Tag: handmade

Stunning holiday jewelry gift ideas for under $75? We have tons.

Some women obsessively collect shoes or handbags, but for me it’s jewelry. It always fits (of course), and makes me feel polished no matter how raggedy the rest of me may be. I love giving jewelry as gifts, too, as it just seems to make everyone feel special. Luckily for you we made it easy to find some gorgeous steals in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop with a category solely dedicated to killer jewelry gifts all under $75. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. From statement cocktails rings and gemstones...

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13 tips for a more sustainable holiday that can save you a ton of money.

These days, there’s no shortage of ways to save money, which is certainly welcome over the holiday season and our growing shopping lists. And it’s not just about coupons, discounts, and deals, which we love, of course. Taking steps to live more sustainably can actually save you money, and not just over the holidays. That’s where our sponsor PUREEnergies comes in. We really admire all they do to save families money and get them to live more sustainably. And their recent trip to the Amazon to learn more about sustainability got us thinking about how we can do the same...

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11 essential cleaning tips before your holiday party. Whether you’re a neat freak or a “hide everything in the closet” kind of person.

It’s that time of year when pretty much everyone is entertaining. And yeah, we all know how to run the vacuum and wield a toilet brush (or hire someone else to do it, if you’re lucky), but as the resident Cool Mom Picks neat freak, I’ve got a few pre-holiday party cleaning tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years to help you get the place in even better shape. Don’t worry — they’re simple, and they’ll actually make your job easier. [Editor’s note: We like that because uh, not all of us around here are neat freaks...

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The best teacher gift ideas from people who know: actual teachers.

We are always on the lookout for the best teacher gift ideas every year, and it may in fact be one of the top gift questions we get from readers every year about this time. (Then again in May.) And hey, I get it; if there are any people on my holiday shopping list that I’m most grateful for, it’s my kids’ teachers. They’re with my kids all day every day, and go above and beyond the job description, from purchasing supplies for the classroom from their own wallets to sending personal emails and notes home to let me know how my kids are doing....

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We pity the fool who doesn’t love this Mr. T holiday onesie

If there was anything ever that made me think to myself boy I wish I had a baby right now it’s this hilarious Mr. T holiday onesie by Cool Mom Picks favorite Mi Cielo. This isn’t the first time I’ve been in love with the baby gifts from Mi Cielo. You might have seen owner Kayo Master’s work on our site several times before, including in our baby shower gift guide, but this holiday Mr. T onesie takes the cake. Or smashes it to bits. Each onesie is made by hand, available in newborn size up through 18 months, and unofficially guaranteed...

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Beautiful personalized jewelry ideas that you can still get in time for Christmas

We love personalized jewelry which makes such a special gift, but buying personalized jewelry–or personalized anything, really–also means planning ahead, especially at the holidays. And hey, sometimes we parents aren’t able to look further ahead than what we’ve planned for tonight’s dinner. So I did some planning for you and put together some wonderful personalized jewelry options with all the last order dates for holiday shipping. Of course there are some rush shipping opportunities for a little extra too. Hey, we’re all about making you (and someone very lucky in your life) look good.   Stacking rings are so popular these days, and these cool ones...

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Stitch the coolest big city gifts with these DIY embroidery patterns

My vacation fund tends to get used for school tuition, so it looks like Italy, Sydney, or San Francisco will stay on my travel bucket list for a bit longer. In the meantime, I can dream about them while I make Christmas gifts, using these stunning DIY embroidery patterns from Satsuma Street featuring skylines of the world’s greatest cities. Artist Jody Rice (out of sunny LA) fits the landmarks of cities from Tokyo to Amsterdam to our own favorite, New York City, into one pattern. Love these names–Pretty Little Barcelona, Pretty Little London, and so on, all around the world–and their modern, bright color scheme that gives...

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15 of the most gorgeous printable holiday crafts for kids and families. Better get those printers warmed up!

Each year, I love rounding up the best printable holiday crafts that so many amazing designers, artists, and all-around crafty people develop so that people like me can create beautiful things with our kids. In fact, they make it so easy for me to print out not only holiday paper crafts, but also beautiful gift tags and vibrant wrapping paper, I never have to make a night-before-Christmas run for those things anymore. (If only I could print tape.) So I’ve put together 15 of my favorite printable holiday crafts to do with the kids this season. And with three kids, you...

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Dream big and help others keep on dreaming too

The spirit of giving is alive all over social media today thanks to #GivingTuesday, including in our Instagram feed where we found these lovelies at baby Jives co. Today only, you can score these exclusive downloadable prints and support a wonderful cause while doing it. When you purchase a Dream Big or People Will Never Forget PDF for $10 each, half of that (yes $5) will be donated to two charities, St. Jude Medical Research and Feeding America, two causes we personally love and who can certainly use your support. Just print and hang, or add a frame to turn them into a gift....

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This is your brain on embroidery hoop art

I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my much cooler younger sister (shh, don’t tell). While we have tons of ideas for fun and irreverent best friend gifts, I’m excited about the embroidery hoop art over at Merriweather Council’s Etsy shop, where their wry sense of humor matches their hip design aesthetic. Merriweather Council has been a favorite of ours for a while—have you seen their irresistible monogrammed embroidery necklaces?—and these embroidery hoop art pieces have really gotten us talking. This is a fun, unexpected bit of decor to hang in the kitchen for that pop of vintage coolness.   If you don’t...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins: Thanksgiving edition

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 Thanksgiving Pinterest pins, plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. If you’re heading out of town for Thanksgiving, you need this hilarious tote bag. So awesome, right? 2. A delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe. So helpful if you’ve got family with food allergies. 3. Sweet and very easy decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving table. 4. Smart tips for organizing your tech (aka hiding all those wires and cords) before company arrives. 5. Here’s a sweet potato pie recipe that we’re...

