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    28 Things For Anyone Who Needs To Keep Their Hands Busy

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    1. A mini flippable sequin pillow for everyone who would totally carry one of the couch-sized versions around if it would fit in a work bag.

    Promising review: “I should take off a star because my family fights over this thing because they love it so much. It’s fun and soothing to play with. I guess we just need to get more of them or some of the pillows to stop the fighting.” —AFB

    Get the mini pillow for $12.92+ (available in 12 colors) or a bigger version for $14.99 (available in 13 colors/patterns), both on Amazon.

    2. A Tangle Jr. that'll provide the perfect pocket-sized plaything to keep your hands and brain engaged.

    Promising review: “I got these to put on the tables during meetings at work. It is so fascinating to watch people pick them up and unconsciously play with them. The whole point is to give people something to do with their hands so it will keep them awake and more engaged — and these certainly do the job. Bonus is the plastic material that makes it so I can wipe them down easily with a sanitizing wipe.” —Jenny Jean

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in eight color sets).

    3. A colored putty kit so you can customize some putty and then play with it. That's a big step up from the old Silly Putty days.,

    Promising review: “It's an awesome kit. As a middle-aged adult I love it, but I just adore Crazy Aaron's Putty. Some studies have suggested that working with putty releases the good, happy neurotransmitters. I believe it.

    I made a "snow" themed putty, which would be perfect for the "Frozen" obsessed. Made a "Galactic Purple", a really awesome purple with glitter... and it glows. And a pretty standard "Toxic Waste Green," which glows of course. Bear in mind it only takes a very little color to tint the clear putty. I mixed little balls of color before mixing it into the clear putty because there's no going back, no diluting the color, and no subtracting it either, when blended with the clear. It's just good fun!” —luvtoread

    Get it from Amazon for $19.91.

    4. A Golden Snitch fidget spinner that even Muggles will be able to tell is a Keeper.

    Promising review: “This is a very solidly built fidget spinner — I gave it to my sister as a gift for Christmas and she LOVED it. It spins very well, there's really no drag, is well balanced, and it is heavier than I expected. My sister hates fidget spinners usually, because she is a school teacher and the kids are always playing with them. When I told her it was a fidget spinner, she rolled her eyes, but after taking it out of the box and spinning it twice, her eyes got wide and she goes, 'I love it!!! This is so cool!!' If you need a fun gift for someone who is a Harry Potter fan, or even for yourself (as I almost kept it because it was so fun to play with), this is a definite winner.” —Brandy

    Get one from Amazon for $15.99.

    5. An infinity cube with an ultra-smooth motion that'll keep you soothed and occupied for, well...forever, probably.

    Promising review: “This is great! It's heavy enough to have a nice hand feel but not too heavy. I can fidget with it quietly or it can make noise. Plus since it isn't a fidget spinner people don't see it as a child's toy.” —Shannon Hartfield

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A flippy chain perfect for anyone who needs something to use in a meeting — it takes just one hand to use, and it's silent, so you won't end up accidentally distracting others while you focus.,

    Promising review: “So I bought this for my husband because he has a really hard time sitting still and is always needing some kind of distraction. I didn't think I would like/use it but after I tried it out I couldn't stop! So I actually ended up keeping it for myself instead of giving it to him. Whoops. This thing is so addicting though. I use it all the time at work now, especially when I'm on the phone. Definitely worth the $10!” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four colors).

    7. A fidget cube with six sides to keep your hands occupied — some of the sides make sound and some don't, so it'll be great in any situation.

    Promising review: “There are a variety of different things you can play with to occupy your time so it doesn't get too overly repetitive and boring — it's definitely something that is meant to occupy your hands while you're at a meeting or sitting somewhere. Something that I particularly liked about this is that it doesn't make a lot of noise and when you have parts that do make noise, it's relatively easy to play with this in a way that would keep those sounds down to a minimum so that they will be less likely to distract or annoy others.” —ChibiNeko

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. A splurgeworthy knitting kit that'll guide even the newest knitter through all the steps of creating a gorgeous and cozy scarf.


    The kit contains knitting needles, a skein of 100% wool, a sewing needle, and a pattern, plus a tag, some stickers, and a gift bag that you can use to gift the kit itself or the finished product.

    Get it from Anthropologie for $88.

