Gifts for Creative Kids

We love toys that need no batteries and encourage creativity in kids and grown ups. Here are some of our favorite picks currently in stock. As always, we have many more ideas so email or call 360-752-5522 if you need help.

Everything you need to create your own cuddly owl friend. Kit includes stripey sock, felt sheets, cotton stuffing, beads, thread, felt pieces, needle, and instructions.

Make Your Own Sock Owl – $20

These colorful tiles snap together using magnets and can be configured in endless constructions. Not only fun, they help with fine motor skills for younger children, while encouraging spatial reasoning and geometric understanding for older kids.

Magna-Tiles, 32 Piece Set – $52

Make and decorate your own keychain. In fact, the kit includes enough materials to make two keychain dolls so invite a friend over!

Wood Bead Keychain Doll- $9

Over 90 pieces of different shapes which can be connected together in countless formations. Build tall, build wide, build abstract or representational. Hang from the ceiling and turn your creation into a mobile. The possibilities are endless. Grownups like these just as much as kids.

Shapescapes – $35

These food-grade silicone placemats are hand-silkscreened with engaging illustrations just waiting to be colored in by kids. Using dry erase markers, this mat is transformed into a coloring book that can be wiped clean and recolored again and again.

Modern Twist Mark-Mat + Markers – $25

Old school fun. This 37-piece set is just as great now as it was in the 1930s. Made in the USA.

Log Cabin In a Box – $10

This cheery, sun-shaped disc is perfect for nighttime reading, camping, outdoor festivals, and more.  To charge, simply set in the sun with charger side up. A five hour charge results in ten hours of soft light or four hours of bright light. It hangs on a lanyard to provide hands-free light when needed.

Little Sun Solar Lamp – $30

Explore the world with this color-in map, complete with animal and landmark stickers, plus colored pencils.

Citizen of the World Map – $5

Design this digital watch just how you want it. Decorate the Tyvek band with pens, pencils, stickers, you name it.

Paper Watch – $12

Everything you need to create six different origami designs of varying difficulty. Includes 50 sheets of assorted sized origami paper and instruction booklet.

Origami Set – $8

A busload of animal crayons perfect for small hands to grip. This set of six is plastic, rather than wax, eliminating flaking and mess.

Animal Crayons, $6

Stocking Stuffers for Grown-Ups

Here are some of our favorite small gifts for grownups that fit well in stockings and will be enjoyed long after the wrapping paper is cleared.

Chill these soapstone cubes in the freezer and they are ready to cool your next dram. Clever package design slips right over the neck of a bottle of whisky. Made in the USA.

You Rock Whisky Stones Set – $8

Colorful charms to keep everyone’s glass straight. This clever package is designed to slip over the neck of a wine bottle, turning into an instant gift.

Charming Wine Charms – $8

The Kumo Cup is inspired by Japanese pottery, each cup being slightly different from the next. Kumo means “cloud” in Japanese and like their namesake these cups are all one-of-a-kind. Made in the USA.

Kumo Cup – $14

Lovely holding a tea light candle or all on their own, these votives look beautiful on the table or mantel. They also work well to hold small snacks like nuts or candy. Available in six colors.

Kosta Boda Votive – $12

A cleaning brush that’s comfortable in your hand, made from natural materials.

Danish Washing-up Brush – $14.50

The charcoal blended into each bristle of this toothbrush prevents bad breath, deodorizes and removes plaque. Made in Japan.

Binchotan Toothbrush – $7

Features the classic Varvunraita (Twig Stripe) print by Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi. Dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Also available in black or red dot pattern.

Marimekko Ceramic Spoon – $14

The comfort of a wooden pencil with the precision of a mechanical one. Refill with any 5mm lead. Made in Japan.

Delfonics Wooden Mechanical Pencil – $10

Be prepared, whether barefoot at the lake, hiking in the hills, working on your garden, or puttering in the garage. Made in the USA.

Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper Tweezer – $7

The conical shape allows it to fit in most any bottle, transforming it into a light. Features a rechargeable LED bulb and simply twist the bottom to turn on and off.

Rechargeable Bottle Light – $16

 

Well-Designed Games and Puzzles

With the weather turning cold, it’s good to have some fun indoor activities for the family to enjoy when you come home and get cozy. These make great gifts for kids, adults, teachers, and more!

