Gift Guide: 7 Kid-Approved Picks For the Season

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By Jenny Xie / Published by Jenny Xie
Our suggestions encourage curiosity, creativity, and play.

Whether you're raising a future designer or just want to surround a young one with good design, we've got you covered. The following gift ideas amplify everything that's great about being a kid—from hands-on learning experiences to the freedom to lounge around. The best part is, these are items that both parents and kids can get excited about.

Sketch.inc For Lucie Kaas Frida Kokeshi Doll
Sketch.inc For Lucie Kaas Frida Kokeshi Doll
Based in South London, Sketch.inc was founded by Becky Kemp in 2011. The studio recently teamed up with Lucie Kaas to create a line of wooden dolls that are a modern take on traditional Japanese kokeshi dolls, reimagining them as famous icons from art, design, and fashion—such as Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí, pictured above. Each doll is crafted from beech wood and carefully painted by hand, then sealed with satin varnish for a smooth finish. Standing about six inches tall, Frida brings delight to children and adults alike.  Photo: Courtesy of Sketch.inc
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Marmol Radziner Dreidel
Marmol Radziner Dreidel
In collaboration with the Jewish Museum in New York, Marmol Radziner has given the traditional Hanukkah game a contemporary twist. Each dreidel is crafted from solid walnut with graphic cutouts of Hebrew letters and finished with mineral oil. It comes with a brass display stand, becoming a decorative figurine when not in play. Handmade in Los Angeles, each piece has a distinctive wood grain and color and should be occasionally rubbed with mineral oil. Photo: Courtesy of Marmol Radziner
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Eames Elephant
Eames Elephant
Charles and Ray Eames were known for being fascinated with certain animal figures—including elephants. Charles actually collected photographs of the animals from various inspirations around the world. In the 1940s, the couple designed the first version of their iconic elephant with molded plywood, which ended up requiring fabrication methods that were too complex to reproduce on a large scale. They only ever made two prototypes, in which only one exists today and is held by the Eames family themselves. Today, Vitra Design Museum produces the design with polypropylene in the same style as the Eames Molded Plastic chairs. Available in five colors, it holds GS and CE certificates that make it safe for kids. Photo: Courtesy of MASS Design Group
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Odette Williams Kids Apron
Odette Williams Kids Apron
Odette Williams of Brooklyn, New York, believes that the kitchen is the heart of the home—and as such, it's the place where parents and kids can create lasting memories over cooking and sharing food. OW's products, each meticulously designed and beautifully wrapped, inspire kids to explore the kitchen. The apron fits children ages 3-8 and comes in a variety of designs that feature classic stars and stripes. Each one is hand silk-screened on 100 percent cotton. Choose to order it monogrammed with up to three initials, or with utensils to complete the gift. Photo: Courtesy of Odette Williams
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Tegu Sets
Tegu Sets
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: Talisman
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Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst
Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst
There are no step-by-step instructions to the Tinkering Labs Catalyst, which allows kids and parents to build electric motor prototypes using real hardware and tools. Instead, informational cards provide you with the basics for building your own projects—and the parts can be reassembled countless times, teaching problem-solving skills, promoting creativity, and building STEM literacy. Each box also includes 10 challenges like "Build a machine that can scramble an egg," each lasting 30-60 minutes, that jump-start the imagination. Catalysts also come in 10-packs for classroom use, and booster packs are available to augment the fun. Photo: Courtesy of Tinkering Labs
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Ligne Roset Mini Togo
Ligne Roset Mini Togo
Designer Michel Ducaroy miniaturized the Togo, a Ligne Roset classic for over 40 years, due to popular demand. The Mini collection takes the same principles of shape, function, comfort, and safety to create fashionable furniture for the younger set—children ages 5 to 12. Multiple density foam construction and quilted covers with matching tufted buttons create an ergonomic chair that is just as supportive as it is aesthetically appealing, making it the perfect choice as an accent piece in a children's playroom or an addition to a Togo sectional.   Photo: Courtesy of Ligne Roset
-Written by Jenny Xie | Dwell Products

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