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10 Best Fidget Toys for Everyday Calm in 2020

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10 Best Fidget Toys for Everyday Calm in 2020

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The state of the world and current events can be a cause for some worry and anxiety in our daily lives, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty it brings. Physical movement, no matter how small, can help you loosen up, release stress and better handle these tough times. It can even manifest involuntarily such as when you have the urge to repeatedly click your pen, spin your phone on the table, or flip your pocket knife open and closed. While it’s always fun to play with the gear we have on us or lying around, some of our gear wasn’t designed for such wear and tear. These fidgety urges are best accommodated with a discreet and dedicated gadget or toy.

Fidget toys are designed to take on the stress of repeated movement, and are also a great way to soothe your nerves, calm your mind, and enhance your focus. These little gadgets have also been proven to be a good way to replace unwanted habits like shaking your leg, biting your nails or cracking your knuckles. Or you can choose to have one on you because it’s fun to play with. Perhaps a fun fidget toy is what you need for a calmer mind and a more relaxed attitude, something important to remember during this time, and especially in light of the recent National Stress Awareness Day. Check out our picks for the little trinkets that you can keep your hands and mind busy with, to reduce stress and worry during these tough days.


The Best Fidget Toys for EDC


MecArmy TPX10 Titanium Bolt Tactical Pen

MecArmy TPX10 Titanium Bolt Tactical Pen

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Bolt-action pens are great way to carry something to fidget with that doesn’t look like a toy, but having one that integrates a spinner on one end means you can have twice the fun. The TPX10 is a premium pen made of lightweight and corrosion-resistant titanium, takes on a Lamy M22 ballpoint refills, and is easy to carry at just 3.83" long. Above the clip, it has a freely rotating spinning mechanism that rides on low-friction ceramic bearings and has slots for up to six tritium vials to add some visual flair to your idle manipulations.
Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

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This may be the quintessential design for those who take their fidgeting seriously. This high-quality vinyl desk toy is a six-sided cube designed to accommodate different fidgety impulses. The Fidget Cube gives you something to click, roll, glide, flip, and spin, satisfying your urge to keep your hands busy in different ways, and potentially increasing your focus and productivity (we hope). You can even get the companion Prism keychain holder to keep your Fidget Cube on hand at all times.
ForeverSpin Titanium Spinning Top

ForeverSpin Titanium Spinning Top

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ForeverSpin
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TI
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The spinning top is probably one of the oldest children’s toys, present across different cultures. This is arguably the original fidget toy, and its origins are lost in the thousands of years since its inception. The appeal of a perfectly-balanced specimen has not waned since then. Treat yourself to one with this elegant precision-machined design from ForeverSpin. This titanium spinning top measures 1.4" tall, has 1.125" diameter, and only weighs 0.6 ounces, making it an extremely pocketable and durable heirloom that can give you a lifetime of enjoyment.
Möbii Eclipse Fidget Ball

Möbii Eclipse Fidget Ball

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Steel Lynx
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Möbii Eclipse
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If traditional rotational spinning is not what your restless hands want to do, you may want to check out the Möbii Eclipse Fidget Ball from Steel Lynx. This piece of metal jewelry features chainmail rings woven in an infinity pattern, allowing you to rotate the loosely packed rings through and spin this in your hand endlessly. The design cycles back on itself, not unlike a Möbius strip. The all-metal construction means you can easily wash it in soap and water to keep your fidgeting neat and tidy. It comes in different sizes and a multitude of colors and color combinations to best fit your preference and EDC.
Mechforce EDC Gyroscope Gen2

Mechforce EDC Gyroscope Gen2

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Mechforce
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Gyroscope Gen2
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The Mechforce EDC Gyroscope Gen 2 comes with a design that's a little more industrial and technical, providing a way for your to enjoy gyroscopic physics on the go. Playing with this helps you understand and get a literal feel for inertia, angular momentum, and the gimbal lock, famous for causing an engineering incident on the Apollo 11 Moon mission. This compact contraption features five bearings to keep the action smooth and snag-free, allowing you to fidget with the EDC Gyroscope as much as you want.

"The Captive Nut” Brass Fidget Key Chain

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Bruce Charles Designs
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If you’re looking for something more mechanical and less toy-like to fidget with, the curiously named "Captive Nut" form Bruce Charles could be right up your alley. It’s a break-apart key chain made of solid brass that could easily be integrated into your EDC. The design comes from a classic machinist’s puzzle, and the nut can be rotated up and down the length of the main bolt as something to keep your fingers busy with. The fact that you can fidget with this silently makes it even more appealing to take along and make a part of your daily carry.
Begleri Copper Worry Beads

Begleri Copper Worry Beads

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Copper
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This small skill toy is derived from the Greek rosary, which function as worry beads that you can manipulate to soothe emotions and calm the mind. The Begleri consists of a two beads or weights at either end of a cord, designed to be flipped between and across your fingers. It takes a little bit of skill and there are more advanced tricks for the Begleri that you can learn in your spare time. A variety of models give you a lot of choices your for hand-held stress reliever, with the end weights made of other materials like titanium and stainless steel, plus different colors and patterns on the cord.
Fidgetland Bernie

