This stretchy putty keeps my hands busy and helps me stay focused during long meetings

sarah tugging on the crazy aarons thinking putty in dragon scale
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  • When it comes to long meetings over Zoom and Google Meet, I often find that I can't sit still. 
  • I keep a tin of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty at my desk to fiddle with and it helps me focus. 
  • It costs around $15, comes in a ton of fun colors, and makes for a great gift.

I impulse-bought a tin of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty years ago, and it has since become an indispensable addition to my home office desk. The glittery, flexible putty is endlessly malleable and stretchable; it never dries out. I fiddle with it during long meetings or when I'm thinking, as it's aptly named for. 

In texture, it's similar to the Silly Putty of our youths, but much better. It's considerably less tough, and it comes in a ton of different colors.

crazy aarons thinking putty infinite nebula in a ball
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A four-inch tin can cost you anywhere from $8 to $24, but most cost about $13.

crazy aarons thinking putty in infinite nebula and dragon scales on a blue background
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The brand makes a variety of options to choose from, including Glow in the Dark Dragon Scales and Cheese Pizza Scented Pizzarazzi.

sarah holding crazy aarons thinking putty in dragon scales
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Though having a favorite putty brand sounds weird, I do prefer Crazy Aaron's to other putties I've tried.

crazy aaron's thinking putty tins infinite nebula and dragon scales open
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For example, I got Professor Pengelly's Thermo Reactive Putty years ago as a gift, and it has not kept as well (though the temperature-change effect is very cool).

professor pengelly's putty thermo reactive sunset red
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For something that seems so childish, the Thinking Putty makes a huge difference for me when it comes to staying focused during Zoom and Google Meet calls.

sarah tugging on the crazy aarons thinking putty in dragon scale
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Should you buy Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty?

sarah's putty collection including professor pengelly's putty and crazy aaron's thinking putty
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Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is the epitome of an impulse purchase, and I regret nothing. I have the Infinite Nebula and Dragon Scales putties, and I'll probably expand my collection again. 

It makes a great buy or gift for fidgety adults and children (3 and up). You can get a four-inch tin of the Infinite Nebula color for $15 on Amazon, or a variety bundle for $17. 

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