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    Updated on Mar 20, 2020. Posted on Mar 20, 2020

    28 Fun Products To Help Distract Your Brain For A Bit

    Take a break from social media to indulge in a little treat for your mind.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A chocolate truffle making kit you'll want to indulge your senses in and make enough of the decadent dessert to last you almost all week (or two days if you're a chocolate lover like me). With the delicious smell of cocoa and the patience of hand-rolling your own batch, it's basically therapeutic.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes a complete set of instructions, a candy thermometer, two bags of dark chocolate chips, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut flakes, sea salt, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract. You'll need to add cream (or coconut cream for vegan truffles!) to make the tastiest, chocolatey treats of your dreams!

    Promising review: "This was a fun little kit that allowed us to learn about making truffles and had a pile of treats at the end. The only problem I had was there was so many I *had* to bring them to work to share...a good problem to have!" —Dave

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    2. This brownie pan that might remind you of a game of PAC-MAN. You can bake more than one type of brownie for double the fun, and the pan is designed to add chewiness to all those edges.

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    Promising review: "I greased and lightly floured the pan, and the brownies just pop right out, using the cute little spatula that comes with it. But you know what will NOT be cute and little? Me, thanks to this pan. These are hands-down the most delicious brownies I have ever made. I thought about buying this pan a few years ago, and just didn't, but I should have — it worked perfectly." —Bailey's mom

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    3. A pair of grassy flip-flops to momentarily transport you to a picnic in the park. It's also perfect if you just don't have any green in your backyard but love the relaxing feeling of walking in grass.

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    Promising review: "I bought these flip-flops for my mom because she loves the feeling of walking on grass, but hates getting her feet dirty. I gave these to her and she thought it was the funniest thing in the world until she put them on — now I can't get her to take them off! Great product for a small investment." —Jackie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.21+ (available in sizes 5.5–10.5).

    4. This game of prosecco pong you can set up right at home for a Friday night of fun with your roommates.

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    This set includes 12 wide-neck, recyclable champagne saucers, and three ping-pong balls that are safe for contact with food.

    Promising review: "I recently bought this and gave it to my cousin as a house warming gift and she loved it! I think it is a really cute and cool little gift for anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79+ (available in four styles).

    5. Or this giant Jenga set that'll take regular Jenga to a whole other level and immediately get your mind working on a bigger, better strategy.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this for game nights on the terrace during the summer and it was much more popular than I expected. The blocks are solid and seem like they will last quite a while. It's a solid set and the bag makes storing a breeze!" —Josh

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    6. A dog selfie attachment so you can take a quick break to pose with your pup and focus on growing their following on Insta.

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    Promising review: "Love this product!! We have two Aussie shepherds that we think are beautiful, but getting them to pose for pics has always been a hassle. Not anymore! They are focused (pun intended) on the phone and make aussieome faces when they hear the ball squeak. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes to take pics of their pups. On a related note, this might even work for babies because of the squeaker!" —Nolefans

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. This copy of Dangerous Games To Play In The Dark, a frighteningly informational book that'll teach you about the spooky rules, alleged results, and history of some of the most bone-chilling games of lore we humans have dared to play. It's such a page-turner that you may even finish it in one sitting.

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    Promising review: "This is a magnificent work of supernatural art! I absolutely love this little book! I read a lot of books on supernatural, paranormal, and folklore subjects and this tiny tome is more fun than most stuff in my library. It’s got it all! It’s creepy, it’s spooky, it’s historical, it’s urban legend and magic all rolled into one. This is such a unique book that I recommend anyone and everyone who is into the occult or supernatural read this and keep it for reference. The author did her homework and cited her references and the history of each 'game.' The book is well written and so much fun to read. I bought it strictly for chills and thrills, never intending to play the games (but the fun is in MAYBE SOME DARK NIGHT I WILL) so I encourage anyone who wants a tantalizingly wicked night time read to get this book. You will be pleasantly creeped out." —SEB333

    Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $11.70 (also available for the Kindle).

    8. A super cool puzzle with front-page stories from The New York Times to unleash your curiosity and motivate you to focus on getting the puzzle done so you can see what was going on in the paper on the day of your choosing.

    Uncommon Goods

    What makes this puzzle *extra* fun and special is that you actually personalize it by choosing a specific month, date, and year so your puzzle will reflect the front page on the date. Some cool, unique inspo includes a birthdate of a loved one, a wedding anniversary date, or a graduation date.

    Promising review: "Puzzles are one of my mom's favorite things to do in her free time. The fundamental problem with puzzles is that once they're completed, the excitement behind doing them is gone. They are fun and challenging to do but as soon as you complete, you no longer really care about it. That changed with this puzzle because it was specific to my mom's date of birth. As soon as she completed it, she started crying tears of joy and I had never seen her so happy to have completed a puzzle. She ultimately ended up framing the puzzle and keeps it on display in our house. That's something that she never would've done for any other puzzle." —MisterMinnesota

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.

    9. Paper to Petal, a DIY guide that'll relax your mind and occupy your hands with you step-by-step instructions on how to make stunning floral bouquets out of paper.

