Tag: Holiday Gift Guide

It’s here! Our 2016 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide! Whoo!

We are so, so excited to present our 2016 holiday gift guide, with over 350 gifts for everyone on your list. This is our eleventh annual gift guide (can you believe it?), and we’re thrilled that along with the big shops we all love, we’re sharing cool finds from tons of small businesses, indie artists and makers that will be new to lots of you, and women-run companies of all kinds — because they all especially need the support this time of year. Whether you’re spoiling everyone rotten this year or are sticking to a DIY budget, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet...

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It’s here! Our 2015 Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide! Whoo!

We are so, so excited to present our 2015 holiday gift guide, which we have to say is our biggest and our best yet. And we’ve been doing this a while, so that’s saying something! Click over and you’ll find more than 325 truly fabulous holiday gifts ideas for every single person on your list, in every price range. And of course, so many are from the small brands and indie makers we love to support all year long, but especially now.   Whether you’ve got a tight budget or sky’s the limit, we’ve scoured the far reaches of the internet to find the coolest holiday gifts...

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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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The building blocks of our nation. Way more fun than that sounds.

I remember one of the first times I was interviewed by a media outlet, and they surprised me with an off-topic question: What’s the best safe toy for a child? I paused, then stammered, “Uh…blocks.” Not my finest moment. But the truth is, I do love giving blocks to kids. They’re perfect for toddlers, they grow with their imaginations as they hit kindergarten, and now even my young grade-schoolers can spend hours creating fantasy lands, stories, and made-up games with them. I’ve been a long-time fan of Uncle Goose Blocks, which not only have some incredibly creative and educational...

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Web Coolness: holiday tech gifts, an easy Christmas craft, and a must-read post for every mother

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech holiday tech gift guide? So many awesome goodies for everyone in your family, plus wow, fabulous $500 giveaway! Let your kids make a Christmas tree with Washi tape as shown over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. Liz shares her top 5 things to do with the kids this holiday on the Bing blog–and some of them might be surprising. How many of them does your family do? We love this Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy...

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8 of the coolest personalized gifts that there’s still time to get for Christmas!

Whether you’re down to the last present on your list or still only just getting started (ahem), you don’t have to panic. There’s still time to order super-cool gifts that are–get this!–personalized, so no one will ever know that you didn’t buy them weeks ago. Here are some of our favorites. –Lexi We like this affordable little peronalized rockstar coin pouch from Psychobaby so much, we included it in the CMP holiday gift guide. And you have until 12/17 to order (via 2nd day shipping).  Personalized pocket mirrors from Olliegraphic sport your kid’s name–and you can choose the hair...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

We’ve been busy at Cool Mom Tech featuring some of the best holiday tech picks around. Here’s what you might have missed on our site this week. 1. Got a pet? You’ve got to see this hilarious gadget made just for them. 2. Got a Kindle Fire? You need this awesome new service from Amazon that’s perfect for parents. 3. Got kids? We strongly suggest taking a look at this scary app for teens and tweens, and talking about it with them, stat. 4. Got a camera? You (or that lucky shutterbug in your life) will love these pretty...

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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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5 picks you might have missed at Cool Mom Tech

Gadgets, apps, and gifts galore is what we’re all about. In case you missed them, here are some tech posts from the past week. And if you don’t see what you need, don’t forget about out our ginormous Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide, with plenty of gifts you can still get in time for Christmas. 1. Geeky cards for that special techie in your life? We’ve got five that are perfect. Even better with a gift card stuck inside.  2. Gift wrapping goes stylishly multimedia with this sleek black and red Twitter hashtag paper. 3. A little bird...

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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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Web Coolness – loads of holiday fun, OB’s mea culpa, and a Nook vs Kindle smackdown

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The prettiest thing to happen to junk mail: Snowflakes! Get the tutorial at Michele Made Me. Woo hoo! Tech gifts for everyone on your list in our 2011 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide! (and psst, we’re giving away an iPad2!) Get a big dose of Christmas cheer with this fun Holiday Flash Mob, starring the lovely Loralee and the American Festival Chorus. Inject a little “sunny” into your Christmas with this new Renee & Jeremy download. Can you guess the top names of 2011?...

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The Cool Mom Tech Holiday Gift Guide – Hooray!

Over 120 holiday gifts in our own Holiday Gift Guide for the entire family just weren’t enough for us, mamas, so that’s why we added 100 more ideas over at our Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide. Isn’t the bow pretty? We scoured the web for the coolest geeky gifts for everyone on your list — the cool nieces and funky nephews, the manly man and fashionista traveler, the kids, grandparents, yes even you! You’ll find all sorts of technified and tech-inspired goodies at every price range. Even a whole list under $16. And just because we love our readers,...

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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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Mermaids by artists, not animation conglomerates

I know that this year I’m going to end up with a bunch of kids I’ve forgotten about on my holiday list, so I try to amass a repertoire of fun, not too expensive gifts to keep on standby. If they don’t get given out this month, there’s always birthday parties all year long. While we have a whole bunch of gifts under $15 in our holiday gift guide, I just found one more that I’m in love with. The Mermaids Magnetic Dress Up Dolls from Mudpuppy is such a cool gift for girls. It would make a great...

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Cool personalized gifts that can still make it to you by Christmas

Oh sure, I try to be all nonchalant at this time of year: Christmas cards? I’ll get to them! Wrapping? I have weeks! But, don’t let my cool exterior fool you. I am quaking as the clock ticks down to Christmas. But before I tackle my never-ending Christmas list, let me remind you of some very important dates.  Keep reading to find out when a few of our favorite personalized items from both our Holiday Gift Guide and Cool Mom Picks’ archives need to be ordered to make it under the tree by the 25th. And then get shopping! –Christina...

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A cuff to love

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of sentimental jewelry. You might notice that we don’t post a whole lot of it on Cool Mom Picks, and when we do, we’re pretty picky. My high standards for jewelry isn’t such a bad thing, except it makes me particularly challenging to find gifts for–at least according to my husband. What he still hasn’t figured out yet, is that for me, simple and stunning is the key to my heart. That’s just how I’d describe this gorgeous heart cuff from Laurel Denise. Made from brushed sterling silver or gold-vermeil and featuring an...

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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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Home sweet doll home

I have this fantasy every Christmas of convincing my extended family to go together on one big gift for my children. You know, instead of everyone doing their own thing and my kids ending up with a playroom full of blinky-light, noise-making, play-with-once-then-ignore toys. (And trust me, I know that karma will kick me in the butt when I’m a grandmother and wanting to choose my own gifts for my precious littles. Oh, I know.) But do you want to know what I’m working on for this year? Only the most glorious wooden dollhouse in the entire world. It’s...

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