We all know, of course, that the amount of money you spend on a Father’s Day gift has no correlation with love whatsoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with splurges. But if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re not a spendy gift kind of a family, or if you have the kind of dad on your list who really is just comfortable with a small token, we’ve got you covered with 17 super cool Father’s Day gift ideas for you that all ring in under $25. They’re also great for kids who are saving their allowances, and maybe buying their very own...Read More
It’s not often I discover a new Etsy shop and automatically think okay, every single thing in there is adorable. But that’s the case with Babee and Me, which I can forgive for being based in Byron Bay, Australia, considering what beautiful work is coming out of the shop. From soft handmade baby toys, to funky teething rattles (oh, those cameras!), and tons of gorgeous personalized wooden blocks in all kinds of styles, everything just has a wonderful sensibility about it with terrific typography, and modern color combination. I like that the selection also includes lots of black and white gifts,...Read More
Next up in our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, are some of the coolest gifts for grandpas. Or grandfathers. Or papas, pop-pops…you know, that awesome patriarch in your family. We’ve got a fun range for you from thoughtful gifts from the grandkids, to spendier gifts that make a big statement, should he need a little extra love this year. And of course, don’t forget the card. Whatever the gift, they’re nearly always the best part. And hey, don’t miss our fabulous (seriously, like all-caps worthy FABULOUS) $800 Father’s Day gift guide giveaway below. Entering is easy and we think, totally...Read More
We are so excited to launch our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, because as our longtime readers know, we just love tracking down fantastic gift ideas for the dads we love in our lives. (Yay cool dads!) So we’re starting out with the coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts — not just because we really like them, which we do, but because personalized or custom gifts often require a little lead time. So if one of these strikes your fancy, get moving! Father’s Day is June 21 this year. And we’re thrilled to welcome back Pinhole Press as our sponsor of this post...Read More
Oh, the joys of the summer birthday party when the nice weather means celebrating with friends out-of-doors. And whether this means gathering everyone into your backyard, meeting at the local park, or even taking over a quiet piece of sandy beach, we’ve put together ten awesomely creative, but totally doable, summer party themes for our kids’ summer birthdays. Because doable? As in, without a $10,000 a day party planner? That kind of detail is important to us. And we’re so happy to be working with the most perfect sponsor for a summer party theme feature: Carvel and ILoveIceCreamCakes.com. Because hello, ice cream cakes! Visit...Read More
We’ve been smitten by Claudine Hellmuth’s clever gift boxes that look like ovens and popsicles for a while now. So we just visited her Etsy shop again, and wow, she has so many fun printable gift boxes at her site now that I’m tempted to give away little treats all summer. What I love best about these is that she’s made it possible for a small treat to be really memorable. With dozens of kid birthday parties and teacher-appreciation gifts to give, that’s something I really appreciate. Of course, your kids could just print these and make them as a fun DIY project that they can use for imaginative...Read More
If you read Cool Mom Tech, you may be aware of my daughters’ obsession with Minecraft. We even created Minecraft games we can play when the screens are off. So I can only imagine how thrilled they’d be to decorate their room with the custom Minecraft skin wall art from Etsy’s Lemur apps. Related: The best Minecraft birthday party ideas for kids Of course kids love to own anything that looks like them, but in this 8-bit world, it’s about anything that looks like the custom skin of their character that they’ve so carefully chosen. This company has gone so far...Read More
Believe it or not, the clock is already ticking for custom teacher gifts. School is ending within weeks for some kids (gah!) and, for better or for worse, we parents will soon realize just how deserving those teachers are of a really awesome gift. Luckily, we’ve found a simple, affordable one that’s way better than a Starbucks card and sure to be a hit with any teacher who comes into class each day with a coffee in hand. Personalized Starbucks coffee cups from maevelymade on Etsy are so much fun but what we’re particularly impressed with, is that they were conceived of and designed by...Read More
William Carlos Williams has always been one of my favorite poets, and to this day, his imagery of plums in the icebox remains strong and beautiful thanks to my mom introducing me to This is Just To Say when I was young. So when I saw this William Carlos Williams tea towel featuring his beautiful words, perfectly screenprinted in a typewriter font the way he meant them to be, I thought, yep. Perfect. Denver Etsy shop Urban Bird and Co offers other fun natural cotton tea towels and sets of cloth napkins that make wonderful hostess gifts now that summer is around hte corner. But it’s that...Read More
6 Tooth fairy gifts for kids getting ready to lose teeth faster than that little winged collector can keep up.
You know that time your kid turns 6 (or 5 or 7) and suddenly they start losing a whole slew of teeth in what feels like five minutes? That’s what’s going on in my house right now, as my daughter yanks out tooth after tooth. Seriously, this kid is proactive in the tooth removal department. So it’s only logical that I’ve been having some fun looking online for cool tooth fairy gifts for kids losing teeth. Not that she’ll get one for every tooth; I think the tooth fairy’s bounty for incisors and bicuspids cover that. But I love the delightful...Read More
My kids have a penchant for falling in love with tiny things. I can’t blame them; I’m the very same way. The smaller and cuter a toy happens to be, the more we all adore it. So how could we resist the heart-meltingly adorable creations over at the Little Bellwoods Etsy shop? Short answer: We can’t. Every little stuffed animal is cuter than the next. Skunks, foxes, and, well, the cutest toy birds I have ever seen in my entire life. And every little one is made by hand –and obviously with love, too– by a Canadian mom. (Toronto, represent!) I’ll...Read More
20 funny Mother’s Day cards, because laughter is the best way to forget about stretch marks. If only briefly.
