Tag: photo gifts

11 ideas for end-of-year family photo books to make them even more special

We are the first to admit that we get so caught up in getting gifts for others (and recommending them for you all!) that sometimes, we forget to devote the time to our own memory-making keepsake gifts. One great idea that Kristen puts to use every year: once the holiday craziness has died down, she hits the photo book sites (some of which offer great post-Christmas discounts) and makes an end-of-year family photo book.  That way she can actually include all of those special Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve photos which never make it into holiday photo book gifts....

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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. Such an awesome gift for the budding little coder in your life. 2. Turn your favorite photos into postage stamps. How cool! 3. 14 of the coolest gifts for photographers, though we’d love every single one and we’re not even photographers. 4. A very cool gift for the fitness lover in your life (or anyone who prefers headbands over hats). 5. A fun app for kids to pop onto your smart phone or tablet...

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9 fantastic photo books under $30 for sweet but affordable gifts. Ready to sort through your camera roll?

This is the time of year when I know it’s time to start thinking about putting together my yearly photo books but I dread looking at my iPhoto files– because 4,589 photos is a lot to wade through. But I’ve found some photo book services that help you to build great-looking photo books easily, quickly, and affordably. Some even do it for you. And the best part: They’re all under $30. I buy photo books as gifts so I can document our family’s year together (and because admittedly I’m terrible at scrapbooking), but also because they’re perfect for so many people: Aunts...

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10 cool custom photo gifts for the holidays

If your kids are like mine, it’s no small feat to actually get one fabulous, shareable photo of them. So when I have a perfect one, I love looking at ways to incorporate it into great custom photo gifts for people on my list I know will appreciate it (hello, grandparents). This year, I’m really digging the growing collection of excellent custom photo gifts from Minted. We are so so happy to have them back as a sponsor (we love you, Minted!) because long before they were, we were fans of Minted holiday cards, which are not only printed beautifully, but help to support so many amazingly talented indie designers...

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A twist on holiday photo cards that’s shiny and bright (and pretty darn neat)

Holiday photo cards have become such indelible parts of the season, they’re right up there with shiny wrapping paper, gift-giving, Cyber Monday sales, and gingerbread lattes at Starbucks. (Take a seat, PSL™, you’ll have had your time by then). Since some of you are already asking us about cool holiday photo cards–and we bow down to you–the first really newsworthy ones have come across your desks. This year, the talented folks at Artifact Uprising, whose gorgeous photo books our readers have all gone nuts for, have added a cool twist to the usual holiday greeting tradition with a clever new 3-in-1 Photo Card. It’s...

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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 the most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. If you’ve got an iPhone, you’ll want to be sure you know about this amazing feature that’s one of our own all-time favorites. 2. What a cool way to turn your favorite photos into gifts. Holidays are coming! 3. One of the coolest iPad stands we’ve seen. Ever. (And we’ve seen a lot of stands). 4. 3 of the best online STEM resources for kids. Bookmark these, stat. 5. These 10 creative workspace ideas for your...

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Hip baby gift boxes new parents will love. Because, coolness. And coffee.

We have known Pinhole Press for a while now as a great option for high-quality photo books and gifts with a modern design aesthetic, and now they’re branching out into the world of hip baby gifts with their Oh Baby! Personalized Baby Gift Boxes. I’m considering it my new go-to gift for friends who are expecting, it’s just that cool. Even cooler, they’re great for new dads too. No pink diaper bags or breast pumps here. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) – Don’t miss a great free shipping offer below –  The presentation is incredibly impressive; just the box...

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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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13 cool gifts for dad under $20: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

As much as we love shopping and splurging and splurging some more, we are also big supporters of the thought that counts, especially when it comes to Father’s Day Gifts. So if you’re looking for an affordable but cool gift for dad under $20 to go along with a picnic in the park, breakfast in bed, or just some handmade cards and a day to himself to do…whatever, we’re hooking you up with some really neat ideas. We hope they all feel like actual gifts, not trinkets from the dollar store. Speaking of affordable gifts, we’re happy to welcome our...

