80’s Cube Clock

I'll be honest. I didn't like the Rubik's Cube. I also didn't like anyone who was good at solving the Rubik's Cube. But I do like this alarm clock. When you just twist the top, the display changes. Depending on which side you flip to, it shows the time, temperature, and date.

$22.00, Fred Flare

Nintendo Mushroom Sours Three Pack

Here are some more Super Mario-inspired goodies: little mushrooms from the game stuffed with sour candies. In the game, the green mushroom gives you an extra life, the red mushroom makes you bigger, and the blue mushroom... wait, there was a blue mushroom? I have no idea what the blue mushroom does, but anyway, there's candy inside. So, all good.

$11.99, Perpetual Kid

Super Mario Singing Glow Star

Let everyone know you are untouchable with this awesome toy. It's the invincibility star from Super Mario Brothers, and when you press a button on the back, it plays that sweet, sweet melody as a light inside flashes. When you have it in your hands, you can kick people in the shins, and they can't do anything back! Hopefully they'll buy that explanation.

$17.99, ThinkGeek

Fatboy Marimekko

I guess this is the mod version of the bean bag chair. As a kid, I loved flopping down on ours...until it burst at the seam, launching static-y Styrofoam beads in every direction. (Oops.) Even though I despise the name (Fatboy? Really?), I would love to come home and flop down on one of these. I especially like the Marimekko fabric.

$299.00, 2Modern

Pink Poodle Bank

If you think pigs aren't prissy enough to handle your pocket change, check out this pink plastic poodle bank. It's seven inches tall and has a furry poof for a tail. It's so cute that you'll want to take it for a walk.

$13.00, Loft Party


My brother introduced me to this fun game over Christmas, which is a version of Scrabble called "Speed Scrabble" or "Take Two." Of course, you can play this game with a regular edition of Scrabble, but wouldn't you rather play with a set that comes in a banana-shaped carrying case? I thought so.

$16.00, Flight 001 (via Trusty Pony)

Paparazzi Play Set

You know you're a star, but now you can be constantly reminded of it with this set of nine paparazzi action figures. They hold cameras and microphones. One even has a notebook and a pen, as if he's begging for an autograph. They look inanimate, but when you're not around, they probably go through your garbage. Get used to saying things like, "Get a life!" and "Please respect my privacy!"

$14.95, Archie McPhee

Recycled Socktopus

Love these! Inspired by the good ol' sock monkey, these octopus dolls made by Clarity Miller, are fashioned out of recycled sweaters. I love their button eyes and little legs. I'm sure they are great for throwing too. Socktopus fight!

$20.00 each, Elsewares

Mini Wise Old Owl

I like piggy banks, but turns out that owl (or is it owly?) banks are pretty cool too. This little ceramic bank comes in bright purple or blue and has a stopper at the bottom, so you take out your change without literally breaking the bank.

$10.00, Urban Outfitters

Nintendo Mints

Did you ever dream of becoming a Nintendo Game Counselor? What, it would have been fun to sit around playing Zelda all day--for money! Even if your thumb reflexes aren't what they used to be, you can still freshen up your breath with these mints (while humming the Super Mario Bros. theme song, of course).

$6.00, Fred Flare

Reddy the Woollyhoodwink

Reddy is one of five characters created by Jeff Root, a San Francisco artist. Each plush doll is made of wool cloth and based on a woodland creature. They're all about six inches tall and unbelievably cute.

$29.95, Woollyhoodwinks

Silver Piggy Bank

If you think your change deserves a little more bling, check out this little piggy. This little five-inch-tall porcelain oinker has been painted a flashy metallic silver. And it has a rubber plug at the bottom so you don't have to destroy it to get your change out.

$10.00, Fred Flare

Dirty Dancing in Your Pocket

Someone putting you in a corner? Let Patrick Swayze tell 'em off for you. Also, sometimes you've just got to let someone know that, "I'm scared of everything. Most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life, the way I feel when I'm with you." Okay, Johnny, I'm ready to do the lift!

$8.00, Fred Flare

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Snoopy! I'm so excited that someone still makes this. This and the Easy-Bake Oven were what I fantasized about as a child. They had that tantalizing combination of a toy plus sugary treats. Sure, there are many automatic devices that can make snow cones with a lot less effort, but that's not really the point, is it?

$22.00, Fred Flare

Adam & Harborth Photography Memory Game

In this memory game, which was developed by German designers, Jörg Adam and Dominik Harborth, you play with round cards that have vibrant photographs of various round objects, such as a button, a bottle cap, a drink umbrella, and a basketball.

$30.00, MoMA Store