It’s always a strange and complex feeling to feel the loss of someone you’ve never actually met, but that’s just what I feel right now, learning of today’s passing of author and mom of three, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This is one woman who definitely left us way too soon. F*ck cancer is right. While a lot of you may have learned her name recently, as the author of the unforgettable You May Want to Marry My Husband Modern Love column in the NY Times, we’ve known her for years as a remarkable children’s author who has filled our kids’ bookshelves with the kinds of titles you...Read More
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While there are so many graduation gift ideas that we could give to our accomplished kids, friends and relatives, we especially love the idea of giving a special, inspirational book for graduation gifts. Especially when it delivers messages of empowerment, adventure, and pursuing one’s dreams. Whether you’re feeling wildly sentimental about your babies embarking on the Kindergarten journey or your grown-too-sooners headed off to college, believe us when we say, we know the feeling all too well. So we’ve put together 8 really lovely options that we hope will remain on their bookshelves for life. And yes, we do think those 18-year-olds who are heading...Read More
‘Tis the season for graduations, whether you’ve got a new college graduate in the family, a niece or nephew graduating from high school, or like me, a sixth grader moving up to middle school. Sniff. While so many of us are looking for just the right special, personalized gift, I am always happy to share ideas that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. (Because, hey college will do that for you. Heh.) I was really happy to find some thoughtful, affordable graduation gift ideas for anyone on your list — grade school through college — when I browsed through the selection from our newest sponsor, HeidiJHale...Read More
This time of year I start to get a little stuck. The excitement of Valentine’s Day is gone, light is still limited, the weather is frigid. It’s like I just want to imagine myself someplace — anyplace — else. So I started browsing Etsy for globes and found some outrageously wonderful options from California artist Wendy Gold that at least get my mind traveling, if not my body. The custom globes at her shop ImagineNations Vintage Globe Art are more than just an artist with a nice hand taking a Sharpie to a scavenged globe; this is true art with the prices to...Read More
When I saw these Wonder Woman cuffs (excuse me…Wonder Woman inspired cuffs) from artist Jaq Jones, I added them to our own shop faster than you can spin around three times and find yourself wearing a sexy strapless leotard and red vinyl go-go boots. By the artist’s own admission they are a little costumey, so I wouldn’t wear both at once. But I love the idea of grabbing one for yourself and giving one to a great friend. Like a new interpretation of a friendship bracelet. Only it won’t fall apart after 6 weeks of swim lessons at summer camp. Or hey,...Read More
The last few weeks of school are always such a busy rush of parties, performances, and big homework assignments that I’m always trying to come up with clever teacher gifts at the last minute. (I’m not alone, am I?) I don’t want to forget to thank the “extras” teachers and coaches, and this that’s not going to happen. In fact, I just found these very cool Mondrian-inspired sticky notes that makes the perfect art teacher gift. So practical and yet, so fun. Related: Our favorite DIY teacher gifts from the class that make a big impression I discovered these in Europe last year and have been...Read More
When you’ve got a precocious reader in the house, it can be hard to find books they haven’t yet discovered and devoured. I know this because I am that reader and I spawned that reader. Luckily, we found a subscription service — you know we love subscription services!– that will send you the newest, most carefully vetted books for teens, kids who read on the teen level, and adults who love the fast pace and swoony tummy-flutters that YA books can provide. It’s called Uppercase Box, and it’s a YA book subscription service for readers 13 and up that...Read More
Raven + lily has been one of my favorite go-to gift sources ever since we first featured them a long time ago here on Cool Mom Picks and discovered their wonderful selection of gifts that give back. So it’s not surprise they’ve got a lovely selection of graduation gift ideas right now, plus a cool promotion if you shop this weekend. The shop’s mission is to support marginalized women around the world by employing them in a safe work environment and providing them a sustainable income and health care as a means to break the cycle of poverty. All of their beautiful eco-friendly...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then discover cool finds like these daily. 1. Love this print from Emily McDowell that’s perfect for a grad gift. 2. Awesome burger recipes for your holiday weekend BBQ. Mmm…meat. 3. Summer fashion: The cute tote on our wishlists. 4. A great app just for kids to tell their own story about their family vacation. 5. The app to get you more motivated to...Read More
