31 Best Gifts For Mom in 2020: Thoughtful Gift Ideas She’ll Love

    We know we say this every year, but gifting is more important than ever this season—and if you’re looking for the best gifts for mom (arguably the most important person on your list), we’ve combed the internet for thoughtful presents she’ll absolutely love. 

    Classic options, like silk pillowcases and beauty subscription boxes, make an appearance in this list, but we’ve also included new and exciting gift ideas for the mother figure you want to surprise. Some of our favorite unexpected finds: A knit weighted blanket in a moody eggplant color, a limited edition champagne bottle, and gift sets where everything included is actually useful.  

    In-person hugs and kisses are no doubt what she wants most this year, but a handwritten note and little something can go a long way to showing you care. Whether she wants a skincare upgrade, a chic lounge set, or just something to keep her busy in quarantine, we rounded up 31 of the best gifts for mom to shop now. 

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    Douglas Emhoff Facts – Who Is Kamala Harris’s Husband?

    Career highlights include his most notable case, which involved a breach of contract surrounding the famous Taco Bell chihuahua, with $42 million dollars on the line. (Emhoff’s client could have been dragged into the conflict, but he kept them off the hook, as The Hollywood Reporter noted.) 

    Working with high-profile clients in the NFL or who’ve competed in the Olympics, Emhoff is no stranger to the pressures that come with living a highly publicized life.

    Emhoff hails from Brooklyn

    Emhoff is Jewish and a native New Yorker, although he didn’t grow up there. He was born in Brooklyn to parents Barbara and Michael Emhoff, and then moved to New Jersey not long after. Years later, his father, a women’s shoe designer, decided to move the family to California for a job opportunity, and suddenly a teen Emhoff was living in the “Fast Times of Ridgemont High era of L.A.,” as he shared in a recent YouTube interview. “It was right outside of the valley…and was just a complete change of lifestyle from what I was used to in Jersey to the suburbs of L.A. in the early eighties, and it was just pretty incredible.”

    He has two kids from a previous marriage 

    When Emhoff met Harris, he was divorced and co-parenting his two children, Cole and Ella, with ex-wife Kerstin Emhoff, a film producer and founder of production company Prettybird

    Cole, named after jazz musician John Coltrane, graduated from Colorado College in 2017 before going off to work for William Morris Endeavor, an entertainment holding company with headquarters in Beverly Hills. Ella, named after another famed musician Ella Fitzgerald, is a student at Parsons School of Design, according to a 2018 Vogue profile.

    Harris has often spoken of her love for her step-children and their blended family. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But Momala will always be the one that means the most,” she said in her acceptance speech for the VP nomination back in August.

    In a tribute to Harris at the DNC, Ella praised her stepmom for her continued support away from the spotlight. “To my brother and me, you’ll always be ‘Momala,’ the world’s greatest stepmom,” she said. “You’re a rock. Not just for our dad, but for three generations of our big, blended family.”

    He met Harris on a blind date in 2014 and was immediately smitten 

    In the same YouTube interview with Chasten Buttigieg, Emhoff explained how he and Harris met. In 2014, one of his clients, PR exec Chrisette Hudlin, suddenly asked if he was single during a meeting and whether he was interested in going on a blind date with one of her friends.

    25 Best Sephora Gifts 2020: Perfect Gift Sets to Give & Keep

    Somehow the holidays are already around the corner, and with them comes the pressure to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Luckily, that’s where Sephora gifts come in. Finding something for your mom, sister, or friends you haven’t seen in months that’s both personal and useful is no easy feat, but you can almost never go wrong with some new beauty products.  

    Since Sephora curates its bestsellers, next big things, and indie favorites into tightly edited holiday gift sets, it makes it easy to find something for even the pickiest people on your list—and eliminates the need to attempt to guess what shade of lipstick they would like best. Sephora’s 2020 gift sets include great makeup minis, skin care solutions, and hair product game changers in small but significant sizes. Whether you’re on a budget or the sky’s the limit, we rounded up 25 options that anyone would happy to receive. Get ready to cross every name off your list—and maybe even snag something(s) for yourself—and shop the best Sephora gifts below. 

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    43 Gifts Under $25 in 2020: Gadgets, Exclusive Beauty Sets & More

    There’s an art to gift shopping, especially when you’re need to get gifts under $25. Feeling bad for sticking to a budget? In this economy? Can’t relate. Plus, a steeper price point doesn’t always mean a winning gift. Not only is it possible to find great gifts under $25, it’s surprisingly easy.

    A $25 budget is the Goldilocks gifting amount: It won’t burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s also enough to find a gift that will leave your loved one starry-eyed once they’ve unwrapped their present (though, some of the gifts in our list are so beautiful you can skip the wrapping paper altogether).

