53 Thoughtful Gifts Your Mom Will 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, robes, and cozy pajama sets, 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: fancy olive oil and blush pink salt for the real chef in the house, dreamy dried floral arrangements, and elegant coffee table books she won’t want to leave on read. (See what we did there?)

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, too. Ahead, 53 of the best gifts for mom to shop now. 

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For Shoba Narayan, Playing Princess Jasmine Is About Honoring Brown Girls Like Her

Fast forward a few years to 2017, when she was an understudy in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. When she finally stepped into the lead role, the pressure to be good was enormous—it was the first time in more than 10 years that a South-Asian woman had a lead role on Broadway.

“Personally, I didn’t have anyone to look to when I was growing up,” she says. There weren’t Brown girls getting kissed in the rain on movie sets or singing in big dresses on Broadway stages. The closest thing for a ‘90s kid was Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine, a cartoon, improbably proportioned fictional character.

“To have someone who was strong, could sing, was beautiful, desirable, and brave, wanted to question authority and potentially rule a kingdom…I wanted to be her,” Narayan says. She grew up belting “A Whole New World” in the family room, and even grew her hair out to match the character. “She was the only thing that I had to relate to,” says Narayan. “So she meant a lot to me.”

When the pandemic closed down Broadway, Narayan was performing in Wicked on Broadway. It was full-circle for the one-time Dorothy actress—she was playing Nessarose, the future Wicked Witch of the East. When the theater turned dark, Narayan returned her sparkly slippers. Months later, she got a call from her agent. Suddenly she was auditioning for her dream role over Zoom. Think you’ve had a rough virtual meeting? You’ve never had to pretend to be riding on a magic carpet while in Gallery Mode.

But she got the part. She’ll be climbing very, very, carefully aboard a carpet that will whisk her high into the air, where she’ll sing an iconic song, for a rapt audience. She imagines her body and her voice floating in that big, empty space, the “gasps and tears and cheers” of the audience.

Whenever she plays a big role, Narayan says, she hears from people in the South Asian community. But she also hears from people of all different minorities. “They see someone like me being the lead in the show, portraying a character who is strong and desirable and the center of the story. I think they all feel seen and that they’re represented on stage.”

Soon, she’ll be sharing her gifts with audiences who haven’t seen a live performance in years. There will be laughter, fist pumps, rapturous applause.

Shoba Narayan will be there. And she’ll be good.

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

Sarah Jessica Parker Says Costar Willie Garson’s Death Is ‘Unbearable’ in Moving Tribute

Sarah Jessica Parker just shared a moving tribute to her Sex and the City costar and friend, Willie Garson

“It’s been unbearable,” Parker shared on September 24, three days after Garson died at 57 years old. “Sometimes silence is a statement. Of the gravity. The anguish. The magnitude of the loss of a 30 + year friendship. A real friendship that allowed for secrets, adventure, a shared professional family, truth, concerts, road trips, meals, late night phone calls, a mutual devotion to parenthood and all the heartaches and joy that accompany, triumphs, disappointments, fear, rage, and years spent on sets (most especially Carrie’s apartment) and laughing late into the night as both Stanford and Carrie and Willie and SJ.”

She continued, “Willie. I will miss everything about you. And replay our last moments together. I will re-read every text from your final days and put to pen our last calls. Your absence a crater that I will fill with blessing of these memories and all the ones that are still in recesses yet to surface.”

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In the lengthy Instagram message, which featured a series of moments between Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson on and off the set of their series, the actor shared his last words to her. “Great bangles all round,” he told her, to which she writes, “Yes. Godspeed Willie Garson. RIP.”

Following the shocking news of the White Collar star’s death after a battle with pancreatic cancer, many of his Sex and the City costars—some of whom recently reunited with Garson to film the reboot, And Just Like That…—took to social media to pay homage to the prolific actor known for his portrayal of Stanford Blatch. 

“So deeply, deeply sad we have lost @WillieGarson,” Cynthia Nixon tweeted. “We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and and in real life. He was a source of light, friendship and show business lore. He was a consummate professional—always.”

“Such sad news and a terribly sad loss to the SATC family,” Kim Cattrall tweeted. “Our condolences and RIP dear Willie xo.” Kristin Davis also posted a lengthy Instagram tribute.

