Thinking of ways to make Mother’s Day extra special come the 14th of May? Perhaps you’re booking a brunch, planning an elaborate spa day, or even shopping for the sparkliest accessories or show-stopping bouquets to make the day truly memorable. But let’s not forget your mother is your mother for the other 364 days of the year, too, and what a lady likes, no matter what her age, is to feel young and carefree.
This year, to celebrate the woman that brought you in this world, or the mother of your children, or, ladies, even to celebrate yourselves, consider our picks for small, thoughtful, pampering gifts. Trust us: these lotions and potions will bring a smile to her face long after Mother’s Day is over.
Sun-soaked Sicilian lemons blend gorgeously with the sweet scent of maple syrup in Atelier Cologne’s newest fragrance, part of its Collection Azur — a range inspired by travels to where the sun meets the sea. Here, you’ve got a sunny Italian holiday and a cabin retreat in the Canadian Great Lakes region in one bottle. If you’ve got an adventurous wanderluster for a mother, you may want to consider this as a gift.
From HK$750 (30ml) at Atelier Cologne, Shop 1008, 1/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2344 0770
If you’ve got a no-nonsense, talented, elegant and very cool mother like actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, you may want to help mum cop her style with items from her new collaboration with Nars. The set comprises smouldering kohl eyeliners, lip tints and natural smokey eye palettes, as well as the new Hydrating Glow Tint, a lively yet subtle gel-cream highlighter that gives a healthy-looking glow to dull skin (it comes in four shades, from fair to medium-dark). This is perfect for a mum who likes to look simple and put-together at all times.
HK$340 from NARS, Shop 1, G/F, Takshing House, 20 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2918 9886
If you want to make mum’s world a little more rosy, look to Jurlique’s limited-edition, dedicated Mother’s Day gift sets. Every year, the Aussie natural beauty brand creates a brand-new edition of its signature product, the rosewater balancing mist. With intensity varying from year to year much like wine vintages, for 2017 the Intense Deluxe Edition is a beautifully fragrant, deeply calming concoction — helping to relax, rehydrate and restore the skin — bottled up in a design by Australian artist Belynda Henry. Want to pamper mum even more with extra rose-scented goods? The Body Care Gift Set (HK$620) treats her from head to toe with hydrating and luscious hand and body creams.
HK$620 from Jurlique, Shop B229A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2506 3028
Hong Kong soap brand Sabon’s latest fragrant body care collection puts the delicate and feminine scent and nourishing power of almond blossom in full light for Mother’s Day. The new range includes an almond butter hand cream (HK$195), an almond milky soap (HK$260) that leaves the body feeling luxurious after each bath, as well as an almond-scented sachet pillow (HK$130) that’s perfect for keeping wardrobes smelling fresh all season long. Shop from the 8th of May to grab an All About Almonds gift set (HK$230) of three bestselling products in the new scent — including a silky body milk lotion — in smaller 30ml sizes.
All About Almonds set exclusive at Sabon, Shop 309B, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2722 3101
Hand cream is a failsafe gift for Mother’s Day — helping to cure chapped hands and cuticles, probably a result of picking up after you for all these years. We kid. Byredo’s luxurious hand creams are guaranteed to impress, and for Mother’s Day 2017, the brand is releasing a duo set, featuring signature scents Blanche and La Tulipe.
HK$550 from BYREDO at Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Got a practical mum who could use a bit of luxury in her everyday routine? Susanne Kaufmann, known for its spa hotel located in Austria, has its line of beauty products retailed by BEYORG in Hong Kong. Its newest Landmark branch is the exclusive carrier of Susanne Kaufmann haircare, which ranges from repairing shampoo and conditioner sets to intensive-repair hair masks. The Shampoo Foamer (HK$385) and Conditioner Volume (HK$325) set is a godsend for fine hair, using silk amino acids to plump up each strand and keratin to strengthen hair, as well as beer extract to add extra bounce and volume. For an add-on, consider also getting the Hair Elixir (HK$895), which boasts rave clinical results in boosting hair growth and helping keep a healthy scalp.
Beyorg, Shop 301A, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2723 3812
For the lady in your life who loves bold lipsticks, Hourglass’ new anti-ageing treatment for lips will make sure her pout stays flawless years to come. The scientific formula is a luxurious blend of 14 essential oils, 10 plant oils, four vitamins (hence number 28) plus three active ingredients that all work to boost moisture, reduce wrinkles, shape and plump lips. Let it glide on using the gorgeous 24K gold-plated tip for an extra soothing effect. Best yet, the product is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, gluten and mineral oil, and is cruelty-free.
HK$440 from Hourglass at Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
Ever hear mum complaining about bad sleep? Using a powerful blend of stress-relieving essential oils of lavender, vetivert and wild camomile, This Works’ potent spray has achieved somewhat cult status for those looking to get better sleep and to fall asleep faster — ensuring deep relaxation every single night and super refreshing mornings when you wake up. It’s free from toxic chemicals like parabens, phthalates and mineral oils. Tack on the Stress Check Breathe In inhaling stick — perfectly sized to bring on the go — for an unbeatable stress-defeating duo.
HK$260 from Lane Crawford, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2118 2288
As unsexy as it may sound, expecting mothers should (and would already know to) pay attention to preventing stretch marks as early as the first trimester. Using the purest possible certified organic plant oils, Primavera’s wide range of essential oils and blends are perfectly safe (and of course, suited) for pregnant ladies. For the mother of your children, take some toil off the tough job of carrying with this intimate and luxurious gift of sweet almond and wheat germ body oils. They’re sure to help mamas keep in top shape — be sure to throw in a nice back rub in there, too.
Set of three (100ml each) HK$1,155 from Beyorg, Shop 301A, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2723 3812
Just in time for Mother’s Day, YSL Beauté’s iconic Touche Éclat concealing pen gets a brand-new release for the brand’s 25th anniversary, so, you’ll want to grab this special limited edition available at YSL Beauté counters from the 4th of May. Choose from three different shades to highlight the contours of the face and erase tiredness from under the eyes. For an even greater effect, grab the accompanying Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Star Edition (HK$370) to make her lashes pop.
HK$385 from YSL Beauté, Shop 2117, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3192 4338