Tag: custom gifts

A YA book subscription for the teen (or bookaholic mom) who’s read everything.

When you’ve got a precocious reader in the house, it can be hard to find books they haven’t yet discovered and devoured. I know this because I am that reader and I spawned that reader. Luckily, we found a subscription service — you know we love subscription services!– that will send you the newest, most carefully vetted books for teens, kids who read on the teen level, and adults who love the fast pace and swoony tummy-flutters that YA books can provide. It’s called Uppercase Box, and it’s a YA book subscription service for readers 13 and up that...

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Sponsored Message: I See Me! personalized books make a special gift kids will enjoy way beyond Easter

This is a sponsored message for I See! Me books If you want to cut down on sugary treats this Easter and instead grab gifts that your kids will enjoy way beyond the holiday, check out the range of the award-winning I See Me! personalized books which are wildly popular with both kids and parents. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for Cool Mom Picks readers below –  There tons of books to choose from featuring all sorts of interests, whether it’s pirates or princesses, race cars or farm animals, or alphabet and counting basics. So you’re sure to find something for everyone’s Easter basket whether you’re shopping for a little pre-readers...

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Custom engraved cutting boards as special as what you use them for.

A while back, we found the loveliest custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten recipes from your family. It was such a cool keepsake gift for someone who values the idea of an heirloom family recipe, and the idea has always stayed with me. So when I saw a variation on the theme, in these cool custom engraved cutting boards laser-etched with your handwritten recipes, I really was drawn to them. Because it’s a scan, there’s so much you can do with it–work with a recipe card, something scribbled on an envelope, or a recipe that was typewritten on a funky old typewriter back in...

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Clever personalized plates that let kids play with their food the fashionable way.

Parents of picky eaters, rejoice! The solution to your dinnertime drama might be as simple as a personalized plate… and a cookie cutter. Little Me personalized plates and dress-up cutters for kids are designed to inspire creativity with food, but I’ve found them to be extremely helpful in getting my son to simply eat his dinner. Turns out chicken nuggets are infinitely more exciting when served next to an illustration resembling your child, and that my son’s spinach cakes actually get eaten when they’re cut into the shape of pants and a shirt. Well, mostly. We still haven’t had a dinner that doesn’t end with me begging...

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VIDA scarves by Karen Walrond: Gorgeous photos brought to life around your neck

We always love sharing awesome style collaborations between artists and cool companies, but even better when it’s a friend, like the amazing author and photographer Karen Walrond, who’s launched a line of VIDA scarves. We’ve known Karen and her outstanding work for we-won’t-say-how-many years, so how exciting that she’s collaborating to bring her beautiful photographs to life and with such a wonderful company that brings the vision designers, artists, and creatives alive with the help of artisans in Pakistan, who are paid a fair wage and provided with literacy programs to help them further their own lives.   The scarves,...

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A monster t-shirt kids are guaranteed to love. Because they design it.

It’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t love customizing things to make them their own, from a blank notebook to their bedroom walls. And while I’d rather not have the interior of my car “customized” with stickers, I do want to foster my kids’ love for artistic expression. So, I kind of geeked out over the customizable t-shirt kits by Creatures & Features. And I think they will too. Each kit includes an organic, US-made t-shirt with a monster outline on it and a set of features you iron-on to create a design that’s all your own. They call them a “boy kit” and “girl kit,” but...

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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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11 of the coolest personalized Valentine’s Gifts: Valentines Day Gift Guide

Hooray! It’s the launch our 2015 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, jam packed with the coolest Valentine’s gift ideas for everyone on your list. We’re starting today with personalized Valentine’s gifts, and we scoured the web to find the very coolest. (Hope you agree!) Not that there’s anything wrong with a monogrammed scarf, but you hardly need our help with that. Just be sure to check the shipping dates and order policies for each of these shops so your gift arrives in time for the big day. We’re so happy that our guide is sponsored by Kindle Love Stories, a vibrant Amazon community that chats...

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9 very creative Valentine’s cookies on Etsy. In case you’d rather spend your time on….other things.

I absolutely love homemade treats for Valentine’s Day, but not all of us have the time–or the talent, speaking for myself loudly and clearly. Also, shipping cookies yourself to a loved one who’s out of town can be less than ideal, as I once discovered firsthand. So I started looking around Etsy for some creative Valentine’s cookies and wow! There is so much talent and ingenuity out there that goes beyond heart-shaped sugar cookies. So I put together some of my very favorites, all of which support small bakers around the country. Also, small gyms around the country. At least if you plan on eating all these cool...

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Mistobox: A coffee subscription box for the indecisive, or the very very decisive.

If you have yet to catch onto the whole coffee subscription box trend, you must have been living in a yurt in some remote location for the past few years. In which case, welcome back! Also, I bet you missed coffee you didn’t have to cook yourself over an open fire. So I’ve got a coffee subscription box to tell you about that makes a fantastic gift, if only for yourself. Not that it wouldn’t be great for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or new parents desperately in need of caffeine. You know Mistobox is different the moment you hit the website and they you to take...

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New monogrammed baby shoes from Robeez. This time it’s personal.

