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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Cherry is a fast-paced tale of the perils of addiction, war, psychosis and struggle. Nico Walker penned the novel, his debut, amidst his 11-year prison sentence for bank robbery (of which he’s now serving the final two years).  The tale begins with woeful scenes of an unnamed narrator selling shoes and drugs to get by. A nice, middle-class upbringing morphs into a life of deception and bone-deep addiction.

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If They Come for Us: Poems

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Fatimah Asghar encapsulates her experiences as a Pakistani and Muslim woman living in the USA in her glorious book of poems: If They Come for Us. Asghar (also a co-creator of the award winning web-series Brown Girls) explores identity, race, sexuality, loss and violence through thoughtful and tender prose. Each piece seems to blossom. Inventive, powerful, and entirely beautiful, Asghar’s poems enthrall.

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If anyone has ever sought evidence in support of the social and sentimental importance of wristwatches, look no further than A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men who Wore Them. Photographer, style editor and watch collector Matthew Hranek ventured around the globe in search of stories—and watches—that reflect the accessory’s value. And from Bill Murray’s Timex Indiglo to James Bond’s “Buzz Saw” Rolex from Live and Let Die, they’re cataloged in this book along with 100 original images. It’s a entertaining read for enthusiastic watch-lovers.

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The Perpetua Pencil, made from 80% recycled graphite, is non-toxic and additive-free and even writes without a tip. Therefore, when users are finished with it, it can be recycle it in its entirety. Perpetua says that the graphite this pencil is made from material “recovered from industrial processes and that would otherwise be buried underground, in a landfill.” Price is in Euros.

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Franchise, the basketball-meets-art-and-design magazine, unveils its fifth issue today. With cover art from Paul Pfeiffer (the celebrated visual artist behind “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse“) and plenty of other work by various photographers, illustrators, visual artists and writers, this issue cements Franchise as one of the most dynamic basketball publications available. Franchise explores world of basketball—expressive, diverse and nuanced—that’s shaped by its players and fans, but also its impact beyond the game.

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Barbara Kingsolver’s newest novel Unsheltered is a daunting tale of sudden and unfortunate loss—not death or theft but uprooting. The tale follows two families as they face losing jobs, caring for ill family, keeping up with an outdated home, parenthood and more. Though the two live in different centuries, their problems aren’t so different. A must-read for fans of Kingsolver’s stunning The Poisonwood Bible.

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Contemporary classics brand Richer Poorer and chef-favorite Hedley & Bennett recently collaborated on socks that feature temperature-regulating technology which keeps your feet from over-heating—even the most sweltering, stressful kitchens. With terry-padding as well as compression arch support, they’re still playful—thanks to the two bold, patterned colorways.

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Inked Tattoo Balm

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The first couple of days after getting a tattoo are make or break for the longterm healing of a new piece. While Aquaphor—the most common balm used to keep freshly inked skin protected, is a great option—SkinFix has a contender that adds nourishing ingredients to promote optimal healing. Tattoo Balm includes orange peel, shea butter,  jojoba, coconut and sunflower oils in a paraben-free formula that’s both light and protective.

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These R8-shaped sidewalk chalks—fun for kids, and kids at heart—come in a three-pack of matte black, pearlescent red and yellow colorways. These won’t work on a chalkboard, but are great for asphalt and sidewalks—for playground games, announcing stoop sales or beautifying your neighborhood.

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Topo Designs collaborated on a collection with highly regarded river-sandal brand Chaco, and from it comes this durable dog leash—made from the same technical material and playful pattern that Topo uses. Available in two different sizes, this leash promises to last for decades.

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Bocce’s Bakery makes small-batch dog treats using locally sourced, 100% natural ingredients. Founder, Andrea Tovar, decided to make healthier snacks after reevaluating her dog Bocce’s health and diet; finding that the preservative-plagued treats she had been giving him weren’t helping with his weight problem. These new Bedtime Tea treats are made from banana, lavender, vanilla and oats—and ensure pooches (and pet parents) rest easy.

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The latest work of fiction from the award-winning writer Michael Ondaatje (author of The English Patient), Warlight explores mysterious, murky and stark developments in the lives of teenage siblings Nathaniel and Rachel. Their parents leave London for Singapore in the midst of World War II, and unexpected, remarkable characters then fill the void. It’s an adventure—and a powerful, mesmerizing one at that.