  • Shopping downtown just became easier. For the month of December, park for FREE on floors 1 and 5 of the Commercial Street Parking Garage at 1300 Commercial Street.
  • We have extended our hours! Now through December 23, our hours will be Monday – Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sundays, 10am-6pm. Grab dinner at one of the delicious downtown establishments and come shopping after!

We are loving these new jigsaw puzzles from New York Puzzle Company. Based in Brooklyn, they started with the idea of making a puzzle of the iconic NYC subway map. Now the company has grown to an expansive line of puzzles including witty New Yorker magazine covers. All puzzles are durable, double-thick chip board with fully interlocking pieces. Made in the USA. $16 each.

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New Yorker Cover Puzzle , Dog – $16

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New Yorker Magazine Puzzle, Tree – $16

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New Yorker Puzzle, Winter Weekend – $16

Mobi is a fast-paced math game that’s fun and great for all abilities.  Players create equations using tiles, building on the structure similar to a crossword puzzle. A set of 162 tiles fits neatly into a whale-shaped canvas bag for easy portability.

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Mobi Number Tile Game – $20

This set has been made in Finland since the 1960s and includes the following: an irresistible, reversible green and white board, five weighted darts, and an instructional pamphlet. Made in Finland.

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Finnish Dart Set – $60

This entertaining set of cards includes 32 artists, each given numeric scores for categories including influence, shock factor, top price and more. Try to beat your opponent on your strongest category.

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The Art Game – $9.95

Even if you are on a losing streak, these shiny gold playing cards will show your opponents you’ve got class. Pair this set with The Ultimate Book of Card Games for a nice gift.

Golden Playing Cards, $15

Golden Playing Cards, $15

Pair this book with a deck of Golden Playing Cards and you’ve got the perfect gift for the card aficionado in your life.

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Ultimate Book of Card Games – $19.95

The original set, designed in 1952. Just as fun now as it was then. Cards are slotted on all sides, allowing them to be joined together in a variety of formations, each featuring a different image. Made in the USA.

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Eames House of Cards – $27

Not your run-of-the-mill memory game, Match Stacks are sets of 16 sturdy wooden disks ready for hours of matching fun. Toddlers and preschoolers also enjoy stacking and organizing the wooden disks. Made in the USA.

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Sea Creature Match Stacks – $19.95

Andy Warhol’s classic sculpture is reborn as a jigsaw puzzle.208 pieces, packaged in cube-shaped box.

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Brillo Soap Box Puzzle – $17.99

You’ll have a good chance to meditate on the nature of color when working on this puzzle. Its 500 pieces are arranged to remind us there’s no fixed point on the chromatic scale where one color ends and another begins. For the true puzzle lover!

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Gradient Puzzle – $18

 

Good Design for Him (or her, or you)

Happy December! This is our first of several gift guides, designed to help with ideas for everyone on your holiday list. Men sometimes get a bad rap for being difficult to buy for. We disagree! Here are some of our favorite functional, clever gifts that many men happen to love (and lots of women, too).

  • Shopping downtown just became easier! For the month of December, park for FREE on floors 1 and 5 of the Commercial Street Parking Garage at 1300 Commercial Street.
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Wool Scarf by Faribault Woolen Mills – $50

A cozy staple, made in Minnesota since the 1860s.

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Metalplus Italian Tool Box – $100

Super stylish and great for organizing all sorts of small objects, from tools to art supplies. Made in Italy.

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Nomad Carabiner Phone Charger – $29.95

 

Leave those tangled cords at home. This carabiner/charger will ensure your charger is always with you.

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Swiss Pocket Knife – $38.50

This compact tool has 10 features and countless uses. Made in Switzerland.

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Topo Designs Web Belt – $39

A belt to take you comfortably from trail to office. Made in Colorado.

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Topo Designs Dopp Kit – $29

This clever design stands up on its own or features a hanging strap for easy access to toiletries when traveling. Made in Colorado.

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Quin Candy Gift Box – $16

A selection of 24 handmade candies made in Portland, OR using all-natural ingredients.

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Smart Warmer-Charger – $35

Light your way, warm your hands, charge your phone – all in one device.

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Distil Union Wallet – $60

Pull the ingenious ribbon tab to discreetly “eject” credit cards without even opening the wallet. An interior money clip keeps bills flat and organized.

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Topo Designs Wool Ball Cap – $38

A simply perfect cap. Made in Colorado.