Infinity Cube Fidget Toy
Liquid Motion Bubbler
Toys, and desk toys, in particular, might seem juvenile and potentially distracting in a (mostly) serious environments such as school or work. However, these toys actually prove to be the complete opposite. They can be used to prevent distractions, allow your brain to recharge, and inspire creativity to help you crack a particularly difficult problem. They can also be used to just add a bit of flavor to your workspace. Desk toys can function as a focus aid or merely to be a bit of fun to help you relax. Check out our list of the best desk toys for you to add a bit of personality and productivity to your workspace.
The Best Desk Toys
Infinity Cube Fidget Desk Toy
The Infinity Cube is the coolest of all of the cool fidget toys and is our number one choice for the best desk toy in our list. It is constructed using durable ABS plastic that is top of the range and is easy to handle with just one hand so you can continue to work while trying to alleviate any negative feelings throughout the day.
Fidget toys get a bad rap due to their association with douchebags who commandeered them when they arrived on the scene, but the Infinity Cube is designed to help battle bad habits and is an enjoyable toy to play with. It is ideal for stress relief, anxiety management, and will keep your brain occupied as a time-kill during downtime at work or school so you can keep alert for when the work finally arrives. Find more great products like this by checking out our guide to the best fidget spinners.
Crafted with premium ABS plastic
Portable and pocket sized
Anti-anxiety and stress relief cube
Unique gift for all ages
Lightweight, discreet and ergonomic style
- BrandSMALL FISH
- Weight4 ounces
SPOLEY Desk Sculpture Desk Toy
Hanging out in the realm of fun desk toys, this desk sculpture set combines the joy of magnets with creative possibilities that could lead to you waste your day away experimenting with different models, but we know you have much more self-control than that.
Through it’s entertaining and challenging setup, SPOLEY Desk Sculpture can help relieve stress by channeling any issues through your imagination and clear your head. If you are sat in front of a computer all day, this set is a welcome distraction to give your mind and eyes a rest. It comes with 221 balls and is small enough to fit on your desk without getting in the way. Our handy guide to the best magnetic toys features more great products like this.
Stress relief through entertainment
Therapeutic for kids and adults with Aspergers
Inspires creativity and productivity
Can double as a cool desk decoration
Magnetic base to prevent spillages
- Weight12 ounces
Euler’s Disk – Desk Toy
Cool desk gadgets are not that hard to come by, but we challenge you to name one cooler than Euler’s Disk, our premium desk toy choice. This spinning disk set allows you to combine science and art in a way that helps to calm the mind through light and sound and creates a stunning visual aid. This is a perfect gift for coworkers from your office.
The hypnotic movement means that you will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love this set. Simply get it spinning and it will continue to defy gravity and logic as it just goes around and around (and around). Who knew something as simple as a spinning disk could be so soothing.
Hypnotic display of light and sound as it rotates
Requires just one spin, gravity does the rest
Allows you to spin science into art
Patented 3” diameter chrome-plated steel disk
- Weight2.15 pounds
Fidget Cube Desk Toy
A brand of fidget toys for adults that is designed to promote a sense of calm and reduce anxiety and stress. This fidget cube toy is great for those hectic office environments where everyone seems on edge.
Fidget Cube Toy will keep your hands busy during downtime or when you feel nervous and can prevent pen-chewing, paper-tearing and leg twitching. It is easy to grip and small enough to hold in one hand so you can still use the other to type or write. The ABS plastic makes it durable enough to be used for years and sturdy enough to withstand getting dropped on tile, carpet and concrete.
Designed to improve a sense of calm
Reduces stress, anxiety
Suitable for those with ADD, autism, OCD, and high stress levels
High quality ABS plastic construction
- Weight2.08 ounces
Stealing Coin Cat Box
As desk gadgets go, Stealing Coin Cat Box won’t help alleviate stress or anxiety like the fidget boxes will, but it can help you find calm in another way. Its cute, chic design is aww-inspiring and makes for a perfect desk mate that won’t leave type too loudly or crumbs covering the surface.
For those bad with money, the magpie-esque kitty cat will help you save just a little bit during the day that you can use to treat yourself or your partner. Its polite ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’ feature makes it a welcome office addition and your coworkers will be fawning over its design. Overall, an adorable desk gadget that gives just as much as it takes. This is also a perfect Christmas gift for your colleague.
Adorable mechanical kitten
Helps to collect money
Says ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’
Great fun alternative to classic piggy bank
Holds approximately 40 coins
- Weight13.6 ounces
Liquid Motion Bubbler
Perhaps more associated with turning on, tuning in, and dropping out, this Liquid Motion Bubbler is the best value out of all listed office gadgets. Like the lava lamps that dominated the last millennium, these are visually gripping creations that you can lose yourself in and inspire a sense of calm and tranquility.
