What Are the Different Types of Stress Balls?

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Promo Expert

Stress balls can be shaped like anything, from hearts and stars to baseballs and brains. You can also find ones that are homemade, scented, and even digital!

No matter what, there’s a stress ball out there that fits your needs and personality. You don’t have to just go with something round and call it a day. From stress balls that look like food to ones made with LED lights, the possibilities are endless!

Which styles are available? How can you tell the difference between one stress ball versus the other? It’s time to find the stress ball that’s right for you!

A Brief Background on Shaped Stress Balls

Back when stress balls were first hitting shelves in the 80s, they were simple round toys. You couldn’t get one shaped like a star, penguin, or pickle. It was a horrible time in human history.

A Brief Background on Shaped Stress Balls

Leave it to Francesco Indrio, founder of Alpi International, to save the day. In 1994, his company created the first shaped stress relievers, starting with a dolphin and eventually other animals that included seals, cows, and pigs. At the time, nobody else was making shapes, and it was generally considered impossible. The team at Alpi took matters into their own hands, opening their own special factory dedicated to the process and hiring a successful artist named Lori Croft to help with the designs.

After several odd shapes, and a lot of trial and error, they finally found a formula that worked! Now you can order stress balls shaped like houses, tomatoes, unicorns, and anything else imaginable, all thanks to Indrio and his bold vision!

A Brief Background on Shaped Stress Balls
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Nobody likes limitations and shaped stress balls give a company so many more options. They last a long time, so your message stays around longer.

– Francesco Indrio, founder of Alpi International

Want to see a stress ball get made from scratch? Watch this awesome video!

Why Are There So Many Stress Balls?

Are you looking for stress balls to advertise an event or business? Chances are, you’re trying to find customizable options in bulk to use as giveaways. In this fast-paced world, you barely have enough time to eat, let alone order personalized stress balls quickly and easily.

Why are there so many Stress Balls

Google “stress balls,” though, and you’re likely to be bombarded by thousands of results. A cardiologist might see heart shaped stress balls that all look exactly the same. A baseball team could find hundreds upon hundreds of squishy baseballs. You get the picture.

What’s the difference between one vs the other? It’s all about the variables!

Why are there so many Stress Balls
Size

Size
One stress ball might be slightly larger or have a smaller printing area for your logo or message.

Size
Item Minimum

Item Minimum
Some vendors require a certain minimum number per order. In other words, you might have to order 100 of one stress ball, but 500 of the other.

Item Minimum
Printing Method

Printing Method
The design will be printed onto your stress ball with either digital, screen, or pad printing. This will affect how your logo looks on the product.

Printing Method
Logo Colors

Logo Colors
Sometimes a product comes available with full color imprints, which means you can have every color you want with no extra cost. Others come with only 1 or 2 colors included.

Logo Colors
Imprint Area

Imprint Area
Your logo might be printed on different areas. For instance, one car stress reliever has the design printed on the hood, while the other has it printed on the windshield.

Imprint Area
Material

Material
While polyurethane is the most common, stress balls can also be made from gel, rubber, foam, and even plastic.

Material
Density

Density
Some stress balls are designed to be firm, while others are a little softer. This is usually dependent on the material used, which ranges from soft polyurethane to thicker foam.

Density

Take for example the earth-shaped stress balls from Quality Logo Products®. At first glance, they all look exactly the same. However, you can see there’s a difference in the minimum, size, and printing method for each stress ball. It’s important to understand these differences as they could affect the cost and the overall appearance of your stress ball.

Earth Ball Stress Toy Ball

Item Size: 2.5” Dia. Circle
Minimum: 100 pieces
Ink Imprint: 1 color
Imprint Area: Pacific

Earth Stress Reliever

Item Size: 2.75” Dia. Circle
Minimum: 150 pieces
Pad Print: 1 color
Imprint Area: Pacific

Earth Ball Stress

Item Size: 2.7” Dia. Circle
Minimum: 150 pieces
Pad Print: 1 color
Imprint Area: Pacific

What Other Stress Balls Are Available?

Think about why you need a stress ball. Are you looking for something to decorate your desk? Advertise your business? Meditate? This will help you whittle down your choices and find one that works best for you!

Every stress ball is unique, but it’s in your hands to choose one that makes sense for your needs and personality. No matter which route you go, you’re going to feel more at ease with something to squeeze!

Aside from shaped and round options, there are many other types of stress balls:

What’s Your Favorite Stress Ball?

What’s Your Favorite Stress Ball?

A good stress ball can reflect our personality and evoke happy memories.

Kyrsten, a Copywriter at Quality Logo Products®, has a personal connection to her sting ray stress ball. It reminds her of a trip she took with her family to Sea World in Orlando, Florida. The intricate details, including little gills and a mouth, make it seem more realistic, while at the same time being a decorative toy for her desk.

It just goes to show that your favorite stress ball can be personal and give you warm, fuzzy feelings. This sting ray is right by her side when it comes to dealing with deadlines and staying on task throughout the day.

The Bottom Line

A stress ball is a great tool for easing tension, improving your mood, increasing your focus, and a myriad of other benefits. If you want one to advertise, be creative and pick a shape that fits your industry. Want to sit back and smell the roses? Try a scented option! With so many great styles, there’s no reason not to be squeezing away your worries with a stress ball!

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a super cool Copywriter at Quality Logo Products. She’s a fan of diving into the history of some of the earliest promos on the planet. If you need her, you’ll find her buried in research, in the middle of a phone interview, or singing way off-tune in her office.