Category: For the Menfolk

The Wipebook dry erase notebook: One random office supply gift your kids will absolutely love.

My kids are obsessed with their dry erase boards (it’s the little things, you know?). In fact, my daughter has figured out she can use the dry erase markers on her glossy coloring book covers and wipe those down too. Now, they’re playing games like teacher and student whenever they can, with their markers and books in hand. So when I spotted the reusable Wipebook dry erase notebook over at The Grommet, I instantly knew this would be a huge hit with my kids. Related: The coolest birthday gifts for 7 year olds This notebook has 20 reusable pages that can be written and drawn...

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Condoms for Valentine’s Day that give in (ahem) more than one way

You could buy the special man in your life a traditional romantic gift on the 14th. And hey, we have tons of creative and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him that we bet he’ll love. But if you’re looking for something to really spice things up, we may have found just the thing with Sir Richard’s condoms. Yes. Really. For every one of their stylishly packaged condoms you buy, thanks to the partnership of the global org Partners in Health, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing country with the aim to stop the spread of unwanted pregnancies and STIs around the world....

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16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35 | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Looking for ways to spoil your guy rotten this February 14, without breaking the bank? Lucky for you, we’re kicking off this year’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide with some really cool, creative, and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him. Even though the gifts are all under $35, he’s sure to appreciate any one of these. Nothing ho-hum here. So, have fun spoiling! And reaping the benefits (wink). CMP is an rstyle affiliate Alcohol-Infused Cupcake Jars Chocolate Chambord, Amaretto Chocolate Hazelnut, Maple Bacon Whiskey — these flavors and more can be his no matter how far away you’ll be on Valentine’s Day...

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Spicing things up this Valentine’s Day with…a box.

Sometimes it can be hard to think outside the box when it comes to date nights for me and my husband. Actually, as busy working parents of four kids, it can be hard to even think outside the house when it comes to date nights. Netflix and wine, anyone? So, when Datebox sent me a sample of their subscription boxes to try out, I was curious to see the fresh, new ideas it claimed would help amp up our couple time together. (Ha! Couple time! What’s that, says the mom of four?) Related: Condoms for Valentine’s Day that give in (ahem) more than...

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Top dad bloggers share their best parenting advice for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d hit up more than a dozen of our favorite dad bloggers for their own best parenting advice. We love each of these cool dads for using their powerful voices online to support other parents, so it’s only fitting that they’d have wonderful words of advice this week in particular in honor of Father’s Day. We hope these words encourage you, make you think, and make you smile as much as they did us.   Embrace the differences between your children and let them each bring out your different personalities. Variety is the spice of life....

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A Father’s Day gift that’s worth its weight in sterling

You can tell a lot about a guy by the way he dresses, and in my mind, cufflinks say sophisticated, successful, and now, daddy. Give your kids’ dad these sterling silver Dada cufflinks by Tali Gillette for Father’s Day, so he can wear his love for his kids on his sleeve. Dapper, darling Dad. Awww, right? We found these back in the spring and think they are the perfect gift for any dad, including new dads, which is why we included them in our 2016 Baby Shower Gift Guide. At less than 1-inch long, they’re understated yet stylish enough for his power meetings at work. Plus, they’ll remind...

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31 quotes about dads from moms and daughters, for Father’s Day

To all the cool dads out there: We’re thinking about you today. But if you want to feel extra loved, be sure to check out this post sharing 31 quotes from moms and daughters on why we really love the dads in our lives. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hug, you’ll feel grateful for the people in your life. We like that.     Wishing you the most wonderful Father’s Day, whether that means homemade pancakes that spell DAD, a messy crayon portrait of you from your awesome kids (maybe the kind where the legs are attached right to the head), a whole day out...

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A personalized gift for dad you can actually still get in time.

As we get ready to start sharing our favorite last minute Father’s Day gifts for all you busy (let’s not say procrastinating) moms and kids out there, it’s definitely late to order one of the cool personalized Father’s Day gifts we shared a few weeks back. So I was happy to find a cool little Etsy shop that offers some personalized gifts with only one business day turnaround. Sierra Metal Design offers a range of personalized keychains, money clips, collar stays, bookmarks, and other keepsakes that may be just the thing you’re looking for. They’re aluminum, not silver, which accounts for the very...