    So whether you’re shopping for the person you don’t know very well or the best friend you know everything about, down to their favorite flavor Jelly Belly (more on that later), we found unique yet practical gifts that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” From cat tarot cards (yes, you read that right) to a glass cloud that predicts the weather—to the single most random ASMR-like stress toy for your fidgety coworker, shop the best gifts under $25, below.

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    Mark Ruffalo Is Naked and Talking About Voting in This Video

    Mark Ruffalo stands stark naked, a silver pendant tucked into his graying chest hair. In the low, passionate voice of a reclusive lighthouse keeper with a devastating secret, he starts talking about how to make sure your ballot is counted if you’re voting by mail. 

    No, it’s not porn for people whose sexual preferences crystalized while watching the 2005 Ruffalo-Witherspoon movie Just Like Heaven. It’s a celebrity voting PSA! In it, Ruffalo, along with a wild array of A-listers, walk us through how to fill out mail-in and absentee ballots—and they do it completely naked. 

    Is it easy to fill out a ballot? Yes, it is, don’t worry! Do you also need to follow the simple instructions to avoid making an annoying mistake that could disqualify your ballot? Yes, you do! That is where Mark Ruffalo comes in, along with Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Chelsea Handler, Ryan Bathe, and Josh Gad. (Silverman deserves top marks for tits-out dedication to the cause.) 

    Their nudity isn’t just a desperate ploy to get us to vote. (That would be fine, though! Is Ryan Gosling reading this?) It’s a gimmick to remind people to avoid “naked ballots.” Some states send out ballots that include two envelopes—one that you place your ballot in, and another envelope that you place the first sealed envelope in.

    It’s pretty straightforward, but in certain states if you decide to skip a step and recycle one envelope, your vote could be rejected. This is especially important in Pennsylvania, which is a swing state that passed a law saying “naked ballots” would be rejected. 

    Basically, celebrities are stripping down to remind us to do one second of paperwork. That’s a good deal. The video was produced by RepresentUs, a non-partisan group that fights corruption in politics. “The fact is that if you use the wrong pen color or don’t assemble your mail-in ballot correctly, your vote may not count. This is not a partisan issue; it affects all people planning to vote by mail,” Josh Silver, the group’s co-founder and CEO, said in a press release. This year, when more people than ever are planning to vote by mail because of the pandemic, that information is really, really important. And remember—your vote makes a difference. That’s why people in power work so hard to stop you from casting it. 

    So watch and share this video. It’s pretty safe for work…or ,at least, safe for work from home. 

    Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.    

    1.3 Million Women Enter Menopause Each Year. We Have to Stop Ignoring Them

    For Meg Mathews, menopause looked like the Golden Girls—gray hair, elderly gentleman callers, chic but shapeless caftans. “Not me at 49,” Mathews says.

    After coming back from a holiday, Mathews started experiencing some anxiety, brain fogginess and aching joints. She didn’t feel like herself. “But how do you explain that to the doctor?” she says. “So of course I went in going, ‘I just can’t cope with life.’ And of course they just gave me antidepressants and off I went. I had no idea that [those symptoms] were anything to do with menopause.” Many women don’t, thanks to the stigma attached to aging that’s made menopause either a punchline or kept it out of the conversation entirely.

    Every woman (and some trans men) will go through menopause—that’s an estimated 1.3 million women in the U.S. alone who enter menopause every year. It is officially diagnosed after you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without a period, which happens at age 51 on average, according to the Mayo Clinic. (That’s the actual age of Jennifer Lopez, who could not look less like a cast member from The Golden Girls.) One percent of women enter early menopause (which can be triggered by chemotherapy or a hysterectomy) by age 40 and 5% are menopausal by age 45, explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University Medical School and a North American Menopause Society certified menopause clinician. “That’s not a huge number necessarily, but it’s hardly trivial,” she says.

    Even for those who hit menopause at the average age, the “menopausal transition”—a period known as perimenopause—can last a decade or longer and start as young as your 30s. “It’s not weird for somebody in her late thirties or early forties to experience some hot flashes or night sweats or insomnia or vaginal dryness,” Dr. Minkin says.

    Despite this, Mathews was certainly not the first woman in her 40s—or even mid- to late-30s—to walk into her doctor’s office experiencing disorienting symptoms and eventually discover, surprise, it’s perimenopause.

    It’s Time to Start Talking About Menopause

    Menopause may be the last great taboo in women’s health. While conversations around fertility and female pleasure are (finally) becoming more open, menopause still feels like a secret. And that leads to a lot of misinformation. “Myths are created because there’s so much ignorance and no conversation around it. Everybody just kind of makes up their own story about what they think menopause is based on the little bitty facts that they have,” says Arianna Sholes-Douglas, M.D. a board-certified ob-gyn and maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and author of The Menopause Myth: What Your Mother, Doctor, And Friends Haven’t Told You About Life After 35. “Part of the taboo is that menopause represents aging—and no one really wants to deal with that.”

