Choosing gifts becomes more difficult as Mother's Day approaches. You give her presents on her birthday and on Mother's Day, so how do you keep the ideas fresh every time?
'You would want to give her something that surprises her a little but that is still in her universe,' Cartier Hong Kong's marketing and communication director, Tamie Toledano, said. 'For example, if she already has yellow gold jewellery you can test her taste with white gold.'
The prestigious jeweller and watchmaker offers many pieces for every type of mother. The La Dona de Cartier collection would suit the seductive mother, who is assertive and refuses to conform.
La Dona, made as a tribute to legendary Mexican actress Maria Felix (1914-2002), consists of a series of watches, including one in yellow gold with a red leather strap (small HK$46,700, large HK$62,000). This model also comes with a brown or pink leather strap, or white gold strap. There is also the option of a diamond-set case.
For the classic, elegant and poised mother, an understated but elegant screw motif bracelet in white gold and diamonds on a black leather strap (HK$20,500) from the Cartier LOVE series accentuates her personality. A LOVE necklace in white gold and diamonds (HK$20,400) and a LOVE white gold ring (HK$9,500) complete the look. The collection also includes wallets, mobile phone straps, scarves and watches. Available from Boutique Cartier (Shop8, G/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 23163233, and other locations).
And what is better than a Mother's Day gift designed by someone who knows what the day really means? Jewellery designer Jan Logan (Shop3093, Level3, IFC Mall, 8Finance Street, Central, 29184212), a mother and grandmother, recommends a subtle and elegant 18-carat diamond and pink morganite bow necklace (HK$44,500), and more dramatic 18-carat black agate and diamond Mulholland earrings and pendant (HK$8,500 and HK$6,500 respectively).
Cooking for the family is a big part of the life of many mothers, so when they go to the market they need a roomy shopping bag. The large shopper (HK$2,590) from Michael Kors' (Shop 105, The Landmark, Central, 25230998 and in Harbour City and Jumbo Sogo) Santorini series enables your mother to shop in style.
You can always add value to your gift with a nicely designed card. Papyrus (Shop 1017, IFC Mall, 1Harbour View Street, Central, 22953313 and five other locations) features a large range of Mother's Day cards, including retro ones (HK$45) with sweet and funny messages such as: 'Mum, sorry for all the things that I've done that have driven you crazy'. Papyrus has a range of gifts with floral themes, including glass paperweights (HK$295-HK$450) by Spaceform, and Acme rollerball pens (HK$680) with flower motifs.