Category: Holiday Picks

It’s here! Our 2016 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide! Whoo!

We are so, so excited to present our 2016 holiday gift guide, with over 350 gifts for everyone on your list. This is our eleventh annual gift guide (can you believe it?), and we’re thrilled that along with the big shops we all love, we’re sharing cool finds from tons of small businesses, indie artists and makers that will be new to lots of you, and women-run companies of all kinds — because they all especially need the support this time of year. Whether you’re spoiling everyone rotten this year or are sticking to a DIY budget, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet...

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The ultimate Black Friday Deal roundup: 150+ amazing deals from favorite shops, big and small

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech. We’ll continue to update the post with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back. And you definitely want to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be sharing great ones as they come up. We’re happy to support a lot of these businesses, indie makers, and brands, which can always use a boost this time of year. So, happy shopping —...

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The last-minute Thanksgiving help: Everything you need including recipe help, drinks, decor, printables + crafts for the kids. No go forth and be thankful!

If you’re like me and Thanksgiving totally snuck up on you this year (seriously, today?), fear not! The CMP team has been hard at work for weeks now, sharing the most helpful resources and great advice to help you master the big day. From the most foolproof turkey roasting tutorials (and who to call when…uh, if they go wrong), pie recipes to live for, and the most fun printables to keep kids busy and entertained, we’ve got it all right here. And hey, if you’re desperate for just some Thanksgiving relative survival tips (for humans, not turkeys), we’ve got you covered with that in the...

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14 festive and fun advent calendars to count down to Christmas.

I, like Buddy from Elf, loooove Christmas. Christmas is my favorite. So once November gets here, I start planning my holiday decorations, meals, and festivities. And one of my favorite ways to kick-off the season is with advent calendars. For my family, nothing creates more excitement than counting down the days until the Big Day. Getting a treat each day makes it even sweeter. Every year, Cool Mom Picks searches high and low for all kinds of advent calendar options for our homes so that our families — and yours! — can count down to Christmas in fun, festive style. From...

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11 truly wonderful 4th of July crafts and activities for kids (and hey, maybe you too)

Since I’ve had kids, the 4th of July has become one of my favorite holidays. I like to keep it really simple with 4th of July crafts, lots of great summer food and treats to eat, maybe letting the kids run around while the grownups hang out at the pool or in the backyard. And of course, watching the fireworks when it gets dark. Since a few, fun patriotic activities can make the day even a little more special, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite 4th of July crafts and activities that you and the kids can make ahead of time to share with guests. Or, set out supplies...

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31 of the absolute funniest Valentine’s cards, for sweethearts with a sense of humor. AKA Keepers.

Each year I have the best time scouring the web for the funniest Valentine’s Cards. I was just never a fan of those long, poetic prefab cards written in wedding script. I guess if I have something sentimental to say I’ll say it myself. As for my cards? Give me the funny, please. So whether you like the self-deprecating Valentine’s Cards that make fun of your standing Friday night date with Netflix, or the slightly racy cards that imply…well, that there might be a little more to your evening than passing out at 8:45 surrounded by a box of half-eaten truffles...

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Merry Christmas from Cool Mom Picks!

Here’s hoping you get everything you hope for this Christmas, whether it’s in a box under the tree, tucked into a stocking and hung from the mantle, or something that can’t ever be gift-wrapped at all. Warm holiday wishes from everyone at Cool Mom Picks, Liz, Kristen, + Team CMP Photo: Spicy Cards on...

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Dozens of last-minute gift ideas for Christmas, hold the $49 overnight shipping charges

Are you still looking for a few awesome last-minute gift ideas for Christmas? We know you’re out there, and we’re here to help. So if you’re like us, and you’re still finishing up your Christmas shopping, do not panic. Heck, do not panic if you’re just getting started. Well, okay, you might want to hustle a bit. But panic? Nope, not yet. Check out lots of our favorite last-minute holiday gift ideas  in every price range, all of which you can still purchase or make yourself before Christmas morning for pretty much anyone still on your list. And hey, silver lining: what we love about last-minute gifts...