    Mathews, now 54 and the author of The New Hot: Cruising Through Menopause With Attitude and Style, was experiencing severe perimenopausal symptoms before anyone even mentioned the word “menopause.” “I’m a recovering alcoholic and I’m in AA. So I went to an AA meeting and I said, Why the hell am I staying sober?,” she says. “It’s like, I might as well have a drink because I am absolutely at the end of my tether: I’ve got anxiety, I haven’t left my house for three months.” As she was leaving, a woman tapped her on the shoulder. “She just said, ‘I think you’re going through menopause.’ And I was a bit like, God, that’s cheeky. You know, I’m imagining gray hair and a cane.”

    That kind of it-can’t-be-me reaction is common among women, says Dr. Sholes-Douglas, largely because doctors aren’t talking about it. “There’s no training in medical school or residency around helping women after their reproductive years. Everything that we’re taught is mostly focused on the reproductive years,” she says. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins, only 20% of residency programs have a formal menopause curriculum.

    That hurts women in the exam room. “Not only are many women not aware of perimenopause, but unfortunately many physicians aren’t aware of it,” says Dr. Minkin. “They will take a woman who has come in and has skipped a couple of periods—maybe she’s a little hot, maybe she’s not sleeping so well—and they may think about hyperthyroidism or pregnancy, which are both very appropriate. But my goal in teaching medical students is to try to get them to think about including perimenopause as a possibility in making a diagnosis.”

    Cuup Review: 5 ‘Glamour’ Editors Try a Virtual Bra Fitting

    How was the virtual fitting experience? How does it compare to an in-person fitting? My virtual fitting was easy-breezy. The fitting expert was super cool and informative, and I found out I might have been wearing the wrong bra size for quite some time now. I haven’t had a proper fitting in years, so life in quarantine was the perfect opportunity to get it settled once and for all, right from my WFH station.

    What was your recommended size? Was it different from what you usually get? Based on my measurements, she actually recommended one cup size larger than I usually wear. I got one bra in my regular size and I sized up for the other, and both fit fine!

    What bras and undies did you order? The granny panty resurgence isn’t slowing down, and after seeing countless chic Instagram posts featuring high-waist undies that feel current and not frumpy, I decided to try The Highwaist and The Balconette, both in Leopard. The set brings a fun retro vibe that’s cute enough to wear around the house but full-coverage enough to consider for a thirst trap. My second pick was The Plunge and The Thong in Citrine, the electric yellow hue that will infuse your top drawer with a dose of vitality when we all feel more or less dead inside. Leave it to some matching bras and undies to convince you that you have your life together even though you don’t!

    Cuup The Balconette in Leopard

    Cuup The Highwaist in Leopard

    Cuup The Plunge in Citrine

    Cuup The Thong in Citrine

    What are your thoughts on the bras’ fit, quality, and design? I give Cuup an A++ for design, but no surprise there. I’ve been watching the brand since it launched, and the aesthetic has always stood out in comparison to competitors in the lingerie space. I really love the material too—it’s super soft and cozy, but it feels durable, like it will last a while. The band is a bit constricting, but based on the site, it sounds like they’re designed to start off extra snug to ensure long-lasting support, and you’ll experience some once you wear it a few times.

    Would you do a virtual bra fitting again? Totally!

    Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate

    Courtesy of Bella Cacciatore

    How was the virtual fitting experience? How does it compare to an in-person fitting? I was lucky enough to be fitted at Cuup last year and have since abandoned every bra I own in favor of the brand’s balconette style. I wanted to try some of its plunge styles and was curious if they would fit the same, so a virtual fitting was a perfect solution. Tania, the fitter who helped me, was so lovely, and she made the possibly awkward experience fun and easy, like talking to a friend. It was much less invasive than an in-person bra fitting—all measurements are done over the shirt, no one is adjusting your boobs but you—so if you’re shy, it’s a perfect solution.

    Daniel Levy Slams Comedy Central India for Removing a Gay Kiss From ‘Schitt’s Creek’

    Tell me why a television network would air Schitt’s Creek, an Emmy Award–sweeping series lauded for queer inclusivity and representation, if they planned to cut those moments from the broadcast? Daniel Levy, cocreator, director, and star of Schitt’s Creek, would also like to know.

