Tag: gifts for kids

Easter basket gifts without the Easter basket sugar

Ever since my daughter declared Easter was her favorite holiday, I’ve paid a little extra attention to the gifts I put in her Easter basket. After all, I’m sure the Easter Bunny thinks she’s pretty great. While Easter is still a few weeks away, I’ve pulled together some of the coolest Easter basket gifts I’ve seen recently for those of you who already have the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies covered. Clothes like the organic Bunny Onesie from Collette kids (above left) or the organic bunny onesie from AnnieWear (above right) are so cute, they don’t need to hide...

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You’re no bunny til some bunny loves you

I just got wind of an adorable new shop featuring anything and everything animal-themed for kids. Well, not everything animal. This is just the cute stuff. In other words, no magenta and gold metallic toddler cheetah leggings As Seen on the Real Housewives! Promise. [don’t miss a really great giveaway and special discount below!] AnnieWear, named for a rescued puppy, has a great selection of gifts and gear for kids and babies. And just in time for Easter, some cute bunny items to help round out those baskets. Like this organic bunny rabbit onesie from Loralin. A bunny hooded...

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Kids backpacks that make you go rawr, and other cool new baby + kids gifts

This past week, I had a dandy time perusing the 600,000* aisles of the NY International Gift Show, scouting out what’s cool in gifts and gear and design for our fair readers. I was also honored to be one of ten judges of the Best New Product Awards in the Baby+Kids category. One of my favorite finds of the whole show turned out to be the winner in the gear category: A new set of totally funky, punky, animalistic backpacks from a new company called Madpax. The fabulous Spiketus Rex backpacks from Madpax are going to be a huge...

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A world of Discovery that doesn’t require full contact shopping

If you’re sick of the frantic rush of live holiday shopping but still want to take up some real estate under the tree, you need to go check out the cool stuff at Discovery Kids, the exclusive toy section of The Discovery Channel Store. It’s filled with items meant to spark imagination and sneakily teach about the wonders of the natural world. Via Discovery Kids, a big hit around our house is Rainbow in my Room, a machine that–not surprisingly–creates rainbows that arc across the room. My daughter was starting to enter the “I’m scared of the dark” phase,...

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Custom toy boxes make last minute gifts for kids easy.

My daughter is obsessed with being a dentist. Yes, just like that Elf on that Rudolph video. Of course, I’m delighted and I want to encourage her, but dentist toys are a little hard to come by. Luckily, I won’t have to scour the Internet in all my hours of free time (ha!) because Jade’s Toy Box is happy to do all the work for me. We knew that past Cool Mom Picks favorite, Jade’s Toy Box, creates amazing concept boxes filled with goodies for kids around amazing themes, but what I didn’t realize is they also will create...

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3 great initial necklaces for a special bigger girl

My oldest daughter is on the cusp of tweendom, and I finally trust her with a piece of jewelry that costs more than a pack of silly-band bracelets. While I don’t want to spend a fortune, I think she can handle something a little nicer than what I can grab at the mall accessories store.   To make this gift even more special and unique to her, I love initial necklaces which hint at her beautiful first name but don’t spell it out as she goes out into the world on her own. So I’m detailing three here, which...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here!

If we couldn’t solve all your holiday shopping conundrums with our Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide (gasp!), then we’ve got over 75 more fabulous gift options just for you in our brand spankin’ new Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide! We’re here for you, mamas! We’ve got great gift suggestions for the big and little tech lovers and geeks in your life at every single price range. Even a slew of creative picks for under $15. And those folks who you might not think would dig a tech gift? We’re pretty sure we’ve got something for them too....

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Birthday gifts for 5 year old boy? – Reader Q&A

Danielle asked us on Twitter for the best birthday gift ideas for a 5 year old boy, since her son is about to hit the big number five. She says he likes “things that go” but already has 400 cars. He also likes art projects and writing notes.     We have some great ideas for you, Danielle! I have an almost-six year old son, so I am excited to answer your question about good gift ideas for your little guy. It sounds like he has more than enough vehicles already, so I’ll try to stick to gifts that don’t involve little tiny wheels. Related: Coolest gifts for...

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Plastic toys that are better than those other plastic toys

The way I see it, if your kids are going to fall in love with colorful shape sorters and battery-operated talking phones anyway–and trust me, they are–they might as well be from a company like b.toys. This small company used to license their designs to the Parents line of toys which is why that toy phone looks so familiar. Now they’re doing their own thang–albeit with funkier color schemes and more adventurous motifs. In fact, their site reveals the teeniest, barely detectable bit of subversive defiance against their former constraints. Or at least that’s how I read it when...

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Easter baskets. Hold the cavities.

The biggest challenge I face every Easter is finding cool candy alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets. But thanks to CMP fave boutique Cattiwampus, my search for sugar-free Easter gifts just got a little easier. Their virtual shelves are stocked full of awesome, eco-friendly gifts that won’t make your kiddos think twice about the lack of sugary goodness. In particular, I adore the the Stitch-It Bunny keyring kit (pictured) for the older set, from the always awesome Little Experience. This adorable DIY kit features pre-cut felt pieces and instructions, all of which your elementary aged kiddo can whip together...