They are great for sensory inspiration and help those with autism, ADHD and hyperactivity. In addition to this, they also fit nicely on teacher’s desks to add soothing feelings to your classroom. The bubbles’ movement are excellent for improving sensory tracking, which will hold attention and put the mind at ease.
Great for sensory play
Soothing and mesmerizing effect
Great aid for hyperactivity issues
Improves visual tracking skills
Good for autism and ADHD
- BrandSuper Z Outlet
- Weight2.88 ounces
Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Figure
This next item on our list of cool desk toys comes in the form of everybody’s favorite little tree-based life form from the Marvel universe: Groot. This funky little desk toy comes with the voice of an angel and is designed to entertain you and anyone who passes your desk with its rendition of ‘I Want You Back’.
Groot is sound activated and loves to give you a little jive whenever you walk past any time of day. This is a great little addition to have around the house for when it gets too quiet. If you need a quick, fun break for your daily routine, look no further than the adolescent Groot to help get you through the day. A quick warning, though, he can get just a tad noisy.
Built in music from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 ‘I Want You Back’
Dances and sings
Backed by eKids quality promise
- BrandGuardians of the Galaxy
- Weight11.4 ounces
Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks
Magnets Sculpture Building Blocks will encourage your creativity with an endless amount of combinations that means it is merely your imagination that has limits. You can build things as big or small as you like and will sit perfectly on any desk to double as a decoration when you are not playing with it.
The number of possibilities makes it a great tool to distract your mind from any bad thoughts and feelings and allow you to recharge. The magnetic balls are strong and hold well and also come with a storage carry case, so you don’t need to worry about losing them.
Creative puzzle assembly
Great as a desktop decoration or stress relief tool
Improves intelligence and imagination
- Weight4 ounces
40 inch Table Top Air Hockey Set
Every great, fun office has something like a ping-pong table or foosball table. Your office might not yet, but getting your hands on this tabletop air hockey set can help transform your office atmosphere for the better. Air hockey sets make for excellent office desk toys and can be easily stored away when not in use.
40 inch Table Top Air Hockey Set is small enough not to intrude on everybody’s work but is still the perfect break-time activity to keep people on their toes. When employees need something to unwind with after a long week, there is nothing better than an air hockey tournament to help blow off some steam.
Sturdy MDF hardwood frame
UL-approved 100 cfm air-powered motor
ABS puck catcher
2 strikers and 2 pucks included
Excellent quality, without the expense of larger tables
- Weight18.4 pounds
This is perhaps the most useless of office toys, but that is the entire point. The Useless Box is exactly what you would expect it to be, but this shouldn’t put you off adding it to your desk toy collection. A simple and entertaining toy that highlights just how easily guys (and girls) can be amused, you might think the novelty will wear off soon enough, but you’d be wrong.
There are no fancy gadgets, no cool sounds or hidden features. It is just a box with a switch that doesn’t want to be messed with. At the end of a crap day, sometimes you just need a little laughter to pick you up and keep you going, and this box can provide that time after time.
Made of real wood
Compact to fit on desk at the office or at home
Excellent for stress relief
Design simple enough to not be distracting
- Weight11.7 ounces
Albert Einstein Magnetic Paper Clip Holder
If you find yourself frequently bereft of inspiration and ingenuity, maybe this Albert Einstein bust magnetic paper clip holder can help you out. You can use its magnetism to create a genius hairstyle that is fun, funky and downright ridiculous with any spare paperclips you find lying around (or ones you lift from the supply closet).
Einstein is a great companion for any desktop and can help you unlock the intelligence and innovation that you need when you start to lag during the day. A certified novelty item to add some spark to your desk, you’ll have people commenting on it all day long.
Create gravity-defying hairstyles
Finely detailed face
Great for creativity and stress-relief
- BrandMustard and Co.
- Weight1.6 ounces
The Skill Flux is an entertaining demonstration of Lenz’s Law that creates an astounding display of gravity-defying electromagnetism. Using a 1” diameter neodymium ball, you can watch, amazed, as it flows through the pipe and spins in magnetic wonder.
This is a great little item to have at the office or at home to amuse yourself and recharge or wind down after a long day. Others will be amazed too, and your little Skill Flux will soon be the talk of the office with everybody wanting to check it out. The metal is sturdy and durable, and can be used time and again without worrying about chips or dings for maximum enjoyment and intrigue.
Demonstrates Lenz’s law with gravity-defying electromagnetism
Lots of fun to refresh the mind
Good quality materials and magnet
- BrandFeel Flux
- Weight1.54 pounds
Pet Rock with Walking Leash
‘Stay boy, stay! Good rock.’ The pet rock is a classic toy that harkens all the way back to the 70s and has entertained generations of people who want a pet but don’t think they can deal with the responsibility of a dog or cat or rabbit. The Pet Rock is low-maintenance, but still gives you all of the love that you would expect from something that doesn’t mess, eat or sleep.
