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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

H Blocks

You need a break. Pick up some of these H Blocks and play around with architectural towers and landscapes, or just mess around with different colors making patterns. And, yes, these would be good for kids to play with, but they’ll be just as good for your brain (most likely) and some of your coworkers too (if you want to share). Available in black, white, and natural.
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Price: $42.00
Available from: Rock and Pebble

Corknet Ping Pong Set

A ping pong game after dinner? Sure, why not, just grab that trivet and we’re good to go. Huh? The Corknet Set is such a smart idea: two cork pieces line up side by side to create a net (regulation height, by the way) on any table. They are freestanding- just set them up in the middle of a table and play. And, when you’re not showing your opponent who’s boss, the two cork pieces stack together to form a trivet for your large dishes. The ball nests inside. Fun!
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Price: $60.00
Available from: MoMA Store

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: bird

Music Box

If you’ve not already purchased a Mozartkugel Music Box, then do be sure to consider this other option from Adam + Harborth. It’s a square music box that plays “The Blue Danube” by Johannes Strauss II. Think of it as the perfect gift for someone who has everything- except a modern music box, of course.
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Price: $95.00
Available from: Plastica

Match a Pair of Birds: A Memory Game

Sharpen up that memory of yours while learning about the male and female pairs of 25 species of birds from around the world. This memory game has bird illustrations by Christine Berrie; get it as a gift for a bird lover or add it to your family’s board game stash. In any moment of boredom, pull the box out, scatter the cards upside down, and see who can remember and collect the most pairs. It’s an easy, simple game for all ages.
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Amazon

Solitaire Cards

Look a little closer at these cards and you’ll see Susan Kare’s original artwork for the Windows 3.0 Solitaire game. Did you know that the original Solitaire computer game is now 25 years old? Sheesh. So, you can now celebrate the computer game’s anniversary by playing with physical cards that look like the computer version. Kind of fun, huh?
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Price: $14.00
Available from: Areaware