On September 22, Chris Noth shared an image of Parker and Garson to Instagram, simply writing, “Willie.” At the time, Parker replied to the post, “Thank you dearest Chris. I’m not ready yet.”


Rihanna Does Not Consult A$AP Rocky About Her Fashion Designs: ‘Do You Know Who I Am?’

By late November, sources tell People that the pair are officially dating

December 2020: Nearly one month later, they are spotted kissing in Barbados, where they reportedly are spending the holidays with her family. “Spending Christmas together was an obvious step for Rihanna and A$AP,” a source tells E.T. “They’ve known each other for so long as friends and in a work setting, which makes it so easy for them to get along, travel together, and be involved in each other’s lives to the full extent. They always have such a good time together and definitely seem in love.”

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky sit front row at Paris Fashion Week in 2018.

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May 2021: In GQ’s June cover story (published in May), the “Fuckin Problems” rapper confirms his relationship with Rihanna, calling her “the love of my life” and “my lady.”

He also referred to Rihanna as “the One” while discussing why he favors monogamy to being single. “So much better when you got the One,” he says. “[Rihanna] amounts to probably, like, a million of the other ones. I think when you know, you know. She’s the One.”

June 2021: While A$AP Rocky confirmed the relationship in May, Rihanna has yet to make an official statement. However, that did not keep her from engaging in more PDA with the rapper in New York City. Click here for photos.

July 2021: By July 11, these two couldn’t keep their hands off each other while filming a project together in New York City. Once again, click here for photos.

August 2021: Rumors begin to swirl that an engagement could be imminent. “These two are so madly in love, and it’s true there’s a lot of buzz in their circle about an engagement being in the works,” a source tells Us Weekly in a new report. “Going by the hints Rocky’s been dropping, [it] may well happen soon, but there’s no pressure and what matters most to both of them is to keep building on this truly beautiful thing they’ve got going.”

September 2021: Rihanna and A$AP hit the red carpet together at the 2021 Met gala in a very “opposites attract” moment. Rihanna opted for an all-black ensemble by Balenciaga, while he went for a multicolored number by Eli Russell Linnetz. 

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Later in the month, the Fenty mogul revealed that she has no interest in consulting her boyfriend regarding her men’s fashion designs. “Are you kidding me? Do you know who I am? I’m a control freak,” Rihanna told People at the premiere of the Savage x Fenty Vol. 3 show. “Listen, he’s proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish and all of my designs.”

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This Viral Rihanna Doppelgänger Is Confusing TikTok

Celebrity doppelgänger TikTok keeps growing—and this time, we’ve got another Rihanna look-a-like on our hands. 

Earlier this month, TikTok user @notavrey posted a video that’s now going viral over her Bad Gal RiRi vibes. “You’re so used to your own features you don’t realize what you look like to others,” the video reads as Avery lip-syncs to “Feels” by Kehlani while utilizing the Long Face filter. By the time she hits the lyric, “you give me feels,” the filter goes away and BAM: you’re looking at baby Rihanna with blonde hair.

Currently, the video has 3.4 million views and over 500,000 likes. One user commented, “I ran to the comments knowing y’all calling her Rihanna.” They were absolutely right. 

“Rihanna…sorry…Rihanna…sorry,” another user wrote, while one superfan chose to treat the TikToker just like the  Savage x Fenty mogul, writing, “you’re not slick Rih, give us an album.” 

Who knows how long it will take for the real Rihanna to find this long-lost twin, considering the “Love on the Brain” singer definitely caught wind of her last viral look-a-like. Just over a year ago, TikTok user Priscila Beatrice uploaded a viral video of herself impersonating the singer that led everyone—including Rihanna—to question everything.

In the clip, Beatrice is seen with her back toward the camera as Dej Loaf’s “Back Up” plays in the background. The words “OMG [is that] Rihanna” then pop up before she turns around and reveals her face, with her makeup and hair styled exactly like Rihanna did when she won her first-ever fashion award for Fenty at the Fashion Awards 2019.

“Where the album sis? #R9,” the actual Rihanna replied to The Shade Room’s Instagram upload, as seen in this post by Comments By Celebs. 

