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    27 Things For Anyone Who Needs To Keep Their Hands Busy

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    1. A lightweight rainbow Möbius ball made of interwoven rings that you can spin...and spin...and spin....

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this fidget so much, I’ve only had it for one day and it has helped me with my dermatillomania and trich immensely. It’s super bright and smooth, rolls easily, and is a good size. It isn’t obnoxious like a big ole fidget cube and is virtually silent. I love that this is handmade, thank you so much for this little invention, it makes a BIG difference." —Gianna

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A bike chain fidget toy from Shark Tank for fiddling with during stressful work meetings, at the doctor's office, or during studying.

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    Promising review: "This little arrangement of steel and rubber is the most enjoyable, satisfying, relaxing, genius toy for dangerous fingers. I'm trying to demonstrate to everybody I can the simple joy of rolling these through your fingers and get a small taste of the tranquility that comes from having these to keep your fingers from doing things they shouldn't be, whether it's biting nails or picking fingertips. I imagine probably smoking as well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15 (available in three colors).

    3. An itty-bitty fidget cube with gears so you can spin it in your jacket pocket without anyone knowing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "When I feel anxious, I just grab it and fidget with it. I find it relaxing and watching it work is almost hypnotic." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    4. A copy of Wreck This Journal to keep your hands occupied in other ways — like painting, poking, and destroying this sketchbook.

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    Promising review: "This book has exceeded all expectations so far. I suffer from very bad anxiety and depression and have been using this book as an outlet and somewhat as a therapy tool. The pages all have different assignments or tasks on them that push you out of your comfort zone and create a wonderful feeling of freedom when they are done. Some like 'color outside the lines' are very easy, while others push you to be weird like 'collect dead bugs.' Definitely forces you to think outside the box! I highly suggest this book to anyone who needs a creative outlet for emotional reasons, or just wants to have a good bit of fun! I will be buying another to replace it and start all over when I'm done." —AlyMcMuffin

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    5. Or 642 Things to Draw, a simpler guided art journal that'll keep your hands occupied from now until next next year. The prompts range from simple (draw a bicycle) to downright odd (draw the sound of girlish laughter).

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    Promising review: "I love this book so much that I bought two of them: one for me and one for my husband! It's a perfect fast and easy creative outlet. At first we were tentative about our drawings but after a while it's fun to just draw! I couldn't imagine drawing 642 fun and ordinary things but after a while, I couldn't imagine not drawing them! It's a fun book...a great gift...tentative creative people will love it because you are told what to draw!" —That’s my Patty

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26.

    6. A coloring book that stretches 15 feet so your chronically bored hands have something to do for the next 72 years, give or take a year.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is such a whimsical coloring book and the idea of one which spreads out so long — very, very unique! When I saw it, I decided to buy this one first and then, bought her other book, To The Ocean Deep. My children and I are sharing these as we color together. They LOVE that these are so long and all of us have a place to work from. As well, how clever! I look forward to more from this illustrator." —Pi

    Get it from Amazon for $13.84.

    7. A set of Monkey Noodles — stretchy strings you can pull, wrap, squeeze, and twirl in every which way.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite fidget! I’m an adult with autism and ADHD. I carry one around with me everywhere I go. It definitely assists me in staying calm/still while I’m at work. I’ve recommended it to several friends!" —KaelynnVP

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A Tangle Toy if you find taking things apart and putting them back together the most soothing activity ever. The shapes you can create are limited only by your imagination.

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    Promising review: "I have generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. I discovered these at the counter of a Borders Books when I was about 10. They helped me through some of my hardest days, just fidgeting around with them relieved stress and helped calm me. Then I lost mine. Now, at 26, I have found these again on Amazon! I can't believe it! And they're just as fun, addicting, and relaxing as they were when I was a kid. Twist it, bend it, make it in to a snake. The possibilities are endless, and so much fun." —E&E0715

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.75.

    9. An infinity cube (there's an Endgame pun here but I just don't know what it is) for when your brain is stumped at the office and you need something to occupy your hands as you work through the problem in your head.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Are you someone who suffers from anxiety (i.e. constantly moving, biting nails, always distracted by something external), this small, yet beautifully designed cube will take the edge off of your anxious habits by a long shot. The touch of the cold metal in your palm, easy action breaks that shape it differently, and the weight of the edgy yet compact cube take your mind into a completely concentrated realm that most with anxiety can't quite find. I give it a very strong five stars because not only does this little cube of happiness provide/relieve the things I've mentioned, but it's also a great alternative to checking your phone every second of the day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. theFube — a fidget cube with rounded edges and a different button, knob, or lever on each side so your fingers never run out of things to do.

