With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, 14 May), the search is on for that special present or experience with which to treat our mums. As the most important ladies in our lives, nothing may ever seem good enough! But we’ve done the hard work and found some great gift ideas, along with ideas for activities that every mum is bound to love.
Things to buy
Surprise your mum on Mother’s Day with a lovely bouquet or flower box from Gift Flowers. Pick from a whole range of lovely flowers – from roses and lilies to tulips and gerberas. Craft a little message to go along with it and bring a smile to her face; just make a booking online and have the gift delivered for free!
What to get:
Who doesn’t love roses? Stay classic with the Little Red Roses Bouquet ($60), five lovely stems embedded with eucalyptus. Even a modest bouquet of beautiful blooms has a huge impact!
The bright and vibrant Mini Tulips Bouquet ($60) is another option – it’s a simple but entirely stunning springtime favourite that’s bound to aptly capture the joy of the day.
Another stylish arrangement is the Exotic Mixed Roses in a Round Flower Box ($155). The mix of cotton-candy hues exudes elegance and beauty – perfect for the occasion.
Run by talented sister team Kate and Emily, Littleones Photography is known for capturing beautiful family portraits. So, why not gather the fam and take some special photos just for mum?
What to get:
Book a mini photoshoot ($300) in the studio with just the kids (or grandkids) and have the photos ready to surprise mum with on Mother’s Day. Capture precious memories during the 30-minute photo session and place your favourite shot in an 8×6 inch acrylic photo block for her mantelpiece.
Alternatively, gather the whole brood for a family photography shoot at the Littleones studio ($475). The gift includes a pampering session at The Big Blow, where mum can get all dolled up with a professional hair and makeup appointment.
To personalise the experience even further, opt for a photography shoot at a location of your choice ($850) – from your own backyard to your favourite place on the island. You’ll take home the best shot on a 12×12 inch canvas and a desktop acrylic block for mum’s bedside table.
Sophie at Wild for Flowers
You can never have too many flowers, right? Make your mum feel special with gorgeous bespoke bouquets and floral arrangements made with love by Sophie at Wild For Flowers this Mother’s Day. They’re so pretty she won’t be able to peel her eyes off them!
What to get:
Wow your mum with a sophisticated gift-wrapped bouquet (from $60) featuring a mix of fresh blooms. It comes beautifully wrapped and hand-tied for that perfect touch.
Or, order a modern floral arrangement ($60) all ready for display – just pick from a wide selection of flowers and foliage and create a stunner for the table.
Another option – and something a little different – is to get your mum a gift–wrapped orchid plant in a pot ($55). The beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid will definitely add a burst of colour to the room.
Gifts Less Ordinary
Add a special touch to your Mother’s Day gift with a personalised piece from the collection of lovely accessories at Gifts Less Ordinary.
What to get:
If your mum is super tech-savvy, she’ll be delighted with a personalised phone and tablet tray ($234.61). Hand-crafted from quality wood, this desk organiser can house a phone, a larger gadget like a tablet and other accessories. Personalise it with your choice of engraved text on the front.
Along similar lines, the personalised rose-gold photo love-letter necklace ($120.91) would be perfect for any mum. The elegant locket necklace opens to reveal a photograph that you can customise with any family snapshot.
Then there’s the personalised “Best Mum” jewellery box ($106.48), beautiful and practical, and a great way to store anything from jewellery to keepsakes. Choose a loving message to be printed on its glass cover.
Things to do
Pamper mum with a spa day
Every mum could use a bit of spa indulgence, so why not indulge her with a gift from St Gregory Spa at Pan Pacific Singapore?
The spa’s extensive range of treatments includes the Elemis Sheer Brilliance Facial ($300), which incorporates an anti-ageing facial and eye treatment, luxurious hand and arm massage as well as a de-stress scalp treatment – all under 90 minutes! Plump up slacken skin and reduce dark eye circles. Psst…from now until 31 May, enjoy a complimentary 30-minute back massage (worth $90) when you book a session.
Also available is the Alicante Hot and Cold Stone Therapy ($200) for rejuvenating mind and body. Using hot and cold stones to apply pressure and calming music, this 75-minute treatment rebalances energy and reduces muscle tension.
Or give mum the gift of firmer skin and a brighter complexion with Thalion’s Thaliwhite Facial ($250). This one-hour treatment uses Vitamin C to target pigmentation and boost collagen production.
Make breakfast in bed
Impress mum with your cooking skills with the help of the Breakfast @ Home cooking class by Expat Kitchen. Whip up delicious eats including Eggs Benedict (with a twist!), pear and buttermilk muffins and even shakshuka (a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce). If she’s not a fan of eggs, you could attend the Egg Free Baking course and learn how to make yummy egg-free treats such as a smoked salmon and brie quiche.
Psst… The Breakfast @ Home class will be held on 3 May from 10am to 1pm, while the Egg Free Baking class will be held on 8 May from 10am to 1pm. Each session costs $165. Classes are open to all including helpers. Book a spot now!
Calling all dads and kids!
Little ones and daddies can now team up to give mum the perfect relaxing breakfast, with Expat Kitchen’s Dad & Kids Mother’s Day Breakfast Class. You’ll learn to cook up blueberry crumble muffins, banana pancakes and more – and you’ll also make a craft box that mum will love.
Psst…The session costs $65 per dad and child, and an additional $20 per extra child. It will be held on Saturday, 6 May from 10.30am to 12pm. Book a spot now!
Bake a cake with mum …
The best present for many mums on Mother’s Day would be simply to spend quality time with their little ones, and the Mother and Child Cake Baking class at Brettschneider’s Baking & Cooking School allows exactly that; together, you’ll get the chance to bake and decorate a classic strawberry and cream Victoria sponge.
… or learn cake decorating and bread making!
Try your hand at creating children’s birthday cakes at the school’s Themed Cakes class – everything from a rugby jersey to a pretty doll. Then, continue your decorating adventures at home with a complimentary copy of The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book by Dean Brettschneider and Jazmine Nixon.
If cakes don’t strike your fancy, you can whip up a variety of breads and rolls from basic bread dough at the Basic Bread Making class instead.
Psst… The Mother and Child Cake Baking class costs $100 and will be held on 14 May from 10am to 1pm. The Themed Cakes class costs $250 and will be held on 23 May from 11am to 3pm. The Basic Bread Making class costs $245 and will be held on 6 and 25 May from 10am to 4pm. You could also get mum some gift vouchers ($150, $200, $245 and $495 denominations) for her to choose her own classes.
Watch a concert
Got a music-loving mum? Why not join her to see famous American vocal group The Platters as they perform in Singapore as part of their Golden Years Concert Tour. It’ll be a night full of nostalgia as you listen to old classics such as “Only You”, “Unchained Melody” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”.
Psst…The concert will be held at the Resorts World Ballroom (Resorts World Convention Centre) on 13 May from 8pm to 10pm. Get your tickets now!
If your mum is more classically minded, you could book an evening out at the Singapore Botanic Gardens for the annual Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) Mother’s Day Concert. Enjoy the lovely surroundings while enjoying pieces from renowned composers including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others.
Psst…The concert will be held on 14 May, from 6pm – entry is free.