Tag: custom gifts

Your own personalized wine bottles – second only to your own personalized vineyard

It’s like we blinked and Mother’s Day is over, Father’s Day is around the corner, and as always, it’s darn near impossible shop for the dads in my life. Fortunately, I was just turned onto Etching Expressions, which makes custom wine bottles that I think would be awesome gifts for that proverbial Guy Who Has Everything. There’s a whole category of Father’s Day wine gifts but I think there are cooler designs if you poke around the site and use a little imagination. I love the funky retro-looking Love design and the Special Thank You bottle could be funny...

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Framed on Father’s Day

My kids like to leave me little bits of art on my desk, which is very sweet the first fifty times they do it. But with this awesome Doodlebook Frame I can put my favorite picture of them front and center, and then encourage them to make me a new frame every so often. With 80 pages, that’s a lot of opportunities to come up with the perfect masterpiece, and makes it easier to rip off and start over when it’s not quite right. I can also decorate the frame, myself, while on a boring conference call. (Note to...

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Personalized labels that leave no questions as to whose sippy cup that is

Since my daughter started preschool this year, I have learned that I should always have a permanent marker handy for labeling everything she brings with her, a process that leaves something to be desired, especially when you factor in that my handwriting skills peaked at age ten. Baby Label it Yours! has come to my rescue with cute personalized vinyl labels that are dishwasher-safe and more fun than your average label. Each custom set comes with names and initials in your font and color of choice, plus larger labels in themes like zoo animals, trucks and beach motifs. My...

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s super [your kid’s name here]!

There are lots of cute birthday invites out there–heck, we feature tons of them right her–but we have not seen anything quite like the custom comic book invitations from Egba Originals. The company will create an entire comic book starring your child as the hero, and even incorporate the theme of your party into the storyline. How incredibly cool is that? They even come packaged in plastic sleeves, just like real collectible comics. As you’d imagine, this is not a service that comes either cheaply, or quickly. Figure somewhere between $15-$25 each (yes each) and about a month to...

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Stick it; stick it good

Why give a goodie bag full of useless plastic toys that will break five minutes after you give them out, when for the same price you could give each party attendee three sheets of personalized stickers that go with your party’s theme? At least that’s how I see it. Frecklebox is now offering personalized stickers in a variety of designs; I’m a fan of the pirate stickers (shown here), but my daughter has already called dibs on “I Got the Blues,” and “Later, Skater” has been declared “way cool” by my son. And what kid doesn’t like stickers made...

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Mother’s Day gifts for the mother of all mothers (or at least the mother of you)

Holy weepy grandmother – I just discovered the personalized plates from Aedriel Dixon’s etsy shop and if that’s not going to have Nana or Bubbie or Gamma flying through the Kleenex Designer Florals on Mother’s Day then I don’t know what will. These ceramic plates feature sweet little blue or black birds, and a coordinated painted rim. And because they’re all painted by hand, Aedriel can customize them with a nickname, the grandkids’ names, or a short message of love right in the center. The personalized plates take about two weeks to create and ship so best to order...

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Kids’ playhouses that make your backyard the most coveted real estate on the block

This city mom has a dream, and it includes a second bathroom, a third bedroom, and some actual outdoor space that isn’t owned by the city parks department. If I were to magically come across this dream townhouse (which also should, by the way, be precisely between 5th and 7th Avenues, 11th to 13th streets, and cost $4 a month) I would also equip its yard with the perfect custom kids’ playhouse. I think I may have found this very thing from Kids Crooked House. These offbeat mini abodes are made by two cool Maine dads with a love...

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Let’s shower, baby

I realize that baby showers are about celebrating the impending arrival, but it’s also about giving the expectant mom some props as well, right? That’s why I’m loving the Sweet Dreams Boy baby shower invitations from mom-owned Pretty Printing which strike the perfect mix between cute and classy. Owner Connie Feiner was a buyer for Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors before starting her printing business and the pedigree definitely shows. Her simple yet sophisticated designs are printed on sturdy card stock with original graphics. You customize the message and the type, but we’d go with Connie’s recos.  While, sure,...

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Any childbearing folks out there still have some money in the bank? Anyone?

Maybe you’re in the mood to daydream, or maybe you’ve had your near-limitless wealth stuffed in your mattress all this time (in which case: Hi! I’m available for adoption!), but either way, if you want to let your most fanciful kid decor fantasies run wild, head over to Kidtropolis. They don’t just custom-build beautiful kids’ furniture, they design entire kid-friendly spaces. So in the case of this amazing Magic Tree House, that means the treehouse itself houses the bed, but you also get… a tree trunk and painted tree canopy, as well as every piece of furniture and every...