Clearly we’re having a thing for hidden message keepsake jewelry this week, because first we found the awesome necklaces from Beth Macri, and now I’m crushing on this secret message locket spotted on Etsy. Dearest Mine finds vintage 1960s ball lockets, refurbishes them, and includes a blank of accordion-style paper. Write your own personalized message, or if your handwriting is like mine, Lori can do it for you. You can also include two photos if you wish, this being a locket and all. I can see this as a beautiful, sentimental grad gift: Write Oh, the places you’ll go (or something less…familiar) and...Read More
We spend a lot of time curating the best of the best custom gifts for mom–or dad or grads or pretty much anyone. What can we say, we love customizing gifts which can turn a perfectly lovely present into a more special keepsake. Now with Mother’s Day around the corner, there’s another site you’ll want to bookmark for that very thing: Hatch. Exclusively focused on handmade custom gifts and personalized goods from small makers and crafters, there are 800 artists on site right now including a few we’ve featured before like Merriweather Council whose wonderful custom initial pendants are shown...Read More
Considering the heart of Cool Mom Picks is supporting entrepreneurs, undiscovered designers (they’re called makers now), and small businesses, of course I fell in love with this Designer Maker Thinker pin set the moment I set eyes on them. Can you think of a cooler little gift for someone who’s just started a new venture, raised their first round of capital, opened an Etsy shop, or hit a benchmark for their design blog? Let alone graduation gifts for your favorite soon-to-be alum from FIT or RISD. The enclosed card describes the imagery fire which ties together the set of pins: Designers...Read More
I didn’t expect to have tears streaming down my face at the very idea that my baby girl would soon graduate from pre-K, but here I am–and here they are. How did she get so big? But despite the unexpected sniffles and “but she was just born two days ago!” feelings, I’m every inch the proud mama–especially because she’s so proud. So I was happy to find the perfect pre-K gift for my new little graduate. Meet the Crayola Doodlebag at Two Blue Peas. The cool bag is filled with chalk, an eraser, crayons, a pad of paper, and a...Read More
My oldest daughter’s Kindergarten graduation is coming up (flapping hand frantically at my watery eyes…what? It’s allergies.) and I’ve been wondering what to get her. While we talked about things like a bicycle or a toy she’s been asking for, I think I want something that commemorates the idea of learning and achievement. And the fact that she’s reading. Which also makes my “allergies” act up. The silver-plate or gold-plate personalized bookmark can be ours (or yours) in two weeks or less. You’ve got 9 medium-sized letters (sorry, moms of Aegelmaere) or 3-4 larger ones if you prefer a...Read More
The end of the school year is almost here, at least for those of us in the deep south. Although my daughter is homeschooled, I love the idea of giving her a little gift to celebrate her upcoming violin recital, dance performance, and first grade graduation. And oh my do I think I found the perfect little bauble. Look how adorable these beautiful handmade necklaces are, designed and handcrafted by our friends at Bloesem. Inspired by the bright neon elastic cotton threads they discovered in Kuala Lampur, each necklace features an original Swarovski crytal and a sterling silver closure....Read More
If you’re still scrounging for a cool graduation gift for the high school/college set, the new line of graduation themed Class of 2010 Flip Cams are so clever. The Year of the Tiger skin would have been awesome back when I graduated high school (go MHS Tigers!) but I think my favorite is El Diablo Graduated, shown here. But definitely look beyond the grad category, for designs that pack the conceptual punch you’re looking for, like a simply happy face emoticon. They start at $199 like all Flip Cams. The advice from you to be careful uploading drunken post-grad...Read More
So you reeeally should be acknowledging your friend’s high school or college kid’s graduation, but you want something just a wee bit beyond a card although not quite in gift territory. I’ve been there. Which is why I love this spectacular handcrafted paper medallion of Wisdom and Experience from Beverly Hills stationer Jonathan Wright. It’s all hand-folded and hand-stamped and hand-made into something gorgeous, with a to/from dealio on the back for you to pen heartfelt words of congratulations. Plus there’s a stick pin in back, just perfect for displaying it on a corkboard in that two-bedroom basement apartment...Read More
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