Gift Guide: Kids + Pets

Swirling with color and character, these mini cat figures from ceramicist Eleni Kontos double as ring holders. The series features different cats, each in various poses from kitties stretching and sitting to rolling around. They are sold separately but specific cats can be ordered upon request.

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Space-Time Parchie

$65

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Founded by watch expert and longtime HODINKEE editorial staff member Cara Barrett, Parchie is a charmingly well-designed children’s watch brand that pairs a variety of playful colors with analog technology to support education. Parchie’s shape and style references the design of classic dive watches—an aesthetic nod that’s functionally underscored by the fact that each Parchie is waterproof. Parchie watches, available in 10 colorways (with our …

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Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing

$17

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Using the joys and pains of the creative process as a vehicle for lessons on grief, Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing is a touching, cathartic children’s book from Kenesha Sneed, an artist and the founder of LA-based ceramics brand Tactile Matter. With an endearing, young protagonist named Eisha, brought to life through Sneed’s bold colors and gestural textures, the book beautifully and …

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These small, hand-painted ornaments from artist Steph Becker each feature a charming portrait of a pooch on a ceramic pendant. The ornaments come in a variety of breeds and a black and white palette. They make for artful, whimsical decorations for dog lovers.

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Full of Life: Exploring Earth’s Biodiversity

$25

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Penned by science writer and children’s book author Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Sara Gillingham, Full of Life: Exploring Earth’s Biodiversity merges art, ecology and design to teach young ones about the scientific model known as Earth’s Tree of Life. With a stunning, accessible layout and comprehensive glossary, the book explains all that is fascinating and magical about the planet’s creatures and how each one—from microorganisms …

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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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Crochet Knit Squeaky Toy

$16

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Handmade in Annapolis, Maryland by Collette Bream, this dog toy is crocheted with 100% merino wool, using extra strands to increase durability. Shaped like a hot dog, cactus or sausage link, the endearing toy features hypoallergenic stuffing and a squeaker inside.

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Hot Diggity Dog Pool Float

$45

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Third Drawer Down has transformed one of NYC-based artist Jon Burgerman’s playful, goofy characters into a fully functional pool float. Featuring wonky eyes, a gleeful smile and a squirt of mustard on the front (and a little derriere on the back), the hot dog-shaped float is based on Burgerman’s dream of having a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s available in two sizes: …

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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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A pet bed that doesn’t need to be hidden away, Dusen Dusen’s Stripe Dog Bed doubles as an eye-catching floor pillow. With a 100% cotton canvas base and acrylic chain embroidery, the cover can be machine-washed in cold water, but it’s not dryer-safe. With a polyester insert, the bed measures 36 by 27 inches (and about four inches tall) and provides your pooch with a …

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There are six different works, each as bright and cheerful as the next, within LA-based artist Carolyn Suzuki’s 36-page origami set. Replete with houseplants, fruit and a bevy of charming women characters, the set has been printed by 1973 LTD in Brighton, UK using carbon neutral paper.

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This endearing apple and cheese set helps kids ages three and older develop fine motor skills. Each piece is crafted from wood,  populated with holes and features a mouse (for the cheese) or a caterpillar (for the apple) attached to string. Weaving them through the food is a fun and simple way to foster children’s growth.

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