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The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide from Cool Mom Picks
 
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The 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

We're so thrilled to present our 2011 holiday gift guide, chock full of more than a hundred (!) cool gifts for kids, babies, mother-in-laws...pretty much everyone on your list in every budget. We've got plenty of picks that won't break the bank--and some that will. But we've also got discount codes galore.

We're so pleased to support so many indie and family-run businesses in our guide this year. Keep in mind that when you purchase a gift (or twelve) from them, you're helping to support small businesses that can really use the extra boost this holiday season. And of course, we couldn't bring you this guide without the help of our amazing sponsors, whose shops we think are pretty cool too.

Also, hooray for the absolutely fabulous Em Tanner Designs who's our top sponsor of the 2011 Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide. A fellow small business owner and mom, Em Tanner creates so much cool stuff that parents and kids adore all year long. We've been fans for a long time.

Holiday Gift Guide sponsor EM Tanner Designs


Plus, get 20% off at Em Tanner Designs with code COOLMOM through 12/31 - whoo!

EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! Help us spread the word about our Holiday Gift Guide, and you could win a $500 gift certificate to Em Tanner Designs! Just like or share this page on Facebook before December 24 (there's a handy little link at the very top here), and then email contests@coolmompicks.com with HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE in the subject--you must include your Facebook URL or a screenshot of the post on your page. For an extra entry, tweet the link to our guide and make sure to include @coolmompicks. Include a link or screenshot to your tweet in an email to us.

Happy Shopping!



For Your Baby's First Christmas

personalized gingerbread ornaments

$
personalized gingerbread ornaments

good enough to eat
$22 at the baby gardner
custom silhouette stocking

$$
custom silhouette stocking

as good as what's inside
$30 at simply silhouettes
handcarved nativity set

$$$
handcarved nativity set

for playing, not for teething
$75 at little alouette
little alouette - 15% off with code "CMPLOVE"
the baby gardner - 15% off with code "CMPHGG11"


For a Preschooler's Hanukkah

dreidel crayons

$
dreidel crayons

i made them out of parafin
$4.95 at scribbler’s crayons
hebrew alphabet blocks

$$
hebrew aleph bet blocks

spell shalom
$27 at modern tribe
dreidel charm necklace

$$$
dreidel charm necklace

a sweet keepsake
$40 at sarah fewell
modern tribe - 10% off with code "COOLMOM10"
scribblers crayons - 10% off with code "COOLPICKS10"
sarah fewell - 15% off with code "HOLIDAY15"


For the Most Awesome Grandparents, From the Kids

kids artwork

$
original one-of-a-kind artwork

signed by your children, of course
free, from your craft closet
custom silhouette ornaments

$$
custom silhouette ornaments

one of each grandchild
$40/ea at le papier studio
family photo as an artist's painting

$$$
family photo as an artist's painting

because they never see enough of you
$195+ at kiki and polly
kiki & polly - 10% off any item with code "COOLMOM11"
le papier studio - 15% off with code "COOLMOM15"


For Dress-Up Bins That Don't Need Another Licensed Character

do-it-yourself felt doctors kit

$
pdf for felt doctors kit

just add a white jacket
$5.99 from gulf coast cottage
personalized superhero capes

$$
personalized superhero capes

super ben is so much cooler than super man
$17 at babypop
woven play cowboy/girl outfit

$$$
woven play cowboy/girl outfit

not sure if you should wear it or frame it $156 at acorn toys
babypop - 10% off with code "CPHoliday11"
gulf coast cottage - 25% off with code "COOLMOM2011"


For the Kid Who's Ready to Graduate From Glitter Glue

paint your own yoyo kit

$
paint your own yoyo kit

the joy of yo
$8 at indie bambino
on the go art set

$$
on the go art set

just add imagination
$25 at begin again toys
art supplies subscription

$$$
kiwi crate subscription

take care of every rainy day for a year
$19.95/mo at kiwi crate
indie bambino - 10% off with code "CoolMom10"


