Tag: custom gifts

The new personalized books for kids that make the best birthday gifts

We discovered the cool parent-run company that creates personalized Lost My Name books for kids nearly four years ago, and became instant fans. From the gorgeous art to the compelling story, and the clever customization that makes every single book different, they remain one of our very favorite gifts for kids. Now they have two brand new stories to choose from — Kingdom of You and The Birthday Thief. Which means two more easy gift ideas that kids of all ages are going to love. (My kids will vouch for that.) Related: Personalized books that get kids with special needs in...

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6 essential sleepaway camp packing tips to keep you organized and sane (if not a little sad)

If your kid is going to sleepaway camp this summer — especially if it’s for the first time — your family is probably dealing with a lot of organizational kerfuffles right about now. Not the least of which is packing. Even though your camp will send its own checklist of “what to bring” and “what not to,” you’re still going to have plenty of questions. So we rounded up some sleepaway camp packing tips to help make it all much easier. That way, there’s less time to worry, and more time for what really matters: Lots of pre-camp hugs....

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The Night Sky’s custom star maps: The sweet, sentimental gift that’s modern, never sappy.

I’m a mom, you know, which means I pretty much can’t help but feel sentimental about the special milestones in my family’s life — my kids’ birthdays, preschool graduation, our daughter’s adoption day. The thing is: I love finding ways to memorialize these moments, but sappy just isn’t my thing. So when I recently discovered The Night Sky custom star maps, I knew this was the perfect way for me to commemorate an important event without getting cheesy about it. In fact, it’s so subtle most people won’t even realize it’s a secret sentimental nod to a special moment...

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14 easy ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts that also happen to be cool | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Even though Father’s Day gifts have been on our minds — and our shopping lists — for weeks now, some of us still have, um, a little bit of work to do before Sunday. But we’re not worried, and you shouldn’t be either, because we’ve rounded up a ton of easy ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts right here for you. From things you and your kids can make yourselves to gifts you can get from your local stores at the 11th hour, we’re sure you’ll find something here that will show Dad just how special he is. CMP...

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9 outrageously cool experience gifts for the dad who has everything | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

If there’s a dad in your life who’s impossible to shop for, Father’s Day gifting can present an annual challenge. Well — challenge for you, but fun for us! That’s why we turn to fantastic experience gifts for the dad who has everything. So while we think our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide has something for all kinds of dads, if he really doesn’t need another “thing,” check out these cool experience gift ideas for Father’s Day that are a wonderful, memorable way to go. At top: Elephant Touch Experience | IfOnly Related: Practical Father’s Day gift ideas that are still...

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10 truly cool personalized gifts for dad you can still order in time | Father’s Day Gifts 2017

We’ve shared so many cool personalized Father’s Day gifts over the years, as well as personalized gifts for everyone on your holiday or shopping list — but the catch is, you often have to shop early. So I’m so happy to share these fantastic personalized gifts for dad for the last-minute shopper. Even if uh, nearly two weeks to go until Father’s Day isn’t at all last-minute for some of us. Of course, if you’re really down to the wire, contact the maker or retailer to confirm your drop-dead shipping deadline, or prepare to create a really creative IOU card. CMP...

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11 practical Father’s Day gifts that still feel cool and gifty | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

We’ve joked about how getting a mom an oil change gift card is probably not the best way to say, “thank you for raising me, you’re the best!” And the same goes for Father’s Day gifts, even if he is a practical sort of guy.  So next up in our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve tracked down some truly fantastic but still practical Father’s Day gifts that are just as thoughtful as something more extravagant — if not more so. Because if you find the right one, it says that you really know him. And that’s always the best kind of Father’s...

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No way: Custom plush animals that look just like your actual pet.

A few years ago my kids tried out the cool service Budsies, which turns kids’ drawings into stuffed animals. They were so excited when their creations arrived, and they still have them in their beds today. So, when we heard that Budsies was launching a new company called Petsies, which creates a stuffed animal for you based on a photo of your pet, we were intrigued. Yes, it’s an interesting way for some people keep a memory of a pet around after they’ve gone to “join the circus” or “moved to the farm” or went to doggy or bunny heaven. Maybe you think that’s creepy, maybe you think...

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12 fantastic gifts for stepmothers on Mother’s Day. Because we love them too. | Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We certainly couldn’t forget to include cool gifts for stepmothers in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide this year. After all, for a lot of us, Mother’s Day is a chance to give thanks to all the nurturing women in our lives who have helped make us who we are — and that includes grandmother, mothers-in-law, godmothers, and of course, stepmothers. Whether your stepmother raised you like her own child, whether she’s a dedicated grandmother to your own children, or whether she’s simply another fabulous female in your life you rely on for love and support, we hope these gifts for stepmothers on Mother’s Day are a small way to honor a very...

