Available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC and Steam, the doodle-like adventure game PIKUNIKU challenges users—who appear as a blob with telescopic legs—with puzzles and tasks in single or local co-op player modes. The game relies on a storybook-like plot line with mini games hidden within the larger mission and plenty of underlying relationships and Easter eggs to uncover—from “a deep state conspiracy” to a “fun little revolution.” Intended for kids and adults, PIKUNIKU is a well-developed game that’s both accessible and addictive. Watch the game’s trailer here.
Pairing a 100% cotton shell with a 100% polyester fill interior, Best Made Co’s Beast Made Bolster Bed comes adorned with the brand’s signature red stripe across its central cushion. Padded sides form its comfortable walls, which can withstand repetitive nightly use and all that comes with it—scratching, shedding, and even the occasional mess. The filler is removable and the cover is machine washable, too.
Printed onto durable A1 paper, Curiscope’s Multiverse Posters present Earth, Mars, and the Moon in a way that triggers augmented reality exploration. Each poster positions the celestial body—our personal favorite being Mars—at the center, in full frame. In activating the accompanying app and centering the planet in the phone’s camera frame, a transformation occurs: it pops off the wall in 3D. From there users can maneuver close to its surface, watch as a satellite orbits it, or examine its interior—all by tapping buttons. This clever innovation offers students, and space lovers, the opportunity to view these bodies up close.
Inside this smart toy for cats and dogs, a tiny motor with three different modes provides it with the ability to respond to an animal’s touch, prompt a reaction, or offer a regimented routine of 10 minutes of play and 30 minutes of rest. An interior sensor means the ball avoids obstacles (drastically reducing the risk of a pet running into a wall or tumbling down a flight of stairs). And two treat holders on its exterior reward the pet for playing.
This non-toxic play mat from Cream Haus folds up into a teepee for hours of fun. The soft construction means you don’t have to worry about the sharp edges found on similar items designed for wee ones. And it can lay flat for tumbling or other play before folding up to slip behind a couch or under a bed when not in use.
With six color-coded strings that allow kids (three and up) to learn about rhythm, practice songs, create original melodies and play around with sounds, this little guitar features cheerful, stylish motifs, too. Though it stands at just under 22 inches tall, it’s a proper instrument that sounds just like those made for adults.
Available in five sizes, Love Thy Beast’s playful hand-knitted pom-pom sweater fits most dogs—loosely around the body but cinched at the neck and tail to trap in warmth. A pre-cut harness hole on the rear also allows for a leash. The ultra-soft, warm wool was assembled in Nepal, where local craftswomen were employed.
Huts and Bay’s lightweight cotton pet bed, in their distinct camo graphic print, measures 31 by 37 inches and retains its shape through wear and tear. A plush removable insert, beneath an exterior with an anti-bacterial and anti-mite finish, makes cleaning easier. It’s ideal for small to medium-sized pets, who’ll surely love the comfort it provides.
Part game, part puzzle and part educational toy, Moon Picnic’s Make a Face allows children to experiment with creativity and even express emotion. Crafted from solid beech wood, it includes a round base and several facial components that let users cobble together hundreds of different expressions. Beyond the playful experiences, it can also be a jumping off point to discuss feelings.
Available in two sizes (20 or 13 inches), Lola the Llama is an ultra-soft toy that aims to provide comfort and company for its owner, but whose good deeds stretch beyond that. The purchase of each toy translates into 10 meals for kids in need, courtesy of cuddle+kind’s giving partner, WE Charity. The made-in-Peru doll meets the highest safety standards for children, and employs sustainable practices during the production process.
Intended to carry pooches weighing up to 16 pounds, Wild One’s new Air Travel Carrier is plane- and pet-friendly. Small enough to be placed under regular seats, the carrier features a comfy quilted base mat and mesh panels with retractable screens, should your dog want a view or privacy. Made from neoprene, the outer is washable by hand, while the mat inside can be machine-washed and tumble-dried. The carrier also boasts a handy shoulder strap that doubles as a leash and a panel for sliding it all onto your suitcase.
This plush, smiley sushi toy measures four by seven inches and has passed all ASTM (aka American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements, so is safe for kids aged 12 months and older. With its prawn topping, fluffy white rice body and corduroy feet, this friendly little creature can be paired with a California of Maki roll.
The Fruity One is Fruit Stickers’ 2020 calendar, complete with space for collecting your own. Dually a display of playful design and a record-keeper of your fruit intake, this calendar has a spot for every day of the year—a daily reminder eat something healthy. Plus, once the year ends, you’ll have your own archive of stickers. Price is in Pounds.
This wooden projector encourages kids to cast their art on the wall. Complete with see-through slides, stencils and an erasable marker, the kit also comes with a flashlight and five rolls of paper Washi tape—so kids can free-draw or even trace their art directly onto the wall (with the erasable marker). Intended for artists who are five years old and up, the projector encourages kids to make art and share it in a large-scale format.
Intended for readers from four to eight years old, Rebecca Green’s aptly named How to Make Friends with a Ghost details the best technique for becoming pals with a spook. From making them their favorite treats (mud tarts and earwax truffles) to charming them with bedtime stories and serenades, there are plenty of useful tips. Along with whimsical illustrations, the book is sweet, funny and conveys a message of kindness.
Measuring out to 36″ by 36″ when assembled, this nine-piece puzzle features a curving pathway for kids to play with. This road can actually be illuminated when passed over by the included car, which is equipped with a blacklight underbelly. The car has lane-following technology, and can therefore commandeer the course all on its own, too.