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Some may call her Superwoman, others call her Mom — whichever mask she’s wearing this holiday season, it’s important to show your appreciation for the one woman who seems to do it all. Whether the mom in your life loves to get pampered, lives off coffee and wine or is obsessed with fashion, there’s something for every mom on our list of the 18 best gifts for moms.

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Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Best beauty gifts for mom

1. The Body Shop Make It Real Together Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Make It Real Together Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Make It Real Together Advent Calendar $69.00 at The Body Shop

Who doesn’t love a good advent calendar around the holidays, especially one filled with deliciously-scented beauty products from The Body Shop. From hand creams to lip butters, this festive gift will not disappoint.

2. Beauty By Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set

Beauty By Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set

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Beauty By Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set (Amazon / Amazon)

Beauty By Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set $29.99 at Amazon

For the bath-lover mom, this six-piece set is perfect for her to unwind after a busy day with her kids.

3. Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set

Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set

Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set (Amazon / Amazon)Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set (Amazon / Amazon)
Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set $11.14 at Amazon

  • Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set $11.99 at Target

  • Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit Gift Set $12.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This pick from Burt’s Bees is ideal for the mom with tired feet and overworked hands. Plus, who doesn’t love a good bonus lip color in the mix, too?

4. Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray

Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray

  • Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray $100.00 at Macy’s

  • Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray $100.00 at Sephora

  • Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray $100.00 at Ulta

As the latest perfume from Gucci, this gorgeous scent features notes of tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang and sandalwood for an elegant scent that will have Mom smelling (and feeling) like a goddess.

5. Algenist Collagen Dreams Kit

Algenist Collagen Dreams Kit

Algenist Collagen Dreams Kit $115.00 at Sephora

For the mom concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, this holiday set is the perfect gift. It comes complete with a

Tracee Ellis Ross Reveals Her Mom, Diana Ross, Negotiated Her First Runway Modeling Job As An 18th Birthday Gift

Tracee Ellis Ross has fashion in her blood—and the footage to prove it! 

Over the weekend, the 47-year-old star shared throwback imagery of her early modeling days, and we must admit, the video is just as iconic as being the daughter of the living legend, Diana Ross

Revisiting her first time on the catwalk for Thierry Mugler in Paris in 1991, the video instantly went viral with over 544K views on Instagram. 

Below, take a look at the video from the French fashion house’s spring/summer “Butterfly Show” in Paris, along with Tracee’s personal details from that experience.

“30 years ago today, I walked in the @muglerofficial S/S 91 runway show in Paris,” Tracee shared on Instagram. “My mother @dianaross got a call asking her to walk in Mugler’s ‘Butterfly Show.’ She knew that I would sh*t my Guess jeans at the chance to model for real because I desperately wanted to be a model. Plus, I was only a couple of weeks shy of my 18th birthday.”

Of course, Ms. Ross delivered.

“So, my mama agreed to walk in the show as long as they allowed her daughter to model in the show as well,” Tracee shared. “Cut to my 18th birthday present: Me and my mama flying with Supermodels @lindaevangelista, @naomi, @cindycrawford and @cturlington on THE CONCORDE to Paris!”

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She continued, “After a mere 3.5 hour flight from NY, we landed. I was having trouble with the shoes, so THE Willi Ninja, legendary mother of the House of Ninja and catwalk teacher extraordinaire, coached me! The experience and the show were EPIC!!!”

She later thanked her mom and Mugler for the amazing experience. 

“Thank you mama and thank you @manfredthierrymugler for making that dream come true and for the best birthday ever! And the icing on the cake is that Thierry invited me back to do the next show sans Mama!”

We can’t be the only ones in awe of this birthday gift. What a blessing!

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Brandon Maxwell’s mom shares sweet stories of the fashion designer’s childhood

Brandon Maxwell is the genius behind iconic looks of famous celebrities like Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle, but to his mom, Pamela Woolley, he’s still the little boy who grew up giving her fashion advice.

Woolley sat down with TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones for our “Through Mom’s Eyes” series to talk about watching her son’s career take off.

“I made the mistake of storing my nice dresses in a closet next to his bedroom,” Woolley said with a laugh. “He would take my dresses and redesign them and make them into whatever. … I’m telling you, he was always critiquing what I was wearing. And believe me, I was asking ‘Do these earrings look nice?'”

Brandon Maxwell, Pam Woolley (Courtesy Pam Woolley)Brandon Maxwell, Pam Woolley (Courtesy Pam Woolley)
Brandon Maxwell, Pam Woolley (Courtesy Pam Woolley)

Woolley, who lives in Texas, said that the chaos of having so many children (Maxwell is the oldest of four) meant she often leaned on family for help. Her mother worked at a local boutique, and Maxwell spent plenty of time in the shop growing up.

