Long day at the office? Desk toys are a great way to inject some fun into your working day as well as help pass the time and relieve stress. These usually come in the form of novelty and compact items that are perfect for adults and office workers' desks. Although Newton's Cradle was the original desktop toy, puzzles and arcade games have also risen in popularity in recent years.
With a wide range of educational, fun, and challenging toys to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is the best for you. This buying guide will go through everything you need to know to help you decide. We've also included a list of the ten best desk toys available from Amazon UK, including ball games, kinetic toys, magnetic toys, and one's that showcase the laws of physics and science.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of desk toys available and understand how our ranking was determined.
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Classics Pac-Man Color LCD Retro Mini Arcade Game
Desktop Mini Bowling Game
Wooden Sudoku Board Game
3D Wooden Puzzles
Mini Desktop Golf
Miniature Version of a Cult-Classic Arcade Game With Colour LCD Display and Original Graphics
Ease Your Mind and Transform Your Thoughts Into Art With a Fading Canvas
A Classic Desk Toy Which Showcases the Laws of Physics and Improves Concentration
The World Famous 3D Puzzle With Multiple Combinations but Only One Solution
High-Quality, Wooden Miniature Bowling Game for Relieving Stress
Test Your Problem Solving Skills With This Wooden Sudoku Board That Comes With 100 Puzzles
An Anti-Stress Toy to Distract Your Mind by Making Various Shapes and Combinations
Challenge Your Intellect With These 3D Wooden Puzzles That Test Your Logical Thinking
A Novelty Miniature Golf Set-Come-Stationary-Set, Perfect for the Office
Build Sculptures With These Magnetic Shapes to Display Your Creativity at Work
|Type||Arcade game||Art||Scientific||Puzzle||Sports||Puzzle||Fidget toy||Puzzle||Sports||Magnetic toy|
|Purpose||Fun||Relaxing||Educational||Educational, problem solving||Fun||Problem solving||Sensory||Problem solving||Fun||Fun|
|Difficulty||Easy||Easy||Easy||Difficult||Easy||Easy||Easy||Easy - difficult||Easy||Easy|
|Dimensions||5.08 x 10.16 x 14.61 cm||33 x 26 x 6 cm||18 x 18 x 18 cm||5.08 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm||30.5 x 12 x 5 cm||22.35 x 22.61 x 3.3 cm||13.2 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm||7 x 7 x 7 cm||26.92 x 11.94 x 3.56 cm||9.8 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm|
Occupying our hands by playing games, building something, or creating art, can engage our brains and diminish feelings of anxiety. Therefore, having a desk toy is excellent for sparking creativity and uplifting your mood. Think about why you want one, and pick a toy that fits your need. Below, we'll detail the 6 main categories to choose from.
Although desk toys help you destress and relax, some are designed to be challenging while stimulating certain parts of the brain. If you want a desk toy that will challenge you, opt for a traditional puzzle. Puzzles develop your problem-solving and memory skills, thus benefiting your intellectual skills. Though, it should be noted that solving complicated puzzles can be rather time-consuming.
Stress-relieving and art toys don't require much thinking and are less challenging than puzzles. They can be played mindlessly and even while you are working, meaning they're great for those who don't have much time to play a proper game. Stress-relieving toys also help you focus, boost productivity and increase sensory awareness.
For those times you are on the go or off on holiday, why not also get a travel game!
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Dimensions||5.08 x 10.16 x 14.61 cm|
|Dimensions||33 x 26 x 6 cm|
|Dimensions||18 x 18 x 18 cm|
|Purpose||Educational, problem solving|
|Dimensions||5.08 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm|
|Dimensions||30.5 x 12 x 5 cm|
|Dimensions||22.35 x 22.61 x 3.3 cm|
|Dimensions||13.2 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm|
|Difficulty||Easy - difficult|
|Dimensions||7 x 7 x 7 cm|
|Dimensions||26.92 x 11.94 x 3.56 cm|
|Dimensions||9.8 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm|
Written and researched by Jane Pipkin
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