I tend to be a pragmatist when it comes to buying baby gear. I want great, smart products that won’t break the bank, so you won’t find me shopping for a diamond-encrusted baby rattle or a WiFi-enabled wipes warmer (is that even a thing?) anytime soon. But that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about some of the more luxurious baby gifts out there. High-tech, heirloom, handcrafted, and just plain awesome. So I searched through the Cool Mom holiday gift guides to share my own top holiday gifts I wish I had for my new baby. In other words, these are the things I won’t buy...Read More
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You can only gift so many Star Wars shirts and toys, and — wait. Who am I kidding? You can never gift too many Star Wars shirts and toys to the fan in your life. And these posh Star Wars socks are the perfect geeky gift they’ll enjoy all year. And they’re sized just right to fill out that R2D2 stocking. The Star Wars Collection of socks by Stance has oodles of great choices — we even covered their kids’ socks over at Cool Mom Tech. But we’re really digging their luxe Limited Edition Collector Sets that bring together Light Side,...Read More
This year, I’m sticking to a pretty strict budget with my own Christmas shopping, because we’re heading to South Korea very soon to finalize our adoption. (Best Christmas gift ever!) (Eds: WE AGREE!) And, as you can probably guess, flights to South Korea aren’t cheap. Even so, my kids and my husband are needling me about what I want for Christmas, and how can I deny them the pleasure of buying me a gift? So, I’ve picked out a few items from our holiday gift guides that I really wouldn’t feel that guilty asking for, considering they’re not just amazing gifts, but they’re all on...Read More
So apparently giving out holiday classroom gifts are a real thing. How I’ve managed to get my kids from preschool through middle school not knowing about this, is a mystery to me. But this year, I was tasked with searching for ways to make cute DIY holiday classroom gifts that are festive and fun, and I found so many great ideas to pull off this really sweet gesture just in time. Related: 6 DIY holiday gifts for teachers from the kids that will get an A+ While there are tons and tons of ideas for easy and inexpensive DIY gifts out there on some...Read More
After featuring Georgette’s post on 6 toymakers making diverse interracial dolls for kids, Facebook fan Melissa asked us if we know of any interracial dollhouse families. I love this question. So many of us want to bring more diversity into all our kids’ doll collections, whether you have children whose heritage is Asian, African or Latino and they want dolls that reflect themselves back to them; or you have Caucasian children, like my daughter, who has racial and ethnic diversity among her closest friends and family members, and loves surrounding herselves with dolls that reflect her world. That said, most dollhouse families you find...Read More
For the little girls in my life, ages 6–9 has been a craftaholic phase. One that’s moving away from cardboard and pipe cleaners and more toward DIY craft kits for kids that result in beautiful finished products they can keep themselves or give to others — like to their favorite aunt on Christmas (hint). And since crafting can be a fun bonding time for us, I’ve been looking for artsy DIY kits for kids that don’t require too much painstaking detail work and that are totally self-contained, so we can eliminate any frenzied last-minute trips to the art supply store. Three cheers...Read More
If you’ve got a stylish woman in your life, I’ve got some really fantastic ideas for you for beauty stocking stuffers. My checklist: They have to be practical, useful, affordable (well, relatively) and yet still totally fun to receive. Maybe things she would love but would never get for herself? In other words, sorry store-brand dental floss. You may be practical, but you’re not making the list. So here are 16 of my own favorite beauty stocking stuffers that include practical tools and special little beauty indulgences, most of which are fixtures in my own handbag and medicine cabinet. They’re guaranteed to...Read More
I’m not going to lie, this past year, and especially what’s going on in this country right now has been really hard on me. Really hard, and really stressful. And while I’m the queen of self-care and would love any of the self-care gift ideas in our Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide, I’m finding I’d also be okay with something a bit stronger to take the edge off. Responsibly, of course. (Hey, I’m still a parent.) So, I’ve combed through our holiday gift guides and put together my picks for 5 cocktail gifts I really want to find in...Read More
17 of the best subscription gifts for kids: From babies to teens, we’ve found something for everyone.
