Bananagrams

Fruitominoes

$13

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$13 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $13 Fruitominoes From the makers of the hit word game Bananagrams comes Fruitominoes. Play with twenty eight beautifully crafted dominoes that feature fruit instead of dots. Available from Amazon for $13. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Fruitominoes From the makers of the hit word game Bananagrams comes Fruitominoes. Play with twenty eight beautifully crafted dominoes that feature fruit instead of dots. Available from Amazon for $13. From the makers of the hit word game Bananagrams comes Fruitominoes. Play with twenty eight beautifully crafted dominoes that feature fruit instead of dots.

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Levitron

Floating Top

$50

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Seeing is believing with the Levitron. Without strings, wires or electricity, the fascinating toy is available in cherry hardwood. The top is held aloft through the principle of spin stabilized magnetic levitation which was discovered and patented by Vermont-based physicist Roy M. Harrigan in the 1970s

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Paul Cunningham

Leather Lemon Peel Baseballs

$35

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$35 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $35 Leather Lemon Peel Baseballs Handcrafted in New Jersey by Hall of Fame researcher and MLB photo editor Paul Cunningham, these balls make an affordable gift for any sports fan who appreciates craftsmanship too. Available from Etsy for $35. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Leather Lemon Peel Baseballs Handcrafted in New Jersey by Hall of Fame researcher and MLB photo editor Paul Cunningham, these balls make an affordable gift for any sports fan who appreciates craftsmanship too. Available from Etsy for $35. Handcrafted in New Jersey by Hall of Fame researcher and MLB photo editor Paul Cunningham, these balls make an affordable gift for any sports fan who appreciates craftsmanship too.

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Hickoree's

Retro Collector’s Edition Slinky

$9

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$9 width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> $9 Retro Collector’s Edition Slinky Packaged in a replica of the original 1945 box and made of oiled blue-black steel like the original (rather than the chrome steel of the modern Slinky), this makes a great gift for someone silly. Available from Hickoree’s for $9. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Retro Collector’s Edition Slinky Packaged in a replica of the original 1945 box and made of oiled blue-black steel like the original (rather than the chrome steel of the modern Slinky), this makes a great gift for someone silly. Available from Hickoree’s for $9. Packaged in a replica of the original 1945 box and made of oiled blue-black steel like the original (rather than the chrome steel of the modern Slinky), this makes a great gift for someone silly.

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eeBoo

Gathering a Garden

$18

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$15 width=”100″ height=”100″ class=”none” /> $15 Gathering a Garden Have fun and commune with nature playing this delightful boardgame as you go around the board collecting flowers and vegetables for your garden. Available from eeBoo for $18. width=”300″ height=”300″ class=”none” /> Gathering a Garden Have fun and commune with nature playing this delightful boardgame as you go around the board collecting flowers and vegetables for your garden. Available from eeBoo for $18. Have fun and commune with nature playing this delightful boardgame as you go around the board collecting flowers and vegetables for your garden.

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It Books

Conundrums

$15

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$10 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $10 Conundrums A book of typographic puzzles designed by acclaimed graphic designer Harry Pearce. Set in AG Old Face, the puzzles adhere to the three simple rules of one box, two colors and a single typeface. See more examples from Pentagram’s review. Available from Amazon for $15 width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Conundrums A book of typographic puzzles designed by acclaimed graphic designer Harry Pearce. Set in AG Old Face, the puzzles adhere to the three simple rules of one box, two colors and a single typeface. See more examples from Pentagram’s review. Available from Amazon for $15 A book of typographic puzzles designed by acclaimed graphic designer Harry Pearce. Set in AG Old Face, the puzzles adhere to the three simple rules of one box, two colors and a single typeface. See more examples from Pentagram’s review.

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Colorforms

The Original Colorforms Set

$33

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$33 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $33 The Original Colorforms Set Taking it back to the days when simple shapes could entertain us, this retro set of Colorforms is perfect for those who want to stimulate the mind making patterns and designs. The set includes 350 shapes and was recently selected for the Toy Hall of Fame making it a classic gift to give this holiday season. Available from Amazon for $33. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> The Original Colorforms Set Taking it back to the days when simple shapes could entertain us, this retro set of Colorforms is perfect for those who want to stimulate the mind making patterns and designs. The set includes 350 shapes and was recently selected for the Toy Hall of Fame making it a classic gift to give this holiday season. Available from Amazon for $33. Taking it back to the days when simple shapes could entertain us, this retro set of Colorforms is perfect for those who want to stimulate the mind making patterns and designs. The set includes 350 shapes and was recently selected for the Toy Hall of Fame making it a classic gift to give this holiday season.

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Moss

One Deck of Cards Shapes

$175

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$175 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $175 One Deck of Cards Shapes Produced in a limited edition of 250 decks, this unconventional deck of cards is designed by artistTauba Auerbach and comes in a variety of geometric shapes and colors. Available from Moss for $175. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> One Deck of Cards Shapes Produced in a limited edition of 250 decks, this unconventional deck of cards is designed by artistTauba Auerbach and comes in a variety of geometric shapes and colors. Available from Moss for $175. Produced in a limited edition of 250 decks, this unconventional deck of cards is designed by artistTauba Auerbach and comes in a variety of geometric shapes and colors.

