Tag: hanukkah

This holiday season, feel like a crafting genius

I love crafty people. I wish I were one of them, but, alas, I’m not even that great at wrapping gifts. They end up looking like my three-year-old took the reins. But, this year, my friends and family will think I’ve developed some serious crafting skills when they receive my holiday gifts with hand-stitched gift tags. This is how easy it is: thread a needle (I can do that!),  follow the holes (like follow-the-dot) and viola! You’ll look like a crafting genius and your gifts will look extra special. The Stitchable Gift Tags set includes two heart and one...

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12 awesomely cool holiday books for kids

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, neither, or both, there’s no better gift for kids than the gift of reading. If you don’t need a fourth copy of the Velveteen Rabbit to make you cry on your toddler’s footy pajamas, try one of these awesomely cool holiday books which get my whole-hearted thumbs up. – Delilah 1. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates If your family is as wacky as mine, you want more YARR than the calm and old-fashioned versions of the classic holiday poem can provide. This book’s got laughs, clever rhymes, and adorable illustrations for...

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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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Add this Dan Zanes’ song to your Hanukkah playlist

Although everyone from Rod Stewart to The Black Eyed Peas seems to put out Christmas albums, it’s pretty rare for anyone besides Adam Sandler to do something new and interesting with Hanukkah music.  New and interesting is something Dan Zanes knows well and his brand-new, just-in-time version of the traditional Hanukkah song Ner Li is a perfect addition to our holiday.  I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with this song, but it’s really lovely. You’ll recognize his famous Spanish-guitar vibe (which makes sense, since one of his collaborators is Sonia De Los Santos). Dan sings the first verse in Hebrew...

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Web coolness – Holiday potpourri, ornaments, and gifts galore

Here are some things we’ve liked around web this week. We hope you will too. Have you grabbed your color your own ornament printable yet from etsy? A $3 donation to Housing Works gets you 8 designs from 8  talented artists. Help us raise $300 for this great charity! The holiday potpourri recipes (shown) at design*sponge look amazing! Our editor Christina lists her 7 best tech gifts for kids on Babycenter – none of which will drive you crazy. Baby Gizmo has a fun little 12 days of Christmas giveaway that can score you some very nice baby gear....

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Gourmet lollipops ain’t no Dum-Dums.

Perhaps you’ve poked around our holiday gift guide this year and come across the category called Gifts Under $15 That Don’t Seem Cheap at All. If so, you very likely spotted the gourmet lollipops. You know the ones. The ones that call to you in your sleep whispering a million reasons good reasons to buy them. Let me just say: Do it. How else can you indulge in the likes of seasonal flavors like Peppermint lollipops or Eggnog Latte lollipops made with real espresso? How else might you delight some lucky child waking up to a stocking full of,...

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A gift for you Television Without Pity wannabe writers

I’m always looking for fun little gifts for hip friends–you know, the kind of under $15 thing that makes a big impression when you wrap it beautifully and present with love, but isn’t necessarily the Hope Diamond. We’ve got a whole category of them in our holiday gift guide this year, but now there’s one more to add to the list.  I am simply in love with these pop culture pencils that are inscribed with writing prompts for your favorite blogger–or simply a kindred nod of irony to your best friend who also loves Alec Baldwin. With idea starters...

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Chat with us about holiday gifts, live!

Need a break to gab with the girls and giggle about gifting? Want to win a gift certificate to one of our favorite online shops? Then pull up a squishy chair, grab a chai latte, and settle in for a cyberchat with the Cool Mom Picks gang at TheMotherhood. On Thursday, December 2 at 1:00pm EST–that’s tomorrow–we’ll be talking holiday gift ideas for the whole family and everybody else you. Stumped on ideas for that tricky teacher? The picky sister-in-law? The great-great-grandmother? Seriously…ask us anything. We’re here to help. Oh, and our friends at TreeHugger will be there too....

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Holiday photo cards with flair? Reader Q&A

Can you suggest some more holiday photo card sites? I’m a little bored with the same ole, same ole every year. Or, what about a site for creating your own cards with flair? -Ginger I am fairly certain that Holiday Rule #1 states that you must send out photo cards once you have children. A lot of people must agree since I get a loads of holiday photo cards each year. But after getting, and sending, the same basic photo card year after year, I too yearn to see something a little more design-y and inspired, like these options we’ve...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide is here!

