Hello Fellow Fidgeters, 

My name is Brigid. I am a final semester grad student at NYU Poly which means I do my fair share of fidgeting at my desk…where I live.

In my video I have showcased 3 of my favorite fidget thingamabobs. First, a clothes pin. I mostly use this to grab at random things and to absentmindedly pinch at the air when I am taking a moment to gather my thoughts. This fidget came into my life during the construction of a project, much like my second fidget, door gutz.

I find this fidget to be particularly handy in moments of stress. It fits in the palm of my hand perfectly so I can press down the latch rapidly, as if I were furiously trying to ring in an answer for a Jeopardy question. 

My third widget is a magnetic necklace. It was given to me as a gift. It is almost never used for its intended purpose of body adornment, mostly because it is way more fun to play with. I often find myself wrapping it around my hand or seeing how tightly I can coil it. I also like feeling the texture of the different sized beads in my hand as I fiddle with it.

That’s all for now fellow fidgets. Happy fidgeting! 

2 magnets that came with my dry erase board at work. I am a social worker and I spend a lot of time on the phone. They help keep my hands busy and I feel like they help me focus:)

I always find myself fiddling with an old coat toggle. It fits so easily in the hand and all my fingers can play with it in many different positions. The spring always feels so satisfying to squash and release when stuck finding that creative breakthrough, and it always helps, even if just for a moment of procrastination!

Graphic designer here - I got this ring when I was ten, and I’ve worn it for eleven years. I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t absentmindedly fiddling or getting my fingers trapped in it, especially while working at my desk. I pretty much play with it any old time though - watching tv, while arguing, or when anxious. 

Nothing copes with daily work stress like a shape-shifting widget, this is more elaborate than those elastic stress reliever balls. I’m amazed at how many people like baby toys in here.

I always carry post-its with me. Not because i write on them (although it’s nice to have them handy for that), but because I play with them, usually as a paper surrogate while working with digital copies of things. I’ll have a tablet in one hand and a pad of post-its in the other, strumming the free edge to hear and feel the edges of the paper.

I also have at least 9000 pens with the clip broken off because I play with those too—usually when talking to people, or in a seminar. It never fails to emphasize the point one is making when one’s pen sends pieces of itself flying across the table.

My coworker had a slinky at her desk that she played with. Everyone was jealous of it and it would sometimes make it’s way to other people’s desks “accidentally,” so she bought us all Slinkies of our own for the holidays. I play with it constantly, on the phone and during meetings. The sound is soothing, and the feeling of the rings going across my fingers.

I stole this wooden chew toy from my 10-month-old baby to play with at work.  I gave it to him in a pricey baby boutique to settle him down so I could finish my shopping but all the time thinking, “This is really for me. This thing is so pretty and feels so nice.” He kept it for almost a week and then today I thought, “Maybe I’ll just try it out one day.” The wooden balls are smooth and cool to the touch.  I like the clicky-clackety sounds it makes as I spin it through my fingers. The balls are on a thick elastic cord so they can be separated briefly and then knock back together. It’s also solid; because it’s made for babies to chew on, it has to be sturdy. It feels substantial but isn’t too heavy. And, yes,I stole it from a baby, but it also reminds me of him and all the fun we have when we’re together. 

I always touch my lip with my left index finger while I work. When I get really deep into something, I stroke it back and forth like a tiny violin. I never noticed I do it until someone pointed it out to me.

These are my black walnuts, which I idly picked up while phone pacing in the parking lot and was then delighted to discover that they make the perfect fidget toy.

They have such great texture, with variation from rough to smooth. I love to run my fingers over it, and rub the walnuts against one another. The texture gives just enough friction. 

They are the perfect size and weight to roll around in my hand. 

That they are organic is a really important feature. I used to fidget with plastic toys made on a makerbot — the bolt, for example. Their rough edges would leave my fingers sore and raw after a day of fidgeting (I’m an intense person like that, haha….) but the walnuts don’t. 

The half walnut with the hole is fun to match up the split edges, and then let it fall apart again, or fit the edge of the whole one into the hole of the other one. the inside is also nice and smooth for tactile variation.