Tag: hanukkah

12 festive holiday gift wrap ideas

If you’re like us, Christmas Eve day is going to be spent in a big gift wrap frenzy. As much as I love those brown paper packages tied up with string, I really love when the gifts I’m giving look as festive as the holidays themselves. Here, 12 of my favorite ideas for wrapping gifts that will make your packages stand out from the stacks covered in store-bought paper. They’ll almost be too nice to open, though my anxious kids will beg to differ. –Christina   This clever yarn-wrapped gift for kids comes with a little present on the...

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Last minute Hanukkah crafts from Martha Stewartstein

If you’re still scrambling for a little something to make your Hanukkah celebration a bit more dazzling and festive, Martha Stewart (of course) has the most amazing roundup of Hanukkah craft ideas. Here, just a few of my favorites that seem like you could manage to get together in time for latkes and your family’s Competitive Dreidel Deathmatch. For decked out dreidels (shown at top)  just coat regular wooden ones in glue and dip in glitter. Plop them all into a big glass jar or vase and you’ve got a great centerpiece. [see more great Hanukkah craft and decor...

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Last minute holiday gifts: Don’t panic!

We loved putting together our biggest ever Holiday Gift Guide for you this year. But we also know that with a few of you are still hunting for the perfect last-minute holiday gift, now that it’s officially less than a week before Christmas. (No judgments, promise!) Here, a whole bunch of ideas for everyone on your list that you can still have wrapped and under the tree by Christmas Eve. As for you Hanukkah revelers–well, you’d better hurry. Or you can look at it as an extension, if you’re still giving gifts on the eighth night this year. 1....

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11 of our families’ favorite holiday books, with a whole lot of surprises

One of my favorite aspects of the holidays is pulling out all our holiday books and reading together with all my kids huddled under a blanket with popcorn and hot chocolate. But even though we really only read our books once a year, I’m sort of ready to retire our same version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and add a few new books to our collection. So, we asked our editors and contributors to share their own family’s favorite holiday books and why they love them. Here’s hoping you enjoy this list as much as I will. The...

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Web Coolness – Christmas help, Hanukkah treats, and school fundraisers

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. . . A truly “green” Christmas tree, made from 40,000 recycled plastic bottles!  If you still need a great tech gift, Kristen’s rounded up a few of her favorites. A dreidel made of marshmallow and chocolate? You’ll want to give these a spin. (via Steamy Kitchen) Karen Walrond’s list of gifts that give back remind us of the true meaning of the holidays. Loving this list of eight last-minute homemade Teachers Gifts at 4 Kids and More. Foodies and cooks: Check out this advent calendar full...

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Celebrity designed holiday cards that give back. And they’re actually nice!

OK, so you’ve probably never wondered what a holiday card designed by Jennifer Aniston or Zoe Saldana would look like, but here’s a hint: They’re stylish. Stylish enough that it surprised us. And stylish enough that they are carried by paper goods powerhouse Tiny Prints this holiday, and come with a fabulous charitable component too.  You are familiar with Tiny Prints, aren’t you? They brought hip back to cute paper goods, and this celebrity-designed line of cards is no exception. The irony (and I mean this in a good way) is that these celebrities have come together to raise funds...

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Beautiful holiday photo cards that are easy to make. So you might actually send them.

Last year we discovered the beautiful new holiday card company, Pinhole Press. And this year, the company has a whole new lineup of cards–so I’m glad to have discovered them myself. Let’s just say making holiday cards stresses me out so much, I usually put them off for a long time. Like until February. But this year, I just may have cards out to family and friends in time for the holidays. And I don’t mean Groundhog Day. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for cmp readers!] The process is incredibly simple. You choose from one of the stunning...

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Bananagrams go Hebrew. We’re kvelling!

While bananas are not normally something you find associated with Hanukkah, this year we have good reason for you to reconsider- Bananagrams have gone Hebrew. This awesome modern word game already exists in English and in Spanish so we’re excited to see Hebrew Bananagrams  in time for the holidays. I mainly love Bananagrams because it’s a game I can beat my mother (the queen of Scrabble) at. But besides that, it is a great game for the family, which after all is a big part of what the holidays are all about. Plus, it travels in a banana bag,...

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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Surprise, surprise, we’re in holiday mode over at Cool Mom Tech. In case you missed them, here are some holiday picks you’ll want to check out stat, with plenty more to come all month long. 1. Shopping for that special shutterbug? Here are 4 cool camera necklaces she’d love to have around her neck, all of which are waaaay cheaper than a DSLR.  2. Since it’s not 1989, there’s no Game Boy in that box. But there just might be one *on* it, if you get these radical gift tags. 3. Thinking about a great, helpful tech gift for...

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A step up from Hanukkah gelt and candy canes

Not to be dissing those chalk gold-wrapped coins with an actual chocolate content of about .03%, but if you’re going to treat your dreidel winners with sweets this Hanukkah, we’ve got a better idea. The Hanukkah chocolate disks from CMP fave Rogue Confections are just beautiful. There are two collections but I happen to love all these pretty menorahs. For 18 bucks you’ll get 6 gorgeous chocolate disks–your choice of dark, black or white–that make a fitting place setting treat at the table, or just a reward for the kids at the end of the party. These are not...