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Last-Minute holiday shipping deadlines: Because yep, we’re still shopping, too.

It’s just four days until Christmas and even the procrastinators are sweating. Yes, we are talking about our ourselves. Since we don’t think we are alone in the holiday hustle, we’ve been scouring the web to find out the shipping deadlines of some of our favorite stores. Not only is there time (okay, maybe a day or so), but there are tons of cool deals going on, many of which include  free shipping. It’s like we’re being rewarded for our procrastination. Hope this helps you as you search for that perfect gift. CMP is an rstyle affiliate AMAZON: Order by 12/22 for two-day...

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Fun holiday party ideas that we put to use at our our own Cool Mom Picks shindigs this season.

We had the best time over the past month, partnering with Amazon Free Time to throw a couple of fun press and blogger holiday cocktail parties in Philly and Atlanta. Our aim was to give parents a little more me time (Get it? Free Time for me time?) in a completely adults-only environment. Remember that? Of course the great company and the chance to meet some of our favorite publishers and editors from around the country was the absolute highlight. But we thought we’d share some other fun things we did that could inspire some fun holiday party ideas for your own gatherings this season....

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10 last-minute essentials to help you survive the Christmas holiday

As busy parent with Christmas right around the corner (ten days as of today, to be exact), I am thankful for places that make it easy to get all the last-minute stuff that I forgot to get but really, really need, in one handy place, like our sponsor CVS. Who you may know we’re kind of obsessed with around here. (Those ExtraCare Rewards receipts cannot be long enough for us.) Last month I shared my list of last-minute Thanksgiving essentials and now that I’ve blinked, and it’s time to get ready for Christmas, wow, they’ve got the place stocked with lots of stuff you need...

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Easy DIY ornaments for kids: 9 terrific ideas for turning those plain ornaments into something special

I have had such a great time this week looking for ideas for DIY ornaments for the kids. After all, one of my favorite parts about decorating for the holidays is seeing the Christmas tree ornaments my kids have made over the years and hey, we’re always open to new ideas. So here are 9 really easy, fun ways to turn those plain round ornaments into holiday keepsakes for anyone in your family, their favorite teachers, or even a BFF. I really like that these DIY ornament ideas make great group projects too, if you’re looking for a classroom or playdate project for a bunch of creative...

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Unique gifts for creative kids that I haven’t seen before? Reader Q&A

Hi Cool Mom Picks! Can you put together some unique holiday gift ideas for creative kids that go beyond the same craft kits I see everywhere? Thanks so much!   Ooh, I love this question. We know that all kids have creativity in them, so Cool Mom Picks is always filled with the kinds of toys and gifts that really help kids harness that innate creativity and imagination. While there’s no shortage of gifts out there for kids who love crafts, art, making stuff, or good old-fashioned imaginary play, I’ve combed our recent holiday gift guides, toy guide series, birthday...

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Santa baby. Literally.

There’s really not much you can do to make a baby cuter at the holidays, because the tree, the lights, the adorable little red sweater and well, it’s a party full of screaming ovaries. But add in the Santafier pacifier, and you might people spontaneously combusting from cuteness. From the folks who made the hilarious Mustachifier, we introduce you to the Santafier, a binky with a white mustache for your little Santa baby. Or hey, Mrs. Claus baby, pre-laser hair removal. Heh.   If you’re feeling extra festive, grab the full Santafier set, which includes the little Santa beanie cap and socks to help you complete...

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Fun emoji gifts: For kids or kids at heart.

Based on what you’d see in pretty much every text message on my phone right now, it’s clear that emojis aren’t just for kids. Yes, I might have even used one in an email the other day. I know I’m not alone in the grown-up emoji-lover camp, which is why I had a blast rounding up all these fun emoji gifts. Sure, kids would love them, well, most of them that is, but I’ve got a few of them on my wish list too. Here, a bunch of emoji gifts in every price range — yes even DIY — that would make fabulous...

