Tag: gift sets

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...

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Please judge these beautiful gift books by their covers

A glance through our archives shows that we love wonderful books for kids. If you would like to help get a child in your life as hooked on books as we are, check out this stunning four-book collection of classic children’s titles. With new cover art by Rifle Paper Co’s Anna Bond, whose stationery and gifts have been featured many times on Cool Mom Picks, the In Bloom Book Collection pulls together four well-known titles in children’s literature: Little Women, Heidi, A Little Princess, and Anne of Green Gables. Each of these storybooks could stand on its own as a gift, but these new covers make them especially impressive as...

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A natural skincare gift for your cosmetic junkie friend in need of rehab.

If you have a cosmetics junkie friend–you know what I mean–it may be time for a gift that takes thing back to a natural, cleansing place. And a new line I just discovered,  Board and Batten, could be a perfect fit with their “farm to skin” products–kind of like farm to table, only you know. For skin. There is no shortage of high-quality non-toxic skincare brands out there, but I love a brand that sources all of its ingredients from their very own Florida farm, and handcrafts the products in small batches, too. You won’t find parabens, GMOs, sulfates or synthetic fragrances here. Instead, expect skin-loving natural ingredients like...

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Our favorite DIY teacher gifts from the class that make a big impression.

We love teachers so much which is why we’re always excited to track down great ideas for teacher gifts from the class. After all, they give to our kids all day long without complaining (to us, anyway) about the runny noses they wipe, or the fifth round of lice to hit the school this year. With the school year wrapping up as we speak, if you haven’t started thinking about gifts from the class for your teacher yet we’ve got some great ideas, both new and from years past. One thing we’ve learned from talking to dozens of teachers over the...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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A new baby gift set that gets around

We love the whole premise of Lately Lily, who teaches kids the joy of travel and worldliness–a little like our generation’s Eloise, but without the bad attitude. And now kids can start joining her on journeys from birth, with these cute new gift sets for baby boys and girls.    Poking around Land of Nod, I happened to catch these brand new Lately Lily baby gift sets featuring the trademark vintage picture book style that I fell in love with last year. The designs are all printed on three baby onesies and packaged in a reusable suitcase gift box which will...

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Cooper and Kid: an “awesome box” just for dads.

It was inevitable that with the proliferation of monthly boxes for moms, that someone would come along with a version for dads. And we’re pleased to see it has nothing to do with “reminding” dads that they are incapable of cooking or changing diapers; but rather, it’s about dads who like to play with their kids. Shocker, right?     The stunningly designed and conceived Cooper and Kid box is jam packed with $65 worth of fun–which had honestly be a whole lot of fun at that price point. Still, it seems to give you your money’s worth in...

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Some of the very best baby book gift sets (just add cute wrapping paper)

I still remember, before I had kids, being so excited to get a friend’s new baby a set of classic books like Alice and Wonderland and Peter Pan–and the way she looked at me when she said her daughter would love them in 10 years or so. Hey, I still thought it was cool, but with these baby book gift sets I found, at least the mom to be can start reading them at the very first bedtime. –Liz Peter Rabbit book collection: Traditionalists will love this Beatrix Potter collection, and though what’s outside a book is never more...

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How to give your kids monthly gifts of awesomeness from littlefox

There are so many amazingly unique and gorgeous baby products out there. But when I was a new mama, I was so exhausted and preoccupied, I found it hard to find the time to actually buy all the cool baby clothes, toys and gear I would’ve loved to have. If only I had a personal shopper who could have sent me some of the best things every now and then.   So I think it’s pretty cool that there is a company that selects a few of the most-beautiful and thoughtfully made baby items and delivers them every month...

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The Valentine’s gift baskets that should never ever be called gift baskets.

Gift baskets have a bit of a bad reputation. Most of them reek as corporate or impersonal, which are the last things you want your sweetie to think about your gift on Valentine’s Day. But then there’s New York Mouth, which is doing such cool, curated, and dare I say clever Valentine’s tasting boxes, I would personally be thrilled to get any one of these. And yes, that’s a hint. You can check out their jerky sampler that we included in our Valentines Day gift ideas for him, but there is sooooo much more to drool over here. The artisanal...

