The 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our annual holiday guide! This year we've been hard at work tracking down more than 120 (whoa) amazing holiday gifts for everyone on your list, in every price range, from cheap and chic to splurge-tastic.

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We're grateful to every sponsor of our gift guide for supporting what we do - and we love their work, too - be sure to click on over to our sponsors' sites to find plenty of great gifts for family and friends.

But our own Holiday Gift Guide picks? Nothing paid for, just fabulous holiday gift ideas our editors love. Every year, we scour the web for the best holiday gifts so you don't have to. Then we present you with a list of perfect gifts we would be thrilled to give or recieve ourselves.

And remember, when you buy a holiday gift from one of the many smaller brands and retailers featured in the Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide, you help support small business entrepreneurs, who can always use a little boost around the holidays. Thanks for stopping by, and happy holiday shopping!

baby's first christmas

Let’s face it, no baby remembers the first Christmas. Instead of copious toys for babies, we love keepsakes to celebrate the season, and those special items that lend themselves to photo ops that become keepsakes themselves.

custom holiday ornament

custom ornament

keepsake, redefined
$25 at september house
holiday longjohn pajamas

ho ho ho embroidered longjohns

add some booties too
$38 at tiny sprouts
personalized sled

personalized baby sled

now,  just hope for snow
$180 from chasing fireflies
tiny sprouts - 15% off purchase of $75+ with code CMP15

hanukkah for tots

Hanukkah gifts are getting cooler by the minute. If you’re looking for something more special than plastic dreidels (or giant plastic dreidels) we love these gifts for Hanukkah revelers.

hanukkah silly bandz

hanukkah silly bandz

should last 8 days too
$5.95 from modern tribe
personalized hanukkah t-shirts

personalized tee

try “mensch”
$32 at little uni
keepsake tzedakah box

keepsake tzedakah box

charity in style
$129 at modern tribe
little uni - email with Cool Mom Picks in the subject line after ordering for a 15% discount on your order
modern tribe - 10% off with code COOLMOM10

for the kid obsessed with super heroes

It’s wonderful encouraging kids to be their own superheroes. We adore these picks for the smallest defenders of truth, crusaders against injustice, and righters of wrongs.

personalized superhero storybook

personalized adventure story

for boys or girls
$29 from little wonder company
personalized superhero cape

personalized cape

there’s bad guys to be nabbed!
$45 at mahar dry goods
personalized superhero artwork

custom superhero portrait

how kids see themselves anyway
$80+ at all pop art
little wonder company - 10% off with code COOLPICK

for the little girl in love with fairy princesses (hold the licensed merch)

We give in! If not to the licensed movie characters, then to the creative, imaginative play that fairy princesses inspire in our girls.

pink unicorn wand

pink unicorn wand

also in purple (of course)
$11.95 at franklin goose
fair maiden dress

fair maiden costume

from the golden age of fairies
$84 at nova natural
fairy play tent

fairy play tent

truly magical
$314 at moolka
franklin goose - 10% off with code coolmompicks

for the toddler who's a bit of a firetruck nut

What is it about those shiny red trucks and flashing lights that cause kids to go all gaga? Oh wait. That’s it.

fire truck baby legwarmers

fire engine baby legs

3-alarm cuteness
$11.99 at kangarooboo
fire truck from green toys

green toys fire truck

made from recycled milk containers
$24 at wild dill
fire truck tricycle

fire truck tricycle

with room for a dalmatian
$299.99 at oompa
wild dill - 15% off with code Coolmom

for the boy who needs a baby doll

Even boys need cuddly little babies to love and nurture and carry in a sling. Grab one of these cool picks and a toy stroller, and let him play Daddy too.

