Early gift ideas for moms
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
With less than 50 days to go, you’re probably only halfway through your to-do list of all the things that you need to get done by Dec. 24.
You may have started creating your lists and checking off the names of your loved ones, your husband’s coworkers, and your children’s friends to buy presents for. You may have ordered your custommade greeting and thank-you cards, picked up the wrapping paper, and planned the most efficient delivery routes for all the gifts that need to be dropped off.
You may have started saving Christmas dinner recipes on your Pinterest board, shopping for Christmas outfits for you and your children, setting up decors and the Christmas tree, and calling up the photographer to coordinate this year’s family Christmas card.
On the flipside, you may have not given any thought to these things and the idea of even making a Christmas list seems alien to you. Why bother? There’s usually someone else who takes care of this! I’m guessing that at this point, you already know the one person in the house who has been extra-busy since the ber-months hit.
She’s the one who makes sure everything runs smoothly, the one who worries about how to get things done so you won’t have to, and the one who thinks of everyone else before thinking of herself. Yes, that’s right! This person is your wife or your mother. And since the busiest time of year can be rough on her, she’s going to need some major TLC next month.
But what gift can you possibly get for the woman who has thought of and done everything?
For the woman whose love language is more often than not, service, here are some meaningful and genuinely helpful gift ideas that will show her how much you care this holiday season:
Professional home cleaning service by The Happinesst
Everyone deserves a day off, but that’s hard to come by for the mom who is busy cleaning up after everyone else. The Happinesst is a homecleaning service that will not only give mom a break, but also get the house cleaned to her exacting standards. Their services include general house cleaning, deep cleaning (including floor polishing and deep suction of cushioned furniture), and air-con cleaning. On top of that, they use eco-friendly products, making their service a sustainable business to support. Nothing would please mom more than starting the year off with a spic and span house!
(+639) 17 700 8018 | (+639) 99 998 1890 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook: @thehappinesst | Instagram: @thehappinesst_
Healthy food delivery by Seed Manila
Meal-planning is one of the daily chores that a mom does all year round, and it is no easy task. Researching healthy recipes, doing the groceries, cooking, and packing the children’s lunch boxes are just some of the many things a mom does, more often than not leaving no time to pack her own lunch, even if she would also like to eat healthy. If she lives or works in the BGC area, a week’s worth of meals from Seed Manila would make the perfect gift for her! This gourmet food service custommakes an affordable, healthy menu and delivers it straight to your loved ones’ doorstep or work desk. With ethically sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging, it’s hard to disagree with Seed’s slogan that “the best gifts are homemade.”
(02) 325 3473 | seedmanila.com | Facebook: @seedmanilaofficial | Instagram: @seedmanila
Event Branding by Kasali
It’s likely that mom has picked up her own thank-you cards months in advance (if she hasn’t, you can order a customized, monogrammed set from @mikodlrpaints/), but something she might appreciate is some help perfecting the look of her parties and events this season. Kasali is a boutique invitation and event branding company that will customdesign invites, menus, table numbers, place cards, and missalettes, for this year’s noche buena mass and dinner. It’s best to give out this present early, since there is a lead time for the design process. But we guarantee that she’ll love this service for throwing stylish events all year round. Extra points for using recycled paper! kasali.ph | Instagram: @kasali.ph
Free trial sessions to all her favorite workouts by Class Pass Manila
Will your mom like yoga, the Barre, Plana Forma, or Pilates? What about that new lagree class that all her friends are talking about? Or are high-intensity workouts like boxing, rowing, and indoor cycling more her style? It is a tricky decision to make, but luckily, she can try out any class under the sun with a subscription to Class Pass Manila. It’s an app that allows her to find and book nearby classes and create a monthly plan based on the app’s personalized recommendations. It’s everything she needs to create the perfect fitness routine and get discounts while she’s at it. Best part of all? The first seven days are free. classpass.com/try/manila | Instagram: @classpassph
The most complete home service spa by Beauty Concierge Philippines
Did you know that you can treat your mom to all her favorite spa services without her ever needing to leave the house? Beauty Concierge Philippines is a home spa wellness and beauty services website that offers a customized, selfcare experience, all in the comfort of one’s home. Their menu of services includes everything you can think of: mani-pedis, blow-dry, highlights, rebonding, airbrush make up, lash lift, hair removal, slimming treatments… you name it, Beauty Concierge probably has it! They even do spa parties at reasonable rates and kiddie nail care, for an evening of lola-nanay-apo bonding.
(+639) 17 321 2184 | beautyconcierge. com.ph/ | email@example.com | Facebook and Instagram: @beautyconciergeph
A home service massage for the entire family but specialized for mothers by Massage Mnl
After an exhausting year of caring for everyone, your mom is probably looking for a nice way to wind down. Massage Mnl offers affordable massages and wellness treatments she can enjoy at home. Treat her to a Swedish, deep tissue, ventosa, stone, or foot reflex massage. They also have specialized treatments for expecting and new mothers, such as prenatal, lactation massages, and even baby massages (to help with the little one’s sleep routine).
massagemnl.com | (+639) 28 628 2778, (+639) 16 798 8656, (+639) 77 264 8847 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook and Instagram: @massagemnl
Give her memorable, family photos with a session from Sweet Escape
It only takes an hour to get everyone together for a family photo session, but this is a gift your mom and everyone else will enjoy for years to come. Sweet Escape is an online photography website that helps you organize shoots with professional photographers in 500 cities all over the world. One minute a mother may have small children and then, in a blink of an eye, they’re fully grown. It’s a great service to document all your memorable moments together as a family. www.sweetescape.com/ | Instagram: @sweet.escape
Get someone to professionally de-clutter her home with Neat Obsessions
Something that would make a huge difference for mom this year? Getting someone to professionally organize and de-clutter her home.
Issa Reyes of Neat Obsessions is the Philippines’ answer to Marie Kondo, and is even a consultant-in-training of the Konmari method. A look at the before and after photos of her home projects are all the convincing you’ll need that this is the one gift that will “spark joy” for mom this Christmas.
neatobsessions.com | Facebook: @neatobsessionsofficial | Instagram: @neatobsessions
Help her train happier, more competent staff with Okay Ka Yaya Ko
Okay Ka Yaya Ko is a kit created by the Jaric Foundation to make it easier for moms to train household staff through a respectful process that shows great empathy and respect for the work they do. It includes a skills training manual with videos, Powerpoint slides, and a booklet, and tools such as laminated signs, chore cards, sample forms, and even color-coded rags that indicate whether they are to be used for the kitchen sink or the toilet seat. This intelligent, user-friendly guide took months to research, build content, and translate into Tagalog. On top of that, all proceeds from the sale of the kit go to Assumption Mission schools and future projects to uplift the lives of kasambahays. (02) 898 1370
Open her a starter account for investing stocks with COL Financial
Maybe your mom has always wanted to invest in the stock market, but didn’t know where to start. COL Financial is recommended by all the experienced traders. It is the most popular local option for investing stocks online. Opening a starter account for her with them is a great way for her to dip her feet into investing, with guidance from some of the country’s best finance experts.
(02) 865 15888 | www.colfinancial.com | email@example.com | Facebook: @colfinancial | Instagram: @colfinancial