I'm loving this cute wooden font puzzle by Looodus -- it's 100% made in Italy by a couple who wanted to be able to give their daughter the type of quality wooden toys they played with as kids, an alternative to the mountains of pink plastic found at every turn in toy stores these days. The puzzle is laser cut and hand finished out of plywood from the Padana Plain, making it a marriage of classic craftsmanship and new technology. I love that it teaches the alphabet and fonts in a way that's both modern and old-fashioned -- I think this would make a cherished gift that could even be passed down from generation to generation. To place an order, visit Loodus' shop on Etsy.
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Your guests will know you intend to spend some quality time with them when you knock on their door with these retro-modern playing cards in hand. The chic lacquered box is pretty enough to display on a coffee table or bookshelf and the patterned cards inside are an instant party-starter.
What host could resist something so perfectly Rat Pack retro?
$78, Jonathan Adler
For Truman's first birthday on March 6th and Jude's second birthday on March 8, I gave them a menagerie of stuffed animals. I get my toys at a place called Little Marc, one in a cluster of Marc Jacobs boutiques in our neighborhood, the West Village. These high-quality creatures are made by the German company Steiff; I've been giving them to Jude & Tru for special occasions and they are developing quite the collection. The company was founded in 1880 and the quality of the craftsmanship is unmatched. An entire zoo of options is available. For this birthday I gave them a baby bear, baby elephant, a wolf, and a giant panda that can be ridden. Jude had great fun unwrapping the big cellophane packages on behalf of she and her little brother.
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