30 Gifts For the Youngsters Who Are Smart As a Whip and Endlessly Creative

Encourage your imaginative niece, nephew, neighbor, sibling, or child to grow their creativity and curiosity with these fun-filled gifts.
Areaware Little Food Puzzles
Craving connection. Do you have an appetite for problem-solving? Or maybe just an appetite? These tiny brain teasers are almost real enough to eat and feature everything from a bunch of broccoli to a hot dog with the works. Oh, and the best part? Each one can be completed in 20 minutes or less. Timer starts…now. (Ahem for the serious snackers out there, please note we’ve got a "Cheese Puff, Pickle, Cereal, and French Fries" selection, or go the concession stand route with our "Popcorn, Gummy Bear, and Chocolate" option.) Photography by Ty Mecham
This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions
Never has humble paper had such radical ambitions. Defying every expectation of what a book can be, this pop-up extravaganza transforms into six fully functional tools: a real working planetarium projecting the constellations, a musical instrument complete with strings for strumming, a geometric drawing generator, an infinite calendar, a message decoder, and even a speaker that amplifies sound. Artist Kelli Anderson contributes enlightening text alongside each pop-up, explaining the scientific principles at play in her constructions and creating an interactive experience that's as educational as it is extraordinary. Inspiring awe that lasts long after the initial pop, This Book Is a Planetarium leaves readers of all ages with a renewed appreciation for the way things work—and for the enduring magic of books. Photo Courtesy of Chronicle Books
Tender Leaf Toys Life on Mars Set
Reach for the stars with this Life on Mars Set. Mini astronauts will love this realistic space station with its communication towers, astronauts and UFOs. This set can create interest for astrology and science, as well as endless fun and creative role play. Photo Courtesy of Tender Leaf Toys
Loog Guitars Mini Amp
Meet the Loog Pro Electric Guitar's best friend: the Mini Amp. Designed to sound and look as good on stage as in your mini's bedroom, this amp was built with premium materials. The perfect companion for the Loog Pro Electric, or any electric guitar, this mini, two-watt amp has a leather handle making it a perfect portable accessory. The single-channel amplifier features dedicated volume and gain controls, a headphone jack and a 9V adapter jack that fits the included instrument cable. The battery operated speaker works with any electric guitar, so your little one can rock out on the go. For ages: 8+ Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
Petit Collage Kids Puzzle and Coin Bank
Inspire your child with a playful and educational puzzle - then reuse the canister as a fun coin bank. For ages 4 and up Bank: tin Puzzle: recycled paper printed with vegetable inks Imported Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie
Tegu 42-Piece Set
Brothers Chris and Will Haughey made the decision to plant their company headquarters outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras to positively impact the local community. Tegu employs workers from the area and partners with local Honduran cooperatives to harvest mature wood for its collection of magnetic block sets. Featuring a variety of shapes that are designed to work together, Tegu sets come in a range of sizes and color schemes, allowing kids to create projects big and small. The blocks are non-toxic with a water-based lacquer finish and durable enough to pass down through generations. Photo Courtesy of Tegu
Chronicle Books Forest Life Eraser Set by Nathalie Lete
This set of five erasers feature full-color sleeves with lovely images of birds, flowers, and other forest flora and fauna. Packaged in a handy box with a die-cut window, this charming desk accessory will add natural whimsy to any workspace or project! Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
Mudpuppy First Vocabulary Stroller Cards
These cards provide a new opportunity for your little one to explore the world - they'll spot the illustrations on the cards in real life and match the two, developing their vocabulary. Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie
Clover & Birch Balance Board
Balance boards are popular not only for the developmental benefits, but for the endless opportunities that they provide for imaginative play. The single plane movement of the board is perfect for balance training and use in sensory integration therapies by gently challenging the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Boards will become ships, bridges, tables for tea parties, a scale for blocks, and so much more all in a days play. Balance boards are cut from birch plywood. The rocker feet are fitted in a groove on the base of the platform, and secured with non-toxic wood glue. The rocker feet are reinforced from the top of the platform with a dowel pin for added strength and rigidity. Balance Boards are best used on a non slip surface. Because each item is handmade in the USA, please allow 2 weeks for your order to process. Photo Courtesy of Clover & Birch