It comes with a comfortable bed to sleep on as well as an instruction booklet that outlines proper care of your new rock. If it (or, more likely, you) ever gets restless, then there is a walking leash provided to help it get some fresh air and bound about with the other rocks. If you need a companion that won’t bark into the night, scratch at your door, or require almost daily cleanings (looking at you, hamsters), then the pet rock is the best friend that man could ever have.
Low cost, no maintenance
Requires only love and a good home
Great throwback to the 70s
Hilarious gift for your less-reliable friends
Doesn’t require exercise, but will appreciate fresh air every once in a while
- Weight1.6 ounces
Desk Toy FAQ
Q: What is a Desk Toy?
A: A desk toy is a toy, item or accessory that is small enough to be kept on your desk at home, at work or at school. Typically, they will be familiar characters from movies or TV or amusing little guys or gadgets that help to bring a little bit of personality to your desk in an area where everything seems so monotonous.
Some people, particularly teachers, parents and upper management might believe that these toys are a distraction, that you will spend more time playing with them than you will actually be completing your work. However, the mind will find ways to get distracted regardless, and these toys will actually increase your focus and concentration instead of nullifying it.
The best office toys are not just for show, they are designed to help you focus and concentrate during those long, dull days where time appears to stand still, although some are purely novelty items that get a laugh out of coworkers who pass your desk multiple times per day.
The advantages of having desk toys
Items such as desk fidget toys are excellent for reducing stress and anxiety and were designed for just that purpose. The work, school and study environment can be fraught with feelings of being overwhelmed by projects and deadlines, and the always-on culture and being able to and expected to be contacted at any time, even when you are trying to relax on a Friday night, can have hugely detrimental effects on mental health.
Desk toys offer a distraction from these feelings. By giving your brain something else to focus on, it pushes the negative feelings out and instead helps promote concentration on what you are doing. This allows you to clear your mind, and hopefully eliminates the bad feelings associated with anxiety or stress using calming, repetitive actions. This means that you no longer need to worry about chewed up pens, post-it notes torn to shreds, or feeling like you can hear every single voice in the office.
Desk toys will also contribute to increased productivity. You might think that the most productive person is the one that sits at their desk, statuesque for 8 hours every day as they work and work and work and work (and work and work and work) without a break. It certainly sounds like this is the signs of a productive person, however, this isn’t always the case.
Each person is individual in their productive process. Some can sit at their desk and not look away from their screen until every piece of work is done, but others… not so much. Other people need to get up, walk around, take breaks, chat with coworkers and generally get themselves away from their workstation in an effort to recharge.
This might look like slacking off and avoiding work, but when they get back to their desk after a quick break (it is believed that anywhere between five and twenty minutes is the optimum amount of time), they will feel invigorated, focused, and ready to get back to work. This makes them much more productive than if they were to merely sit at their desk and try to will motivation.
They can also help with creativity, intelligence, and imagination. In coding environments, they have something called ‘Rubber Duck Debugging’. This is when the coder is struggling to figure out what is wrong with his code and why it does not run, so they explain it, line by line, to a little rubber duck that they keep on their desk.
In doing this, they get to see their code from a different perspective. The result, normally, is that they will come across the part of their code that is wrong, all through the act of merely explaining it to an inanimate object. Desk toys can offer similar results, just without any explaining of your work.
The different kinds of office desk toys and gadgets can provide different kinds of assistance. There are the stress and anxiety relief toys, there are ones that are designed to help with autism, Aspergers, ADHD, and hyperactivity, and, additionally, there are those toys that are just cool, fun, and interesting to have on your desk.
Cool office toys will also make you seem more approachable. There is always that one guy at the office or at school who has his desk filled with pop culture references that are great conversation pieces. You can be that guy. When starting a new job, it can be a challenge to make friends and form relationships, but with desk toys, you give people an idea of who you are, what you like, and if you seem fun, instead of simply being known as ‘The New Guy’.
They also make the office or workspace seem a much more friendly and approachable place. No one likes looking at drab, boring decor when they are trying to be productive and avoid stress and anxiety. Filling the area with fun colors, gadgets and toys will make the workplace a much more welcoming area that people will enjoy to be in that just so happens to be a place where they need to work, too.
- Your Desk Toys Are Making You Smarter - Advisory
- Stress Toys Could Help Boost Focus, Memory, and Attention - The Atlantic
- This Is How Many Minutes of Breaks You Need Each Day - Fast Company
- Debug Software with a Rubber Ducky - Rubber Duck Debugging