It feels like the holidays are going to be here in a minute, and I’m not ready! If you’re like me and are still scrambling for a few great gifts that will make your kids think you’re pretty awesome, then you might want to look into one of the cool subscription gifts for kids we’ve been scouting out. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen so many companies with such good ideas for subscription boxes that range from developmental toys for babies to science kits for our bigger kids. And we know from experience that our kids are thrilled to receive actual, real packages...Read More
Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping or just getting started (hey, no judgment here!) we always love finding cool gifts that are easy to get a hold of and won’t break the budget. Even better when they’re all at the same shop, so you can just zip around one store, or click around a single website and check off everyone on your list. This holiday season, we’re so happy to welcome back our sponsor JCPenney, especially because they’ve got everyone in your family covered with tons of fantastic brands and big sales on so many fabulous gifts, from chic fashion finds to toys for the kids to...Read More
Put that boring pair of slippers back on the shelf. We’ve found the perfect gift for the grandparents who already have everything. It’s cool, it’s educational, and it involves spit and bragging rights. The Geno 2.0 DNA analysis kit from National Geographic and Helix is so, so easy to use, making it perfect for anyone’s grandparents to enjoy. Gramps, Nonna, Mimi, or whomever you choose gives a swipe of saliva and mails it in. And in just a few weeks, they will receive an email with the results. You’ll get to see a breakdown of their regional ancestry dating back oh, 200,000 years or so,...Read More
My family has a tradition of reading Christmas books at bedtime every night during Advent. Some years, I wrap each holiday book in our collection, so they’ll be surprised which book we’re reading each night. Other years, we take turns choosing a favorite. But every year, I like to add new books to our collection. And this year is no exception. I was excited to find some new, beautifully illustrated traditional stories as well as some clever books that are quick, funny reads (perfect for those nights when we’ve been out to a holiday party way past bedtime). I’ll be adding a couple of...Read More
When it comes to holiday gifts for teachers, as a former teacher myself I know first-hand that there is no way to really thank the fantastic teachers of the world enough for all that they do. All day long. Every day. But there are still meaningful holiday gifts for teachers that I think start to do the trick. And, take it from me, a gift with meaning doesn’t have to mean it’s pricey. Truthfully, even when I received a generous gift card to my favorite book store, I usually used it to purchase more books for the classroom. But really it was the handmade...Read More
Right in time for last-minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, I’ve discovered the Entertainment AIDS Alliance, which is offering popular DVDs and Blu-Ray discs at 30–90% off retail, all to provide services through 155 of the best organizations helping those afflicted with HIV and AIDS. The one catch: You’ve got to order right now! Related: 35 fab gifts that give back to 35 fab charities — from Broadway Cares to St. Jude’s to Every Mother Counts We’re talking really good film options, from the entire Downton Abbey series to new releases like Secret Life of Pets, Zootopia, X-Men Apocalypse, the 2016 Jungle Book, Batman v...Read More
December brings holiday cheer, festive fun, and hella chapped lips. And considering the nearest Ulta is 38 miles from my house, I don’t always have the most posh options for lip care here in the mountains. So I’ve put together some terrific drugstore lip balms out there I love that are affordable and actually work really well too. Plus, for all us last-minute shoppers, these lip balms make the perfect little stocking stuffers. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 6 Sephora Collection products you need in your makeup bag, stat Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Ginger Spice ($3–5) If you’re a firm believer that Pumpkin...Read More
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Here are some things we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too! Princess Leia Gingerbread Cookies! Total win from the always brilliant Just Jenn (and one of our favorite geeky Twitter follows) for the Star Wars blog. Gifts that give back: The HSTRY Black Santa Ugly Christmas Sweater designed by Nas is donating proceeds to prison reform. (And it’s definitely cooler than the Royal Family’s Christmas sweaters. Eek!) Be sure to check out the brand new 2016 Cool Mom Tech holiday gift guide, and a chance to win your own iPad Air! Terrific ideas for 15 cool...Read More
With so many holiday dilemmas and conundrums, we decided to ask you, our awesome readers and listeners, what holiday questions you’d love to hear us answer on the air. And wow, you delivered! On this extra special, extended version of Spawned with Kristen and Liz, we tackle your funny, challenging, and serious holiday questions, offering our tips, tricks, and advice. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did answering. You can listen right here, right now, or head over to iTunes and subscribe to Spawned (it’s free, and easy), so you never miss an episode. If you have an...Read More
Everyone has that person on their list who’s impossible to buy for because they already have it all. And while I try to opt for more meaningful gifts in these situations — like donations to a cause they’d appreciate — a printed receipt shoved in an envelope always feels a bit anti-climactic in the midst of the ribbon-snapping, wrapper-flinging reverie. But since working at Cool Mom Picks, I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world of amazing tangible gifts that also give back. Which is why I love these chic winter accessories by Echo and their Share the Warmth initiative. For every scarf, hat, or pair of gloves...Read More
If you’ve already checked out our awesomely extensive holiday gift guide this year, which of course we hope you have, you know we’ve handpicked the very best gifts for pretty much everyone on your nice list — from your hard to please mother-in-law to that coworker you want to impress without spending more than $15. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about gifts for new moms. So here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too. Because we all know new motherhood is one gigantic step toward remembering to put others before ourselves,...Read More
With Marvel and DC pretty much taking over entertainment for the past decade or so, plenty of kids are clamoring for superhero action figures for the holidays. But what I think is even cooler than Chris Evans in miniature (not that I’d complain if I had the full-size version, ahem) is a new company that lets you customize your own superhero action figure, right down to the sex, skin tone, name, and superpowers. Started by a husband-wife team, Hero Me Lab is a small company I discovered when they reached out to send me an action figure to check out and…wow. Color me super impressed. (Get...Read More
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