    9. Or a round loom set for an easier (and cheaper!) knitting option that's ideal for those who don't want to deal with knitting needles.,

    Promising review: “Love this loom set! So easy to use and make hats, scarves, etc! I am not a knitter and have very quickly been able to make several different hats in just a couple week. Love being able to pick the color yarns and thicknesses and also found lots of help videos online to learn a variety of stitches. When my day is over I can sit mindlessly and knit a hat and complete it within a couple nights. Great purchase!” —Lost

    Get the set for $16.99, and a skein of yarn to go with it for $2.97, both from Amazon.

    10. A spinner ring perfect for someone who wants to fidget discreetly and still be cute.,

    Commenters note that this runs a little small — if you're between ring sizes, it's probably best to size up.

    Promising review: “I have worn this ring every day since it arrived and I love it. The rose gold looks like an expensive ring. People do not even know that it is a fidget toy which is great for the workplace. Highly recommended!” —Tiffani

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in ring sizes 4-12 and six colors).

    11. A copy of Wreck This Journal to keep your downtime filled with off-the-beaten-path activities — and you'll end up with a completely unique work of art when you're done!,

    Promising review: “I have bought two for friends and one for myself, and everyone loves these books. They are not only entertaining and fun, but they force you to get creative and express yourself too. And, this may sound weird, but I have found this book to be one of the most therapeutic experiences of my life. It has become an outlet for frustration, anxiety, happiness, everything. This could have everything to do with my being a nerdy rule-follower, but having a way to break little rules (cracking the spine of a book, ripping pages out, etc) is a little, sane way I can be "rebellious" and step out of my comfort zone a little. I realize that to some people this may sound ridiculous, but some of you will know exactly what I'm talking about.” —Breanna

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    12. A fidget spinner because they're a classic for a reason: They really are a great tool for focusing with busy hands.

    Promising review: “The spinner especially helps me when I am listening to audiobooks. I used to be able to relax, zone out, and just listen, but nowadays I almost always need to do something with my hands and I always end up going on my phone. When I read the news, I can't focus on the audiobook's content. I can't multitask like I used to. The spinner gives me a low focus thing to do with my hands while listening to the book. It helps me a lot!” —Ryan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five styles).

    13. A panda squishy that'll be the sweet-smelling, slow-inflating solution to your fidgety woes.

    Promising review: “This little dude is one of my greatest Amazon purchases to date. He is large, extremely slow rising, and smells like strawberries. As an anxious fidgeter it has been so helpful and stress relieving in so many situations. My friends and family members mocked me relentlessly when I continued to show up with a fat, squishy panda in my purse every day. Now I have to hide him from them.” —Raptoriffic

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    14. A coloring book perfect for any animal lover who needs something to do with their hands — and who wants to end up with something beautiful as a result.,

    Promising review: “This is a really fun adult coloring book. Unlike a lot of the animal-based books, the images of the animals in this one are drawn in a mosaic style that allows for maximum creativity. When I have used non-mosaic, field guide style coloring books, I have worried about trying to make the animals an accurate color... thus defeating the purposes of the book in the first place (stress relief and having fun coloring). Also, ever since the coloring craze took hold, a lot of books have skyrocketed in price. I was pleased to find this one on Amazon for a good deal.” —Anonymitea

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99, and a get a pack of 50 colored pencils to go along with it for $9.42.

    15. A Möbius ball that'll strip away any distractions and is so tiny you can take it absolutely anywhere.

    Promising review: “Not only is this toy beautiful, it's very useful for me at work to occupy my restless hands during meetings! I was always playing with my pen or twirling my rings on my fingers but now I have something less distracting to keep me busy. I can hold it in my hands on my lap and fidget without anyone noticing. It keeps me focused and helps keep me awake during long, boring meetings. The rainbow colors are bold and beautiful.” —Tammy K

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A rainbow ball puzzle even Roy G. Biv himself would find endlessly entertaining.

    You (or someone else) can mix up the balls and then the challenge is trying to get them back to the correspondingly colored ring.

    Promising review: “This is great for stress. I love it and shared with my wife only to have lost it to my wife. I foresee a second one in our home soon.” —JULIE BENNY

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    17. A fidget controller for that retro gamer aesthetic. Playing a real game at your desk would be super distracting, but this'll help you stay in the zone.

