Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and we can’t forget about the mothers and maternal figures in our lives, even amid the circuit breaker measures in Singapore.
Though bringing her out for brunch or event is impossible now, there are plenty of ways to show her your appreciation. We can start with a gift – just returning a little of the much that the mothers in our lives have given to us.
Here are Mother’s Day gifts that you can get to your mom, even during the extended circuit breaker period in Singapore.
For the appreciator of fine vino:
Nyetimber is one of England’s leading producers of sparkling wines, which is characterised by its lightness and sustained finish. Well-suited for a cosy evening on the veranda (of which there are many amid the circuit breaker period), it also makes for a suitable gift for any mother that appreciates wine with easy-drinking appeal. The Nyetimber 1086 Prestige Cuvee Rose is light on the palate and well-balanced, with a crystalline backbone that exudes floral and red fruit aromas. Up for grabs from Analogue Wine Merchant is the 2010 vintage, a culmination of a decade of careful and focused viticulture.
For the young at heart:
You don’t have to look (or act) your age with Myskinbar’s anti-ageing ingredients that eliminate blemishes and tighten up the skin within a week of usage. Their Whole’istic cream is an all-in-one cleanser that sheds off dead skin, oxidised makeup and maybe even a few wrinkles with ease with its gentle exfoliation formula that doubles up as a pore minimiser. This can be combined with Citrus Maxima that complements the cleaning ability of the cream while returning the bounce and glow to your cheeks and more.
For the home-grown masterchef:
Brought to you by Singapore’s culinary doyenne, the Violet Oon Singapore care package features a quartet of sauces that can be adapted to any home-cooking situation. The sauces are created with the freshest ingredients that will bring your stay-at-home meals to the next level. Condiments include the staples of any Singaporean kitchen, chili sauce and soya sauce, as well as Violet Oon’s take on fiery goreng chili and piquant sambal bajak. It also comes with a personalised gift card to help show your appreciation to one of the most influential woman in our lives.
For the athletic supermom:
Garmin’s Vivomove series have the look of a traditional timepiece while possessing the functionality of today’s smartwatches. The ultimate model, the Vivomove luxe, is composed of a boutique steel bezel and an elegant sapphire crystal lens that stealthily hides the smart screen of the watch. Functions include heart-rate tracking, Garmin pay and connectivity to social media and messaging so you never have to be worried about going for that 5K in the evening.
Launching with an exclusive Mother’s Day deal that includes a body-fat scale and orange wrist strap is the Huawei Watch GT 2e. Apart from smartwatch standards like customisable watch faces and constant connectivity, it’s incredibly power-efficient, lasting for up to two weeks between charges thanks to a proprietary dual-chip design that switches up consumption on the fly. It also sports a dedicated workout mode with 15 different configurations depending on activity, allowing for more accurate tracking whether you’re running on a treadmill or swimming in open seas. This is the perfect gifts for mothers that never stop moving.
(Related: Our favourite women’s watches of the season)
For the foodie:
For the epicurean mother, indulge her with a feast from Min Jiang that features a slew of Sichuan and Cantonese classics. Highlights include the Min Jiang Quintet Platter that features choice bites like sliced smoked duck in plum sauce and US Kurobuta pork with caramelised onions. And hey, even though you can’t replicate restaurant decor at home, a little effort goes a long way. Lay out a tablecloth and light up a candle or two to mark the special occasion.
If your mother is a consummate cafe-hopping foodie, she might be feeling frustrated with the lack of options at home (or just missing her usual fare of matcha lattes and avocado toasts). Why not treat her to food from Crossroads? The cafe serves an eclectic mix of local and international delights including the creamy decadence of spaghetti carbonara. Else, get the buttermilk fried chicken burger: a hulking slab of fried chicken paired with tangy red cabbage slaw, pickles and spicy mayonnaise for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch. Just make sure to order some other options so she gets a bit of everything.
