Tag: gifts that give back

One of our favorite teacher gifts is back: the 2017 Children’s Book Week poster and gifts!

One of my very favorite teacher gifts is here! The 2017 Children’s Book Week poster, and all the fun accompanying gifts. Each year, this is one of my go-to gifts for the special teachers or librarians who have fostered a love of reading in my kids. And I couldn’t be more excited that one of my very favorite illustrators, Christian Robinson (whose work you may know from Last Stop on Market Street or Josephine or Gaston), designed this year’s poster. Yay! I love knowing that my purchase of these gifts each year helps support Every Child a Reader, the non-profit who organizes Children’s Book Week (which is May 1–7...

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We found 13 amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all | Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Our love for our moms may know no bounds, but our budgets? Well, they have bounds! We get it. Which is why this year, we really wanted to dedicate part of our Mother’s Day Gift Guide to some of the amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that we’ve been spotting in our efforts to put together lots of awesome gift ideas for moms and grandmas. The best part is, she’ll never know. Because all 13 of these Mother’s Day gift ideas are meaningful, sweet, and heartfelt at any price. In fact we’d be happy to receive any one of these gifts from our own...

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How one teacher appreciation bouquet is helping keep a lot of kids safe. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Teleflora   With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up May 8–12, and the end of the school year in sight, here’s one gift to help show thanks for your children’s teachers, while also supporting an important charity that’s keeping more school kids safe. Check out the bright Be Happy Bouquet with Roses from Teleflora. It’s a lovely way to express your gratitude to the teachers who are making a huge difference in your children’s lives. But even more, when you purchase this particular bouquet during Teacher Appreciation Week, Teleflora will donate 10% of sales to GLSEN, a wonderful educational organization that focuses on ensuring safe, LGBTQ-inclusive K–12 schools. With...

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The courageous action figure that helps kids with cancer. Now that’s super!

This fierce, courageous action figure does something pretty amazing: She helps kids fight the toughest battle of their lives. For each Courage Core Power action figure purchased, one is donated to a child affected by cancer who could use a little courage. That’s her real super power. But she can also run, stand, and sit on a My Little Pony without it getting awkward, thanks to 30 points of articulation. And we like her rad accessories — check out that flaming energy sword and her awesome courage shield — and the fact that she has the body of a fit, strong woman (no...

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Condoms for Valentine’s Day that give in (ahem) more than one way

You could buy the special man in your life a traditional romantic gift on the 14th. And hey, we have tons of creative and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him that we bet he’ll love. But if you’re looking for something to really spice things up, we may have found just the thing with Sir Richard’s condoms. Yes. Really. For every one of their stylishly packaged condoms you buy, thanks to the partnership of the global org Partners in Health, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing country with the aim to stop the spread of unwanted pregnancies and STIs around the world....

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How a rag doll is helping to spread random acts of kindness around the world.

This past holiday season, my 9-year-old asked for a boy doll. “But not a boy baby doll,” she said, “because they’re exactly the same as the girl baby dolls when you take the clothes off. They are just girl dolls! Only in blue clothes! Though sometimes they don’t have eyelashes. And anyway, I have so many girl dolls and it’s just not fair that there aren’t boys too.” Can you tell she’s my kid? We did find a rag-style boy doll for her who she absolutely adores; but I admit I wish we had found The Doll Kind a month ago,...

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Causebox: The ultimate do-good subscription box for women.

We love subscription boxes, and we’ve covered so many of our favorites since they became such a hot gift to give. And now we’ve found one that comes with built-in warm fuzzies. Each Causebox subscription box is filled with about seven beautiful surprises, each one socially conscious, meaning it was produced by artisans paid living wages and using resources that aren’t hurting the earth or humanity. And, wow, is each box full of indulgent, fashionable, covetable goodies. Related: 17 of the best subscription gifts for kids, from babies to teens Four times a year you’ll receive treasures ranging from accessories and jewelry to beauty products, home goods, and artwork. And I love...

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What’s in that high performance water bottle? Not vodka.

If you’re looking for a great gift for a friend’s New Year’s party — someone who’s unique, a little cheeky, and maybe into yoga, hiking, or any other activity — you’ve got to check out these high-end, high performance water bottles with a name that’s a real conversation starter. Not Vodka water bottles are made to allow your preferred drink (water, or otherwise) to stay cold for 30 hours, hot for 12 hours, and fizzy forever. No BPA, no yucky chemicals, no annoying bottle sweat, either. And they donate $1 from every bottle sold to your choice of one of two charities — Project Thirst...

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6 year-end charitable donation ideas that support children and education

Around the holidays, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about gratitude, which means you may be feeling more generous than usual about now. And, you might be thinking about some ways to log some year-end charitable donations before the clock strikes 12 on December 31. So I looked around to find some ways to cap off 2016 on a positive note, with donations that can make a real difference to lots of people in need. Of course, there are the big charitable organizations, which we still know and love, and continue to support all year long. But here, I’m sharing 6 of my...

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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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My holiday gift wishlist: 5 great gifts on sale so I won’t feel guilty asking fo them

This year, I’m sticking to a pretty strict budget with my own Christmas shopping, because we’re heading to South Korea very soon to finalize our adoption. (Best Christmas gift ever!) (Eds: WE AGREE!)  And, as you can probably guess, flights to South Korea aren’t cheap. Even so, my kids and my husband are needling me about what I want for Christmas, and how can I deny them the pleasure of buying me a gift? So, I’ve picked out a few items from our holiday gift guides that I really wouldn’t feel that guilty asking for, considering they’re not just amazing gifts, but they’re all on...

