With production limited to just 25, this chess set from Poketo is a collectible, design piece—and a functional game, of course. The pieces are geometric, and are made from lucite, as is the board. Though the rules remain the same this edition is a contemporary and stylish update.
Standing at about five inches tall, Pig Mini is a squishy swine for kids. It’s part of Maileg’s “Noah’s Friends” collection—which also happens to include a panda, rhino and more. This little pig wears a subtle, faded pink cotton outer, and—thanks to its soft stuffing—is an ideal gift for infants and toddlers.
Riffing off the traditional piggy-bank, Pigzbe is a virtual wallet for cryptocurrency. Through the tangible toy and the adjacent app, kids can receive, save and spend money that they earn—all while practicing financial responsibility. The device is tech designed for education, and though the concept is old, the execution is new and inventive.
Designed by Georg Foster for iconic specialized Swiss clockmaker L’Epée 1839, the Time Fast D8 mechanical clock draws inspiration from vintage racecars. This limited edition creation, available in five colors, features an in-house caliber with a 192-hour power reserve (eight days). The numerous design and technical details truly impress—from the glass-domed escapement to ’50s open-worked radiator grill. As the brand describes it, the Time Fast D8 is as much a kinetic sculpture as it is a clock.
Made in Denmark, OYOY’s cuddly Baby Benny Cat is part toy, part cushion. Thanks to its plush feel and 100% cotton outer (with a soft fiber filling), it can be snuggled with on the couch or taken along on adventures. Whether as a gift for kids or pets, Baby Benny is non-toxic and safe for all.
Recommended for kids ages six and up, this set is comprised of 21 pieces (one pond and two river pieces included) and lets anyone become a landscape architect. You can dream up the ideal park, create an innovative green space or replicate your favorite one, and the best part is you can change it whenever you like.
Recommended for ages 14+, this kit, designed by Little Bits and KORG, lets young music-lovers build their own modular synth. Featuring a delay, filter, micro-sequencer, oscillator, synth speaker and much more, the builder has limitless options as far as sound and execution go. Learning how to build a synth is only the first step; playing it is second—and both are equally educational and enjoyable.
Made by Korean design studio Oioiooi, this set consists of 60 wooden (beech and walnut) blocks. Of the set, 26 are letters and another 34 are corresponding numbers, shapes and characters. As a child plays with the letters, they also learn cognitive and motor skills—like problem-solving, building, storytelling and perhaps even spelling.
An entire nursery room exists in Maileg’s new playset. Inside the box, one finds a doll with a change of clothes, sleeping bag and diaper—set in a room that reflects the majesty of Danish design. Further, there’s a chair for the doll and a hanger for the other items. All of the materials are premium (including cotton and linen)—and the entire set begs to be loved.
Brooklyn-based makers of modern, vintage toys, Candylab Toys’ latest series features an angular, colorful take on the Plymouth Pioneer station wagon. One magnetized canoe rests on top. It’s an extraordinary beautiful object—created from Beech wood, water-based paint and clear urethane coating. It’s as much for collectors as it is for kids.
With 70 pieces, Areaware‘s Chicago Hot Dog puzzle is a delicious jigsaw made for those aged six and over. Created to be a reward for off-screen time, it can be assembled in about 20 minutes. Other options in this mini puzzle series include a New York slice, papaya, birthday cake, Tonkotsu ramen and more.
A programmable, weighted ball, the Sphero BOLT robot is the perfect toy for any STEM-enthusiast. Featuring three new sensors—a compass, infrared and light—and an 8×8 front-facing and changing matrix (that’s also programmable to scroll text or do animations), the BOLT also boasts infrared communication, allowing it to “talk” with other robots. Of course, it works in harmony with the Sphero Edu app, meaning it’s appropriate for students of varying skill levels.
Not only is this Tetris Case a retro delight, it’s also fully operable. You can play Tetris—among a few other retro games—on the back of your phone instead of scrolling Instagram. Available for iPhone 6 through iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Easily rolled up, this leather backgammon set from Moore & Giles is the ideal companion for trips. Backed with Baldwin Oak leather, and lined with French nubuck, this is a durable set that will get better with use. Losing a piece isn’t a worry, thanks to the handy zip-sealed pouch that also rolls into the kit when you’re finished playing.
The El Catire set from Luxe Dominoes is a sophisticated collection of crisp, black and white dominoes with a dark green-tinted rack. They’re designed to be played and displayed, and it’s evident in the intricate details of each domino (including gold adornment), as well as their case. Invite over an opponent and pull this off the shelf, not out of the junk drawer.
Clive the Croc—made in an edition of 10—is a toy-meets-cushion born from a collaboration between Slowdown Studio and Naama Ben Moshe. Composed of printed cotton, there are no loose parts that could tear or cause choking dangers. Plus, if Clive gets a bit dirty, he can go into the washing machine. Also part of the “lazy animal” toy collection are Howie the Hippo and Paloma the Pig.