It only took 75 years or so, but someone finally got around to doing a first-rate redesign of the classic Monopoly board. Monopoly Revolution ($35; Fall 2010) eschews the game's traditional square surface for a modern circular board, while retaining all the fun gameplay of the original. New features include updated "here and now" pricing, an electronic game pod that keeps track of players' money — via electronic banking cards — and also provides sound effects and song clips that correspond with events in the game.
There's no better use for a bucketload of snow than a good old fashioned snowball fight, and the Snofling ($5) is here to make your bright white battles even better. Made from high-impact plastic, this nifty tool creates snowballs without the need for you to bend over and get your hands wet, allows snowballs to be flung farther than with just your arms, and even packs a built-in noise-maker for bragging after tagging an opponent in the face.
We're a bit conflicted when it comes to these gorgeous Amalgam Fine Model Cars ($4,300-$4,700). On one hand, they're meticulously detailed, getting the finer points of some of the world's most desirable cars — including the engine cover, paint, logos, taillights, shifters, and seats — correct down to the last thread. On the other, they also cost as much as a not-so-desirable but ever so more useful real car. If you feel the need for a 1/8 scale model of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Lamborghini Reventon, McLaren F1 LM, or Ferrari FXX Evoluzione, however, you won't find a finer reproduction than these Amalgam models, lovingly handmade in the U.K. [Thanks, Jon]
The venerable Rubik's cube meets iPhone-era technology in the Rubik's TouchCube ($150). This impressive, if slightly pricey, update to the original game uses lighted squares, touch sensors on all six sides, and an accelerometer to provide the classic Rubik's gameplay in a modern way, with built-in speakers adding an extra bit of polish to the fun, frustrating puzzle.
Inspired by the Eames Walnut Stool and arriving just in time for the holidays, these Herman Miller Tops ($200) are a classy, whimsical gift choice for a loved one or yourself. Each features an intricate original sculptural profile designed by KleinReid in NYC, and looks as good on a desk as it does in a toy chest.