Tag: birthday cards

Cool wrapping paper as nice as the gift inside.

I get tired of the same old gift wrap I seem to see everywhere. I’m one of those people who would rather show up at a party with cool wrapping paper instead of a package that looks identical to everyone else’s. So when I discovered the original, very cool wrapping paper and cards from Lily & Val, I swooned. Featuring hand-lettered chalk art by Valerie McKeehan, it’s all super fun, isn’t it? The Flower and Vines wrapping paper (at top) comes in a pack of three sheets and is great to keep on hand for any gift at all that you...

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Quirky cool note cards to send just for fun. Because mustaches are awesome.

How fantastic are these mustachioed cards from Doo Daa Studios? Each of the cool note cards features a face with a quirky personality and an interactive, reshapeable mustache, which our kids will love to play with. Looking to bring back the fun of sending cards in the mail for no reason whatsoever? These should help that along.   The mustache cards are blank inside, so you can add a little fun and your personalized message to any occasion, and they’re made from recycled paper right in NYC.  They’re a bit pricey compared to ordinary greeting cards as you might suspect, but stationery this special–and the recipient’s...

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The coolest temporary tattoos are now the coolest greeting cards

I have been in love with the indie artist-designed Tattly tattoos since we first featured them two years ago. There’s hardly a Cool Mom Picks writer who isn’t. And while they add so many fun designs so frequently (there’s a unicorn now!) that this would become the Tattly blog if we covered every single one, now there is some cool new news worth shouting about.   The new Tattly greeting cards just launched yesterday and I am thrilled. Right in time for the holidays, there are five gorgeously letterpressed designs, each featuring a card-appropriate typographic tattoo design, like Today’s the Day, Awesome, or...

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Birthday parties every weekend? You’ll want to have these cards up your sleeve.

My daughter has been prancing around the house lately claiming she’s the Princess of Parties. She’s been invited to a bazillion birthday parties since school started and it’s clearly going to her head. I generally try to get my kids to make their own cards for their friends, but with all the parties, it’s a bit of a sweatshop around here. So the Princess of Parties and I are opting for some top-notch help.         The amazing greeting cards from Dear Hancock Paper Goods are fantastic to keep on hand. Each one is lovelier than the next. I swear,...

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Now you and Seth Rogen can send a funny birthday card together. For charity.

The next time you need to send a birthday card to someone special, wouldn’t it be even better if you got Seth Rogen to help out? Because you can.      Thanks to Treat, the greeting card service from Shutterfly, Seth has joined Treat’s Celebrity Birthday Card Collection to create a pair of funny cards ready for easy customization. You can even add a photo. Better than that, though, is the fact that Seth’s card makes a donation to Hilarity for Charity. So you’re not just giving a card, you’re helping to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s. Which,...

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12 natural products we love that are now easier to find. Thanks Vine.com!

featured partner As huge fans of natural products, we know first-hand that you usually have to shop at a few different stores–sometimes more–to get the exact brands that you love. So imagine our excitement when we were introduced to our newest sponsor Vine.com, who has an unbelievable (seriously) selection of natural products, including bath and beauty products, household cleaning supplies, organic snacks, even clothes for babies and kids. This is our kinda shop. What’s cooler: These are the very brands we’ve been raving about here for years, only all in one place! It was tough, but we rounded-up a...

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A Rosh Hashanah craft for kids that’s very sweet indeed

With Rosh Hashanah starting Sunday night, this is a perfect weekend to work on some New Year inspired crafts with your kids. In other words, if you’ve forgotten to send cards? No worries! Nothing inspires as much forgiveness as something handmade just from the kids. This Rosh Hashanah craft for kids by Brenda Ponnay at Alpha Mom is as sweet as apples dipped in honey, the symbol of the Jewish New Year. It’s not hard to make these honeybee cards either if you follow the instructions on the site and have a few basic tools on hand, like paint, Sharpies,...

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Trend alert: Balloon dogs!

Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...

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Stunning photo cards for the holidays Ooh, swanky.

Though I normally don’t start thinking about my holiday cards until after Thanksgiving (or, ahem, later), I’ve got two reasons to be prematurely in the holiday spirit: An October snowstorm in the northeast, and the gorgeous new custom holiday cards from CMP favorite Hello Lucky, just released. {Don’t miss a special discount for Cool Mom Picks’ readers after the jump} We have long adored their uniquely cool letterpress designs–see our past posts on their holiday cards, birth announcements and even birthday cards. But this year, they are upping the I Want That One quotient by collaborating with even more...

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Happy birthday, rock star

Birthday cards are kind of a big deal around our house; not just the ones we get, but the ones we give. My kids adore going through the big box o’ loose cards I have, picking out the very perfect one for their friends, and putting as much time into it as they did wandering the toy store aisle for the perfect gift. And now there’s another option that I liked the second I saw them.[don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] The new boxed cards from Inspired by It are made by a husband-wife team in Rhode Island...

