When it comes to Mother’s Day, most of us replicate the same ol’ ideas year after year. The usual brunch or dinner plans rank top of the list and the occasional spa treats make an annual appearance on this celebratory day. But once in awhile, don’t you think it would be fun to switch things up a notch? Which is why we’ve come up with this list of five novel ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day. As mothers ourselves, we have to admit, trying something different does sound very appealing, so why try out these new ways to celebrate the most important woman in your life.
Shop limited edition or hard to find items for mum online.
If mum’s the ultimate cook, gift her ingredients or garnishes from the markets in France. If mum’s a foodie, she’ll wanna try the latest snacks from Japan or Korea. If beauty is more mum’s cup of tea, how about the latest offerings from Hourglass, directly from the States? Use Shopandbox, a peer to peer bespoke shopping service with Boxers from 24 countries who will help you shop the best gift for mum and have it delivered to you within three days via DHL.
Start an indoor vegetable farm or pretty garden for the house-proud mummy.
Designate a small space at home to grow herbs and vegetables and we bet mum would be pleased. Turn it into a fun and hands-on family activity by getting your kids involved to pour soil, water the seeds and tidy the farm or garden. In a couple of months, check back on the harvest and add to mum’s growing collection! Who needs a bouquet of flowers when you can grow your own? Plants or herbs that work best for our ultra-hot climate include basil, mint, rosemary, dill, pandan and chilli padi. Remember to place the garden on the balcony or close to where it’ll receive a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily.
Where: For more gardening tips, visit this link. For gardening supplies, visit easigarden.com
Treat Mummy to a photoshoot. Better yet, make it a family photoshoot.
Surprise mum by letting her get all dolled up for a fun and light-hearted shoot to celebrate how awesome she is. If stuffy studios are not your thing, we recommend doing a home shoot or an outdoors shoot at your nearest park. Get your siblings and even the house pet to join in the fun and give mum beautiful images and memories that she’ll treasure for life.
Where: $120 for a family shoot with 5 pax from Firefly Photography
Treat your hardworking mother to a vacation.
When was the last time you went on a trip with your mum? Surprise her by bringing her for a weekend cruise or for a trip nearby. We recommend Ubud, Bali for its scenic views, sightseeing galore, picturesque resorts, laidback vibe, artsy-cool cafes and multitude of activities – Balinese cooking class, yoga workshops, spa haven, infinity pools, anyone?
Where: USD $210 nett at SenS Hotel & Spa + Conference Ubud for 3D 2N, 1hr spa for mum, complimentary dinner and gift for mum.
Go for a mother-daughter class and learn together.
Whether your mum likes baking, massages, floral arrangements or painting, we’re sure there’s a class that’s right up her alley. Spend quality time together while learning something new. We recommend The Floral Atelier (pictured above, image credit: Kelly Fan) for their gorgeous blooms and 2.5 hours interactive workshops, Palate Sensations for baking and cooking, Arteastiq for artjamming and a cup of tea or The Letter J Supply (pictured on the right) for modern calligraphy classes.
Bonus: Long-distance quality time.
Can’t be with your mum on Mother’s Day? While every day could be Mother’s Day if you wanted it to be, make mum feel extra special by scheduling a Skype or FaceTime date. Dress up, put some make-up on and eat a nice home-cooked dinner ‘together’ while chatting about the updates in your life. Very often, what mum misses and wants the most is just to hear from her kids and have a long and good discussion even if it’s about the mundane things.
What other novel ideas do you have, share with us your suggestions on social media by tagging us @mummyfique.