Getting gifts for my folks is always difficult, but more so if I’m shopping for my mom. Having grown up in a single-parent family, I mean – what do you get for the person who has singlehandedly raised and provided for you, right? She’s already Superwoman, and everything I have today, I got from her strength and sacrifices.
In the past, Mother’s Day was always filled with notebooks, fountain pens, sweet treats and spa packages depending on the phase in life I was in. Over the years, I’ve come to learn that while my mom loves and appreciates all gifts, she has clear preferences. So this Mother’s Day, I intend to appeal to her Capricorn sensibilities, and delight her with exactly what she wants and will use. Because if you know anything about horoscopes, you’ll know there’s nothing more Capris love than efficiency, practicality and tradition.
This Mother’s Day, treat mama to things she actually wants – and will use.
This year, you can sing mama’s praises with well-thought, purposeful gifts. With the occasion fast approaching (FYI: it’s this Sunday, May 12), this ultimate gift guide presents fresh ideas, so you don’t buy lame things that mom appreciates but won’t use. To make this easy for you, we’ve categorised the gift ideas according to different types of moms and their interests.
We also know you’re mighty busy these days with work, friends and family, so don’t worry if you can’t make time. Just make full use of our next-day delivery, and mom will never know you got her present last-minute! We won’t tell if you don’t.
For the Atas Beauty Queen
Whether she’s a self-proclaimed beauty hoarder or a Sephora VIB member, mom’s got exceptional class when it comes to up-keeping her good looks. Did she drink from the fountain of youth? Who really knows. Chances are, you may have pampered her with lots of products in the past. This year, look to other beauty add-ons to elevate her self-care routine. After all, even without you enabling her with the latest in skincare and beauty products, she probably already has a more enviable #shelfie than you do.
She’s probably no stranger to the Eva Mini Facial Cleansing Device and NuCare Face Massager as they’re some of the hottest facial tools out there right now. If she has a habit of doing her hair, the Anneka 2-in-1 Straightener & Curler‘s the perfect time-saver. And clearly she spends a lot of time in front of the mirror, so why not get her the amazing LED Vanity Makeup Mirror?
For the Masterchef Foodie
Unlike other moms, our Asian mamas tend to be less outwardly vocal when it comes to expressing their love for us. How they express their TLC for the family is usually through dedicated actions, such as cooking up a storm whenever they can. They believe the most practical way to show their big hearts for us is through piping hot, aromatic dishes from their kitchens – and they’re not wrong.
Like some of you, I grew up pretty much to the resounding din coming from the kitchen whenever my mom cooked. Whether it’s the vigorous chopping with a cleaver against a wooden chopping board, or the clanging of pots and pans, there’s really nothing more instantly comforting than mom’s cooking. And her baking? Don’t even get me started. For OG domestic queens who rule the roost with finesse and aplomb, the best place to shop for them is always in the kitchen section and we’ve got just the right essentials for your best woman.
For the Adventurous #Globetrotter
Some of the best gifts in life are free – followed very closely by those whose form matches function. For travellers, in particular, the latter is a sure priority, especially with their baggage limit. No time or space for frills. If your childhood is spent looking up wide-eyed at mama as she recounted her tales of just another of her exotic travels, this section’s dedicated to her. Nobody waxes lyrical about worldly adventures like your mama does. If flying her out first-class to her favourite country isn’t an option right now, surely one of these from our selection would make a perfect second-best for the mother of all childhood make-believe: Full Aluminium Magnesium Alloy; Travel Eye Mask; Foldable Travel Slippers; Portable Electric Toothbrush.
For the Selfless New Mom
Giving birth to a new life is monumental. What’s motherhood really but a definitive series of first-times, lots of diaper-changing, some milk and vomit? For her first Mother’s Day, indulge her a little with luxury you can afford. After all, she could use a break. Chances are, she’s probably feeling a little overworked, under-appreciated, and like she’s losing her sanity. We’ve kept things practical in this gift guide and included lots of time-savers, baby-soothers (because a happy baby makes a happy mom) and instant mood-lifters that’ll ease her into her new role.
For some daytime entertainment, keep baby occupied with this U-Shaped Nursing Pillow or the Soothing Naps Musical Baby Rocker. And for nighttime feeding, the Silicone Nursery Egg Night Light has just the right amount of light to see without hurting the baby’s sensitive eyes. How about grooming kiddo with an Electric Nail File? Sure to keep things speedy and comfortable for your little one.
If you feel like splurging on a push present or treating her to a little sparkle, our IUIGA Solitaire has the best value-for-quality you can get.
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