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Behold the cuteness of matching swim trunks for dad and son. At least when they’re as cute as these styles.

Finally, it’s pool and beach season! For the dad in your life, there’s something very smart about getting something sentimental (if even a homemade card) then also considering a Father’s Day gift that will be put to good use. So when we had an opportunity to partner with Tom & Teddy, makers of stylish, popular, UV protection swim trunks for boys and men that are designed to last, we were so happy. They’re known for being extremely well made, wildly comfy, with a cut that’s a little shorter and more fitted to make playing, sand-castle building, and of course swimming a lot easier. Let’s just...

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14 romantic Valentine’s gifts for him under 50: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

The truth is, if you want a romantic Valentine’s Day for him, it doesn’t have to be plane tickets to Paris. (Not that we’d discourage that.) In fact it can cost a whole lot less. So we took the time to track down some really fun Valentine’s gifts for the lucky man in your life, all under $50. Not including the card of course. Which can possibly be the most romantic of all. We’re so happy that our 2015 Valentine’s Day gift guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that chats about the best recommendations and deals for fun romance...

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Oh 80’s movies, how we love you in a single sentence.

I am so losing myself in this awesome collection of t-shirts on Fab.com from Stereotype Design. Each one describes a popular movie in a single sentence–like if you were a screenwriter, only you had to pitch the screenplay it just took you 12 years to write on Twitter in 140 characters. Of course first place goes to the boombox reference.  (I just can’t quit you, Lloyd Dobler.) The geek in me loves the War Games tee and the Star Wars tee too. But you have to give a nod to A Christmas Story for the holiday season, right? It’s too fun to...

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31 quotes that may change your view of fatherhood from real moms and daughters: What the women in your life really think of you

As part of our big Father’s Day gift guide giveaway over the past few weeks, we asked some simple questions of our readers for a chance to enter. We expected lots of different responses. What we didn’t expect though, is how emotional we all have been reading all of your answers, especially to the question: Tell us why the special dad in your life deserves to win. It’s clear that women really value their husbands, partners, or fathers for so many different reasons; and more interestingly, for lots of the same reasons. So from more than 200 responses, here’s just a small sampling of some of our favorites. Because...

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The new Dove Men+Care Calls for Dad Video: Way to go, Dove! And way to go dads.

It’s been so awesome working with Dove Men+Care on our Father’s Day Gift Guide this year, because, they really believe in celebrating dads in the best, most insightful, most 21st century way. In fact, they’re way ahead of so many other brands that still portray bumbling, lazy dads, that we’re absolutely delighted to share this Dove Men “Calls for Dad” video with you. Got the tissues out?   What an exquisitely produced, lovely and insightful way to honor the kinds of caring, involved dads we are seeing more and more these days; not just playing with their kids, but kissing boo-boos, smothering them...

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POW! It’s a superhero gift for dad on Father’s Day. Because he is obviously a superhero.

Father’s Day is a red letter day, and now maybe even a Green Hornet day. If you need a beautiful, geek chic gift for the Superman in your life–or just the dad who really really loves comic books–this framed Custom Superhero Letter is here to save the day. This is one superhero gift that’s super easy to customize.  Spell out DAD or POP (or BIF OR POW) in his favorite comics, do his initials, or let that iconic “S” speak for itself. Just let the artist from Spotted Flats know which recycled comic, which letters, and what color frame you want, and...

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A fragrance for Father’s Day, for Dude No. 1 in your life

I may have attacked my husband the first time I dabbed some Dude No. 1 from MCMC Fragrances on his neck. It’s that good. And when I dabbed their Hunter eau de parfum on my neck, I was attacked in return. The best Father’s Day gifts, in my opinion, involve that kind of selfless dedication. Oh, wait. I mean selfish. I first discovered MCMC Fragrances as a sample in a Bergamot box. When I realized that two of my favorite fragrance samples this year were from MCMC, I had to contact them for more information on Father’s Day fragrances. Turns out they recently...