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Dovetail

Hacking Whiskey Book

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From unlikely infusions to at-home blending, author and whiskey expert Aaron Goldfarb has accumulated numerous tips and tricks for furthering one’s relationship with the popular tipple. The best of the best appear in Goldfarb’s latest book, “Hacking Whiskey,” in the form of recipes, experiments, advice and tips. As ever-more consumers flock to bourbon, rye, scotch and beyond, Goldfarb’s guidance makes consumption all the more personal—and extra exciting.

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Drive Coffee

Trophy Medium Roast Coffee

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Drive Coffee’s newest blend, Trophy, is inspired by the rally races in chase of the Camel Trophy. The races tasked drivers with surmounting the terrain of places like the Mongolian Desert, Sumatra, and Sulawesithe latter two are also where the beans in this blend are sourced from. Each variety in Drive’s collection comes in a signature gas can and tells the story of an akin vehicle or moment in racing history.

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Volcano Coffee Works

Compostable Coffee Pods

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Nespresso pods have been subject to scrutiny for their impact on the environment because they can’t be recycled in a traditional manner. (Facilities cannot accommodate items that small or any containing food remnants.) But Volcano is now making Nespresso-compatible pods that are 100% biodegradable and fully compostable—and the coffee inside is just as good. Price is in British Pounds.

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Made from plant-based cellulose acetate, this round comb from Poketo fits neatly into a pocket or small clutch, for all your on-the-move grooming needs. With sturdy, wide teeth, it can tame almost all tresses. Plus, the black and blue pattern is sophisticated enough to make pulling it out on the subway (or anywhere else) far from embarrassing.

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Prestel

“Free The Tipple” Cocktail Book

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From Serena Williams to Marlene Dietrich and Virginia Woolf, 60 powerful women provide the inspiration for cocktail recipes in Jennifer Croll’s cocktail book “Free The Tipple.” Including vivid illustrations from NYC-based artist Kelly Shami, the book truly celebrates icons across many disciplines. And Croll does a superb job of tying the drinks’ ingredients back to the inspiration, whether it’s the use of earthly components (like beets) for Marina Abramović or champagne for Coco Chanel.

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CORE + RIND

Cheesy Cashew Sauces

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In original and spicy chipotle flavors, CORE + RIND’s two cheesy cashew sauces offer a 100% vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and plant-based topping alternative. Both are rich and creamy, and complement savory dishes. Further, all feature whole ingredients and pack plenty of nutrients.

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UO + GLSEN

Pride Rainbow Tote Bag

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This mesh tote bag—complete with rainbow strap—is made by UO in collaboration with GLSEN, an organization that’s aiming to create more LGBTQ-inclusive schools. With a mission that benefits both children and teens, the group was founded by a small team of teachers 25 years ago. UO will be donating $10 from the sale of each tote directly to GLSTEN in celebration and support of Pride.

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First Second

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

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Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu’s “Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World” shows young people (and those who need a reminder) that there are and were plenty of inspiring women doing brave and significant things all over the world. From Naziq al-Abid to Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker and others, these women provide hope and motivation—perhaps at a time we need it most.

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Poketo

“As I Am” Pin

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Right to the point, Poketo’s colorful “As I Am” lapel pin is made to celebrate you as you are. Plus, for the month of June, 50% of the proceeds from sales with go directly to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which offers the community support regarding health, housing, social services, education, leadership, advocacy and more. Last month the organization opened their 3,000-square-foot Trans Wellness Center—which is the result of six different local organizations joining forces.

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Levi's

Rainbow Striped Socks

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Celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community (as they do every year) Levi’s has released their 2018 Pride Collection, and our pick from it is the two-pack of striped socks. Made from 77% cotton, they have plenty of stretch and feature the all-familiar and cheerful rainbow flag colors.

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Minnesota Street Project Editions

Fluxus Coloring Book

$10

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From the mind of SF-based artist Brion Nuda Rosch, this second edition of the Fluxus coloring book (based on the art movement of the same name) features 12 new designs for readers to scribble, sketch and color in—or leave as is. The minimal but thoughtful 12-page zine is more or an “anti-coloring book” with lots of white space and just a few abstract shapes scattered throughout. Certainly an activity book for those with creative minds.

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