Early Rider $160
The Early Rider is designed to teach bike riding without training wheels. The three styles--Lite, Classic and Evolution--each cater to a little one's body size and practical capabilities, beginning with a bike for someone at 20 months to finally a five-year-old.
The School of Life + Momiji Collective
Virtue Doll: Kindness $37
London-based The School of Life is "devoted to developing emotional intelligence," and this hand-painted resin figurine is a beautiful upshot of such altruistic thinking. Their "Kindness" virtue doll—created in collaboration with the designers behind Momiji Collective—is a physical reminder to spread joy and affection to all.
Ty D.I.Y. Shower Curtain $35
Already known as a place for inspiring deep thoughts, the bathroom can prompt even more creative thinking with Grain's DIY shower curtain. The non-toxic curtain comes with a refillable permanent marker made from post-consumer waste, and is ethically produced in the US' Pacific Northwest. All you need is imagination.
A Winter Shop
Roll-Up Backgammon Set $58
Throw your beach towel into this canvas bag, and once you hit the sand empty it out and you're ready to play. The board is printed on the duffle and the game pieces all get stored in a drawstring bag, making for easy playing in any travel situation. The backgammon set is also available in denim and made in the USA.
Inventor's Kit $100
Great for both the beginner and experienced user, the SparkFun Inventor's Kit provides the necessary building blocks to get started in the wondrous world of embedded electronics. Included are all the tools for create circuits, as well as a full-color guidebook, in a handy carrying case.
Widely known for his classic wooden toys—particularly the teak and limba monkey—Danish designer Kay Bojesen's creations are as museum-worthy as they are fun to play with. Beautifully smooth, pick up just one or buy the entire family of these mid-century, hand-painted beech songbirds.
Build almost anything you can dream of—from ambitious room-sized structural installations to intricate table-top sculptures—with nothing more than JIX connectors and standard drinking straws. Portable and super light-weight, with JIX you're able to construct highly organized geometric structures or free-form tangles by cutting, bending or using multiple colors of straws. JIX offers unlimited building possibilities.
International Rescue Committee
Rescue Gifts $20-100
Help the International Rescue Committee (IRC) continue to offer lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and others in need through Rescue Gifts. School supplies, clean water and a year of education are only some of the examples of meaningful services and products the IRC provides on your behalf. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises helping people survive and rebuild their lives.
What's Inside? $15
Get your hands on a copy of this curiosity-inducing read from Okido, an innovative group of London designers. "What's Inside?" bestows X-ray vision on its readers, and teaches important lessons about the interior workings of buildings, the planet and even our own bodies. When held up to the light, semi translucent plastic pages reveal entire worlds beneath the surface and will surely have both children, and adults, pondering the multi-dimensional nature of the universe.
Rhino Ottoman $300
The Rhino Ottoman brings the African jungle into your living room, just as the history of this family-run business will bring warmth into your heart. The birth of Reiner's Originals is the story of Reiner Hennevold, a garment-district worker who relocated from Berlin to Canada, and eventually found a niche using his skilled leather handiwork to create beloved animal-shaped leather ottomans. Although Reiner has since passed away, the hi legend lives on in his sons, who have overtaken their father's labor of love, and stand by his trademark phrase, "Quality or nothing." This special piece is sure to be loved by generations to come.
Dream Forever $49
Screen printed onto 250gsm paper, Damien Poulain's "Dream Forever" print is an inspiration poster for the sophisticated creative set. Each A3-sized edition is signed by hand by the London-based, French illustrator and bookmaker.
MiniBurger Bean Bag $150
From Woouf!, the playful Barcelona-based beanbag builders that offer a stunning array of eye-catching, retro-inspired puffs, comes the MiniBurger. This larger-than-life MiniBurger pays homage to our most favorite of juicy foodstuffs and will surely make mouths water as it adds a kitschy bit of fun to any burger-lover's home. With a removable, washable cover, this unexpected decor is sure to bring smiles, and hunger pangs, for years to come.
"Crowd #4 (New Haven)" Puzzle $75
Photographer Alex Prager's fantastically staged crowd scenes are complex works of art. Try piecing together the congested public space she created in "Crowd #4 (New Haven)" with this 500-piece limited edition puzzle. The photograph delivers a vibrant intimacy and an invitation to explore bold, personal characterizations with every piece you complete.
Anki Drive Starter Kit $200
Anki Drive takes slot car racing to an entirely new level—and it's certainly not a kids-only toy. Using iPhones as controllers, kids and adults alike can race their friends, or better yet, their artificial intelligence-enabled opponents, who totally own the race track. The more you play against them, the better they'll get at beating your tactics. Just charge the cars and unroll the track for racing anytime, anywhere.
Each page of "Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book" contains a famous architectural wonder, incomplete without your finishing touches—so be as accurate or as imaginative as you'd like. With big time structures like the Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House and Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, even the youngest of design dreamers can be the architect at the drafting table.
Goodnight iPad $27
Although research suggests that viewing screens before bedtime may tinker with chemicals in the brain that promote a good night's rest, studies also show we all regularly do this pre-slumber activity. Based on the classic, "Good Night Moon," the humorous parody "Goodnight iPad" reminds us that even if we might not live in the little farm-house utopia depicted in the original, we can still ceremoniously say goodnight to screens, the buzzes and the beeps—and go to sleep.