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    Promising review: "I am so happy I discovered theFube! As someone who personally experiences high levels of stress and anxiety, this fidget cube is an ingenious product that allows one to fidget away while providing a calming effect. This has helped me to focus and actively listen better in stressful situations. A wonderful self-soothing tool!" —Trogdor

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three styles).

    11. A rainbow ball with colored balls inside to challenge your dexterity and take your mind (and hands!) off other things. The balls inside move freely, and the point of the game is to scramble the balls and then match them back up with their respective colored hole.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "We got this for my 11-year-old son and he loves it. He's gotten tired of the fidget spinners and this one has been great at keeping him fidgeting. I even like to pick it up and fiddle with it when I'm just sitting around the house, and so does everyone else in the house. My 8-year-old son likes it so much he bought one with his own money." —appaman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

    12. A set of squishies you'll need to keep at your desk at all times. Boss sends you an email at 5:30 p.m. asking you to stay late to finish something? Squish. Coworker won't stop talking to you? Squish.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are the newest craze we are dealing with. The kids absolutely love them. My daughter uses them a lot when she has stress or anxiety and they seem to help her deal with it. They’re a great value for the money and would make a great gift since this is what the kids love right now!" —Sean Quental

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $10.99+ (also available in a glow-in-the-dark version).

    13. Or a pack of cream-scented squishies that'll keep your hands and nose happy.

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    Promising review: "Really great squishies! They're exactly as described, and they rise up slowly just like memory foam! It's so comforting to just squeeze and watch them pop back up when I'm bored or stressed out. My children at home also adore them!" —jianhui chen

    Get a pack of 30 for $14.99.

    14. And last but not least, a slightly creepy squeezable cat, because even just giving your kitty's belly fat a squeeze brings out the murder mittens.

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    Promising review: "What a cute little kitty stress relief toy. Of course my cats were totally curious and afraid! Good for those times when you need a little tension relief. Price was right and fast shipping." —kittylover

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    15. A scalp massager tool for giving yourself brain-tingling cranial orgasms.

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    Promising review: "I saw one of these first on Parks & Recreation being used for stress reduction. I have neurological Lyme disease with a lot of cranial sensations and anxiety-inducing discomfort. This little massager actually does help and I’m using it often, a few minutes here and there throughout the day. It seems somewhere between massage and acupuncture, a soothing treatment at a great low price." —Judelyn

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. An edamame keychain to replace your nail biting and pen spinning with bean squeezing. Trust me, it's more fun than it sounds.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great keychain for all ages. I took it to the airport with me the day our apartment had the water shut off without warning, and it was great for the stress to have a mindless kinetic task to do with my hands instead of worry and fret about my travel plans. My young cousins also love them because, well, it's an adorable toy that plays peekaboo with you! Great gift, takes a little time for the rubber that holds the bean in place to soften for easier movement out of the pod but this was a nonissue." —EK

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A fidget spinner ring so you can combine your love of fun accessories with your insatiable need to do something with your hands.

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    Promising review: "Love this little ring. I’ve been thinking about getting a fidget ring like this for my anxiety for so long and I’m so glad I finally got this one. It’s gorgeous for the price, and I find myself using it every time I’m feeling anxious without even realizing it. For example, I made a phone call that I had been anxious to make. The call went great, and I realized I had been playing with the ring the whole time subconsciously. I also have a stressful job and find myself playing with it all throughout the day as well. I love it." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and seven styles).

    18. A crunchy slime-making kit if you love making things with your hands.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.47 (also available in a confetti slime version).

    19. Or a bath bomb-making kit that'll keep your hands busy so there's no time for them to get restless.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My 12-year-old daughter got this bath bomb-making kit as a gift and she had a lot of fun with making the bath bombs. She was able to do everything on her own with a little assistance when it came time to add the water to the mix. The essential oils smell amazing! The kit was to make a dozen bath bombs but we actually had enough stuff to make 15 and still had a lot of essential oils left over!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    20. A tin of iridescent putty for some stress-reliving tactile stimulation.