Bright Games Chess & Checkers
A fresh, colorful take on the classic games of chess and checkers! Includes a rainbow game board and wooden reversible game pieces. Comes in a deluxe rainbow tin—perfect for gifting. Photo Courtesy of Chronicle Books
Lexon Tykho 3 AM/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker
Sharp, monochromatic style defines a compact AM/FM radio that uses Bluetooth tech to connect to your device for additional utility. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom
Pehr Rocket Organic Cotton Pillow
Add a playful, out-of-this-world touch to your nursery décor with this rocket-ship pillow made from soft and breathable organic cotton. Photo Courtesy of Nordstrom
Great Outdoors Playing Cards
These deluxe playing cards bring the beauty of the great outdoors to your fingertips. From the exquisitely detailed card backs to the four suits represented by growing trees, flowing water, majestic mountains, and the expansive sky, every element in this illustrated deck depicts the wonder of nature. Housed in a responsibly sourced wooden box that is handsome enough to leave on the tabletop and light enough to take on-the-go, this set will delight outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and card players alike. Photo Courtesy of Terrain
Wobbel Board - Mouse Grey
The wobble can be a rocking balance board, a seat, a safe haven, a bridge, a house, a step, a slide, a yoga aid, a fort, or a dinosaur. It can be anything minis want it to be! Wobbel encourages active imaginative play. It builds strength and balance as well as creativity. And not just for minis adults can have have fun too! Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
The Big Sticker Book of the Blue
Following the wild success of The Big Book of Bugs and The Big Book of Beasts, The Big Book of the Blue is the third installment in Yuval Zommer’s beloved series. Alongside everything the young oceanographer needs to know, Zommer’s charming illustrations bring to life some of the slipperiest, scaliest, strangest, and most monstrous underwater animals. The book opens by explaining how different types of animals are able to breathe and survive underwater, and the different families to which they belong. Subsequent pages are dedicated to specific creatures, including sea turtles, whales, sharks, stingrays, and seahorses, and show varied life in specific habitats, such as a coral reef or deep sea bed. The Big Book of the Blue also explores the underwater world thematically, looking at animals in danger, learning how to spot creatures at the beach, and discovering how to do our part to save sea life. Beautiful and filled with fascinating facts, young, curious readers won’t be able to tear their eyes away from the page. Publisher: Thames & Hudson Photo Courtesy of Terrain
Pack Me! Puzzles
Don't forget to pack this clever puzzle set for your little ones! Perfect for long trips, it offers four puzzles to keep toddlers busy - and also helps build developmental skills around sorting and categorizing. Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie
Burgon & Ball Kid's Bee Kneeler
Perfectly sized for the smaller green thumbs in your family, this practical kid's kneeler features layers of shock-absorbing EVA foam and cushioning memory foam, plus a waterproof neoprene exterior that dries easily and wipes clean. Photo Courtesy of Terrain
Petitfelts DIY Felted Animal & Plant Kits
Animal, vegetable, felt. Make this afternoon a craft-ernoon with a felting kit that makes an adorable creation. Felting may look tricky, but we promise it’s not! Once you get the hang of using the barbed needle to bunch up the wool fibers, you’ll be well on your way to your own solid wool whale, lamb, hen, strawberry, or succulent (in its very own terracotta pot!).Each kit includes everything you need to complete your craft and a booklet with very detailed instructions and beautiful illustrations to walk you through things. The whale and lamb kits even have paper to make into a party hat for them (because all whales and lambs secretly want party hats). Photography by Rocky Luten
Mudpuppy Little Scientist 500 Piece Puzzle
Mudpuppy's Little Scientist 500 Piece Puzzle is comprised of colorfully illustrated portraits of real people who have made a historical impact on the world with regard to science, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and George Washington Carver. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. Mudpuppy puzzles are packaged in matte-finish sturdy boxes, perfect for gifting, reuse, and storage. Photo Courtesy of Mudpuppy
Tender Leaf Toys Forest Table and Chairs
A stylish plywood table with a hidden compartment under a chalkboard central panel. Includes 2 plywood chairs, a rabbit and a bear. For ages: 3+ years. Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
Arckit Little Architect
