This Book is a Camera

$35

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Kelli Anderson’s This Book Is A Camera is quite literally a functional camera and its guidebook. People of all ages can learn the basics of photography thanks to the enclosed folded-paper pinhole camera (complete with a lightproof bag and five sheets of photo paper) as well as instructions for use and developing photos.

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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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Player One Recording Device

$76

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A super-fun audio-recording device, Player One boasts a looping feature,  playback button and pitch-shifter. Handmade in Dallas, it’s easy to use, with two arcade-style buttons on top—pink for record and yellow for play. Playful, user-friendly and heavy on DIY spirit, this is a sweet gift for children (aged four and up) and kids at heart.

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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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A programmable, weighted ball, the Sphero BOLT robot is the perfect toy for any STEM-enthusiast. Featuring three new sensors—a compass, infrared and light—and an 8×8 front-facing and changing matrix (that’s also programmable to scroll text or do animations), the BOLT also boasts infrared communication, allowing it to “talk” with other robots. Of course, it works in harmony with the Sphero Edu app, meaning it’s appropriate for students of varying skill levels.

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Speckled Pet Bowls

$44

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These bowls from BTW Ceramics are a deco-inspired upgrade for your furry friend. With a speckled pattern on a soft blush hue and high-gloss finish, they’re not an eyesore on the floor. Available in two sizes, each one is hand-thrown and hand-painted, meaning no two are ever the same.

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Tetris iPhone Case

$23

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Not only is this Tetris Case a retro delight, it’s also fully operable. You can play Tetris—among a few other retro games—on the back of your phone instead of scrolling Instagram. Available for iPhone 6 through iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Made for kids, Gentemstick’s Snowripper 146 board is based on the adult-sized Flying Carpet, but offers plenty of float for learners. The brand approaches snowboarding product design from a philosophical, lifestyle angle, and that’s evident here in its progressive Flat Camber system. Price is in Japanese yen.

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Leather Travel Backgammon

$495

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Easily rolled up, this leather backgammon set from Moore & Giles is the ideal companion for trips. Backed with Baldwin Oak leather, and lined with French nubuck, this is a durable set that will get better with use. Losing a piece isn’t a worry, thanks to the handy zip-sealed pouch that also rolls into the kit when you’re finished playing.

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This poop-bag-carrier is a sleek, subtle companion to your daily dog walks. With a screw-off top, an elastic loop attachment and serrated window (for easy pull-through), it’s an obvious choice for the task. Available in six colors, they’re (of course) also non-toxic and pet-safe. Each one also comes with the brand’s eco-friendly bags.

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Dog Eat Dog 2019 Calendar

$15

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Where the pooch-lover meets the design enthusiast, one will find The Gourmand’s 2019 Dog Eat Dog calendar. With 12 portraits of “culinarily-named canines” (including Marzipan, Radish, Beans and more), the calendar’s creative direction was helmed by The Gourmand team. In addition to the visual delight, 100% of the proceeds go to Mayhew—a British animal welfare organization that’s been doing good things for over 100 years.

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