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Custom Satellite Map Puzzle

Okay, this is kind of fun: it’s a puzzle featuring a satellite image of your home. You’ll get to see an area of 1 mile north-to-south and 1.5 miles east-to-west, and there’s a few irregular pieces thrown in to keep it special (the letters H-O-M-E, and a house-shaped piece right where your home is located). Maybe it’s a good thing to get to memorialize your current digs? It would also be an excellent housewarming gift.
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Price: $129.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Insect Memory Game

As you’re sitting around with friends and/or family, bored senseless, don’t just pick up your phone. How about a good game for everyone to play? Let me add these extra requirements: a game for ages 4 and up, and one that won’t offend anyone. Do you have one of those? Because a memory game is a friendly sort of activity that just might help those lazy synapses in your brain, and this one has some very pretty illustrations of bugs/insects with their Latin names.
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Price: $22.00
Available from: Kontrast

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.
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Price: $30.00 - 42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

3D Puzzle Dinosaurs and Insects

I know you don’t need more clutter around your desktop, but these 3D puzzles are small, fun, and inexpensive. Maybe you could get a few to encourage coworkers little ones to use their brain skills for something other than staring at their phones? They’d be fun puzzles to keep out on shelves, or to disassemble for another day.
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Price: $4.00 - 6.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Lillagunga Rings

Get these Lillagunga Rings and your kids (or nieces/nephews) will never say you didn’t encourage their gymnastic skills. Worst case scenario is that they’ll injure themselves; best case scenario is that they’ll wear themselves out whilst developing muscle strength. Maybe they’ll even have fun. The rings are designed to be comfortable in the hand and height is easily adjustable.
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Price: $130.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Swallow and Crane Kite

You’ve got an excellent reason to get out and enjoy the weather, because this Swallow Kite is just too good to pass up. Its wings flap when flying in the air, just like a real bird. There’s a larger Crane Kite as well, with “gangly” bamboo legs. Both would look just fine on a wall as decoration, but do make sure that they stretch their wings every now and again when the sun is out.
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Price: $56.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Space Pod Playhouse

If any of your kiddos are even slightly interested in space, you’re kind of obligated to get this Space Pod Playhouse. It’s a kit, so it’ll take a tiny bit of elbow grease to construct the “four-foot cosmic cruiser” (75 plastic fasteners and tools are included). Who knows, you may encourage a career in astronomy or engineering. 55 cardboard panels printed with all sorts of details help encourage playtime.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

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. There’s a Beach Bundle (includes 2 Kites and 3 Windsocks) for maximum fun.
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Price: $36.00 -172.00
Available from: Areaware

Klein Reid Brass Top

This is a sort of gift for someone who has everything. It’s a toy, so it’s hard not to spin it around, and it’s beautiful, so even when not in use, it’s a lovely little thing to look upon. Precisely turned, hand-polished and signed, each top is gift boxed with with chamois and care and spinning instructions.
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Price: $138.00
Available from: Klein Reid

Puzzle in a Puzzle

Puzzles! Put one out on your coffee table and you’ll be able to sneak in contemplation time, because who can resist putting together a few puzzle pieces? Featuring imagery by photographer KangHee Kim, these puzzles play with the eye, as each image shows a mirror within a scene, and the puzzle itself is divided along the mirror’s perimeter, creating two different puzzles in one. Complete them together or apart. Kinda fun, right?
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Areaware

Snake Blocks

You’ll have fun twisting and turning these colorful Snake Blocks to make all sorts of interesting shapes and patterns. 24 wooden triangles are held together with an elastic band, and you have your pick of a large or small version. It’ll keep your hands busy when you’re brainstorming (or waiting for an idea to hit, as is often the case).
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Price: $16.00 - 48.00
Available from: Areaware

HeartShapes Blocks

February is just a couple of days away, so you know what that means… Valentine’s Day is looming (barf). If you have to get something for your significant other, consider the HeartShapes Blocks from Zoe Miller and David Goodman. The set of 50 wooden pieces are boxed in the shape of a heart, but can be configured into plenty of patterns; it includes an illustration sheet of designs to try out.
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Price: $100.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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