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We’ve got the buzz on a sweet new line by Burt’s Bees

We’re used to slathering our babies in products from Burt’s Bees, but now you can dress your baby in them, too.  Sweet! [Don’t miss a great giveaway and discount code after the jump!] The new Burt’s Bees Baby line includes a complete layette in sizes preemie through 9 months for your sweetest little honeybee. From cozy elf caps and onesies to footie-pajamas and tees, you can expect supersoft 100% organic pima cotton in muted hues with minimalistic but natural designs.  I love the soft beige stripes and sleepy pastels–and the adorable bee graphic. And I’ve tried those darling little...

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Baby gift sets from the land of driving on the wrong side of the road

While we’re all still on this post-Olympic London kick (man, aren’t you dying to go right now?) it was great timing that we discovered this brand new children’s line straight out of London. [don’t miss a fantastic limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump!] Designed by new mum and former architect Jen Taylor, Hokolo (an amalgam of Hong Kong and London) has just introduced its very first line showcasing adorable baby clothes and toys based on the Crown Jewels. These are super special baby gifts,  especially if you’ve got friends in Britain. Although certainly we ‘Merikins will...

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7 surprising ways BabbaBox makes a cool gift for kids

If your kids are like mine, then getting something in the mail with their name on it completely makes their day. However when it’s filled with arts, crafts, and everything you need to make them, well, I’m pretty sure it would make their year. We’ve been long time fans of BabbaBox, now our newest sponsor (yay!), so we already know that their amazing activity boxes for kids 3-6 make the perfect gift. Here, just a few ways to think of it that you might not have considered.{Don’t miss the exclusive discount and two great giveaways after the jump} 1....

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3 affordable hostess gifts that make a sweet impression long after you’re gone

With summer coming to a close (noooo!) a lot of us are planning last minute weekends and cramming in final visits to see friends and take advantage of those lake house invitations. On Pinterest, we have an entire board featuring wonderful, varied hostess gift ideas. And here are three more ideas that really are just for the hostess. (You can always hit her kids up with something else.) I love the idea of giving things that smell beautiful–especially if you’re traveling with kids or pets. Plus, she’ll be able to remember your visit long even when your wet towels...

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A new monthly gourmet subscription box with lots of reasons to love it.

While monthly subscription boxes are all the rage now, from beauty products to craft kits, I have to say I still have a thing for the gourmet boxes. With a culinary school grad in the house, we tend to have more kinds of salt than most people have shoes, and I’m always open to finding more. So I’m thrilled to introduce the wonderful new service, Love With Food, which not only serves up some tasty monthly goodness at a truly fantastic price, it also does plenty of good for others. For just $10 a month–that’s super cheap in subscription...

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Gift wrapping made easy (and pretty!)

Have you ever been to a white elephant gift exchange? Then you know how everyone goes for the box with the prettiest bow, even though we all know that’s the one that has the stale apple and branded notepad in it. That’s because presentation counts when it comes to gifts — pretty packages are irresistible. They make the recipient feel special, which is the whole point of gift giving, if you think about it. But there’s nothing worse than running out to buy a gift, and then having to run out, again, to pay for overpriced gift wrap and...

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7 hostess gift ideas that you can make your own

I have a big love for finding the perfect hostess gifts for those overnight or weekend invitations that crop up over the summer–if we’re lucky. (Hint: feel free to invite us! My kids eat nothing and we bring good hostess gifts.) While some friends have very specific interests and are easy to shop for, some require something a little more general. So I’m happy to have found hostess gift central, all in one cool online shop. Canoe online, the online offshoot of the popular Portland store, is well-curated with charming, lovely, and often unusual items from all over the...

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6 reasons to love Harry & David more than you did before

I’m back in town from a delicious jaunt to the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon, and I’ve got all the dirt on one of my favorite holiday gift companies, Harry & David. (You know, the pear people. With all the catalogs?) So here’s my confession: I am probably the only person in America who can say this, but I never tried a single item from Harry & David until I landed there and found a gorgeous basket with my name on it in the hotel lobby. My only run-ins with gift baskets have been of the blue-light special variety, with...

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She will be loved

One of the best things about having a baby is knowing how loved she is by so many people, even before drawing her first breath. Gifts that express that very sentiment just might be my favorite. Another thing I love: this organic baby gift set put together by two of our favorite small brands. Whether you’re having a boy, girl, or an “I’ll find out soon enough,” your baby will look sweet in the organic “Loved” lap tee from Barley + Birch, plus an adorable heart teether from Little Alouette. Best, it’s all for just $35. Sweet. –Liz Find...

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