If we couldn’t solve all your holiday shopping conundrums with our Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide (gasp!), then we’ve got over 75 more fabulous gift options just for you in our brand spankin’ new Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide! We’re here for you, mamas! We’ve got great gift suggestions for the big and little tech lovers and geeks in your life at every single price range. Even a slew of creative picks for under $15. And those folks who you might not think would dig a tech gift? We’re pretty sure we’ve got something for them too....

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Making a holiday table look like a holiday table

I know that starting tomorrow I will admire my family members’ beautifully adorned holiday tables and think I should really do more with mine. And then I will start virtually shopping online for gorgeous linens and flatware and other pretty things. And then maybe this year, I’ll actually hit purchase instead of just imagining it all magically coming together in my dining room somehow. The new tabletop items from Chilewich are right up my alley. The pressed dahlia placemats in gunmetal grey or gold can make a table sophisticated, not flashy, something tough with metallics.The lace openwork is so...

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Books to bring the Festival of Lights to life

Every Hanukkah, in addition to the loooong lists of requested items (i.e. toys)  we always make sure to include several books as gifts. And guess what–long after my son is bored with the video game he received, he’s still reading and re-reading the books. For the younger set, I really like these Hanukkah activity books by Emily Sper, who we discovered last year for our 2009 holiday gift guide. But now her books have been republished by Scholastic, and they look even more lovely. Toddlers will love Hanukkah: A Counting Book, which is a simple board book, featuring brightly...

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Gorgeous printables: some free, some just free for Cool Mom Picks readers

I made a huge withdrawal from the Crafty Mom Bank on Halloween, when I decided to make a Big Bird costume for my daughter by hand. Turns out even a mini bird requires a lot of faux feathers. So I’ve been ever-so-slightly grinchlike when mustering up creative thoughts for the oncoming holiday season. But there will be no mama-made invitations or banners to any family fete for the foreseeable future, because I found Anders Ruff. These gorgeous custom graphic printables are just waiting for you to customize them and print them from home. Now that’s a DIY project I...

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Wrap it up to go

I love the hustle of the holiday season: cooking, shopping and giving are three of my favorite things. What I really don’t like is finding the right wrapping paper for my latest treasures – and it can get ugly when I have multiple smaller gifts, for teachers and neighbors. We’re talking last-minute wrapping in the form of torn tissue paper held together with stickers, which doesn’t look so hot, especially if those gifts are–shall we say–somewhat modest. Sometimes a gal really needs something to help with the upsell.  Check out the personalized items from momma Bridgett Edwards at Perideau...

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A turkey to make everyone wish they were seated at the kids’ table

As my milk-allergic daughter will tell you, the Thanksgiving table can hold one big heaping of “no” for kids with food allergies. No, you can’t have that. Or that. Or that. And nowhere is this more apparent than when desserts are brought out. So while we always have enough for her to eat at the table, this year, we’ll also have a special treat on hand that is a definite “yes” for kids with food allergies. Leave it to Divvies, a CMP favorite for many years, to do something special for Thanksgiving with their new limited-edition Chocolate Turkey. Like...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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It’s here! The 2010 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide!

There’s no escaping the holiday music in the stores and tinsel in the windows — the holiday season is upon us. You know what will make your life easier? Our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! Whoo! For the fifth straight year (wow), we’ve done the legwork for you, tracking down more than 120 gift ideas at every price point for everyone on your list — from newborns to old friends, the impossible-to-buy-for men in your life, tweens and teens, art lovers and bakers, and there’s even a category just for Glee fans. You know who you are. As always, we...

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I’m dreaming of a big city holiday

I’m dreaming of a picture perfect holiday season, like a vintage postcard, with over-sized snowflakes and smiling kids singing songs at my door. I’m also dreaming of taking the perfect holiday photo of my two girls and they’ll both smile at the same time and sit still long enough… right. We all have our idealized images of the perfect holiday season and mine happens to look a lot like these charming holiday cards designed by Lab Partners. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!]  The Twice as Nice Greetings  aren’t just beautiful holiday cards–with a winter wonderland image...

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Winter wonderland photo cards, even in warmer climes

At the first sign of snow, every parent in our neighborhood bundles up their little dumplings and runs outside with three or four cameras– because it’s Georgia, and we go crazy over a little snow. But when we get back inside, the photos are ruined by slushy bits and gray clouds and smudgy fingers and babies crying because 1/4 inch of snow doesn’t really make concrete soft. Not exactly holiday card material. The best solution I’ve seen? Having professional artists take the most amazing photo you’ve got and transplant your little darling onto this adorable holiday card. CMP favorite...

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