They say no other love is like a mother’s love. She is selfless, giving and always knows best. And thus, on Mother’s Day we try with the greatest effort to shower Mom with gestures that reflect our affection and gratitude.
I remember when I had just started working, I loved to gift my Mom with all sorts of presents. She used to do the same for me when I was growing up and it was only natural I show her love in the same way.
Since then, I’ve graduated from surprising her with a handmade chocolate bouquet to wanting to show her the world. Or a little bit of my world, at least. By that, I mean to share experiences with my nearest and dearest mother. Shared experiences are gifts that last forever and it is exactly that which makes them so precious and unique. So, if you’re looking for special ways to spend quality time with your Mom, gift her the gift of time, sharing fun adventures and experiences. I promise you will have loads to talk about and laugh at afterwards for years.
The list I’ve put together is great because they are items that are not limited to just the Mother’s Day weekend. You have plenty of time to pamper Mom till the end of May. But if you prefer to keep it simple, fret not, I’ve included some very pretty products in this 2013 Mother’s Day Gift Idea list.
For the fabulous Mom -
Get her hair pampered and treated at Salon Vim!
For all the times Mom has washed our hair and cared for our tresses, it is now her turn to receive some tender loving care. I would suggest you treat her tresses to Salon Vim’s brand new Arimino Caretrico Privy treatment. This treatment is ideal for all hair types. I particularly benefitted from it because my hair was extremely dry from 3 days under direct UV exposure.
Look Ma, what a difference! From tangled split ends and uneven color, to lovely flowing picture perfect hair!
The Arimino Caretrico Privy treatment is a simple salon-care system that encompasses 3 steps. The first step is a shampoo using the Arimino Caretrico Privy Gentle Wash PRO. The moisture-rich shampoo is the necessary step before the other 2 treatments because it helps your hair retain more of the upcoming nutrients. And of course, a therapeutic head massage by the very skilled Salon Vim staff is certainly an added bonus!
Following that, the Enrich Serum nourishes from inside the hair follicle to repair damage. Coconut oil is the key ingredient in this step. Because it easily seeps into the hair and has a high affinity for protein, it is this serum that feeds damaged hair its much needed nutrients.
Finally, the Caretrico Privy Hold Cream hair treatment is applied to lock in the nourishment from step 2. It seals the moisture inside the hair and also smoothens hair surface. Then, we go for gold by having this egg shaped machine lock it all in.
Look Ma! I’m an astronaut!
A full before and after treatment shot! The Arimino Caretrico Privy treatment really does wonders. Plus the effects of the treatment last up to 1 week! Your mom will love her hair as much as she loves you for taking her to Salon Vim!
It gets better! For the month of May, the first 100 blog readers to quote “Valerie Lim/dweam” at Salon Vim will get a 30% off this luxurious treatment. No matter the length of your hair, treatment price after discount starts from S$120. Slots are filling up fast, so make Mom an appointment now to avoid disappointment.
Salon Vim is located at 313 Somerset #04-07 and Bugis, 235 Victoria Street.
For the Mom who’s always got a spring in her step -
Send her walking through the meadows of Crabtree and Evelyn’s Somerset Meadow collection
Crabtree and Evelyn is well loved by Moms everywhere because of their lovely beauty products, delicate fragrances. The newest Crabtree and Evelyn collection – Somerset Meadow – is bound to put a smile Mom’s face. I know I grinned like a Cheshire Cat when I took a deep breath of the fresh spring fragrance.
Inspired by spring flowers and invoking the imagery of a dew-kissed meadow, the Somerset Meadow collection owes its fresh fragrance to the delicate water lily and ivy extracts.
There are 5 products in the entire Crabtree and Evelyn product line – hand cream, gel perfume, eau de toilette, shower gel and body lotion. Every product will leave you highly refreshed and smelling very pretty, and Mom will be happy she taught you to clean up well!
The Crabtree and Evelyn Somerset Meadow collection is now available at all Crabtree and Evelyn Singapore stores.
For the daredevil Mom -
Take her diving under the water! Diving is one activity for all adult ages and fitness levels, so give the gift of experience the thrill of floating under water together!
At The Underwater World Singapore Dive at Sentosa, you’ll both be able to explore the depths and make some new friends with the little creatures underwater, even without a diving certification.
Swim side by side with the sharks and stingrays and watch how they effortlessly glide by you. Accompanied by a professional dive master, he’ll take you guys through the procedures of how to breathe underwater and then lead you on a tour of the unknown. You’ll be able to spend some quality time with Mom in unfamiliar waters (pun intended)!
The Underwater World Singapore Dive with the Sharks package is S$120/person and also gets you access to Underwater World Singapore and Dophin Lagoon (to Swim with the Dophins is S$170/person).
For the scent-sational Mom -
Get her scent profiled at Penhaligon’s ION Orchard
I love fragrances, and I love gifting fragrances to people around me. It makes me happy when people smell nice. Haha. This Mother’s Day if you’re unsure what type of fragrances Mom likes, get her scent profiled at Penhaligon’s Singapore.
It’s been over 140 years since the doors of the first Penhaligon’s emporium opened in London. This quintessentially British perfumery has now opened its first boutique in Singapore at ION Orchard. Its second boutique will soon at Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
The perfumes of Penhaligon’s are certainly fit for royalty. The perfumery holds two long-standing Royal Warrants; from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (granted 1956) and from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (granted 1988). As the queen of our hearts, Mom deserves only the best.
Scent profiling is easy: walk into Penhaligon’s Singapore and let the very nice-looking and friendly perfume expert, Mike, help you.
I got my scent profiled a couple of weeks ago at the ION Orchard store. Mike started off by asking a couple of questions about the types of smells I normally like. And then he went on to try and understand the smells I DIDN’T like. Once I was done rattling, he quickly picked up a few bottles of perfumes from Penhaligon’s extensive range and introduced them to my nose.
There were smells I instantly took to, while some others required a second sniff. Each time I gave the nod of approval, Mike would introduce another perfume of the same family to gain a better understanding of my actual scent profile.
We went through about 2 or 3 rounds of this exercise, and I went through over 10 fragrances that each had different characters and stories to tell.
Eventually, Mike hit the nail on the head – I had a penchant for fresh, clean, floral smells, so we made a list of my favourites. The Elizabethan Rose, Lily of the Valley, Artemisia and Peoneve were top 4 on the list, but I could only pick one. Because I already owned 2 out of the 4 fragrances, I ended up going home this time with the sophisticated and charming Peoneve eau de parfum.
But you don’t always have to go home with just one fragrance. If Mom can’t decide, just pick up one of these Ladies’ Fragrance Gift Sets. It has 4 different eau de parfums and she’ll be spoilt for choice. I know I would be because it has 3 of my favourite perfumes in it! Whooop!
Penhaligon’s ION Orchard is located at #03-16 at ION Orchard Singapore.
I hope these suggestions have been helpful. Here’s wishing all wonderful moms a Happy Mother’s Day. Especially to my dearest mom. Thank you for being a constant source of support and the best teacher anyone could ever have. For all the lessons in life you’ve imparted to me, I thank you for making me the person I am today. Happy Mother’s Day, mommy! I love you.