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The 12 Best Fidget Toys for Everyday Calm in 2021

Gabriel Colin
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The 12 Best Fidget Toys for Everyday Calm in 2021

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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


Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

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Antsy Labs
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8101A
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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 Onyx Fidget Ball

Möbii Onyx Fidget Ball

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Steel Lynx
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Möbii Onyx
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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 Onyx 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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680599201028
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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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ButterfieldMachine
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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.
Fidget Land Bernie

Fidget Land Bernie

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Fidget Land
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BExxXX
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Designed as a focus tool that can help you replace unwanted habits like nailbiting, the Fidget Land 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 Wing

Spyderco BaliYo Wing

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Spyderco
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YCN102
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“Flipping” a balisong is both a skillful and fidget-friendly practice which lets the user display their dexterity. Of course, getting to the point where you can use a balisong and perform tricks with it takes quite a bit of practice. This is why trainers like the Spyderco BaliYo exist, giving you all the fun and none of the finger-chopping danger. While the BaliYo is designed to be a pen, its three-pronged construction with weighted handles lets you simulate flipping, allowing you to practice and fidget with safety. The Wing is an improved version of the original BaliYo, featuring wider handles with longitudinal slots that give it better stability, durability, and ergonomics. The pen measures 4.25“, weighs less than 1 ounce and it features a wire pocket clip, making it easy to carry. Finally, as a nod to an EDC favorite, the BaliYo can take the Fisher Space Pen ink cartridge as its refill.
Shire Post Mint Memento Mori Coin

Shire Post Mint Memento Mori Coin

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Shire Post Mint
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Memento Mori Copper
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Shire Post Mint are a small, family run business that specializes in producing licensed fantasy coins. Some of their previous work includes coins for franchises like Lord of the Rings, American Gods, and a plethora of coins for Game of Thrones. Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates as “Remember that you have to die.” Historically, this was used as a meditation on death. It was sometimes said to ancient victorious generals to remind them to remain humble. Shire Post added their own spin into the mix with the other face of the coin saying Memento Vivere, which translates to “Remember that you have to live.” The coin weighs around 30 grams and features a pure copper construction, meaning that it will develop a nice patina with time and daily carry. All their coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques which means that no two coins are exactly the same.
aroundsquare Knucklebone Skill Toy

aroundsquare Knucklebone Skill Toy

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Founded in 1982, aroundsquare has been producing and designing fidget toys for a long time. The original knucklebone was actually designed and released by aroundsquare’s founder in 1989. Not to be confused with the ancient game of knucklebones, their version of the Knucklebone is a skill toy, meant for manipulation with your fingers from one or both hands to perform tricks, patterns, or relieve some stress by fidgeting. Some people use it to help regain dexterity in their fingers after an injury or to help combat arthritis. And while it might look simple, in a pair of skilled hands, the Knucklebone can perform complex tricks that can entertain you and the people around you for hours.
Lifidea Aluminum Infinity Cube

Lifidea Aluminum Infinity Cube

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Lifidea
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Infinity Cube
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Fidget cubes were made to improve focus for a lot of people, addressing the need for a harmless distraction for your hands, a way to relieve stress, or for simply passing the time. If you’ve been on the hunt for a similar tool, the Lifidea Aluminum Infinity Cube is an aluminum alloy cube composed of eight smaller, articulated cubes designed to give you plenty of fidget options. You can move them around and make different shapes or fold them back into original cube, hence its “infinity” name. The aluminum alloy gives the cube a solid weight (5.8 oz/165g to be exact), so you’re actually also exercising your fingers while you play, which is useful if you play an instrument or need rehabilitation. It measures 1.57“ on all sides and is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand.
CIVIVI Coronet Tactical Pen

CIVIVI Coronet Tactical Pen

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CIVIVI
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CP-02B
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Just released
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$$
With a namesake crown-shaped spinning glassbreaker tip and a bolt-action mechanism to deploy its tip, the CIVIVI Coronet has two ways to calm fidgety fingers. Its premium titanium body befits its crown, and the knurling helps you grip the bolt action pen whether you’re jotting notes or using it in a fun or emergency application.

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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