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Toys for adults: 9 super cool options that you’ll have to hide from the kids

This year, we notice just how much we’ve been writing up cool gift ideas and toys for kids and mentioning, but we’d like one too. It’s like the fantastic innovations in toys plus our need as adults not to feel quite so adult is colliding, and we’re all for it! That’s why we’re so happy to welcome back one of our very favorite longtime sponsors, Micro Kickboard. Not only do they make the scooters our kids all own and adore, but you may not realize they make a bunch of fantastic scooter options just for adults. Stay off my...

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14 cool skateboarding gifts for your favorite shredder.

We’ve got a few passionate skateboarders in our lives so we’ve been super excited to have the opportunity to spend some time searching around for cool skateboarding gifts then sharing our faves, thanks to our most awesome new sponsor, The Parking Block skateboard stand. We are stoked (see how we did that?) to welcome them, because, wow — we don’t know if this is a better gift for boarders, or for any parents who are constantly nagging them to get their skate gear off the floor! Plus, we’re always happy to support an amazing, entrepreneurial small California-based business that’s created something really smart and useful,...

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The best Hanukkah coloring pages: 8 options that are beautiful, artful and free.

Do you know how hard it is to find good free Hanukkah coloring pages for kids? Like, really hard. Who knew that tracking 8 of them down would be another Hanukkah miracle! I searched a long time to find what I think are some of the best Hanukkah coloring pages on the web, wanting them to be artful, nicely illustrated, not uploaded to virus-laden sites (oy) , and that don’t require you to watch 16 ads before having the ability to download. Tall order, but, I’ve found 8 great free options. Or, one for each night. (Above: Adult Hanukkah Mandala by Emerlye Arts) Best of all, some of...

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3 of the ultimate gourmet food gifts for anyone on your list with great taste. And a sense of humor

From the day that Mouth.com launched we were like…whoa! If we had come up with a Cool Mom Eats retail site it would be just that — wonderfully curated gourmet food gifts and subscriptions, all from the best artisanal indie makers from around the country. So we’re beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership: Kristen and I teamed up with Mouth, came up with some super fun ideas, and put together 3 really awesome food gift bags of our own that we thought our readers would really love. Plus, our readers save 10% off everything at Mouth with code CMP10 But we think you...

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19 beautiful gifts that give back beautifully, on #GivingTuesday or any day at all.

Each year, we love putting together some of our favorite gifts that give back in substantial and specific ways — not just some undetermined percentage of your purchase going to “charities.” While we try to share these kinds of gifts year round, it has special meaning to us today on #GivingTuesday, in which we take a moment to count our proverbial blessings, while finding ways that we can do good for others. Now we know that with Giving Tuesday coming right on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (phew) you may be experiencing a little bit of shopping...

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11 last-minute essentials at CVS that help you survive Thanksgiving weekend

As a busy parent, I greatly appreciate the idea of a one-stop shop for, well…everything. But as a busy parent during the holidays, I really appreciate it. This is why we’ve all been huge CVS fans around here, and we’re so happy they’re our newest sponsor. And yes, we’re all also fans of the gihugic money-saving cashback receipts. Laugh if you will; that’s free money right there! So before my trip north for Thanksgiving this year, I made a quick stop with my girls to pick up a bunch of pre-Thanksgiving essentials that you might want to have on hand too, from the big brand stuff,...

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The ultimate guide to last-minute Thanksgiving Day help: Tasty recipes, drinks, printables, decor ideas, family activities, helpful apps, and more!

If you need some last-minute Thanksgiving Day help, we’re here for you! Because whoa, how did it get to be Thanksgiving week already? To make your Thanksgiving Day prep a little more manageable, we compiled some of the best Thanksgiving Day ideas from cool printables and crafts for the kids, decor ideas for the kids’ table, tons and tons (and tons) of recipes, even apps that could save your turkey — or just your sanity. We hope these ideas help you on your way to an incredible, stress-free Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and full bellies. We’d just suggest that if you’re cooking, start...

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It’s here! Our 2015 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide! Whoo!

We are so, so excited to present our 2015 holiday gift guide, which we have to say is our biggest and our best yet. And we’ve been doing this a while, so that’s saying something! Click over and you’ll find more than 325 truly fabulous holiday gifts ideas for every single person on your list, in every price range. And of course, so many are from the small brands and indie makers we love to support all year long, but especially now.   Whether you’ve got a tight budget or sky’s the limit, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet to find the coolest holiday gifts...

