Tag: personalized gifts

Adorably personalized library tote bags give kids one more reason not to lose those books.

As this crazy summer winds down I’m really looking forward to returning to our town’s library for after school hangs and rainy weekends. We’re there often, but no matter how hard we try to keep track of those borrowed books they tend to get lost in the household shuffle, so I exceptionally love the idea of this personalized library tote bag from our friends at Sarah + Abraham. This adorable customizable tote featuring the popular olligraphic designs we love will get your kids a little more excited when it’s time to make a library run. Kids can make this bag truly their own, choosing among four colors...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This new camera is so small you could eat it. But don’t. You know, because it’s a camera. 2. Cool interactive storybooks starring your child that actually look like your child. Wow! 3. A safe outlet that’s a must for parents. 4. Here’s a cool idea for all those Instagram photos you want to get off your phone. 5. And we’d be remiss not to mention our sadness about the passing of Robin Williams....

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These cute personalized lunch boxes that go beyond monograms and first names

The sting of summer ending can be hard to bear, but I know that accessories always make me feel better. I mean uh, my kids. So take a look at this adorable line of personalized lunch boxes  by Itzy Ritzy for, of all places, Shutterfly. Maybe it will help? We have covered many lunch boxes,  but the Lunch Happens lunch bags may be the first line I’ve seen where you can personalize a lunch box with your kid’s name and pictures. It being Shutterfly and all. The designs are pretty cute — robots, fruit with faces, colorful photo bubbles. Once you’ve picked one, it’s really easy to upload photos from your...

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What are the best gifts for a two year old? We’ve got tons!

Choosing the best gift for a two year old from among ride-on vehicles, construction toys, dolls and more can seem overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down to some favorites that our own boys and girls have loved. Because that first birthday party may get more hoopla, but we know the second is where you get to buy the really fun gifts for a toddler who is just getting ready to, well, toddle everywhere. And, possibly, remember your gift in the first place.   RIDE-ON TOYS FOR TWO YEAR OLDS   You probably don’t have to worry about a two-year-old getting enough exercise, but the challenge is to...

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Gorgeous personalized nursery art prints, exclusively at the Cool Mom Picks indie boutique

We announced our new Cool Mom Picks Indie shop at Great.ly a few weeks ago, and I have to admit that I’m staying up way too late most nights looking through all of our stylish, useful, pretty, and some just plain fun items. The shop is getting better every day, especially now that we have partnered with some talented artists to offer exclusive items. Ooooh fancy, right? Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. To kick off this exciting new shop feature: Personalized nursery art by artist Amy Lowry from Field Trip. Isn’t it gorgeous?...

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Custom nursery art that has us on cloud nine

We’re anticipating a new baby girl in our family soon (!!) and I’m having so much fun procrastinating from real life–er, balancing my bank account–by searching the Internet for pretty custom nursery art for her room. This sweet bamboo cloud from Hudson & Daughter is one of my new favorites at the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop at great.ly. It’s modern and sleek but still gives me those baby warm fuzzies. This piece is made to order with your baby’s initials and birth year, hand-stamped on eco-friendly bamboo in non-toxic ink. (Not that you’ll let your baby chew on it. But still. Environment.). Plus, it’s made right...

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The coolest custom invitations for all kinds of summer parties. Even better, they’re on sale.

Over the summer months, we love any excuse to host a party–July 4th, birthday parties, backyard barbecues. And the more we do it, the better we get at finding the right places to find the right stuff to make it easy. So we’re so excited to welcome back one of our very favorite sponsors, Minted, which also happens to be one of our very favorite sources for beautiful custom invitations. And right now, this is a great time to visit. Oh, did we mention the sale? The Minted Baby & Kids Summer Event Sale right now gets you 15% off all baby announcements, kids’  personalized stationery,...

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Camp labels: The bane of your summer parenting existence made easier

I admit I have been lax in the clothes labeling department, inadvertently donating way too many cardigans and water bottles to mysterious children at our school. But now that my kids are going to summer camp for the first time, it has been mandated in no uncertain terms, ALL ITEMS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELED WITH THE CAMPER’S NAME. So of course I turned to our label mainstay, Mabel’s Labels, whose labels actually stay on well and don’t get all worn away in the wash. Turns out their personalized label camp combo which they launched about 6 years ago is now wonderfully updated with loads more design...

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Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

A dad’s first Father’s Day may be the most special of all–if he can even remember it through the whirlwind of those early months. So for them, we present these Father’s Day gift ideas for new dads as part of our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide. They range from the sweet and sentimental to the “Wow, you got me what?” Just don’t forget a great card. First rule of Father’s Day: There always, always has to be a great card. (Because it’s totally fine to talk about Father’s Day.) And because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check...

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Personalized gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re thrilled to present our annual Father’s Day gift guide series, starting off with the coolest personalized gifts for the men in our lives we love. But hurry–personalized gifts need to be ordered stat! This year, we’re also so happy to welcome back our friends at Dove Men+Care who are in part sponsoring our gift guide, since they really do get the importance of celebrating men who care for themselves and (our favorite part) care for their families. 21st century dads FTW! Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that...

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POW! It’s a superhero gift for dad on Father’s Day. Because he is obviously a superhero.

