solutions, a pottery class at Studio Asobi, a workshop that crafts products out of concrete at Concrete Everything, or tea-making and gardening workshops by Sprout happening on 11 and 12 May at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Be sure to attend the workshops with her so you can spend quality time together. After all, the gift of your time is the best gift your mum could ever ask for on Mother’s Day.
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