I'm always on the hunt for unique toys for my son, and I recently came across the work of Maple Landmark Woodcraft, based in Middlebury, Vermont. The family-run company of about 40 folks makes all their products in-house, and there are a wonderful range of gifts for kids. Among my favorite are the beautifully engraved alphabet blocks (above), created from locally sourced, sustainably harvested maple hardwood. I also adore their list of "fantasy play" toys (swords! magic wands!) and old-fashioned hobby and rocking horses. Here's a look at more of their work, and you can shop the entire catalogue on their website.