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Mother, We Love Her! – Localiiz’s Mommerific Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

By Localiiz 7 May 2014
May 7th 2014 They pick up our smelly socks when we’re lazy, mop up our tears when we’re sad, and big up our accomplishments when we’re not around. Let’s face it - mums are great, but how often do we really let them know that? With Hong Kong Mother’s Day coming up on May 11th, we bring you a bunch of experiences, pampering treats and off-the-rack presents to help you show the most important woman in your life just how wonderful she is! Experiences Looking for a different take on mum and daughter time? Bring out her sexy side and have a real giggle while you’re at it at Pole Paradise, Hong Kong’s hippest and most inclusive pole dancing studio. The Sheung Wan-based collective offers private and group classes in pole, aerial, static trapeze and fan dancing - perfect for those adventurous mums who don’t mind showing a bit of leg! If Mum is more of a yogi than a showgirl, go for a one-on-one (or one-on-two if you’d like to tag along) private yoga class with Inspire Yoga. The mobile group of teachers offers 11 different programmes for all tastes, and will come to the location of your choice, including the family living room. This one guarantees she’ll be feeling chilled and cared for on her special day, but read our review if you’re still to be convinced! Got a busy mama that needs to de-stress? Get her working out her frustrations and learning how to kick butt (literally) with a Thai boxing class at Warrior Muay Thai. The North Point gym prides itself on its unisex approach to training, and we have first-hand proof that women can hold their own in a session! If you mention Localiiz you can bag her a free trial class - just don’t blame us next time you’re in her bad books! If time with your mum normally revolves around glugging wine and scoffing chocolates, be each other’s motivation to make a change with Elite Personal Training’s (EPT) 28-Day Mother’s Day Drop A Dress Size Programme. EPT is only releasing 15 mother/daughter spots, so register before May 9th to secure your place! Better yet, you don’t have to pay anything until you’re convinced it’s worth it, as your first trial class will be free! So daughters, jump to it and sign up here. If you doubt your chances of weaning her off the wine however, play to her strengths instead by signing her up for etc wine shops’ weekly Wine School. The next Bordeaux focused sessions will be held on May 13th and May 20th, perfect for a post-Mother’s Day treat. If mum’s a little busy for regular wine school, don’t fret! Take a look at the upcoming individual tastings listed on etc wine school’s Localiiz page. Has Mum got a feisty group of female friends? Book them a rowdy girls’ night out with the hunks at Valley Butlers! Arrange a private party at the location of your choice, hosted by gorgeous waiters (without their shirts!). Quote Localiiz for special 10% discount! Got a creative momma with artistic flair? Sign her up for an art course to help her reach her full potential. Localiiz favourite Hong Kong Art Tutoring offers Adult Art Classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. Six sessions cost HK$2,600, including all materials and a glass of wine! Select the art form that mum likes the most, and contact Gail at [email protected] to reserve her a spot. If you always buy mum jewellery because you know it’s a winner, put the power in her hands by signing her up for a jewellery making course at Sheung Wan’s Hatton Studios. She’ll learn the basics in the 10-hour Introduction to the Art of Fine Jewellery, and leave with new skills and her own unique piece. You’re not going to find that at Landmark! Visit their Localiiz page for more information. Win the heart of a music-loving mumma with a cultural night at the theatre, courtesy of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. On May 9th and 10th, HK Phil will be presenting the City Hall Series: The Young Mozart, the go-to show for a mum who loves the classics. Tickets start at just HK$140 and are available for purchase online. Got a foodie for a mum? She’ll be stuffed and smitten with Blue Butcher’s Mother’s Day special, a truly decadent gauntlet of yummy delights, such as Coffin Bay Oysters, Buffalo Mozzarella Salad, Foie Gras, Belgium Waffles and a choice of awesome mains! All mums will also receive a glass of Champagne and a HK$200 facial voucher for sister spa Flawless. A full belly and perfect skin - what more could she ask for? The weather in Hong Kong over Mother’s Day weekend is not looking so great, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead and book your mum a day out on the ocean once things have started to look up again. Perfect for a romantic night just for Mum and Dad or a fun family outing, Intimate Charters and Saffron Cruises both offer a range of wonderful options, from exploration days to sunset dinners. If you want to really push the boat out, we recommend luxury charter company Riviera Orientale, but for a hands-on sailing experience, Hong Kong Yachting can’t be beaten. Pampering There’s nothing a woman loves more than being straight-up spoiled and pampered - and lucky for you, plenty of Localiiz’s favourite beauty experts are offering Mother’s Day specials! Localiiz’s go-to salon Paul Gerrard has Mother’s Day makeovers covered, offering one-hour make-up sessions for HK$1,000, including a take home treat. Get Mum all glammed up for a hot date with Dad and make sure she feels, and looks, a million dollars. There’s no better form of mother-daughter bonding than girly