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...Read More
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Yummy and totally easy Valentine’s Day treats for the classroom that there’s still time to make. Because procrastinators give love too!
‘Tis the weekend to make those classroom valentines if you haven’t already (ahem, like me and my boys). But no worries: Sometimes being a procrastinator works in your favor. For example, edible gifts shouldn’t be made more than a couple of days ahead of time, and since homemade goodies are our favorite way to show the love, we’re actually right on schedule. Phew. If you’re with me — because you’re a procrastinator, prefer giving Valentine’s Day food gifts, or both — you’re in luck. Over on Cool Mom Eats we have tons of easy Valentine’s Day treats for the classroom that...Read More
Some of my all-time favorite gifts from my kids are the ones they’ve made for me. But, I have to be realistic with my expectations. I don’t have a craft supply closet that can rival Michael’s. Or a craft supply closet at all, for that matter. So I spent a few hours searching Pinterest and Craftgawker to find the coolest DIY Valentine’s gifts kids can make themselves without a whole lot of hassle and extensive (or expensive) crafting materials. These are all sweet keepsakes any teacher, grandparent, babysitter, coach, or sibling would love. And, hey, maybe your kids will even make one for you...Read More
Look, I’m never turning down that heart-shaped box from the drugstore, but nothing says I really, really love you like artisan chocolates made with natural ingredients, crazy good chocolate, and somebody’s hands instead of a machine. Trust me, these fancy chocolate boxes are all so impressive, you really can’t go wrong with any one of these. Because, chocolate. And, let’s just say, it’s a lot less messy in the bedroom than, uh, raw oysters. Related: 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35 Vosges Collection du Coeur Vosges is my personal favorite chocolatier of all time....Read More
The ultimate list of awesome last-minute holiday gift ideas. We’ve got you covered, procrastinators!
Every year, I convince myself that this is the year I won’t be scrambling to find great last-minute holiday gifts; that this is the year I “shop all year” for great stuff for my friends and family and stash it away. But..nope. How is it Christmas week already? Oof. Fret not, fellow procrastinators! You don’t necessarily have to shell out for express-expedited-Santa’s-reindeer-special-overnight-shipping. I mean you can, but instead we’ve got some brilliant last-minute holiday gift ideas and tips so you can get those presents under the tree or by the menorah in record time. (And don’t forget, lucky Hanukkah revelers, if you’re...Read More
We’ve recently become Cheryl’s Cookies converts around here, after having received a generous gift basket delivery of their buttercream cookies. (Now that’s a friend.) And now…they’re our newest sponsor! Which makes us very happy. If, very hungry, because we’ve spent an inordinate number of hours browsing their site this past week. It’s amazing how many incredible, affordable treats they offer that make thoughtful and convenient holiday gifts. (ZOMG, cookie cards!) From their famous buttercream frosted cookies in the cutest shapes and designs, to make-your-own kits for kids, holiday tins and giant towers…well, just saying, be careful browsing on an empty stomach....Read More
My kids believe they are the World’s Greatest Fans of Dylan’s Candy Bar. Which is hilarious, considering that every single one of the zillions of kids who visit their shops each year also believe that they are the World’s Greatest Fans of Dylan’s Candy Bar. So when they joined on as our newest sponsor (yay!), and asked us to take a look at their new selection of personalized candy favors and gifts at the Dylan’s Candy Bar online Design Shoppe (double yay!), you have no idea how quickly I raised my hand. (Sorry, CMP comrades — early bird gets the chocolate.) -Special Offer:...Read More
DIY Father’s Day gifts are always so special, especially from the youngest kids. (Once we hit voting age or so, those handprint mugs just don’t really cut it in the same way, huh.) So for our next installment of our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve put together two dozen of the most creative, sweet DIY Father’s Day gifts including crafts, cards, and printables — some new and some favorites from years past. We hope these become treasured keepsakes in your family. Except maybe the food ideas. Those we’d suggest you don’t treasure or keep for too long. More Father’s Day...Read More
We always love finding the coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts every year as part of our Father’s Day gift guide. And by cool, we mean no cheesy “your name here” mugs. (Not that he wouldn’t love it if it came from you, though.) So check out all 13 of these awesome personalized gifts for dads and grandfathers that we’ve found, whether you’re looking for something small and sentimental, or a big splurge to blow his mind. CMP is an rstyle affiliate 1. A Custom-Engraved Bottle of His Favorite Liquor Both ReserveBar.com and Spirited Gifts offer a nice selection whether he likes...Read More
Last-minute Valentine’s gifts you can still get for your sweetheart: Because we think thoughts count, whenever you come up with them.
