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Year after year, Smart Parenting editors create holiday gift guides for moms, dads, teachers, and even our kids' classmates! With the mental load moms carry every day, and because you've been a good parent this year, we're taking this burden off your list! Here's our curated list of gift ideas for moms, your mother-in-law, your mom friends, or for yourself!
Holiday Gift Guide for Moms: Self-care isn't selfish
1. Aphro Beauty Fridge (Php 1,499)
It's high time that moms take their skincare seriously! Newborn and family photographer Mommy Dyan Dy-Gayas of the Smart Parenting Mom Squad is giving these Aphro Beauty Fridge to her mom friends because, in her words, "Self-care is the best care."
Moms can put their skincare essentials here like jade rollers, serums, masks, and more!
2. FAM at the Bay or New Year Staycation at Sheraton Manila Bay (starts at Php 11,770/night)
Their FAM (Family, Activities, and Moments) at the Bay Room Package is Sheraton Manila Bay's ode to moms who want to have a memorable, pre-planned weekend without the hassle. The package includes luxurious buffet breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) kids (below 12 years old), as well as an interactive cooking Masterclass for two (2) kids at the Manila Bay Kitchen. This promo is valid until February 2024, and for stays arriving on Friday or Saturday only.
You may also choose to welcome 2024 well-rested and stress-free by giving mom a New Year Staycation package. The promo already includes luxurious accommodation, buffet breakfast for two (2) adults and two (2) children (5 years old and below), access to New Year Dinner and Countdown for two adults, and 15% off at Unspoken bar and andMore. As we've always said, invest in experiences, not things.
Sheraton Manila Bay is located at M. Adriatico corner General Malvar Street, Malate, Manila.
3. Jellytime Bobble Bundle (Php 1,399)
Moms can have toys too! This is the belief of celebrity sisters Isabelle and Ava Diaz Daza, and their adult toys might just be the "gift moms never thought they needed!" A Bobble bundle includes a Bobble Pleasure Toy (a personal vibrator with 10 different vibration frequencies) and a 50mL Jellytime Natural Personal Lubricant.
4. Ogawa Mobile Seat Portable Massager (Php 8,990)
This gift would be heaven-sent to moms who are working from home! The Ogawa Mobile Seat Portable Massager is perfect for providing relief for neck, shoulder, and lumbar pains while moms are sitting on their office chairs and working for hours. This portable and easy-to-carry full-back massager comes with heated rollers to elevate mom's massage experience!
5. Myers Drip from Centro Holistico (Php 4,250)
Give the gift of health to mom this year with an IV Nutrient Drip Therapy session at Centro Holistico. You can choose from four options, but Daddy Dreus Cosio of the Smart Parenting Dad Squad recommends the Myers Drip, a mix of vital vitamins and other nutrients like Magnesium, Calcium, and Vitamins C, B, B Complex, B5, B6, and B12.
To book an appointment, contact them on their Facebook page.
6. AirFly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter (Php 2,990)
For moms who have travel and health and wellness goals for 2024, this is the perfect gift, as recommended by Smart Parenting Mom Squad member Mommy Rosie Domingo. AirFly is a wireless headphone adapter that lets you use your wireless headphones or earbuds on airplanes and treadmills that only have a headphone jack. You can also connect two pairs of headphones to AirFly to share music, movies, and more! It has a 16+ hour battery life.
7. An envelope of cold cash
Yes, every year, this tops the list of what moms want to receive on special occassions -- may it be Mother's Day, Valentines' Day, or Christmas. Just a plain envelope with cash inside that she could spend for herself would make her Christmas a memorable one. Add a heartwarming note and you're good to go. Check out how husbands did it here and here.
A friendly reminder: Please, please don't gift mom an appliance that the whole household will use and benefit from—such as a washing machine, a dishwasher, or a vacuum cleaner. These may look like things that she needs, but give her something that will remind her that 2024 could be the year she'll finally be able to put herself first.