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A New Spin: 10 Fun Alternatives to the Fidget Spinner

Best Fidget Toys Stress Relief
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* New gadgets to replace your fidget spinner
* Upgraded stress and anxiety relief in the form of pocket-sized devices
* These portable toys are all under $20

Fidget spinners are officially (almost) dead. Last year they were all the rage, but now they’re becoming old news just as fast as they blew-up. Although some are still scratching their head about the fidget spinner craze, the trend actually paved the way for dozens of new, more effective stress-relief toys. Below are ten of the best – and all are under $20.

1. Infinity Cube Fidget Toy

This infinity cube is designed with eight plastic cubes connected with metal bearings. The unique flipping and folding action is highly addictive, and provides excellent stress relief.

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2. Maxboost Fidget Cube

The fidget cube is the fidget spinner’s most popular cousin. It has six sides that each provide a different fidget activity (rub, roll, spin, press, control and switch), making it more interesting than the classic spinner.

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3. Flybar Finger Pogo Stick

Flybar’s mini finger pogo stick is an exact replica of the real thing, and makes a great fidget toy for people of all ages.

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4. Tom’s Fidgets Roller Chain

The fidget chain is another standout design because it’s super simple, but allows for multiple kinds of fidgeting. You can roll it around on your finger (similar to a classic spinner), collapse it, or roll it across a tabletop.

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5. Tom’s Fidgets Flippy Chain

Another great fidget spinner alternative is the flippy chain. It’s made of two interlocked rings, and provides anti-stress fidgeting without the distraction of a spinner.

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6. CuberSpeed Rainbow Ball Fidget Toy

This fidget ball is somewhat of a rubix cube-fidget toy hybrid that will keep you occupied and relaxed. It’s a simple, well-made color-matching game that fits anywhere, and costs less than $10.

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7. SUBANG Chewable Pencil Toppers

Constantly chewing pencils in class or at work is bad for teeth and very unsanitary, but very hard to quit. Instead of trying to stop, try chewable pencil toppers like these from SUBANG. They’re FDA-approved and highly-durable for safe chewing all day.

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8. AllCare Finger Stretcher Resistance Bands

These finger resistance bands are great for fidgeting, but also provide an anti-arthritis hand and forearm workout. These ones from AllCare are made of BPA-free rubber, and cost $12 for a pack of 3.

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9. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty can be molded, bounced and stretched for hours of stress relief, and because it’s silicone-based, it won’t dry out and crumble like most putties. It’s a slightly different kind of anti-anxiety toy, but has the same calming effect.

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10. Synergee Hand Gripper

A hand exerciser is a great fidget spinner alternative because it provides a great workout while you fidget. Use it while at work, in class, or watching TV to de-stress and build forearm strength.

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