Tag: holidays

Meet (and possibly chew on) Reba the Wooden Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But do you know Reba? You should. She’s a great gift for the little person in your life who likes handmade wooden toys on wheels. Reba the Wooden Reindeer comes to you from Imagination Kids, a mom-and-pop Etsy shop that pays careful attention to child-safe materials, and sustainably harvested wood. She’s about 5.5 by 8 inches and painted in non-toxic paint, just in case she ends up on the business end of a gnawing baby. The only caveat? You need to order by December 9 (that’s tomorrow!) to ensure delivery by...

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5 foodie holiday gifts that any kid will love, even the picky ones. (i.e. no sushi gift cards.)

Nobody can resist a great food-related holiday gift, even the pickiest eater. We’ve rounded up the absolute coolest and most delicious foodie holiday gifts for kids, no matter how fussy their appetite.   Tiny Hands scented food charms might be the cutest gift I’ve ever seen, food related or not. The drool-worthy handmade charms come in all sorts of sweet shapes, from cupcakes to donuts, waffles to snow cones. And you caught that they are scented, right? These are like 3-D scratch-n-sniff stickers (remember those?). The detail on Tiny Hands jewelry is amazing, considering how teensy everything is. It’s impossible...

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Presenting the 2013 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide, with more than 200 of the coolest ideas. Whoo!

We are beyond thrilled to launch our 8th annual Holiday Gift Guide, with more than 200 gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. We did not mess around this year, mamas. And we’ve got an awesome new format to make it even easier to find the things you love. You’ll find all sorts of cool, unique holiday gifts for all the special people in your life, from all those cool kids in your life, to sentimental grandparents and the BFF who needs a little extra love this year. From your favorite fashionistas to guys with an uncomfortable obsession with...

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Web Coolness: The most adorable gingerbread house, the hottest toy of the year, and how to get a little break from the holiday madness.

Each week, we scour the web and share some of our very favorite posts with you. We hope you like them too.   How to make a gingerbread gnome home. Or just gawk at this one. A favorite from our archives: 11 handmade holiday gifts that aren’t hard to make at all. On CNN Wire, our editor Liz talks the hottest toy of the year. Can you guess? Ninja gifts! We looove the hand-lettered holiday cards from illustrator Linzie Hunter. We wish she’d sell them! A lovely piece on celebrating the holiday with teenagers. Have you downloaded our free holiday shopping survival...

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7 holiday party appetizers that kids will completely love, too.

We grownups know that the best part of holiday parties are holiday party appetizers. This year, I’m letting the kids in on our fun with seven appetizers that they’ll love, too. These kid-friendly apps are grown-up enough for the adults, but with high kid appeal. Putting these babies out is a surefire way to spoil the kids’ appetite for dinner but, hey, it beats having them fill up on tortilla chips all night. My favorite appetizers of all time are crostini because of how highly adaptable they are. You just toast thin slices of bread that have been brushed...

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Holiday gift shopping made easy with The Prowl. And a big giveaway to make it even easier.

We’re the first to admit that holiday gift shopping online can be a little overwhelming. Yes, even us. So many shops, so many items, and really, no one perfect way to keep track of who wants what and who bought what. But that’s why we love what we do here at Cool Mom Picks. Because we get to help you with all that. It’s also why we’re digging what our new sponsor The Prowl is doing too for shoppers. -Don’t miss an amazing $500 American Express gift card giveaway below!- Once you join (it’s free!), you can peruse a ton...

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A personalized Night Before Christmas book makes for a very special storytime

Reading The Night Before Christmas is a holiday staple in our house, though this new personalized Night Before Christmas book for kids that stars one special child throughout the pages is sure to be the new Christmas favorite for years to come. Best of all? Though the little personalized touches are found on almost every page, it only takes a few minutes to get this special gift all wrapped up before Santa’s sleigh takes flight.     One of Chronicle Books’ personalized gifts which we’ve written about before, Night Before Christmas is a vividly illustrated and fun-to-read twist on Clement Moore’s classic. Personalize...

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This cute and crafty DIY calendar kit has us in stitches. Literally.

I’ve always been pretty crafty. Problem is, I’ve also always been kind of unmotivated to gather up all the materials required for said craftiness. So I’ll get these great ideas for homemade holiday gifts and then never follow through. Until now! I’ve found an adorable embroidery DIY calendar kit from Heather Lins Home that will leave me with no excuses but to cross-stitch my heart out as soon I get my hands on it. The 2014 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit comes with everything you need to stitch your way through the months of the year. All twelve months...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week: Holiday coolness edition

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for cool finds like this every day, including these awesome holiday pins. Hint: Pin now, read later! 1. One of the coolest personalized gift for kids we’ve seen. 2. This holiday appetizer recipe is making us drool. Talk about party hit! 3. We might have found the perfect holiday gift for the grandparents. Affordable, too. 4. These free printable holiday gift tags are adorable. Stock up on printer ink! 5. Aren’t these creative gift wrap for kids ideas amazing? We are so doing these! BONUS: Looking for the coolest holiday toys for...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for the best readers: Ours.

