Month: April 2009

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s super [your kid’s name here]!

There are lots of cute birthday invites out there–heck, we feature tons of them right her–but we have not seen anything quite like the custom comic book invitations from Egba Originals. The company will create an entire comic book starring your child as the hero, and even incorporate the theme of your party into the storyline. How incredibly cool is that? They even come packaged in plastic sleeves, just like real collectible comics. As you’d imagine, this is not a service that comes either cheaply, or quickly. Figure somewhere between $15-$25 each (yes each) and about a month to...

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Nothing says I love you quite like recycled cardboard

I love the idea of making a small Mother’s Day gift (or really, any gift) more special through presentation, so these heart gift boxes caught my eye right away. Made from recycled cardboard and then laser cut to look cool, the inside is about 4″x3″ making it these eco-friendly gift boxes just the right size for something shiny. Or something chocolatey. –Liz Find these recycled cardboard gift boxes at Cardboard Safari, and something to fill it with on our Mother’s Day Gift Guide – less than two weeks...

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The perfect corsage for Mother’s Day and beyond

I have always hated corsages; they’re stiff and poke-y and awkward and dated, and they start drooping and looking sad almost immediately. But a brooch made to look like a beautiful flower? That’s a concept I can get behind. We featured a leather flower brooch in this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide, but if it’s possible, I may love these felted ones from Kireina Paper even more. The Bloesem Brooch (pictured) is perfect for both conservative and fashion-forward moms alike, with its pretty two-tone pink petals and deep green leaves. I could see wearing this pinned on the lapel...

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Affordable baby gifts that look like they’re not

I love buying artwork for baby gifts, but the idea of actually taking the time to get something framed is a bit of pain in the postpartum rear. So fortunately CMP (and pretty much every design blog) fave Binth Studio has a new line of wonderful framed prints, at prices that would make you think they’re not. You can imagine why the single letter alphabet prints are hugely popular already, especially at just $28 each. Man, you can hardly get a single letter alphabet onesie for that these days. But I also love their line of $38 city prints...

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Brittain Road: The road to cute tees

There’s no shortage of cute children’s tees out there; we ought to know, considering how many of them we’ve featured. But we’re still always on the lookout for cool new kids’ t-shirt designs that make us sit up and take notice, like the super-cute felt and fabric appliqued tees from Brittain Road. These creative, hand-stitched designs incorporate details that elevate them far beyond the typical tee — like the little buttons on the Mary Janes tee and the propeller on the Orange Submarine tee.  You can get them as tees or onesies as an extra-special gift for a new...

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Sweet knees and elbows and cheeks and bum.

The best part of bathing my baby is breathing him in afterward — but it does call into question exactly what’s in those bubbles and that bum cream anyway. The skin care artisans at Sweet Knee keep no secrets — all of their carefully-selected yummy ingredients are spelled out clearly and are recognizable even to a sleep-deprived mama.  I especially love the Oatmeal Cookie Bath, and the Bun Glaze, made with marshmallow leaf and calendula flowers. But what really sets Sweet Knee apart is their focus on humanity at large. They consider growing methods and worker conditions when choosing...

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Regifting the gift bag

I have been a fan of gift bags for a long time, because I truly suck at wrapping gifts. And, we all know the dirty little secret when it comes to gift bags — what comes around goes around. And around and around. That’s why I love these Traveling Gift bags from Celery Street. They’re made from cheery 100% cotton fabrics and each comes with a gift tag that travels with the bag to proudly show where else it’s been. Now, instead of feeling like a tightwad when you reuse a gift bag, you’ll feel like an eco-friendly, earth...

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Ballerina girl

Aside from good calves and bad toes, my many years of ballet training gave me a huge soft spot for ballet flats, especially when they come in mini versions for little girls. I nearly squealed when I saw these silver baby ballet slippers from Cheeky Little Soles. Like most soft leather booties, they’ve got a non-slip sole and lots of elastic to ensure that they stay on. But unlike the others I’ve seen, these have a flexible sole and truly look like real ballet shoes which is fantastic for crawlers and early walkers. I’m just hoping they don’t inspire...

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Stick it; stick it good

Why give a goodie bag full of useless plastic toys that will break five minutes after you give them out, when for the same price you could give each party attendee three sheets of personalized stickers that go with your party’s theme? At least that’s how I see it. Frecklebox is now offering personalized stickers in a variety of designs; I’m a fan of the pirate stickers (shown here), but my daughter has already called dibs on “I Got the Blues,” and “Later, Skater” has been declared “way cool” by my son. And what kid doesn’t like stickers made...

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Mother’s Day gifts for the mother of all mothers (or at least the mother of you)

Holy weepy grandmother – I just discovered the personalized plates from Aedriel Dixon’s etsy shop and if that’s not going to have Nana or Bubbie or Gamma flying through the Kleenex Designer Florals on Mother’s Day then I don’t know what will. These ceramic plates feature sweet little blue or black birds, and a coordinated painted rim. And because they’re all painted by hand, Aedriel can customize them with a nickname, the grandkids’ names, or a short message of love right in the center. The personalized plates take about two weeks to create and ship so best to order...

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