Tag: christmas

10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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All the bestest animated Christmas movies all together

To me the holidays is nothing without our annual viewing of Rudolph. Herbie! The Abominable Snowman! The Isle of Misfit Toys who aren’t quite misfits! It’s all pure magic. So who’s with me in jumping for joy that this year, A four-DVD series of some of the best animated Christmas classics are are bundled together and out on Blu-ray. The Original Christmas Classics features four of the greatest animated classics — or at least three of the greatest. I’m not as big a fan of 1992’s Frosty Returns, but I sure do love the original Frosty the Snowman, Santa...

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Web coolness – Holiday potpourri, ornaments, and gifts galore

Here are some things we’ve liked around web this week. We hope you will too. Have you grabbed your color your own ornament printable yet from etsy? A $3 donation to Housing Works gets you 8 designs from 8  talented artists. Help us raise $300 for this great charity! The holiday potpourri recipes (shown) at design*sponge look amazing! Our editor Christina lists her 7 best tech gifts for kids on Babycenter – none of which will drive you crazy. Baby Gizmo has a fun little 12 days of Christmas giveaway that can score you some very nice baby gear....

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The coolest things to do with kids in New York over the holidays

As a native New Yorker, I admit I’m totally biased when I say that this is one of the most magical places for a family to be over the holidays. Because I get so many emails each year from readers and out-of-town friends asking me about must-do family fun, I figured this would be a great place to answer all of you. From the traditional stuff that’s famous for a reason, to some off-the-beaten path activities, here are my picks for my own family’s favorites of the awesome seasonal events that New York City has to offer. THE STUFF...

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Gourmet lollipops ain’t no Dum-Dums.

Perhaps you’ve poked around our holiday gift guide this year and come across the category called Gifts Under $15 That Don’t Seem Cheap at All. If so, you very likely spotted the gourmet lollipops. You know the ones. The ones that call to you in your sleep whispering a million reasons good reasons to buy them. Let me just say: Do it. How else can you indulge in the likes of seasonal flavors like Peppermint lollipops or Eggnog Latte lollipops made with real espresso? How else might you delight some lucky child waking up to a stocking full of,...

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A gift for you Television Without Pity wannabe writers

I’m always looking for fun little gifts for hip friends–you know, the kind of under $15 thing that makes a big impression when you wrap it beautifully and present with love, but isn’t necessarily the Hope Diamond. We’ve got a whole category of them in our holiday gift guide this year, but now there’s one more to add to the list.  I am simply in love with these pop culture pencils that are inscribed with writing prompts for your favorite blogger–or simply a kindred nod of irony to your best friend who also loves Alec Baldwin. With idea starters...

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Chat with us about holiday gifts, live!

Need a break to gab with the girls and giggle about gifting? Want to win a gift certificate to one of our favorite online shops? Then pull up a squishy chair, grab a chai latte, and settle in for a cyberchat with the Cool Mom Picks gang at TheMotherhood. On Thursday, December 2 at 1:00pm EST–that’s tomorrow–we’ll be talking holiday gift ideas for the whole family and everybody else you. Stumped on ideas for that tricky teacher? The picky sister-in-law? The great-great-grandmother? Seriously…ask us anything. We’re here to help. Oh, and our friends at TreeHugger will be there too....

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Prima Princessa presents the Nutcracker on PBS

One of my all time favorite holiday shows is the Nutcracker Ballet, but I didn’t imagined I would get tickets to see it with my toddler for quite a long time–like, ten years, at least. Performances are expensive in New York! Which is one of the reasons that Cool Mom Picks has been fans of the mom-created Prima Princessa series of dance videos, and especially Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker. Well good news: Now it’s free. Prima Princessa Ballerina will be airing on PBS this December so set your DVRs and get ready to be charmed. It tells the...

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Holiday photo cards with flair? Reader Q&A

Can you suggest some more holiday photo card sites? I’m a little bored with the same ole, same ole every year. Or, what about a site for creating your own cards with flair? -Ginger I am fairly certain that Holiday Rule #1 states that you must send out photo cards once you have children. A lot of people must agree since I get a loads of holiday photo cards each year. But after getting, and sending, the same basic photo card year after year, I too yearn to see something a little more design-y and inspired, like these options we’ve...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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Custom Christmas stockings that have no match

When my kids were young, I found a trio of very cute stockings in a small local store that I thought were totally unique and special for our family. And then my mother saw them and said, Oooo, I saw those at the card store!  So much for originality. Want something hanging from you chimney with care that you can be sure is unique to your own family? Then check out these custom stockings which go way beyond monograms, and be assured that the only way you’ll see two alike is if you have identical twins. What makes the aptly...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here!