They say it’s all in a name and the name here is your own kid’s. Well, that plus Robeez. As long time fans of the baby shoe brand that rose from start-up to Stride-Rite, it’s no surprise that we are all ogling over their perfectly adorable new monogrammed Robeez soft sole baby shoes. It was early on with my first child that I discovered and fell hard for Robeez.  First because they were the only shoes that would fit over her rather plump tootsies (got to love that elastic ankle). And second, for the huge array of fun styles. I find this...

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Custom dolls from your kids’ drawings. Now that’s a keepsake.

My three-year-old son brings artwork home from nursery school by the armful — if you consider a couple of paint drops on construction paper to be art, that is. Every so often, however, he creates something that actually resembles a person, place, or thing, and I want to save it forever. The coolest way I’ve discovered to immortalize a child’s doodle is to turn it into a custom doll. We’ve covered quite a few impressive artists who make custom dolls from drawings that kids make and now there’s one more. Enter Yaela, a designer and mother of two. She runs an online studio called Dolls ‘n’ All...

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The Valentines gift for the romantic with a naughty streak

A little secret about me: I am a serious romantic. I’d always rather get a heartfelt card for Valentine’s Day–or any day, really–than even a box of fancy chocolates or some sexy lingerie. But if you’re looking for a cool Valentine’s gift for a special lady that offers two out of three, you’ll find it with the clever, brand new, Hidden Love Letter Panties from lingerie company Naja. You specify some sweet (or racy) words of love, and provided your special message is 35 characters or less, they’ll print the note on the inside of a pair of navy or red-hot red panties. And...

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Personalized growth charts for kids from Tinyme: Oh the cuteness.

Before you start making more pencil marks on the wall, remember this: Long after the crib is gone and the tiny toddler shoes are replaced by giant adult-size sneakers, that growth chart you started oh-so-many years ago may be something you want to keep. So choose wisely. We have shared many awesome-looking growth charts over the years that we love and now we’ve found one more resource: The personalized growth chart decals from Tinyme, the stylish gift company that just keeps on impressing us. The decals come in six adorable styles that are fun and playful but won’t look totally out of place in an older-kids’...

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11 ideas for end-of-year family photo books to make them even more special

We are the first to admit that we get so caught up in getting gifts for others (and recommending them for you all!) that sometimes, we forget to devote the time to our own memory-making keepsake gifts. One great idea that Kristen puts to use every year: once the holiday craziness has died down, she hits the photo book sites (some of which offer great post-Christmas discounts) and makes an end-of-year family photo book.  That way she can actually include all of those special Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve photos which never make it into holiday photo book gifts....

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Great handmade craft gifts that kids can make themselves

We are always pinning DIY projects that kids can actually do (with maybe just a little help here and there, of course) on our Printables+DIY Pinterest board.  When it comes to getting gifts from my kids, I always love the handmade ones the best. It doesn’t matter if it’s imperfect or inexpensive, as long as it comes from their heart. And hey, even our kids’ teachers agree.  So, if your kids are starting to wonder what to get you–or your partner, their siblings, their grandparents, or their coaches–take an hour to hang out and help them make some of these fun handmade gifts designed just...

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The best teacher gift ideas from people who know: actual teachers.

We are always on the lookout for the best teacher gift ideas every year, and it may in fact be one of the top gift questions we get from readers every year about this time. (Then again in May.) And hey, I get it; if there are any people on my holiday shopping list that I’m most grateful for, it’s my kids’ teachers. They’re with my kids all day every day, and go above and beyond the job description, from purchasing supplies for the classroom from their own wallets to sending personal emails and notes home to let me know how my kids are doing....

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Keepsake lockets from With You come with more than just a sentimental photo

The first thing I notice about the keepsake lockets from the brand new company, With You, is how pretty and sweet they are—in fact, we listed them as one of our holiday gift ideas for a special mother-in-law or grandmother in our gift guide this year. But I’m always a sucker for a good backstory, and co-founder Mikki’s Story brought me to tears. Mikki designed  her first locket for her sister’s wedding. She placed a picture of their father, who had passed away a few years earlier, inside the anklet as a way to let him “walk” her sister down the aisle. (I warned you about the tears.) That...

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9 fantastic photo books under $30 for sweet but affordable gifts. Ready to sort through your camera roll?

This is the time of year when I know it’s time to start thinking about putting together my yearly photo books but I dread looking at my iPhoto files– because 4,589 photos is a lot to wade through. But I’ve found some photo book services that help you to build great-looking photo books easily, quickly, and affordably. Some even do it for you. And the best part: They’re all under $30. I buy photo books as gifts so I can document our family’s year together (and because admittedly I’m terrible at scrapbooking), but also because they’re perfect for so many people: Aunts...

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This is your brain on embroidery hoop art

I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my much cooler younger sister (shh, don’t tell). While we have tons of ideas for fun and irreverent best friend gifts, I’m excited about the embroidery hoop art over at Merriweather Council’s Etsy shop, where their wry sense of humor matches their hip design aesthetic. Merriweather Council has been a favorite of ours for a while—have you seen their irresistible monogrammed embroidery necklaces?—and these embroidery hoop art pieces have really gotten us talking. This is a fun, unexpected bit of decor to hang in the kitchen for that pop of vintage coolness.   If you don’t...

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