Tag: custom gifts

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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10 cool custom photo gifts for the holidays

If your kids are like mine, it’s no small feat to actually get one fabulous, shareable photo of them. So when I have a perfect one, I love looking at ways to incorporate it into great custom photo gifts for people on my list I know will appreciate it (hello, grandparents). This year, I’m really digging the growing collection of excellent custom photo gifts from Minted. We are so so happy to have them back as a sponsor (we love you, Minted!) because long before they were, we were fans of Minted holiday cards, which are not only printed beautifully, but help to support so many amazingly talented indie designers...

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Adorable personalized wooden ornaments for kids who wants to see their own names on the tree. That’s, all of them.

Every Christmas, one of my kids’ favorite things to do is reminisce about each ornament as we hang it on the tree. Sure, it takes us a long time to get the whole thing decorated, but we love trying to remember the story behind each one, and some of the most special are those personalized ornaments we own, customized with names, dates, or pictures right on them. So when I saw the simple and lovely personalized wooden ornaments (they’re bamboo!) from the family-run Graphic Spaces Wood featured in our gift guide in our list of cool personalized gifts for kids, I knew my family needed one. Or...

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It’s here! It’s here! Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has arrived.

We are so SO excited to present our 2014 holiday gift guide, our biggest and best yet, if we do say so ourselves. You’ll find 20 pages of absolutely amazing holiday gift ideas (over 200 to be exact) for everyone on your list in every price range, all scoured from the ends of the earth by our intrepid Cool Mom elves. (Okay, from the ends of the Internet. Same thing these days.) As always, when you shop from our guide, you’re supporting a whole lot of small brands and indie artists, including our absolutely awesome sponsor, Micro Kickboard. They...

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3 awesome new food gifts for men, when the way to their hearts takes the traditional route

I’m all about food gifts for men. Maybe because I love the men in my life, and the men in my life happen to love food. If you’re with me, then I’ve got three fantastic resources for you if you’re all about seriously cool food gifts that have nothing to do with cheese logs or lollipop towers. Mantry First, there’s Mantry. I discovered them last year and loved them so much, my own dad got a subscription from me for Christmas. Their one-, three-, and six-month subscription food boxes are still an extraordinary gift idea for any guy who’s down with the likes of gourmet salsa,...

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Cool personalized jewelry gifts for the holidays, now 20% off. Yes, please.

If I put it out into the universe that I really like personalized jewelry gifts, do you think people will get the hint? If not for me, then for everyone else–perhaps the special people on your own holiday lists, especially when it’s all 20% off for a limited time. I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered from Charm and Chain, and my guess is these personalized pieces would be no exception. Here are a few of my favorites that I think would make amazing gifts for every single budget. If you’ve got a zodiac lover in your life, this custom zodiac necklace...

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Custom family portraits: 10 cool, modern options for a truly special holiday gift

As someone without an artistic bone in my body, I’ve always admired those illustrators and artists creating modern custom family portraits and other personalized illustrations. Every year I seem bookmark a ton of them thinking I’ll order one of my girls–then never take the plunge. It’s such a cool, special gift for a grandparent, a newlywed couple, for a new parent, or a far-away relative. The only challenge: You have to get it together early enough to commission yours in time for the holidays. And yep. There’s my problem. Every year. So this year (cue angels singing) I’m here in...

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Sponsored post: Personalized books starring your child. And another favorite star.

This is a sponsored message from Peppa Pig and Me As any kid can tell you, the only thing better than reading a book about one of their favorite cartoon characters is being in a book with one of their favorite cartoon characters. Now, there’s a cool new way to make that happen. Personalized Peppa Pig books allow you to put your favorite child in a Peppa Pig story–not just their names, but their actual image. Can you think of  anything more likely to make a kid want to read a book over and over? – Don’t miss a special discount for Cool Mom Picks readers below – Choose from a selection...

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An adorable doll carrier for future babywearers

I’m a veteran babywearer, so it’s no surprise that the first thing my daughter thinks about when she wants to take her dolls for a walk is putting them into a carrier. We’ve always had cute little doll pouches for her babies, but with whyknotmom’s Reversible Doll Carrier, she finally has one that looks like the Ergo her little brother used to pretty much live in, and she couldn’t be more excited. These adorable customizable doll carriers come in a variety of colorful fabrics with black on the reverse to better simulate mom’s or dad’s carrier. With adjustable waist and shoulder straps, they’ll...

