Retro Collector's Edition Slinky $9
Packaged in a replica of the original 1945 box and made of oiled blue-black steel like the original (rather than the chrome steel of the modern Slinky), this makes a great gift for someone silly.
Give Love Dominoes $25
NYC's Jamaican outpost Miss Lily's is home to a diverse range of positive vibes, from delicious Caribbean food and fresh juices to hard-to-find vinyl and products that speak to the group's social nature. These "Give Love" dominoes come with a limited-edition artwork by the musically-inclined artist Spliffington. Adding even more warmth to the set is knowing a portion of sales goes to the Rockhouse Foundation, a charity that supports youth education in Jamaica.
Adult Big Wheel $600
Relive the fun and glory of racing down the street on three wheels with High Roller's adult-sized big wheel trike, complete with a 26-inch front wheel, alloy rims and the ever-essential handlebar tassels. This bad boy will surely have the neighbors knocking on your door, ready for friendly spin.
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.
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.
"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.