Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2018

7 gifts from women-owned companies perfect for your number one

Step one for how to be the favorite child this Mother's Day: Remember it's on Sunday, May 13 (you're welcome). Step two: Buy Mom one of these gifts, which she'll use day in and day out, thinking of you every time she does.

What's more, these products all come from women-owned businesses—many of which are also doing their part with a social justice component. So this year, don't say it with flowers when you can say it with goodwill and girl power.

Scroll through the slideshow to see our Mother's Day picks.


Chandelier Candle


Otherland was started by a former Ralph Lauren art buyer, who spent a year perfecting the fragrances for her candles. This one smells like Champagne, saffron and leather, which sounds like the makings of a night done right.

Photo: Otherland

Nutrient Mist


You'd never tell Mom she's getting old, of course. Let this antioxidant-filled refreshing spray say it for you, and not risk getting cut out of the holiday card.

Photo: True Botanicals

Esther Akwaaba Scarf


When you buy a (soft, stylish, 100 percent silk) Bené scarf, you're helping to bring education to girls around the world in the form of tuition, books and school uniforms.

Photo: Bene Scarves via Facebook



If you live too far to hand-deliver a real dessert to your mom, this is a sure way to make sure she gets her cake and reads it, too. Illustrator and author Maira Kalman teams with food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman on this new release for what's likely the most useful picture book out there.

Illustration: Maira Kalman

Traveling Spoon Experience


Gift outside the box by booking a trip for two (naturally) with Traveling Spoon, which is like Airbnb but for hands-on cooking lessons with locals. There's no better way to thank the woman who taught you everything you know by giving her the chance to learn something new as well—especially when it involves a traditional Balinese feast or a market tour in Bangkok.

Photo: Traveling Spoon

Wild Ophelia


Go for a sample pack of chocolate, which hides the fact that you can never remember if she prefers milk or dark. Plus, you'll be supporting Vosges's "little sister brand," which helps empower young entrepreneurial women interested in food-related careers.

Photo: Vosges Chocolate

J.J. Corry "The Gael" Irish Whiskey


The brand may be named after a man, but it's Irish-born Louise McGuane who's taken over her family farm to make award-winning whiskey at The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company.

Photo: The Whisky Exchange