Do you have a master list of online shops for stim toys? Please please please haha
Since there were three pleases…!
Folks may or may not know that we have the retailer tags pages, A-L and M-Z. There’s so many retailers now that they’re difficult to search through unless you already know what you’re looking for, and they’re certainly not a rebloggable resource. I find them useful, but I’m well aware that they’re no longer useful for folks wanting a simple list. So in this post I’m going to give you the highlights, organised by category.
Please note that this master post absolutely does not include all online stim toy retailers. (Not even close. Not even remotely close.) I’m focusing on stores that are well-regarded and often referenced by the followers of this blog. In addition, I’m mostly listing stores that offer international shipping, in order to make this list useful for the largest amount of stimmers.
You also might like to check out our autistic sellers and crafters master post for more autistic-owned stores, especially if you’re a US stimmer, as there’s many more crafters and creators well worth checking out.
Fidgetland (USA): Makers of a variety of specialised chain fidgets.
GyRings (USA): ADHD-owned, maker of the GyRing fidget toy.
Sister Cat Blankets (France, Etsy): Autistic-owned, stocks weighted blankets, lap pads and stim toy cases.
OT and Therapy Toy Stores
(Note: most of these are heavily focused on therapy and children. Many of these also use alienating language - not person-first, “children on the spectrum”. Please consider this a blanket warning for all the below vendors.)
(Note: most of these are also heavily focused on therapy and children, although more of these do mention adult chewers. Many
of these also use alienating language - not person-first, “children on the
spectrum”. Please consider this a blanket warning for all of the below
ARK Therapeutic (USA): a wide range of handheld and pendant necklace chewables available in three different toughnesses.
a wide range of handheld, pendant necklace and tube chewables rated by toughness.
Teething Bling (USA): a very wide range of pendant chewables. Focused on parents-with-children, no toughness ratings. Good for folks after unique styles.
(China): sells a wide range of cheap fidget toys and chewables. Be wary
about the chemical listings for chewables, however. Free shipping on
Amazon (USA | UK): sells fidgets, chewables, squishies, Tangles. Note that a large amount of offerings are US or North America only, so often less useful for international stimmers.
eBay (Australia | USA | UK): everything. Knock-off fidget cubes, spinners, squishies, knock-off Tangles and other China, Hong Kong of Taiwan-sourced listings often have free shipping.
Banggood (China): cheap and high quality squishies, spinners, knock-off fidget cubes. Free shipping on the vast majority of their items.
Fat Brain Toys (USA): educational toy store, sells fidget toys, puzzles and Tangles.
K-Mart (Australia): fidget toys, puzzles, mermaid sequin pillows. Very cheap items for Australians.
Office Oxygen (USA):
fidget and office toys. Similar to the now-closed Office Playground.
Smiggle (Australia | UK): fidget toys and stationery. International shipping from the Australian store to anywhere not New Zealand is extremely expensive.
cheap squishies, spinners, knock-off fidget cubes, knock-off Tangles. Shipping on items is generally listed as $2 in buyer’s own currency. Has some extremely good low-cost sales, but the non-sale prices on items is higher than eBay or Banggood.
I’ve noticed, in compiling this list, a distinct lack of UK or European online resources. I would be very grateful if our UK and European followers could send me a few good recommendations!
Originally, I wanted to draw an AU where Link and Zelda were normal human kids in a world like ours, but then I started thinking about Zoras and I got excited and a new AU within an AU happened?? I’ll probably make more of this.
*This post has spoilers from Zelda botw, the divine beasts.*
So I was doing the boss battle for Divine beast Naboris (the Thunderblight) and I noticed that this was the only Blight I couldn’t beat by just stuffing them with arrows. In fact arrows were completely useless against them.
That got me thinking.
Wouldn’t a Blight with this fighting style be better against Revali, who’s primary weapon is a bow, instead of Urbosa? It seemed like an odd choice on Gannon’s part. Then I realised, the Tunderblight fights with a short sword and shield, which is the exact weapons that Urbosa fought with and that you get given after defeating the divine beast. Then I realised, it’s the exact same for every other divine beast.
Mipha excels at fighting with a spear, the Waterblight also fights with a spear.
Daruk fights with a heavy weapon, which for Link to carry requires two hands but I’m pretty sure Daruk could handle with one.