For Your Mini Mr. Roboto

robot tattoos

$
robot tattoos

take me to your forearm
$5 at tatt.ly
personalized robot print

$$
personalized robot print

knowledge is the future
$23 at apple blossom print
build your own robot

$$$
build your own robot

decorating may be the best part
$79.99 at creative toyshop
creative toy shop - 25% off non-sale items with code "CMP2511"


For the Girlie Girl Who Can be Her Own Princess

handmade fairy wand

$
handmade fairy wand

all the magic, none of the batteries
$7 from 3 princesses engraving
handmade felt crown

$$
handmade felt crown

i'm queen of the worrrrrld
$35 at craftsbury kids
handmade tutu dress

$$$
handmade tutu dress

warning: she'll never take it off
$149 at tutu du monde
tutu du monde - 15% off with code "COOLXMASDM"


For Your Third Grade Architect

lego guggenheim museum kit

$
lego guggenheim museum kit

just the right amount show-off-y
$39 at the lego shop
playable metal

$$
playable metal

heavy metal, redefined
$68 at fat brain toys
nanoblock starter kit

$$$
nanoblock starter kit

1500 pieces of awesome
$123.98 at amazon


For a Tree-Trimming Party Where the Bar is Set Pretty High

polaroid ornaments kit

$
polaroid ornaments kit

diy for a big wow
$5/set of 2 at red red completely red
holiday ornament

$$
ho ho y’all ornament

even cute north of the carolinas
$28 at paloma’s nest
tiffany dove holiday ornament

$$$
sterling dove ornament

sigh, that blue box
$175 at tiffany
paloma's nest - 15% with code "COOLMOMHOLIDAY"
red red completely red - 20% with code "COOLRED11"


For Your Sister Who Always Has the Coolest Accessories

derby girl knee sock

$
derby girl knee sock

sporty chic
$9 at sock it to me
cherry rhinestone glasses

$$
cherry rhinestone glasses

now no one will recognize her
$50 at patricia field
leather necklace

$$$
leather necklace

she'll let you borrow it. of course.
$216 at melissa zook
melissa zook - 20% off with code "coolmom2011"


For Your Cool Nephew Who's, Like, So Indie

unicorn v dragon wallet

$
unicorn v dragon wallet

may good prevail! or not. $14 from buy olympia
ben sherman beat band tee

$$
ben sherman beat band tee

‘63 was such a good year $25 at alex and alexa
shaun white skateboard

$$$
shaun white skateboard

attitude sold separately
$69.99 at amazon


Gifts for Your Teen Niece You Wish Your Aunt Would Have Given You

glitter eye liner

$
urban decay heavy metal glitter liner

in colors like air guitar and stage dive
$18 at sephora
haircut in nyc

$$
haircut at the coolest place in town+lunch with you

in nyc try patricia field $60
colorblock roller skates

$$$
colorblock roller skates

skatetown usa
$189 at fred flare


For Mr. "Hey, You're Blocking the Game"

moneyball oakland A's book

$
moneyball

let's hear it for the underdogs
$10.22 at amazon
sports tickets

$$
2 tickets to a favorite game. not with you

again...not with you.
$various, from stubhub
ritz-carlton palm beach's take me out to the ballgame package

$$$
ritz-carlton palm beach's "take me out to the ballgame" package

includes spring training
$799+/family of 4


For the Iconoclast Who Refuses to Give Up Real Books

reading journal

$
reading journal for book lovers

ah, the smell of paper
$10.39 on amazon
library embosser

$$
library embosser

property of not-kindle
$26 at neiman marcus
penguin clothbound classics collection

