The 7 Best Fidget Toys of 2021

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When work gets too stressful or anxiety-provoking, fidget toys can help you relax and boost productivity. They aren't just for kids, as these toys can be quite beneficial to adults. From spinners to balls to pens, here are the best fidget toys to consider.

Best Overall: Scione Fidget Spinners

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Particularly useful for anyone who isn’t neurotypical, the Scione Fidget Spinners come in a pack of 12. Every spinner functions the same way, but each has a different color and pattern.

With a smooth surface and round corners, these fidget spinners are also easy to use. Just hold with one finger on either side of the center and spin for at least one minute. Because it is fairly small, with a diameter of 2.95 inches and a thickness of 0.31 inches, the spinner can be played just with one hand after some practice.

Best for Wellness: Tangle Therapy

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An outlet for sensory and tactile play, the Tangle Therapy toy helps improve attention and offers stress and anxiety relief. Because it can keep both hands extra busy, the toy is also practical for those trying to quit bad habits like smoking, nail-biting, or even excessive phone use.

Made of purple, blue, and green hard plastic joints, this toy will appeal to all ages. Even more, Tangle Therapy is beneficial for anyone trying to recover from hand injuries or issues, as it can help rehabilitate joints and strengthen muscles. 

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Best 3D Toy: Shonco Magic Star Cube

The Shonco Magic Star Cube features two different toys in one package for both adults and kids. Great for stimulating creativity, this toy can be useful when working on art projects or designing graphics. It combines a cube and a 3D puzzle that forms into a variety of geometric shapes and figures.

Easy to use, the Infinity Cube rotates from any angle or direction for free-flowing movement. Made of durable, non-toxic ABS plastic, it is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Each side of the cube also has a different ocean-themed graphic with a whale, sea turtle, sea anemone, or tropical fish.

Best Spinner: Magtimes Anti-Anxiety Fidget Spinner

With so many spinners available on the market, the Magtimes Anti-Anxiety Fidget Spinner stands out for its colorful look and durability. In addition to finger spinning, this toy can spin on a tabletop.

The metal spinner boasts an ombre design and gives the illusion of a 3D rainbow when spun. Plus, it has a long spin time of three to five minutes. Set a timer to see how long it can spin while taking a break from work.

Best Ball: Manzelun Kinetic Desk Toy

For a fun, fidget spinner ball, opt for the Manzelun Kinetic Desk Toy. Available in a range of colors (gold, blue, black, and silver) and sizes (mini, small, and large), this ball will spin on any desk or flat surface. The removable base assures it won’t fall off, preventing any further distraction and annoyance. The helix-shaped grooves along the outer surface of the aerospace-grade aluminum ball make it easy to grip and hold.

Even more, unlike similar products or other bouncing balls, this fidget toy spins silently and gives off an optical illusion when spun.

Best Chain: Tom's Fidgets Flippy Chain

Chain fidget toys are ideal for anyone who likes using both hands to fidget. Tom's Fidgets Flippy Chain is made of stainless steel chain links and split rings, so it won't break or corrode. The silicone O-rings help with gripping as well as provide additional sensory and visual features to the toy. 

Great for adults and kids, this chain won't attract as much attention as other fidget toys might. It's also useful for trying to break bad habits, such as biting nails and picking at cuticles or other skin. Still, the chain is very efficient at relieving everyday anxiety and stress. 

Best Putty: Copernicus Toys Iridescent GLUX

If you enjoyed playing with Silly Putty as a child, then you'll love the Iridescent GLUX Prismatic Super Putty. This vibrant, blue-colored putty toy is incredibly multi-functional. It stretches like rubber and tears like a piece of paper. Still, it bounces like a ball.

The putty toy is also made with a non-toxic formula and won't dry out. Keep in mind that like all toys, it can get dirty, so the manufacturer recommends keeping it stored in the included container.

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Meet the Expert

This roundup was written by Amanda Lauren, a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance SMB.