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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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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Octopus Music Mobile

$35

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Playing Johannes Brahms’ “Wiegenlied” (better known as Brahms’ Lullaby or “The Cradle Song”) this strange and sweet octopus has been made to help babies get to sleep. Produced with 100% cotton chambray, it’s easily wiped clean. The 11.8-inch tall creature is also soft—in case a young one gets a hold of it.

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Velvet Hippo’s hex cushion line offers excellent resting spaces for pups up to 70 pounds. The range comes in small (24″), medium (32″) and large (38″), with three colorway options. The outer fold is sturdy and inside there’s a hypo-allergenic recycled poly-fill. For ease when cleaning, the interior pillows and fill can be removed so the cover can be washed separately.

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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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This set of 15 two-toned crayons are a playful take on the traditional version, thanks to their octahedron shape, which features multiple points and edges to allow for endless combinations and textures. Kid Made Modern has, of course, ensured that these are non-toxic and small enough for learning hands.

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Designer Room Cat House

$369

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This minimal cat house—made from plywood and a black aluminum frame—is ideal for indoor or outdoor felines. Cozy but not claustrophobic, the house features a half-wall for entry/exit, as well as two windows—for views and ventilation. At 18 inches tall, it’s available in finished or unfinished wood.

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With 50% of the proceeds from each purchase going to the Deity Animal Rescue, this Puppy Breath Candle might just help a dog in need. Deity Dogs and Goods produced the candle in collaboration with Beauty.Happiness.Healing. and the scent is a combination of vanilla and coffee bean. According to Deity, these notes form a “scent reminiscent of that delightful puppy breath.”

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Alphabet Block Set

$179

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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.

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Social Anxiety Bundle

$49

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For pooches with social anxiety, this helpful bundle by Bark Shop includes a topical oil, a snack and a treat dispenser. The 200mg CBD oil aims to calm dogs down while the toy and treat offer a necessary distraction. Thus, dogs (and, in turn, owners) might just find a little zen here.

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This Gamer Kit from Tech Will Save Us lets kids become their own game inventor. Starting by building their own console, they can then code their own game—choosing from 15+ retro games or or custom-building their own. Best of all, not much at all is needed to play: the kit, a nine-volt battery and a laptop or desktop computer to code on. The brand’s online platform offers lots of free projects, but the possibilities for creation are almost endless.

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Colorblock Rainbreaker

$62

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Offering protection against wind and rain, this jacket will keep dogs dry on miserable days (and help ward off that classic “wet dog” odor). Designed to be an outer-layer, it’s light enough for summer storms but should be worn over a cozy coat for winter days. Complete with a chunky zipper for getting on and off easily, and toggles for keeping the hood in place, this camouflage patterned piece comes in seven sizes and five different color-block styles.

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Ginger Baby Room Playset

$58

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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.

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Pioneer Wagon + Canoe, Aspen

$38

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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.

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Chicago Dog Puzzle

$15

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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.

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