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    Promising review: "First of all, this is NOT slime, it's putty. It's about the consistency of chewing gum. I see a lot of reviews for people who are disappointed at the texture. I hope this review helps folks before they purchase to know what they are getting. Secondly, this putty has a very cool visual effect. In some lights it looks crystalline green, in others it's purple. It shimmers and that adds to the fun. I've found this to be a great fidget for my autistic son, a great stress reducer for myself, and an all around great distraction. I do recommend storing it flat so that the putty doesn't gum up the lid. Great fun! Enjoy!" —Jody

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    21. A fidget dodecagon, because a regular fidget cube may not cut it for you. This bad boy has 12 sides and a dozen knobs, joysticks, and switches that need to be touched.

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    Promising review: "This item caught my eye as something a high school student would enjoy playing with, and it could help him relieve stress as well. Correct on both counts. High school student loves it! He wouldn't even share it with his friends because he couldn't stop fidgeting the fidget toy." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 12 colors).

    22. A set of Wacky Tracks so you can build whatever your heart and hands desire.

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    Promising review: "I am an adult with hard core OCD. I pick my nails, cuticles, scabs, pimples, and anything else I can find. Playing with this chain provides almost as much pleasure as picking. I wear it on my arm and click when I have an urge to bite the nails or cuticles. Several chains may be joined together if you wish, too. The colors are bright and pretty (yellow orange is my fav). Plastic parts feel solid and durable. However, I would NOT recommend it for babies under 3 or pets (especially dogs) due to small parts. My dog loves to chew on it so keep that in mind. Also it does click so isn't feasible to play with during meetings but can be played with while you are working at your desk. All in all, it is very well worth the money." —Fleur-de-lis

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.97.

    23. A set of magnetic balls for when your hands are getting antsy. These lil' guys are buildable, moldable, and, most important, quiet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought these magnets last week and I haven’t put them down since! I love fidgeting with them and making shapes. They help calm me down so I’m not bouncing from window to window on my computer getting unfocused. The size of the balls are small, but that makes it easier to make fun shapes with them. Also, they come with awesome and easy instructions on how to make shapes. Everybody who stops by at my desk to chat always picks these up and plays with them! I might have to order another set just for that reason!" —bobbijo

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    24. A 5,000-piece puzzle that'll require the collective brain power (and fingers) of every member of the family (and maybe even the dog) to complete before 2019 is over.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am working on this puzzle right now. I'm a fan of Ravensburger puzzles and have completed several of their 3,000-piece and 1,000-piece puzzles. This thing is in a whole different league though! Super challenging because of the shear size and complexity and nuances of the picture. I've been chipping away at it here and there and will continue to do so over the coming months." —Andrew Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $66.26.

    25. A reversible pillow to soothe your fidgety fingers. With a few swipes of your fingers you can transform our lord and savior Nicolas Cage into whatever you want. Give him an eye patch, modify him into a sexy lucha libre, or turn him into an emo with a nosebleed (??); he's a versatile actor so anything goes!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Nothing can compare to the raw joy I feel cuddling this pillow. His sultry gaze sends shivers down my spine. My mom proposed to him yesterday and refused to give him back. I’m going to buy another so I too can experience his presence. Love that I can hide him from onlookers with the red sequins. 20/10 will buy again." —Paige Hawkins

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors).

    26. A handy guide to crocheting and a kit with hooks, needles, and stitch markers so you can pick up a new hobby that'll keep you hands engaged for hours.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this product. Now I can crochet again for hours instead of having to stop after 30 or 40 minutes and rest my hand. The little tote bag and the yarn needles are great too, as I have a knack for losing stuff. If I keep it all together it will be where it should be." —CQueener

    Get both from Amazon, the book for $16.99 and the kit for $10.99.

    27. Hand Lettering 101 for anyone who loves writing fancy cursive script whenever they're bored. This will take your penmanship to the next level — and you'll be able to write me the most beautiful thank you card.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not only is this introductory book beautifully put together, but the author also helps you to build your own beautiful style! She provides easy-to-follow guides and plenty of room to practice. I’ve been practicing lettering for awhile and have picked up a couple books here and there to practice with, but this book really took my hand lettering to the next level physically and with confidence. I also really appreciate that the author used good quality paper to practice on, as I’ve used other books with poor quality paper that has ruined some of my pens. Definitely recommend this to any and especially new hand letterers!" —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

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