Mother’s Day is coming soon and if you’re thinking of giving mummy dearest a gift (or two) on wellness, then we’ve got you covered! Besides helping your mother keep her health, we’ve also got every budget considered so that your wallet stays healthy too.
Gift of inspiration ($)
Leadership development and coaching
While most of us can say that our mothers rule the family, it does not mean that they do not need some inspiration or help about their identities outside the home. Marcus Marsden’s latest book on leadership development coaching challenges conventional thinking in the worlds of performance and coaching. Marcus focuses on the critical, but often overlooked, role of identity and context. He argues that while most people would first focus on establishing “SMART goals” and “starting with why”, you will only release your full potential after you have first identified and worked with your beliefs about who you are today and who you can become in the future. These beliefs operate as an invisible shroud draped over all your aspirations.
“Start With Who” is available online at www.thecoachpartnership.com/shop, on Amazon and at bookstores. The e-book retails from S$9.99, softback at S$35, and hardback at S$70. All proceeds from the hardback sales will go to the Giraffe Conservation Society.
Meditation Zafu Cushion
Perhaps your mother is into yoga or meditation. If so, then she will love this Eco-designed Yoga & Meditation Zafu Cushion (S$25) that is made 100% from cotton and is filled with recycled fabric. Moreover, the production methods mean that it has 20% less impact on the environment. The anatomic design allows for easy adjustment by removing the amount of recycled filling for the ultimate comfort. The built-in strap calls for easy of carrying or hanging of the cushion.
You can purchase it online or at Decathlon’s stores.
Health & Beauty gifts ($$-$$$)
Triple immunity booster – Bird’s Nest + Red Korean Ginseng + Aronia Berry
Wellnest is bird’s nest at its convenient best – it comes in a 10ml sachet pack that can be consumed easily at work, while travelling or playing sports. It is packed with triple goodness combining micronutrients from bird’s nest with Red Korean Ginseng and the coveted Aronia Berry. Both the Red Korean Ginseng and Aronia berries (also known as chokeberries) add a zing of flavour and when blended with the edible bird’s nest extract, can enhance the body’s immune system support as well as aid in digestion.
It is now sold at an introductory price of S$69 (RRP $99) for a box of 30 sachets and can be bought online at https://wellnest.com.sg.
Moreover, customers who purchase Wellnest from now till 26 May 2022 will be eligible to take part and compete in their Star Influencer Award 2022 and win up to S$367,888 worth of cash and prizes. This includes the top prize of a Mercedes-Benz A-class Saloon (worth S$187,888 with COE) from Cycle & Carriage, luxury watches and other cash prizes to the highest sales contenders.
Gut microbiome formula to help fight novel viruses
GenieBiome (G-NiiB), a biotechnology spin-off of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has launched G-NiiB Immunity + in Singapore. This novel microbiome formula (SIM01) contains a unique combination of beneficial bacteria clinically proven to promote recovery in patients with novel virus infections by hastening antibody formation and reducing blood pro-inflammatory markers. Backed by over a decade of scientific research and powered by AI technology, the unique microbiome immunity formula is tailored for Asian body constitutions to restore the gut’s microbiota, which is key to regulating immune systems against infections. It is rich in “bifidobacterium adolescentis”, which is not common in many health products. Bifidobacterium adolescentis, a probiotic bacteria in our gut, is a major contributing factor in the maintenance of microbial balance, and the strengthening of gut barrier integrity. A joint study conducted by CUHK and LKS Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong in 2021 found a close correlation between low antibody response from Covid-19 vaccines like SinoVac, to the lack of bifidobacterium adolescentis.
Available in compact sachets for daily use, G-NiiB’s Immunity + is best consumed with yogurts, juice, cereal and room-temperature beverages, and can be taken as a daily supplement to improve gut health and boost overall immunity.
Priced at S$89 per box (28 sachets), G-NiiB Immunity + is available in selected Guardian and Watsons outlets islandwide.
