“Dear baby: on the day you were born, we ate ice cream with your name on it. It kind of stopped the shower when my water broke, but I finished the whole cup of mint chocolate chip, darn it. And it was delicious. Because it was named after you. And because mint chocolate chip.” File that under Things That Would Be Hilarious In a Baby Book. It’s no secret that we love eCreamery, so we’re especially excited that you can now order your delicious, custom-churned spoonfuls of heaven in a pack of 24 customized ice cream cups, just for baby showers....Read More
Tag: custom gifts
We have a thing for personalized dolls at Cool Mom Picks, but I am legitimately swooning over these sophisticated (but still adorable) custom family dolls, handmade by Liliana Tijeras of Citizens Collectible on Etsy. They may be made in Spain, but the couple with the square glasses could have stepped right off of the sidewalks of Brooklyn or Los Feliz. They may even be two dads–hard to tell. Liliana perfectly captures personality in felt and canvas, customizing every doll’s hair color, facial hair, skin tone, and any of more than a dozen hair styles. You can also choose from a slew of fabrics for their outfits, and even...Read More
Father’s Day is coming up, and I’m excited that it’s time to celebrate the amazing dads and grandpas in my kids’ lives. One of our favorite gifts is photo books, which is such a simple way to create an affordable, truly special keepsake that’s loaded with sentiment. So I’ve put together 5 great photo book ideas for Father’s Day gifts, all using the affordable mini photo books from our sponsor Pinhole Press. -Don’t miss an exclusive discount code just for our readers below – We’ve all been fans of Pinhole Press for ages, for their spectacular design options and truly impressive end results. This is...Read More
Clearly we’re having a thing for hidden message keepsake jewelry this week, because first we found the awesome necklaces from Beth Macri, and now I’m crushing on this secret message locket spotted on Etsy. Dearest Mine finds vintage 1960s ball lockets, refurbishes them, and includes a blank of accordion-style paper. Write your own personalized message, or if your handwriting is like mine, Lori can do it for you. You can also include two photos if you wish, this being a locket and all. I can see this as a beautiful, sentimental grad gift: Write Oh, the places you’ll go (or something less…familiar) and...Read More
Custom peg dolls that become fun, modern family portraits. Bonus: you don’t have to pose on a chaise lounge.
Family portraits have come a long way since mom was draped across the chaise lounge, dad stood stoically behind, and the kids and cat were perched stiffly around them. I’m not sure when this was ever a good idea, but I’m thrilled that artists these days are taking a fun, interpretive play on the traditional family portrait, from the personalized embroidery hoops in our Mother’s Day gift guide, to custom embroidered portraits on pendants to the awesome custom LEGO family portrait we just found. One of my new favorites at the moment are the custom wooden Waldorf peg dolls by Bazar...Read More
When it comes to family portraits, everything is awesome when you don’t have to wear matching shirts and comb everyone’s hair. With Legos, this is possible, and everyone’s going to look fabulous. Plus, you won’t have that one photo where everyone is smiling and looks great–except for the kid who had to make a monster face. These Lego Family Portrait prints from Peanutoak Print in Lisbon, Portugal are a great way to capture your family in a playful way that appeals to kids and doesn’t require them to say cheese. Just tell the artist what everyone looks like, and she’ll...Read More
It’s the time of year that I can go for a nice, beautiful little indoor herb garden on my urban windowsill. I love the idea of always having fresh basil for pesto, and fresh mint for lemonade or iced tea. A Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is a great way to start, but when you’re ready to replant into larger individual containers, it’s nice to make them pretty. These herb labels for flower pots can help. And aren’t they sweet on a simple, handpainted, two-tone flower pot? Even I can do that. It’s a neat idea if you have...Read More
I bought a few felted wool bowls a long time ago and while they seemed a bit of a frivolous purchase at the time, they turned out to be really useful. They sat on my dresser to catch all my rings, dainty bracelets, and tiny necklaces just perfectly–that is, until my mom liked them enough to take them home with her. So upon discovering these custom felted bowls at The Felterie on Etsy, I decided was a sign for me to add some new ones back into my home decor mix, especially considering how much I use them. ...Read More
We spend a lot of time curating the best of the best custom gifts for mom–or dad or grads or pretty much anyone. What can we say, we love customizing gifts which can turn a perfectly lovely present into a more special keepsake. Now with Mother’s Day around the corner, there’s another site you’ll want to bookmark for that very thing: Hatch. Exclusively focused on handmade custom gifts and personalized goods from small makers and crafters, there are 800 artists on site right now including a few we’ve featured before like Merriweather Council whose wonderful custom initial pendants are shown...Read More
One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts–or Father’s Day gifts or holiday gifts, for that matter–is taking my kids’ artwork and having it turned into something custom and special, whether it’s jewelry or a key chain. I’ve now ordered custom jewelry from kids’ artwork from Metalmorphis quite a few times, and can’t say enough wonderful things about Kim’s work. Send her a good scan of a drawing, signature, or doodle (she will send it back if it’s not high enough quality, trust me!) and she’ll turn it into a silver pendant, a dog tag style necklace, a custom key...Read More
