These wooden pins resemble sailors. If you knock them all over at once, we recommend shouting “mutiny!” rather than “strike!” Your friends will talk about it for years to come.
What would you rather do: play Candy Crush for hours on end or build an elaborate track through which to chase marbles? Thought so. Don’t let your children anywhere near it because they’ll mess it up.
Colourful blocks that allow you to create your own designs. Resist the temptation to do anything too rude. Or maybe don’t? millergoodman.com; conranshop.co.uk
A pack of premium playing cards inside a smart leather case. The sort of thing James Bond would carry around (only his would also feature a small, cleverly disguised firearm).
These dinky timber vehicles are based on US classics. Make them into a convoy and say things like, “10-4, good buddy!”
Colourful and stackable cityscapes made from New Zealand pine. The example to the left may or may not be a rendering of Auckland.
This brass-framed board is adorned with Moroccan tiles but don’t use it as a kitchen floor.
This Czech-designed toy rolls around on a spherical base. It looks good on a shelf, even when static.
This old-school vessel was created by architect Borja García. Wait, is that Mickey Mouse at the wheel?
Fredericks and Mae
A wooden set that features the phases of the moon; the aim of the game is to eclipse your opponent.
A candle casts shadows across a miniature forest in this German-made board game. (No, we’re not sure how you play it either but there are instructions so don’t worry.)
Twist and turn this string of wooden blocks to create various animal shapes. And before you ask, the below are a snake, a dog and an elephant (which is obvious so don’t be facetious). areaware.com