If we couldn’t solve all your holiday shopping conundrums with our Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide (gasp!), then we’ve got over 75 more fabulous gift options just for you in our brand spankin’ new Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide! We’re here for you, mamas! We’ve got great gift suggestions for the big and little tech lovers and geeks in your life at every single price range. Even a slew of creative picks for under $15. And those folks who you might not think would dig a tech gift? We’re pretty sure we’ve got something for them too....

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Making a holiday table look like a holiday table

I know that starting tomorrow I will admire my family members’ beautifully adorned holiday tables and think I should really do more with mine. And then I will start virtually shopping online for gorgeous linens and flatware and other pretty things. And then maybe this year, I’ll actually hit purchase instead of just imagining it all magically coming together in my dining room somehow. The new tabletop items from Chilewich are right up my alley. The pressed dahlia placemats in gunmetal grey or gold can make a table sophisticated, not flashy, something tough with metallics.The lace openwork is so...

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Gorgeous printables: some free, some just free for Cool Mom Picks readers

I made a huge withdrawal from the Crafty Mom Bank on Halloween, when I decided to make a Big Bird costume for my daughter by hand. Turns out even a mini bird requires a lot of faux feathers. So I’ve been ever-so-slightly grinchlike when mustering up creative thoughts for the oncoming holiday season. But there will be no mama-made invitations or banners to any family fete for the foreseeable future, because I found Anders Ruff. These gorgeous custom graphic printables are just waiting for you to customize them and print them from home. Now that’s a DIY project I...

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Wrap it up to go

I love the hustle of the holiday season: cooking, shopping and giving are three of my favorite things. What I really don’t like is finding the right wrapping paper for my latest treasures – and it can get ugly when I have multiple smaller gifts, for teachers and neighbors. We’re talking last-minute wrapping in the form of torn tissue paper held together with stickers, which doesn’t look so hot, especially if those gifts are–shall we say–somewhat modest. Sometimes a gal really needs something to help with the upsell.  Check out the personalized items from momma Bridgett Edwards at Perideau...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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It’s here! The 2010 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide!

There’s no escaping the holiday music in the stores and tinsel in the windows — the holiday season is upon us. You know what will make your life easier? Our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the fifth straight year (wow), we’ve done the legwork for you, tracking down more than 120 gift ideas at every price point for everyone on your list — from newborns to old friends, the impossible-to-buy-for men in your life, tweens and teens, art lovers and bakers, and there’s even a category just for Glee fans. You know who you are. As always, we...

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I’m dreaming of a big city holiday

I’m dreaming of a picture perfect holiday season, like a vintage postcard, with over-sized snowflakes and smiling kids singing songs at my door. I’m also dreaming of taking the perfect holiday photo of my two girls and they’ll both smile at the same time and sit still long enough… right. We all have our idealized images of the perfect holiday season and mine happens to look a lot like these charming holiday cards designed by Lab Partners. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!]  The Twice as Nice Greetings  aren’t just beautiful holiday cards–with a winter wonderland image...

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Winter wonderland photo cards, even in warmer climes

At the first sign of snow, every parent in our neighborhood bundles up their little dumplings and runs outside with three or four cameras– because it’s Georgia, and we go crazy over a little snow. But when we get back inside, the photos are ruined by slushy bits and gray clouds and smudgy fingers and babies crying because 1/4 inch of snow doesn’t really make concrete soft. Not exactly holiday card material. The best solution I’ve seen? Having professional artists take the most amazing photo you’ve got and transplant your little darling onto this adorable holiday card. CMP favorite...

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An advent calendar for your artistic holiday spirit

As December nears, my house is ready to to become a big, kid-friendly fun house of colored blinky lights and tinsel. With three kids, I know what to expect and have given in to All Things Christmas.  Except I’ve just seen the most beautifully refined and sophisticated Advent Calendar for the holidays that would make the perfect little wintry oasis from all the red, green and “blink” going on at this time of year. No Santa or sleighs, no reindeer or glued-on glitter, yet Uusi’s Advent Calendar looks just right for winter with its screen-printed chalet scene. The use...

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