Toys Aren’t Just for Kids: Four Fun Gadgets to Relax With in Your Downtime

Work, work, work makes…well, you know how the saying goes. The Grind is cool, but we all need a little time to de-stress in our hours off, and sometimes you want a hobby that’s a little more exciting than just sitting in front of the TV. Not all of us can afford to go out and buy a muscle car or take that vacation to Bali, though, so how best to unwind?

Laugh if you want, but even grownups need toys.

Something to engage with your hands, make you laugh, good old fashioned play to help you relax and decompress. Below, we’ve outlined four fun gadgets and toys to engage your adult mind while activating the child in you.


No, seriously. It might be a cliche, something you see in a sitcom: an older couple kicking back with a puzzle after dinner – but puzzles are actually fun.


Some of the ones on the market are incredibly elaborate, interactive and basically works of art. Depending on your price range, you can buy some seriously amazing puzzles that you’ll want to frame when you’re done. We’re talking upwards of 1000+ pieces, so it can be a huge undertaking, but a fun one if you’re into that sort of thing.

And there are puzzles out there for no matter what you’re into: everything from Game of Thrones to NASCAR to deer hunting: there’s a puzzle with it.

Remote Control Cars

Is there a grown man (or woman) alive who doesn’t secretly yearn for a remote control car?

C’mon, admit it: you buy those for your kid every year at Christmas not for him, but for you. Why not invest in one for yourself? Some of the remote control vehicles on the market (because they also make boats, RVs, tractors, helicopters and pretty much anything else you can dream up) are seriously awesome.

You can customize them, find parts online via Traxxas and basically build your dream car in remote control form.

The Old Stand-By

Cornhole and Horseshoes, anyone? It might see old-fashioned, but is there anything more fun than playing a game of horseshoes, cold beer in hand, with your buddies at a cookout?

It’s a social activity, but also one that exerts your body, releasing those endorphins and giving you some much-needed exercise. You can buy horseshoes and cornhole sets relatively cheaply, or you can put your crafting and building skills to work and make your own. 

Cycling Through

Ok, a bicycle isn’t technically a gadget or a toy, but cycling is certainly a fun past-time, and one that can get you fit in a real hurry.

Whether you’re riding on the road with other cyclists, mountain-biking, DMX or just riding around your circular driveway, riding bikes is incredibly fun and rewarding and is a foolproof, easy way to get back to your inner kid and relieve some serious stress.

Plus, your legs will look jacked.

These are just four fun ideas for relaxing in your downtime: fun, engaging hobbies that will engage your brain, your body, and your soul. Kick back and release your inner kid with something fun: your body and brain will thank you for it.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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