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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 3D dog puzzle from Brooklyn-based Locknesters is difficult to assemble, depending on which one you buy. The pup comes in three sizes—with 10, six or three pieces—and is hand-sanded and top-coated to accentuate its craftsmanship. When on display, the dog is dazzling—with drastic curves and color progressions—and the toy turns into art.
Thanks to its 100% merino wool composition, this sweater is super-cozy and cute. With a leash hole on the back and a little stretch, it’s made for walks on cold nights. Available in five sizes.
Kimberlie Birks’ Design for Children is a 536-page history lesson on child-oriented design—from furniture to toys, accessories, vehicles and more. Inside, there are 650 illustrations that preserve the timeless designs of yesteryear and promote the quality ones that still exist today; they’re stylish, functional and thoughtful products that serve (or served) a significant purpose in children’s lives.
Clive the Croc—made in an edition of 10—is a toy-meets-cushion born from a collaboration between Slowdown Studio and Naama Ben Moshe. Composed of printed cotton, there are no loose parts that could tear or cause choking dangers. Plus, if Clive gets a bit dirty, he can go into the washing machine. Also part of the “lazy animal” toy collection are Howie the Hippo and Paloma the Pig.
Filled with catnip, this fortune cookie toy will delight any cat—especially those who can read the message: “blame it on the dog.” Made from eco-friendly felt, it can be spot-cleaned easily and air-dried. The 100% catnip will affect two-thirds of cats as a mild hallucinogen. Adding to the high (for cat and owner), Modern Beast donates 100% of their profits to various animal welfare organizations.
Liviana Prola, research scientist at the Department of Veterinary Science at Turin University and pet nutrition consultant for pet-food companies, penned the ultimate guide to weening your dog off commercial foods and toward a healthier diet. In Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for your Dog, Prola delves into the basics of feeding dogs, why home-cooked meals are better, and (obviously) offers recipes for 50 meals. Dishes like Cornmeal with Surf and Turf or Tartare Trio sound like they’ve been pulled from a high-end restaurant’s menu, but they’re made specifically for pooches. Plus, the recipes are relatively simple and each has an adjacent nutritional breakdown to understand exactly what your pup gets out of it.
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.