The World of the Brontës: A 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

$17

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The work of the Brontë sisters comes to life in this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Laurence King Publishing. From the Yorkshire moors to Mr Heathcliff and other characters from their novels, the puzzle—which is illustrated by Eleanor Taylor and features a pull-out poster—is suffused with allusions to the stories and figures that shaped the Brontës’ nineteenth century literature. Price is in Pounds.

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Gluckskafer

Castle Block Set

$90

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From the heirloom-quality South German toy brand Gluckskafer, the Castle Block Set is a vertical puzzle produced with wood from the Linden tree. The bright primary colors (drawn from non-toxic, water-based paint) lend each block—and the non-traditional, but still fairytale-like castle as a whole—an even more imaginative presence.

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Bauhaus Around You Card Deck

$28

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The Bauhaus Around You Card Deck is a creative exercise that uses the designs and ideas from the design movement to challenge users to find similar elements in real life. Illustrated by Klasja Habjan and published by Form Function Studio (a creative practice led by Alison Beshai to champion accessibility in design), the 36-card deck features different color-coded prompts in either the Think, Explore or Create category. Played individually or with others, it’s a thoughtful, fun game for students and design heads.

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Piecework’s 70-piece Scorpio puzzle embodies the astrological sign: it’s dark, alluring and romantic (as it depicts an altar of flowers, candles and fruit). The color palette is more than just an aesthetic choice; it lends the puzzle a higher level of difficulty. Made from recycled paper with randomized ribbon cut pieces, the mini Scorpio is both visually and functionally compelling.

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Design studio and book publisher Actual Source partnered with NYC-based graphic designer and illustrator Kurt Woerpel to create this bold blue frisbee. Manufactured by Wham-O, the 10.5-inch diameter disc features an illustration of a comic book with eyes, along with Actual Source’s logo in whimsical script and three words in classic lettering.

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Hot Diggity Dog Pool Float

$45

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Third Drawer Down has transformed one of NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman’s playful, goofy characters into a fully functional pool float. Featuring wonky eyes, a gleeful smile and a squirt of mustard on the front (and a little derriere on the back), the hot dog-shaped float is based on Burgerman’s dream of having a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s available in two sizes: 63 inches or 118 inches.

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Acrylic Four in a Row Game

$129

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A contemporary look for a retro game, this minimal Four in a Row combines marbled black and white resin pieces with a clear acrylic stopper. Made in Taiwan and exclusive to CB2, this chic variation of Connect Four is just as entertaining as the original.

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Houseplant Jungle Playing Card Set

$15

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Each playing card in this standard-sized deck features a vibrant image created by designer and photographer Troy Litten, who used plants from his own garden as inspiration for the artwork. The back of the cards portray a lush jungle while the front incorporates the common and scientific names of the specific leaf depicted. Each set includes two decks of 52 cards and two jokers.

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Brooklyn-based ceramicist Eleni Kontos eschews traditional chess pieces for unconventional and otherworldly figures in her handmade chess set. Featuring dyed clay pieces and a board with hand-painted gradient details as well as ebru marbling, this set acts as both unique decor and a fun take on a classic game.

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Magic Mushroom Felt Playhouse

$48

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The Winding Road is a platform founded by Marla Showfer, who traverses the globe to partner with and present small fair trade artisans. For the Magic Mushroom Playhouse, Showfer worked with a family-owned workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal to create a pastoral felt world, replete with a mushroom-shaped cottage and mouse finger puppet. With a design evoking fairytale art, the playhouse inspires whimsy and imagination.

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Takenobu Igarashi Playing Cards

$48

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These playing cards by Takenobu Igarashi, which were first commissioned from the artist by MoMA in the late 1980s, have never lost their charm. Igarashi—a Japanese-born educator and graphic designer who founded and taught programs at Chiba University and Tama Art University in Japan and the University of California, LA—plays with negative space to create elegant and timeless designs. Piatnik produces these reproductions of Igarashi’s cards in red or black.

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Made from 100% recycled fabrics and materials, Dog Ear’s pet toys are each entirely unique and crafted by hand. Founded by Lu Williams and Emma Edmondson during the beginning of the pandemic, the brand aims to not only encourage dog owners to enjoy being outside with their pooches, but also to combine “contemporary art publishing and sculptural dog toys.” Available in three sizes, every ball features different colors, patterns and textures to keep your dog entertained. Price is in Pounds.

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“The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles” Puzzle

$14

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Faith Ringgold’s 1996 work “The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles” depicts eight iconic Black American women (Madam CJ Walker, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune and Ella Baker) as well as Vincent van Gogh and a fictional character named Willia Marie Simone (a frequent heroine of Ringgold’s quilt works, and perhaps her alter-ego). This piece honors and celebrates Black women, their achievements and traditions with bright colors and glorious shapes and patterns. The significant work has been made into a puzzle for those who want to spend time admiring it piece by piece.

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The Marina Abramović Method: Instruction Cards to Reboot Your Life

$20

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As a pioneer of performance art (whose work doesn’t shy away from pain, blood or pushing limits), Marina Abramović is well-versed in endurance, concentration and overcoming mental and physical blocks. As such, her 30-card set—The Marina Abramović Method—incorporates exercises that the artist developed to aid in her preparation for intense performances, and aim to help users confront challenges, remain present and unlock higher creative potential. Each card features an instruction (one being “complain to a tree”) that corresponds to a stage in Abramović’s career. Used alone or with friends, this set is a unique tool for training, expanding and growing.

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Trio American Bird Calls Set

$75

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Beckon to a black-capped chickadee, goldfinch and American robin with this trio of handmade bird call toys that aim to bring children closer to nature. Crafted in the South of France by the artisan toy brand Quelle Est Belle, the three wood-and-metal items arrive with thoughtful, easy-to-follow instructions inside a wooden storage box.

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Like all San Fransisco-based CAT HAUS items, the Dazzle cat toy is handmade to order by shop founder Lora Lombardi. Available in either the “patchwork rainbow” or “chaotic neutral” color scheme, this toy comprises a carpet affixed to wood from which a puff ball sits atop. Made to be slowly destroyed by your cat, this toy aptly dazzles them with movement and fuzzy, funky textures.

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