Buying the perfect gift for the woman who birthed you, walked you through your tumultuous teenage years and nursed you through those painful breakups is no mean feat. Whether she is the cool, calm and collected sort or a jet-setter who is always on the go, we’ve curated gift packs from Guardian to suit every mum. All you have to do is write the card.
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The active mum
If your mum uses her gym membership more than you do and prefers her lululemons to her Jimmy Choos, you’ll need more than chocolates and flowers to get her excited. While we emphathise with Mum’s need to always look her best even when she’s on a treadmill, it is never a good idea to wear heavy foundation when working out, which has a higher propensity to clog pores. Get her the Uriage Bariesun Crème Teintee Claire SPF 50 ($30.30) that is not only super-light, sweat-and sebum-resistant but is also pigmented enough to even out problem areas.
Meanwhile, the Catrice Lip Cushion ($9.90) will stick with mum though thick and thin, whether it is a hot yoga session or a barre class. This avocado oil infused lippy nourishes the lips and leaves a nice wash of colour. Why bring separate bottles of face and body wash when this dermatologically tested and soap- and alkali-free multi-tasking wash gets the job done as well? A dime sized amount of this olive face and body wash from Sebamed ($18.40) will cover mum from head to toe and leave her skin feeling silky smooth.
Top it all off with a water- and most importantly sweat-proof mascara like the Maybelline Lashionista Waterproof Mascara ($22.90) that will keep your mum’s lashes full and fluttery even after her intensive morning workout.
Total price: $81.50
The mum who is always on the go
If travelling is your mother’s idea of a perfect pastime, go with travel essentials which are useful even for the most seasoned travellers. Think double duty products that will streamline her routine and keep her skin looking good on the go.
The CNP Hydrogel Eye Lifting Patch ($11.80 for 4 sheets) is the perfect product to help mum to look bright-eyed during and after touching down from a red-eye flight. Infused with skin-loving ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, collagen and vitamin E, these patches instantly cools and tightens for a more lifted eye contour. Because it comes in the form of patches, your mum doesn’t have to worry about exceeding the 100ml liquids limit.
If mum likes travelling light, get her this four-product kit from Topicrem ($31.90) that contains the brand’s popular gentle micellar water to remove dirt, oil and makeup without rinsing; the gentle cleansing cream that is formulated with uriage thermal water great for sensitive skin and for those days when you spent too much time basking in the sun; the ultra-moisturising cream and body milk that helps to keep the skin hydrated in the dry cabin air.
Jetlag, stress and polluted air can leave the skin looking worse for wear. Give the gift of radiant and well-rested skin with this Freeman Brightening Overnight Mask ($13.50) that promises to boost the skin’s luminosity and correct discolouration with hibiscus extract and vitamin C.
Total price: $57.20
The 9-to-5 mum
It’s not easy to come up with great gifts for your working mum. She probably is too busy or distracted even to remember that Mother’s Day is coming up. But these working mother gifts are sure fire winners as well as practical.
Working mothers are pros at multi-tasking. So is it any wonder that mothers who are professionals need a concealer duo stick that not only conceals blemishes but also colour corrects at the same time? Use the green side of this Maybelline Master Camo Duo Stick ($19.90) to neutralise any redness on the face before going in with the beige side to hide any imperfections.
A woman’s crowning glory is her hair and your mum is no exception. Help your mum shave time off her haircare routine and cut out other styling products with this one multipurpose Hask Cactus Water Weightless Leave-In Conditioner ($15.10) that is made with nourishing ingredients like cactus water and prickly pear seed oil. A few spritzes of this product promise to condition and detangle the hair, reduce frizz, repair dry hair and prevent breakage.
Me time is one of the most sought after treats for a working mum, and one of the hardest to come by. Send mum on a sensorial journey with this Guardian Reed Diffuser (Lemongrass and Citrus) ($13.40) and help her to forget her stress for a while. Throw in some mother-daughter bonding time and treat mum to a well-deserved shoulder and neck massage.
Total price: $48.40
The glam mum
Is “impeccable taste” and “exquisite style” the perfect way to describe your mum? The glam mum is always perfectly coiffed and put together no matter how busy she is. Help mum maintain her youthful good looks with the Kinohimistsu Collagen Diamond 5300 drink ($9.90) which boast an antioxidative blend perilla seed extract to kickstart collagen production for radiant skin. Bottoms up!
We’re pretty sure mum will appreciate this nifty egg-shaped Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques ($29) that will take her makeup to new heights. The sponge has a flat side which will make contouring a walk in the park. It also has a pointed tip that will get into all of the crevices of the face.
Lastly, keep mum’s tips and toes in glowing shape all year long with this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Bronze Shade Duo Pack Nail Polish ($19.90) that allows her to get a gel manicure without the harmful UV curing step.
Total price: $58.80