Gift Guide: Kids + Pets

The Silver Spoon for Children New Edition: Favorite Italian Recipes

$25

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Comprising 40 recipes for Italian dishes, the new edition of The Silver Spoon for Children celebrates the book’s 10th anniversary with a refreshed, user-friendly layout. Featuring charming, helpful illustrations by Harriet Russell as well as enticing food photography, the updated cookbook (edited by Amanda Grant) includes instructions on making classics like spaghetti all’amatriciana, stuffed peaches and prosciutto-wrapped melon. Intended for kids seven and older, it’s a …

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The minimal pattern that adorns LAY LO’s Grid Dog Bed aims to blend ’80s Italian style with Scandinavian aesthetics to create a sophisticated and portable place for a pooch to sleep. Made from a durable, dig-proof polyester knit, the washable bed features a non-slip underside. Within, an orthopedic mattress provides plush support and a soft poly-fill keeps pets cool.

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The Modern Child’s Playhouse

$259

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The Modern Child’s Playhouse is a blank canvas that prompts imagination. Made from washable and durable recycled plastic, the all-white A-frame structure allows kids to color and decorate endlessly while also providing them a sanctuary of their own. With a sleek design that folds neatly into a rectangle, the Playhouse easily integrates into many spaces.

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Castillo Cat Tower

$199

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Mau Pet’s Castillo Cat Tower is a sleek, modern place for felines to rest. The two-tier tower can fit two cats or offer options for one. Its compact, circular design (available in either natural wood or black) blends seamlessly into a home and comes with the choice of different cushions for a pop of color.

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Handmade in South Korea using all-natural and eco-friendly materials, this durable Fish Bone Toy from The Royal Grocery brings a little cartoonish nostalgia to the humble cat accessory. Stuffed with irresistible, enticing catnip, it’s soft but durable—delivering hours of entertainment.

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An ode to canine companions, this 100% cotton Blue Dogs Tea Towel features dog illustrations by artists who are part ARTHOUSE Unlimited, a UK-based non-profit that represents creatives who are neuro-diverse and/or have physical support needs. Each artist drew a pet’s portrait in blue pencil, creating a delightful print of all types of dogs. Plus, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the charming but …

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Covered in abstract swaths of various color, Sam’s Bed from designer Alex Proba’s Proba Home collection is a joyful, vibrant spot for your pooch to rest. Featuring a hand-tufted exterior and removable insert, the item (which comes in a small, medium or large) functions as dog bed as well as geometric decor.

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Pierre Chore Jacket

$120

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Même, which means “same” in French, is a fitting name for an LA-based children’s clothing brand that operates under the ethos that kids should be free of expectations pertaining to gender. Their Pierre Chore Jacket is an elevated yet playful piece engulfed in wavy stripes. Made in Portugal from 100% cotton, the boxy garment features a drop shoulder, contrast patches and cropped sleeves, encapsulating how …

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Blooming Cactus Cat Tree

$189

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Started in 2017 by friends studying together at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, VETRESKA aims to make pet accessories fun and functional. A perfect example is their Blooming Cactus Cat Tree, a bold and cartoonish take on a product that’s often a beige eyesore. The cactus structure is wrapped in durable jute rope (perfect for cats to claw as they climb) and the flower at …

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Designer and illustrator Rilla Alexander’s heartwarming forms and bold colors spur imagination in children and adults alike. Her stamp kit, a collection of geometric beech wood stamps with colorful ink pads, offers a glimpse behind her process and it invites others to build their own characters, landscapes and objects. Much like the designer’s work, the kit sparks creativity.

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Clean Paws No-Rinse Foaming Cleanser

$18

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For washing up grubby pooch paws, this no-rinse cleanser from Dandylion comes with a soft silicone bristled brush attached. The formula features plant-based ingredients including soothing aloe, pomegranate extract (which is anti-bacterial and reduces inflammation), as well as nourishing broccoli seed oil and coconut oil. It’s also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and drying alcohols. Gentle but effective, this cleanser is perfect for after a …

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

$16

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Written by Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism combines horror, adventure, comedy and ’80s nostalgia for a story that ultimately celebrates friendship. Set in 1988 Charleston, the tale of high school sophomores and best pals Abby and Gretchen quickly gets tricky when Gretchen begins acting differently—moody, rude, manipulative and cruel. After trying to reason it away, Abby understands something is very wrong and embarks on …

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