Pssst.. Remember what's coming up this Sunday?
That's right - it's Mother's Day! Handwritten cards, fresh bouquets, and lavish goods are the usual things we think of gifting our moms to celebrate their special day - but there's something more valuable than all that - your time! This Mother's Day, we encourage everyone to take this opportunity to slow down and spend some quality time with our moms to express our gratitude for all she has done for us. You can make her already special day even more special by making time to catch up with her, especially in these times when we are slowly transitioning back to our busy lives 💝
If you need some help getting started, here are some activities for you and mommy dearest this May 14th ✨
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#1 Morning Stroll at MacRitchie Reservoir
🕐 Opening Hours:
MacRitchie Reservoir: 7am to 7pm
TreeTop Walk: 9am to 5pm (Closed on Mondays except Public Holidays)
👟 Start the day by getting active with your mom! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life at MacRitchie
and indulge in the beauty of the nature around you. MacRitchie is perfect for anyone who wants to spend time away from the concrete jungle - it’s not just for running or jogging! You can attempt the simple walking trails, sit by the reservoir, have a picnic in the park or even play a game of I-Spy to spot the variety of wildlife there 🙈
Try out the TreeTop Walk while you’re there if you’re up for a change of scenery! This free-standing suspension bridge connects the two highest points in MacRitchie, offering a beautiful view of the greenery and wildlife in the park. The walkway itself is about 250m long and its highest point is 25m above ground!
MacRitchie is the perfect place for a relaxed and slow-paced morning out on Mother’s Day. As you bask in the morning sun along the walking trails, why not take the chance to engage in a meaningful conversation with your mom? This is the perfect opportunity to start conversations that you may have missed while you were caught up in your busy schedules.
Finding it awkward to start these conversations? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered 😉
#2 Give Me A Hand Card Game
Give Me A Hand is a card came started by inclusive fashion brand Will & Well
after their experience working with caregivers and receivers - where they realised how we may not understand our loved ones fully despite spending lots of time with them.
The concept of the card game is simple: choose from a deck of question cards and answer them to learn more about each other. If you don’t feel comfortable answering a specific question, this game provides a deck of ‘I Need A Hand’ cards which only requires you to perform a simple gesture of love. Each answer will build a path of connecting hands, with the aim of closing the gap between you and the other player hand 🤝
For most of us, we spend the majority of our time with our moms - yet the time spent in each other’s presence may not be sufficient to truly understand each other. The questions in the Give Me A Hand card game range from light-hearted ones like “Where is your favourite place?” to thoughtful ones like “What are some things you take for granted?” With the help of this game, you will learn more about how you can give each other a hand in your daily lives 💕
Get a set here - or drop by our cafe at Kreta Ayer or DUO Galleria to play the card game over a cup of coffee! Simply ask our friendly staff behind the counter to get started.
#3 Pamper session @ The Nail Social
Self-care is important for everyone, and what better way than to spend time with your mom and treat yourselves to a cute mani and pedi at a non-toxic nail salon 💅
The Nail Social
is a socially conscious nail salon that uses mostly non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty free products. Since their nail lacquers and gel polishes are free of any toxic chemicals, they are perfectly safe for children and expectant moms. The Nail Social also provides vocational training and employment to local marginalised women with a higher barrier to employment!
🍃 Enjoy the chill vibes of the salon as you lean back and take a breather with mom, and before you know it - you’ll walk out with a pretty set of nails that also serve as a reminder of the special time you spent together.
Book a slot here
with The Nail Social for your next appointment, or get a gift card here
#4 Shopping Sustainably @ The Fashion Pulpit
🕐 Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm (Closed on Mondays)
📍 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #02-08 The Fashion Pulpit, 068815
You can never go wrong when it comes to shopping with mom - and it’s so easy to elevate that experience with The Fashion Pulpit
! 🛍 The Fashion Pulpit is a social enterprise that sells carefully curated secondhand clothing, and they even provide repair and upcycling services for items that are just too precious to let go!
What sets them apart from your usual thrift store is their swap system which allows customers to bring in their own unwanted clothing in exchange for points that can be used to purchase other pieces at a significantly lower price 💰 Even if you’re just looking to shop for clothes sustainably, you can purchase directly from the wide range of styles and brands without breaking the bank.
Shopping pre-loved clothes may not be the usual shopping trip you think of for Mother’s Day - but aside from it being an environmentally-friendly alternative to fast fashion, you can also easily find unique pieces! You may find branded items at large discounts, or even discontinued pieces from various brands. What we’re sure of is that no shopping trip will ever be the same like one to The Fashion Pulpit!
Looking to spice up your visit to The Fashion Pulpit with your mom? Browse through their racks and put together an outfit for each other with the pieces you can find! Better yet, see who can come up with the better outfit within a budget. Time to find out who’s the fashionista between the two 😎
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Mother's Day Gift Guide - Last-minute gifts can also be thoughtful!
Fancy a little gift to express your appreciation for your mom this weekend? Here's a guide to get you started with feel-good gifts that also do good 😉
For the Fashionista Moms:
You can never go wrong with accessories or clothes for Mother's Day - there's always something new to add to their collection! 💎 If you'd like to gift your moms with functional yet fashionable accessories - Helping Hand's roomy handwoven bags and Artisan&Fox's jewellery is the perfect pop of colour to any outfit! House of Diamond's Kimonos are also versatile enough for a night out or a rest day at home 😘
For the Home-Decor-Enthusiast Moms:
Nothing says "I Love You" like a unique home decor piece. For moms who love beautifying their space, take a pick from a wide range of artisanal goods from POASIA Home! Yenidraws pieces' feature colourful and nostalgic artwork that brighten up any space, and Seascape's artisanal boards never fail to bring those island-vibes to you 🌊
For the Self-Care Moms:
No matter how tough our moms are, there's nothing like a good self care session to help them unwind from their busy lives. ✨ Destress by assembling Palette Puzzles uniquely beautiful pieces or cozy up your homes with Innerfyre's Room Spray and Riau Candle's Hand-poured Soy Candles! Let this serve as a reminder for our hardworking moms to pamper themselves too 💝
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💐 Happy Mother’s Day to all the precious super-moms - enjoy your special day with your loved ones! 💐
Written by Insyirah, Retail & Marketing Intern 2023