Mother’s Day is almost here! And while we laugh at most “Hallmark Holidays”, this one’s super special because it celebrates the person who handles all our tantrums, comforts us when we’re down and out, and is possibly one of the only people who will love us unconditionally. The key to making this day amazing for her is personalizing everything. 

There’s a mix of budget buys {Love is Free!}, pricey purchases {swipe the card} as well as medium range options {Spend the bonus}. And for those short on time, we’ve given options for purchases off the world wide web :) So get up, get out and get shopping with these exclusive tried & tested finds for your moms! 

SHREA | Hauz Khas Village | Custom Tops/Dresses/Pants

Owned by designer Shreya Sharma, I’ve been getting custom-made tops from Shrea for a while now and I swear by her aesthetic. What I love about her is that she’s understanding of others’ style and doesn’t impose her designs on you. Case in point, myself- I’m not overly experimental with my wardrobe and the shirts I wear are always easy, breezy and flowey. So when I approached Shreya to make shirts for me, she stuck to what I had in mind but added her own touch to it. My tunic was given this stunning two tone dye, and a slight lace detail on the shoulders, and my sequin shirt was given a thin strip of Indian orange running through the center.

If your mum has an eye for detail, reveres quality & design, book your appointment with Shrea for something bespoke!

{Apologies for the photoshopped image- but here’s the sequin top Shreya made for me}

{PS: She also has a super ready to wear line, so while ordering something for your mom, you can make a little purchase for yourself}

 Where | Shop# 21-B, Ground Floor, Inner Lane, Hauz Khas Village | Tel # o11 26515620

How Much | Spend the bonus

NIKASHA | Shahpur Jat | Sarees

With signature bright colors and tassels, Nikasha’s sarees are my pick for Indian wear for the hard-working mom with an understated style. For more about Nikasha, click here.

Where | 421, ground floor, Shahpur Jaat, near dada jungi house, Retails through OGAAN, Hauz Khas Village # 011-26490080/81

How Much | Swipe the card to Spend the Bonus

LETS GET SOME SHOES |

If your mom is always running around, taking care of daily errands or working the hours at her job, make sure she has comfortable shoes to her from am to pm!

If you’re looking to swipe the card, there’s nothing like a pair of Tods loafers and flats {Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj}. They’re extremely comfortable, last for years and come in some spectacular colors!

But if you want something super fashionable, uber comfortable at a good price, you’ve got to check out Taramay’s New Collection and TOMS shoes {finally available in Delhi! And at 3800 inr a pair, they’re very affordable}.

Taramay available at Moon River {D-16 Defense Colony} and you can order from www.fabulloso.com & www.perniaspopupshop.com

Toms Shoes available at Moon River {D-16 Defense Colony}

{ Taramay’s New Collection }

JEWELRY | Shri Ram Hari Ram & Kanjimull & Sons

For when you’re swiping your card or daddy’s credit card to buy her a present, go straight to Kanjimull & Sons in Connaught Place {Opposite Janpath Market, close to KFC & Sura Vie} or the nearly 200 year old Shri Ram Hari Ram Jewellers in Dariba, Chandni Chowk. As a birthday present, my mom got me a band/ring with a personalized message inscribed inside it. You can do the same for your mum- buy her something beautiful & emboss it with a personal message, it makes all the difference!

Where | Kanjimull & Sons: 4 Scindia House, Janpath, # 011 23312073/ 23316300 ; Shri Ram Hari Ram: Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk

COLLAGE | Frame it at Capital Art Gallery

This really is the simplest and sweetest gesture. If you have a younger sibling, then even better because you can make them do all the cutting and pasting :) It’s super easy- buy chart paper, glitter, and glue from a nearby stationary store. Pull out your old photo albums and collect 15-20 pictures of your mom- from family holidays to birthday parties, pictures from her childhood even and paste them on the chart paper. Dress it up with some color and add personal messages to each picture. Drop it off  for framing and you’re good to go! {we recommend Capital Art Gallery, but whatever’s closest to your house works! }

Click here for more!

How Much | Love is Free, only framing comes with a price tag.

{ This Mamma Mia poster is what I got framed for my mum- takes me back to our holiday in New York!}

CANDLES | NIANA

If your mom is a fan of scented candles {think Diptyque}, she’s going to love Niana- a divine collection of scented candles. Candles made by Niana use a natural soy wax which is biodegradable and non toxic. These soy candles are eco friendly, burn cleaner and emit less soot. Summer 2012  scents include Bonsai, Energy, Mimosa, Coffee, Citronell. Starting at 750 inr, this is something that most definitely won’t break the bank! And you mom will love it too.