    Because that’s what happened when Comedy Central India shared a clip from the season-five episode “Housewarming.” In the original scene, David Rose (Levy), Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy), and Stevie (Emily Hampshire) play a round of spin the bottle with their significant others, Patrick (Noah Reid) and Ted (Dustin Milligan). The bottle’s first victims are Alexis and Stevie, who share a pretty nonsexual peck on the lips before Alexis spins on to her own tipsy boyfriend. But drama ensues after Ted’s spin lands on David, and the pair share a slightly longer moment than either of their partners are particularly comfortable with.

    But you wouldn’t know that by watching Comedy Central India’s clip from March, which cut out just before Ted and David’s moment and picked up right after. On October 6, Levy took to Twitter to ask for an explanation. 

    “You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men? This is a show about the power of inclusivity,” he tweeted. “The censorship of gay intimacy is making a harmful statement against that message. #loveislove.”

    “I thought I made this pretty clear but for those who are confused, this is about a channel in India,” Levy continued in a second tweet. “@ComedyCentral in America is not censoring the show. They have been lovely and respectful. Thank you for your time.”

    For their part, the U.S. Comedy Central responded to Levy’s tweet with a gif of the removed kiss. 

    Although the censorship from Comedy Central India is beyond disappointing, there is some good news: Just this past weekend on October 3, Netflix dropped the sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek days before it was set to hit your queue. I love that journey for you!

    Bella Hadid Got Chunky Highlights for Fall—And We’re Obsessed

    Bella Hadid is trying a new hairstyle out for fall: chunky highlights.

    The supermodel was spotted leaving a New York City salon on Tuesday, October 6 with brand new caramel highlights, which are the perfect complement to her chocolate brown hair. 

    Hadid was dressed down for the salon, opting for a tank top and basketball-esque lounge pants. The highlights are thick and block-y, serving early 2000s vibes for sure. 

    Take a look at the photo for yourself, below: 

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    Bella Hadid isn’t the only celebrity to try out chunky highlights this year. Jennifer Lopez flawlessly sported them back in March: 

    As did Kylie Jenner in June:

    This new take on chunky highlights is less drastic than the Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson styles of the early aughts. “When I think chunky highlights, I think of where I grew up on Staten Island in the ’90s and 2000s,” says Stephanie Brown, master stylist at New York’s IGK Salon Soho. “It was terrible, but also amazing at the same time. Now it’s a better version and less drastic.” 

    Hadid has been all about hair experimentation this year. (Haven’t we all? I mean, what else was there to do during quarantine?) In April, she played around with grey hair, albeit through a very good filter: 

    That same month, she also cut her own bangs, which, again, was very relatable: 

    The 23-year-old’s hair has been everything from jet black to blonder than her older sister Gigi’s. Brown is her signature color, though, but it’s not to distinguish herself from Gigi. “Well, I didn’t really dye my hair to separate myself from Gigi,” she told Glamour in August 2016. “I started dyeing my hair when I was 14. I dyed it black and blue, I wore eyeliner—I was a punk kid.”

    It seems she’s just very game for changing things up—and these chunky highlights are quite the gorgeous change.  

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry Just Went to Two Women for the First Time in History

    Behold! Something actually good happening in the news! Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D., and Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D., just took home the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, making history in the process. 

    On Wednesday, October 7, the scientists were awarded the Nobel for their genome editing research on Crispr-Cas9, a tool “which can alter the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision,” per the New York Times

    This win marks the first time a science Nobel has been awarded to two women. Charpentier and Doudna are only the sixth and seventh women to receive this particular prize, which recently rose to over $1.1 million

    “This year’s prize is about rewriting the code of life,” Goran K. Hansson, the secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said during the announcement. According to the NYT, since conducting their research in 2012, the Crispr tool has been used for everything from developing cures for genetic diseases to modifying crops. 

    Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Dr. Jennifer Doudna after receiving the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Reseach

    MIGUEL RIOPA

    “This technology has utterly transformed the way we do research in basic science,” said Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health. “I am thrilled to see Crispr-Cas getting the recognition we have all been waiting for, and seeing two women being recognized as Nobel laureates.”

    However, Charpentier and Doudna aren’t the only women in STEM being honored by the Nobel Foundation. On Tuesday, October 6, Andrea Ghez, Ph.D., became the fourth woman to take home the Nobel Prize in Physics for her decades of work studying and discovering black holes. 

    As for our Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners, Charpentier, 51, is a French microbiologist working as the director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin, while Doudna, 56, is an American biochemist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 

    Per the NYT, Charpentier said she hopes her win will inspire young women “to follow the path of science.” The pair met at a café in Puerto Rico in 2011 while attending a conference, according to the Nobel committee, and published their Crispr-Cas9 “genetic scissors” just a year later. 

    Now that’s an Academy Award–winning movie pitch if I’ve ever heard one.