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Adorable personalized wooden ornaments for kids who wants to see their own names on the tree. That’s, all of them.

Every Christmas, one of my kids’ favorite things to do is reminisce about each ornament as we hang it on the tree. Sure, it takes us a long time to get the whole thing decorated, but we love trying to remember the story behind each one, and some of the most special are those personalized ornaments we own, customized with names, dates, or pictures right on them. So when I saw the simple and lovely personalized wooden ornaments (they’re bamboo!) from the family-run Graphic Spaces Wood featured in our gift guide in our list of cool personalized gifts for kids, I knew my family needed one. Or...

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A new line of cute, trendy kids’ clothes from Korea by way of London

Like maybe some of you, my three-year-old has two small but separate wardrobes: The inexpensive, easily replaceable outfits he wears to nursery school; and the few higher quality, trendy kids’ clothes I save for the days he’s not painting without a smock. To add to the latter list: the darling styles from the new online kids’ clothing shop Ebabee for kids up to age 6. Ebabee offers a beautifully curated collection of cute, comfy, and slightly quirky clothing from Korea for trendsetting girls and boys–though sadly for us, the little boys’ options are more limited. There are plenty for girls, though, and if I had a daughter, I’d...

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Web coolness – The ultimate list of holiday gift ideas, Thanksgiving help, and the toy NOT to get your kids.

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Our 2014 holiday gift guide is here filled with more than 200 gift ideas for everyone on your list, plenty of discount codes, and a huge giveaway. We hope it helps! (Find those personalized Christmas plates for kids right here.) The most beautiful Advent calendars to help you start the countdown. Still focused on Thanksgiving? Bookmark these 4 Thanksgiving cooking hotlines that can help. Start loading up the tablet for road trips, starting with this excellent, brand new Toca Boca app. New to the Cool Mom Picks Indie...

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It’s here! It’s here! Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has arrived.

We are so SO excited to present our 2014 holiday gift guide, our biggest and best yet, if we do say so ourselves. You’ll find 20 pages of absolutely amazing holiday gift ideas (over 200 to be exact) for everyone on your list in every price range, all scoured from the ends of the earth by our intrepid Cool Mom elves. (Okay, from the ends of the Internet. Same thing these days.) As always, when you shop from our guide, you’re supporting a whole lot of small brands and indie artists, including our absolutely awesome sponsor, Micro Kickboard. They...

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Our new favorite spot for printable toys: Smallful

One of our great joys with this site is supporting small businesses and fellow indie publishers. (Hey, we still have a blogroll. Remember those?) And now one of our favorite bloggers and friends, Mari Richards of the fantastic design site Small for Big, falls squarely into both camps with her new shop Smallful, which is all about printable toys and other playthings for kids. Mari is a toy designer and graphics artist by trade–with phenomenal taste, I might add–so it’s no surprise that the printable toys in her shop are exquisite. Right now she’s transitioning from Halloween (though masks are good for any...

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12 of the most spectacular advent calendars to help you count down to Christmas

Before you deck the halls, make sure you have your advent calendar ready so you can count down the days to the night before Christmas. It’s a tradition that my kids enjoy so much,  we have a few set up around the house to remind us how much longer they have to wait for their favorite day to arrive. And whether you are super crafty, want to print a DIY calendar at home, or would rather purchase something you can use year after year, we’ve rounded up a dozen options for you to have ready by the first of December. Prices and...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in baby bibs: Glitter!

I’m all about the function and not the form when it comes to baby bibs, so I’m not usually one to freak out over a cute one. But then I saw the glitter baby bibs from Luna on the Moon, and everything changed. Okay, that may be a bit hyperbolic, but these bibs are so stylish that I’m thinking of buying one, and I don’t even have a baby right now. Kids love glitter, and this mama loves glitter that doesn’t get all over my house. But I also love that these bibs cover baby from chin to crotch (or probably knees, when they’re...

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To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives.

Recently I was honored to attend the ONE.org Girls & Women Initiative’s AYA Summit, in which my eyes were opened to so many remarkable ways that people devote their lives to women and girls around the world who are disproportionately affected by poverty. One of the women I was amazingly impressed with is Jane Mosbacher Morris, who cut her teeth in the counterterrorism department of the State Department (whoa), then turned her life towards humanitarian action with a focus on woman’s issues, and in particular, anti-human trafficking. She also happens to have great style and a sharp mind for business. So you can see how this is all coming together. This week I’m so...

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Cloth diaper covers too cute to cover up.

Baby bums are cute, but cloth-diapered baby bums? Well, they’re really something else. So when I learned about the lovely new handmade-to-order cloth diaper covers by Carissa Halbmaier in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop, I got just a little bit excited thinking about all the babies I’ll be able to buy them for. (Update: They’re now available at the Barrel and a Heap Etsy shop.) These bright, bold geometric prints are nothing like the plain primary-colored cloth diaper covers from my diapering days. And looks aside, these covers are also conveniently designed to grow with baby, plus lined with PUL fabric...

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