corolle baby doll

corolle baby doll

the perfect first doll
$29.95 at amazon
handmade waldorf doll

handmade waldorf doll

i’m going to love him and call him george
$49.99 at camden rose
bamboletta boy doll

bamboletta boy doll

restocks every fri. they go FAST
$155+ at bamboletta

for the future starving artist

Not every kid needs more toys, but every kid can use more creative inspiration. Encourage a love of art with a simple box of crayons and construction paper, or one of these cool picks.

personalized drawing pad

personalized drawing pad

turn scribbles into masterpieces
$25.50 at feterie
art supplies for the holidays

pint size picasso box

everything but the easel
$59 and up at jade's toy box
give art museum memberships for the holidays

family membership to local art museum

for the ultimate inspiration
prices vary
feterie - 15% off with code CMP15
jade's toy box - 15% off with code CMP2010H

for dad from the kids

For most dads, a handmade card (and maybe some pancakes) is plenty. Still, you can make the day a little more special with gifts like these. And of course, that handmade card.

your child's artwork on canvas

kids' art on mini canvas

ships from australia - order soon
$22 from blue day designs
holiday gift: personalized keychain

personalized keychain

funny or sentimental, your choice
$48 at lisa leonard
give a family day at the game for the holidays

family day at the game

for a special treat, don’t root against him
prices vary
blue day designs - 10% refunded post-purchase with code "Cool Mom" in the 'note to seller' section.
lisa leonard designs - 15% off with code coolmompicks15

for the hostess whose parties you talk about all year long

Clearly she’s cool if she invited you. Skip the flowers and instead grab a (good) bottle of wine or one of these special gifts guaranteed to remind her why you were on her holiday guest list in the first place.

origami Christmas ornaments

origami star ornament

“i wish the dishes would do themselves”
$9.75 from rigamarole
holiday chocolates

fleurir chocolates

eat them or frame them
$33 at foodzie
hostess gift: modern cuckoo clock

modern cuckoo clock

digital clocks are so overrated
$350 from sf moma

for the best grandma in the world

Perfect grandma gifts are among our favorite to shop for. Find something personalized and sentimental, and honor the woman who alternates between mentor, coach, and pinch babysitter.

holiday gift: photo frame

framed photo of the grandkids

handmade frames worthy of the photos
$24.99 at obrien schridde
coffee table art book

coffee table art book

all made with your child’s art
up to $59.95 from dreamsakes
holiday gift: custom jewelry

custom photo necklace

so they're with her always
$120+ from three sisters jewelry
obrien schriddle - 15% off with code 2-cmp + free shipping on 3+ frames

best grandpa in the world

Grandpas make the world go round - make sure he knows it any chance you get. Don’t forget a card, hand-scribbled by the kids.

holiday gift: journal

40 reasons i love you journal

fill out the pages first
$14.95 at green planet parties

handmade photo keepsake box

customize with a kid pic
$100 from bklyn woodworker
photo keychain

sterling photo key ring

so very special
$355 from jeanine payer

for your favorite gleek

If you can’t get the Bon Jovi-Rolling Stones mashup out of your head, we know where you’ve been spending your Tuesday nights. Fan the obsession for your favorite Glee fan. So very 2010.

glee christmas album

glee: the christmas album

don’t stop believin’
$15 gift certificate at itunes
glee necklace in sterling silver

rachel's necklace

a star is born
$48 at bleu cherub
glee karaoke

karaoke revolution for wii /glee edition

warn the neighbors
$57.99 at amazon + new black wii $194 at amazon
bleu cherub - 20% off with code COOLMOM20

for your favorite baker

The best part about shopping for a baker--if you’re lucky, you get to eat the results.

holiday gift: cookie stamp

homemade cookie stamp

you’ll always know it’s a cookie
$16.95 at spoon sisters
gift for baker: letterpress recipe cards

letterpress recipe cards/box

turns recipes into heirlooms
$46 from 1canoe2
handmade cake plates

set of 3 handmade cake plates

let them eat/display cake
$400 from vessels and wares
vessels and wares - 15% off with code coolmompicks, refunded via PayPal
spoon sisters - 15% off with code coolmompicks

for your friend the cosmetic junkie

If she’s into glitz, glam and all things gorgeous, hook her up with a holiday gift certificate to her favorite cosmetics counter, or one of these fabulous gifts. Package it with a vintage compact if she’s really special.

Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation

nigel barker’s beauty equation

about beauty on the inside
$13.40 on amazon
holiday gifts by chanel

chanel nail trio

this season’s hottest colors
$69 from chanel
birchbox beauty samples

cosmetic gift subscription

samples every month
$110/12 mos from birchbox
birchbox - 15% off the first fullsize product purchase through this link

for the cool 13 year-old from her cool aunt

Go ahead and remind your niece why you’re the coolest aunt on the planet. (Even if you’re also the slightly less cool responsible mom.)

gaga book

attitude sold separately
$24.95 at fred flare

cheetah leggings

add a day on the town with you
$32 from betsey johnson

private dj lessons

two turntables and a microphone
$150 via cloud 9 living

for the person who shares your bed

We believe in romance! We do, we do!

mr darcy mug

romance is alive and caffeinated
$15 at brookish

vintage poetry books

you’ll know one that speaks to you when you see it
$32 from violets and grace

one-night gourmet getaway

in 6 different us regions. leave the kid at home.
$369 from smartbox

for the brother who's impossible to shop for

Thank him for the time he had your back in the school yard, or finished your vegetables for you when your mom’s back was turned.

custom ornament

yep, that’s him
$19 from sklep

personalized money clip

money not included
$100 at nonchalant mom

ipad. hello.

no way he’ll return it
$499 from apple

for a very special sister

Skip the “world’s greatest sister” mug - Nothing says I love you better than fabulous baubles carefully chosen with your sister in mind.

personalized snow globe ring

how fun!
$19.99 at glamglobes

braille necklace

our fave: “dream bigger”
$58 from jess lc

sterling/white sapphire earrings

her own heirloom
$225 from fine art of family
fine art of family - free copy of photography book "the fine art of family" with code CMP2010 + free shipping

for the family foodie

Foodie defined: When you say, “pass the olive oil,” he answers, “which kind?” If you can’t get your hands on a fresh black truffle, one of these gifts should suffice.

rare artisanal salts

table salt? what’s that?
$12.50 each or 3 for $36 at napa style

foodzie gourmet tasting boxes

new goodies every month
$19.95/mo - sign up for 3

grass-fed bison

the filet mignon of filet mignons
$139.99/6 at high plains bison
high plains bison - 15% off with code BISON22 + free shipping

for the teen who will save the world some day

Not every teen is buried in a video game with earphones on. Or at least not all of the time. Acknowledge our future do-gooders of the world with a gift as thoughtful as they are.

do something! a handbook for young activists

one page at a time
$10.76 from amazon

adopt a sea turtle

you can give more than the minimum
$25+ from the sea turtle conservancy

national geographic summer expeditions

a gift of a lifetime
$3790 and up plus airfare from national geographic

for your bff from high school

Our ideal gift: The promise of a night out on the town together this year--sans children--and a little accessorizing to get her dolled up.

eco felt necklace

heart felt - get it?
$17 at green eyed monster

hand-knit rose clutch

for a bff night
$65 from shokay

“how much?” earrings

can’t put a price on friendship
$240 from sienna gallery
green eyed monster - 15% off with code COOLGEM

for your favorite word nerd

As writers ourselves, we beseech you not to forget our fellow scribes this holiday. Books are always welcome, or one of these cool gifts.

helvetica necklace

only the best typeface
$20 at plastique

scrabble pillows

big points for spelling “qa”
$60 at shop dirtsa

custom book necklace

archival insides, vintage outsides
$75-350 from the black spot books
the black spot books - 15% off with code Cool Mom Picks

for the person on your list who says don’t get me a gift. and means it.