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Designer email templates – A busy mom’s lifesaver

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Mail, which is encouraging families to stay in touch via email – which we think is pretty cool. I do my best to pop a handwritten note to friends and family, especially on their birthdays or when they’re kind enough to send a gift for my kids, but I’ll be honest, since adding my fourth child, it’s become much more challenging. Let’s just say it can be hard to even get my bills in the mail, let alone a note. (Shhhh, please don’t tell Emily Post. Or my mother.) Since discovering the joy...

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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Etsy invites you to get crafty, make birthday cards, and fight cancer

Never underestimate the power of craftiness. Etsy doesn’t. In fact, they’re banking on it in order to support More Birthdays, the American Cancer Society initiative. (Who also happens to be one of our favorite sponsors.) If you’re in NYC, head to the Etsy Labs Craft Night from 4-8 p.m. on March 7  in Brooklyn. Your mission: to create celebratory cards with help from the fabulously crafty Craft It Forward, then give them to someone you know who’s survived cancer–or donate to one of the 30 American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges, homes-away-from-homes that offer lodging to patients and their families while...

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When you care enough to lick a stamp.

My birthday is coming up tomorrow (happy birthday me!) which means I have cards on the brain. If not in the mailbox. As much as I love ecards and send them with abandon, there’s still something nice about getting something in the mail that’s not a bill, a bill, or a bill. Or a political solictiation. Feel the same way? I’m kind of in love with the hand letterpress cards from Minneapolis’s Zeichen Press. That is, when I’m not feeling jealous that I didn’t come up with them. A writer feeling jealous of a greeting card writer? That’s saying...

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Ecards of the rich and famous

Ecard sites are no longer what they used to be, even a few years ago. I can’t even imagine why anyone besides your grandma would still send those digital cards made of stock photography rosebuds and garish wedding type. Well now here’s another one to add to your bookmarks: ecard website to the stars, Cocodot. While the service isn’t free — a very basic annual membership starts at $29 — it’s definitely a savvy choice for those of you chronic entertainers, birthday-rememberers, and general well-wishers who want to make an excellent impression without the use of actual stamps. The...

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When you care enough to send the very most completely awesome

Imagine a land where the world’s hippest Indie designers line up at your door to throw sketches at you for… whatever. Your daughter’s birthday party, your best friend’s shower, your “I Finally Lost the Baby Weight” champagne brunch. Okay, now imagine you don’t have to stand there in your pajamas and awkwardly offer them coffee as you sort through the portfolios. You just browse a website. This land is called pingg. For those of you already familiar with the free e-cards of pingg, you might agree that it’s the super cool lovechild of Hallmark and Etsy– with a dash...

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Scribble me an I Love You

If I had to contribute one bit of mom wisdom to the new parents of the world, it would be to always have a stack of kid-friendly cards at the ready. My favorites have been the ones with space for your own children to scribble a drawing or scratch out their names, and make it personal. Even when the gift is not. (What! Sometimes I run out of ideas after the 15th classmate birthday party in a row.) So I was thrilled to learn that a friend with a family-run letterpress studio developed the brilliance that is letterpress Scribble...

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The greeting cards I wish I wrote but I’m just not funny enough. Darn it.

I always give props to greeting cards that make me laugh out loud. And I don’t mean that ironic kind of laugh out loud, like the rhyming cards your great aunt sends you that have been in her dresser drawer since 1974. So when I started browsing Uncooked Greeting Cards and couldn’t stop reading – -and laughing at — the bons mots penned by two ad world dropouts, I knew I had a new go-to greeting card site. With the holidays coming up, check out the greeting card box sets of 8 that are perfect if you like your...

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Happy birthday, hot stuff

Eh, I’m over the ironic birthday cards with the cartoon characters telling you how saggy your boobs are or how you’ll burn down the neighborhood with all those candles. Sure they were cute when I was 22 but maybe they hit a little close to home now? With my own birthday around the corner, I want something like the adorable Lookin’ Good Mirror birthday card by Hello Lucky. Because if it’s the thought that counts, then that’s the thought to count. I’d stock up on them and hand them out with abandon to everyone I know – especially because...

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Stamping out lousy gifts

There are children, and then there are The Children Who Have Everything, and ack, I never know what the heck to get them for birthdays and holidays and weekend visits. Since I don’t have the money to go bigger (no pony for you, kid) I do my best to go cooler–and I’ve just found that very thing in the personalized stamps from Vltjig. These are seriously the most awesome little gift I’ve laid my eyes on in a while. They’re created by a Dutch mom and architect who not only adds your kid’s name to the beautiful hand-carved stamp,...

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