Fidget toys are very popular and are used by children and adults alike for fighting stress. Depending on your outlook on it, they may be a great medicine-free way to relieve anxiety and pain when used as a distraction. Fidget toys are used as a treatment for children with ADHD and can be a great way to train your brain because they take motor skill and focus. With so many different toys used by children, which are the best fidget toys for adults?

Fidget Toys for Adults

If you are interested in finding the right fidget toy to distract you and hopefully relieve some stress, I hope you will find something suitable below.

1. Playable Art Ball

Playable Art Ball

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Product Description: The playable art ball allows you to make different colorful displays. It’s constructed of connectors which allow you to twist, bend, expand, and manipulate the colorful wooden beads into whatever design you like.


Easy enough to manipulate that even small children can use it

✔Can create a number of different symmetric designs to display on your desk

✔Great for exercising the hands


✔Only comes in the colors you see in the picture

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2. Flippy ChainFlippy Chain Fidget Toy

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Product Description: This toy is perfect as a stress reducer, for ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism.  Because of the fact that it has smooth rolling and twisting movement you can use it discreetly at work or at school. 


✔ Can never corrode or break

✔ Quiet, so you can use it anywhere

✔ Comes in different colors



✔ One complaint was that it was smaller than it looked

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3. Motivation Stress Balls 3 PackMotivational Stress Balls

My Rating: 4.0 out of 5

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Product Description: Feeling stressed out. Try giving something a little squeeze. These Motivational Stress Balls help relieve stress and motivate you with their motivational quotes like  “Be quiet. Be Calm. Be Kind.”, “Yes! I can do this!”, and “Focus. Listen. Breathe.”


✔ Relieve stress natural while working your hand muscles

✔ Durable and made of squishy foam

✔ 10 colors available



✔ Some customers say they are too big

✔ Not soft enough for some, especially me because I have neuropathy and wrist is sensitive.

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4. Grip Balls ( Set of 3 ) Hand and Finger Strengthener Exercise Ball with Bonus 4K EbookGrip Balls

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Product Description: Want to kill two birds with one stone. Try these stress balls. They help you develop and strengthen your grip, hands, fingers, wrists, forearm as you squeeze. Then you can feel relaxed and have a better grip at the same time. They are great for arthritis and carpal tunnel because they can reduce stiffness. 

Made of non-toxic thermoplastic silicone rubber


✔ Three different colors for three different resistance:  soft, medium, firm

✔ Includes carry bag for easy transportation and storage



✔ Some customers say the balls are too firm

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5. Fidget CubeAntsy Labs Fidget Cube (Colors Vary)

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Product Description: Want more ways to fidget? Try a fidget cube and get more of a challenge. It contains 6 sides with 6 different relaxing modes.

-Flip – on/off-style switch, P
– Roll – 3 quiet gears that are similar to a combo lock on a briefcase and a
– Glide – Similar to a joystick on a gaming remote.
– Spin – a circular spinning disc that spins 360 degrees.
– Breathe – Inspired by traditional worry stones for relaxation or anxiety relief when rubbed.
– Click – You can put the pen down, and click this 5 addicting buttons with 3 clickers and 2 silenced buttons.


✔ 6 sides to provide more ways to distract yourself



✔ A few customers had theirs break after a few hours or days.

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6. Maxboost 12 Sided Fidget CubeMax boost 12 sided fidget cube

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Product Description: Is the regular fidget cube not challenging enough for you? Try the 12 sided fidget cube. Now you have 12 ways instead of 6 to fidget away. Try these modes.

  • Squishy Buds
  • Stress Ball
  • Worry Groove
  • Gears
  • Soft Button
  • Joystick
  • Rotating Disk
  • Soft Ripped Skin
  • Sliding Interface
  • Switch
  • Multi-Buttons
  • Rope Loop


✔ Lots of different modes to enjoy with one fidget toy

✔ Quiet so you can use it anywhere



✔ A few customers complained about the size and preferred the original cube better


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Fidget toys may be a new craze but fidgeting has been around for ages. You may have fidgeted more often than you noticed. Clicking on a pen while working, pacing while on the phone, or doodling while listening to the teacher, are all ways to fidget.  As I am sitting here typing this article, I have twirled my hair I don’t know how many times.

Researchers have been able to show that some fidget toys actually help children with focus. In one study, sixth graders were less distracted in class after using stress balls.  These stress relief toys allow for fidgeting in the same way because you can use the toy in one hand as you complete your work in the other. Not all toys would be truly classified as a “fidget” toy but they all have been claimed by many users to relieve stress.

Which one would I choose?

There are many different fidget toys available for purchase but after my research, I took a liking to the Grip Balls. The reason being is, I find myself twisting my hair a lot. A habit I do not like. I think the stress ball is a great way to keep one hand occupied and out of my hair, Lol! While giving me the benefit of strengthening my hands due to my arthritis.