Funny she should ask. Rihanna recently revealed that her upcoming album is on its way, and it’s going to be “different” than anything we’ve heard from her before. “You’re not going to expect what you hear. Just put that in your mind,” Rihanna said recently before the taping of her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 event, per Billboard. The special will airs in full on September 24 on Amazon Prime Video.

She continued, “Whatever you know of Rihanna is not going to be what you hear…I’m really experimenting. Music is like fashion. You should be able to play. I should be able to wear whatever I want. I treat music the same way. So I’m having fun and it’s going to be completely different.”

WE’RE READY.


39 Classic Halloween Movies That Will Put You in a Spooky Mood

We’re just gonna say it: There is no October tradition better than watching classic Halloween movies. Pumpkin picking? Meh. Trick-or-treating? Buy your own candy! Costume parties? Too much effort. Truly, the best way to celebrate the spooky season is to chill on the couch with a bottle of hard cider and a movie with Scorpio vibes that never gets old, no matter how many times you watch it.

 Luckily Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and more streaming services are easily available, and Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween has a full lineup of options. Whether you’re in the mood for scary horror movies or looking for more family-friendly fare, there are plenty of classic Halloween movies to keep you entertained all October long. 

See our picks, below. And if you still need more options, check out our guide to the best Halloween movies and TV shows.

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Ashley Olsen Just Made Her Red Carpet Debut With Her Boyfriend

Ashley Olsen is back on the red carpet scene, with her boyfriend in tow. 

On Thursday, September 23, the 35-year-old fashion designer and former Full House actor attended the YES 20th Anniversary Celebration at The Maybourne Beverly Hills in California. The event paid tribute to Young Eisner Scholars—a nonprofit that, according to their website, “identifies promising students from underserved communities and equips them with the resources, support, and academic skills required for success through high school, college, and career.”

Eric Eisner, founder of YES, is also the father of Olsen’s boyfriend, Louis Eisner. The two made for a chic pair on the red carpet. Olsen opted for an all-black outfit, composed of a black coat and black floor-length gown. Louis kept his outfit classic: black suit jacket and white shirt. 

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After a childhood in the public eye, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen now have a tendency to keep things private. In June, they gave a rare interview to i-D  about their lives.

“We were raised to be discreet people,” Mary-Kate Olsen explained in the interview. 

“I think that potentially that’s just our aesthetic, our design preference,” Ashley added about their brand The Row’s modest style. “But that doesn’t mean that we don’t also appreciate something truly ornate or maximal. Sometimes a collection even starts quite like that, and then gets pared down. It doesn’t always start from that simplistic place.”

In the interview, Ashley also talked about  how she and Mary-Kate were hesitant to attach their names to fashion projects. “We didn’t want to be in front of it, we didn’t necessarily even want to let people know it was us,” she said. “It was really about the product, to the point where we were like: Who could we get to front this so that we don’t have to?”

Prince Harry’s Laptop Case Has the Sweetest Reference to Archie

Proud papa Prince Harry hasn’t shied away from showing off his love for his wife, Meghan Markle, and kids, Archie and Lilibet. It turns out, that goes all the way down to his laptop décor. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York City, and they’ve been looking sharp (and very important!) with laptops and papers in hand. While they were spotted leaving 50 United Nations Plaza, a peek at Prince Harry’s laptop revealed exactly where his heart lies: with his son. An inscription on his laptop case reads, “Archie’s Papa.” Adorable! 

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Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and pre-pandemic, he was a busy baby, meeting the public, visiting pubs with his parents, and donating thousands of dollars to charity.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in New York City on Wednesday, September 23, and according to Global Citizen, they’re here to make an appearance at the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, September 25. The couple is participating in the event on the Great Lawn of Central Park “to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” according to Global Citizen.

Highlights of their trip so far have included a visit to One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their son, Dante de Blasio, as well as New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The couple’s visit to the Big Apple comes fresh off of their September 15 joint magazine cover debut as Time 100 honorees. World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés, who’s worked with the Sussexes in the past on relief efforts, wrote a feature on the couple, commending their status as two of Time‘s most influential people.

“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the duke and duchess have compassion for the people they don’t know,” Andrés wrote for Time. “They don’t just opine. They run toward the struggle.”