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The ultimate Black Friday Deal roundup: 150+ amazing deals from favorite shops, big and small

If you’re looking for some of the best Black Friday shopping deals and discounts around the web, we’ve rounded them up for you right here, along with the best Black Friday tech deals over on Cool Mom Tech. We’ll continue to update the post with sales all day (and weekend) long, so be sure to check back. And you definitely want to follow us on Twitter where we’ll be sharing great ones as they come up. We’re happy to support a lot of these businesses, indie makers, and brands, which can always use a boost this time of year. So, happy shopping —...

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Gorgeous pajamas by Sudara that help women in India find safe, sustainable work.

I may be the only person I know who gets excited about daylight savings time because the earlier sunset gives me an excuse to slip into something soft and forgiving for many more hours of the day. Oh yeah, and being pregnant hasn’t helped with this habit, at all. As a shameless pajama fiend, I was super excited to learn about Sudara, a company that makes gorgeous loungewear inspired by the art and culture of India. What’s more, is that these pants by Sudara are handcrafted by women in these communities who have bravely escaped sex trafficking. Sudara actively fights sex slavery in India by providing safe,...

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Adorable knit bunny, deer and unicorn winter hats for babies from Oeuf NYC. Because, of course you need this.

When you find a gift as adorable as these handknit animal hoodies and winter hats for babies from Oeuf (pronounced uh-f, it’s French for “egg”), I think it’s completely appropriate to ditch any baby gift registry suggestions and go rogue instead. I mean, what friend could blame you for skipping the bottle cleaner when these are an option? These knit hats and hoodies are hilariously charming and sweet, with a whimsical sense of modern style to them. Seriously, buy the unicorn hat instead of the diaper pail liners. You won’t regret it. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The Baby Registry Essentials...

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Stunning Native American bracelets that do more than dress up an outfit

Recently, I had the joy of attending the annual Martha Stewart American Made event, or what I think of as Cool Mom Picks gift guide central. Truly, it’s always a joy to discover amazing new makers and other small businesses (a few are on the @coolmompicks Instagram feed right now) and you’ll be hearing about some of my favorite finds in the weeks to come. But I really wanted to start off with an amazing company that’s new to me, Etkie. I was instantly drawn to their stunning, truly high-quality Native American bracelets, produced by actual Native American artisans in New...

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George and Georgette’s cool kids shoes have an even cooler social mission

There are a lot of things I want to do as a mom, but a big one is to raise the kinds of kids (and eventually, adults) who think about others’ needs before their own. It’s something we talk about a lot in our house — especially around the holidays — whether it’s finding the time to volunteer, donating items to those in need, or even buying for ourselves from companies that are finding ways to give back in a big way. So when I find companies that are doing really cool things that can broaden my kids’ sense of compassion, I’m...

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Toothbrushes delivered right to you door. This is our kind of tooth fairy.

When I got an email about Boka oral care subscription boxes, I got pretty excited because I am a little obsessed with toothbrushes. Yes, I’m the one who disinfects them after illnesses, tosses them pretty consistently every 3–4 months, and never ever goes to bed without flossing. That’s what you get when you work for a dentist all throughout high school and college. So when I heard I could get a box with a new toothbrush, paste, and floss delivered to my door every three months, I was elated, and when the Boka Box arrived at my door, it did not disappoint. Related:...

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These 5 charities are doing amazing things for dads this Father’s Day

If you’ve been following our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide (go! Hurry!) we’ve been putting together all the coolest Father’s Day gifts for all types of dads. But for a dad who’s already got all the gear, gifts, and grill equipment he needs, we’ve always been fans of making a charitable donation in his name to a worthy cause. Especially one that supports other fathers and families. After doing some research, I landed on five organizations with big, heartwarming missions. From celebrating and de-stigmatizing at-home fatherhood to providing housing for wounded soldiers’ families, here are some amazing causes to add to the ones...

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The new TOMS shoes let you dip a toe into the political process

You may be vaguely aware that another US presidential election season is upon us, unless of course you’ve been sequestered in a Himalayan yurt somewhere, totally unplugged until just this very second. (In which case, hey! Thanks for making a visit to Cool Mom Picks one of your first stops!) While we can all agree that the next several months should be…interesting, to say the least, leave it to TOMS Shoes to turn our civic responsibilities into some generous do-gooding with the new election edition TOMS shoes. You’ve got your choice of two styles, featuring a patriotic pattern of either Democratic Donkeys or Republican Elephants....

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Kidbox: It’s like Stitch Fix, for kids.

Last fall, two of our editors tried Stitch Fix and gave their totally honest reviews about their experience (one liked it, one didn’t). This month a new twist on the popular shopping service trend launched, but this time it’s for kids. Intrigued? Yes. Sold? Well, maybe. There were some obvious pros (hello, massive time saver for busy parents!) but also some cons (which I’ll get to in a minute). I tried out Kidbox to see how it worked for a mom on a budget and an 8-year-old girl with, let’s just say, strong opinions about her clothes. Here’s what I found out.   Similar to...

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