$$$
penguin clothbound classics collection

$100/8 books or sold individually at amazon


To Go With That Bottle of Wine

custom wine bottle labels

$
custom wine bottle labels

not meant for hiding cheap wines
$2.44 at design my wine
rabbit corkscrew in red

$$
rabbit corkscrew in red

best corkscrew ever
$49.99 at gracious home
vermont artisanal cheese collection

$$$
vermont artisanal cheese collection

mmm, tarrantaise...
$75 at lucy’s whey


For the Mother-in-law Who's Impossible to Shop For

letterpress notecards

$
letterpress notecards

thoughtful and pretty
$14 at smock
box of artisanal desserts

$$
box of artisanal desserts

you’ll be on the nice list forever more
$45+ from black box dessert club
handwoven cashmere scarf

$$$
handwoven cashmere scarf

that’s one happy mil
$300 at object mythology
black box desserts - 20% off any 2, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription with code "COOLPICKS11"


For the Muppet-Loving Kid. Or, Uh, Former Kid.

personalized beeker iron-on

$
personalized beeker iron-on

meep meep meep
$7 at baby love chunk
kids adidas kermit sneakers

$$
kids adidas kermit sneakers

no frog legs jokes
$49.99 at kids foot locker
make your own muppet

$$$
make your own muppet

hey, that one looks like grandpa!
$99 at fao schwartz whatnot muppet workshop
baby love chunk - 15% off with code "COOLMOMPICKS15"


For the Friend with the Wicked Sweet Tooth

salted caramel hot chocolate sticks

$
salted caramel hot chocolate sticks

you’re never too old
$15 at ticket chocolates
gourmet custom candies

$$
gourmet candies

designer candy at its best
$25/390g jar at papabubble
paint your own cupcakes

$$$
"paint your own" cupcakes

100 mini cupcakes, your colors.
$70+ at baked by melissa


For the Person Who Knows Zombies Could Kick Vampires' Butts

pat the zombie book

$
pat the zombie

not for children. or humans, really.
$11.99 at think geek
handmade zombie mug

$$
handmade zombie mug

braiiiins! but first...coffeeeeee!
$32 at circa ceramics
zombie dvd collection

$$$
essential zombie dvd collection

i see dead people. on dvd.
$100+ on amazon
circa ceramics - 15% off with code "COOLMOMSSHOPHERE"


The Perfect Little Girl Holiday Dresses, Hold the Smocking

girl's holiday dress

dress with bow

$29 at zara
girl's holiday dress

red velvet tiers dress

$76 at velvet and tweed
girl's holiday dress

handmade charlotte dress

$128 at anthropolgie
girl's holiday dress

mint jaquard dress

$148 at anthropologie
girl's holiday dress

little red dress

$40 at hanna andersson
girl's holiday dress

cherry chiffon dress

$118 at ses petites mains
girl's holiday dress

saurette sweater dress

$46 at artebebe
girl's holiday dress

japanese-style dress

$69 at noko baby
girl's holiday dress

dance party dress

$39 at tea collection
arte bebe - free shipping storewide with code "COOLSHIP"
noko baby - 15% off with code "COOLMOM15"
ses petites mains - 20% off with code "coolholiday", excluding special-order items, earth tees, or fldoodle.
velvet & tweed - 20% off with code "cool2011"


The Coolest Alternative Boys Holiday Finery

boy's holiday outfit

buffalo checked vest

$56 at velvet and tweed
boy's holiday outfit

argyle skull vneck sweater

$34.95 at gap
personalized sled

eames button down

$45 at black kite shop
boy's holiday outfit

checked shirt

$17 from 77 kids
boy's holiday outfit

plaid pub hat

$14 at gromville
personalized sled

classic plaid shirt

$78 from jacadi
lined velvet trouser

lined velvet trouser

$108 at baby cz
holiday circles necktie

holiday circles necktie

$22 at the belle and the beau
black cord blazer

black cord blazer

$56 at red21boys
black kite - 20% off with code "GIFTBK11" plus free shipping, excluding sale items
the belle and the beau - 25% off with code "DCCOOLMOM"


