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    Martin LX1 Little Martin guitar

    One of the guitar maker's smallest models ($429), the Little Martin is no kiddie toy. The tiny body sounds full, like an instrument twice its size, but won't dwarf the musician.

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    Lucky Bums Inflatable SUP

    Made with 1,000-denier fabric, this kid-size paddleboard ($875) is basically indestructible. But because it comes with a three-piece adjustable paddle that allows room to grow, they'll have plenty of opportunities to try.

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    Fjällräven Greenland jacket

    Constructed from a wax-impregnated polyester-cotton blend, the toasty Greenland jacket ($220) is as durable as it is weather-and stain-resistant.

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    Polarn O. Pyret Classic Stripe Eco pajamas

    This matching set makes for perfect pajamas: 100 percent organic cotton fabric, relaxed fit, and vibrant red and white stripes.

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    Raskullz Mohawk helmet

    Sturdily constructed and well-priced, the helmet features cooling vents, shock-absorbing EPS foam, and—the reason your kid will actually wear it—a freakin' mohawk ($25).

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    Novara Zipper balance bike

    Pedal-free balance bikes like the Zipper ($100) get the beginner formula right: first learn to totter and coast. Start here and they may never need training wheels. (Also available for girls.)

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    Sorel Yoot Pac TP boots

    Nothing ruins a snow day faster than cold feet. The Yoot Pac TP boots ($75) weigh just 20 ounces, are completely waterproof, and have a temperature rating of minus 40 degrees.

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