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16 awesome first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

As a new mom myself celebrating my very first Mother’s Day this year (yay, I made it!) I know how meaningful first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms can be. I’ll be the first to admit that these days, having a thoughtful piece of jewelry to commemorate the year, or a first family portrait with our new growing family can serve as a sweet reminder that all those dirty diapers and around-the-clock feedings are worth it. Because, of course they are! So I looked around and found 16 awesome first Mother’s Day gifts for new moms that I think any...

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12 truly cool handmade Mother’s Day gifts from kids that become heart-melting keepsakes | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

There’s nothing quite like a handmade Mother’s Day gift from the kids to melt a mom’s (or grandma’s or stepmom’s) heart. But take it from this mom of four kids, while all Mother’s Day gifts are perfect (really), I’ve tracked down a dozen very cool ideas that are truly special. Let’s just say, I’d love to wake up to any of these on Mother’s Day morning, and save them as keepsakes forever. Not that there’s anything wrong with a macaroni necklace, but we think these handmade Mother’s Day gifts step things up just a bit. At top: Hand-shaped clay ring dish | Mama Papa...

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7 of the coolest, most covetable fidget spinners. Because OMG, kids are obsessed.

Cool fidget spinners and fidget cubes are absolutely taking over the world these days. In fact we’ve compared notes here on team Cool Mom Picks and yep, kids across the country are collectively losing their ever-loving minds over these fidget spinners. Stores are sold out and kids are spinning obsessively. All. day. long. For some kids who have trouble staying still or need to redirect all that physical energy to help them stay focused, the original KCHKUI fidget cubes can be truly fantastic. A few of the moms here have seen some great results with our own kids, and some of...

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We found 13 amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Our love for our moms may know no bounds, but our budgets? Well, they have bounds! We get it. Which is why this year, we really wanted to dedicate part of our Mother’s Day Gift Guide to some of the amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that we’ve been spotting in our efforts to put together lots of awesome gift ideas for moms and grandmas. The best part is, she’ll never know. Because all 13 of these Mother’s Day gift ideas are meaningful, sweet, and heartfelt at any price. In fact we’d be happy to receive any one of these gifts from our own...

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15 of our very favorite personalized gifts for mom | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

We remember when personalized Mother’s Day gifts meant monogramming a tote bag for her months in advance and spending a fortune to do it. Now, there are so many cool personalized gifts for mom (and Grandma and your mother-in-law too) that make a gift a lot more special — but not necessarily much more spendy. So take a look at our picks this year for cool personalized gifts for moms of all kinds, whether they’re from you, or you’re shopping “for” the little ones. And don’t forget the best one of all — a hand-signed Mother’s Day card. Of course....

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The most fabulous indie Mother’s Day gifts from women makers + shops | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

This year, we’ve been feeling like moms are in need of a lot of love. As in, more than usual. So for 2017, we wanted to kick off our annual Mother’s Day gift guide with fabulous gift ideas as always (would you expect anything less?) that will not only delight any special mom in your life, but will do some good for an indie business, small maker, or woman-run business. While we wholeheartedly admit that nothing gives us more joy on Mother’s Day than handmade cards from our kids, and maybe some coffee in bed, a very close second would be...

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Dozens of creative last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t seem last minute at all | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

You’re almost out of time, lover. Good news: We’ve rounded up 15 categories of creative last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts that will remind your honey how much you love them every day. Even if you also have to love them enough to pay a ton for quick shipping. Going the extra mile, whether with a little DIY McGyvering, a sweet printable, or an extra nifty gift from somewhere local will make your Valentine’s gift seem like it’s not last minute at all. And fortunately, with Valentine’s Day on a Tuesday this year (instead of last year’s Sunday) that buys you a little more...

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11 DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves (we promise!) | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Some of my all-time favorite gifts from my kids are the ones they’ve made for me. But, I have to be realistic with my expectations. I don’t have a craft supply closet that can rival Michael’s. Or a craft supply closet at all, for that matter. So I spent a few hours searching Pinterest and Craftgawker to find the coolest DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves without a whole lot of hassle and extensive (or expensive) crafting materials. These are all sweet keepsakes any teacher, grandparent, babysitter, coach, or sibling would love. And, hey, maybe your kids will even make one for you...

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Cool Galentine’s Day gifts for your BFF, Leslie Knope style | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Galentine’s Day is February 13, and if you don’t know about it yet, prepare to become a fan. It was created by Amy Poehler’s Parks & Recreation character, Leslie Knope, to celebrate strong female friendships. In Leslie’s own words: Oh, it’s the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends and home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair minus the angst. Plus frittatas. We’re all about ladies lifting up ladies, so I’ve put together some Galentine’s Day gift ideas for your bestie...

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19 of the coolest, non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts for kids | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

It’s February, which means a lot of us are spreading a little extra love in the family with Valentine’s Day gifts for kids. We’ve tracked down some favorites that are sweet — but also candy-free. So in this year’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, we’re serving up 19 of coolest Valentine’s gifts for kids of all ages, and we hope there’s something here just right for your littlest sweetheart. Be prepared to accept lots of hugs and kisses in return — even from your tweens. Well, maybe.   Related: Don’t forget about your partner — 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him CMP is an...

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