Tag: handmade

9 outrageously cool experience gifts for the dad who has everything | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

If there’s a dad in your life who’s impossible to shop for, Father’s Day gifting can present an annual challenge. Well — challenge for you, but fun for us! That’s why we turn to fantastic experience gifts for the dad who has everything. So while we think our 2017 Father’s Day gift guide has something for all kinds of dads, if he really doesn’t need another “thing,” check out these cool experience gift ideas for Father’s Day that are a wonderful, memorable way to go. At top: Elephant Touch Experience | IfOnly Related: Practical Father’s Day gift ideas that are still...

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11 creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make! Awwww…. | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Sometimes the sweetest Father’s Day gifts don’t come from a store, but come cobbled together with Scotch tape and glue sticks — like these awesomely creative DIY Father’s Day cards kids can make for a special dad, grandpa or stepfather in their lives. Of course we hope you’ve already  checked out all of our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide recommendations. If not, there’s still time to find something special for cool dads, practical dads, new dads, or or techy dads on your Father’s Day list. But we’re the first to say that any Father’s Day gift will only be more special when it comes...

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4-in-1 playfort: The only one you’ll ever need.

It’s a camper. It’s a theater. It’s a food truck. It’s a playhouse. No, it’s… All of those things! Seriously. Buy one fort, get four. It is truly the only playfort your kids will ever need. Which is why we are so obsessed with the amazingly cool, brand new 4-in-1 playfort from Bell Station Kids on Etsy. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The most adorable cardboard playhouses for animal-loving kids. Founders Amanda and Matt Whited were inspired by their own kids and constructed the idea for the playhouse with their insanely creative interior design and woodworking skills. Not only is the...

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How to make a DIY weighted blanket, and save yourself $100 (whoo!)

I have a couple of kids with on-and-off sleep issues, so I’ve been paying attention to the swell of discussion about the benefits of weighted blankets for children. These blankets, which are generally filled with anywhere from 5–10 lbs. of weighted beads, are said to help increase both serotonin (which improves your mood) and melatonin (which makes you sleepy). Basically, your kids feel like they’re being held, which of course makes them happy. And sleepy. Yay! We recently received a sample weighted blanket from The Magic Blanket for my kids to try out, and after using it for a week or so their bedtime routines were much less...

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11 practical Father’s Day gifts that still feel cool and gifty | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

We’ve joked about how getting a mom an oil change gift card is probably not the best way to say, “thank you for raising me, you’re the best!” And the same goes for Father’s Day gifts, even if he is a practical sort of guy.  So next up in our 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve tracked down some truly fantastic but still practical Father’s Day gifts that are just as thoughtful as something more extravagant — if not more so. Because if you find the right one, it says that you really know him. And that’s always the best kind of Father’s...

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Emojis, sly cats, and other cool kids’ leggings you won’t see everywhere on the playground

Hold on to your credit cards, mamas. Because we found some seriously cool kids’ leggings at The Trendy Tot Etsy shop. From magic 8 balls to emoji faces, these knee patches will add a ton of interest and personality to your kids’ wardrobe this spring. Let’s just say, we’re all in. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know? Related: 8 super cool swimsuits for picky tweens and teens that their mothers will approve of too. Sure, they’re priced a bit more than we’d ordinarily spend on a single pair of leggings....

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10 adorable handmade Mother’s Day cards from the kids that will totally melt Mom’s heart

My most favorite Mother’s Day cards are the ones my kids make themselves. Because, how can I resist an adorable handprint poster or toddler-style drawing of Mommy & Me? Heart is melting over here. So, I’ve checked out some of our favorite craft bloggers and DIY sites to find some creative ideas for handmade Mother’s Day cards from the kids. Maybe I’ll just leave the screen open to these so my kids will see them and get inspired to make some sweet Mother’s Day cards of their own. Hint, hint. At top: A fun, DIY, free printable Mother’s Day cootie catcher at Homan at Home...

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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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Organic kids and baby clothing: 7 labels we love in every price range

The spring cleaning bug has hit, and I’m getting ready to tackle my kids’ closets. It’s a big job. And today of all days, being that it’s Earth Day, I’m inspired to think greener when it comes to my kids’ clothes. While I’m not a fan of harsh chemicals used in the manufacturing process right up against my kids’ sensitive skin all day (especially the younger ones), I know that replacing entire closets with only organic children’s clothing is insanely expensive. So we’re not going to do that. But if you do want to indulge in a few special items,...

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9 of the prettiest floral Easter egg decorating ideas. Lovely!

My kids are huge fans of the fun pop culture Easter eggs we’ve featured at Cool Mom Picks and the cool ice cream cone eggs over at Cool Mom Eats. Plus, these galaxy eggs are geeking them out too. But I have to say, I love pretty floral Easter eggs in springtime. So I went searching through the sites of some of my favorite bloggers and found 9 gorgeous tutorials for the prettiest floral Easter egg decorating ideas. If you want to really impress your brunch guests this year, in the prettiest way possible, try one of these. At top: DIY tissue paper eggs | Say Yes Related: Fun (and...