Fidgetland Bernie

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Fidgetland
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Designed as a focus tool that can help you replace unwanted habits like nailbiting, the Fidgetland Bernie keeps your fingers occupied with different ways of manipulating it. Two layers of rollers spin around a stainless steel central ring, allowing you to turn and slide them over each other, aside from flipping and rolling the entire plaything across your palm and around your fingers. This pocket-sized focus tool is discreet and quiet enough to take anywhere, and comes in four different sizes. You can get them individually or in packs.
Spyderco BaliYo

Spyderco BaliYo

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Coming in a variety of colors, this pen from knifemaker Spyderco lets you play around with what essentially is a balisong butterfly knife in public, without the blade and the danger and stigma associated with it. The handles are perfectly balanced with brass weights, allowing you to flip and twirl this like the real thing. It’s a great opportunity to train your hand-eye coordination with a safe and useful EDC gadget. When you’re not flipping it around, it functions very well as a write-anywhere pocket pen, thanks to the retractable Fisher Space Pen refill.
Jig Pro Shop Copper Challenge Coin

Jig Pro Shop Copper Challenge Coin

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Jig Pro Shop
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Sometimes just flipping or spinning a simple coin satisfies your fidgeting urges. Challenge coins have become popular as commemorative items or gifts, their etchings reflecting a variety of designs that will surely spark someone’s interest. This one ounce coin is made from .999 pure copper and is slightly larger than a US dollar at 1.54" in diameter, making for a substantial token in your pocket or wallet that you can take out anytime to thumb, spin, or flip. The Jig Pro Shop Copper Challenge Coin comes in six different etched designs and includes a 2"x2" vinyl protective sleeve for display and storage.

What's your favorite toy for relieving stress and anxiety? Help out your fellow fidgeters by letting us know in the comments below!

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Coins! Doing coin tricks is a great way to pass the time and most people always have some change on them. Although 50 cent pieces are the best size and those aren't as common. But they're a lot cheaper than everything else on this list!
100%. in Canada we have a $1 coin (loonie) and a $2 coin (toonie). The toonie is perfect, though the $1 coin works too. They are dimensionally similar to the US $0.50 coin I think.
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I kinda think they are stupid and "useless", but on the other hand there are so many good looking spinners etc. on Instagram and I think I need one...but then again, often times they are expensive AF and when would I actually use one? But they are made out of copper or Ti...I guess I have to buy one! But I'm gonna lose them after one week or so...UUGGGHHHH!
I agree. They really shouldn't cost that much. A lot of sellers out there are trying to make quick cash and especially when its a new and hot product right now.
$150 or so for a spinner isn't really worth it imho. But I just saw one from 'WE Knives' for about $50ish, might give it a try =)
I got my spinner at like $10 on Amazon and it works just fine man! Something in the $50 range should look way cooler though.
I heard 7-11 sells them for 8 dollars
What a satisfying article! Going to build a begleri then might purchase one of those spinners. Thanks!
Two others I'm a big fan of are Baoding balls and grip trainers. A grip trainer has the added bonus of actually improving grip strength, like the gyroscopic balls (widely sold as "Powerballs" that were popular a few years ago to ease carpal tunnel like symptoms. None of these are really EDC, but they are great to keep at a desk. I use a grip trainer and it does a good job keeping me from biting my nails!
That's exactly what I do. Grip trainer at my desk.
This fidget thing is getting out of hand. I know fidget toys have been around for a long time, but since Fidget Cube hit it huge there've been like 50 new fidget toys (mostly spinners) on Kickstarter every day trying to be the next million dollar idea. I stinks of passing fad.

With that said, spinner rings and flipper coins could've maybe gotten a mention in the article. Check out the Gear Ring by Kinekt and the Decision Maker by Anthony Lawson. Personally, I like to place my key ring around my finger and spin my Keysmart and key fob around in a circles like I'm Billy the Kid showing off my pistol handling skills. :)
I've git the Fidget Cube. It is definitely a must have while in traffic and highway driving.
Honestly for the best Begleri out there you gotta check out aroundsquare. The guy is super passionate and is a hardcore slinger.
The spinners seem like a cool item, but I'm stuck on pocket stones, always have one on me and has a good feel in the hand.
I've got a number of them (to include the cube, which I keep at work). I even keep one on my key chain in case I forget one. They really are remarkable for helping folks like me who are easily distracted keep focused.
I’ve got a solid titanium top (it’s not a ForeverSpin I don’t remember what brand it is) and it goes everywhere. It works for the obvious but it’s also a good thumb-stone substitute. It also has a nice weight to it, so I can use to to, say, weigh down papers or napkins outside. Incidentally it’s also a great conversation starter as a lot of people are baffled by its very existence and the fact that I possess one.
i play begleri and some great ones are available at MonkeyfingeR Design, or Aroundsquare
Silly Putty. $1.50. Works great!
I really enjoy this coin for fidgeting with. Called the spirit coin. It’s A talking board in coin format. What will the spirits tell you? (Insert spooky soubds)
I have both the fidget cube and spinners! Honestly, I feel that the spinner is WAY more addictive. Does it really help with fidgeting? Definitely. Productivity? Maybe not so much lol
HAHA, I never put any thought to it, but I do the same thing with my Emerson CQC-7. I really only thought of it as practicing (everyone should), like dry firing your handgun. I will admit that it does smooth me some how.
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