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Stumped about the perfect Valentine’s gift for a man who’s hard to shop for?

If you want to branch out from the same-old Valentine’s gift for the stylish man in your life, these gorgeous, romantic, handmade Valentine’s Day Cufflinks from Digby & Iona will make all the other dudes green with envy. (Or you know, roll their eyes. Depends on the dudes. Hopefully yours has cool, artistic friends who can appreciate such coolness.) Each pair of cufflinks is handmade in Brooklyn of oxidized sterling silver and carved with the initials you indicate. If you loved Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree as a paean to selfless love, you’ll be glad to know it was...

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Who are you wearing? Oh, Jane Austen.

Shirts with a book cover or favorite quote are pretty cool. But you get even more bibliophile points for wearing a shirt with the entire book’s text permanently embedded in the fabric. If you loved these book posters we covered, get ready to shop. Wordies, listen up. The Litographs site is heaven for bibliophiles. They take your favorite classic books and use 75,000 words from the text to create interesting designs that go with the story. And then you can have it hand printed (front and back) on a soft cotton/poly blend shirt, poster, or bag in a variety...

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Is there anything cuter than a dad reading to his kids?

What’s cuter than a dad reading to his kids? It’s a dad reading to his kids while wearing an adorable shirt featuring this distinctive artwork by the ever awesome Edward Gorey. Edward Gorey is known for his delightfully creepy drawings and his love of cats and books, and this cotton Real Men Read shirt is a great way to outfit your favorite bibliophile animal-lover. And since Gorey loved animals? Every purchase supports his favorite charities, which benefit cats, bats, and all things furry. Tt’s available in mens’ sizes, but also for kids in sizes 10-12, too. Pretty cute for back...

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I promise not to wear other sneakers. I promise not to wear other sneakers. I promise not to…

If your kids are suddenly behaving just a little too politely for your liking, we’ve got just the remedy. In the form of this awesome new collaboration between Converse and The Simpsons. The new Simpsons Converse Collection for kids and adults will be available on the site starting Saturday, so mark your calendars, Groenig worshippers. There are three awesome designs on the Chuck Taylor All-Stars: one featuring Homer in a d’oh moment, one with Bart at the chalkboard he’s been hovering over for the last 25 years (!!), and one featuring the whole family with all the secondary characters...

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The best Father’s Day tie just might be a bow tie. Or, a Bowie tie.

We might have found the best Father’s Day gift ever. And yes, it’s a tie. We’re crushing on the retro-cool ties made from hand-drawn images by Etsy artist Kayci Wheatley. Whether your dad’s into pin-on bow ties or tie-em-yourself neckties, you’re covered with illustrations of David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Tupac, who probably never wore a bow tie himself.  If you have deep pockets, she’ll even design a 100% cotton fabric just for you, print it with one of her original designs, and then make it into a tie. Hello, coolest Father’s Day ever. Checking her past sales on Etsy,...

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A personalized Father’s Day gift that’s equally sentimental and swanky.

If you’ve got a father to shop for this Father’s Day, and he happens to be the well-dressed type, we have the awesome, personalized, sentimental gift for you. The personalized collar stays found at Etsy’s Tag You’re It Jewelry are like the next level up from a personalized key chain. (Not that we don’t love them too!) Hand-stamped in aluminum, you get 22 characters on each including those adorable little hearts which means they’re perfect for a short message on one side, and the kids’ names on the other. The price? Amazing. Just $20. It’s such a smart idea...

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Watch out! These wooden timepieces are stylish and sustainable

Watch out, world. (Ha, get it? Yeah, sometimes we can’t resist.) Whether you’re a hip mom, a cool dude, or someone with metal allergies, we bet you’ll groove on these natural wooden wristwatches, and the fact that each watch purchase funds the planting of a new tree.   WeWood Timepieces crafts light, comfy, breathable watches out of real wood–it’s that simple. They’re truly little pieces of art, and definitely conversation starters. The pics on the WeWood website support their assertion that the watches are ridiculously pretty for a girl or ruggedly handsome for a guy. Considering I wear a...

