Tag: hanukkah

A twist on holiday photo cards that’s shiny and bright (and pretty darn neat)

Holiday photo cards have become such indelible parts of the season, they’re right up there with shiny wrapping paper, gift-giving, Cyber Monday sales, and gingerbread lattes at Starbucks. (Take a seat, PSL™, you’ll have had your time by then). Since some of you are already asking us about cool holiday photo cards–and we bow down to you–the first really newsworthy ones have come across your desks. This year, the talented folks at Artifact Uprising, whose gorgeous photo books our readers have all gone nuts for, have added a cool twist to the usual holiday greeting tradition with a clever new 3-in-1 Photo Card. It’s...

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The brightest and best Hanukkah printables for this year’s Festival of Lights

With Hanukkah beginning in just a few days, we’ve rounded up some festive Hanukkah printables to decorate your home, including a few fun items to mark the once-in-a-lifetime merging of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Or Thanksgivukkah. But, since Hankukkah lasts longer than turkey leftovers, we have plenty of more traditional decorations that will be ready for all eight nights. If you’ll be hosting the special Thanksgivukkah dinner, grab this downloadable Hanukkah chalkboard sign and hang it on your front door to greet your guests. Or, since it will be sent to you in three different sizes, you can also print...

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Baby’s First Hanukkah Gift Ideas. Just the good ones.

Yes, there’s always that “Baby’s First Hanukkah” bib that you’ll use for 8 nights, max. But we dug to help find gift ideas for your baby’s first Hanukkah that are just a wee bit cooler than some of the others. Hebrew letter blocks  ($34, Uncommon Goods) Uncle Goose makes some of our favorite blocks, including a great foreign language selection. The Hebrew ones are perfect for baby — and could give her a leg up on identifying the Gimel on the dreidel quickly.     Little Pim English/Hebrew DVD Set ($59.99, or $34.99 for Digital Download, Little Pim) The very...

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6 delicious Thanksgivukkah recipes for a once in a lifetime meal

This year marks the first Thanksgivukkah–when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving day–since 1888. That pretty much requires amazing Thanksgivukkah hybrid dishes, considering the next one isn’t going to happen for another 78,000 years or so. Traditional Hanukkah foods like donuts, fried potato pancakes, apples, and sweet potatoes pair perfectly with classic Thanksgiving ingredients (like uh, apples and sweet potatoes), which means that Thanksgivukkah has opened the doors to the ultimate holiday food mash up. Donuts meet cranberry sauce. Latkes and turkey. Challah for stuffing. Yes, yes, yes! Check out these six ultimate Thanksgivukkah recipes for a...

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15 of the best Hanukkah gifts for kids in every price range

This year, zomg THANKSGIVUKKAH. I can’t believe I have to get ready for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all at once, and I’m sure I’m not alone. So we’re kicking off the season with our mini guide of some of the best Hanukkah gifts for kids. While of course all the toys and games and gifts we feature on Cool Mom Picks make perfect Hanukkah gifts for any kid, these 15 are the special ones we’ve tracked down just for Hanukkah revelers. And only the cool stuff, promise. Hey, you can giftwrap while the pumpkin pie bakes. –Liz Engraved wooden dreidel ($3.50,...

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Zazzle: Custom gifts for the holidays that go way beyond mugs and calendars. Way.

Featured Partner If you’re looking for a way to put a personal touch on your Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations this winter, we were surprised to learn that our latest sponsor, Zazzle (yay, Zazzle!), has really upped their game this year. In a big way. There’s a huge new selection of everything related to holiday cards–from stationery to return labels and even custom postage stamps–plus amazing custom gift ideas. We were really surprised ourselves to see what the site has become, and think it will be a great, affordable resource for our readers this year. We discovered they have millions (literally) of...

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8 must-have holiday cookbooks for a super delicious season

With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving–and Hanukkah!–right around the corner, it’s time to start collecting culinary inspiration for your perfect holiday menu. There are, of course, tons of recipes online, but it’s tricky to know which recipes are reliable. It may be old school, but I say that holiday cooking calls for hitting the bookshelf. These eight awesome holiday cookbooks will help make your holidays special. And if you’re not cooking, well, maybe you need to buy Aunt Sue an early holiday gift: it will pay dividends to all! Find all these books at our affiliate Amazon or your...

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Getting your Hanukkah cards together early this year with a little help and a big discount

featured partner This year, with the first night of Hanukkah creeping up on us super early–November 27 to be exact–those of us who celebrate have to be extra organized to get Hanukkah and Thanksgiving ready all at the same time. Eek! [don’t miss a big limited time special offer below!] This is a great time to be locking down those Hanukkah cards, and we’re so happy that Expressionery has some simple, smart options that you can completely customize yourself in moments. You’ll find some simple, tasteful options including photo cards, invitations (love that Hanukkah Lights folded card, above) and...

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12 of the funniest holiday cards for Christmas and beyond

Hooray for the funniest holiday cards! Now, while of course we love those beautiful, sweet, sentimental holiday photo cards just like any other parents, we gotta say, sometimes we’re kind of thanking the universe for that one friend who isn’t afraid to send the card that makes you laugh. You know–the one with the subliminal drawing in Santa’s beard, or the fart joke involving reindeer. Here, we’ve rounded up just a few of the funnier (but still fairly SFW/small children) Christmas and holiday cards online–and not one “ho” joke in the bunch. Trust us, that wasn’t easy. –Liz +...

