Tag: gifts for teens + tweens

Words that won’t make your tween roll her eyes

Sometimes when I talk to my ten year-old daughter, she’s so busy sighing and trying to stay awake despite my obvious stupidity that she doesn’t exactly hear me. But when she pulls her new necklace from Pickled Tink out of her stocking, this year, she’ll be too smitten with how pretty it is to remember to scoff at the positive messages on it. It’s like pop art meets typewriter keys, in a rainbow of colors and patterns. So go ahead and pick loved and joy and any of their other words (or ones of your own) while building a...

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1977 Stocking stuffer flashback

I fondly remember those goofy frustration pencils with the googly-eyed gnomes at the top, and how you’d spin them between your palms to make the neon hair get all crazy. You know, to unload all the frustration we had pent up in fourth grade. Artist June Pfaff Daley remembers too, and she’s put together all the supplies you need to make six of them in her Frustration Pencil Art Kits For just $8 they’re a super little gift, or make them yourself and now you’ve got six stocking stuffers. There is even a holiday version just for the season....

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Picky tweens: No longer a holiday shopping nightmare

My mom used to try and convince me that it was actually cool to have jewelry that no one else had, rather than sport the same brand name baubles as everyone else in my class. Of course, she wasn’t trying to get me to wear these adorable heart earrings from Anne Kiel. These thread-thru earrings feature sweet silver hearts hanging from a silver chain that allow your daughter to decide how she wants to wear them. And we love that they’re still completely hip without dripping in bling.  I’m pretty sure if you’ve got a young jewelry lover on...

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Eleven Shoes get a perfect 10

When my girls hit shoe sizes in the double digits, I was dismayed at how grown up some of the styles were.  Heels for a preschooler? Eek. Thankfully, the new line of fall shoes by Eleven, the big brother/sister line of CMP fave See Kai Run, gives my growing five year old a slightly older look while still remembering that she may want to climb a tree or turn an impromptu cartwheel. My daughter loves her new funky orange Eleanor Mary Janes with their rubbery-gripping bottom and easy-on velcro strap. I also love the sparkly silver Sofia’s, and the...

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How to talk to your daughter about [her period]

My daughter chuckled nervously as the DVD from the My First Period Kit began with the image of Dr. Chrystal de Freitas facing a group of tweens and their moms. But within minutes we were both riveted. Where else were we going to see a tampon inserted into a balloon? Or hear the questions other young girls have right from their own mouths? The video is funny in parts, but mainly what works is how warm and maternal the doctor is. She’s definitely aware of how uncomfortable the subject can be and handles it with great finesse. It turned...

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Making an Uncomfortable Time of the Month a Little More Comfortable

Of course the one month I think ahead and stash tampons and other “lady items” in my purse is the month I get pregnant. But most of the time, I’m a fly by the seat of my panty liner type woman, making me the perfect candidate for the TomKIT. No, it’s not a slightly freakish tabloid couple, but Time Of Month KIT, a handy, super eco-friendly pack to prevent any type of girlie emergency. With the tomKIT, you can flush away your landfill guilt along with these special feminine wipes, and yes, pads. There’s also organic hand sanitizer and...

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Time Keeps On Tickin’ Tickin’ Tickin’

So you think decorating your baby’s room is hard, right? Just wait until they get older and have opinions, none of which match anything you suggest. We’re betting that any cool parent and any music obsessed tween will equally go ga-ga (or whatever it is they do these days) over these vinyl wall clocks from etsy shop The Grateful Thread. Handmade using recycled vinyl and 7-inch albums, these functioning timepieces feature custom hands that actually look like a record needle. If you want to add a special twist, they’ll even design custom labels just for you or your kid – whose...

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Photograph Our Girls Wearing This, Vanity Fair

No, this is not another Miley Cyrus post. But with all the mixed messages our tween girls are getting in the media, sometimes it’s nice to shower them with the idea that we love them just the way they are. (Yes, I just quoted Billy Joel. So sue me.) Jan Thomas’ Loved Unconditionally leather bracelets are a simple way to let girls know that they rock, regardless of their size, hair color, or ability to earn $6mm a picture. Way nicer than the ubiquitous rubber wrist band, the buckle band holds a pewter plate with messages like I Am...

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Their Name In Leather

If there’s something I’ve noticed about tweens, other than their total obsession with Hannah What’s-Her-Name, is that they really like stuff with their name on it. Now put it on a hot leather cuff that’s got celebrity sightings attached and you’ve got yourself a winning gift. Designer Dillon Rogers has a press page that reads like the Golden Globe invite list. And for good reason. From the clean embossing to the unique closure, they are sure to please anyone from the picky preteen to the leather lovin’ alterna-mama. Now I think her personalized leather cuffs are fantastic for the...

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Q, R, S, Tween

Since we focus mainly on the under 6 set here at Cool Mom Picks, we realize that leaves a bunch of extremely cool mamas out. Truth is, most of the super indie and handmade items we find are for kids still needing their butts wiped. But when we come across a great pick that we think is perfect for the tweens in the world, we’re happy to spread the word. Take the handmade resin alphabet necklaces by jewelry artisan Anne Kiel. Hung daintily on a ball bearing chain and featuring a simple typewriter font, these colorful and very inexpensive charms will...

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Pak Nak Fever

As a child of the 70s, I remember insisting that my mother sew my soccer patch, my daisy patch, and two souvenir patches from a family trip to Europe right on the top of my Osh Kosh overalls. Ah, my early days as a fashion trendsetter. Patches may have gone the way of the pet rock, but a modern update is here in the rubber decorative thingies (not the technical name) from the Portland mom team behind PakNak. Each soft, colorful soccer ball, flower, robot, peace sign, or cupcake is backed with strong Velcro you can stick right onto...

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Tickle-Me Phyto

As a child of the eighties, I was privy to the debut of many fads that should never have been, including parachute pants, bolo ties, and those cheesy Chia pets. If only the last one had died out along with the first two. If you want a cool plant to cultivate at home that really will entertain the kids, try the TickleMe Plant instead. (That’s Mimosa pudica to you science geeks.) The leaves of this Brazilian native actually fold up when they’re gently touched, flytrap style, and kids go nuts over them. You can order seeds and growing kits...

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Noho Ho Ho

I realize it’s highly unlikely any tween would carry around some old fashioned photo album to show off her roster of friends when they’ve got fancy little cell phones and Sidekicks.  But wait until they get a look at the Noho photo cuff from Brooklyn artist, Smoy. While the handmade vegan leather cuff is definitely the anthesis of high-tech, we’re betting they’ll still think it’s pretty darn cool. It’s part of Smoy’s new handmade Noho collection, featuring sweet edging, five cute colors to choose from, and slots for four photos. Which means the wearer can change pictures about as...

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Take a Hike, Tinkerbell

I’m always looking for books for my daughter featuring strong female protagonists. They don’t have to be fist-in-the-air feminist characters, but they don’t have to be princesses dreaming of marrying princes, either. So I’m really enjoying having discovered The Fairy Chronicles series by JH Sweet. Despite the name, these aren’t really fairy chronicles. They’re more like adventures of regular girls who discover they have magical fairy powers, to be used on adventures like saving the source of all hope on earth–all while encountering trolls, witches, magic gargoyles and unicorns along the way. What 9 year old wouldn’t keep reading...

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