Mother’s Day is upon us again. You’re probably still in time to book a table at a decent restaurant, but if you want to get Mum a gift as well — if we’ve learned anything from the pandemic and lockdowns, it’s to invest in practical things. Here are some of the best gadgets to make Mum’s life better.
1. Sterra S Tankless Water Purifier
A water purifier makes an extremely useful and welcome addition to any household, and Mum would definitely love this gift even though she might nag at you for spending money. Give her a day with this machine and she’ll be gushing about it to all her friends.
This water dispenser connects to a water point so there’s no tank that she needs to constantly fill up. It then purifies water through four stages of filtration (the cartridges come with the purchase of the machine), and there are four temperatures to choose from: 4°C (cold and refreshing), 25°C (room temperature), 40°C (warm and good for making tea and milk formula), and 87°C (great for coffee and instant noodles) — and these are all instant, so there’s no waiting for the water to chill or boil. There’s an easy volume control button as well so Mum can dispense water at 120ml, 250ml, 550ml, or as much as she likes.
Why Sterra? Now that water purifiers are becoming more popular and commonplace in Singapore, Sterra is one of the most accessible and affordable brands to get. It’s easy to purchase on the brand’s website or on Shopee, and if you want to see it in person and get it immediately, you can visit the showroom at UB One, 81 Ubi Ave 4, #01-22.
Sterra S Tankless Water Purifier, $1,699, available in Chromium Grey and Platinum white from STERRA.SG.
2. RIKI PRETTY Mirror
Every Mum needs a lovely vanity mirror and you can’t get a more perfect one than the RIKI Pretty. This is a mid-sized flat mirror that has a built-in kickstand and a wall-mount feature. What’s really special is the border of LED lights that has five levels of brightness, and a detachable magnifying mirror, smartphone holder and remote control. Also, this mirror is very pretty.
RIKI Pretty Mirror, US$350, available in white and black from RIKILOVESRIKI.COM.
3. NATIVE UNION SNAP 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger
If Mum is a fan of Apple products, this multi-charger is exactly what she needs. She can charge her iPhone (a MagSafe compatible one), AirPods and Apple Watch all at the same time, and we love that the Apple Watch charging puck can be detached and used with other devices that have a USB-C port.
This entire charging device is also weighted, so Mum can reach for her phone with one hand and the charger will remain grounded on the table top. This device also comes in an understated smooth, black finish that is extremely sleek and will look beautiful on any counter.
Native Union SNAP 3-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger, $269 from NATIVEUNION.COM.
4. Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser
Does Mum run a podcast or YouTube channel? Or perhaps she’s always on a Zoom call. She’s going to love this professional microphone that captures and produces broadcast-quality sound, and is one of the best-looking mics we’ve seen in a while. It’s super easy to use; there’s a smart knob that controls everything your content creator Mum would need — mic gain, mute, headphone volume and blend, and she can easily switch between cardioid, omni, bidirectional and stereo pickup patterns. There’s also customisable LED lighting so Mum can match this to her aesthetic.
Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser, $259 from LAZADA.
5. HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick Wireless Bluetooth Earphone
Earphones that are packaged in a case that looks like a tube of lipstick? Mum will love this. Not only are these super sleek, they actually sound pretty good too. Read our full review here:
HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick Wireless Bluetooth Earphone, $268 from SHOPEE.
6. NATIVE UNION Desk Cable (USB-C to USB-C)
Mum probably has some device that needs to be charged by USB-C; and this is probably the best USB-C to USB-C charging cable you can get her. It’s super long at 2.4 metres, has a built-in LED light that indicates charging status, is made from a durable reinforced nylon braiding, supports up to 100W (so it’s ideal for tablets and laptops), and it’s biggest selling point — has an adjustable non-slip anchor weight, which will help keep the end of this cable from ever getting lost; Mum can just pick it up where she left it.
Native Union Desk Cable, $59 from NATIVEUNION.COM.
7. VAGO FRESH Bag and Box Combo Set
Whether she cooks or not, your Mum is going to appreciate this vacuum seal box set. This is the world’s smallest food vacuum sealing system that is super easy to use, and will extend the life of any food you put in the fridge (or even leave outside). The bags and boxes seal air tight and without any leakage, and the bags can be heated in water, which facilitates cooking (they can withstand temperatures up to 100ºC).
VAGO FRESH Bag and Box Combo Set, $198 from SHOPEE.
8. Enabot Ebo Air Smart Familybot
If your Mum stays alone and she’s part of the Pioneer Generation, this little robot might be a good companion for her. It’s a home security camera that you can control remotely and use to interact with Mum. It can monitor in real-time as well, and has a playback function so you can check if anything happened. And just like a good robot, it returns to its dock automatically when it needs to charge.
Enabot Ebo Air Smart Familybot, $299 from SHOPEE.