    Promising review: “As someone who struggles to focus this device works incredibly. I have tried other designs but found them uncomfortable and had to be held a certain way to be useful. This can be used productively no matter how it is held. The feedback I get from the triggers/joysticks are exactly what I need to stay attentive. This is hands down the best fidget toy on the market.” —Matt

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    18. A set of Wacky Tracks you can snap and click into basically infinite shapes and designs for maximum satisfaction.,

    Promising review: “I'm using these for adults during meetings where I need their complete attention instead of competing with their cell phones. Works great!” —DK

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.97.

    19. A stress ball for anyone who wants to squeeze away their worries — or just wants a super jacked hand.

    Promising review: “I'm in grad school, and my life is full of stress. Since I have this ball I'm not biting my nails and hands, I'm not biting my pens, and I feel more relaxed and focused. In the second day my hand was just taking the ball and squeezing it while I was working, and as simple as it is, it helps focus, concentration, and long hours of work. The quality is really good, I truly recommend it for anyone who has to work long hours in an office and wants to improve relaxation, focus, and serenity.” —Jose

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85 (available in six colors).

    20. A worry stone you can keep in your palm at all times to reduce stress and get some good ~vibes~ from the crystal as a bonus.

    Promising review: “I have a couple of worry stones that I like to massage when I'm stressed. This is perfect sized for the palm of my hand. I love it.” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 23 different stones).

    21. A jigsaw puzzle that'll keep your hands occupied at home and provide hours of entertainment for everyone in the house.

    Promising review: “Doing the puzzle has improved my concentration and patience, not to mention my creativity. Is that possible? Well, it seems to be. Gotta love it. Why can't we adults have some of the fun? Puzzling isn't just for kids, so enjoy and hope this was helpful!” —Farnoosh Brock

    Get it from Amazon for $9.04.

    22. A pack of modeling clay so you can get a lil' ~creative~ while you keep your hands busy.

    Promising review: “This is a great product for creative minds. The clay stays fresh after it is opened and the creations last forever once they are baked. Fun for kids as young as six or seven and for adults too!” —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $14.75+ (available in three sets of different colors).

    23. A squeezable bean pod that's soy adorable you'll want to play with it all day.

    Promising review: “I have been wanting an excuse to buy some for almost a year, since I first found out they existed. A fun edamame pod shaped keychain toy with three beans tucked inside. Made of like a silicone type rubber, and when you give it a squeeze... one of the little beans pops out and smiles at you! When you let go, the bean hides back inside the pod. The beans are attached to the inside of the pod and seem like they would need a good hard tug to pull out, so you don't have to worry about any of them going missing under normal use. They make a great small gift.” —Lanni

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    24. A desk footrest you can use as a standard rest (which can relieve back pain!) or flip over to rock back and forth — perfect if you're constantly catching yourself uncontrollably bouncing your legs.

    Promising review: “I LOVE this thing. I am someone who moves around, fidgets, or shakes my legs/feet when I’m sitting at my desk for work and this is great flipped over because I can move my feet back and forth (more like up and down) without shaking my whole body.” —AD

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    25. A set of stretchy noodles that are a rad throwback to the sticky hands of your childhood, but these won't collect dust (literally or metaphorically!).

    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 a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A set of playable art balls so your desk can look like a MoMA exhibit (well, when you're not fiddling with them).

    Promising review: “My favorite 'hand-doodler.' Attractive, well-made, soothing and relaxing. I usually have it in my hands in the evening and find it to be a great remedy to fidgety hands.” —Punchinello

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    27. A fidget dodecahedron because everyone knows that twelve sides are better than six.,

    Promising review: “I needed this a lot in college algebra. The class was so boring and I had the worst teacher. I was constantly getting distracted by other things and my fingers were always messing with other stuff until I got this thing! It kept me focused and on task! Some people use it just for fun, others use it to help pay attention. I think it works for both!” —Justine

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+ (available in 15 colors).

    28. A set of teeny magnetic balls that can fit in the palm of your hand, which is perfect, because you'll need to protect them from everyone (and I mean everyone) who will want to steal them.

    Promising review: “LOVE THESE! The perfect thing to play with at my desk at work. Would 10/10 recommend! My roommate told me I was crazy for getting these... then played with them for 20 min!” —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

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