Tag: Etsy

Creative ideas to help little kids with school anxiety: 7 small items that can make a big difference.

Preschoolers or kindergarten students often feel really nervous about their first day of school. Or their first month of school. Even older kids may feel anxious about a new teacher, new friends, or just getting back into a more rigorous schedule after a long and lazy summer. While family discussions should help ease their worries, I also love the idea of giving kids a little gift that can help ease anxieties about going back to school, like these seven items I put together here. But hey, whatever works for your kid — that’s the very best idea of all....

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I found the best bath bombs in a kind of random way.

My girls are totally infatuated with bath bombs, ever since my middle schooler joined a Harry Potter Potions after-school science club (so cool, right?) and made her own handmade bath bomb. So when I started combing our neighborhood looking for one for a gift, well turns out they’re sold out everywhere in Brooklyn. Which means bath bombs are officially A Thing. So I poked around on Amazon to find some for my younger daughter’s birthday and went with the highly rated bath bombs by Lifearound2angels. Handmade bath and beauty products can be a crapshoot and I’m picky, but I...

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5 sleepaway camp postcard sets that are cool enough for cynical kids.

Since old fashioned pen to paper is usually the required form of communication at camps, cool sleepaway camp postcards make it easy! They keep writing short and sweet, don’t require envelopes, and if you give your kid a set all stamped and ready to go, the odds are in your favor to receive some updates and maybe even a few I miss you‘s Even from kids who prefer to communicate in emojis. So grab one of these 5 cool sets we found and mail them to your camper in a care package, or send them off in that trunk...

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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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4-in-1 playfort: The only one you’ll ever need.

It’s a camper. It’s a theater. It’s a food truck. It’s a playhouse. No, it’s… All of those things! Seriously. Buy one fort, get four. It is truly the only playfort your kids will ever need. Which is why we are so obsessed with the amazingly cool, brand new 4-in-1 playfort from Bell Station Kids on Etsy. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The most adorable cardboard playhouses for animal-loving kids. Founders Amanda and Matt Whited were inspired by their own kids and constructed the idea for the playhouse with their insanely creative interior design and woodworking skills. Not only is the...

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Web coolness: Jewelry we must have now, the worst gifts for dads, a summer movie guide for kids + more

Here are the coolest things we’ve been seeing around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Wow, we’re in love with Alisa Laryushkina’s incredibly intricate, whimsical clay jewelry in her Etsy shop. She just added this unicorn brooch pendant – isn’t it amazing? But we love the hedgehog and that fox a whole lot too. (h/t Laughing Squid) Top photo: @Liskaflower on Instagram. But wait! We’re supposed to be shopping for dads right now. Have you seen our Father’s Day gift guide yet? So many great ideas! For his first Father’s Day, be sure to check out these ideas for special gifts for new dads....

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A printable fidget spinner game gives new life to this year’s breakout toy

If your kids remain obsessed with their fidget spinners, like mine are, here’s a new way to put them to use that won’t drive you crazy: play with them together. And not at the dinner table, either. Thanks to artist mom Amanda Farnum and her clever kids, they’ve created a printable fidget spinner game available in her Etsy shop for download. Essentially up to 5 players try to move across a grid by using your fidget spinner to complete tricks, like challenging another player to a spin-off, or spinning it on one finger while raising it over your head. Just be sure that...

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If coveting these crazy popular cat-mermaid necklaces is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Finally, we have proof that taking the internet’s most popular things and combining them all into one isn’t just a good idea. It’s a glorious one. That proof? These insanely popular cat-mermaid necklaces by AGirlAndHerCat that everyone is coveting right now. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Cool rainbow unicorn gifts for kids (and kids at heart!). Shop owner Sarah B. makes each necklace by hand with polymer clay, and she’ll customize yours to your exact specifications. Choose the color, tail shape, and (as you can see below) fantastic accessories like floral crowns or gold antlers. You can even send her a picture of your own kitty and...

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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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The cast of Hamilton gets bigger and cuddlier

Of our entire 2016 holiday gift guide, by far one of the most popular gift ideas were the genius handmade Hamilton dolls by Christina of Etsy’s Bobeena Shop. What can we say, you all have good taste in artists — and game-changing Broadway musicals. Now she’s out with a few brand new characters to help round out the most adorable founding fathers (and mothers) around: John Laurens and Hercules Mulligan. Add them to favorites like the Schuyler sisters and Alexander Hamilton himself and you’ll have the most enviable pop culture doll collection on the planet right now. Related: The best Hamilton party theme ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and...

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6 brilliantly easy ways to make inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts more special.

Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...

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A teacher appreciation gift your kids will appreciate later. We hope.

If you’re looking for the perfect teacher appreciation gift, well, admittedly it may not be a mug. I’m well aware that most teachers probably have their share of them, though I’d like to think that’s because you can only own so many “World’s Greatest Teacher” mugs. On the other hand, I would totally make an exception for this grammar nerd mug. How perfect for the teacher who’s always correcting, “Yes, of course you can go to the bathroom, unless you’re having a medical issue. Are you wondering if you may go to the bathroom?” Related: We asked actual teachers for their favorite (and least favorite) teacher...

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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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21 fierce feminist Mother’s Day gifts for the mom who stays woke | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

All moms are fierce, no doubt about that. But if a mom in your life is a loud and proud fighter for equality, we’ve found some really fantastic feminist Mother’s Day gifts that will mean a whole lot to her. (Hey, as moms, we love when the people closest to us really get us.) So here are 21 of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas that send an empowering message of love and support to some of fiercest people we know. At top: Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace | Uncommon Goods CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 12 more wonderfully empowering Mother’s Day gifts for progressive moms Raging Feminist Mom mug...

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Inspirational quote art for your home office: 14 amazing quotes to encourage amazing women

She believed she could so she did. My very favorite inspirational quote. The first time I saw it, not long after I had graduated college, it was printed on a funky wooden brooch by an artist at a craft fair. I pinned it to a jacket, and wore it for ages. From then on, it was like…it was mine. I claim it! (Even though I’ve been told it was penned by R.S. Grey, from her book, Scoring Wilder.) Now, I repeat it to myself like a mantra, whenever I need a little boost. Hey, maybe that’s your favorite too. Maybe there’s another. Maybe you just haven’t found the one...

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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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15 of the coolest bunny gifts for all your kids’ Easter baskets

Are you ready for Easter yet? It’s coming soon. And we’re here for you! I’ve spent hours browsing my favorite indie shops for the coolest bunny gifts for Easter and I’ve found 15 of the most adorable ideas for kids’ Easter baskets. Pick one or two of these gift ideas for their baskets, add a couple pieces of candy or a delicious homemade Easter treat, and you’re done. So, hop to it! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Need more ideas? Here are 20 more awesome bunny gifts for kids I’m a big fan of the natural, creative play of Waldorf toys,...

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