We have featured piles of cool wooden alphabet blocks for kids over the years, from modern design blocks to steampunk science blocks, to Storyblox‘s “build-your-own” wooden blocks. And now there’s a cool set of custom name blocks on the, er, block, that’s perfect for a baby shower gift or child’s birthday gift. Australia’s Tinyme, whose puzzles, labels, and fun printables have been CMP favorites for a while, has put their creative stamp on custom name blocks. In order to get these beauties into our hands (which they will), they’ve got a Kickstarter campaign in the works to raise production dollars. And...Read More
As modern as my tastes tend to be, I have a thing for personalized silhouette gifts for Mother’s Day, especially when they can be customized with your own family members’ profiles. For years, we’ve included the indie shop Le Papier Studio on the site and in countless gift guides, because they’re constantly updating their selection with so many cool (and surprisingly affordable) silhouette gifts that are both modern and timeless. And just in time for Mother’s Day (it’s coming!) their jewelry category is bursting with wonderful gift ideas. I’m a big fan of the new Personalized Silhouette Charm Necklace made out...Read More
I finally understand the benefit of those embossed, custom rolling pins. I love to bake for my family, especially a yummy batch of homemade cookies, but it all turns tragic when I try to decorate them. As in, my kids aren’t quite sure if they’re supposed to be Easter eggs or basketballs. Well, I don’t have to be awesome at it to love baking, so I’m itching to get my hands on one of the amazing custom rolling pins from Valek’s Rolling Pins on Etsy. These wooden rolling pins remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen, but they are embossed...Read More
If you’ve been searching for a fun, vibrant watch that looks just the way you–or your kids–want it to, we found it. Visit Modify Watches, a small business specializing in custom watches that lets customers to mix-and-match from over 3,000 combinations of watch faces and bands, all with fun names like The McQueen (Steve, not Alexander). Modify seems to have a fantastic reputation for involving loyal customers in their product development (just check out their Facebook page), which we think is really cool. But it’s ultimately about the watches. The way it works is simple, really. Pick your watch face, pick your band...Read More
Beautiful custom labels for gifts, home storage, and generally looking more organized than you feel.
Let’s face it: clutter happens. And I’m always looking for new ways to get our stuff (er, my kids’ stuff) organized at home. Since I don’t have a line item in our family budget for custom crates labeled toys and blocks, I’ve been using the (even better, cooler) custom labels recently introduced by one of our favorite eco-friendly stationers on the web, Paper Culture. – Don’t miss a great discount below for today only – Like most everything in Paper Culture’s store, these tags are customizable, using their modern designs or your very own. There are all-text options or you can...Read More
The chic new bags from Brit-Stitch. When you’ve outgrown the need to carry your entire life in your bag.
As many things as I miss about having little ones, I love that I can now leave the house with little more than my phone, wallet, keys, and maybe an emergency lollipop for the kids. This means I can also revert back to my smaller handbags more frequently than date nights. And the new bags from Brit-Stitch are a gorgeous new option for spring. Taking a very strong cue from the original Cambridge Satchel, and the myriad traditional British satchel bags that are so popular now, Brit-Stitch adds something new to the purse party with a selection of make-your-own...Read More
When I was a teen, there was no such thing as an iTunes gift card. No, we had to walk both ways to Turtles and work our fingers to the bone making mix tapes. It’s just as hard today to find a gift for a teen girl that says “I understand you and am not tragically unhip.” But we think this personalized coin purse is just right. And you can pop a gift card in there too. Handmade in NYC, each coin purse is crafted of natural linen and lined with quilting fabric with a name or word embroidered on the...Read More
Sure, we like pink and girly decorations for our daughters’ room–unless they’re too much like visual cotton candy. That’s why I love these personalized wooden hangers from the Etsy shop RedHandGang; sweet, but not saccharine and dare I say adorable. There, I said it. Because it’s true. With their clean, cheerful lines and hand-painted charm, these would make a lovely gift for that girl who’s a little bit girlie and a whole lot chic. You’re not going to hang a winter coat on them, but for some kid costume jewelry, belts, or other accessories, they’d look great right on...Read More
What kind of cruel punishment is it that parents, with the brain fog that comes from raising children, are expected to compete with their kids’ fresh brains in memory games? We featured scented memory games and modern art memory games, but they usually end up with the same outcome for me: loss. My kids crush me every time. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for Cool Mom Picks readers below. So how much more wonderful will it be to lose if we’re playing Paper Culture‘s beautiful new custom photo memory game? Simply upload 16 of your favorite pictures and pick out a...Read More
We all know how much babies and toddlers love to look at photos of the people they love, and so a custom photo gift can be a wonderful baby gift. But if you are like me, those puffy, plastic photo albums aren’t your idea of great nursery decor. And framed pictures in glass? Well, we all know how that is going to turn out. Enter BéBé Blocks. This great shop, started by a stay at home mom and her own dad, takes your favorite digital photos to create beautiful custom photo blocks to display. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for CMP...Read More