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A mountain of cool gift ideas from the Adirondacks

I have never been to Glens Falls, NY–and to be honest, I hadn’t actually heard of it either. But after discovering this amazing little shop that’s a celebration of everything that indie small-town America stands for, I’m ready to road trip up there. Or at least hit the website for some cool stuff. Nine Authentic Goods, named for main thoroughfare Route 9, is a bona fide small town shop in the best possible way, filled with cool vintage-inspired items almost entirely designed, produced, and crafted right in their community. [don’t miss a big exclusive discount after the jump!] There...

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Man Candles: the perfect gift for the bacon fiend in your life

Sure, we love fancy candles as much as the next mom trying to cover up the smell of a yogurt pop hidden under the couch for two weeks. But men need candles, too, and we think they’re really going to love this collection of masculine scents for discriminating fans of pizza and new baseball mitts. Plus, they help feed the hungry. And did we mention they’re the brainchild of a teenager? Hart Main was 13 when he came up with the idea for Man Cans while observing his sister’s school fundraiser selling more traditionally feminine scented candles. But instead...

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4 ways to give back this Father’s Day, in honor of Dad

As much as we know that dads love a present on Father’s Day, not every dad expects one. In fact, certain charity-minded dads might not even want one. That’s why we’re highlighting these four nonprofits that are doing cool things–and who need donations to keep on doing those cool things. So even though Dad might not need anything this Father’s Day, he’ll be happy that you’re helping people in the world who do. -Lexi Make a Loan to an Entrepreneur Who Needs One Kiva, the wonderful micro-lending website, has dedicated the month of June to helping out fathers and...

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Cool Mom Picks joins Katie Couric in sharing last minute Father’s Day Gifts

Well here’s something we’re kind of thrilled about–you may have heard about the new Katie Couric Show that’s launching September 10. And since we’re huge fans of hers at Cool Mom Picks (she really is the ultimate cool mom), we’re all so excited to tune in to Katie. But now I get to be doubly excited, since I’ll be a contributing columnist to her new website, KatieCouric.com. So fun! It’s still in its baby stages (ha, welcome to the insanity that is website management, Katie’s team!) but if you click over, you’ll find my first column–some really creative suggestions...

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Father’s day gift ideas? 10 questions from readers with lots and lots of answers

Father’s Day is only one week away so no wonder we’ve been fielding so many questions from our readers about last minute gifts for Father’s Day! To help you out, we thought we’d gather a few of them from Facebook, Twitter, email, and our recent live chat on The Motherhood, with the hopes that they’ll help you out too. And psst…don’t worry. We’ve got even more to come this week. We’ve got you covered! What are some good ideas for getting the kids involved with making a high quality gift for dad? -Erin Check out our post on DIY...

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A Father’s Day tie for a cause. Our kind of tie.

With so many Father’s Day gift ideas, ties aren’t necessarily the first choice for a lot of offspring these days. And yet if the dad in your life actually wears ties, a tie that stands out from the crowd can be the best thing ever. So if a special dad you know would like a little tie wardrobe upgrade, here’s the perfect tie for him. Because it not only looks great, it supports an awesome cause too. I just love the philosophy behind The Life Tie Project, which has woven their dedication to support cancer research, prevention, as well...

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A valet tray – cool Father’s day gift idea

At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...

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Chat with our editors live about Father’s Day gifts on The Motherhood

If you need a little Father’s Day gift inspiration, or suggestions on how to make Dad’s day even more special, we’ll be playing personal shopper and event planner just for you on Monday, at The Motherhood. This Monday, June 4 from 1-1:30pm EST, our editors will be doling out tips and suggestions from our own Father’s Day Gift Guide and beyond, for all your Father’s Day gift giving dilemmas. Got a tough one? We’re ready for you! It’s a live, streaming blog chat so all you need to do to participate is join The Motherhood which is easy and...

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