These scaled-down professional ping pong tables from Joola are regulation height and fold for easy storage. Any urbanite who has wished for more space to play billiards will appreciate the compact--and fun--solution. Choose from mid-size or mini.
"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.
See if you're fit for the trading floor with the ultimate get-rich-quick board game. Daytrader delivers the thrills and chills of the stock market, where quick wit and cunning are everything. Find jobs, invest early and retire first to win.
Parsons Shuffleboard Table $4,500
Constructed from reclaimed oak, the Parsons Shuffleboard Table features a custom playing surface thanks to the varying grains of wood. District MFG uses dyed leather hides as the base for the gutter, which elegantly boarders the tabletop on all sides. Most impressively, the frame features a unibody design constructed from high strength steel. The table is as classic as the game itself, and is as aesthetically pleasing as it is entertaining.
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.
Max Push Car $260
Designers at Sirch/Bitzer create furniture and toys as aesthetically pleasing as they are fun. Their Max Push Car comes straight from southern Germany's alpine foothills, is constructed from steam-bent ash and is finished with skid-free, silent wheels—so those irritable downstairs neighbors don't come a-knocking. This timeless toy holds up to any well-designed interior as it fulfills your child's need to get mobile; You'll barely have time to say a quick "auf Wiedersehen" before your little speed daemon is off to the races.
Space Craft and Satellite Models $32
London-based toymakers Papafoxtrot create objects you'll want to hold on to well past childhood. Their spacecraft and satellite models, replicas of the Cygnus, the Geotail and the ORS-1, are each made entirely of wood, the company's specialty.
Who needs an imaginary friend when you can have a foldable friend? These 3D paper pals are completely customizable and take on a range of attributes to resemble their human counterparts. Great for kids and co-workers, these easy to assemble little twinsies will make spectacular desk accessories and children's toys, as they serve as a constant validation of our unique character.
Yellow Owl's Little Prints $17
Creative force Christine Schmidt shares her lively ideas for making simple, unique projects for kids of all ages using stamps, stencils and prints in "Yellow Owl's Little Prints." Kids will love it and parents will cherish the endless entertainment, which result in one-of-a-kind tote bags, blankets, stationery and wall art to hold onto for years to come.
Third Drawer Down
Giant Lips Dog Toy $20
Move over Dita Von Teese, there's a new pair of blazing red lips in town! The Giant Lips Dog Toy from Third Drawer Down is your pet's favorite fetch toy with a wicked sense of humor. The plump pout is affixed to a non-toxic ball and is sure to inspire endless laughs, countless photo ops and elevate any four-legged friend from beast to beauty. Pucker up to your pup—but watch out, they do tend to be pretty slobbery kissers.
Arcane Arcade Game Table $4,000
Ms. Pacman ate your flat screen, your favorite coffee table and your iPad—and regurgitated them into this retro-turned-modern Arcane Arcade Table from surface tension. Built in the classic style of our favorite childhood consoles, this living room table will please modernists and gamers alike.
Painted Bowling Set $80
Kids will be endlessly entertained by this beautiful painted bowling set from Landscape Products, which works as well in the yard as it does in the living room. Crafted from unfinished elm with pops of paint on each pin, this gorgeous set comes with a softly jingling rattan ball, and it stores in a handy burlap bag for a pared down take on a timeless activity.
Intrepid Space Shuttle $6
This is indeed a pocket-sized rocket. It is in fact, the supremely miniature In Air Space Shuttle, just a micro-version of the original orbiter. Die-cast with no assembly required, this fascinating replica of arguably man's greatest technological feat is ready for takeoff this holiday season.
Dinosaur iPhone Stand $15
Add a prehistoric touch to modern technology with a dinosaur smartphone dock. The re-conceived toy figures use the Jurassic reptile’s hefty tail for stability, which is attached to a suction cup that temporarily adheres to your device. The hand-painted docks come in a variety of bright colors and you can also request your favorite hue.
Pop-Up Pinhole Company
Videre Pop-Up Pinhole Camera $56
From UK creative Kelly Angood, Videre is a flat-packed, DIY camera kit which visually mimics classic twin-lens reflex cameras. Made in England, the medium-format pinhole camera is screen printed by hand and individually die-cut, and shipped flat-packed for you to easily assemble.
Gold Slinky $150
At last, the Slinky's material value matches its good-time value. Our springy pal has been touched by King Midas and plated with 14-karat gold, immortalized and elevated from silly to semi-precious. All you need is a solid gold staircase to match.