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Face37

Type Trump Cards

$10

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$10 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $10 Type Trump Cards For any typo-phile or person who loves a good game of cards, Rick Banks, designer from U.K.-based Face37 has come up with Top-Trumps-style playing cards. The subject is typography and each typeface is compiled with statistics: designer, year of design, foundry, weight, legibility, etc. Available from Face37 for $10. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Type Trump Cards For any typo-phile or person who loves a good game of cards, Rick Banks, designer from U.K.-based Face37 has come up with Top-Trumps-style playing cards. The subject is typography and each typeface is compiled with statistics: designer, year of design, foundry, weight, legibility, etc. Available from Face37 for $10. For any typo-phile or person who loves a good game of cards, Rick Banks, designer from U.K.-based Face37 has come up with Top-Trumps-style playing cards. The subject is typography and each typeface is compiled with statistics: designer, year of design, foundry, weight, legibility, etc.

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Storymatic

The Storymatic

$30

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$30 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $30 The Storymatic Like an old-fashioned game of Exquisite Corpse, the Storymatic is the new must have game for your holiday party this season. Players draw two gold cards to find their characters, a person “with a large scar,” “who has never left the city,” and then a white situation card: “batteries are dead.” Let your imagination go from there. Literally trillions of stories can begin with these simple prompts. Use to create a fun parlor game, or on your own when you need a little antidote to writer’s block. Available from The Storymatic for $30. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> The Storymatic Like an old-fashioned game of Exquisite Corpse, the Storymatic is the new must have game for your holiday party this season. Players draw two gold cards to find their characters, a person “with a large scar,” “who has never left the city,” and then a white situation card: “batteries are dead.” Let your imagination go from there. Literally trillions of stories can begin with these simple prompts. Use to create a fun parlor game, or on your own when you need a little antidote to writer’s block. Available from The Storymatic for $30. Like an old-fashioned game of Exquisite Corpse, the Storymatic is the new must have game for your holiday party this season. Players draw two gold cards to find their characters, a person “with a large scar,” “who has never left the city,” and then a white situation card: “batteries are dead.” Let your imagination go from there. Literally trillions of stories can begin with these simple prompts. Use to create a fun parlor game, or on your own when you need a little antidote to writer’s block.

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Leafcutter Designs

Wiggly Eye Dice

$16

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$12 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $12 Wiggly Eye Dice When it comes to games of chance the eyes have it. These wooden dice liven up any game of craps or yahtzee. Available from Curiosity Shoppe for $12. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Wiggly Eye Dice When it comes to games of chance the eyes have it. These wooden dice liven up any game of craps or yahtzee. Available from Curiosity Shoppe for $12. When it comes to games of chance the eyes have it. These wooden dice liven up any game of craps or yahtzee.

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Seletti

Leather Punch Bag

$202

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$325 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $325 Seletti Leather Punch Bag This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains. Available from Conran Shop for $325. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Seletti Leather Punch Bag This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains. Available from Conran Shop for $325. This heavy-duty professional quality punching bag is the perfect addition to home gyms. It’s made by Italian boxing giants Seletti from brown leather with metal hanging chains.

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Bandai

Luminodot Lite-Brite HD Board

$180

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$180 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $180 Bandai Luminodot Lite-Brite HD Board We often wish we hadn’t given away our childhood Lite-Brite. Now Bandai’s Luminodot from Japan allows us to recapture the magic with this 70 x 50 pixelated board that includes 1,600 bulbs in a dozen different colors and software to create and preview images. Available from Audio Cubes for $180. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Bandai Luminodot Lite-Brite HD Board We often wish we hadn’t given away our childhood Lite-Brite. Now Bandai’s Luminodot from Japan allows us to recapture the magic with this 70 x 50 pixelated board that includes 1,600 bulbs in a dozen different colors and software to create and preview images. Available from Audio Cubes for $180. We often wish we hadn’t given away our childhood Lite-Brite. Now Bandai’s Luminodot from Japan allows us to recapture the magic with this 70 x 50 pixelated board that includes 1,600 bulbs in a dozen different colors and software to create and preview images.

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P-Sharan

SQ-35 DIY Pinhole Camera Kit

$12

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$25 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $25 SQ-35 DIY Pinhole Camera Kit Using 35mm film, the camera frames each shot square and features four picture settings, normal, star burst, soft focus and soft focus. Comprised of cardboard, the build-it-yourself camera allows you to experiment with film like the early days of photography. Available from X-Treme Geek for $25. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> SQ-35 DIY Pinhole Camera Kit Using 35mm film, the camera frames each shot square and features four picture settings, normal, star burst, soft focus and soft focus. Comprised of cardboard, the build-it-yourself camera allows you to experiment with film like the early days of photography. Available from X-Treme Geek for $25. Using 35mm film, the camera frames each shot square and features four picture settings, normal, star burst, soft focus and soft focus. Comprised of cardboard, the build-it-yourself camera allows you to experiment with film like the early days of photography.

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Learning Resources

Anatomy Models Set

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$79 width=”100″ height=”100″ /> $79 Anatomy Models Set For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain. Available at Learning Resources for $79. width=”300″ height=”300″ /> Anatomy Models Set For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain. Available at Learning Resources for $79. For the child who’s always wondering how everything works, here’s a set of five brightly colored anatomical models. The set covers the skeletal system, the heart, eyes, ears and brain.

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