It’s May, and this year’s Mother’s Day (14 May 2017) is less than a week away.
Being the procrastinator that I am, the last minute frantic gift shopping is kicking in. Sourcing the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life is no easy task. If you haven’t even started, it’s time to move it!
I’m always here to help a brotha (or sista) out, so I’ve put together a list of eight ways that you can show that you made an effort for the woman who’s made an effort for you.
1. Say It With Flowers (Or Plants)
An unfortunate incident by a certain florist ruined several people’s Valentine’s Day this year. While the apprehension continues to linger, I thought I’d list two options (out of many) that are sure to deliver and make your mother smile.
Nothing can really go wrong with choosing flowers as a gift. Windflower Florist crafts beautifully-designed modern bouquets with affordable and quality flowers from around the region.
This Mother’s Day, they have also come up with three new basket arrangements that are set to make your mum’s day. Quote “MDXWF10” for a 10% discount on all orders made for 11 to 15 May 2017.
The Plant Story
Make your Mother’s Day weekend extra special at The Plant Story, where you and your mum can learn to create a terrarium in the terrarium workshop or concoct special home remedies with herbs in the apothecary workshop.
Hurry and book a slot!
2. Bring Her For A Short Staycation
We know not everyone can afford to go on a short getaway overseas. But how about a staycation at some of Singapore’s newest and coolest boutique hotels? I’d say these are quite the perfect places for mummy to rejuvenate and recharge.
Singapore’s very first black & white themed hotel, Hotel Mono is located in the very heart of Chinatown. The rooms boast contemporary and chic interior designs with a minimalist flair.
It gets even better. Hotel Mono is having an early bird promotion! From now till 1 June 2017, book your rooms before 31 May 2017 to enjoy 20% off!
New Majestic Hotel
This coming 1 June 2017, New Majestic Hotel will be closing its doors for good. So why not take a final whiff of nostalgia with your mum at this revamped historic shophouse-turned-hotel?
3. Glam Her Up With Jewellery
If you are looking for that little something that will spice up your mum’s social life (let’s face it, she needs one), gifting jewellery this Mother’s Day is the way to go. What better way to complete an outfit than with a classy and timeless piece? Trust me, your mum will appreciate it.
PANDORA Rose Collection
Stylish, feminine and impeccable, this latest line from PANDORA features jewellery encased in a layer of 14k rose gold plating. The Rose Collection includes pink-hued charms, rings, pendant, and earrings, perfect for all skin tones.
CITIGEMS Lush Love Collection
CITIGEMS Lush Love Collection draws its design inspiration from gardens around the world. surprise your mum with a Tuscany Sunflower Field Diamond and White Gold Pendant (from the Sunflower fields of Tuscany) or the Rainbow Pirouette Coloured Gems and White Gold Pendants (from The Butchart Gardens of Canada).
4. Let Her Snuggle Up To Cute Furry Creatures
Given Singapore’s hectic lifestyle, it’s inevitable that we face a lot of pressure and stress. Your mum is probably worse off than you. Treat her this Mother’s Day with a visit to these adorable animal-themed cafes for that bit of emotional and mental stress relief.
If your mum is a crazy cat lazy, this would work out really well!
We Are The Furballs (WTF)
WTF houses 10 residential dogs, including Waffles the Corgi (as pictured) and Bui Bui the French Bulldog. These dogs will do anything to get a treat. So if your mum has a thing or two for these adorable furry creatures, you know where to go.
Prices on Mother’s Day: $12.50 (first two hours), $2.50 (every subsequent 30 minutes)
We Are The Furballs (WTF): #07-07 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067 | Tel: +65 6509 1186 | Facebook
Neko no Niwa
They say dogs are man’s best friends but if your mum prefers the company of furry felines, check out Neko no Niwa. With a scenic view overlooking the Singapore River, feel at ease as you interact with the 13 playful cafe cats.
Prices on Mother’s Day: $12 (first hour), $5 (next 1/2 hour), $24 (3-hour special), $32 (Whole Day Pass)
5. Keep Her Tummy Happy
Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro
Indulge in Swedish high tea at the halal-certified Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro. Each high tea set ($39.90) comes with a pot of tea for two as well as Swede delights such as the classic meatballs on toast.
If you choose to dine with your family on 14 May 2017 (Mother’s Day in Singapore) or 29 May 2017 (Mother’s Day in Sweden), not only will mummy get a dish on the house, she will also receive a complimentary carnation.
Dates & Time: 1 – 31 May 2017 (12pm – 5pm)
Prices: $39.90 (Hightea set for two)
Crossroad Bar at Swissotel Merchant Court
Bring your mum to afternoon tea at the Crossroad Bar, where she can feast on all things savoury and sweet such as the Egg Cocotte with Mushroom Ragout or the Bird’s Nest Tart.
That’s not all, your mum will also be bringing home a beauty care gift set from leading French botanical beauty and skincare brand, Yves Rocher.
Dates & Times: 13 & 14 May 2017, 3pm – 5.30pm
Prices: $38 per person, minimum order of two persons (Booking)
6. Satisfy Her Inner Culture Vulture
Go Museum Hopping
This sounds like a dating idea but if you think about it, when was the last time you went to a museum with your mum (or family)? Why not take the Sunday off and go on a nostalgic and cultured journey through various interesting galleries and exhibitions all around Singapore.
Embark On A Heritage Trail
Fancy a sunny day out on the streets of Singapore with mum this Mother’s Day?
Get into your comfy footwear and embark on a customisable heritage trail with Roots as you beat the crowd in packed restaurants and shopping centres. Learn more about Singapore’s heritage while you are at it! I’m willing to bet that your mum has a story or two to share too.
Heritage Trails: Website
7. Work Out A Sweat (Together)
Zumba With Mom
If you are looking for something unusual and entirely different to do this Mother’s Day, why not sign up for Zumba With Mom at SAFRA Mount Faber. Have a jolly good time bonding and working out with mum as you spend the Sunday morning drenched in sweat. After all, no pain, no gain.
Date & Time: 14 May 2017, 10.30am – 12pm
Price: Free entry for mothers & children under 18 years old, otherwise $5 per ticket
8. Get Her Groovin’ To Good Music
Singapore Symphony Orchestra Classics In The Park: Mother’s Day Concert
Bask in luscious greenery and great classical music at the Singapore Botanic Gardens this Mother’s Day with your mum for that ultimate R&R experience. Be enthralled by various Mozart pieces performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, led by associate conductor Jason Lai.
If you are there early, hop on down to the SSO booth to receive a surprise gift for your mum while stocks last!
Date & Time: 14 May 2017, 6pm
Price: Admission is Free
If your mother still thinks that you’re a spoilt brat after doing all this, then you’re doing it wrong.
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