“His school was literally around the corner from where my mom worked,” Woolley said. “It was one of those stores where you can call and say, ‘Hey, I need this outfit for this event,’ and you walked in and she had a rack full. She had the outfit, she had the shoes, she had the earrings, she had the purses. You walked in, you got what you need, you left. And I think a lot of that love for what he does, designing clothes, came from that, watching my mom.”

Woolley said that while Maxwell was surrounded by a supportive family growing up, he also battled insecurity.

“I think he questioned himself a lot,” she said. “But … he has said several times: ‘Lean into who you are.’ And he was always leaning, he was always moving in that direction, he was true to himself.”

As a parent, she felt her most important job was to encourage her kids.

“You just reassure them, and you’re positive,” she said. “I always had the faith and belief in him, and I think he had it down. Of course, he had it in himself. You just have to remind him it’s there, because it’s always been there. You know as a parent what your child’s gifts are.”

Years later, Maxwell returned that support when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Woolley told Sheinelle that all of her children surrounded her with “love and support.” During New York Fashion Week 2019, Maxwell even dedicated his line to Woolley and the pair walked down the runway together.

“You have no idea,” Woolley said of the emotions of that day. “His whole life flashed (in my mind) while we were walking down that runway. I was thinking of the day he was born and all the things we’ve been through, and I couldn’t believe that he made his dreams come true. Just, my son was doing what he’s meant to do … thank goodness

Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding: Mom Barbara Wears Purple Dress

If there is one thing that Cynthia Bailey’s wedding has taught us — besides how stunning The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member is as a bride — it’s that good looks run in the family. Not only did Cynthia glow alongside her daughter Noelle Robinson during her touching walk down the aisle, but she also confirmed that she got her model looks from her mama. 

Cynthia and Mike Hill tied the knot at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia, where the couple partied the night away with friends and family. Naturally, Cynthia’s beautiful family was there to celebrate, including her sister Malorie Bailey-Massie who served as maid of honor and her mother Barbara Ford Morris. 

The mother of the bride was positively radiant in a steely lilac-hued, silk gown hand-picked from Formally Yours boutique. Her off-the-shoulder dress featured metallic, floral details, an empire waist and a regal, tie-front detail. Her flawless skin glowed with pops of pink blush and a soft, rosy lip color. Her side-parted strands sat in long, loose waves with face-framing layers. To say she was beaming with pride is an understatement, proving once and for all just how much her supermodel daughter follows in her fabulous footsteps. 

“Everyone kept telling me I looked like my beautiful mother @barbarafmorris all night,” Cynthia explained on her Instagram post dedicated to her mom on October 18. “What a compliment! So blessed to have her always by my side…She was stunning.”

Indeed, she is. 

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Norman Wells mom turns free kids clothing ‘mini store’ idea into reality

When you walk into Christine Turner’s newly built shed, you will find a colourful array of kids clothing instead of traditional outdoor items.

“My family and I have been fortunate enough to have friends and family pass down clothes to us, for our boys and our daughter. We wanted to help out other families,” Turner said.

The Norman Wells mom — with three kids all under the age of four — has noticed something most parents tend to learn.

Kids grow. And they grow fast.

“Young kids outgrow their clothes long before they wear them out and sometimes when they are really little, they even outgrow them before they have a chance to wear them at all,” Turner said.

Some of the items up for grabs inside the shed. (Submitted by Christine Turner)

Living in a small, isolated town like Norman Wells, parents experience a unique set of challenges.

There isn’t a place to go in-person shopping, and online orders can not only be costly but sometimes take so long to ship that a child may have grown out of the clothes by the time they arrive.

Which is why Turner wanted to create a place in town that ran like a consignment store, but with only kids clothes — and no cost.

“It’s just a place where people can donate what they don’t need anymore and somebody else can come in and grab what they do need,” she said.

Turner says that because of space constraints, they’re only accepting clothing for kids five years old and under. (Submitted by Christine Turner)

Positive response

Turner said she got a positive response to the idea on Facebook.

So she and her husband, Matthew, with some help from their kids, got to work on building the shed this summer.

Turner said neighbours, community members and businesses also stepped up to donate some items to make the shed possible.

They completed it by the end of September and it’s beginning to fill up with clothing, starting with her own kids’ clothes.

She put a call out on Facebook last week for other families to donate clothing and says the response has been great so far.

“I’ve tried to set it up like a mini store so it’s a fun experience for people to shop at … I’m just really excited to help out,” Turner said.

Since there isn’t that much space in the shed, Turner said they are only accepting clothing for children five years old and under.

However, if there ends up being more space they will accept clothing for more ages.

“It’s a fun idea instead of just doing a clothing swap with big bags of clothes,” Turner said.

“To actually walk in and have the whole store experience … I thought I’d appreciate that and it would be fun for me. So I thought it was nice to have the ability to do that for others.”

Turner said they are still putting in more clothes and adding finishing touches to