Green Gift Guide: The Kid

3-in-1n Bike From WIshbone Design Studio

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wishbone bike

credit: Wishbone Design Studio

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Pedal-less bikes may not look like the first tricycle you had growing up, but they help kids transition to cycles that require balancing on two wheels. Plus, this sleek wooden version from Wishbone Design Studio will be the coolest-looking trike on your block.

Start your one-year-old on the bike (made from sustainably-harvested birch and non-toxic finishes) with all three wheels; as she gets older, remove the extra wheel to teach balance. Eventually, you flip the frame to allow kids up to age 5 to keep riding the same bike. It's an investment, but years of family bike rides means you get your money's worth. (Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike, $250)

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