Casper

Dog Bed

$125

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Designed by the bed experts at Casper, this pet bed was created with dog behavior in mind. The team spent 400+ hours testing it, and 11 months studying dog sleeping habits. Available in three colorways (blue, gray or sand) and made with super-strong bonded microfibers, this bed can handle all your pooch’s scratching, nuzzling and drooling.

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen + Yayoi Kusama

$35

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Despite being born over a century apart, and in Denmark and Japan respectively, Hans Christian Andersen and Yayoi Kusama are an ideal match in this version of Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Kusama’s always beautiful illustrations—squiggly patterns and wild creatures—complement the magical and heartbreaking fairytale. This is one for kids of all ages, but remember the original ending of this story is much different than the Disney one.

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General's

12-Piece Pencil Kit

$10

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Made in the USA, this 12-piece charcoal pencil set includes everything you need to start sketching—all you need is the paper. The kit has black and white charcoal pencils, sticks, a sketch pencil, plus an eraser and sharpener. Whether gifting to a child or adult, this present encourages creativity—and we could all use a little more of that.

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Moon Picnic

Ice Cream Sculpture Kit

$24

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Sadly not edible, but still a lot of fun, Moon Picnic’s giant Ice Cream Sculpture kit is a delight for children (and kids at heart). The set comes complete with two posters—one for the ice cream scoop and one to make the waffle cone—and all you need is scissors, glue stick, ruler and a little patience. The end result looks good enough to eat and makes for a fun party decoration to boot.

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Mogees

Mogees Play

$50

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Combining a series of apps and a smart vibration sensor, East London-based Mogees has managed to create a tech accessory that transforms any object into a musical instrument. By plugging the device into your smartphone and initiating one of the apps, Mogees can be played within two modes: Pulse or Jam. The former is a rhythm game, and the latter is essentially a set of tools that provide you with all kinds of sounds, loops and rhythms to create your own musical masterpiece. It’s also compatible with GarageBans and other MIDI apps.

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Park Life

Yoga Joe

$25

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More zen than any other soldier toys you’ve come across, this set of nine Yoga Joe figurines channels a sense of self-peace. Each solider is in a classic yoga pose: downward-facing dog, cobra pose, warrior pose, child’s pose, headstand and more, and each stands about one to two inches high—depending on the position. Made from ABS plastic, Yoga Jones is a funny, sweet and maybe a little hopeful take on traditional soldier toys.

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ban.do

Compliment Pencil Set

$10

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This set of 10 brightly colored pencils—all number two graphite—comes complete with compliments on them, for days when you’re feeling insecure, have a case of writers’ block or just need a little boost. Emblazoned with phrases like, “Yes You Totally Can” and “You’re a Total Champ,” the pencils also have erasers attached—but the positive vibes mean you won’t get too down on yourself if you make a mistake.

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Ten Speed Press

Rad Women Worldwide

$13

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Writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl (who created the New York Times bestseller “Rad American Women A-Z”) have come together again for another feminist-leaning tome: “Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History.” Featuring cut-out portraits and short profiles on everybody from Poly Styrene (lead singer of X-Ray Spex) to Malala Yousafzi and Chimamanda Adichie, the book will inspire and impress readers of all ages, races and genders.

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Haptic Lab

Neon Particles Kite

$42

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Haptic Labs makes one-of-a-kind kites that will keep your summer weekend vibes going all week long. Our pick is the neon particles diamond iteration, which is screen-printed by hand in Brooklyn. Made from ripstop nylon and birch spars, and assembled in Williamsport, PA, each kite is a little different from the last. Complete with a 10-foot patchwork tale and flying instructions, this kite is perfect for both kids and adults.

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K Studio

Dog Pillow

$134

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Embroidered with plenty of different dogs—from blue poodles to pups in sweaters—this off-white cushion is a lounge room essential for any pooch enthusiast. Available in 14, 18 or 22 inches, the pillow comes complete with a down feather insert and adds a little color and personality—with each dog undeniably adorable in its own way.

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Stokke

Tripp Trapp High Chair

$250

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If you or someone you know is a design-minded parent, then you’re likely familiar with Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair, but you’ve probably yet to lay eyes on their new Hazy Grey colorway. Dark and sophisticated, the hue allows the natural grain of the wood to show through and makes the clean lines of the 1972 Scandinavian design even more adaptable to different kitchen decors. Not to forget the original features that make it so popular—namely that it’s adjustable as your little one grows and brings them right up to the table, until they can graduate to an adult-sized chair.

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Maison Deux

Cloud Rocking Horse

$480

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While the rocking horse is a classic, Maison Deux has created a series of three rockers that offer a new take on the toy. With shapes including a bowler hat, watermelon slice and a cloud, your child’s imagination can run even further wild. Made from solid French oak and upholstered with 100% wool by Kvadrat, these new rockers are fun and will also add some minimal design pizzaz to your bubula’s bedroom. Price is in British pounds.

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Electric Confetti

Cloud Nine Neon Light

$549

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This retro-future vibed white LED neon cloud light is here to brighten up dreary days. It’s on a clear perspex backing for easy wall-mounting but also looks great floating on shelves and desks. Melbourne-based designer and illustrator Natalie Jarvis also has a boatload of more color-popping neon signs to energize your room: her Electric Confetti designs include peeled bananas, bloomin’ roses, crystal prisms and soft serve ice cream.

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Phaidon

Animals Are Delicious

$18

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By Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, “Animals Are Delicious” isn’t as brutal as one might think. In fact, the kids’ book explains three of the longest food chains within the animal kingdom—in a bright and playful way. Each food chain (terrestrial, avian and aquatic—our favorite is the underwater iteration) is given its own tactile foldout, so kids can exercise several senses at once.

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Zoku

Round Popsicle Molds

$17

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Embrace the warmer months and your inner child at your next pool party or grilling session and make four popsicles at a time with Zoku’s round pop molds. Totally BPA- and phthalate-free, the silicon-made molds make it easy to peel away your popsicles once they’re frozen. The set comes with one mold; four removable, individual molds; and four sticks (complete with drip guards) to make all your summer parties a little sweeter.

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Mr Dog New York

Floral Mattress Bed

$200

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While dogs can fall asleep just about anywhere, there aren’t many spots as alluring as a couch cushion or a human bed—two places our four-legged friends might not be welcome. Mr Dog presents a beautiful solution: a pet-dedicated mattress-cushion hybrid in a charming cabbage rose floral pattern. Inside, shredded latex and cotton rag lend it durability and firmness. And as it is for pets, an array of features (from the urethane moisture wicking coat to internal air vents) make it a durable and lasting product.

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