For those amazing people in our lives who would rather give to others than get something themselves, we can’t say enough wonderful things about Heifer International which helps children and families around the world become self-reliant. Print your own gift card too.

a flock of chicks

fresh eggs for hungry families
$20 at heifer int’l

a llama

aka transportation, clothing, income
$150 at heifer int’l

joy to the world package

sheep, goats, a hefer and llamas = hope
$1500 at heifer int’l

for the downtown single hipster-type

Whether it’s your too cool next-door neighbor or your free-spirited cousin with the ironic facial hair, we’ve got you covered. We hope.

cmyk wallet

that is, if you’re not too cool for cash
$15 at moma store

recycled vinyl bracelets

recycling rocks
$25 at inhabitat

upcycled leather tote

past life: a leather jacket $160 from poketo

for an awesome teacher, from the whole class

What teachers don’t want for the holidays: Mugs. Tschochkes. Trinkets. Instead, grab a gift card somewhere great along with a little something from her favorite class.

photo pad with pic of the class

add a b+n gift certificate
$12.95 at pinhole press

personalized book plates

add a b+n gift certificate
$36 at feterie

nook e-reader

add a download too
$149-249 at barnes and noble
feterie - 15% off with code CMP15

for your favorite sitter, who you’d kind of like to keep another year

Mostly what sitters, nannies, and other caregivers would like is cash. As in, cash. The cash kind of cash. Still, it’s nice to add a little something thoughtful to the fat envelope and let her know how appreciated she is.

lavender sachets + cash

a sweet scent-iment (heh)
$20 at raven + lily

hand embroidered tote + cash

featuring art by the kids
$75 from wicked stitches

luxury spa day + cash

give her the paid day off, too
prices vary from spaweek
raven + lily - 15% off with code coolmom2010
spa week - get a $100 card for $79.99
wicked stiches - 15% off with code COOLMOM10

the cutest holiday plaids

Plaid is back with a vengeance and we’re loving it on kids, especially in festive holiday reds and greens. Just uh, don’t put it all together, all at once.

boy's necktie

there’s matching dad ties too
$24 at apple & ivy

plaid pants

so hip!
$48 at little dudes only

winter plaid coat

gorgeous well past the holidays
$116 at velvet & tweed

plaid flannel body suit

oh the cuteness
$19.50 at gap

plaid skull vest

holidays meet hip
$44 at little dudes only

plaid pjs

christmas morning perfection
$29.50 at gap

cashmere muffler

if you’re fancy
$195 at burberry

holiday socks

just not with plaid pants
$6.99/2 at janie and jack

monster republic shorts

for holidays in la
$35+ at arte bebe
apple & ivy - 15% off clothing and toys with code apple15
arte bebe - 20% off clothing and toys with code COOLHOLIDAYS
little dudes only - 20% off with code CMP2010
velvet and tweed - 20% off + free shipping on order over $100 with code coolholiday20

the sweetest holiday ruffles

While you don’t want your little girl opening gifts in a bad bridesmaid dress, a few strategically-placed ruffles in her holiday party wear will make her feel as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.

robeez mini shoez

for baby’s first holiday
$29.95 at stride rite

cord ruffle dress

picture perfect
$52 at velvet and tweed

ruffle diaper cover

keeping bums under wrap
2/$12 at polarn o. pyret

plaid silk top

just enough ruffle
$20.99 on sale at janie + jack

ruffle tights pattern

for the diy-ers
$4.50 from dreamspunkids

saurette sweater dress

be still our hearts!
$84 at arte bebe

wrap cardigan

over a leotard or her holiday finest
$34.99 on sale at janie and jack

plaid ruffle skirt

handmade by ses petite mains
$52.99 at moxie kids

mary janes in black or red

also available in little kids sizes
$50 at see kai run
arte bebe - 20% off clothing and toys with code COOLHOLIDAYS
polarn o. pyret - 15% off all full-priced items (excludes classic stripes) with code COOLMOMPOP
see kai run - 25% off with code CMPSKR25
velvet and tweed - 20% off + free shipping on order over $100 with code coolholiday20

the coolest gifts under $15 that don't seem cheap at all

Of course it’s the thought that counts, and those thoughts don’t have to cost a fortune. Wrap them gorgeously, present with love, and you’re done.

