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
All moms are fierce, no doubt about that. But if a mom in your life is a loud and proud fighter for equality, we’ve found some really fantastic feminist Mother’s Day gifts that will mean a whole lot to her. (Hey, as moms, we love when the people closest to us really get us.) So here are 21 of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that send an empowering message of love and support to some of fiercest people we know. At top: Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace | Uncommon Goods CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 12 more wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms Raging Feminist Mom mug...Read More
We remember when personalized Mother’s Day gifts meant monogramming a tote bag for her months in advance and spending a fortune to do it. Now, there are so many cool personalized gifts for mom (and Grandma and your mother-in-law too) that make a gift a lot more special — but not necessarily much more spendy. So take a look at our picks this year for cool personalized gifts for moms of all kinds, whether they’re from you, or you’re shopping “for” the little ones. And don’t forget the best one of all — a hand-signed Mother’s Day card. Of course....Read More
This year, we’ve been feeling like moms are in need of a lot of love. As in, more than usual. So for 2017, we wanted to kick off our annual Mother’s Day gift guide with fabulous gift ideas as always (would you expect anything less?) that will not only delight any special mom in your life, but will do some good for an indie business, small maker, or woman-run business. While we wholeheartedly admit that nothing gives us more joy on Mother’s Day than handmade cards from our kids, and maybe some coffee in bed, a very close second would be...Read More
← Previous: Boozy hostess gifts to keep the holidays spirited (hic) Next: 62 cool gifts for kids under $15, and they don’t feel like stocking stuffers → While we do love shopping, we definitely adhere to the school of “it’s the thought that counts” above all. And just because you’re looking to spend $15 or less — or even nothing at all — on a holiday gift for someone you care about, doesn’t mean it can’t be something awesome. So we’ve found a whopping 60 gifts under $15 that we think are pretty darn great at any price. Whether you need a small gift for teachers, coaches, your hair cutter, the class parent, your neighbors, or anyone at all, we hope they help make the season both bright and affordable. And while we have the big stores covered, plenty of these gift ideas support small makers and indie shops who can always use a bump around the holidays. Don’t miss our $500 Etsy gift card giveaway to help support independent makers and designers. Visit our main holiday gift guide page for details. All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. Discount codes expire 12/31/16. Gold Reindeer Print Such a pretty print they can put out each year around the holidays. You pick the color. $12, Goodnight Owl Designs Personalized...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. So we hope you enjoy our baby shower gift ideas and find some new brands, cool makers, fun indie retailers, and awesome products that may...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.) All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. Discount codes expire 12/31/15. Clueless necklace Do we...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. For more ideas, don’t miss our 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Gifts for moms category for the latest picks. 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...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
Many of us are going to turn the calendar over to April and realize, with a start, that Easter is a blink away on April 5. Or today, it’s a week away. So use this last week to decorate eggs, make Eastery treats, and finish shopping for those baskets. And if you need to keep your little bunnies’ hands busy too, we’ve pulled together 17sweet bunny crafts for Easter that your kids and you can make, eat, or play with while you jump around getting everything done. Related: 15 easy Easter crafts for kids and fun printables. No glitter required! Easter Bunny...Read More
As much as I love party decorations, I hate throwing them out at the end of the day. I don’t even like throwing out paper tablecloths, after they’re torn, which, I know. My own issue. So I always love finding party decor that can be reused. I think the reusable personalized birthday banners from our friends at Blue Without You Kids are just adorable. The Etsy shop is known for their handmade soft mobiles and gorgeous but affordable embroidery hoop art, so banners seem to be a perfect addition to the line. While there are some cool handmade pennant buntings and a really...Read More
My vacation fund tends to get used for school tuition, so it looks like Italy, Sydney, or San Francisco will stay on my travel bucket list for a bit longer. In the meantime, I can dream about them while I make Christmas gifts, using these stunning DIY embroidery patterns from Satsuma Street featuring skylines of the world’s greatest cities. Artist Jody Rice (out of sunny LA) fits the landmarks of cities from Tokyo to Amsterdam to our own favorite, New York City, into one pattern. Love these names–Pretty Little Barcelona, Pretty Little London, and so on, all around the world–and their modern, bright color scheme that gives...Read More
We love nothing more than finding cool holiday gifts for those amazing grandparents in our lives–maybe because we feel so grateful every day to have them. While there are tons of gift ideas in this guide that could suit a cool Grandma or Pop-Pop, we adore sentimental gifts that come from the kids. Whether or not they’re old enough to sign the card themselves just yet. custom watercolor photo print ($29+ at minted) We can’t believe what a fabulous, affordable find this is. Upload your own photos and they’ll do the rest. Then, just add a frame....Read More
This is a sponsored message from Darby Smart Since the launch of Darby Smart and their clever craft kits, curated from the most popular DIY projects from around the web with the help of the original makers, crafters have gone nuts. With good reason. And now there’s one more: A one-stop-shop Project Kid Deluxe Craft box from Darby Smart that’s even on sale this week. Just in time for the cooler weather to hit, the box includes the book Project Kid by Amanda Kingloff (previously recommended on Cool Mom Picks) that’s packed with more than 100 fall craft ideas for boys and girls, from...Read More
Custom peg dolls that become fun, modern family portraits. Bonus: you don’t have to pose on a chaise lounge.
Family portraits have come a long way since mom was draped across the chaise lounge, dad stood stoically behind, and the kids and cat were perched stiffly around them. I’m not sure when this was ever a good idea, but I’m thrilled that artists these days are taking a fun, interpretive play on the traditional family portrait, from the personalized embroidery hoops in our Mother’s Day gift guide, to custom embroidered portraits on pendants to the awesome custom LEGO family portrait we just found. One of my new favorites at the moment are the custom wooden Waldorf peg dolls by Bazar...Read More