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A Singaporean's Guide: Mother's Day Gift Ideas That Can Be Delivered During Circuit Breaker

profileKenneth Fong

I know that we’re all about saving money and making calculated personal finance decisions.

But Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, so IMO it’s okay to spoil that special person in your life once in a while.




You DO know that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, RIGHT?

Source: SpongeBob Squarepants | Giphy

(P.S. It’s on 10 May.)

While we can’t head out to the shops — thanks to  Circuit Breaker — to pick up a gift for your grandmother, your mom, or the mother of your kids.

There’re plenty of online options where you can pick up a thoughtful gift and have it delivered straight to your (or her) doorstep!

TL;DR: Mother’s Day Gift IDeas For Your Mother

Instead of giving you a random list of Mother’s Day gift ideas that are ridiculously expensive or impossible to get during this period.

I decided to list gifts which I’ve either given my mom before or am considering getting for her this Mother’s Day.

And since I’m pretty sensible with my money, I like to believe that my gift options are just nice.

Not the kind that gives off a “I’m broke AF so I can only give you this handmade macaroni necklace” vibe and not in Chanel handbag territory either.

Best of all, they’re all from local brands and companies (which you may or may not have heard of) so you’ll be doing your part to support local amidst COVID-19.

For Moms Who Love...Mother's Day Gift IdeaFrom Which Local Brand?PriceDelivery FeeHow to Order?
CookingGrocery Box to cook a meal for your momCarrotsticks & Cravings $75
(order at least 2 days in advance)
$10 and up
(depends on distance)
WhatsApp 81289926 (Dempsey) or 81289326 (Robertson Quay) for delivery
CafesUnique brunch of French crepes and galettesGather$14 to $18
(crepes, galettes, & sandwiches)

$6 to $8
(coffees & juices)
Within 10km
$8 for orders $30 - $59

Free delivery for $60 and above

Outside 10km
(depends on distance)
WhatsApp 85432385 with your order for delivery
FlowersBouquet of flowersBloomen$100 (small) to $160 (medium)$15Order online
FoodMeal from her favourite restaurantVariousVariesVariesOrder online
GardeningUrban Farming Kits to grow her own kang kong, kailan, and chye simSuper Farmers$14.90 (Single Pot) to $45 (Gift Set of 3)$2.50

Free delivery for $60 and above
From Naiise, get 10% off with code 'THANKYOU10'
Being PamperedWellness hampersEu Yan Sang$68 to $358
(same-day delivery if check-out before 3pm)

Free delivery for $120 and above
Order online
PastriesFreshly baked artisan bread and French pastriesBakery Brera & Fine FoodsVaries$10 to $20
(via Lalamove or GrabDelivery)
Order online
SnacksArtisanal cheese and charcuterie platterLush Platters$45 to $248
(order at least 2 days in advance)
(10am to 6:30pm)
Order online
SweetsA speciality cakeVarious$20 to $119
(order 24 hours to at least 3 days in advance)
VariesOrder online
TeasSpeciality teas curated from all over the worldKindred Teas$18 to $32
(allow 1 to 2 days for processing of order)

Free delivery for $120 and above
Order online

For Moms Who Love Cooking

Carrotsticks & Cravings Grocery Box Delivery

Source: @carrotsticksandcravings | Instagram

While there are plenty of online grocery stores where you can get fresh produce delivered.

Delivery slots get filled up fast and sometimes you might not be able to buy what you need.

An alternative which you can consider is Carrotsticks & Cravings, a healthy food haven which focuses on serving (and now delivering) delicious and healthy food.

If you’re thinking of cooking a meal for your mom, then the Carrotsticks & Cravings Grocery Box ($75) — which has fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and sourdough bread — should do the trick.

Looking at what the box contains, you should be able to make Fresh Avocado on Sourdough Toast or whip up a nice Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry.

Just WhatsApp +65 8128 9926 (Dempsey) or +65 8128 9326 (Robertson Quay) for delivery with your name, contact number, order, dietary restrictions, and delivery time.

Price: $75 (order at least 2 days in advance)

Delivery Fee: $10 and up (depending on distance)

For Moms Who Love Cafe Hopping

Gather Food Delivery

Source: @gathershop.co | Instagram

There are plenty of homegrown cafes out there, but not many do French crepes AND galettes (a savoury, buckwheat version of a crepe).

And do them well.

So if you’re looking for something a little more special this Mother’s Day, why not bring Gather to your mom instead?

Try the Ratatouille Galette ($18) and the Plain Sweet Crepe ($14) for a light but satisfying brunch.

Oh, if your mom appreciates a nice cup of coffee, she’ll love their White Coffee ($6) too.

Just WhatsApp +65 85432385 with your order for delivery.

Price: $14 to $18 (crepes, galettes, and sandwiches), $6 to $8 (coffees and juices)

Delivery Fee (within 10km radius): $8 for orders $30 to $59 (Free delivery for $60 and above)

Delivery Fee (outside 10km radius): Varies (WhatsApp postal code for a quote)

For Moms Who Love Flowers

Bloomen Mother’s Day Bouquet Delivery

Source: Bloomen

At the risk of sounding cliche, what’s Mother’s Day without flowers?

Run by a talented Singaporean couple, who operates out of their own home, Bloomen offers Mother’s Day Bouquets for delivery on 9 and 10 May.