Little Architect introduces young architects to the wonderful world of modern architectural design and building forms. Explore colourful miniature environments with a selection of pastel coloured components and an array of iconic architectural shapes to truly spark the imagination. Build skyscrapers and bustling streets to anything you envisage your creations to represent. Use the coloured floor tiles to represent grass, roads, water and lots more. 100% Made in Ireland. For ages: 4+ years. Photo Courtesy of Arckit
Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife Set
Real kitchen tools, just for kids. Your kids have mastered stirring the batter—they’re ready for a real set of kid-sized knives to help out in the kitchen. Your little chef will get a 4" kitchen knife, a finger guard, and a peeler. The deep heel of the kitchen knife provides ample knuckle clearance to prevent nicks and cuts; its smart finger ring positions the index finger and keeps it from wandering down the blade. The peeler also has a finger ring that helps your little ones smoothly pull across the surface of a vegetable or fruit. The finger guard holds food securely while they cut, protects their knuckles, and teaches them the proper hand position that chefs use! These are real, sharp knives! All your little chefs should be supervised at all times. Designed for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Photography by Rocky Luten and James Ransom
Sunnylife Giant Jumbling Tower Game
One is company, two is a crowd and three is a party so get your friends over and let the games begin. Get on board and become a stealthy stacker with the Malibu Giant Jumbling Tower. Photo Courtesy of Sunnylife
Cactus Grow Kit
Cultivate a classic cactus with this clever kit, crafted to evoke nature. Each plantable, handmade ceramic rock container arrives in either gray or dark gray and contains cactus seeds, potting mix, and growing instructions. Photo Courtesy of Terrain
Objective Children's Denim Apron
Chefs come in all sizes. We’re all for as many helping hands as we can get in the kitchen, even down to the smallest ones! Outfit your littlest sous chef in a durable, 100% cotton denim apron and let them go crazy with that whisk. They’ll smile at the cheeky printed illustrations, and you’ll appreciate that spills will have somewhere to go besides their clothes. They can tuck tools in the front pocket (just beware that they might stow smuggled cookies in here, too). Crossback straps and snaps assure an easy fit for kids 4 to 8. Photography by Rocky Luten and Linda Xiao
Areaware Wooden Crocodile Toy Set
A pile o’ crocodiles. Kiddos will get a kick out of these cute crocs that pile and stack like acrobats. Use the notches on their backs to build a tower as high as you can, or watch how their mouths hold their friends up by their tails. Pick from a set of ten mini crocs or a set of five larger ones—or get multiple sets for an extra challenge! Photography by Rocky Luten & Ty Mecham
KiwiCo Subscription Crate
Developmentally appropriate projects, designed specifically for your child's age & stage. High-quality materials and kid-friendly instructions and ideas for tinkering. Photo Courtesy of KiwiCo
Mr. Boddington's Studio Set of 2 Composition Notebooks, Space/Sharks
Master Boddingtons take on the classic composition notebook - a signature tool for school and play! This set of 2 notebooks features perfect binding and wide ruled pages. Designed in New York City, made in the USA. Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
Uncle Goose Animal Sound Blocks
Learn about 8 different animal sounds in this 16-piece puzzle block set handcrafted in the USA by Uncle Goose. Use 4 blocks to assemble an animal illustration. Flip the puzzle pieces upside down, and youll see the sound the animal makes. The hedgehog will purr; the goose will honk. What noises will the fox, seal, toucan, dog, squirrel and fish make? Photo Courtesy of Maisonette
Little People, Big Dreams Learning Cards
Little People Big Dreams Learning Cards is the perfect companion to the Little People, Big Dreams series. In the series, young readers were introduced to the lives of inspirational women from designers and artists to scientists. These stylish learning cards are the picture-perfect way to continue to introduce these inspiring women. This set will include forty illustrated cards, two for each woman, containing exciting new facts of the women's lives. The first card will feature intriguing details like personality traits, nicknames, childhood aspirations, and family life. The second card will contain birthdates, occupations, notable achievements, legacy, and more. With delightful illustrations, the cards will help make these powerful role models come to life for young readers. The interactive learning cards will also have supplemental information about each woman with all new content beyond what’s in the books. An entertaining educational tool that will give young readers a deeper understanding of these incredible influencers. Little People Big Dreams Learning Cards are a collaborative, simple, and playful way to continue to introduce these amazing women to young minds and encourage future leaders! Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

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