I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my much cooler younger sister (shh, don’t tell). While we have tons of ideas for fun and irreverent best friend gifts, I’m excited about the embroidery hoop art over at Merriweather Council’s Etsy shop, where their wry sense of humor matches their hip design aesthetic. Merriweather Council has been a favorite of ours for a while—have you seen their irresistible monogrammed embroidery necklaces?—and these embroidery hoop art pieces have really gotten us talking. This is a fun, unexpected bit of decor to hang in the kitchen for that pop of vintage coolness. If you don’t...Read More
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Back when we started this site in 2006 (and we have the archives to prove it), messages for kids were all about irony, irreverence and sass. Over the years, it’s been thrilling to see the trend turn towards positivity, encouragement and smarts. And not even in a cheesy, “Hang in there, it’s almost Friday!” kitten poster kind of way. I love the embroidery hoop art from Athena and Eugenia on Etsy, and while there are a few wonderful pieces for various places and spaces, these in particular would be so great in a child’s room. The truth is, it’s nice...Read More
I happen to have a mother who’d be more happy with a political biography or a “smash the patriarchy” print for Mother’s Day, than a salt scrub. (Not that she’d turn down a nice salt scrub.) It got me thinking, that I’m sure she’s not alone! So for those of you looking for a cool Mother’s Day gift that’s a little more empowering, a little more forward-thinking, a little more radical than most traditional options, here are a few gifts for progressive moms that I’m totally loving. Just be sure to check ship dates if you’re trying to get them...Read More
When it comes down to it, you really can’t go wrong with pictures of your kids as gifts. We’re huge fans of photo gifts — from custom memory games to marshmallows (yes, really) and of course, photo books. But the gifts that are really melting our hearts are cool custom portraits of our families from some of the most talented folks we’ve ever found on Etsy. These artists are totally nailing it with modern portraits that are anything but the pastel chaise-lounge portraits your grandmother still has hanging on her wall. To help you shop for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts this year, we’ve rounded up all...Read More
We are SO excited that our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide is back by popular demand, this year with over 175 cool baby shower gift ideas, so many from the small brands we love to support. These aren’t the your average, basic (admittedly) boring registry essentials -- more like the fun finds that can really make those early days and months easier, more stylish, more organized, and more enjoyable if only in small ways. And we are absolutely pleased to present our 2016 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide on behalf of one of our very favorite baby brands, Baby...Read More
Are you feeling as nostalgic for 90’s pop culture as all of us are these days? Maybe it’s the rumored Felicity reunion, maybe it’s just a 20-year itch. In any case, we’ve gathered some of the most fun 90’s pop culture gifts to remind you of your misspent youth. Whether or not you want to be reminded. (Don’t worry, we think you look even better now, girl.) The 2015 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by Sudo. All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle...Read More
We know shopping for a baby’s first Christmas gift can be a little overwhelming. You want it to be perfect. But we want to remind you — the baby will not remember it at all. Nope. Not even one iota. Sorry. That’s why we tend to favor more keepsake-y Christmas gifts for babies that can help create memories for you all, whether it’s an ornament hung on the tree or the perfect jammies for your Christmas morning photos. Of course there are cool ride-on toys and developmental toys in our guide that can be super fun to put under the tree...Read More
Last year, our post on amazing illustrators making modern custom family portraits was such a hit, we took another look this year. And wow, so many options! From sweet to stylized, these are the kinds of personalized holiday gifts that make a huge impact, and often for far less money than you’d expect. The one caveat: you want to get a jump on ordering now if you’re interested, which is why we’ve done our best to specify order deadlines for Christmas — but be sure to contact the artists directly just to be extra extra extra sure that they can make your...Read More
Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015 | Great gift ideas for stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and other motherish women in your life.
We’ve always talked about acknowledging those important mother-like figures in our lives with their own special gifts on Mother’s Day. So many of us are fortunate to have other women in our lives who deserve a little extra thanks in May — or sometimes a big extra thanks — and we have lots of ideas. Maybe you have a close godmother, a foster mother, or were raised by a grandmother or aunt for whom a traditional “Love you Mom” card wouldn’t be appropriate. Maybe you have a best friend who’s a single mom. Or a sister you want to shower with some love. Maybe like Kristen, you...Read More
Kimmy Schmidt fans (Me! Me!) will rejoice at the discovery of embroidery hoop art featuring my own favorite quote of 2015 thus far: Hashbrown: No Filter. Hey, can’t beat an Instagram inside joke making a hot new Netflix series. Oh, and if you haven’t seen The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? You need to do that. Right after you check out this Etsy shop. Thread Honey features the kind of embroidery hoop art that go right up to the line of irreverence — and perhaps crosses it for some of you. As for me, I’m giggling at one more than the next. But it’s not...Read More