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Welcome to the Jungle House Pillow

My kids (probably like yours) aren’t lacking for stuffed animals. But when I saw the amazingly adorable Jungle House Pillow from Toronto’s So Chic Gifts I knew I could totally justify getting them this handmade pillow-and-stuffed-animal combo.  Made from beautiful recycled fabric, each one-of-a-kind soft, squishy pillow features three little critters tucked into little pocket homes, each one a different combination of cloths and textures. It’s totally fun for kids, since the stuffed animals can be taken out of their pockets at playtime or put back in for cuddling at night. If their bed is already crowded with lovies, or if...

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Heart in the right place

If you’ve been following the news, or at least this website, then you’re probably not going to be poking around your favorite big box store over the next few weeks, looking for some little inexpensive heart-shaped metal charms for the kids. Cadmium is so very 2009. At The Silly Wagon, I stumbled on this sweet mini heart necklace from Julie the Fish Designs. The modern heart design is hand stamped onto a disc-shaped pendant made of solid sterling silver, which last I heard is not a banned substance. Even the ball chain is real silver. For just under $25,...

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Tooth fairy kits for the super organized tooth fairy

Ever since my oldest daughter turned five, she’s been obsessed with losing teeth. And considering many of her kindergarten classmates have already lost two or three, I suppose she has a good reason to think about it. And that means I do too, hence my interest in this hilarious tooth fairy kit from Jillybean Green. Now this is not your average tooth fairy pillow; instead, this kit includes three actual certificates that allows the tooth fairy (ahem) to keep track of everything from which teeth were lost on an actual dental chart, method of extraction, and my favorite part,...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest toys, dolls and baby toys

You don’t need us to tell you about the latest Elmo toy or Hannah Montana guitar, so we work hard to point you towards toys and other playthings from small companies or independent artists that you might not know about yet. After a year of so many amazing entries, here are a few real standouts from 2009. Kristen: The gorgeous wooden wagons (at top) from the mom and dad team behind Kaiku Design give “pimp my ride” an entirely new meaning. Liz: The new-to-the-US wooden learning bike by TykeRider is so mind-blowingly awesome, only in part because they’ve made...

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Heirloom dolls that make you wonder why you’d even consider those mass produced ones

Cool Mom Picks readers know I have a serious soft spot for handmade dolls, which goes way back to the days that my mom taught me how to stuff an old stocking with batting and stitch the face to make a nose. But the incredible handmade dolls from Viola Studio? Well wow, she puts our amateur craftsmanship to shame. We’ve previously raved about Viola Hale’s adorable stuffed creatures. And now she’s offering simply spectacular studio heirloom dolls, meticulously handcrafted out of repurposed materials with so much attention to detail, I wonder honestly how she can make a living at...

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Henry Road bears – A stuffed animal we can get behind

Unless a plush animal is on a kid’s holiday or birthday wish list, I tend to steer clear from giving them because as a mom, I know how maddening it can be adding another stuffed bear to the already full toy bin. But when I saw the Kindred Things bears from Henry Road, I’m making an exception to my own rule. These adorable handmade toy bears are created using vintage chenille and the gorgeous Henry Road fabric scraps and remnants. Place your order based on you or your kiddo’s favorite color palette (red, blue, pink, or green), and they’ll...

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P’Kolino Art Supplies can’t wait to get into your stockings

Every December, I take stock of the state of our coloring, drawing and painting supplies and weed out the lost-caps, tiny crayon bits and crusty paints so they can be replaced. It’s a great tradition that both keeps us organized, and presents some Christmas gift opportunities. This year, P’Kolino has introduced enough art supplies to fill the stockings of all three of my kids. As with their much-loved and CMP-approved Klick Table and Chair Set and Book Buggee, everything from P’Kolino is cleverly designed and looks oh-so-cool, and these are no exception. The tube of five primary-color, no-smell finger...

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Hearthsong is a sanity saver

We at Cool Mom Picks may be great at finding stuff, but that doesn’t mean we’re so great at remembering to actually buy it ourselves in a timely manner. With an uncompleted shopping list that includes a newborn, a few toddlers, some kids and a couple of tweens, Hearthsong is making it easy to knock a whole bunch of them off in one visit. Although I can’t say I love everything on their site, and they aren’t exactly a small, independent shop, I do love their selection of crafts and games and their collection of environmentally-friendly, low-tech toys from...

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A trip around the world this Christmas for $19.99? Sign me up.

I don’t do much overseas traveling. Okay, none, really. And I can’t even blame my kids, since I barely did it before they were born, either. A passionate desire for a reduced carbon footprint or sheer laziness? I’ll let you decide.   But, I have to admit, my kids might like to venture out of the country once in a while. So, while I intend to remain close to home this holiday season, the least I can do is expose them to the rest of the world from the comfort of our story corner.  Barefoot Books now offers a lovely...

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The kids’ pajamas to wake up to Christmas morning – and every morning after that.

I know friends who have a holiday tradition of giving the kids a new pair of pajamas every Christmas Eve. It makes for fantastic photo ops on Christmas morning — but then I visit in the spring and those poor kids are still walking around in candy cane stripes with elves on the chest. For alternative, I am looooving the Kung Fu style Pajamas from mom-run Douglas & Cocoa. These soft, slouchy, sophisticated Asian-inspired pajama sets come in patterns like a forest plaid or a red and green flower print that look festive for the holidays without feeling theme-y....

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