Beat-Making Oddball

$89

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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.

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Specdrums 2 Rings

$100

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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.

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NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Set

$100

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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.

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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.

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Decapitated Floats’ swan inflatable pool toy can accommodate two and comes with its severed head included. Whether you helm the body and let the lost appendage float nearby, or keep the two intact until they separate (for dramatics), this is a delightfully morbid reimagining of the timeless summer accessory. The release is limited to 500.

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1,000 pieces comprise this moon jigsaw puzzle by artist and quilter Lindsay Stead. The first release from her new Four Point Puzzles brand, it measures out to 26.5″ in diameter when complete. With massive swathes of purely grey space, it will challenge even the quickest minds. But, in the process, you’ll become a master of the moon’s surface—all in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing there.

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Made from Baltic birch and cork, Fredericks and Mae’s beach tennis set includes everything you need to get your game going: two rackets, a cork ball and a cotton drawstring bag to carry it all. Make up your own rules, or follow the official instructions for the game (aka Kadima, Matkot or Frescoball) whether on the beach, park or backyard.

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Woolsey Shuffleboard Table

$12,075

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Crafted from high-quality maple, this beautiful Sean Woolsey Studio shuffleboard table fits all game-night needs. It features a teak handrail and black marble inlay to mark all the game lines and numbers. Plus, with a base made from steel and a Sunbrella fabric cover, it can be placed outside—safe from all the elements. Available in three sizes, 10 different finishes and the option for custom gutters, it can be tailor-made to fit just about any style.

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Face of the Moon Stress Ball

$40

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From Japanese designer Makiko Yoshida and the team at h concept, this three-inch diameter stress ball is a kooky way to ease tension. Complete with the moon’s face, the ball morphs into various facial expressions as you squeeze it. Equal parts weird and cute, it’s a welcome distraction for busy minds of all ages.

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A design-forward version of the classic counting frame, this Abacus Rainbow by OYOY is painted with muted, pastel hues. Crafted from 100% ash wood, this toy will entertain and educate kids—from learning numbers to basic sums—for years.

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Made from rare-earth magnets, Speks (available in over two dozen colors and two different quantities) are neodymium balls that can be squished, shaped and stacked in endless ways. This set comes complete with 512 tiny balls, a metal base, guide, splitter card and carrying case. Intended for anybody over 14 years old, this petite toy can be a creative way to de-stress.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Time Fast D8 Mechanical Clock

$30,000

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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.  

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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.

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