Each year for the last few years, we’ve been tracking down our favorite funny Mother’s Day cards. Of course humor is subjective, but I always try to stay away from the cards that reduce her to a laundress/cook/taxi driver. Also all the MILF jokes because…yeah. She’s your mom. Don’t be weird. Really, these are just the cards so funny I wish I had written them. So kudos to these awesome writers and designers for making us smile just a little more than we already do this weekend with some fantastically funny Mother’s Day cards. Warning, mild irreverence ahead, and one or two...Read More
It’s May (eep!) and the school year is almost over. Even though my kids’ teachers deserve my thanks every day, I especially want to make them feel loved on Teacher Appreciation Day which is May 5, by the way. I always say that the best gifts are the ones you wouldn’t buy for yourself, and the same is true for these yummy edible gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day. They’re kind of a splurge, but that’s what our teachers deserve. And hey, they make lovely end-of-year teacher gifts too. Just don’t forget a thoughtful note from the kids, which is what educators tend to appreciate most of all. Related: The...Read More
Since most of the mail I get in my own mailbox is junk or bills, I’d love to see my kids playing mail carrier and delivering me something really special using Miss Pretty Pretty’s colorful felt mail bag. Perhaps delivered to this cute printable mailbox we shared a while back? Coming from Julie the same Etsy artist that has given us the most creative and well-made handmade playhouses we may have seen, ever, Miss Pretty Pretty’s child-sized mail bag is ready to go to work. Or play. Through rain, sleet, snow, or just across a messy playroom. She can even customize it in whatever color combination your...Read More
If my preschooler had his druthers, all of his shirts would be emblazoned with construction vehicles or superheroes. Luckily, he doesn’t have 100% control over his wardrobe, which means I can introduce fun prints and patterns. And this season, I’m all about pineapples. Yes, the tropical fruit is trending in kids’ fashion, giving everything from socks to dresses to denim shorts a relaxed beachy vibe. Since summer break is still weeks away, what kid couldn’t use a little vacation inspiration right now? Here are a few fun pieces that I’m really liking for kids. CMP is an rstyle affiliate The...Read More
Kimmy Schmidt fans (Me! Me!) will rejoice at the discovery of embroidery hoop art featuring my own favorite quote of 2015 thus far: Hashbrown: No Filter. Hey, can’t beat an Instagram inside joke making a hot new Netflix series. Oh, and if you haven’t seen The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? You need to do that. Right after you check out this Etsy shop. Thread Honey features the kind of embroidery hoop art that go right up to the line of irreverence — and perhaps crosses it for some of you. As for me, I’m giggling at one more than the next. But it’s not...Read More
As much as I love party decorations, I hate throwing them out at the end of the day. I don’t even like throwing out paper tablecloths, after they’re torn, which, I know. My own issue. So I always love finding party decor that can be reused. I think the reusable personalized birthday banners from our friends at Blue Without You Kids are just adorable. The Etsy shop is known for their handmade soft mobiles and gorgeous but affordable embroidery hoop art, so banners seem to be a perfect addition to the line. While there are some cool handmade pennant buntings and a really...Read More
When papier-mâché animal heads began popping up on blogs a few years ago, I wasn’t completely sold on the trend of faux taxidermy as children’s decor. Sure, they were a million times less creepy than the real deal, but they didn’t seem playful enough for a kid’s bedroom. On the other hand, the plush taxidermy from Kelsey Davis Design are the perfect mix of wit and whimsy. If had a nursery to decorate, I’d place my order today. All of the creatures she makes would be adorable over a crib or a dresser, but the crown-wearing lion and vintage-patterned pig are my two favorites. Related: Zoo portrait clocks that will have you laughing. The wall mounts...Read More
Lately I’ve been asking my kids to be responsible for carrying their own things to practices, school, playdates—pretty much everywhere. It’s not an easy task, as some days a headband or bookmark is a burden to heavy for them to lift. (Cue violins.) But I’m thinking these adorable illustrated tote bags we found from the Etsy shop Sobiegraphie might help get them excited about carrying their stuff around so I don’t have to. We love them so much, we even included the unicorn tote among the coolest birthday gifts for tweens and big kids, in our Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide. Kids shouldn’t get...Read More
Courtney Courtney: Now one more way to get your hands on our favorite girls’ dresses. If you’re quick.
At a time we’re seeing some of our favorite small artists abandon Etsy for their own storefronts, we’re thrilled to see one of our all-time favorite makers, Courtney Courtney, back there again, giving us one more place to shop in addition to the Courtney Courtney shop on Big Cartel. Kristen and I may each own more of her amazing handmade dresses for our kids than anyone else in the world, and every day our kids put them on it gives us joy. While other artists have tried the whole upcycled t-shirts turned into dresses thing, no one we’ve ever seen does it quite...Read More