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    This will teach you how to make looovely floral crafts and extravagant-looking bouquets using crepe paper, tissue paper, and wire and floral tape.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this book immediately. With beautiful illustrations and clear instructions, it has inspired me to take up flower crafting as my new favorite hobby. I've made several of the flower projects to give as gifts and I can't wait to enjoy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $15.69 (also available for the Kindle).

    10. A cookie shot kit that'll prep your brain (and your tastebuds) for a sweet, sweet trip to heaven.

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    This comes with a silicone mold for shaping the "shot glasses" and an easy-pour mini melting pot to fill them with chocolate. You can either use store-bought cookie dough or make your own at home!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    11. This twisting block set sure to save the day when your mind just can't take another minute of reviewing lecture notes or scrolling through social media.

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    Get it from Amazon for $32 (+$9.95 shipping; available in three colors).

    12. A set of cute, lil' squishy toys you can keep on hand to occupy your mind from anything that has you in a bit of a ~squeeze~.

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    Promising review: "These are SO CUTE! They are super soft and squishy. They have a decent scent. They don't leave residue on anything when you're playing with them. They are fun to play with and they help release stress and anxiety." —Yesenia Cuevas

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in packs of 14 and 16).

    13. This book with spaces and prompts to draw 642 different things so you can give yourself even a tiny, five-minute break to up your drawing skills.

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    Promising review: "This is the best drawing book you'll ever pick up. Am I exaggerating? No, I am not. This book has no 'how to draw this step by step' parts. You don't want that, I promise. If your goal is to really improve your drawing skills, then get this book. This book gives you blank pages with a random prompt. Your goal is to draw that prompt. No guides. These prompts can range from a skunk, to a crayon, to David Bowie, to a sense of humor. Just random prompts.

    Why is this the best thing for your skills? If you really want to get good at drawing, you have to practice drawing everything. You have to expand and understand your mind reference library. The bigger your mind library is, the better the art you will make." —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    14. A jar of cake-scented slime so you can occupy fidgety hands while thinking over big decisions. Just one look will immediately fill your mind with happiness.

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    While it's "birthday cake" slime, some reviewers say it actually smells like lollipops, which honestly is still music to our ears!

    Promising review: "I'm a graduate student and I keep this in my office to play with when I need a break or to calm down after a stressful meeting. I bought the blue one and it smells like bubblegum. Very fun product!" —Brian Schaefer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98 (+$3.99 shipping).

    15. A relaxing hand-lettering book to draw good vibes your way when you can't quiet your busy mind.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this book. If you are truly looking for a way decompress and also to learn a new skill — this is it. Amy Latta's book not only offers a lot of different lettering techniques, but she also teaches you how to draw banners, arrows, swirls, and just about anything else you need to be a super crafty person. I have always been frustrated by not being able to draw, but she really breaks things down intelligently to teach you how to do things in a way that makes sense. It has been a joy to sit down every night and practice!" —E. Drennan

    Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $16.31+ (also available as a spiral-bound version and for the Kindle).

    16. These affirmation cards so you can remember who the heck you are and put yourself in a goal-crushing mindset — even when it feels like you've got the weight of the world on your shoulders.

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    Promising review: "I love these quirky cards. I work in a busy department in a hospital. I had these LESS THAN A WEEK when they mysteriously disappeared from my desk drawer at work. We enjoyed them so much, I didn't hesitate to order them again (waiting on second delivery now). These are great reminders for me and coworkers when we start the day. They also serve as a pick-me-up if someone is having a bad day." —keke

    Get a deck of 50 cards from Amazon for $13.83.

    17. This lighthearted activity book full of interesting reads and exercises that'll help you take your mind off any rough patches you're anticipating.

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    The unique activities can range from crosswords to coloring pages to lists to read, like "soothing facts about hand sanitizer" and "obscure diseases you probably don't have"!

    Promising review: "This book is exactly what it says it is: a big activity book for anxious people! It’s got some great activities inside that totally keep me busy, keep my anxiety in check, and truly is a great time suck to keep my mind focused on the activities and an escape from whatever is consuming me those days. Cannot recommend this book enough!!!" —Alex R. Pepin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.60.

    18. A screaming goat figurine that has the rare power to immediately make your worries go away and induce endless amounts of giggles with the press of a button.

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    And it comes with an illustrated booklet all about goats (AWWW).

    Promising review: "This little piece of screaming plastic has created an excellent outlet for resolving frustrations in our home. Every time a conflict or struggle arises we push the little goat, get a gratifying screech, chuckle and move on throughout our day. No regrets on purchasing this." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. A Kodak Instant Digital Camera because you can connect it to your phone via Bluetooth and spend literal hours just scrolling through to pick your favorite memories to print out.

