May 2nd 2013 By Crystal Wilde
Everyone knows a mother’s love is unconditional, but it goes without saying that she should be spoilt ruddy rotten at least once a year. If you’re still to show your appreciation in 2013, what better time to do it than Mother’s Day, celebrated in Hong Kong on May 12th. To help you decide how to give the most important woman in your life a lift, Localiiz has compiled our guide to the best Mother’s Day presents in Hong Kong.
A Gift For Life
For a memorable Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving, sign the kids up for a special Mother’s Day mini-shoot with Annie Renwick Photography. In our best Mother’s Day deal for dads, doting fathers can pick any Hong Kong location for an energetic 45-minute kids-only photo shoot. For just HK$1,500, you will receive a minimum of 20 high-resolution photos and a free 8 x 12 canvas wrap of mamma’s little angels.
“People with children know only too well how quickly they grow up and how time flies,” said Annie. “Many people nowadays forget to take pictures or only have them on their phones, so photography is a great way to give something really memorable and expressive that you can keep it for years.”
Bouquets With A Bonus
Advertised as the ‘best Mother’s Day deal in town’, GiftFlowers.com.hk is bringing great value-for-money to savvy online shoppers. All bouquets, box flowers and bath sets from the florist come with free delivery, while the first 40 Mother’s Day orders will also receive a complimentary box of Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Truffles to satisfy mum’s sweet tooth. If that’s not enough, those who make orders over HK$400 and ‘Like’ the GiftFlowers.com.hk Facebook page will receive a HK$100 voucher for CheapTickets.HK, redeemable against flights, hotels and hot holiday extras.
“Our designs are more Westernised than other florists in Hong Kong,” said Justin Chung from GiftFlowers, explaining that they are the only Hong Kong retailer offering boxed flowers this Mother’s Day. “People here are very reliant on gift stores, which have a captive audience. As we’re 100% online, we can really cut the overheads to offer great value for money.”
If you’re a stickler for tradition however, say it with the official Mother’s Day flowers, carnations. Although some send chrysanthemums (simply because the name contains the word ‘mum’), carnations became the official matriarchal flowers after US Mother’s Day founder Anna Jarva sent 500 to her mom on the first celebration in 1908.
Delivery-only florist, Pacific Petals is offering a tailor-made package of Titanic Roses from Ecuador and Bella Epoca Dutch Carnations, all tastefully encased in the company’s signature wrapping. Localiiz fans can also get an extra 15% off by entering the code ‘LOCAL15’ when making their bookings before May 8th.
Ada from Pacific Petals said, “Ecuadorean roses are some of the largest in the world and the Dutch carnations are beautiful delicate flowers. The arrangement boasts really beautiful multi-faceted shades of pink and burgundy with hints of light yellow. Flowers are always a hit on Mother’s Day as they bring colour and freshness into the home and a smile to mum’s face.”
An Alternative Treat
If you’re looking for an alternative Mother’s Day treat for the mystical matriarch in your life, why not take her for some hands on healing at the Shine Body & Soul Healing Centre. Founder Satoe Sasaki is offering two private reiki sessions for the price of one (HK$800 for 1.5 hours) until the end of May.
Developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui in 1922, reiki uses a technique commonly known as palm healing, where hands are laid on the body in a prescribed pattern for the transferal of universal energy (reiki), thought to promote self-healing and equilibrium.
As Satoe only has one pair of healing hands, the two sessions cannot be taken at the same time, making this special Mother’s Day deal the perfect excuse to get a little something for yourself while being generous!
“Mothers lead very busy lives and a reiki session will simply her allow her to relax and rest,” said Satoe. “It’s also a much more interesting and original gift than the usual chocolates and flowers,” she added.
Nurture Mother Nature
If your mum likes to the pampered, why not give something back by showering her in a bit of Mother Nature’s love? Capra Latte specialises in yummy organic cosmetics that make for perfect presents, especially with the addition of homemade gift boxes and personalised cards.
Top Mother’s Day buys include the super-moisturising organic goat’s milk soap and the GLOW Body Pack, which comes with coco and shea body butter and a scrub enriched with lemon, ginger and bergamot essential oils.
“Mums really go mad for the goat’s milk soap as its great for older and more delicate skin,” said Capra Latte founder Azure Lorraine. “The Body Pack is also great for stretch marks and fine lines, as the scrub is made with ground cane sugar so is much gentler on the skin than ordinary scrubs. The essential oil blend also helps blood circulation and improves mood, so if your mums super stressed, this is perfect gift.”
The Science Of Beauty
If you’re mum or partner is not a believer in natural beauty however, take her for the scientific treatment at Glow with Ceri Silk. The Central spa is running a Mother’s Day special on the ever-popular Transformational Facial, which uses the award-winning SKEYNDOR cosmeceutical range to achieve anti-aging miracles by calming, strengthening and hydrating delicate older skin. Vouchers can be purchased until May 12th for the reduced price of HK$580 (down from HK$880), and come with a pocket-sized skincare pouch, perfect for mums on the go.
Owner Ceri said, “We find husbands are always stuck for ideas on Mother’s Day, so if they see a voucher for a treatment it’s easy. Once you’ve done the flowers, chocolates and jewellery, you need to come up with something new.”
A Piece of Cake
Give the lady in your life a tasty treat with the perfectly pink Rose, Raspberry and Lychee Mousse Cake from One Food Cake. The Kowloon-based bakery, which also runs cookery classes, is offering this delicious Mother’s Day deal for just HK$288. The airy sugar-dusted dessert is decorated with a pretty pattern of branches and edible rose buds, which can be brewed up to make an accompanying cuppa.
One Food Cake’s Lancy Kwan said, “Mums should be relaxing on Mother’s Day with a nice slice of cake, a cup of tea and family members. If your mum could do with something soothing and satisfying, this is the gift for her!”
Sweet and Fruity!
If you mum has a sweet tooth but likes to be healthy, make her Mother’s Day with a delicious treat from Edible Arrangements. The online gift store specialises in artistic fresh fruit arrangements that look as good as they taste.
Choose between the Mother’s Day Bouquet – which comes in a keepsake pitcher – the Our Blooming Hearts arrangement – which comes with a Mother’s Day balloon bundle – and the As Sweet As She Is set – which comes with a custom Dasiy Bear and Mother’s Day balloons.