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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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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. We found the perfect gift for the camera lover in your life. 2. The latest news on Snapchat and what parents should know about it. Eep. 3. What do you get when Kickstarter and the MoMA Design Store come together?Lots of awesome. 4. Wait until you see this cool accessory’s secret technological superpower. 5. We’re amazed by this free app that’s perfect for parents–especially ones with baby book...

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Rag and Bone Bindery’s sweet handcrafted photo albums make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day

We all love to give photos as gifts here at Cool Mom Picks, and they’re especially wonderful when you have really nice photo albums to put them in. I feel like the only way I see pictures anymore is through Instagram or custom photo books, which I love, but there’s something special about holding real, printed photos in an actual album. My favorite right now: the handcrafted photo albums from CMP fave, Rag & Bone Bindery which is out with some terrific new designs. If there’s anyone in the world who’s going to want to get pictures of your kids for...

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The first memory game we’ve seen that helps your kids remember happy memories, too.

What kind of cruel punishment is it that parents, with the brain fog that comes from raising children, are expected to compete with their kids’ fresh brains in memory games? We featured scented memory games and modern art memory games, but they usually end up with the same outcome for me: loss. My kids crush me every time. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for Cool Mom Picks readers below. So how much more wonderful will it be to lose if we’re playing Paper Culture‘s beautiful new custom photo memory game? Simply upload 16 of your favorite pictures and pick out a...

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A super sweet DIY Valentine’s Day gift for tea lovers

I’m a huge fan of handmade gifts, but rarely have the time or the patience to actually make anything myself. But when I saw these DIY polaroid photo tea bags on Photojojo (love them), I knew I had hit the jackpot for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for the grandparents and teachers in our life. With some card stock, double-sided tape, and a bunch of your favorite photos (off Instagram perhaps?), you can whip up some adorable photo tea bags for Valentine’s Day, or really any gift-giving holiday. It’s completely frivolous and ridiculous–and yet, totally adorable. You know if you...

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A custom photo gift for babies too young to make one themselves

We all know how much babies and toddlers love to look at photos of the people they love, and so a custom photo gift can be a wonderful baby gift. But if you are like me, those puffy, plastic photo albums aren’t your idea of great nursery decor. And framed pictures in glass? Well, we all know how that is going to turn out. Enter BéBé Blocks. This great shop, started by a stay at home mom and her own dad, takes your favorite digital photos to create beautiful custom photo blocks to display. Don’t miss an exclusive offer for CMP...

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Because Grandma’s walls could use a little gifting: beautiful custom photo canvases

It’s no secret that the Cool Mom Picks team loves to find unique photo gifts for family, friends and teachers. While photo books are a great option for any price level, it’s actually affordable and easier than you think to create custom photo canvases too. Because, hey, Grandma’s walls could use a little love too. So we’re excited about the photo options at Picaboo for home decor. You can easily upload your pictures to Picaboo’s site straight from your computer, Facebook, or Flickr. Then Picaboo offers two editing modes — Easy or Creative. As you’d imagine, the Creative mode offers...

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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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A comparison of our 11 favorite custom photo book services, for one of our all-time favorite gifts.

This is that time of year when I start thinking about putting together a photo book with all my pictures from the year, but I usually get hung up on wanting one that will actually last until my kids are adults, so they can enjoy them for years to come. There are so many options out there, I know! So to help you wade through them all, we’ve put together this round-up of 11 terrific options, and what makes each one so special.   Blurb Photo Books The photo books at Blurb are super popular and for great reason—the quality is...

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The kinds of gorgeous personalized gifts that make us really love giving personalized gifts.

-Don’t miss an amazing $350 giveaway for our readers!- We love being able to knock as many people off our holiday gift list as we can at a single online shop, don’t you? That’s why we’re always featuring shops that have more than a couple of great things. It’s also one of the reasons we’re so thrilled to find that one of our favorite sponsors, Minted, has added some really spectacular personalized gifts to their shop that are just as lovely as the holiday cards that our readers love. Their personalized gift selection really is amazing, in part because they’re all designed by talented indie artists from around the country. No vector art here. Plus, it’s affordable which is always a plus...

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