So we’ve officially hit last-minute Valentine’s gift territory, which is something I know well. Whether you’ve been busy, stuck for ideas, watching a little too much Netflix, tight on budget, or, like me, spending all your time coming up with Valentine’s gift ideas for readers of your website (ha) we can help! We’ve got lots of last-minute gifts for Valentine’s Day that you can still make, pick up or order in time, plus some drop-dead shipping deadlines from lots of stores who will keep FedEx in business this week. And lucky you: This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, which gives you (worst-case...Read More
We love the idea of romantic valentine’s gifts for him that don’t break the bank, which is why we scoured the web for some of the coolest ideas for the lucky man in your life that all happen to be under $50. Of course, we won’t discourage a bigger, more expensive gift, of course, but we think these still get the Valentine’s Day message across. Just don’t forget the card! All gift ideas have been determined by our editorial staff. There is no compensation for recommendations. Cool Mom Picks is an Amazon and Reward Style affiliate. Check out more of our Valentine’s...Read More
I love looking for crafty DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that my kids can make, and I hope you like when I look for them for you. Because my criteria, I think, are fairly straightforward, and ones I bet a lot of you can relate to as well: 1) Do I own any of that stuff? 2) If I don’t own any of that stuff can I easily get it? 3) Can my kids actually do most of the work and if not, will I complain about it? 4) Will the end result look anything like the photos? Even a little?...Read More
We always have the best time looking for cool Valentine’s Day gift ideas for our kids, whether they’re toddlers, tweens or teens. Hey, it’s not like they’re expecting spendy chocolate truffles or diamond jewelry! Of course not every family exchanges Valentine’s gifts — and we still think cards are always terrific — but for those who do, we love all of these cool Valentine’s gifts for kids. Think of them as sweet ways for kids to give a little love to a sibling or best friend, or for parents or grandparents to shower a child with love, with something besides those chalky...Read More
Are you still looking for a few awesome last-minute gift ideas for Christmas? We know you’re out there, and we’re here to help. So if you’re like us, and you’re still finishing up your Christmas shopping, do not panic. Heck, do not panic if you’re just getting started. Well, okay, you might want to hustle a bit. But panic? Nope, not yet. Check out lots of our favorite last-minute holiday gift ideas in every price range, all of which you can still purchase or make yourself before Christmas morning for pretty much anyone still on your list. And hey, silver lining: what we love about last-minute gifts...Read More
The Ultimate Star Wars Guide: Dozens of geeky gifts, party ideas, DIY projects, recipes, and random Force-inspired insanity.
Okay, so the world is obsessed with Star Wars right now in light of the premier of The Force Awakens. And hey, we count ourselves among you all. Now we can’t exactly say we’ve covered Star Wars “since before it was cool” because 1.) no such thing and 2.) we were not blogging in 1978. But we have put together an awesome Star Wars guide, filled with so many fun finds from over the years — gifts, guides, party ideas, recipes (Chewbacca donuts!) and just random awesome stuff. It’s so fun seeing them all here in one place. Or, you can always...Read More
From the day that Mouth.com launched we were like…whoa! If we had come up with a Cool Mom Eats retail site it would be just that — wonderfully curated gourmet food gifts and subscriptions, all from the best artisanal indie makers from around the country. So we’re beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership: Kristen and I teamed up with Mouth, came up with some super fun ideas, and put together 3 really awesome food gift bags of our own that we thought our readers would really love. Plus, our readers save 10% off everything at Mouth with code CMP10 But we think you...Read More
The best of the Cyber Monday Deals: More than 80 amazing deals from our favorite shops, big and small
Okay, let’s be honest. Cyber Monday deals are kind of like Black Friday deals, since now all the great shopping deals are available online anyway, and even last more than a day or two. Not that we’re complaining. So we’ve put together the best of the Cyber Monday deals for you, including some terrific deals leftover from Black Friday as well as some awesome new discounts and deals just for today. Be sure to take an extra good look at the discounts that support smaller businesses and indie shops. Though hey, we love getting our hands on some snazzy designer items, beauty products, and...Read More
Web coolness : Last-minute Halloween help up the whazoo, creepy books to read the kids this weekend, and the world’s scariest lollipops.
Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. A massive guide to last-minute Halloween ideas. No-stress, promise. Great creepy books to read to your kids this weekend: Hit the library, your local bookshop, or the Kindle store. 9 fun, free printable Halloween coloring pages to keep the kids busy. On the kitchen front, links to 171 Halloween recipes all in one place, from treats to healthy dinners to adults-only cocktails. 9 creative recipes for those pumpkin seeds. (Mmm…really good ones.) Ha, we need this trick-or-treat bag immediately! Now those are...Read More
So here’s something we’re pretty excited about: Recently, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Mouth.com, to put together a fantastic, carefully curated collection of adult Halloween treats you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Just scroll down. A little more…a little more…stop! There you’ll see a small collection of just a very few of our favorite adult Halloween treats. As in, grownups-only goodies from indie makers who have transformed your childhood favorites into something way more special and fancy. If you need a fun hostess gift for an upcoming Halloween party; a little something for your office coworkers or playgroup parents; a...Read More
Let’s be honest, when you’re a parent, pretty much every day is National Coffee Day. But because we have a heart for silly food-related holidays, we’re all for celebrating. So here are just a few of our favorite fun gifts for coffee lovers that we’ve featured here. Top image: Disposable coffee cups as art via Eater Emily McDowell Coffee Mugs All of her cups are hilarious and awesome and beautiful, but this might be a favorite. Still, there’s even more where this one came from. Joco Coffee Cups Rather take your coffee to go? These reusable glass coffee...Read More