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words and photos by Terembe Cherono

It’s that time of the year where we celebrate the mama’s in our lives! Although Mothers’ Day is viewed by some as a highly commercialised holiday, it’s never a bad idea to honour the women who hold us down and keep us together! Here are a few gift options to share with mom this Sunday, May 8th.

For the mom who loves flowers


Gift Sets from Gifting Kenya

The perfect bundle! These curated gift sets come with numerous options – flowers, candles, drinks, cards and so much more! They have a little bit of everything so if you’re unsure what to gift, this will be a lifesaver.

Available from Gifting Kenya for anywhere between Kshs 2,200 – Kshs 7,000.

For the mom who loves to read


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

If your mom is a bookworm, consider gifting her this highly rated text from Celeste Ng. ‘Little Fires Everywhere‘ follows the individual journeys of two protagonist mothers, Elena and Mia, and the eventual conflict between their families. The book explores themes of parenting, disruption and identity. Read more reviews here. A beautiful excerpt from the book:

“To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all at the same time. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she’d been and the child she’d become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again.”

Available at Prestige Books for Kshs 1,850. 

For the mom who loves to smell nice



     Gabrielle by CHANEL                                     J’Adore by Dior

Two fragrance options for the mom who loves to smell good! These are both white florals – the classic J’Adore by Dior and the newer Gabrielle by CHANEL. My mom wore J’Adore while I was growing up and it’s a truly elegant and versatile fragrance. I gifted her Gabrielle very recently and she loved it! It’s a sparkling scent and comes in a beautiful bottle.

J’Adore is available from Cierra Perfumes for Kshs 18,200. Gabrielle is out of stock at the fragrance shops I checked but you can try shipping it in, perhaps as a belated gift.

For the mom who enjoys experiences


Art Class

If your mom likes trying new activities, take her to an art class! Mary Muringi is a certified art instructor and muralist, who teaches classes on painting, mosaics and much more. Such a fun, creative way to bond.

Available by Mary for Kshs 2,500 per session.

For the mom who loves to be pampered


Hot Stone Spa Treatment

Nothing like a massage to relieve the stresses of life our mother’s go through daily. I love a hot stone massage but there are lots of options at the spa including deep tissue, Thai or even a simple mani-pedi!

A hot stone spa treatment is available from the Kempinski Hotel for Kshs 9,500.

If you’d like a more extensive list of options, check out my 2021 Gift Guide. Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers – trans moms, first time moms, bonus moms, stand-in moms and all kinds of mom’s. You are loved!

Terembe Cherono is a creator, curator and digital strategist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For the last 10 years, Terembe has used her social media platforms (particularly Instagram and YouTube), to share lifestyle content using extremely compelling storytelling formats. In the last two years, she has developed a highly popular technique for Instagram Stories known as a ‘Daily Recap’ used by numerous content creators globally. She has supported several influencers and small businesses to leverage social media for brand building and sales.

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