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Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get into the holiday shopping spirit

With the holidays right around the corner and our 2015 Cool Mom Picks Gift Guide almost here (tomorrow!), we’re excited to be teaming up with our gift guide sponsor Sudo for a fun Twitter Social to chat about online holiday shopping, one of our all-time favorite pastimes.   Join us on Thursday, November 19, 9pm ET sharp to chat with our editors Liz and Kristen, a few of our lovely Cool Mom Picks editors and contributors, plus the folks from Sudo and our friends at Mom It Forward, all in real time. We couldn’t think of a better way to the celebrate the...

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15 of the coolest Advent calendars to make waiting for Christmas more fun.

Even though I’m still finding Halloween candy wrappers hidden under the couch (kids!), I’m keenly aware that December isn’t that far away. Which means that it’s time to start thinking about which Advent calendar we want in our home to help us count down the days to Christmas. As we’ve done for the past seven (wow!) years on Cool Mom Picks, in 2015 we’ve searched high and low for all kinds of options for your home. From clever DIY calendars, to fun kid-like designs, to gorgeous pieces you can reuse each year and treasure, here are 15 of the best Advent calendars I really love this year....

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Peace, Joy, Color: Cool Christmas coloring pages for adults in a book of tear-out postcards

As we get closer to the launch of our big holiday gift guide (next week, you guys!) we’ve been keeping our eyes out in particular for lots of affordable gifts. You know, the stuff for people on your list who deserve more than a stocking stuffer, but aren’t gong to get a $150 cashmere scarf. I just found such a perfect $10 gift in the new Peace. Joy. Color. book of tear-out Christmas coloring page postcards. It’s like the best of the adult coloring book trend meets holiday cards, and I love all the festive notecards in the book, which are very...

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20 awesome stocking stuffer ideas under $20 all from The Container Store. Convenience FTW!

As the holiday season gets kicking into high gear, we’re reminding ourselves to simplify as much as possible so that we can really enjoy the holidays with our families. That means cutting down the time we spend running — or clicking — from store to store to get everything we need. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Which is why we’re excited to welcome our newest sponsor The Container Store, who we happen to love. (Seriously, has anyone in history ever walked out of that store with only one thing? Exactly.) They are far more than bins and organizational needs, if you...

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Awesome holiday cards from Minted: You pick them, they address them. Actually, they may pay for them, too.

If thinking about your holiday card photos already is stressing you out, take a deep breath. Because we’re about to make it easier for you in a whole lot of ways. First off, our amazing sponsor Minted (yay, Minted!) is back with a brand new indie designer-created holiday card collection for 2015 and we’re sharing some favorite holiday cards from Minted to help you pare down your choices from the zillions of gorgeous designs. Trust us, it was tough. If you’re familiar with them, you know that we’ve all been huge fans of their cards for years, because they not only support small designers from around the...

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Our ultimate last-minute Halloween help guide: Fun costumes, delicious treats, free printables and crafts, pumpkin decorating ideas and more!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and probably yours too, if you’re one of those people pinning Halloween costume ideas and treat recipes back in July. (You know who you are!) But you know, best intentions and all. And hey, we’re all busy parents! So if you need some last minute inspiration for Halloween costumes, treats for an upcoming party, printables and Halloween crafts to keep the kids busy, even apps to bring a techy element to the fun, we’ve got you covered! And hey, whether you’re going the DIY route or the Target-help-me-quickly path, it’s all good. All...

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20 awesome last-minute Halloween buys you totally need this week

If you’re like me, Halloween week is one of those weeks that you’re hitting stores far more than usual, whether it’s for last minute treats, decorations, or that one element of your kid’s costume that gah, you totally forgot about. Even though it’s been on your to-do list for weeks. Because, life. So one of the reasons we’re glad to welcome back our fantastic partner the Amex EveryDay Credit Card, is that they help parents make the most of those kinds of everyday purchases. In fact, if you remember to use this no-annual-fee credit card instead of cash or a debit card — even for the little stuff...

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