When it comes to giving, mums indisputably know best. They always seem to know exactly what to say and what to do – in all aspects of life, including Christmas gift giving. Unfortunately, when the tables are turned and it’s our turn to source for gifts for mums, we don’t often seem to be able to return the favour. How often have we found ourselves scratching our heads whenever Christmas, birthdays or Mother’s Day come around?
But the truth is: we owe it to our mums to find them the most perfect gift available in the market. Whether your mum loves jewellery, quirky little handcrafted goods or a good old-fashioned scarf, this list should ease your shopping troubles on thinking up gifts for her.
For the homeware lover
Available at Shiva Designs Bespoke: 3 Namly Grove, Singapore 267298. By appointment only. | Also available online.
If mum is a bit more of a homeware lover, you may want to check out Great Ocean Road Asia, which offers large floor baskets, beach bags, bowls, candleholders and floor cushions sourced from all over the world, and handmade using traditional methods. The online store also prides itself in stocking only items that have been made with locally sourced, natural materials and that are branded as Fair Trade products.
Luxurious leather bags
Available at Ling Wu Studio: #03-10, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969 | Keepers: Orchard Green, 230 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238854 | Also available online and at various stockists.
Does mum love exquisite python and leather bags? If so, then you really need to drop by online store LINGWU, which offers luxurious leather bags that place more emphasis on quality and craftsmanship than passing fads. The result is gorgeous and classic bag designs that only grow more beautiful with each passing day, thanks to the way leather ages over time. Each bag is also practical and functional, so mum can fill those wonderfully designed purses with makeup, wet wipes and other random things you know she loves to bring around for practical reasons.
Artistic scarves with creative designs
81 Mcnair Road, Singapore 328554. By appointment only. | Also available online.
Scarves may have developed a rather unfortunate reputation as the go-to gift for wives by clueless men out of gift ideas after umpteen years of marriage, but MadAboutHue is a perfect example of how scarves can make brilliant gifts. That’s because the unique collective doesn’t create ordinary scarves; instead, they bring together artists, designers and photographers to create designs unlike any other. In addition, they also offer glittering headbands, flowy beach cover-ups, and bespoke limited edition scarves.
Assortment of jewellery and knick knacks
Don’t you just love those weekend fairs that pop up around town every once in a while? We know we do! With their one-of-a-kind handmade jewellery, purses and other knick-knacks, they make perfect spots for gift shopping – especially for discerning, classy women like mum! But if you don’t have the time to hop down to the latest fair, you may want to check out Not in the Malls, which is basically an online fair that’s up all year round. They even categorise their items as gift ideas for not just women, but also men, kids and even pets. Not in the Malls offers free local delivery, though international charges do apply.
Handpicked and handcrafted accessories
#01-36, 318 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park Block B, Singapore 247979. By appointment only. | Also available online.
Skip the Christmas sales crowds and head on to online store Peachy, which offers a wide range of accessories such as sandals, wallets and jewellery specially handpicked from around the world, including the United States, Australia, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Every piece is the handcrafted labour of love of emerging international designers, which means they come in very limited quantities. If you wish to try on the sandals or have a feel of Peachy’s products in person, don’t worry; they’ve got a showroom for you to visit as well!
Eclectic mix of items
This multi-label store is known for offering a unique retail experience for both women and men who enjoy browsing an eclectic mix of items. That includes accessories, bags, shoes and homewares, all of which make wonderful gifts for mums. Of the many local brands that The Emporium carries, we recommend the unique, colourful wallets, clutches and purses by IndyK; the handcrafted necklaces, bracelets and cuffs made of freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and crystals by Stones That Rock; and the lovely selection of interior accessories by Galanga Living.