If you’re the type of person who keeps a running list of friends and family and the perfect potential gifts that will suit their birthday, Christmas and other special occasions, we salute you.
If you’re more likely to be still pondering that special something as the weeks and days leading up to the occasion swiftly pass, we can relate.
Gifts can be a tricky thing to really nail, and there can be much deliberation over finding just the right thing.
When it comes to Mother’s Day however, the mothers we know have the humblest of desires – a sleep-in, a coffee and a hug suffices! But should you wish to go the extra mile (and they certainly deserve it), a beauty gift with a little bit of luxe will rarely go amiss.
Here are some of the best options to give the mum in your life this year.
It’s hard to go wrong with the new Eau De Toilette version of beloved Gucci Bloom that has been updated with a slightly lighter, sparkling take on the original. Well known as a collection that is widely adored, Narciso Rodriguez For Her gets another update via the alluring Musc Noir Rose, with fruity opening notes, signature musc and soft vanilla base. Maison Margiela has a way of capturing moments in scent. New When The Rain Stops Eau de Toilette is like the sun glistening on a bunch of spring flowers or trees as the last remaining raindrops gently evaporate. A fresh, light and unique option. A gentle, pretty ‘solar’ floral with ylang ylang, vanilla and sandalwood, Jo Malone London’s limited edition Sea Daffodil Cologne is also well worth considering.
Hair and body
Glasshouse Fragrances has gone all-out with its Mother’s Day collection this year, adorning its packaging with an incredible velvet-feel flocked teal packaging. What’s inside is just as good. The Forever Florence Fragrance Set contains a perfume with notes of pink and white peonies, lily and jasmine with a hint of musk. The included body lotion and shower gel has the same scent, meaning you can layer for an aroma that beautiuflly lingers all day. If her hair is her pride and glory, the pampering Honey Infused Hair Mask from Gisou is a great option. A great sleep is helped along with this chic Slip silk eye mask in the new paisley pink colour. Dyson’s Corrale Straightener smooths the unruliest bed-head without frying their gorgeous locks and comes in this covetable vibrant fuchsia for Mother’s Day only.
Winter is the time to ensure skin retains optimum moisture and bounce. Sothys has a plethora of luxurious solutions but we love the new Nutritive Replenishing Creams in rich and ultra-rich formulations and the Ultra-lipid SOS Serum, both of which that help nourish and balance dry skin. What’s more, for Mother’s Day the brand has a new super-sized Radiance Eye Cream that makes a beautiful gift. It helps banish the signs of fatigue and dark circles as well as smoothes wrinkles and comes in a larger size than normal at 30ml, (usually 15ml) so you save $92. Check out Sothy’s seasonal facial for a winter-appropriate pampering session for mum too.
Gorgeous gift sets
Getting a gift set is a a quick solution that makes life easy, particularly if you know the recipient’s brand preference. There are a huge number of sets available and many of them have limited editions or mini added extras that mean you get great value for money. Even if you don’t know what they might like to receive, these options are suitable for most skin types. Shiseido’s Ultimune Mother’s Day Set has a Clarifying Cleansing Foam as well as the brand’s famous Ultimune Serum that strengthens skin and helps ward off skin damage that leads to visible signs of aging. Now we’re finally back wearing lipstick once more, why not update her selection with Clinique’s bright and beautiful Plenty of Pop Lipstick kit. It’s hard to resist the pretty packaging of Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Capsules Set, that is a great way to introduce someone to the skin-transforming wonders of retinol. That’s because Elizabeth Arden combines the respected ingredient with nourishing ceramides for a healthy glow. It comes with a mini Advanced Ceramide Lift & Firm Night Cream and a Retinol Line Erasing Eye Cream.
Modern makeup magic
Dior’s Mother’s Day Gifting Suite is a sight to behold with lots of luxurious options and if you buy from the Dior.co.nz website there are special packaging options available that makes unwrapping even more exciting. We couldn’t go past the limited-edition Mother’s Day Rouge Dior Lipsticks that come embossed with a pretty floral motif. The lipsticks are known for their moisturising, velvet-matte finish that makes them a dream to wear. A great luxury treat for someone that may not ever splurge on themselves! Charlotte Tilbury is a makeup brand that gets a lot of buzz, so your recipient may have heard of it, but not tried any products yet. Start with a pretty Luxury Eyeshadow Palette that’s easy to use or try the famous lip liner or lipstick in Pillow Talk or Pillow Talk Intense, a pinky nude shade that suits a wide range of people. MAC Cosmetics has released a number of handy new kits like this Lips To Lashes set that comes with a red, pink or neutral-toned lipstick, a lip primer and a mini version of the brand’s talked-about new MACstack Mascara.