Toys Games

Black Deck of Cards

This deck will give you that sinister/unshakable look for your poker game (or Old Maid, if that’s your thing).

“A deck of cards entirely in black. The design, particularly for Jokers, Kings, Queens and Jacks, also add another unique touch. Play cards with design and style.”

Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
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Kidsonroof MobileHome Dollhouse

Check it. This dollhouse is made from recycled cardboard (= biodegradable) and has a handle for easy moving. Plus, it’s $35, which is entirely affordable considering Barbie’s Dream House costs at least three times that and hurts your eyes if you look at it too long.

“The first take-away home for kids on the move. For girls AND boys. MobileHome is blue outside and red inside. Easy to install. Easy to carry. With 8 secret rooms, stair openings and spy holes. And an attic for storage. For knights, pirates and princesses. For Japanese figurines and little dolls. Design, creativity, durability and play lie at the heart of the toys of Kidsonroom. For on the road, when staying over, for a day in the park, at home, or on holidays. Easy-to-assemble for hours of play. Easy-to-store: it folds down flat in its box. Earth-friendly: made from 100% recycled cardboard and is 100% biodegradable!”

Dimension: 8.75W x 14D x 18H

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Price: $35.00
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Gnome Puzzle Set

If puzzles have gone by the wayside, this is sure to bring back a little nostalgia, or at least a few itchy fingers. (Engage your brain folks!)

“Numbered limited edition of 250. From photographer Julian Hibbard’s “Fake & Familiar” series. Archival photographic C print backed with cardboard and professionally cut into 513 jigsaw pieces.”

21″ w x 15″ h

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Price: $75.00
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Acrylic Jigsaw Puzzle

If you’re fond of puzzles, here’s one that will take a bit more time while you figure out what piece goes where.

“Who’s the best looking brainteaser of them all? 72-piece reflective acrylic mirror is stocking stuffer, conversation maker, mindblower.”

15″ sq.

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Price: $29.95
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montessori pink tower

I went to a Montessori school when I was growing up and I remember loving the pink tower and the way the wood sounded as the blocks clinked together on the shiny pink lacquer. I also remember how someone would always steal top block.

If you do have kids, the pink tower is used for introducing children to concepts of three dimensional size variance, weight differential and intricate stacking.

Whether you have kids or not, it’s a pretty cool looking sculptural object.

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Price: $140
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New York City in a Bag

Instead of getting a kid an x-box, don’t you want to be the type of aunt or uncle that gives the brainy gifts that are also really fun to play with?

“As irresistible to adults as it is to children, MUJI’s New York in a Bag comes with nine wooden city structures and six wooden cars. Included are New York City icons such as the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA’s original 1939 building. The wood is from sustainable forests. Recommended for ages 4 and up.”

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
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Quadrigo Puzzle

This is a great gift for one of those brainy types. It’s a puzzle with four identical pieces that can be assembled in a variety of ways.

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Price: $178
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Plexi Ball Puzzle

I just love little puzzles. I think they’re a nice addition to any desktop and make for a great mental distraction when necessary. This particular one was designed by Charles O. Perry in 1967.

“Made entirely of Plexiglas, the manner in which light bounces off this three-dimensional desktop puzzle gives it a jewel-like appearance. A challenge to take apart and put back together, the puzzle comes in a felt gift bag. Perry is a renowned sculptor whose most prestigious work stands in front of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.”

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Price: $68.00
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