Which would again match the Fireblight’s weapon.
Revali fights with a bow and the Windblight’s main weapon also fire’s projectiles at you. Heck it even copies Revali’s Gale in creating it’s own tornadoes.
Even the Thunderblight can summon lighting just like Ubosa’s fury. Along with the same weapons as I mentioned before.
Gannon’s not fighting fire with water. He’s fighting fire with fire. He’s copied the four champions and created better versions of them. Better versions that could defeat them in their acclaimed strongest skill. The skill that supposedly no one else could beat them in.
He’s humiliating them.
Revali is no longer the best bowman “even among the Rito”. Mipha’s spearmanship “in a class all its own” has met it’s match. And because the champions lacked the diversity of using a range of different weapons they couldn’t counter the overwhelming strength with a different style. It’s almost as if Gannon is teaching them a lesson. Not to be too overconfident in their own skill. After all “Jack of all trades, master of none, but is oftentimes better than master of one.” Which Is why you (Link) have a much better chance at defeating them.
So does that shed new light on Gannon’s character?
You probably new at least half of this already. Anyway thanks for reading if you made it to the end.
*Herbs that can be or are toxic to ingest or burn, do research before handling these herbs
Incense:Cedar, Chamomile, Rosemary, Sage
Animals: Spiders (spiderwebs)
Make chamomile tea with moon water/gem elixir and drink before bed
Keep your bedding and pillows washed and clean
Cleanse your room before going to sleep
Take a bath or shower before bed to relax and cleanse yourself
Keep a bowl of salt near your bed
Sleep with crystals beneath your pillow or near your bed
Fill a bag or sachet with herbs to keep under your pillow or hang above your bed
Sleep with a stuffed animal or blanket that you feel comforted by
Try not to snack too close to bed time, indigestion can lead to nightmares
Stretch before bed
Do breathing exercises or meditate before bedtime
Crack your window slightly to bring in fresh air while you sleep
Avoid nicotine, alcohol or caffeine too close to bed
Listening to calming ambient sounds can help
Dealing with Nightmares
Nightmares can be very stressful and terrifying. Everyone has them and sometimes they are caused by your own subconscious thoughts and worries.
Keep a notebook or dream journal with a pen near your bed. When you wake up from a nightmare, even if you are distressed, try to write down your emotions, thoughts and what you can remember about the nightmare down.
Come morning research the symbolism of the things that happened and appeared in your nightmare. Also consider what they may mean personally to you. Do you have any memories or experiences that relate to what happened in your dream?
Look it all over after you finished your research. What picture does it paint? Is something from your waking life affecting you? Stresses? Arguments? Relationship problems? If so perhaps it is time you try to resolve these problems.
After waking up from a nightmare you can still feel rather distressed.
Take deep breaths, as scary and distressing as it is, it is still just a dream
Get some water
Stretch or walk around if you can, get the jitters and shakes out
Cleanse your room if you can, spray some moon water about or bring in some salt, help remove the negativity you just felt
Read a book, it can help relax you again and make you feel sleepy, especially after such a stressful experience
After you wrote down what you remember from your nightmare, don’t dwell on it right now. You can worry about it later, for now find other things to do if you are not interested in going back to sleep
Listen to calming music or sounds
Watch calming images or videos if needed such as rain falling, ocean waves, changing clouds, looping gifs, etc
If someone is around and there to listen, you can talk it out with them. It can really help calm you
Drink some chamomile tea, it really helps
Wash your face
Cuddle, pet or speak with a pet
Hold your favorite stuffed animal or blanket for comfort
Make a crystal grid of calming stones and negativity removal stones
If you do not plan on going back to sleep or if it is already morning, take a shower or bath
If you do not plan on going back to sleep, light some white and black candles to cleanse yourself and space of the negative energy brought by the nightmare. Do this with caution, make sure you are not too tired to do this. Fires are not fun or safe
I mean really, a tradition is just born from doing a thing over and over again, right? :x
IMPORTANT!!!! So I know that I’m making comics about Breath of
the Wild, but the truth is I actually still don’t know very much about
the game, so as strange as this may sound please don’t talk about Breath of the Wild to me!
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Wondering why there are two Links? Why their equipment isn’t exactly the best? Check out this post for an explanation!