Mother’s Day is really 365 days a year, but for the sake of this article, it’s celebrated this year, Sunday, May 13. Mother’s Day, it’s a quirky and effective marketing tool, but when you push cynicism aside, it’s a great excuse to show your extra love for all the wonderful women who make your life so very rich. Love is at the root, and it’s for those mothers and grandmothers who deliver unconditional love. It’s for the sisters, aunts and friends that tell you the truth—asked for or not—to show them just how special you know they are.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started in helping make Mother’s Day 2018 extra special.

Try the book “Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha),” by author Tomi Adeyemi. This West African-inspired fantasy debut conjures a world of magic and danger. Entertainment Weekly calls it “a phenomenon.” Ebony predicts that it is “the next big thing in literature and film.” Teen Vogue declares it “one of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of the year.”

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Your mother of course, and to keep her smooth, one of the best devices for hair removal, at only $19.99, is Finishing Touch Flawless. It’s an 18-karat gold plated head, which is hypoallergenic. It’s safe for all skin types and tones, gentle and super-safe to the touch and dermatologist approved, and unwanted hair will not grow back thicker. A smooth face is just one AA battery away.

To get to the heart, one way is through the stomach. Right? Plus, the food is always a very safe bet. In Harlem try Clove Indian Restaurant. It’s owned and operated by the same family that has made Kismat—in Washington Heights—so popular for more than 30 years, and counting. Clove is now managed by the youngest son and has quickly become “the lunch spot” with a $10 all-you-can-eat buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Samosas, madras dishes and other Indian fare are served in a relaxed atmosphere that almost feels like home. Listening to customers, they’ve added a weekend buffet that includes Champagne for only $14.The Mother’s Day menu will have extra surprises.

Upscale, try Gotham Bar and Grill. They offer a three-course brunch that includes a housemade granola parfait, and kale salad to start. Save room because the rest of the meal has 10 options for the second course such as 28-day, dry-aged steak and a choice of dessert.

The family who paints together, stays together. The top three choices to let your inner artist out are Paint Lounge (, with a BYOB policy; The Art Studio NYC (, which is great for big family groups; and Unorthodox (, which is a creative space that combines all of the arts to create an immersive experience that includes movement and dance, all using virtual reality.

On a budget? Put your best foot forward and snap up a pair of Woman’s Classic Terry Clog Slippers ($14-$22) for the mothers in your life. They are perfectly comfortable and affordable.

We all know that Black “don’t crack,” and many don’t understand that our skin also requires sunblock. For your mother, and you, I suggest Hourglass Cosmetics primer Veil Mineral Primer, which is a multipurpose primer that minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and shields the skin with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 protection.

The eyes have it and they are the mirrors to the soul. If you had to choose just one mascara to give as a gift, it’s hands down Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. Jacob’s Velvet Noir was inspired by his first beauty memory of his mother who, he said, carefully shaved fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes. Jacobs sums it up best: “I have some very fond memories of watching my mother do her makeup before she’d go out on a date. I could sit there for hours and watch her.”