get-gorgeous fun! Hong Kong’s hip ‘anti-spa’ Flawless is offering the perfect facial package for mothers and daughters. You glam gals will receive 30% off your first treatment, and like-mother-like-daughter, leave the spa fresh faced, glowing and content. If facials aren’t her thing, head over to Iyara Day Spa for some mother-daughter massages. The Mid-Levels and Wan Chai locations are currently offering an after sun Aloe Vera body wrap, or a hydrating back scrub with any body massage over 60 minutes for HK$250! Either options are sure to leave both you and mum completely stress-free and smooth for the upcoming days by the pool. If that isn’t already temptation enough, rock up before 5pm for 25% off all spa services! Like to gossip while you glam? Then mani-pedis are the way to go! Hong Kong nail gurus Nail Me Professional Nail Service are offering rockin’ deals of HK$150 for manicures and HK$300 for pedicures. Leave the Admiralty salon with nail art to reflect your individual personalities or matching designs to show you’re on Team Mum. Visit their Localiiz page for the full list of manicure and pedicure services. Has your family just welcomed a beautiful bundle of nappies and nuisance into the household? Congrats - but Mum is no doubt feeling a little self-conscious about her mum-tum. Help her snap back into shape like a celebrity with post-natal gurus Restoring Mums. She’ll not only get her pre-baby body back in a flash, but she’ll leave the sessions feeling pampered, relaxed and rejuvenated! Off the Rack All mums love wine, so surprise her with a shipment of her favourite organic wine, delivered right to your doorstep by Cork Culture. The online service provides free delivery across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories – so no lugging heavy bottles all around the city and trying to smuggle them into the house under your sweater! If you’re planning to spend the warmer days on the beach or by the pool with Mum, get her a trendy new swimsuit from MerCulture. We recommend the Dreamcatcher Plunge and the Indigenous Plunge – the most mum-friendly styles in the collection. Both are on sale at the amazing price of USD$120, so they definitely won’t break the bank! Shop for more one-piece swimsuits at MerCulture’s online store. If mum’s a jewellery maven, we have a tonne of suggestions for you! For classy and contemporary pieces, online store Pretty Dangerous is the way to go. They’ve recently released some simply beautiful diamond and gold bracelets, perfect for mums whose style personifies elegance. For more bold and colourful statement pieces, we recommend French jewellery experts Nuage Concept, who now have a showroom in Hollywood Road. Look out for the beautiful collection by designer Anne Thomas, filled with easy-to-wear tribal-influenced pieces, such as the Emma Orange Bracelet or the Augang Powder Blue Necklace. Make your purchases at Nuage Concepts’ online store if you can’t make it into the shop. Psst: get 15% off any purchase till May 11th with the code LUVMUM15! Finally, if dad’s footing the bill or the whole family’s chipping in, get her something she can really treasure, such as a gorgeous piece from diamond gurus Haywards of Hong Kong. Nothing brightens up a woman’s face like a pair of diamond earrings! Got a health conscious lady in your house? In an unconventional take on the Mother’s Day gift, Localiiz favourite health gurus Integrated Medicine Institute are running several great offers that’ll not only make her feel spoilt, but keep her in tip-top condition and at one with the mum-of-all-mums, Mother Nature! Take advantage of the Buy 2 and Get 15% Off deal on the Top 10 recommended supplements for busy mums. If mum prefers natural beauty products, get a 10% discount on Springfields Shampoo/Conditioner, and the Lavera Gift Set that includes a bath salts, a wellness set and chocolate fantasy and ecoya candles. Can’t make up your mind? Let her choose herself with a gift certificate. Make sure to take up all these offers before May 10th! Surprise the homemaking matriarch with a stylish new addition to the nest she takes such care feathering. Throw out the chipped plates and fill up her kitchen cabinets with colourful, eco-friendly tableware from Bamboa. If there are young children (or clumsy adults) around, opt for the unbreakable, non-toxic and biodegradable pieces from the Fibra Collection, perfect for all the summer BBQs, picnics and parties to come. See Bamboa’s full eco-friendly collection in their online store or at their showroom on Wellington Street. Take it a step further and surprise Mum with some brand new outdoor furniture for the summer months! If you’re one of the lucky Hong Kong families to have a balcony, rooftop or a backyard, create an oasis in the city with help from Everything Under the Sun. The Fermob collection is a bold and fun choice for those with limited space, sure to tempt Mum outside for her tea every morning! See all the other collections available in Everything Under the Sun’s online store or at their showroom in Ap Lei Chau. Has mum been badgering you all to take a new and updated family photo? Arrange for the talented snappers from HDP Photography to come to your home and create a new centrepiece for your sitting room. Say cheese!

If you already did the family photo at Christmas however, brighten up the home even more with some original but affordable art from Localiiz favourite gallery Rouge Ephemere. The collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics is not commonly found in mainstream galleries, so give Mum some art as unique and beautiful as she is!

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