Month: November 2011

The Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is here!

We’re kicking November to the curb and happily welcoming December with our highly anticipated, super spectacular 2011 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the 6th straight year, we’ve scoured the web for the best gifts ever–150 this year at every price point for everyone on your list — from babies to brothers-in-law, girlie girls and budding architects, the mother-in-law that’s impossible to shop for, yes even you. Because mamas need cool gifts too! [Don’t miss the amazingly huge giveaway after the jump!] As always, we’ve featured loads of indie artisans, small boutiques, and family-run businesses, so you’re in good hands....

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4 modern nativity sets, not one of which lights up

Though my religious affiliation can best be summed up with a long puzzled silence, there are certain things from my youth that I carry with me to this day, like praying when the plane jets down the runway, and setting up the nativity scene before Christmas. Our nativity set is a bit battered though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more contemporary to add to our decor this holiday season. Here, a few beautiful (and sometimes pretty funky) sets that may fit into your holiday as well. –Christina As a long time fan of the...

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Up where the air is clear

My kids fell in love with Anamalz right away. Not so much because they were made out of eco-friendly, organic wood and textiles by a super cool Australian company. But because of all the reasons kids like toys–they’re cute. And they’re awesome. They’re bendy and they stay upright. And they inspire imagination. Want a sheep to roar like a lion? Want a dinosaur to sing all the words to Twinkle Twinkle? Done. Try doing that with some AAA-battery devouring toy. So now I’m happy to find that there’s a whole new playhouse made just for our Anamalz. Not that...

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Deck the halls (or kids’ bedrooms) with Babybot and Blik

Along with decking the halls, we hope to finally redo the walls in my son’s bedroom, but given that it has taken years for us to get around to this project, there will be no painted murals of his favorite cartoon characters. Instead, I’m digging the idea of decorating with removable wall clings that can come off when he’s older. {keep reading for a chance to win a set!} Blik, one of our go-to sources for wall clings, has just teamed up with one of our favorite baby product retailers, Babybot, for a set of wall graphics that is...

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Hey, that’s got my name on it!

Looking for a gift this holiday season that won’t take up any more space in the playroom? How about some practical and functional items for your little ones to call all their own?    Artist Mayi Carles has a full line of pieces that you can order personalized with your little one’s name AND likeness. Knowing how my daughter loves anything with her name on it and I am fairly certain she would flip if there was picture of her branding something hers as well. With 34 unbelievably adorable characters you are likely to find one to match your...

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Personalized initial necklaces made with real thread. Not fake gold.

I have an arsenal of go-to occasion gifts and one of my favs for the ladies in my life is the classic initial necklace. Perfect for a new mama or a friend’s birthday it always leaves my girls feeling extra special. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the discovery of these sweet embroidered initial necklaces from Boston jewelry designer Danielle Spurge. In her Etsy shop, the Merriweather Council you can customize your own darling pendant from the background fabric and thread colors to the style of the lettering. It is just a perfect and adorable little gift appropriate for all ages being...

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6 special ways to celebrate grandma and grandpa birthdays

We’re honored to be working with our sponsor the American Cancer Society, who’s doing such good work in ensuring that all of us continue to have many more birthdays. My mom hit the big 60 birthday milestone last year (don’t kill me for writing that, mom!) and while I did something pretty huge for her 50th, I feel a little guilty that with work schedules and new babies I wasn’t able to give her a proper celebration. After losing my dad to cancer way too early, I’ve been more cognizant than ever of making each and every birthday more...

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Sweaters like Grandma would make. Because a grandma did.

I feel like, every fall, I end up on on a mission to find handmade sweaters and other goodies that have that little extra bit of TLC knitted in. You know, like someone made them just for my kids Robbie Carmack of RCforkids is pretty much that someone. Her sweaters are the picture of vintage sweetness: just check out this kitten cardigan (can you stand how cute that cat button nestled in a fabric flower is?) and this crochet poncho in mohair yarn. What’s especially cool is that Carmack (whose granddaughter models the clothes on her site!) makes her gorgeous pieces from...

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Tegu blocks go mobile. i.e. They like to move it, move it.

When we find something as smart and cool as the magnetic blocks by Tegu, we keep an eye out for whatever they come up with next, because we know it’s going to knock our socks off. This time, they’re knocking our blocks off by adding— drumroll– wheels! [don’t miss a chance to win your own set after the jump!] We, like pretty much every parent out there, fell for the fun, eco-friendly, magnetic blocks the first time we saw them. But now that they’ve added the new Tegu Mobility line, building takes on a whole new dimension. You can...

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Eight Crazy Nights. (Not to be confused with Crazy Eights.)

Let’s face it people, good Hanukkah items are hard to come by. Fortunately Emily Sper, creator of those clever Hanukkah activity books is back and I’m especially pleased to find a fresh pick from her for 5772. Emily’ new collection of Hanukkah card games will be a fun way to educate the kids about the details behind the Hanukkah story outside of Sunday school. The set comes with 3 decks of beautifully illustrated playing cards themed around the holiday and intended for classic games like Rumy, Go Fish and Crazy 8s. Also included in the card designs are language...

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