For the Teacher Who Doesn't Need Another Mug

custom book plates

$
custom book plates

+ a gift card for new books
$7 at kids at heart designs
keepsake bowl

$$
keepsake bowl

a thought that counts
$52 from lisa leonard
e-reader

$$$
kindle fire

good teacher!
$199 at amazon
kids at heart designs - 10% off with code "coolmom"


For the Guy Who Cares More About His Appearance Than You

man bag pouch

$
man bag pouch

don’t call it a murse
$28 at flt 001
art of shaving carry on kit

$$
art of shaving carry on kit

smooth. real smooth.
$50 at 3floz
man spa day

$$$
man spa day

oh yeah. like that. right there.
$varies at spas near you
3floz - 15% off with code "CM15"


For the Hostess with the Very Mostess

alexander cake slicer

$
alexander cake slicer

let them eat cake with this
$22 at gracious home
handmade bud vase

$$
handmade bud vase

all different, all beautiful
$50 from cynthia vardhan
caviar server

$$$
caviar server

for your next invite to lisa vanderpump’s
$240 at barneys


For the Best Dad Ever From the Kids

photo mug

$
photo mug

$13.99 at shutterfly
kids art mounted on bamboo

$$
kids art mounted on bamboo

$59.99/medium at paper culture
custom locket cufflinks

$$$
custom locket cufflinks

$119 at red envelope
paper culture - 20% off with code "CMP20"


For the Person Who'd Rather Give Than Receive

help a teacher in the classroom

$
help a teacher in the classroom

$any amount at donors choose
adopt an acre to save the world's natural places

$$
adopt an acre to save the world's natural places

$50 at nature conservancy
basic water purification kits for 10 families

$$$
basic water purification kits for 10 families

$125.55 at unicef usa


For... Well, You! Fab Baubles $50 and Under

knit wire necklace


knit wire necklace

$35 from french soul
gold leaf earrings


gold leaf earrings

$22 at raven and lily
snowflake pendant


snowflake pendant

$33.72 aud at polli
joy pendant


joy pendant

$48 from hapagirl
huge oval emerald cocktail ring


huge oval emerald cocktail ring

$22.95 at fantasy jewelry box
feather and rhinetone hair pin


feather and rhinestone hair pin

$13 at nichoir
smokey quartz ring


smoky quartz ring

$50 at kara ackerman
glitter monogram rings


glitter monogram rings

$ 22 at vinca
lucky earrings for st jude’s children’s hospital


lucky earrings for st jude’s children’s hospital

$18 at st jude's
hapa girls - free shipping with code "CMPICKS"
vinca - free wooden "diamond" ring (size 7) with purchase; put "free diamonds" in the "note to merchant" box


Pretty Darn Cool Grown Up Gifts Under $15

night before xmas vintage repro book

night before xmas vintage repro book

$12 at the baby gardner

money clip

money clip

$11.98 at sf moma

embroidery hoop ornament

embroidery hoop ornament

$15 at sometimes i swirl

spinal tap pencil set

spinal tap pencil set

$6 at one up designs

burts bees natural gift tin

burts bees natural gift tin

$15 at burts bees

mini jam jar gift set

mini jam jar gift set

$12.50 from quince + apple

primary bangles

primary bangles

$15 ea/poketo

holiday longjohn pajamas

cake pop kit by bakerella

$13.57 at amazon

gift card log

gift card log

$11.95 at buttoned up

porcelain frames

porcelain frames

$12+ at west elm

chocolate santa

chocolate santa

$14.50 at lake champlain chocolates

soaptopia gift box

soaptopia gift box

$12.75/2 at soaptopia

a charlie brown xmas

a charlie brown xmas

$9.99 at amazon

raw wildflower honey

raw wildflower honey

$11.99/pint at abe's market

recycled cotton tote

recycled cotton tote

$15 at olive and myrtle

dreams of peace plate

dreams of peace plate

$14.95 at smiling planet

holiday gingerbread toffee

holiday gingerbread toffee

$15 from vosges

tim burton playing cards

tim burton playing cards

$5 at moma store

abe's market - 15% off and free shipping with code "CoolMom"
buttoned up - 20% off one item with code "COOLPICK20"
olive & myrtle - 15% off with code "CMP2011"
one up designs - 25% off with code "COOLMOM2011"
poketo - 10% off with code "POKCOOLMOM"
smiling planet - 15% off + free shipping on orders over $75 with code "15%SmP"
the baby gardner - 15% off with code "CMPHGG11"


