Creator's Description: Cards Against Urbanity is what happens when you drink at urban planning conferences. It also made us rethink the tools we as professionals use for engagement - and in 2016 we plan to completely reshape how people connect with the cities, towns and neighborhoods where they live. Similar to Cards Against Humanity*, the game decks have question and answer cards. Players take turns judging a question round; he or she picks a card with a question about cities and neighborhoods. Players then try to appeal to the judge by throwing down answer cards from their hand.
Founder/CEO Mariela's Recommendation: Ok, so we've had a lofty goal to play this game virtually with our team for over a year and have yet to do so...BUT, I LOVE the original version, Cards Against Humanity, and have seen the hilarious, equally irreverent, planning-themed cards the brilliant creators have come up with , and I'm determined to play it - even if I have to convince (trick) my fiance and his Food & Beverage friends to play with me (even if I have to cook and make cocktails to get them to indulge my urbanerdness)! In my defense, the "multi-modal" martini card does bring our worlds together!
More info here: https://www.cnu.org/publicsquare/cards-urbanity
LEGO Architecture Collection
COO Michelle's Recommendation: For urban planner parents looking to share their love of planning and developing towns from a bird’s eye view, legos are a wonderful way to experience planning with kids of all ages! You can even select "cities" to narrow down the products you and the kids (or adult kids) in your family would enjoy! And, to experience amazing places around the world in small scale, Architecture LEGO is a brilliant way to build and learn about architecture from around the world. Finally, if you are a LEGO enthusiast and you've already got titles like AICP and LEED AP after your name, you might want to consider becoming a LEGO Certified Professional!
Creator's Description: We’re two moms (and best friends) who have a shared vision: inspiring children to learn about the world. That’s why, in 2009, we launched Little Passports. Growing up, we were both exposed to different cultures, whether it was moving between the US and England, or growing up in a Chinese-American household. Those personal experiences taught us how important it is for children to learn about geography and the world around us. Now that we have children, it's important to us to provide those opportunities to learn while inspiring the imagination. At Little Passports, our subscriptions create those opportunities, and certainly spark the imagination! Our products deliver discovery and adventure to children of all ages, and we’ve also built a wonderful community of parents, grandparents and educators that share our vision. All together, we have built a business that we are incredibly proud of.
Founder/CEO Mariela's Recommendation: I discovered this super cool gift idea a few years ago, a bit before my niece and goddaughter were quite ready for it. But I am SO getting this for both of them this year. They always want to explore Google Maps and Earth with me - and "see" China - much to my urban geek heart's delight! Now they'll be able to learn about many other great cities and hopefully catch my wanderlust (and love of cities) while they're at it!
Cost: From $11.95/mo (Order by today - 12/20 - to get it in time for Christmas!)