Made in Bolivia by a team of indigenous women, Oeuf’s plush rat toy is crafted from 100% baby alpaca yarn, with a poly blend inside. The yarn boasts a natural water-resistance and an ultra-soft touch, so it’s perfect for little ones. It’s also an eco-friendly alternative to cotton or synthetic fabrics. This woven toy is also fair trade, so the women who made it are paid living wages and are treated appropriately.
Trading the traditional royal motif for artful objects, Jonathan Adler’s Versailles Playing Card Set comes with two decks—one in green and black and another in pink and gold. Both sets are packaged within a drawer box, that’s embellished with a striking golden geometric pattern, for easy storage or transportation.
Billed as the world’s smallest record player, this Ghostly edition Stokyo Record Runner laps the grooves of 33 1⁄3 rpm records, amplifying sound out of its internal speaker. The underside of the van bears a stylus and a cartridge system, which picks up the songs encoded below. It’s self-propelling for up to 90 minutes of playtime, courtesy of two AAA batteries. Though this playful, pocket-sized record player is good looking, it’s not recommended for your best records or overuse, as unexpected bumps could cause scratches.
Recommended for architecture nerds (over eight years old), model kit maker ARCKIT’s 105-piece set comes with instructions for assembling the basics, but plenty of opportunities for customization, too. Whether an aspiring architect or someone looking for something structural to tinker with, there’s plenty to conceptualize and bring to fruition—from a standalone building to a corridor within a larger complex.
Available in two sizes (either five or 12 inches tall), sculptor and toy designer Jason Freeny’s Brick Man Anatomical Puzzle is fun for kids aged eight and over—and adults, too. Easy to assemble, with just 16 pieces, the 3D puzzle can then be displayed as a playful objet d’art.
Trusted by NBA and NCAA teams and trainers all over, the Homecourt app uses artificial intelligence and your smartphone to monitor basketball workouts and provide in-depth analysis. By opening the in-app camera, the intelligence picks up and records shot type, release time, release angle, leg angle, speed, and vertical, as well as makes, misses, hot zones and areas to work on. All of the data is then presented in easy-to-ready formats, like shot charts and precise percentages. A yearly pro subscription affords unlimited shots, video reviews, workouts, drills, and more.
Limited to 1,000 pieces, this 100% solid sterling silver Ewok necklace is an essential for Star Wars fans. Weighing 18 grams and hanging from a 24-inch chain, each Ewok has two black crystal eyes and its unique series number engraved on it. All necklaces comes in a limited edition collector’s box, which features a lavish embossed exterior and metallic silkscreen art on the inside.
Standing just under six inches tall, HAY’s elegantly curved hourglass illustrates the passing of 15 minutes. Available in various colorways (gold, burnt orange, petrol blue, pink and yellow), our pick is the smoky green, which is mirrored by a translucent bulb on the other side. Both halves feature the same flat bottom to rest on any surface. The casing is made from high-quality glass and is filled with silver sand granules.
This wooden projector encourages kids to cast their art on the wall. Complete with see-through slides, stencils and an erasable marker, the kit also comes with a flashlight and five rolls of paper Washi tape—so kids can free-draw or even trace their art directly onto the wall (with the erasable marker). Intended for artists who are five years old and up, the projector encourages kids to make art and share it in a large-scale format.
Measuring out to 36″ by 36″ when assembled, this nine-piece puzzle features a curving pathway for kids to play with. This road can actually be illuminated when passed over by the included car, which is equipped with a blacklight underbelly. The car has lane-following technology, and can therefore commandeer the course all on its own, too.
Crafted from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, the Cruzee Ultralight Balance Bike is a brilliant option for kids learning to ride. The super-light frame (just 4.4 pounds) means they’re as effortless for kids to maneuver as they are for parents to carry around. The seat is adjustable in order to grow with your child and the foam rubber tires will never go flat. Best of all, this bike is an approachable and fun way for little tackers to skip training wheels.
Slow Down Studio has teamed up with Australian artist Charlie Bennell for their La Muralla Roja puzzle—based on Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s stunning postmodern apartment building in Calpe. With its geometric, interlocking shapes and countless staircases, the building lends itself to a jigsaw, and this version is particularly pretty.
Merely by dribbling this tennis ball-sized device, you unlock the capabilities of some of the grandest beat pads. Whether you toss it as hard as you can or just flick its exterior, different sounds are produced based on the pressure applied. In fact, its customizability lends endless outcomes. From the ball’s partner app you can share, collaborate and even connect multiple Oddballs. Price is Pounds.
A drum kit sized to fit your fingertips, Sphero’s Specdrums 2 Rings are designed to detect colors and play an assigned musical note for each. Simply wear it with the screen facing down and tap everyday objects to make a beat. Whether using the device’s preset library of instrumental sets or recording your own samples, you can make songs during a commute, at your desk or even on your own clothing. Each box comes with two rings, instructions on how to pair them with Specdrums MIX app, and a multi-colored playing pad.
Made in collaboration with NASA, LEGO’s homage to Apollo 11’s endeavor is intended for individuals over 16 years old. It includes a complex lunar lander to assemble, a semi-realistic depiction of the surface of the moon to situate it on, two golden helmet-adorned figures to place and countless exterior features to manipulate. When complete, the final product is a nostalgia-laden depiction of those famed first steps.
Available in six fun colorways, the Little Tokyobike is a sized-down version of the brand’s classic cruiser. It’s outfitted with training wheels, wide tires (for all kinds of surfaces), as well as a handlebar brake and a classic coaster rear brake. The comfy seat is adjustable from 42cm to 62cm, and the entire bike weighs 22 pounds. There’s even a handle for adults to carry it once the ride’s over.