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From elaborate salt room experiences to customised fruit and vegetable gift baskets, here's how you can make Mother’s Day extra special for your mum this year

With Mother’s Day just days away, we won’t blame you if you are still scratching your head as to what gift to get the most important woman in your life. 

Picking just one special thing to show her how much you love and appreciate her can be tricky, especially when there are countless options to choose from.

If you are stumped, fret not. To make May 8 a day to remember, we have curated a list of unique gifts for every type of mum out there. Discover them below.

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For the Mum Who is a Total Foodie:

1. A gut makeover programme

If your mum is a total foodie, a gut makeover programme is a gift that will keep on giving. 

The gut is essential for your health and immune system with over 70 per cent of the body’s immune cells being located in the gut. In fact, an unhealthy gut can lead to a variety of issues such as a lack of energy, bloating, pain, food sensitivities, allergies, skin issues, joint pain, headaches and mood swings. 

Singapore wellness centre Balanced Living offers gut makeover plans that can last for up to 30 days. Their plans include full support from a Balanced Living naturopath, gut healing powder, probiotics, recipes and more in order to help your mum reset her gut and to restore it to proper health. 

You even have the option to add on healthy meals that will be delivered by The Living Cafe so that mum can participate in the makeover with little to no fuss. And let’s face it, isn’t taking away the stress from meal preps the best gift of all?

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2. A coffee subscription

Is your mum obsessed with coffee? Consider spoiling her with a coffee subscription from Nespresso.

It comes with a Nespresso coffee machine at just SG$1. You simply need to pick your machine and your plan (which depends on how much coffee mum drinks in a day) and you’re all set. 

The machine will be delivered to you and mum will receive credits every month after the monthly fee is paid. Credits can be used on any Nespresso products including coffee and accessories. 

The best part is that you can keep the Nespresso machine at the end of the 12-month subscription period.

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3. A Nutrition Kitchen Subscription

Meal prepping can be challenging for a foodie who loves trying different food combinations. 

Why not take the stress of meal prepping out of mum’s hands this Mother’s Day by signing her up for a Nutrition Kitchen subscription? 

All you have to do is share her weight and nutrition goals and you can get healthy meals delivered straight to her doorstep up to three times a day. The meals, while incredibly healthy and nutritious, do not compromise on quality. You can find meals such as Thai Budda Chicken bowls, Mediterranean Fish Stew and Cajun Dusted Salmon on the menu for her enjoyment.

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For the Mum Who Prioritises Self-Care:

4. A weighted blanket

It’s no secret that our mums very often (and unfortunately) lose sleep worrying and caring for us. This Mother’s Day, why not gift her a good night’s sleep in the form of a weighted blanket?

It is essentially a therapeutic blanket that can weigh anywhere from five to 30 pounds. It is intended to replicate deep pressure stimulation which can relax the nervous system and relieve pain.

Weighted blankets can also reduce nighttime levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that affects our sleep and bodily functions. 

Just pick a blanket that is appropriate for your mum’s weight and needs and you are well on your way to giving mum the most relaxing sleep of her life.

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5. An acupressure mat

Mothers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders which is why they, more than anyone else, deserve the chance to relax. Here’s where acupressure mats come in. If you’ve only heard about acupressure mats from social media, you probably think that they are too gimmicky. 

However, these mats can help relieve stress and tension, provide relief from back to neck pain, increase your blood circulation and improve your sleep quality. 

An acupressure mat, which is essentially a long mat that comes with a neck pillow, is meant to produce similar results to an acupressure massage. Acupressure massages are typically used to release blocked energy around the body so that pain can be reduced or alleviated. 

With its plastic points, they can also be used on the neck, head, hands, or feet. If your mum is feeling particularly stressed, anxious or worn out, she can use the mat to help relax and to even get better sleep because it can target pressure points associated with insomnia.

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6. A foam roller

Foam rollers are typically used during workouts or to relieve muscle tightness or soreness, but did you know that they can also be used to give you relief from anxiety?

In fact, when you use a foam roller to help you get rid of tension and knots in your muscles, it can actually elevate your mood by increasing the levels of serotonin in your brain.

It can also improve circulation throughout your body and help you to oxygenate your blood by flushing out toxins from your body which will, in turn, reduce inflammation. 

It goes without saying that this makes the perfect gift for a mum who is always on the go and prone to stressing out. 

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For the Mum Who Loves Sentimental Gifts:

7. A flower subscription

If mum is a fan of nature, surprise her this Mother’s Day with not just one bouquet of flowers, but with multiple ones via a flower subscription. 

Fiore Dorato in particular has some of the most elaborate flower subscription services on the island. You can choose between rotating through different orchids as well as each season’s finest and most exotic varieties with its subscription plans.

You simply need to choose how often you want the flowers to be delivered and Fiore Dorato will do the rest. After all, celebrating and appreciating your mum should be something you do daily. 

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8. Curate a gift basket

If your mum’s love language is acts of service, she’s going to love it if you surprise her with a curated gift hamper comprising healthy and unique fruits and vegetables. All you have to do is go down to Naturally Nurtured Australia where you can explore their selection of plums, nectarines, peaches and more that come straight from Australia and are chemical-free and rich in nutrients. You can even build your own basket to tailor to your mother’s tastes.