Where | Available at Ishatvam {MG Road}, Moonriver {Defense Colony}, The Oberoi- Silhouette, Vanilla Moon {Emporio Mall}

How Much | Barely spending the bonus

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RELAX & REJUVINATE | Asian Roots Spa, Jacques Dessange & Silhouette {at The Oberoi}

Treat your mom to a day of self-indulgence with a bit of R&R courtesy the super well trained staff at Asian Roots, Jacques Dessange or The Oberoi Hotel. This involves spending some of that bonus, but it really is money well spent!

Asian Roots: Start with a pedicure {ask for Manoj} and a manicure {with Ritu}, followed by a head massage {with Sanjay} and a facial {with Melody}. Ask for a cup of herbal tea with honey for your mom {it’s on the house}.

Where | B-5/15, Opp Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi # 011 41651010

Jacques DessangeFor a pedicure, ask for Kamal or Gobind, and Kapil or Muskan for a manicure. They’ll happily get you a lemongrass iced tea from the nearby Ego Thai.

Where | 53 Community Centre, New Friends Colony # 41001038

Silhouette at The Oberoi:This is the place to book a haircut and blow-dry for your mom. While I find all the other services extremely pricey, a haircut with Sonam is money very well spent. He’s fixed my hair innumerable times and this is what I have planned for my mom!

Where | The Oberoi Hotel, Zakir Hussain Marg. # o11-24363030 

These small extravagances are the best way for your mom to catch up on much needed rest, so make your bookings soon.

DECORATE HER ROOM | Fusion Balloons

My earliest childhood memory takes me back to India Gate. My mom would buy me dozens of balloons in all shapes and sizes to keep me entertained. Taking it a notch higher, I revisit those memories by giving my mom a set of ‘Fusion Balloons’ with all sorts of fun messages on them and in a bunch of different shapes- from champagne bottles to crowns, cupcakes et all. They also do custom balloons!

Check out their collection here: fusionballoon.in, place your order & they’ll deliver it to your doorstep!

How Much | A bouquet costs around 1500 inr depending on the size of the balloon. This is super duper affordable!

FOOD |

You know you’re a true Dilliwaala when your idea of celebrating anything begins and ends with food. And Mother’s Day should be no exception. While the most convenient {if you’re as inadept at cooking/baking as I am, reckon you stick to convenience} thing to do is take her to her favourite restaurant, if you’re looking at switching it up, here’s what we recommend:

- Evening picnic at Lodhi Garden | The setting is beautiful- surrounded by Delhi’s oldest monuments, well-manicured gardens and that it’s situated in the heart of Delhi makes it an ideal spot for a laid-back evening with the family. Though it gets crowded on Sundays, there are umpteen spots of clean grass to pull out your mats, lay your food for the evening and enjoy a languid Sunday afternoon with the folks. PS: You can order a custom picnic basket from www.ploofdeli.com.

- Cupcakes & More | While cupcakes are the fad these days, make sure you get bespoke icing on them for Mothers Day. Kishi Arora of Foodaholics does some mouth-watering double chocolate cupcakes with personalized messages on them. You can order from her at 09873164293. If you’re willing to pick up something fabulous from around town for your mums, then contact Ambrosia {Ritu Gupta} 9810088626 for delicious fruit tarts, or Uni Vaid at 09818433448 for the yummiest cheesecakes. Make sure your mom digs in to her favourite dessert :)

{Kishi Arora’s personalized cupcakes}

{ Uni Vaid’s Cheesecake }

- Put on your Chef’s Hat | If you can put together a meal without burning down your house, cook something fantastic for your mum! A great place to get recipes from:

  • www.niruskitchen.com
  • facebook group called Foodie by Nature: http://www.facebook.com/groups/145592072159001
  • and our ‘Eat’ section which has recipes from Yeti, Amici, Foodaholics & Chef Deep Bajaj {from the Oberoi Patisserie}.

FOR THE WORKING SON/DAUGHTER | Fabulloso.com

Fabulloso.com has an entire section on their page dedicated to gifting ideas for Mother’s Day and I just bought these two products for my mum {hope she isn’t reading this!}. You have an array of products, accessories, clothes & decor items to choose from, so you don’t need to stress about your mum fitting into a top or liking the colour.  If you’re caught up with work, place an order online and you’ll get a beautifully packaged box with goodies for Mother’s Day. How much, you ask? There’s something for every budget.

{Here’s what I ordered from Fabulloso.com, and its reached me already! Just in time for a pre-Mother’s Day surprise}

If you’re looking at swiping the card, try www.perniaspopupshop.com/mothers-day. I really like the Gaurav Gupta tunic and the lovetobag clutch {which, ladies, you can borrow from time to time :) }

Whatever you do, whatever your budget, make it special :) Enjoy, Dilliwaalas!

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