Maya the Mermaid Doll

$72

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With the purchase of Cuddle + Kind’s handcrafted, premium cotton-constructed Maya the Mermaid doll, 10 meals are donated to schoolchildren who are in need—via partnerships with World Food Program USA’s School Meals Program, Children’s Hunger Fund, Breakfast Club of Canada and WE Charity School Nutrition Program. Further, the sale of these fair-trade dolls also supports 750 artisans in Peru. Maya is handmade in two sizes (20 or 13 inches) and will provide kids with plenty of company, comfort and inspiration for playtime.

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A sculptural fish figure rises at the center of premium pet brand PAIKKA’s Slow Feed Bowl. The delightful centerpiece to the earthenware vessel isn’t only decoration, it also aims to slow down fast eaters and thus aid digestion. This dishwasher-safe item measures 5.9 inches in diameter. Through retailer Olivela, the purchase of this bowl provides support for a child undergoing chemotherapy at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Monopoly: The Met Edition

$50

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Imagined in collaboration with NYC’s momentous Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monopoly: The Med Edition incorporates attributes from 5,000 years of art history. This variation on the classic board game weaves in components from The Met’s 17 curatorial departments and allows users to develop and expand their own mini museums with the addition of galleries and wings. This edition’s booklet doesn’t just contain the rules, it also informs users about the art found throughout the game, including on the distinct currency.

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“The Shedder” Dog Shampoo

$30

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Specially formulated for dogs with fur (rather than hair), Pride + Groom’s “The Shedder” shampoo—like all their products—has been made with natural ingredients that benefit your pooch. Avocado oil provides nourishment, flaxseed protects and promotes a healthy coat and marshmallow root kills bacteria while soothing irritated skin. Also available are shampoos for non-shedding dogs and those with sensitive skin, as well as conditioner. And all their products have the same signature scent which is subtle yet fresh, and delightful to snuggle up to. The NYC brand is so confident in their products that they say it can happily be used by humans. Additionally, 10% of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to animal welfare organizations.

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The pieces in Jenga’s new Ocean set are made from 100% recycled fishing nets. Using 25 square feet of nets procured through partner Bureo, the brand crafted black-hued pieces adorned with images of ocean animals—from sharks to sardines. The hand-drawn art on each piece, as well as on the exterior packaging (which is also made from 100% recycled materials), was done by artist and surfer Lake Buckley. Further, a “Save the Animals” set of rules slipped inside each set offers real-life advice for limiting your impact on sea-dwelling creatures.

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With everything needed to craft one comfy 26 by 56.5-inch blanket, We Are Knitters’ Nick Blanket Knitting Kit includes four skeins of 200 gram wool, two 15mm (aka US 19) wooden knitting needles, the pattern, a small knitter’s sewing needle and an embroidered label. Customization options include variations in needles and an array of wool colors. Knitter Morgane Mathieu collaborated with WAK on this easy-to-use kit.

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Fetch! Crib Sheet

$40

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A playful pet pattern adorns AELFIE’s organic cotton Fetch! sheet, which has been screen-printed by hand. Made to fit most cribs, but the brand asks that you be sure it fits snugly (loose fabric is dangerous for sleeping toddlers) and wash before first use. The Pomeranian-covered print was designed by Hawaii-based artist Kim Sielbeck and will please pup-loving tots and caregivers alike.

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Don’t Lose Heart Puzzle

$22

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Designed by Australian artist Beci Orpin, this “Don’t Lose Heart” puzzle features her much-shared artwork, covered in optimistic, thoughtful and tender messages. Printed on 100% recycled paper stock, the jigsaw comprises 32 large pieces, making it perfect for kids. Third Drawer Down includes a poster of the design with each purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace—furthering the positive vibes.

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Made from 100% cotton, the Beach Forest blanket by Halcyon Nights is reminiscent of the lush Australian landscape thanks to its bright colors and images of native animals. Complete with small pops of pale pink and lilac, the sweet illustration is by Dandenong-based Min Pin Design. Soft and durable, the knitted blanket measures 100 by 80cm.

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Anna Beam + Mylle Inflatable Pool

$135

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LA-based Slowdown Studio has collaborated with Mylle and London-based artist Anna Beam for this playful but sophisticated take on the humble inflatable pool. Made from super-durable heavyweight vinyl, each pool features a valve for easy inflation (and deflation) and is big enough for adults at 15 inches tall, and 65 inches diameter. Between pool’s shape and quality of the materials, and Beam’s delightful pattern design, this is an elevated inflatable pool just in time for summer 2020.

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Biodegradable Pet Wipes

$15

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Free from alcohol, parabens and dyes, these biodegradable wipes are uniquely designed for your pet’s sensitive paws, ears and coat. Oversized for efficiency, each wipe contains purified water, organic coconut oil, organic aloe vera, organic green tea extract, natural glycerin and benzoic acid—all of which is gentle but efficient. Every pack comes with 50 wipes.

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Crafted from a rugged canvas textile tough enough to withstand your pooch’s nails and gnawing, Velvet Hippo’s Hex cushion is durable but comfy—thanks to its recycled poly-fill stuffing. Designed in Brooklyn, its worn-in blue hue is the result of careful dyeing and stone-washing. Available in three sizes—small, medium and large—the cushion can accommodate pets of all sizes. And for those who don’t love blue as much as we do, there are several other colors to choose from.

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Green Cotton Weave Dog Collar

$36

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HINDQUARTERS’ durable yet soft dog collar comes in a rich green hue and five sizes: small, small wide, medium, large, and XL. The dense cotton weave ensures defense against unfavorable weather, mud and dirt, while its marine-grade steel slot-and-lock buckle is corrosion-proof and can withstand machine washing. Hand-engraving on the accompanying tag is available at no additional cost. Price is in Pounds.

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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.

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Beast Made Bolster Dog Bed

$178

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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.

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Augmented Reality Mars Poster

$35

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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.

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