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The perfect gift for baby’s first Hanukkah

Baby’s first anything can be difficult to shop for and baby’s first Hanukkah doubly so. So if you are looking for something different and special for the little bundle I suggest you check out Judaica pioneer Emily Rosenfeld. I have personally been gifting from Emily’s charming line of judaica for years. Fashioned out of pewter and featuring funky and playful designs, every Emily Rosenfeld piece is great for the modern Jewish family who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.  In the past I have been known to give her tzedakah boxes and mezuzahs as baby gifts but this “chai” baby...

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The Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is here!

We’re kicking November to the curb and happily welcoming December with our highly anticipated, super spectacular 2011 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the 6th straight year, we’ve scoured the web for the best gifts ever–150 this year at every price point for everyone on your list — from babies to brothers-in-law, girlie girls and budding architects, the mother-in-law that’s impossible to shop for, yes even you. Because mamas need cool gifts too! [Don’t miss the amazingly huge giveaway after the jump!] As always, we’ve featured loads of indie artisans, small boutiques, and family-run businesses, so you’re in good hands....

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Eight Crazy Nights. (Not to be confused with Crazy Eights.)

Let’s face it people, good Hanukkah items are hard to come by. Fortunately Emily Sper, creator of those clever Hanukkah activity books is back and I’m especially pleased to find a fresh pick from her for 5772. Emily’ new collection of Hanukkah card games will be a fun way to educate the kids about the details behind the Hanukkah story outside of Sunday school. The set comes with 3 decks of beautifully illustrated playing cards themed around the holiday and intended for classic games like Rumy, Go Fish and Crazy 8s. Also included in the card designs are language...

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Keep your elves busy with these Color-in Gift Tags

My kids really want to be helper elves when it comes to wrapping the gifts, but after a roll of tape and a yard of paper, I’ve learned to enlist their help in other ways. So instead of handing them the safety scissors and gift wrap, I’m going to hand them a box of crayons and let them get to work doing something they already love to do. The new Color-In-Sticker Gift Tags from CMP favorite and letterpress masters 9SpotMonk are the perfect keep-the-kids-busy project for the holidays because I can really use them on our Christmas gifts. Plus,...

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The coolest modern menorahs

The countdown is on–you’ve now got one month until Haunukkah! Do you know where your menorah is? While I love the idea of using a menorah at Hanukkah that’s passed down through the generations, I think there’s also something great about finding one that suits your modern decor. That’s not as easy as a task as it sounds. Here, I’ve found 5 beautiful, funky, and sometimes a little avant garde menorahs for a modern MOT. It’s not surprising that Jonathan Adler brings his trademark sense of humor and design to a collection of Menorahs that includes the Peacock Menorah...

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Holiday cards that are truly a work of art

Every year after I spend half the day trying to get myself ready, and then wrangling my four kids and my husband for our annual holiday card family photo extravaganza, I vow to do something different the next year. I have found it! With one of a kind cards featuring original artwork of your very own family. I’m completely smitten with the beautiful one-of-a-kind holiday cards from Dear Ida. This is the brainchild of four friends, including mom, artist, and children’s book illustrator Lisa Mundorff, whose annual hand drawn Christmas cards were so famous among her friends and family that...

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Minted makes the holiday cards that make us swoon

We fell in love with Minted back when we first got wind of their holiday cards, all created by indie designers, many of whom happen to be talented stay-at-home moms. The customization process is a snap and the quality has never failed to make us say, “oohh…” So when they asked if we’d pick a few of our favorites and share them with you this year, we were like, where do we start? Here, a brief holiday mini guide to help you find the card you had in mind anyway. For families with a sense of humorHow can you...

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The holiday cards for people who love paper

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending and receiving cards in the mail — especially the photo kind. (I can’t possibly be the only one. Who doesn’t love getting real mail? And photos? Everyone does!) It’s the best part of December, by far. Here’s the thing, though: Most of the photo cards out there are a little meh for my taste. I’m kind of obsessed with good quality paper. I want to send crisp photos that my friends and family will treasure — after all, it’s likely to be the only printed photo they will get all year....

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A coupon worth its weight in gold glitter glue

Something strange happens to me every December. I don’t usually have much patience for craft projects, but every holiday season, something comes over me and I feel the need to do something with glitter. Well, here’s a holiday gift for all of us crafting mavens and want-to-be crafting mavens (that would be me at the moment). Get 50% off all Martha Stewart craft items at Michael’s until December 24. Martha Stewart’s glitter is a glitter lover’s dream. It’s fine and elegant and fabulous and each color shines like shimmering gems. But beware–it does tend to get everywhere, so this...

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Customized champagne has holidays written all over it

A lot of us are probably more used to popping bottles of milk and apple juice than champagne these days. But the holidays call for sparkle–and I’m talking fancy shoes, party dresses, and champagne, not Elmer’s glue and glitter (as much as I am totally in love with preschool art projects). So I am taken with the customized champagne from one of the great producers of the world. Via MyMoet.com, you can personalize a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial with a name, symbol, or message in gold or silver Swarovski crystals. You know–extra sparkle for your sparkler. Fancy! The...

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