You know how mums always decline gifts but when you don’t actually get them one, they complain? Well, mothers are complex, but they are definitely deserving of all the best things in the world and we are obliged to reciprocate the love.
Stop cracking your head on what’s best for her, we’re here to help you out with that.
1. Get her a bouquet of flowers
Some mothers insist that they don’t like flowers, but in all honesty, plants are very difficult to dislike. They’re versatile, can instantly lift up the atmosphere of a room, and smell nice. They also look pretty! Good news for us is that we have plenty of local flower bouquet services that are affordable. But if you want it to be more personalised and heartfelt, stop by flower shops at Petaling Street in the wee hours of the morning to get a fresh batch of roses (and more) at a bargain.
Check out 50Gram’s mother’s day bouquet promotion here.
2. Get crafty and make use of Pinterest for DIY projects
It’s inspiration heaven on Pinterest, so you can get ideas to make just about anything there from anything you can find at home. Our top suggestions are “necessity jars” that are filled with snacks or knick-knacks your mum would like, handmade cards with pop up features, and home decorations like a piece of statement artwork that she can proudly keep by her side. DIY projects don’t make you a cheapskate, it means you’re creative and resourceful. So make full use of the Internet by creating something rather than buying.
3. Cook up a three-course-meal to avoid overly booked restaurants
Before anything, please prep yourself and run a food test with your friends to see if your cooking works. The safest meal for beginners and anyone who is short on time is a simple salad for appetiser (top that with dressing of your choice), an entrée with proteins that your mum normally consumes be it fish, chicken, or beef (seafood is also great), and trifle, which is basically layers of fruits, whipped cream, and sponge cake.
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4. Personalised jewelry and goods
Well, not everyone can afford diamonds – good for you if you can – but with the amount of independent jewelry stores in the country, you can get a customised item with your mum’s name engraved so that it’ll be a one-of-a-kind piece that she can cherish forever. Not limited to only accessories, you can also get her customised notebooks, pens, pouches and phone cases for things that she can use on an everyday basis.
5. Support local businesses when it comes to gift shopping
It’s easy to head to a mall, walk into commercialized beauty shops and walk out with a gift card or a gift basket. But do take this opportunity to consider growing businesses that also make great quality products for a far more reasonable price tag. Our pick is Wunderbath for their special Ultra Realistic Rose Bouquet handmade soap that are less than RM50 per bouquet. Read more about the brand here or shop here!
6. Make your own gift basket!
This is a different form of DIY because you don’t actually make the products you’re giving, but you’re curating a gift basket with what your mum might want or need. Don’t know where to start? First, pick a colour theme (we like purple, pink, and red). Then you have to decide if you want them to be beauty related or health related, or a combination of both. If your mum is not into all that, you can definitely get something more practical like a gift basket of household items or edibles.
For idea inspiration, check this out.
7. Give her time, that’s all she wants from you
Asian mums are hard to please, but at the end of the day, they just want us to be fine and healthy. So spend this special occasion with her by giving her all the time and attention she deserves. Don’t let anything distract you on this special day because one day, she’s not going to be around anymore. Put your phone down, have a conversation, ask her about her day and what makes her happy. No amount of gifts can replace a good and healthy relationship.