Awesome Kids Gifts Under $10 When You Have a Whole Lot of Kids to Shop For

shel silverstein new book

everything on it

$9.99 at amazon
knit hat

pop! knit hat

$10 at psychobaby
finger puppet sets

finger puppet sets

$9.20+ from wee knits
personalized pocket mirrors

personalized pocket mirrors

$9.50 each at sarah + abraham with discounts for 2 or more
panda earmuffs

panda earmuffs

$10 at psychobaby
pocket sudoku books

pocket sudoku books

$8 at boy girl party
muppets envirosax

muppets envirosax

$9.95 at envirosax
playmobil figures

playmobil figures

$3.29 at playmobil
nylon cooking knife set for kids

nylon cooking knife set for kids

$10 at spoon sisters
mini munny

mini munny

$9.95 at kid robot
hopscotch game

hopscotch game

$8.99 at our green house
threadless tees/onesies

threadless tees/onesies

$10 (for a limited time!)
reindeer hair clip

reindeer hair clip

$7 at chloe in style
lollipops with pop rocks

lollipops with pop rocks

$10 from mihow
travel bingo

travel bingo

$9.13 at amazon
stencil and pen kits

stencil and pen kits

$10 at uncommon goods
hand carved engine

hand carved engine

$4.80 at wild dill
dominoes

dominoes

$7.95 on amazon
clementine art modeling dough

clementine art modeling dough

$9 at wild dill
butterfly wand

butterfly wand

$8 at imagination kids
flower pressed art kit

flower pressed art kit

$9.95 at stubby pencil studio
diy superhero cape kit

diy superhero cape kit

$10+ from sew plain jane
water color paints with bamboo brush

water color paints with bamboo brush

$6.95 at stubby pencil studio
alphabet letter paperweight

alphabet letter paperweight

$8 at west elm
rainbow aromatic clay in drawstring bag

rainbow aromatic clay

$9 at little choux
tshirt grafitti marker kit

tshirt grafitti marker kit

$10 at fred flare
hanukkah coloring book

hanukkah coloring book

$6 at emily sper
gifts under $10

polar express

$10 at amazon
hot chocolate

natural hot chocolate

$9.99 at abe’s market
build-a-book kit

build-a-book kit

$6.99 from klutz
green toys race cars

green toys race cars

$8.99 at wild dill

dan zanes little nut tree

dan zanes little nut tree

$9.99 on amazon

pace jumbo stamp kit

pace jumbo stamp kit

$10 at stubby pencil studio

classic bike horn

classic bike horn

$4.95 at moolka
pop duck

pop duck

$7.19 at moolka
small paul infant sock set

small paul infant sock set

$9.50 at my sweet muffin
boygirlparty - free button pack for entering "coolmompicks2011" in the notes/info field
envirosax - 35% off in-stock kids series and slingsax items with code "coolmom"
little choux - 15% off any item with code "COOLMOMPICKS15"
our green house - 10% off with code "coolmom"
psychobaby - 15% off with code "CCOLMOM15"
sarah + abraham - free shipping in the U.S. or $4.95 off international shipping with code "CMP-SHIP"
spoon sisters - 15% off with code "coolspoon", excludes sale items, gift certificates, gift wrap, shipping, zoku and skip hop products
stubby pencil studio - 15% off with code "CMPSAVE15"
wee knit - 10% off with code "10CMP2011"
wild dill - 20% off with code "coolmomholiday"




All discount codes are good through 12/31/11, whoo!

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