Elon Musk and Grimes Have Reportedly Broken Up

On August 5, actor Kate Bosworth announced her split from her husband of seven years, filmmaker Michael Polish, on Instagram. “The beginning is often the best part of love. Fireworks, magnets, rebellion—the attraction. The onset signals a wide open expanse of possibility,” she began the lengthy post, adding, “Inherently we fear an ending. To lose what you have because you got what you wanted. To be attached to the expectation of the outcome. The great Unknown. What if we chose not to fear but instead, to love. If that most delicate and vulnerable last flicker to the flame became another type of furnace entirely.

“Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamored and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate,” she clarified, noting that her epitaph of their relationship may “sound strange to some, romantic to others.”

Despite the split, Bosworth suggests in her posts that the pair are working on a new film together. “Together, over the last 10 years, Michael and I have chosen love, every time. We hold hands as tightly today as we entangled fingers on our wedding day. Our eyes look more deeply into one another, with more courage now. In the process of letting go, we have come to acknowledge that our love will never end. The connection does not simply disappear. The love deepens, the heart expands,” she wrote. “We laugh as we plan for our next movie together and are excited to share our latest collaboration. We believe the most epic love stories are those which transcend expectation.” Read the post in its entirety, here

I Tried PRF Fillers for My 30th Birthday—Here’s What I Wish I’d Known First

I’m no stranger to fillers. So when I noticed my under eyes looking sunken and hollow as my 30th birthday loomed, my first thought wasn’t, I should get more sleep and drink more water. My mind went straight to fillers and my fingers went straight to Google. 

That’s how I found out about platelet-rich fibrin, or PRF, under-eye injections. What I read online turned into what I experienced in real life days later: A technician draws two to four 13-milliliter tubes of your blood, runs it through a centrifuge at a slow speed, and injects the newly-separated PRF back into the treatment area.

The idea behind this type of procedure is simple. Practitioners say your body’s own platelets and growth factors can be isolated and used to enhance the appearance of a given area by rejuvenating skin, even making it plumper. For anyone with the compulsion to try the newest, coolest procedures—like me—or wary of injecting synthetic fillers into their body, this more natural approach can be really appealing. 

However cool and revolutionary the results are supposed to be, though, I found the procedure more than a little gruesome. I love enhancements but hate needles, so the process of having blood sucked from my arm turned my stomach—and that was before the watery solution was injected under my eyes rapidly, which my provider told me was so it wouldn’t clot. As with traditional under eye filler, I could hear a disquieting popping noise and feel periorbital pressure with each squirt. I wasn’t numbed, so the speed compounded an already-unpleasant experience. It was, put simply, gross.

It was also ineffective for me, but I know from online reviews that results can vary. Only after I’d signed a waiver and been strapped with a tourniquet was I told I would need five appointments to see results. Standard filler only requires one, so I wasn’t thrilled. I had intense—very intense—bruising for over a week and when the swelling subsided, so did the fullness I’d attributed to filler. After two weeks, I was back to my sunken baseline. My face looked the same, but my bank account did not. 

Forgive my lack of before-and-after photos—when I set out to do this, I expected a subtle success and to carry on with my life looking ever-so-slightly better. As a result, I wasn’t planning on being too public about it. I took one picture the day of the procedure: my hand clutching a stress ball that the medspa gave me. There’s an unsettling array of pointy implements in the background. The photo radiates discomfort, but that feeling would have been worth it if I’d noticed an improvement.

My experience differed so dramatically from reviews I’d read online, and doctors’ opinions of PRF filler differ too. Dr. Anil Rajani, a Portland, Oregon-based injector with 20 years of experience—10 of which have been with platelet-rich plasma and six of which have been with PRF—told me, “Fillers many times can attract water and create an unnatural look whereas PRF is an all-natural way to help rejuvenate the skin in this area and brighten the under eye, and we even see an increased volume to combat the dark circles.”

He uses microneedling to inject the PRF for regenerative and rejuvenating effects and says it can even be used to improve hair quality and lip color. When injected as a filler, which is a newer use, the growth factors and platelets slowly release over weeks and months, Rajani told me. But he added that some results should still be immediate. Unlike my practitioner, he said a second—let alone fifth—injection is only necessary if a client requests one after six weeks.