Father’s Day is a red letter day, and now maybe even a Green Hornet day. If you need a beautiful, geek chic gift for the Superman in your life–or just the dad who really really loves comic books–this framed Custom Superhero Letter is here to save the day. This is one superhero gift that’s super easy to customize.  Spell out DAD or POP (or BIF OR POW) in his favorite comics, do his initials, or let that iconic “S” speak for itself. Just let the artist from Spotted Flats know which recycled comic, which letters, and what color frame you want, and...

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Time for an ice cream shower! Wait, no. Just customized ice cream cups for a baby shower.

“Dear baby: on the day you were born, we ate ice cream with your name on it. It kind of stopped the shower when my water broke, but I finished the whole cup of mint chocolate chip, darn it. And it was delicious. Because it was named after you. And because mint chocolate chip.” File that under Things That Would Be Hilarious In a Baby Book. It’s no secret that we love eCreamery, so we’re especially excited that you can now order your delicious, custom-churned spoonfuls of heaven in a pack of 24 customized ice cream cups, just for baby showers....

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Cool custom family dolls, because everyone needs a mini-me. Or a mini-us.

We have a thing for personalized dolls at Cool Mom Picks, but I am legitimately swooning over these sophisticated (but still adorable) custom family dolls, handmade by Liliana Tijeras of Citizens Collectible on Etsy. They may be made in Spain, but the couple with the square glasses could have stepped right off of the sidewalks of Brooklyn or Los Feliz. They may even be two dads–hard to tell. Liliana perfectly captures personality in felt and canvas, customizing every doll’s hair color, facial hair, skin tone, and any of more than a dozen hair styles. You can also choose from a slew of fabrics for their outfits, and even...

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5 great photo book ideas for Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is coming up, and I’m excited that it’s time to celebrate the amazing dads and grandpas in my kids’ lives. One of our favorite gifts is photo books, which is such a simple way to create an affordable, truly special keepsake that’s loaded with sentiment. So I’ve put together 5 great photo book ideas for Father’s Day gifts, all using the affordable mini photo books from our sponsor Pinhole Press. -Don’t miss an exclusive discount code just for our readers below – We’ve all been fans of Pinhole Press for ages, for their spectacular design options and truly impressive end results. This is...

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Say it with clay: 7 gorgeous handmade gifts for mom from easy to wow

My favorite Mother’s Day gifts from the kids are homemade gifts they make with their own two hands, whether it is a sweet card, a homemade breakfast, or an item they crafted especially for me. And it’s especially wonderful if that item is as gorgeous as these baked-clay crafts that are easy enough for even the youngest kids to help create. DIY Clay Heart Necklace I get verklempt just thinking of how cute this clay heart necklace (at top) would be to open while eager little faces watch. Just a tiny cookie cutter is needed to make a perfectly...

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Custom peg dolls that become fun, modern family portraits. Bonus: you don’t have to pose on a chaise lounge.

Family portraits have come a long way since mom was draped across the chaise lounge, dad stood stoically behind, and the kids and cat were perched stiffly around them. I’m not sure when this was ever a good idea, but I’m thrilled that artists these days are taking a fun, interpretive play on the traditional family portrait, from the personalized embroidery hoops in our Mother’s Day gift guide, to custom embroidered portraits on pendants to the awesome custom LEGO family portrait we just found. One of my new favorites at the moment are the custom wooden Waldorf peg dolls by Bazar...

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Presenting our 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide with more than 100 gift ideas for every mom on your list. Whoo!

We’re thrilled to launch our 8th annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Eight! We can’t believe it either. This year, we’ve rounded-up over 100 of the coolest Mother’s Day gifts for every mom in your life. New moms, seasoned moms, homemade DIY gifts for moms from the kids, gifts for grandmothers and stepmothers and not-your-mothers but maybe could be. Hopefully there’s something for anyone you want to shower with love (and presents). You’ll find no shortage of awesome gift ideas to fit every single budget, whether you’re looking to splurge have a strict budget. Even free.  And we’re so happy to be...

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Everything is awesome when you’re part of a custom Lego family portrait

When it comes to family portraits, everything is awesome when you don’t have to wear matching shirts and comb everyone’s hair. With Legos, this is possible, and everyone’s going to look fabulous. Plus, you won’t have that one photo where everyone is smiling and looks great–except for the kid who had to make a monster face. These Lego Family Portrait prints from Peanutoak Print in Lisbon, Portugal are a great way to capture your family in a playful way that appeals to kids and doesn’t require them to say cheese. Just tell the artist what everyone looks like, and she’ll...

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Unique personalized jewelry for moms: Say I love you in Morse code.

I’ve seen my fair share of personalized jewelry for moms, and I tend to lean towards more unique pieces that don’t have me wearing my kids’ engraved names, birth dates, and shoe sizes around my neck. (Well, maybe one, but not all three together.) That’s why think these Morse code name necklaces is a spectacular addition to my Mother’s Day wish list. It turns out that Morse code translates exquisitely into jewelry. Just choose your color and length of silk cord, plus a name, and artist Rebecca Coagan Sharlatt will turn it into a beautiful necklace of gold-filled dots and dashes....

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The ultimate funny mom mug. Because it’s true.

While we tend to giggle at the cliché of “World’s Greatest Mom” mugs around here, the truth is, anything our kids get us (or make us) at all is appreciated. Mother’s Day in particular is one time of year that sappy and sentimental is on the mark. This mug, however, is not one of those. I love this funny mom mug that reads Behind every great kid is a mom who’s sure she’s screwing it up. It’s the most perfect reminder to yourself that you’re doing okay–and if you’re not sure about that, at least you’re in plenty of...

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