No matter if you've got a little one whom you're trying to get into building, or if you're just indulging your own childlike desires — these LEGO Master Builder Academy Kits ($30 and up) will have you building your own custom models in no time. Beginning with the Space Designer kit and moving through microbuild, robot, flight creature, and auto builds, this multi-kit, in-home and online program teaches you the the tips and techniques of master builders, from beginner to advanced levels. It's just the thing if you're wanting to get hired at Legoland. [Thanks, Will]
The Bauhaus was known for its minimalist designs, and the Naef Bauhaus Chess Set ($350) is no exception. Brought to life by Josef Hartwig in 1923, these simple, ingenious pieces are literal symbols of the moves that can be performed with each, a perfect example of the school's form follows function aesthetic. Oh, and don't forget the chessboard.