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5-Star Buys: A Perky Pencil Holder (or Planter!)

by Rachel Mosely

Mar 8, 2021

This critter-themed ceramic container for pens, pencils, plants, and more is sure to delight the kid (or kid at heart) in your life.

A fox-shaped pencil holder from Minky Moo Ceramics.
Photo by: Minky Moo Ceramics

In our 5-Star Buys series, we spotlight popular Etsy items that recently struck a chord with shoppers—and let their rave reviews do the talking.

These days, we’re all about finding little ways to pump up the fun-factor indoors. Whether you’re looking to keep your kiddos smiling through school assignments or secretly need a touch of whimsy to get you through your own to-do list, a cheery new desktop accessory can go a long way toward rekindling a bit of that youthful bliss. Enter this charming glazed fox pot from Minky Moo Ceramics, which makes a perfectly playful planter or handsome holder for artistic implements. With a sly design featuring a lovable hand-carved face (winsome whiskers and all), Australia-based artist Esther Baggott has created a happy home for colored pencils, crayons, watercolor brushes, or even a small succulent. Bonus: no matter what tools your new claymate holds, with a container this irresistible, youngsters will be clamoring for cleanup time. Take it from one pleased parent:

Ceramic fox pot from Minky Moo Ceramics on Etsy
SHOP: Ceramic fox pot from Minky Moo Ceramics, $56

“This ceramic fox pot is so magically cute that I think it might be a good luck charm. He is sure to brighten my daughter's desk, where he will hold only the prettiest markers. I just love the modern design, the details of which somehow capture so much personality. Many thanks to the lovely seller for her adorable creation and for the wonderful customer service! This fox has made me (and my daughter!) so happy!” — TS

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Rachel Mosely

Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York