If I had to choose a second toy it would be the 12 sided cube, I love the different features! I really like the side with the worry groove because it is a great way to relax. It is another toy that allows you to use it one handed so you can focus on whatever task you may need to complete.


Fidget toys are a great way to relieve some anxiety and stress in a natural way. Plus, as a busy parent, you can use them anytime you have the time. If you work you can use them at your desk and most of them discreetly(more discreet than clicking a pen. Finding the best toy for you is always important to try different ones out, you may become the next stress toy addict, Lol!

If you have a favorite fidget toy you would like to talk about I would love for you to share below in the comments. Don’t be shy! Any feedback is also welcome!


18 thoughts on “Best Fidget Toys for Adults – 6 Toys to Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety”

  1. I can’t believe it that I’ve found it! I’ve been looking for a few months for #5 but I never knew what it is called! Thank you for writing this post! I am definitely gonna buy it!! I will send your post to a few of my friends that wanted as well!

    1. HI, Andrei, I am very glad you found what you were looking for!! Thanks for reading and sharing the post. I wish you all the best!!!

  2. As a 5th grade teacher with ADHD myself, I thank you for this post. In my classroom last year we had a debate about whether fidgets such as these should be allowed in the classroom. Are they tools or are they toys? Well one kid’s (or adult’s) toy is another person (with ADHD’s) tool. I’m definitely partial to the silent fidgets, as fidgets that make clicking noises can be distracting. Thus, I agree with you recommendation of the grip balls. Thanks again for your informative post!

    1. Hi Devon,
      My children have told me stories about the banned fidget spinners, but I can see why they would be banned. They are more of a distraction. My children have dropped theirs and it is hard to balance them on one hand and spin. I think as you say, if they are silent, it should be OK. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Hi Melissa
    The only items I was familiar with was the stress balls. Other the others didn’t even know they existed…lol
    I often play with my hair, and also bite the inside of my lip, weird I know also have been biting my nails when stressed. Hahaha, I think I should be buying all of the above. Thanks for the informative post.

    1. Hi Agnes,
      I also bite my nails but found when I am preoccupied I don’t so yes these toys would be great. And, no biting your lips isn’t weird, my husband bites the inside of his cheeks. I am glad you found the post informative, thanks for commenting!!!

  4. I am not a big fan of fidget toys, but I can see where it can come into play in some human’s lives. But like your #4, I see them as more exercise for your hands and fingers than anything else. I prefer meditation and mindfulness exercises and good reading materials.

    I am not one to fidget anyways.

    thank you for the knowledge though. I had no idea there were so many tools for this to choose from.

    1. Hi Brent,
      Not everyone is a fidgeter, so I understand. I too like meditation exercises and reading is a great way for stress so there is something for everyone. Thanks for your comment!

  5. These gadgets are very new to me. And I would have never seen the positive affect it offers to those with anxiety.

    1. I learned about fidget spinners from my kids, so I am not all that much farther in my experience. We would all be surprised the stuff we don’t know. Thanks for commenting!

  6. I love the 3 pack motivation stress balls. I am a customer service representative and sometimes when calls start flowing in during peak hours, I like to relieve stress.
    Seeing those motivational words on the ball will keep me going.
    Thank you.

    1. That is great! That is a perfect time to use the Motivational Stress Balls. Sitting at your desk, sometimes you can get stressed and they would be discreet because they don’t make noise and like you said the words are good. You are welcome and thanks for your comment!!!

  7. I thought your post was well-put together. It was very informative, I have learned something. I never even heard of those things. I had no idea that these fidget toys would help people relieve stress and anxiety. If I had to pick one, I would probably pick number 3. I think it would be perfect for someone with arthritis. The exercise ball would help them relieve joint pain and help to increase range of motion. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Hong,
      There are a lot of ways to relieve stress and fidget toys are a nice convenient way. Taking meds can way on your body so finding ways to calm you naturally is very beneficial. I agree that number 3 is a great choice because of arthritis and they are discreet so you can use them at work. Thanks for your comment!

  8. WOW, you deserve a huge round of applause Melissa for sharing such a great collection on stress relieving toys, these toys not only relieve stress but can also help us to learn how to concentrate on one specific task at a time. All of these toys are great and effective and I am going to order some for myself and will share this article with all my friends who are busy mums and need something to relieve their stress. Thank you so very much Melissa for sharing this with us.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I like how you mention these toys benefit of helping us focus on task. That is one of the benefits I like. Fidgeting allows you to hold an object in one hand and complete another task and some of these toys are great for that. Do you have a favorite from this list?

  9. These toys seem so great. I have the fidget one and really happy with the results. These toys distract us from our depression and that’s how it works in stress and depression. Your articles are always great Melissa, I am a regular visitor of your website because you always share great information. Thank you so much:)

    1. I appreciate your continued support, Sarah. I too love fidget toys for the distraction they give us. I am a fidgeter but clicking on a pen can be a bit loud and distracting to others. I am glad there are toys I can use discreetly.

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