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10 sweet first Easter gifts for the new baby in your life

If the new spring season also means a new baby in your family, don’t miss these 10 sweet first Easter gifts we’ve found at some of our favorite indie shops and makers this year. From keepsake ornaments to baby wraps so cute you won’t be able to resist Instagramming them, these are our favorite first Easter gifts for babies this year. As if you needed an excuse to spoil them any more, right? CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 15 cool bunny gifts to fill up your baby’s Easter basket Every kid needs their own Easter basket, and I love these handmade custom...

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15 of the coolest bunny gifts for all your kids’ Easter baskets

Are you ready for Easter yet? It’s coming soon. And we’re here for you! I’ve spent hours browsing my favorite indie shops for the coolest bunny gifts for Easter and I’ve found 15 of the most adorable ideas for kids’ Easter baskets. Pick one or two of these gift ideas for their baskets, add a couple pieces of candy or a delicious homemade Easter treat, and you’re done. So, hop to it! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Need more ideas? Here are 20 more awesome bunny gifts for kids I’m a big fan of the natural, creative play of Waldorf toys,...

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Cool holiday gift alert: 10 fabulous personalized keychains you won’t want to lose

Personalized gifts have always been one of our favorite ways to celebrate a loved one, because it turns whatever you’re giving into a special keepsake. Over the years, we’ve seen that personalized keychains are consistently one of our most popular gift ideas here on Cool Mom Picks because, honestly, they’re something pretty much anyone on your holiday list can use and appreciate. But the only thing better than finding a cool personalized keychain to give, is one that won’t ever be lost. Impossible, you say? Nope! Thanks to our sponsor Tile, a Bluetooth tracker that we’ve been recommending for ages now. It makes it super...

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Freshly Picked Marketplace: The new indie marketplace you need to bookmark for your holiday shopping

When Kristen and Liz started Cool Mom Picks, their desire was to highlight cool, indie shops that make innovative products with fresh ideas for kids and families. A decade later, that’s still our driving passion, and the chic handmade baby moccasins at Freshly Picked is one of our favorite indie shops to recommend for baby gifts. We’ve always loved Susan Petersen’s eye for style, and now she’s using that to highlight other small businesses too, with the Freshly Picked Marketplace. This online community is a hub of small shops curated by Susan, and when I browsed through the site I immediately added gifts from each one to my holiday shopping...

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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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The handmade, organic Frida Kahlo doll: Art history degree not required.

The first-ever gift I gave my daughter was a beautiful handmade doll I found on Etsy, and ever since then I’ve had a thing for gifting my kids one-of-a-kind dolls. Of course, she has her fair share (and then some) of American Girl everything, but when I find a keepsake like the handmade, organic Frida Kahlo dolls made by Mexican artists Maroma + Arte, I feel compelled add to her growing collection. She certainly doesn’t need another doll, but I really want her to have this one. And a little lesson in art history and female empowerment to go along with it won’t...

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The hilarity and terror of raising teens: Tips + humor to get you through it | Spawned Ep 52

Today we’re speaking with humorist, best-selling author and actual real-life teacher Robert Wilder about raising teens! We first discovered his hilarious Daddy Needs a Drink way back in the early CMP days, and we’ve been fans ever since. Break up your day with this fun discussion about his much-lauded first YA novel, Nickel, horror stories to make you laugh out loud, and tips to help you get through it all — whether you’re in the thick of it, been there/survived that, or it still feels a million years away. Listen right here, or check out Spawned with Kristen + Liz on iTunes. Now!...

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6 adorable pinecone crafts that go way beyond wreaths. Hello, fall!

The thermostat may not reflect it where I live just yet, but tomorrow is officially the first day of fall. And though I likely won’t touch a sweater until November, I’m still finding ways to make it feel like autumn with scented candles, apple picking, and leaf peeping. And, of course, crafting. Nothing evokes cozy autumnal feelings like sitting down with my nieces and a basket of freshly gathered pinecones, paints, and pipe cleaners, and letting our imaginations run wild. I like crafting with pinecones because they tend to be a little easier to handle than acorns, which require some dexterity to paint or glue,...

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3 DIY dreamcatchers for happy crafting and sweet dreams

As a child, I long believed that dreamcatchers capture your nightmares in their web to keep sleep sweet and worry-free. As an adult, they still have a nostalgic pull on me. Plus, they’re really gorgeous. I recently found some truly fantastic DIY dreamcatcher tutorials, and came to realize whether you’re looking for new kids bedroom decor or a way to entertain the kids on a rainy summer day, DIY dreamcatchers will work magic. (I also learned that dream catchers are a type of hair extension, which I don’t recommend kids try as a DIY project). Fun and easy, and with such a cool,...

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