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Lego Architecture

The phrase ‘fun for the whole family!’ keeps running through my head when I look through the whole of Lego Architecture. And, in fact, building any of the well known structures and monuments will be fun for your whole family, as everyone can participate. Some of my favorites are harder to find and a bit more expensive (Villa Savoye, Farnsworth House, etc.), but look around and see if there’s one or two that might scratch your Lego itch. They may even be collectible further in the future, so, it’s an investment, really, right?
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Price: $29.99+
Available from: LEGO

Good Luck Charms

Thank goodness, now there’s a less gross version of the wishbone. This one is wooden and made with magnets, so you won’t have the waiting and… well, like I said before, the gross part of bone breaking. Ick. Let’s retire that part, shall we? There’s also a wooden Clover and Feather, should you need more luck. Bookmark these for thoughtful little gifts to friends and family.
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Price: $12.00
Available from: Areaware

Papercraft Halloween Masks

If you still haven’t figured out your Halloween costume, you could always download one of these Papercraft Masks from Paperstatue. There’s quite a few to choose from, so you can go with a nonthreatening Red Panda Mask or with something more disturbing like the Rabbit or Ram Mask. Last minute procrastination won’t haunt you anymore, that’s for sure. Happy Halloween!
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Price: $6.75
Available from: Paperstatue

Dymaxion Folding Globe

You may be familiar with Buckminster Fuller’s 1946 patented a map of Earth, as it presents no visible distortion of the relative sizes of land masses. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has taken Fuller’s projection (and architect Shoji Sadao’s hand drawn 1954 Dymaxion Projection) and turned it into a magnetic folding globe, which means we all have something to do with our hands next time we’re waiting for a brainstorming session to strike. Fold it into a geometric globe or unfold it to see our planet flattened out.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Areaware

Fredericks & Mae Star Dominos

$38 is much better than $80, which is what these dominos used to cost. I think that means that they’re entirely affordable, and very worth snapping up before another price change. Fun fact: the name ‘domino’ is from the pieces’ resemblance to Venetian Carnival masks known as Domini, which were white with black spots. There’s also plenty of other games from Fredericks & Mae, ranging from $12.95 (playing cards) to $320 (bocce!).
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Fredericks & Mae

Haptic Lab Kites

Please tell me you plan to fly a kite before the end of summer. After all, with Haptic Lab’s colorful array of Diamond and Delta Kites, you know you’re tempted. The patterns are pretty wonderful and they’re quite affordable. And, besides, what in the world is more important than taking some time off to go outside during these last few days of summer and throw a kite into the air, watch the wind catch it, and then hold on to it as it takes flight into the bright blue sky?
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Tangram 3D

Okay, do you like tangrams? You know, the traditional puzzle of seven geometric 2D pieces that you rearrange to make bigger shapes? If so, you’ll be happy to see that there’s a colorful, magnetic version that’s appropriate for all ages. Show off your designs upright, and keep them close at hand on a shelf or desk so you can mess around with them when your brain needs a break.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Luminaire

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Yep, you can get the New York Times in a puzzle. Chances are you’ll want to commemorate a special date- you’ll be able to get any front page since 1851- so have a think about which day you’ll choose. Maybe it’s a birthday or anniversary, or maybe it’s the day someone special got a promotion or graduated. Maybe bookmark it for a future gift?
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Price: $44.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Happy Birthday Crank Music Box

Here’s the perfect little (and inexpensive) birthday gift: the Happy Birthday Crank Music Box. If you’re more into composing your own original tune, you may like the Make Your Own Music Box Kit– it comes with an instruction booklet. There’s also lots of other melodies (You’ve Got A Friend, If I Only Had A Brain, Wedding March, etc.) should the occasion be something other than a birthday.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Monochrome Belgian Dart Set

Darts, anyone? Set, aim, and fire with these finely balanced darts. Done in a monochrome color scheme, the set will easily work in a games room (or whatever other room of the house you deem appropriate). Birchwood barrels and shafts with polished steel tips make up the darts, while the basswood board has “hydraulically-inserted” brass guidelines delineating the scoring rings. All these fine materials will hopefully last a lifetime (just be sure to throw the darts towards the dartboard, not at any short tempered, maniacal guests).
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Price: $128.00
Available from: Best Made

Cubcit01 from Cinqpoints

Wood blocks, anyone? Whether you build skyscrapers or miniature furniture, a set of 18 natural wood pieces (unvarnished) will keep those fingers of yours busy while you brainstorm. Share them with kids and coworkers or be selfish and keep them to yourself. Do I need to point out that this would make an excellent gift?
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Price: $54.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE

What is it?

Upon first glance, you’re unlikely to guess what this item is before you, as the pieces are in compacted form. However, here’s a hint: it’s a game and wristbands are optional.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Jack Puzzle

This large, brass knot is actually a puzzle made of six different notched brass bars. They interlock in a certain way to create the “jack” shape, which means you can spend a good deal of time procrastinating what you don’t want to be doing in favor of fitting the pieces together. Once assembled, enjoy it as a paperweight or as a sculptural piece on a nearby shelf.
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Price: $108.00
Available from: Craighill

Fredericks And Mae Kites

Kites! by Fredericks And Mae! Sold on Areaware! Gah! Excuse the excitement, but what better thing to do on a windy day than fly a kite? There’s two different triangular kites and three different windsocks, so pick the one that makes you happiest.
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Price: $36.00 - 44.00
Available from: Areaware

Little Architect Set

Fun! The Little Architect Set* is a set of blocks to build and measure with. Inspired by an architect’s drafting kit, the building blocks include a triangle, protractor and ruler with units in metric and imperial. They snap together with hidden magnets, so you’ll be able to mix and match to your heart’s content. Be sure to share with others (young and old alike).
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Areaware