The Ultimate Mother's Day Gift Guide: What to Buy, Where to Get Her Flowers, and What to Do

Give her a Mother's Day she won't forget.

Mother's Day this year falls on May 12, 2019, which means you have a little more than a month to get her that perfect gift. To show her how much you appreciate her, material presents aren't the only option. You can block off the day and plan something special—starting off the day by surprising her with flowers and ending it by taking her to her favorite restaurant. To help you make your plans, here is your guide to Mother's Day in Manila.

Gifts Mom Will Love

Whether she's a fashionable lady or a practical woman, these presents cover every type of mom

Jo Malone London Wild Flowers and Weeds Colognes

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Weeds may come with a bad rep, but not when it comes in a Jo Malone bottle. The latest offerings from the fragrance brand combine unheard scents: Hemlock & Bergamot, Willow & Amber, Nettle & Wild Achillea, Cade & Cedarwood, and Lupin & Patchouli.

G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, 0917.713.0264


La Mer Crème de la Mer

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Get her something she can use together with her staple Crème de la Mer moisturizer. The formula behind The Concentrate uses a potent amount of the brand's signature Miracle Broth and gives the skin the nutrients it needs to look healthier. It also promises to reduce redness and irritation, which are symptoms of dry skin.

Available at Rustan's Makati, 813.3739

Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation

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This underrated product from Tom Ford Beauty lives up to its nice and provides buildable medium to full coverage on the skin. It leaves skin looking moisturized and protects it from the sun with a spectrum of SPF 45.

Avialable at Adora, Greenbelt 5, Makati, 917.557.7402 

Givenchy L’Interdit


Give her a new fragrance to flaunt with this sultry update to Givenchy’s L’Interdit. Opening the scent is a floral bouquet of orange blossom, jasmine, and tuberose. It eventually leaves the skin with a dark accord that comes from patchouli and vetiver.

Available at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739

Louis Vuitton Monogram Flower Necklace


What better than a classic design to adorn a timeless woman? The Louis Vuitton Monogram Flower is created from mother-of-pearl and stones to create the iconic four-petal shape. It’s the feminine piece she needs to dress up any ensemble.

Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati, 756.0637 

Hermès Apple Watch


Instead of getting her an analog timepiece, give her the latest smartwatch upgrade in the Hermès Apple Watch Series 4, which can keep up with all her multi-tasking. The double tour strap that comes in a duo color tone can wrap around her wrist twice, a nice chic touch she’s sure to love. The spring collection comes in a pink and white version that’s reminiscent of cherry blossoms.

Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati, 757.8910

Pandora Garden Charms


The sentimental mother might appreciate a piece of jewelry that will forever remind her of you and this special occasion. The go-to place for dainty keepsakes, Pandora has ensured that there’s something for mom in its Garden Charm collection, inspired by flowers, insects, and all the joys of springtime.

East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, 477.1547

Phyto RE 30


If mom’s got a gray hair problem, there’s a modern method that could help save her from those monthly trips to the salon. Phyto Re 30 is the latest innovation in hair treatments that promises to re-pigment gray hair without the use of any dye. The product reverses the melanin depigmentation process and lets hair grow back in its original color before the days of gray.

Available at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739

Cartier Juste un Clou Ring in White Gold


Who says sparklers need be traditional? If mom likes to keep with the trends, this classic Cartier design is given an additional awe factor after it’s set with dozens of brilliant-cut diamonds. It’s also made its debut on the red carpet.

Available at Greenbelt 4, 728.2160

Bizu Charlotte Cake

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Following our philosophy of joie de vivre – or the “joy of being alive” – We are making sure that guests are able to enjoy life’s pleasures and share the best moments with their loved ones. Every well-thought-out and carefully crafted pastry is an opportunity to bond and express what we feel for someone. Any celebration simply won’t be complete without a cake from Bizu. To mark the occasion of Mother’s Day, we are bringing back our signature Mother's day cake Charlotte– a decadent delight with alternating layers of Biscuit Cuillère, blackberry mousse and raspberry gelée, topped with assorted fresh berries, marshmallows and Macaron de Paris. The Charlotte Cake is a fitting tribute to all Moms!

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If mom's got a sweet tooth, then this cake from Bizu Patisserie will satisfy any cravings she might have. This special edition Mother's Day treat combines two popular desserts—cake and macarons. Underneath the fresh berries are layers of blackberry mousse, raspberry gelée, and biscuits.

The Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, 724.2498

BMW X5 2019 Model

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A new luxury SUV might just be what mom needs to go about her day. This sleek new edition of the BMW X5 might set you back by P6 million, but its powerful engine and its comfortable interiors (with the option of a third row) makes it a worthy purchase for the woman who brought you into this world.


Loewe Puzzle Bag

Designer Jonathan Anderson’s most recognized creation for Loewe is sure to win her heart. Its sensational shape and cutting also allow it to be fully utilized in terms of space. The dual-handles also makes it easier to shift from handbag to shoulder bag, depending on her preference.


East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, 245.9049

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

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If she generally appreciates convenience, then she’ll enjoy the novelty of the Rouge G de Guerlain. The smooth and moisturizing lipstick comes in a handy case that opens up with a mirror. What’s more, its case comes in different designs and can even be customized.

Available at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739

Kate Spade Dorie bag


What do you give the mom with an already massive collection of bags? A trendy piece like this one from Kate Spade that she’s will surely not be a duplicate of something she already owns.   

G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, 898.1471 

Where to Buy Flowers in Manila

Surprise mom with a fresh bouquet of flowers

Rustan’s Flowers

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Make it a one-stop purchase and get both your present and a beautiful bouquet of flowers in one place. Apart from bouquets, they also offer floral arrangement ready to take away and be displayed in a vase.

Rustan’s Flower Shop, The Marketplace at Rustan’s, Power Plant Mall, Lopez Drive, Makati, 897.8053; Rustan’s Alabang, Muntinlupa, 772.1015; UG St. Luke’s Medical Center, 32nd Avenue, corner 5thAvenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


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The ladies of Lanai will take care of making your mother an arrangement that’s both fun and feminine. You can also always count on them to have unique creations on standby.


The Alley at Karrivin, 2236 Don Chino Roces Extension Avenue, 802.5427

Fiori di Marghi Floralscapes

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Head to Fiori di Marghi for flowers that have the right hint of rustic and never fail to include an earthy element such as berries, fruits, or succulents, into its arrangments. 

Fiori di Marghi, The Commissary @ Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati, 729.0030 loc. 101, 0917.513.8945.

Mabolo Flowers

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For arrangements that require larger and harder to find species, Mabolo’s shipments come on a weekly or monthly basis. 

Mabolo, Jannov Plaza, 2295 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati, 893.6912.

More: Where To Get Decadently Gorgeous Floral Arrangements in Manila

Akong Gugma

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For the more whimsical lady, Akong Gugma can prepare an unconventional arrangement for mother, using exotic species.

For orders, contact 0917.512.2072[email protected] 

Ça Va

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You can have coffee or a crepe while waiting for your floral arrangement from this floral atelier. Ça Va also offers freshly picked flowers arranged in a vase or potted plants.


G/F Podium Mall, 281.6091

Trellis Manila

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If you’re living in the north, Trellis Manila is a newcomer in the floral industry. The lifestyle emporium fuses together a charming restaurant, a boutique that sells wares from around the world, and flower arrangement services.

Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, 924.1057

Fun Activities For You and Mom

Make new and lasting memories with your mother

Take her on a helicopter tour

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A day out of town will help her relax and there’s no better—and quicker—way to travel to a neighboring city than by chopper. Ascent Flights is rolling out helicopter-sharing services, while Peninsula Manila offers a tour of Corregidor by air and on land. The morning includes champagnes and canapes in Cavite before heading to Tagaytay.

For more information, visit ascent.flights. 

Organize a spa day for her

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Get her to unwind with an extensive day of treatments. It can be as simple as a mani-pedi or as luxurious as a Turkish Hammam. Find out which spas offer the best treatments in the city.


Take her to dinner

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Surprise her with reservations at her favorite restaurant. If you’re up to try something new for the evening, consult our list of Manila’s best restaurants.

Fly her out for a quick vacation

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Shanghai, Tokyo, or Hong Kong? Treat mom out to a quick getaway and show her that Mother’s Day isn’t just a single day in the year. You’ll also get to have extended quality time together.

Learn something new together

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Take up a short workshop or class—something that will help you two make more memories together all while being productive. If your mom is into textiles, Peninsula Manila offers an afternoon learning about the Hand Embroidery Art of the Philippines with Filip+Inna founder Len Cabili. 

Peninsula Manila, corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati, 887.2888

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