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    I'm a HUGE fan of photography and have used many an instant camera. The instruction booklet the camera comes with says you can download the Kodak two-in-one app on your phone so you can print photos that are already on your camera roll, so I downloaded the app and paired the camera to my phone using Bluetooth to test out with some photos I took on my Labor Day trip to Rhode Island. Pairing the two was super easy with the instructions from the app. The app also lets you edit and customize the photos before printing. So on one photo, I added some text before printing, and the other I left blank. They printed out beautifully!!!!! I also love that the photo paper is actually adhesive — you can just peel off the back and stick it anywhere. That's perfect for me since I actually keep a travel journal with photos and things from my trips — no glue or tape required to keep those pics in place. I can definitely see this being a bonus for anyone who loves journaling or scrapbooking and wants an easy way to hold onto their memories. Overall, I really thought it was fun to use. The photo quality is great, too. I've had instant cameras where the colors and brightness are diminished and it felt like a waste, but this is pretty vibrant.

    Get it from Amazon for $149.49+ (available in four colors and as part of four different bundles). You can also purchase a pack of 40 sheets of printer paper for $39.99.

    20. This giant colorable map that you can actually use as a tablecloth once you and your family members are done unleashing your creativity and creating a beautiful, colorful world.

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    Plus, it comes with 10 *washable* markers so you can wash and color it over and over to your heart's content.

    Promising review: "Unique and creative coloring activity. And can be used by several kids at once. And a terrific learning experience from a geography standpoint. Next up....Europe!!" —Donna

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    21. This cat phone clip you'll inevitably spend hours using to coax your cat into hilarious poses while you snap photos of your too-funny fur baby.

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    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.

    22. A Magic Eight Ball that'll probably distract you and your roommates from cooking dinner, doing the dishes, and other mundane tasks around your apartment as you all fall victim to the ~mystifying~ predictive knowledge of this nostalgic toy.

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    Promising review: "Just like the Magic Eight Ball from my youth! What a great flashback! I got a great version in English that although it is slightly hard to read, that's exactly how they were when I was a kid. I really don't mind because it adds to the allure of the toy and slows you down a bit so you aren't just tipping it back and forth over and over. My husband enjoys it as well and never had one as a kid. For the low price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this toy as a gift or for yourself. Great job, Mattel!" —The Van Wagners

    Get it from Amazon for $9.02.

    23. Or these gorgeous illustrated tarot cards perfect for animal lovers who want to try their hand at card reading. You won't be able to stop at just one test run — soon, you'll have your whole family lining up at your bedroom door for some clarity.

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    Promising review: "Such beautiful art and it’s just a pretty deck. This was my first deck and the book really helped. Would recommend." —lolly45

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.99.

    24. A fun-looking photo album that'll keep you occupied for hours upon hours when you sort through old family photos to display in this convenient little book. Enjoy a trip down memory lane!

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    Promising review: "I love this album! Not only the front, and all the words, but inside, each page holds two 4-inch-by-6-inch photos and a spot to write a memory, date, or where you were in your travels that day!" —Meagan Corlew

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (Or for more styles and colors, check out the brand's Amazon store page).

    25. This informative astrology-inspired book because it's bound to hook you in with some revealing facts about yourself and make you stick around to learn some additional deets about your loved ones as well.

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    As someone who's very (read: VERY) into astrology, I decided to get this book because the reviews said that it offers information on each individual birthdate as opposed to just a general collection of a month's worth of birthdays (the way zodiac signs are usually read). This book definitely helped me learn specific attributes about myself that I haven't considered before (I know so much about astrology that at this point, it's a pleasant surprise when a book tells me something I don't yet know about myself). I've even had my parents and friends check out their birthdays to learn something interesting about themselves. I've never heard anyone say that this book wasn't dead-on.

    Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $20.99 (also available as a hardcover copy).

    26. A magnetic zen garden that'll help you relieve a little stress and become the (magnetic) force of nature you know you are. Keep it by your desk or on your coffee table so you can take a little break from working or watching TV to tend to any inner chaos.

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    This set includes one and a half pounds of magnetic sand, a wooden storage/display case, three metal tools, and four magnetic stones.

    Promising review: "I got this for my office as I am a school counselor and my kinetic station draws in all my students. While the sand is a hit w/ middle schoolers and adults alike, the temptation for them to touch is too great and they all end up with black fingers. A bit messier than I like but I still use it, just with more self-controlled students (and adults)." —Joyce Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    27. And finally, a pimple-popping pad for anyone who feels most at ease when watching those grossly satisfying pimple-squeezing videos online.

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    The set includes a popping pad, some fake pus, and a little pipette for transferring the pus into the pad.

    Promising review: "So satisfying and fun! My friends thought it was gross but my daughter loves hers." —Alesha Morris

    Get the nose-shaped kit from Amazon for $13.98 (available in one additional style; or, you can get the rectangular-shaped kit for $12.99).

    28. This Disney coloring book that'll calm you down and make the hours go by so quickly that you'll think time flew by magic.

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    Promising review: "Excellent coloring book. A good idea for folks who are not a natural color designer. The colored pictures helped me to relax even more because I did not have to worry about what color I would use. This is a really good idea, and I appreciate the customer service idea of enjoying the product as much as possible." —Grandmom in Arizona

    Get it from Amazon for $8.43 and get a pack of 50 colored pencils for $13.37.

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