P.S. if you’d like to send mom a bouquet on other days (just because), they’ve got Gift Bouquets ($80 to $220) too

Price: $100 (Small) to $160 (Medium)

Delivery Fee: $15

For Moms Who Love Food

Restaurant Food Delivery

Fancy taking your mom out for a meal at Candlenut, a 1 MICHELIN star restaurant serving Peranakan dishes)?

Or if that’s a little too steep, how about Violet Oon, a beautiful restaurant which serves authentic Nyonya cuisine?

While you can’t bring her to either right now, these restaurants (and many more) are offering food delivery service.

This way, you can treat your mom to a multi-course meal in the comfort of your own home.

Plate the food yourself for that extra special touch.

Price: Varies

Delivery Fee: Varies

For Moms Who Love Gardening

Super Farmers Urban Farming Kits

Source: Super Farmers

Super Farmers is a Singaporean wellness company focused on helping people eat and live better through food and nutrition education.

If your mom’s feeling bored at home right now (thanks to Circuit Breaker), why not surprise her with a Super Farmers Urban Farming Kit?

The Gift Set of 3 comes with organic potting soil, seed sticks (kang kong, kailan, and chye sim), and a growing guide.

Side note: looking at how people panic-buy during COVID-19 — leaving supermarket shelves empty most of the time — it might actually be a good idea to start growing our own food.

By the way, these are selling out fast… even on sites like Naiise (10% off with code ‘THANKYOU10’).

Price: $14.90 (Single Pot) to $45 (Gift Set of 3)

Delivery Fee: $2.50 (Free for $60 and above)

For Moms Who Love Being Pampered

Eu Yan Sang Wellness Hampers

Source: Eu Yan Sang

It’s hard to go wrong with a gift from Eu Yan Sang, a local, health and wellness company specialising in Traditional Chinese Medication.

Their Love Is A Verb Hamper ($128) includes six bottles of Bird’s Nest, six bottles of Chicken Essence, and a bottle of Clover Honey.

Perfect for the woman in your life who deserves only the best things in life.

If that’s beyond your budget, fret not.

I’m sure she’ll still appreciate receiving the six-bottle pack of Superior Bird’s Nest with Rock Sugar ($49.90) too.

For my Muslim friends looking for an option, there’s a Pure Halal Goodness Hamper ($68) available!

Price: $68 to $358

Delivery Fee: $13 (Free delivery for $120 and above); same-day delivery available if check-out before 3pm (Mon to Fri)

For Moms Who Love Pastries

Bakery Brera & Fine Foods

Source: @aun_koh | Instagram

Bakery Brera is a mom-and-pop bakery that offers affordable, freshly baked artisan bread and French pastries.

Their signature pastries are the Kouign-Amann ($4.80), a round, multi-layered pastry with layers of butter and sugar folded in.

And their Cruffins ($5), which is a cross between a croissant and a muffin.

FYI: my mom’s favourite is the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cruffin

They sell out pretty quick so order in advance and expect at least a 48 to 72 hour processing time for them to check and confirm your order.

Price: Varies ($30 minimum order)

Delivery Fee: $10 to $20 (via Lalamove or GrabDelivery)

For Moms Who Love Snacks

Lush Platters

Source: @lushplatters | Instagram

Instead of plying mom with ‘unhealthy’ snacks, how about something a little more unique?

Like an artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie Platter ($88 for 2 to 4 person) from Lush Platters.

The platter comes with a dip, three cheeses, three meats (choice of beef, pork, chicken or turkey), crackers, nuts, chocolate, fruit, olives, pickles, vine tomatoes, quince paste as well as herbs and edible flowers.

If that’s a bit too much, they’ve got Individual Cheese Platter Boxes For One ($45) instead.

I know.

This is a slightly more expensive option BUT you can share it with mom and the entire family (so it’s a win-win in my book).

Plus they’re really pretty (read: Insta-Moms will love this)

FYI: they have Halal options too!

Price: $45 to $248 (order at least 2 days in advance)

Delivery Fee: $20 (10am to 6:30pm)

For Moms Who Love Sweets

Cake Delivery

I know.

You’re probably thinking, “Now Circuit Breaker where to find cake sia?!”

Well, there are ways to get speciality cakes and really good bakes during this Circuit Breaker Period.

And best of all, you can even get your cake delivered directly to you.

OR directly to mom — if you’re not living with her, that is.

Based on the options I listed…

Price: $20 to $119

Delivery Fee: Varies (order 24 hours to 3 days in advance)

For Moms Who Love Tea

Kindred Teas

Source: @kindredteas | Instagram

If your mom is an avid tea drinker (like mine), she’ll love the teas from Kindred Teas.

It’s a speciality tea shop opened by a Singaporean who curates teas from all over the world.

The Tall Glass Teapot with 1 Tea Tin ($40.85) would make a good gift.

But if your mom already has many teapots (like mine), then it’ll be more prudent to just get her some Tea Tins ($18 to $32) instead.

Pay attention when choosing your teas though, some are loose tea leaves while some are packaged in tea bags.

Price: $18 to $32 (for Tea Tins, allow 1 to 2 days for processing of orders)

Delivery Fee: $4 (Free delivery for $120 and above)


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