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It’s that time of year again! Celebrated at different times in different countries, Mother’s Day in Italy will be celebrated on May 10 this year. So how can we make our mothers understand how important they are to us? Ideally, it would be to spend the day together doing something enjoyed by both, perhaps preparing a meal or taking an exercise class together, even a day sunbathing in the garden if weather permits! Looking through old photos and videos and reminiscing of times past is also a precious way of spending time with our mothers.
So, in addition to the classic bouquet of flowers usually given with love on Mother’s Day, here is a list of unique and classy gift ideas to let her know just how special she is!
1) Hands in the mix
What better time than the present to dedicate ourselves to the creation of dishes and dips? I would recommend a good recipe book, or rather “the” book, by Silver Spoon. The first edition, which had a resounding success, dates back to 1950 and even now the name alone is a guarantee of prestige and reliability. If you are not looking for the great classical dishes (homemade bread, pastry school, Christmas dishes..), know that the latest versions are updated accordingly to the trends of contemporary cuisine. Indulge yourself, for example, between quick cooking, a vegetarian menu, “home fast food”, “good, bio and light”, as well as some unique seasonal dishes.
2) Dreamy photo frame by Thun
The unmistakable style of Thun South Tyrolean ceramics has now become world famous. Hand-painted and inspired by sweet and fairytale subjects (angels, pomegranates, ladybirds, hearts…), they convey tenderness and warmth thanks to the soft yet shiny effect of the colours whilst at the same time giving the idea of a well-finished product in every detail. The new glass versions with floral decoration have a clean line but still maintain that warm and romantic touch.
3) Floral earrings
New from the Giovanni Raspini spring-summer 2020 collection are a series of delicate and particular earrings. Composed of freshwater scaramazza pearls – with an irregular shape – and a miniature silver decoration, they are handmade by Tuscan goldsmiths using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. For Mother’s Day, I would particularly recommend the “Tahiti” model with daisies – perfect for the arrival of summer! Other models are available to choose from too, all of which refer to the world of plants and animals.
4) Comb from dreamy locks
Used for centuries in the courts of the Eastern emperors, the Gua Sha combs are not just any combs but tools for luxury hair. They are the result of traditional Chinese medicine, therefore, in addition to being aesthetically refined and beautiful to look at, they also have remarkable properties on the whole body. Carved by hand, they primarily stimulate circulation in the acupressure points of the scalp and positively affect the skin and hair thanks to the internal energy of the natural crystal. They can also be used (in combination with a few drops of essential oil) for massaging the rest of the body. Depending on hair type and the benefits you are looking for, there are various types of crystal available including those in natural jade, rose quartz, amethyst or black tourmaline. If you want to know more, check out the link to the official website.
5) Divine perfume
Choosing perfume as a gift is a delicate matter as it is complicated to know which fragrance the other would like to wear. However with some scents, we could almost say the “classics”, it is difficult to go wrong. For Her by Narciso Rodriguez, for example, has been described as sensual but not aggressive, long-lasting (the whole day) but not sickening. In fact, it is rare that someone who smells it doesn’t like it! In addition to the well-known pink (more delicate) and black (more intense) versions, there are different variations according to the period. Fleur Musc has just come out for spring, born from the floral symphony of musk and rose. It is also possible to combine two scents in order to create a third so if you live with your mother, exchanging or uniting them between yourselves could be a very nice idea!
6) A veil of lipstick
Whether it be every day or for those special occasions, lipstick is an accessory that every woman uses and is certainly a gift to be appreciated. To be on the safe side, I would suggest Chanel’s Rouge Coco with constant hydration.
This lipstick is available in 30 shades and is excellent for mature lips or for those whom a matte or an opaque would highlight any expression lines.
Alternatively, if your mother prefers something lighter and more comfortable, Leis Beiges, a lip balm that nourishes and gives a delicate colour to the lips, may be a more suitable idea.
7) A sparkling dragonfly
This year for Mother’s Day Swarovski offers a special and modern collection inspired by the outdoors and sunny days ahead. You can choose between earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets to customise with pendants of your choice. Two very original objects in particular are the bracelet with a dragonfly, simple but precious, and the ring with a bee, fresh and with a summer mood.
8) Neck scarf
Worn either on the head as a bandana, as a substitute for a hair-bobble, tied on the handle of a hand-bag or worn around the waist, not only are the uses of the scarf manifold but it is also an elegant gift. A neck scarf is that evergreen style-saving accessory that can add class and refinement to any outfit. If you really want a refined and quality product, I recommend the extra long scarf with floral print by Ferragamo, versatile and with a bucolic mood. If you have a lower budget, a nice Mother’s Day gift idea could be the pearl grey scarf with marine pattern from the Weekend Collection by Max Mara. Both are made of 100% silk with finely stitched edges.