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A twist on holiday photo cards that’s shiny and bright (and pretty darn neat)

Holiday photo cards have become such indelible parts of the season, they’re right up there with shiny wrapping paper, gift-giving, Cyber Monday sales, and gingerbread lattes at Starbucks. (Take a seat, PSL™, you’ll have had your time by then). Since some of you are already asking us about cool holiday photo cards–and we bow down to you–the first really newsworthy ones have come across your desks. This year, the talented folks at Artifact Uprising, whose gorgeous photo books our readers have all gone nuts for, have added a cool twist to the usual holiday greeting tradition with a clever new 3-in-1 Photo Card. It’s...

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DIYers: Get inspired with these very cool handmade rubber stamps

Ever since a Cool Mom Picks editor forwarded me a link to the Creatiate Etsy shop devoted solely to cool handmade rubber stamps, I’ve been imagining the inky possibilities. These stamps are gorgeous–like I wish I could spend a week stamping an entire wall in my house to make the world’s prettiest wallpaper gorgeous. And while that might be going a bit overboard, embellishing stationery, kids’ party invitations and loot bags, and making just about any flat surface lovelier isn’t, right? There are so many designs–see what sparks your own imagination.     The shop owner can also customize a stamp for...

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Our gift to you: The most gorgeous indie accessories and fashionable accents for less

When we first opened up the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop a few months ago, we were so excited to get to support so many of the indie makers and artists we’ve loved for years, while getting a chance to discover new ones. But what’s been even more fantastic is the reception we’ve gotten from our reader–wow, do you mamas have great taste! So we’re so excited that great.ly wants to thank you all with a fantastic limited time offer: This week only, every item in our fashion + accessories collection ships for free.  Whoo! Update: April, 2015: Now everything in the shop ships for free...

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Bam! Pow! These handmade, custom superhero capes for kids are insanely gorgeous

When my kids have had about all the video game time I can take, I need perfect playthings on hand to spark their imaginations–preferably outside and totally away from screens. The custom superhero capes from Super Kid Capes on Etsy are my most recent find for my youngest two. Handmade by Brooke Fuller in South Bend, Indiana, many of these capes recall classic super heroes–like Captain America, Batman and Robin and Wonder Woman–customized with your child’s name or initial. (I can just hear my kids saying Aaaawwesome.)  There are more design options like dinosaurs, crowns, and flowers for kids who want to make an extra style...

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A custom backpack our kids can’t wait to design themselves

My kids wear uniforms to school, which makes it hard for them to find ways to express their personalities while staying within the dress code. One great option is of course custom backpacks (and backpack accessories) that reflect their fun spirits, like the new ones we just discovered from Adelaide NYC, already one of our favorite spots for kids’ accessories. They’re pricy, but definitely something we haven’t seen before. DIY backpack in this case means design it yourself, which is definitely easier and less messy than handing your kids a sewing machine and some backpack fabric. Kids can choose from 12 different geometric...

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Adorably personalized library tote bags give kids one more reason not to lose those books.

As this crazy summer winds down I’m really looking forward to returning to our town’s library for after school hangs and rainy weekends. We’re there often, but no matter how hard we try to keep track of those borrowed books they tend to get lost in the household shuffle, so I exceptionally love the idea of this personalized library tote bag from our friends at Sarah + Abraham. This adorable customizable tote featuring the popular olligraphic designs we love will get your kids a little more excited when it’s time to make a library run. Kids can make this bag truly their own, choosing among four colors...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 cool Pinterest pins plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. The hot bag for fall our editors are fighting over. (Okay, not really, but we might!). Plus, it supports a great cause. 2. A simply brilliant way to pack fruit in school lunches. Easy, too. 3. We bet these tips for making the fluffiest pancakes will make everyone at your house very happy. 4. One of the coolest birthday gifts for toddlers we’ve seen. 5. Three words: Hello Kitty backpack....

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What are the best gifts for a two year old? We’ve got tons!

Choosing the best gift for a two year old from among ride-on vehicles, construction toys, dolls and more can seem overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down to some favorites that our own boys and girls have loved. Because that first birthday party may get more hoopla, but we know the second is where you get to buy the really fun gifts for a toddler who is just getting ready to, well, toddle everywhere. And, possibly, remember your gift in the first place.   RIDE-ON TOYS FOR TWO YEAR OLDS   You probably don’t have to worry about a two-year-old getting enough exercise, but the challenge is to...

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The ultimate cute self closing pacifiers for germaphobe parents

None of my kids had any interest in baby pacifiers, which was not for lack of trying on my part, let me tell you. If they had, I know that my germaphobic tendencies mean that I would have carried around lots of extra clean binkies and pacifier wipes, and  tried to heed the urging of my Cool Mom compadres to never invest in a useless pacifier sterilizer. But here’s something up my alley without a big investment: the Keep-it-Kleen baby pacifiers from RaZbaby. We first discovered these self closing pacifiers years ago, and since then they’ve added a ton of new adorable designs–I totally love how retro the...

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