The DEPARTURES Guide to Mother's Day

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Travel tips, restaurant recommendations, gift suggestions, and more ideas for how to spoil the most special women in your life.

For those who want to make Mother’s Day truly memorable this year, take the standard traditions a step further: in lieu of her favorite fragrance, give an entirely bespoke perfume made by a master perfumer; instead of Sunday brunch, send her to an exceptional cooking class in France, hosted by a mother-daughter team; or for a twist on the single bouquet, have a year's worth of flowers delivered directly to her door. Browse our guide for the gifts and experiences that will help make this year's celebration truly special—and get to know some of the women we admire most.

Where to Go & Things to Do

The Best Brunches, From Coast to Coast
Where to book a table for an unforgettable Mother's Day meal. See the slideshow »

Top New York City Escapes
Nothing says "I love you" more than a little quality time spent together. Beautiful scenery, picture-perfect breakfast spreads, and much-needed relaxation await at these bucolic getaways. See the slideshow »

For West Coast Moms: L.A.'s Best Weekend Trips
From seaside cliffs to picturesque desertscapes, these ten fantastic SoCal spots make ideal spring escapes. See the slideshow »

Paris Avec Maman
Jewelry designer Yael Sonia's guide to the City of Light is the perfect itinerary for a jaunt with mom—think: luxe afternoon tea, a stroll through the Jardins des Tuileries, and museums aplenty. See the article »

Also in France...
Take a cooking class with a mother-daughter duo at The Cook's Atelier in Burgundy. See the article »

Plus: What to Pack For Your Weekend With Mom
Now that you've planned your trip, the question is what to wear. We've gathered the perfect looks for every kind of getaway. See the slideshow »

Gifts to Give

The Perfect Watch for Mom
Give her the moon and the stars this year with Harry Winston's new beautiful mother-of-pearl Moon Phase watch. See the article »

Fantastic Floral Subscriptions to Sign Up for Now
These artisanal services deliver the most exquisite floral designs on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, ensuring your loved one never has to be without fresh blooms again. See the slideshow »

Stylish, Comfortable Sleepwear for Mom
From a cashmere sleep mask to a silky robe, 16 chic items to facilitate a dreamy night's rest. See the slideshow »

15 Exciting New Fragrances for Spring
Unexpected, exotic ingredients are making their way into the season's most tried-and-true floral scents. See the slideshow »

10 Destination-Evoking Candles
Too busy to travel? Bring the destination to your loved one with these truly transportive fragrances inspired by places like Versailles or Capri. See the slideshow » 

Oud-La-La: Exclusive Middle-Eastern Perfumes
Eight ethereal, oud-based aromas that mom will love. See the slideshow » 

Elegant and Intricate Timepieces for Women 
From a Dali-inspired Cartier watch to an all-white Breguet, four pieces that prove the market is no longer so male-dominated. See the slideshow » 

Precious Gems to Rock This Spring
Our editors' picks for the boldest and brightest stones to invest in this season. See the slideshow »

The Best Woven Accessories
This season's most stylish bags and shoes from the likes of Fendi, Jimmy Choo, and more all have one, very fun thing in common. See the slideshow »

Beyond Godiva: Small-Batch Chocolate
This year, skip the usual suspects and gift high-quality chocolate from under-the-radar confectioners in Ecuador, Hungary, and cities across North America instead. See the slideshow »

The $35,000 Gift
Celebrate the singular woman in your life with an equally unique bespoke perfume from Kilian Hennessy. See the article » 

Pampering to Bestow

Wellness in Europe
From a castle in Ireland to a hammam in Turkey, here are the best new spas to visit across the Atlantic. See the slideshow » 

Let's Go to a Spa in Paradise
The Caribbean has no shortage of fantastic spas, most of them overlooking the breathtaking blue sea. See the slideshow » 

Start Booking Now: Bee Venom Facials Are Totally Worth It 
The favorite spa treatment of British royalty (actual and figurative) has a two-year wait. In the meantime, here are a few other top-notch facials to seek out. See the slideshow » 

Also: Exclusive Beauty Products Only Available in the UK
The best serums and creams from across the pond are totally worth the shipping fee (or, better yet, the airfare). See the slideshow » 

Women We Admire 

From the Archives: A Son Makes a Documentary About His Mother
Filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini talks about growing up with Franca Sozzani, the veteran editor-in-chief of Italian VogueSee the article »

The Women Behind Italian Design
Meet three women doing amazing things to ensure their family businesses continue to thrive, in Italy and beyond. See the slideshow » 

The Chatsworth House Matriarch
How the Duchess of Devonshire transformed the English Country home aesthetic from dowdy to divine. See the slideshow »