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Bespoken? Word.

Every woman needs to one one perfect, crisp button-up shirt. And by perfect I mean it fits at the shoulders, the collar isn’t better suited to the Ringling Bros. wardrobe department, and your chest isn’t busting the buttons every time you inhale deeply. Rebecca & Drew has just introduced a very cool custom made shirt for women that may be the next best thing to heading to a tailor for measurements. You specify the fabric, your chest size and cup size (!!) and whether you prefer the classic oxford shirt (or custom shirtdress) longer in length. You can also...

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Editors Best of 2008 – The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

Considering all the amazing babies’ and kids’ toys we’ve discovered this year at Cool Mom Picks, narrowing down our list of favorite toys and dolls is like picking amongst our children. That said… Liz: There’s no cuter doll than the one your kid designs his or herself. My pick goes to Wooberry and Art2Believe who each have artists handcrafting custom dolls from your kid’s own drawing. Kristen: The adorable Blabla Kids Boogaloo Dolls¬†(at top) in cuddly cotton handknit help my kids get to sleep every night. That’s saying something. Liz: The make-your-own pottery kits from Thomas Claire let your...

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Attention procrastinators, there’s still time to make Christmas cards

Shameless holiday card procrastinator #87146B here, hanging head low and admitting that I have not yet picked out our family’s holiday cards. Most likely we’ll do what I generally do, which is send out New Year’s cards instead. But for you Christmas card purists, we’ve taken the time to scout out a few last minute options for you. 1. Shutterfly has a nice selection of designer cards from some great modern graphic artists and they’re printed on a nice matte card stock. They also have photobooks, calendars and this cool photo recipe book which make great last minute gifts....

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Your Kid’s Name Up in Lights (Sort of).

In further developments regarding the quest to free my daughter’s room from licensed characters, I’ve discovered custom name wall art from City Art Photography. Each letter is a unique original photograph taken of individual letters for a mix-and-match, urban-cool look–a step above a lot of similar services that we’ve come across. Artist/photographer Mindy will work with you to get the color palette right, then assemble the piece, frame it, and back it with a soda tab photo hangers in the back give it a totally recycled and one-of-a-kind feel. They also happen to be very affordable at $15 a letter,...

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Color By Name

Ever since my daughter was pegged as The Budding Artist, she gets about 14 boxes of crayons at every gift-giving holiday. Boy would she love to get her hands on the custom name crayons from Story Blox. For around $5, depending on the length of your kid’s name, the company will melt down recycled crayons to form one of the best and most inexpensive kid’s gifts around. You can also order a random bunch of letters or the first letter of each party attendee’s name for some pretty great goodie bag favors. Who knew those annoying broken bits of crayon...

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Your Child’s Name in Lights. Or More Accurately, Leaves.

Self-obsessed much? Despite my best efforts, my daughter is. Thanks to our video camera, she’s been watching movies of herself for years. And oh, they are her favorites. Now, thanks to Frecklebox‘s personalized Nature Namebook, she can see her own name written in the stars, in the leaves, in the sand, in ladybugs too. It’s easy to customize your own book and prices aren’t bad – $19.95 for a softcover, $35 for something a little more durable. I can tuck my little egomaniac into the back seat and listen to all the Fleetwood Mac I want while my prodigy...

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Their Name In Leather

If there’s something I’ve noticed about tweens, other than their total obsession with Hannah What’s-Her-Name, is that they really like stuff with their name on it. Now put it on a hot leather cuff that’s got celebrity sightings attached and you’ve got yourself a winning gift. Designer Dillon Rogers has a press page that reads like the Golden Globe invite list. And for good reason. From the clean embossing to the unique closure, they are sure to please anyone from the picky preteen to the leather lovin’ alterna-mama. Now I think her personalized leather cuffs are fantastic for the...

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Lucy’s Name in the Sky, Without the Diamonds

Thanks to my husband the pilot, I’m definitely into planes as children’s room decor; but that doesn’t mean I’ll just grab any old picture of an aircraft and slap it up on my son’s wall. So when I saw artist Bret Herbert’s Skywriter series, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Using a series of backgrounds, like a farm field, beach, or my favorite, the New York City skyline, Bret creates an original piece of art with your child’s name as if it was written in the sky by a bi-plane. The canvases look amazing unframed, and make a...

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Fleeced!

While I’m grateful for all the lightweight summer blankets I’ve received for my new baby, I still wanted something warm and cuddly for those overly frigid stores, restaurants, and my grandmother’s condo in Florida, a.k.a. The Air Conditioning Capital of the World.

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