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Make menorah magic: the world’s easiest Hanukkah craft for kids

The potatoes are peeled, the menorah is polished and the kids are sniffing around for the gift stash. Yes, Hanukkah is kicking off and excitement is in the air. So we’ve got the perfect little Hanukkah craft project to keep the kids busy long enough for you to wrap those last few presents. We found this adorable little handprint menorah craft over at Kiwi Craft Studio. We have previously raved about this online craft resource, which is chock full of hundreds of ideas and activities. This one couldn’t be any simpler–a piece of paper, some finger paint and your cutie’s hands, and you...

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Highlighting Hanukkah with 7 sensational latkes recipes

Hanukkah is around the corner. That means it’s time to get our best latkes recipe on! The humble potato pancake is a traditional Hanukkah food loved by Jews and non-Jews alike, and with good reason. Who can resist crispy fried cakes of shredded potato and onion served with sour cream or applesauce? Certainly not me.But what if we veered off the traditional path? What if we maintain the basic principles of latke-making, but ditch the classic recipe, which calls for little more than potato, onion and egg? Then…magic, is what. Here are 7 amazing latkes recipes to prove it,...

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Serve up some very happy holidays with personalized plates

I adore everything about the holidays, especially decorating. Growing up in my family, prepping the house pretty much stopped at setting out the menorah. Now that I’m in charge, I love decking out our home with a cozy all-holidays-welcome vibe–especially when it comes to the all-important yummy focal point of every holiday season: the table. Hanukkah-themed tableware can prove to be a challenge to find, though. So this year, I am tickled to have come across some very fun and festive personalized plates from CMP fave Little Uni.  {Keep reading for an exclusive holiday discount for CMP readers!} A year doesn’t go by...

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Web Coolness: Holiday Gift Guide, swim-noodle menorah, and a Museum of Math

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Have you seen the Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide yet? It’s jam-packed with greatness for everyone on your list. And we’re especially excited that you could win two amazing giveaways: one to keep and one to share! The super-clever swim-noodle menorah from Bible Belt Balabusta is a clever way to teach kids about the symbolism and ritual of the menorah, without setting anything on fire. (via Apartment Therapy) Join CMP favorite Dan Zanes and Friends at 11am on December 8th...

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Hooray, at last! The only Holiday Gift Guide you’ll need: ours!

It’s holiday time! And around here, that means our editors have been burning the midnight oil to bring you our 6th annual Holiday Gift Guide featuring more than 150 (!) truly inspired gifts for all the special people in your lives–plenty from the small shops and indie businesses that we love to support this time of year.  {Don’t miss the amazing $1800 giveaway after the jump!} You’ll find everything from the sweetest baby’s first Christmas gifts to beautiful Hanukkah keepsakes, as well as the coolest presents for hard-to-shop-for dads, grandparents, nieces and nephews, movie buffs, foodies, fans of a...

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The best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies and new parents

Seeking out the best first Christmas and holiday gift ideas for babies each year for our holiday gift guide is one of my very favorite parts of the job. With a lot of schmaltz out there, a lot of bad sweaters, and a lot of mass produced trinkets oddly labeled “keepsakes,” we take this category very seriously! So we’re happy that our sponsor, Cardstore.com, has asked us to share some of our very favorite special gift ideas for babies. (After all, they know a liiiittle something about holidays too, if you check their amazing selection of cards online.) Here...

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Web Coolness: holiday deals, a song for Hurricane Sandy relief, and an unusual idea for fighting bullies

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Follow us on Twitter! We’re tweeting the best holiday deals all weekend long, especially those that support small shops and indie designers and crafters. On Babycenter, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best baby keepsake holiday gifts, all for under $50. This may be more challenging than stringing up the lights, but this hand-drawn chalkboard Christmas tree makes a big impact (above). And check out more Christmas tree ideas for small spaces over at Apartment Therapy. Fighting bullies with sarcasm (and...

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Hanukkah crafts for kids: one more thing off your plate with Kiwi Crate

Hanukkah comes early this year, kicking of the Festival of Lights on December 8th (or the 25th of Kislev if you want to be technical about it). Which means for some gifts, you need to start getting ready now already (eek!). For parents that means planning, shopping and wrapping ahead of all the regular holiday madness.  There is an additional challenge though. With an early calendar date it can be hard to get the kids as excited when their holiday doesn’t line up with that of all of their friends. Well, the oh-so-reliable CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has a plan...

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The coolest dreidels ever. One word: LEGO

I know, I know…Halloween is not even here and already we’re diving headfirst into holiday picks. But it’s hard to resist when it’s a Hanukkah goodie as cool as these dreidels. [find out how to get a great limited time discount after the jump!] Made by artist Val Glaser, who does all kinds of cool things with LEGOs, the LEGO dreidel set is no different. They’re all hand-made from upcycled bricks, with the Hebrew letters handstamped. Hand these out, and easily they will be the best ones any kid brings home.  Plus, for a limited time, you can find...

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Still feeling the DIY spirit? Some of our favorite last minute holiday crafts and printables.

Here, just some of the great resources, websites, recipes and roundups we’ve found for the holiday season. You’ve still got a whole day of wrapping left! –The most beautiful printable gift tags –12 festive gift wrap ideas –6 easy holiday treats, no culinary degree required. –10 DIY holiday gifts for those crafty folks among us. –Print at home gifts to save you from overnight shipping charges –6 free printable gift tags [image via eat drink...

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The most beautiful free printable gift tags to top off your holiday wrapping

You could cover my house with all the leftover wrapping paper I have accumulated throughout the years. But, for some reason, my gift tags have a way of disappearing right when I need them most. Fortunately, I’ve uncovered a ton of cool printable gift tags that you can print right from home. –Christina How About Orange has rounded up a whole bunch of free printable tags that range from whimsical to sophisticated. My favorites are Sass & Peril’s clean, modern tags (shown above) which also include a Happy Hanukkah tag. Fifth and Hazel’s printable Chevron tags are super easy...

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