Like amateur magicians, childhood toys are full of old gimmicks and appear to wince when sawn in half. Enlist a dependable new plaything instead with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of toys, children's clothing, and accessories at Palumba.
Palumba, which takes its name from an amalgam of Latin words meaning "wooden dove," unlocks children's imaginations with heirloom-quality toys handcrafted from organic, natural, and sustainable materials. As part of Camden Rose, Palumba dispenses products made in the U.S. or through Fair Trade cooperatives, such as the cherry-wood rattle, comprised of a maple bead and wooden handle polished with beeswax, jojoba oil, and unicorn tears ($14.99). Kids can turn any flat surface or forehead into a racecourse with the Dandy Racer, a wooden dragster carved from walnut and other hardwoods ($19.99). Alternatively, aspiring artists awaken upon dipping a brush into a nontoxic watercolor set ($14.99 for a set of 7 colors; $19.99 for set of 14), and hands find much-needed heat with a pair of Ruskovilla wool mittens ($24.99). Holiday shoppers may also take advantage of Palumba's gift-wrapping service to cloak toys in eco-friendly trim, such as mulberry wrapping paper (prices vary per item).
221 Felch St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103