Finding the perfect gift for Mothers’ Day can be super challenging. What do you get for the person who has it all? For the mother figures who’ve been there for us at our lowest moments and greatest achievements? What says “thank you so much”? And how can you do all of this for any type of budget?
In honor of our mothers, aunties, grandmas, mentors, and other special people we want to celebrate this Mothers’ Day, the Black Information Network compiled a list of 20 gift ideas from Black-owned businesses. These stores offer handmade, unique, useful, and simply beautiful gifts for Mothers’ Day.
Learn more and support these businesses below.
Candles 4 the Culture
Atlanta-based, Candles 4 the Culture is a Black-owned business that provides unique and lasting scents to fill any mother’s space. According to their website, each candle is hand-poured, and every hand-selected fragrance is designed to suit themes familiar to Black culture. Candles 4 the Culture also provides room sprays, wax melts, pet spray, and candle accessories.
Maya Nije Perfumes
Maya Nije Perfumes is a gender-neutral fragrance line with Gambian and Scandinavian roots. The owner, Maya Nije, aims to connect scents with past memories and her West African heritage. Every fragrance contains essential oils and synthetic substitutes formulated in-house and are filtered and bottled by hand.
Black Girl Magic Wines
Black Girl Magic is an award-winning wine label that all mothers are sure to enjoy. Sourced from California, this Black-owned company offers a variety of spirits from sparkling wines, wine in cans, to classic reds and whites. One can grab a single bottle for under $20 to light up a date night at home, brunch, or girls' night.
For a statement piece to go with any outfit, consider gifting a Telfar handbag this Mother’s Day. The handbag was conceptualized by Telfar Clemens, a Liberian-American, and has even made Oprah’s “favorite things” list. Made of vegan leather, Telfar handbags sell out quickly, but if you can snag one, it won’t be a gift that disappoints.
Tal & Bert
Housed online and in Pittsburg, Tal & Bert is the Black-owned business to support for all of your plant needs. The plant shop also offers home decor items along with their signature house plants for any level of plant enthusiast. Fill your mother’s space with succulents, cacti, geode plants, and more from Tal & Bert.
If you’re looking for some glitzy, vibrant cosmetics, Ka’oir Cosmetics should be on your radar. Created by Keyshia Ka’oir Davis, Gucci Mane’s wife, her brand offers her iconic brand of sparkly and bright lipsticks, eye shadow, and gloss. Eyelashes are also for sale to accentuate those eyes.
This California-based company offers artisanal tea blends while paying homage to hip-hop culture and Black icons. HellaTea offers all kinds of unique flavors starting at $12. Options include NipsTea Hussle (wellness tea), Steep Curry (black lemon), Chamo-LA Harris (chamomille), and much more.
Branded as “stationery with a touch of melanin,” B. Marie wants to make Black and brown people more visible through her products. Brown Inspiration carries several planners, journals, utensils, and other offerings that come with bright and fun designs, some of which feature Black women and girls. They sell backpacks, pouches, and assorted desktop essentials.
Jacq’s Skin Care
Whether it’s soothing your skin or tackling common conditions, Jacq’s Skin Care has it all for you. This brand carries all kinds of products, including moisturizers, bath bombs, exfoliants, cleansers, and more. You can also shop products by skin types and concerns (e.g. eczema, acne).
Chavalia Dunlap-Mwamba taught herself about perfuming after experiencing a bad reaction to one of her favorite brands. Pink MahogHany provides gentle, affordable fragrances for sensitive skin. Scents include Tandem, Pas Encore, and A Mother’s Love.
Looking for statement jewelry with a purpose, look no further. Lola Ade was among Oprah's "Favorite Things" list in 2020 and features pieces full of inspiration pulled from CEO Lola Ade's childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, and travel across the world. The brand offers classic gold pieces, pops of color, and fine jewelry essentials.
Here's something for the avid coffee drinkers in your life. Portrait Coffee offers a range of strong roast options named after Black leaders like Stacey Abrams and former President Barack Obama. For those who really need their coffee fix, the Atlanta-based company offers a monthly subscription service.
Shoe lovers, rejoice! VOsei Footwear is a size-inclusive brand that features a head-turning signature pink sole from sizes 6-13. Founder Vanessa Osei says her brand is ready to go up in sizes if need be. Telling Black-Owned Everything, "We believe that women should not have forfeit style or luxury quality in order to find a pair of shoes that fit comfortably."
Adore Adorn Jewelry
Ami Colé is a Harlem-based clean beauty brand "made to celebrate melanin rich skin." The brand offers a variety of face products to make anyone feel special on any day.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates
From the hands of award-winning Chef Phillip Ashley Rix comes Phillip Ashley Chocolates a premium candy company founded in 2012. Rix has been dubbed the "Real Life Willa Wonka" and features sweet combinations for every occasion.
Some of the flavors included in the Mothers' Day Jewel Collection are Pear Cardamom Vanilla, Mango Habanero, Port Wine Fig Molasses, and Blueberry Meyer Lemon.
For mugs, totes, and apparel with a message, check out Legendary Rootz. The company's widely popular mugs are a good reminder to fill your own cup as you're pouring into others.
Black Like I Never Left
So you don't mess up mom's good table, Black Like I Never Left has got you covered. The company carries culture-inspired handmade coasters and other home goods perfect for the places we call home.
Need a gift for someone who switches nail polish like shoes? Try Lisa Lacquer, a cruelty-free, vegan, and non-toxic nail polish brand that's been featured in Essence, Refinery29, and more.