gourmet lollipops

flavors from peppermint to eggnog latte
$10/6 from mihow

what would audrey do?

first, she’d buy this book
$12.99 at mod cloth

ceramic ornaments from kids art

make it a tradition; one each year
$9.95 (plus scan) from dreamsakes

photo book

one for each grandparent
$12.99 at shutterfly

wood necklace

yes, that’s the real price
$11 from elk accessories

lavender oatmeal soap

also cedarwoood for the menfolk
$10 at pink olive

anna sui fabric journal

for literary fashionistas
$14.95 (before discount) from chronicle books

loose tea system

the prettiest way to brew your own
$15 at tea forte

hand carved rubber stamp

for the one you lurve
$9 at cupcaketree

hearts for haiti

river stones to support haitian artisans
$10 at amenity home

reusable underwater camera

for the beach. not the bathtub
$15 at photojojo

fleur de sel caramels

buy lots
$14 from petite bouchee

block print tea towels

featuring brooklyn buildings. so hip.
$15 from lifefrombklyn

3 bambu nesting bowls

handwoven, fair trade, and awesome
$14 at olive and myrtle

70's or 80's retro candy mix

groovy and rad
$11.99 at perpetual kid

nyc in a bag

the 42nd next best thing to being there.
$15 at moma store

handmade iphone case

a good excuse to put it away more
$15 at shibang designs

awkward family photos

makes your family seem normal
$10.20 at amazon
chronicle - 25% off + free ship on all anna sui books with "annasui" at checkout
elk accessories - 25% off with code CMP25
live from bklyn - 15% off (excluding williamsbuildings paper prints) with code CMPHOLIDAY in the 'note to seller' section
olive and myrtle - 15% off with code CMP15
perpetual kid - 10% off with code COOLMOM
tea forte - 15% off with code ForteMommy

the coolest kids stocking stuffers under $10

Kids and kids-at-heart know stocking stuffers are often the best part. Here are a few that we’d love to find dangling from our mantles this year. And poke around at the shops listed here - lots of them have plenty more affordable gift ideas.

personalized magnet or mirror

here’s looking at you, kid
$8, 9 at olliegraphic

felt butterfly ring

not just for kids
$7 from mixho

soy crayon rocks

creativity comes naturally
$6.75 at wild dill

make your own ballerina kit

sign our girls up!
$8 at kate’s paperie

indie rock coloring book

you’re never too young for the shins
$9.99 at mod cloth

deer necklace

better than bambi
$9 from em+sprout

christmas sticker book

70 stickers buys you some eggnog time
$6 at stubby pencil studio

owl rubber stamp

$5 at shana logic

brain quest write/erase set

for future smarties 2-5
$8.95 from amazon

ice cream rattle

even babies need stocking love
$8 at darlybird

color your own toy

from spaceships to dinosaurs to a princess carriage
$7.99 from creative toyshop


eco-friendly and so much fun
$6.99 at oompa

blank board books

imagine the scribbly possibliities
$3.50, 5 at romp

gingerbread girl hair clip

nom nom nom
$10 at chloe in style


for other kids, not your own. ha.
$6.95 from stubby pencil studio
darlybird - 20% off with code DARLYCOOL
creative toy shop - 20% off with code CMP20
olliegraphic - 15% off with code CMP15
romp - 15% off with code COOL
shanalogic - $5 off all orders over $40 with code 5OFF
stubby pencil studio - 15% off with code CMPHOL15
wild dill - 15% off with code Coolmom

All discount codes are good through 12/31/10, whoo!

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