Want to take this gift a step further? Try cooking a meal for your mum using some of the ingredients you picked for the gift basket.

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9. Attend a workshop together

If your mum is the type who likes sentimental gifts, she will likely love to get to do something with you and create fond memories from the experience. If that sounds like something your mum might be interested in, why not surprise her with a jesmonite workshop?

Chokmah, a local studio, offers a variety of jesmonite workshops where you can learn about the properties of jesmonite, as well as how to mix colours, pour and cast. 

The best part is that you can take home your very own personalised tray, coaster or mini plant pot at the end of the workshop. 

If you want to make this experience extra special for mum, organise a group of five family members and friends and enjoy a private workshop by the studio. 

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For the Mum Who Loves Beauty and Skincare:

10. La Prairie's Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm

If your mum prioritises her skincare, she likely adores her nighttime skincare routine. Add to it with La Prairie’s brand new Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm.

This rich balm amplifies the skin’s nightly regenerating processes using a pure gold diffusion system, which amplifies the number of rich nutrients that enter the skin. This fuels the skin’s nightly replenishing process and helps to strengthen the skin to ensure the skin’s health and radiance. 

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11. A day in a salt room

What could be better than giving mum a whole day off to care for her body, inside and out?

Salt room therapy, or halotherapy, involves sitting in a salt room and breathing in air with tiny salt particles to improve breathing. It can help improve lung issues such as asthma, bronchitis, and a cough. 

Salt rooms can also boost your skin health, help with blood circulation and reduce inflammation. 

While there are a number of salt rooms in Singapore, Pablo Blau is one of the most luxurious with a unique salt generator that grinds and produces atmospheric salt particles to create an environment that is allergen- and bacteria-free. 

Guests can also opt to receive a facial while they are in the room or to just chill out with a movie so it’s perfect for mum. You can even book a slot for yourself and join her for a special day out. 

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12. A luxuriously pampering facial

Ah, what’s more pampering than to lie back, relax and have someone thoroughly lavish one’s skin?

The Clarins Skin Spa is a veritable hidden treasure trove of luxe facials and body treatments that will leave mum feeling revitalised and rejuvenated. With its extensive menu of facial treatments (ranging from 30-minute flash facials to 75-minute indulgent affairs) and body treatments, there is definitely something for every skin or body concern.

Our pick? The Calming Skin Soother facial, a 60-minute treatment that hydrates, soothes and protects the skin, giving it a remarkable radiance that will make mum the star of the show on this special day. Our editor, who tested this treatment, raved about the spa’s ‘3-Touch Calm-Essentiel Method’—no clinical facial tools or overly complicated machines at play here, just highly skilled facialists trained in Clarins’ proprietary hand-to-skin technique—that relaxed tense face muscles and replenishing circulation. 

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13. Arium Clinic's Facial Treatments

Does mum need a skin pick-me-up? Arium Clinic, a local medical aesthetic clinic, offers a variety of beauty treatments that can target every skin concern. 

Using its Perfect Clear Three-Step Programme, patients will get their skin assessed and offered three strategically selected treatments based on skin concerns that they can undergo. 

For a special treat, why not book both yourself and mum in for the clinic's Pigment Laser Treatment? It uses medical lasers to target both the superficial and deep layers of the skin to break down excess melanin (which causes pigmentary problems and can cause one to look older than they actually are). Dr Donna Chow of Arium Clinic will be on hand to ease both of you in and answer any questions that you may have. The process is simple: you will start with a consultation with Dr Chow, take a couple of close-up photos of your skin before the treatment and proceed to the treatment room for the laser to be administered. The entire experience is quick and easy—perfect for lunchtime sessions because there is pretty much no downtime at all. 

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For the Mum Who Loves Staying Fit:

14. A Fitbit

If your mum is always on the go, she just might need a Fitbit.

Fitbits are stylish and customisable to every need. The wearable gadget comes with features such as a personalised daily stress management score, menstrual health tracking, heart rate notifications, as well as various biometric sensors. It also can help your mum achieve various health goals such as moving about more, sleeping better and taking more breaks. 

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15. Bala Bangles

If your mum loves getting in a good sweat session everyday, she will love these Bala Bangles which are currently all the rage. 

Presented in gorgeous colours, these sleek and comfortable bands add an extra boost to any workout. Mum can add the wearable weights to her wrists or ankles during yoga, aerobics, boxing, pilates, walking, home workouts, core training and more. 

What’s more, we all know that mums are always busy so even if she can’t get in a workout, she can put the bands on while she goes about her day and get all the added benefits.

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16. A cryotherapy session

Cryotherapy is a treatment that aids people in relieving body aches and pains as well as burns up to 1,500 calories with just three minutes in the chamber. Regular sessions can also alleviate mood disorders, insomnia and can reverse ageing. 

If mum works out a lot and would like to try a new weight-loss method, why not treat her to a cryotherapy session with Only Aesthetics’ whole body cryotherapy?

The whole treatment is only about three minutes and participants will simply have to stand in a cryochamber, which will expose the body to sub-zero temperatures.

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