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Love Beauty and Planet is no stranger to Best of Beauty and Readers' Choice awards, and its Smooth and Serene Set includes a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in cream that'll leave your mom's hair looking smooth, frizz-free, and healthy, thanks to ample amounts of argan and organic coconut oil. It also leaves behind a lovely lavender scent and is vegan, cruelty-free, and safe for colored hair. 
For the mom who’s curious about her ethnic origins or family background, a DNA testing kit makes a great, informative gift. Our favorite is AncestryDNA, which presents test results in a clearer manner than other services and places its ancestry information in a useful historical context. We do urge you to spend a few moments reading the privacy section in our guide, though, since using even the best DNA testing service involves data and privacy risks. A secondary caution: People occasionally discover dark family secrets. If that wouldn’t shatter your mom’s world, though, we think the ancestral findings are compelling enough to justify the risk.
With regular salon visits out of the question, this Olive & June box has everything your mom needs to give herself a beautiful at-home mani. Here's the low-down: you choose six shades of polish and receive an entire collection of tools, which includes a nail polish remover pot, clean-up brush, a flat-edge nail clipper, dual-grit nail file, buffer cube, top coat — as well as a The Poppy handle for an easier, more comfortable grip and Best of Beauty–winning Cuticle Serum infused with cactus water. She can go ahead and consider her afternoon booked.
There’s something special about products the whole Internet can agree on—like the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This cult-favorite product has more than 75,000 reviews on Amazon, a staggering 60,000 of which are 5-star ratings. We tested the Revlon for ourselves and were as obsessed with it as the rest of the Internet was. If your mother loves her hair as much as she loves you (and saving time), she needs the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer in her life. Bonus: The Revlon works on natural hair, too.  
The more pictures you add to your scrap book, the more sentimental and interesting it would become. You can use any pictures of your mom to make the gift more special. Try adding photos of your mom when she was young, when she was pregnant, you with your mom when you were a baby, and of the years of growing up.
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During the pandemic, the opportunity for enjoying a meal cooked by someone else has been complicated but not eliminated: Outdoor dining persists, limited indoor dining has begun, and, of course, takeout remains a safe, delicious option that keeps all parties out of the kitchen. If you know your mom’s favorite restaurant, grab her a gift card from there. And if you think she’d like to try somewhere new, one idea given to us by Wirecutter editor Tracy Vence is a gift card to Black and Mobile, the first Black-owned food delivery service in the country to deliver exclusively for Black-owned restaurants in select cities (currently available in Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadelphia).
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