For more information on G-NiiB Immunity +, please visit https://www.g-niib.com/en/g-niib_immunity_plus
Scents to relax
Help mum get some extra beauty rest with a relaxing scent in her room. iKou Essentials Smallglass Candle (S$49) boasts 2 popular scents: De-Stress and Joy, which are sure to help you unwind at the end of a long day. With its natural and organic ingredients which are ethically sourced, there’ll be no need to worry about any stress to your health as you unwind at the end of the day.
If you’d like to opt for a scent without having to worry about fire hazards in your bedroom, you can opt for the Amalfi Fragrance Diffuser (S$99), which is made with premium fragrance oils and comes in a variety of scents which you’re bound to enjoy! With the contemporary design and natural ingredients in their diffusers, Max Benjamin boasts their low maintenance products which are of high quality and bound to satisfy all users.
All can be purchased at BHG Singapore in-store or online.
e-Beauty DNA test kits
Singapore-based beauty platform, e-beauty, has developed a DNA home-test kit to help consumers discover the full spectrum of their own individual traits and information related to skin, fitness and nutrition. A DNA test allows one to discover their genetic abilities, genetic behavioural traits, disease risk factors and fitness profiles.
After registering and activating the DNA self-test kit online, users are directed to collect their own saliva samples (recommended measurements are given) and send them off to the laboratory for analysis. After analysis (10-15 working days), users will receive a detailed customised DNA report and a personal consultation with e-beauty’s wellness partner, Beauty 100.
The home-test kits start from S$198 (3 categories, 14 traits) to S$998 (50 categories, 379 traits).
With masks now only mandatory indoors, it is time to combat those maskcne and perhaps getting mum a beauty device such as FOREO‘s UFO™2 (S$428) for smoother and rejuvenated skin. The mighty device combines full spectrum LED light, thermo-therapy, cry-therapy and advanced T-Sonic™ pulsations to help achieve that glamorous glow. Featuring eight different LED lights with different qualities to activate key ingredients within the individual masks applied for the best results, it is literally like getting a pro-level facial treatment from home.
FOREO’s collection of skincare solutions is available on the FOREO Official Store on Lazada, Sephora.sg, Shopee, and all premium beauty stores such as ZALORA, TANGS, Takashimaya and Motherswork.
Anake, Singapore’s first DNA-based skincare experience
Anake is pretty similar to e-beauty’s offering, except that it is a one-stop shop, conveniently located in Orchard. Do check out our review on Anake to see whether you too might want to do this test and facial with mum!
435 Orchard Road
#01-11 Wisma Atria
Smartwatches and fitness wearables ($$$)
Decathlon Singapore has collaborated with Garmin to make quality wellness and performance tracking wearables accessible to more Singaporeans for daily use. Marking this move, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 watch will be made available at Decathlon SG Lab and on Decathlon’s website in limited quantities at a special Decathlon-exclusive price of $328 (RRP: $529) while stocks last. 17 other Garmin fitness wearables will also be available.
Built for those always on the go, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 tracks and monitors your health metrics including breath, energy levels and even menstrual cycles and lasts up to eight days on a single charge.
The Vivoactive 4 also supports Garmin Pay so mum can lead a cash-free lifestyle in style.
For more information on the full collection, head over to Decathlon’s website.
BUZUD Smartwatches with oximeters
The BUZUD by Fosun Trade Medical Device may be more appealing to the more elderly mothers as it also measures one’s blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. This allows mum dearest to be able to detect whether she’s feeling ill or has sleep apnea. As such, you’ll be able to get mum the medical attention needed, if necessary.
Both BUZUD DM01 and DM02 smartwatches are now available with the DM01 priced at S$94.16 and the DM02 priced at S$243.96 (GST included). They can be purchased online from Buzud.Roffe Lazada Store as well as in person at their retail store located at 585 North Bridge Road #01-02, Raffles Hospital, Singapore 188770.
For more information, please visit their website www.buzud.com.
Images: BHG Singapore, BUZUD Fosun Trade Medical Device, Decathlon, Envato (header), FOREO, GenieBiome, Marcus Marsden and Wellnest