We do love shopping on Black Friday, but we just might love sharing the best Black Friday deals with our readers even more. While we know there are huge discounts at the brick and mortar stores today (and uh, last night), we’re partial to shopping from home. Preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. So we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday deals we could find, and we’ll be updating our list all day, so keep checking back. And for the best Black Friday tech deals, don’t miss our post on Cool Mom Tech with discounts on electronics...

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Need Thanksgiving meal help? We can help!

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re feeding dozens or just your immediate family, you just may need some last minute Thanksgiving meal help. We all know that getting Thanksgiving dinner onto the table  can be a huge undertaking, especially when you’ve got kids underfoot. So check out our big list of helpful posts that will help you figure out everything from what to do with that big butternut squash, to yummy cocktails for the grownups, and delicious treats for the kids that can be done in a flash. Because Thanksgiving is a lot more fun if you get to enjoy it...

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Thanksgiving 911: 4 cooking helplines to save your Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and everything is under control, right? If you just yelled at your screen, “NO!” then read on, mamas. I’ve got four cooking helplines that will provide you with answers to all of your Thanksgiving cooking questions. Breathe. That’s good. Let’s start with the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal: the turkey. BUTTERBALL TURKEY TALK-LINE If our no-panic tutorial on how to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey  hasn’t given you everything you need to make your turkey look like it’s right out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog, you’ll want to hit up the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL). For...

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Ooh…affordable baby gifts at Nordstrom while you’re busy shopping for yourself

Featured partner If we had to pick a favorite department store, Nordstrom would be right up there. Between the designers, the wide selection, and their amazing customer service (take the time our Editor Kristen accidentally came home with a security tag attached to her new coat and Nordstrom sent an associate to her home to take it off!) we find ourselves making excuses to pop in whenever we can. (Hello, Chanel counter.) You can also ask our credit cards how much we love shopping there. So you can imagine how excited we are to welcome Nordstrom as our newest...

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Reusable gift bags that could fit in Santa’s pockets

I like to keep a stash of gifts on hand to give to those last-minute people I totally forgot to shop for— bottles of Essie nail polish for my kids’  room moms, or Starbucks gift cards for the piano teacher—you know, just in case. But it never fails that I have the gift but no reusable gift bag to pop it in without much fuss. The Etsy shop 1 Pixie Place has a huge selection of muslin bags, and I’ve scanned through them to choose some of my favorites. Whew, it was hard to pick just a few! They’d be perfect for...

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Gifts that give back: These ornaments could change the world. For real.

Some of our favorite ornaments this year are more than just pretty baubles for your tree. They just might cure breast cancer, save an endangered species, or transform the life of women living in extreme poverty. Pretty impressive. The shiny green and red heart ornament (above) was designed by Mariska Hargitay and supports Child Mind, a non-profit focused on transforming mental heath care for kids everywhere. Love that. ($40) This adorable little bigfoot yeti comes from Ten Thousand Villages, an online retailer sourced completely by disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries worldwide. This particular guy was crafted in the foothills...

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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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This Mixtape Stamp Activity Kit is even cooler than the mixtapes of our youth

My kids complain because we never use wrapping paper at Christmas. We’ve been using the same reusable fabric for all our gifts since they were born, but I think I’ve found a little something from CMP Fave Yellow Owl Workshop that might make me reconsider. The Mixtape Stamp Activity Kit is begging for presents to be wrapped in brown craft paper. Wrap ’em up, skip the ribbons, and decorate them with one of these awesome natural rubber stamps and the included blue ink pad. Adorable. Plus it’s just so darn cute to imagine filling in the “to” and “from”...

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How to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey: the no-panic step-by-step tutorial

Whether it’s your first time making a Thanksgiving turkey or your fifth, I’ve found that there’s always room for a little (or a lot!) of help. So, this year, I’ve put together a step-by-step Thankgiving turkey tutorial. Hope it helps. Pick a recipe My first bit of advice is to find an appealing recipe from a reliable source that you can really make (I suggest the Thanksgiving cookbook by Sam Sifton or  just grab his Herb Roasted Turkey recipe, above, from Bon Appetit). Be honest with yourselves, mamas: Thanksgiving is not the time to take on a challenge, especially when a simple...

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