Nothing quite beats the tantalising aroma of a freshly baked pie – or the warm comfort of sharing it with people you love (or at least until pie supplies are starting to dwindle). A hearty woodfired pie filled with a choice of beef or chicken stew awaits from resident European baking-related craftsmen Firebake. You can accompany the heartwarming nosh with a side of their mash or adorn the pastry with a message up to 16 characters long (order two days in advance).
Pull out all the stops for Mother’s Day with this treat that’s suitable for any gourmand and seafood-lover. Get a lavish five-course brunch delivered straight from the hotel, that begins the celebration with a luxurious platter filled with delights like Maine lobster, prawn, snow crab and king crab. Other highlights include Angus beef sirloin, lamb rack and a medley of desserts to round off the brunch. It also includes a magnificent bouquet for your mother or mother-figure.
For the sweet-tooth:
If you’re looking for some saccharine desserts to sweeten up Mother’s Day, the Deli at Goodwood Park now has a Mama’s Day Sweet Surprise Box. It offers up an array of dulcet treats including vanilla heart-shaped mascarpone mille-feuille, passionfruit macarons and more. Alternatively, savour Goodwood Park’s annual Durian Fest treats at a discount for the special day – perfect for mothers who love the thorny fruit.
Java+ isn’t just about great coffee. They’ve got a slew of sweet treats for Mother’s Day, including a decadent pink champagne yogurt gateau and caramel passionfruit chocolate gateau that’s a surefire hit for mothers who appreciate fine chocolate. Expect a base of chocolate croustillant and luscious layers of 55 per cent chocolate ganache between chocolate roulade, topped off with a rich caramel chocolate mousse and tangy passionfruit curd.
Jam at Siri House’s Mother’s Day feast will be available from 7 to 11 May, and features Asian-inspired plates like roast beef with mala butter and slow-cooked pork rendang. The meal, which serves between 4-5 people, also comes with sides like kombu and black garlic potato Dauphinois. The set also comes with a whole host of treats like raspberry caramel chocolate bonbons, cinnamon bacon rolls for the next day, and black garlic compound butter.
For the visionary:
Whatever the style or personality, Luxottica has the eyewear option for her. This international brand has a comprehensive portfolio of sporty, stylish and sexy eyewear from Vogue Eyewear, to Oakley and Costa del Mar. Though we can’t (and shouldn’t) be out venturing that often, it doesn’t mean we can’t strut our stuff in style when we do. These Ray-Bans with pink accents are easy to match to your work-from-home sweats and are effortlessly classy. Perfect for any Zoom teleconferences that require a touch of panache.
For the fashionista:
The new releases from the Bvlgari-bvlgari collection from Bulgari are one for the ultra-chic and glamorous. The Roman maison features timeless pieces encrusted with precious stones on soft rose or white gold. Expect various renditions of the dazzling designs that come as necklace, ring and bracelet. Bulgari’s pret a porter approach to strikingly stylish jewellery is one that won’t get tired anytime soon. Mother’s Day made special, thanks to the spectacular finery from Bulgari.
For the working-from-home:
Australian boutique Edited&Co designs timeless looks that are designed to last a woman as long as she wants. For some effortless, work-from-home chic that’s perfect for Singaporean weather and busy Singaporean mother, look no further than Camilla & Marc’s Agnes gift set. A rolled sleeveless tank and gathered waistband shorts complete the look that is as comfortable as it is tasteful. A cotton jersey completes the set – though if the weather gets too chilly during a rainy day, you can consider getting her an additional Ledo cashmere sweater by Jac and Jack in grey marle.
The Carmen satchel is elegant and practical – perfect for the working mom when she gets to return to the office. It’s crafted from highly durable Saffiano leather that is accented with their distinct logo charm and an adjustable woven chain-trimmed strap. Roomy enough for day-to-day needs without being bulky, the Carmen satchel deserves a place on any busy career woman’s shoulder, especially on Mother’s Day. Available in nine different colours (link to alternative colours).