Crafted from hand-poured, sustainably sourced beeswax and natural pigments, each of the eight crayons in The Rounds set represents a different skin tone. These thick drawing or coloring implements have rounded tips, allowing for smooth lines. It’s the mission of the brand behind these thoughtful art tools, All of Us Crayons, to allow anyone and everyone to portray their loved ones within their art.
Mason’s Planets Handmade Sidewalk Chalk features each of the nine celestial bodies from our solar system (yes, including Pluto). All of the orbs are composed of multiple layers of color that are revealed through use. The Pennsylvania-based brand that produces them, TWEE, donates $2 from the sale of each set to benefit autism research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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.
Handmade at the The Engine House Studio in Salford, Greater Manchester by multi-disciplinary artist Amy Victoria Marsh, every single Furry Friend Ornaments is unique—as Marsh creates them in the likeness of your pet. Once a purchase is made, customers simply email photos and descriptions of their furry friend so Marsh can immortalize them in stoneware clay and ceramic pencil. While every piece differs, most measure approximately seven by seven centimeters, and are coated in a shiny, transparent glaze. Price is in Pounds.
Made in Hawaii by Ilio and Co for Portland-based Kiriko, these dog collars use traditional Japanese fabrics for an accessory that’s as sturdy as it is stylish. The brass hardware compliments the prints and this Seigaiha (or “sea and waves”) pattern is our favorite. Two sizes are available—15-inch medium or 19-inch large—along with matching (or mismatching) leashes.
From Ara Katz—co-founder of Seed, the company pioneering bacteria for human and planetary health—this children’s book is an enlightening and accessible look into the benefits of microbes. Beautifully designed in Portland, Oregon, A Kids Book About Your Microbiome will teach kids about what a microbiome is, what it does, how we can help them and why we can’t live without them.
These endearing, produce-shaped crayons make drawing and coloring even more fun, while also aiding children’s muscle development and motor skills. Made from wax and non-toxic color, this bundle of eight crayons come in the shapes and colors of a strawberry, carrot, banana, pea, cucumber, eggplant, chestnut and mushroom. In addition, the set comes with a coloring book and storage box for easy clean up.
From Marfa, Texas-based El Cosmico Provision Company (the design shop associated with the hotel of the same name) comes this subtly colorful, striped multi-purpose swaddle blanket. Intended to envelop children in gentle warmth, this item can also act as scarf for adults, a travel towel and more. Woven from soft, lightweight 100% cotton, the blanket measures roughly 30-32 by 34-36 inches and comes in three colorways.
Designed to ease a dog’s anxiety when home alone, or simply entertain, Fable’s The Game mimics the experience of hunting thanks to an interactive feeding experience that can last up to 30 minutes. Inside, the device holds 1.5 cups of kibble and an inner cover which provides different levels of complexity for retrieving food. Outside, top fins provide space for spreadable treats like peanut butter, while a silicone exterior keeps The Game quiet. From providing exercise to stimulating the mind, this feeder is thoughtfully crafted for your pooch.
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.
The Spaceship Gamma is a wall-mounted cat bed that lives up to its name, with a bulbous acrylic lookout that’s reminiscent of a cartoon astronaut helmet. The main body of the bed has been crafted in walnut and features air-holes opposite the entry for better circulation and reduced echo. Though it can be mounted on the wall (saving space while indulging your cat’s climbing desires), it can simply be placed on the floor, as well.
With 250+ parts, this robot kit (intended for children age 10 and over) is perfect for aspiring engineers and DIY enthusiasts. Kids will learn spatial reasoning and engineering knowhow while building their robots, which can be assembled, dismantled and recreated over and over. Beyond practical skills, children will develop their imaginative and creative abilities, too. Entirely solar-powered, there are no batteries needed—just sunshine and an inquiring mind.
French designer Laurence Calafat elevates a humble, classic toy with this 16-piece set of architectural blocks. The hand-sanded, untreated lime wood provides a pleasing look, while also offering an enjoyable tactile experience. Available in City (rectangles), Bauhaus (curved, geometric shapes) or Factory (trapezoids), there are innumerable creations to be made.
Handmade in Yerevan, Armenia, this hideaway for fish is the perfect place for finned friends to explore and retreat. Its organic shape and subtle hues make for an enticing alternative to plastic pet store options, and there are many different sizes (acceptable for most aquariums) and colors available. Made from ceramic and coated in a safe, transparent glaze, it measures approximately three inches tall and just over five inches in diameter.
Sustainably sourced luxury cashmere sweater line Lingua Franca teamed up with women-owned pet care brand Pride + Groom to create an ethically made, cozy dog sweater. Like all of Lingua Franca’s garments, this sweater is hand-embroidered in NYC and available in a multitude of options: over 30 thread colors, four sweater colors (including black, peony, navy or smoke) and in sizes XS to XL. Plus, to really show their love for pups, Lingua Franca is donating 20% of proceeds from this purchase to Animal Haven, a non-profit organization finding homes for abandoned dogs and cats in the Tri-State area.
Available in six colors that are named after semi-precious stones—Obsidian, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Jasper, Moonstone and Amethyst—and reflect its natural ingredients, TooD’s bioglitter is the world’s only truly biodegradable glitter. While plenty of cosmetic glitter products tout themselves as sustainable, the compostable options are impractical (wearers must scrape it off their face and then go through the several composting steps) and many that claim to be biodegradable are indeed made from plant-based ingredients, but are then covered in plastic—entirely nullifying any environmentally friendly effects. TooD’s bioglitter completely breaks down in freshwater or saltwater, in just 28 days. That means wearers can wash their face as normal, and have no guilt about washing microplastics into rivers and oceans. With a TUV certification from Germany and Austria, TooD’s bioglitter is made from non-toxic, plastic-free, plant cellulose and looks, smells and works much like conventional glitter, but feels slightly softer and lighter. The brand’s eco-friendly packaging is made by a solar-powered manufacturer. Safe for the face or body, bioglitter is intended for playful self-expression and self-celebration.