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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rubber Band Bracelets Or Silly Bandz - A Fun Collectible Craze No Matter What You Call It

Have you ever heard of silly bandz? How about shaped rubber bands? If you have child from tween down to about five, you may have heard of them. If not, let me introduce you. As a member of the Sandwich Generation and a granny nanny to half my sweet grand kids, I am growing extremely knowledgeable about these fun little gizmos as each day passes!

I first noticed them at the airport a few weeks ago. They looked vaguely interesting but I found other grand kid gifts I preferred. Two months later, I discovered they were the newest craze for tweens on down and we hit the airport running - for the same airport gift shop and for those now, very cool rubber band bracelets! After all, cool grand kid gifts at reasonably cool prices equal a semi-cool grandma!

One grandchild now has over 75 and the number is growing. As soon as they met up after a month apart due to vacation, they were delighted to discover their friend has a growing collection as well.

Basically, a shaped rubber band bracelet is just a plain old rubber band in the shape of something. The shapes seem to be almost unlimited. There are animals, fish, western motif, princesses, words, phrases, musical instruments, and so much more. You can wear them in your hair, around your wrist, around a pencil, or anywhere a rubber band goes. When you take them off, voila - they go right back into their same shape.

Kids are trading them right and left, up and down. In fact, some schools have even taken the step of banning them or limiting them, due to the distraction they can cause. It's also important to know that there are some safety concerns connected with these cute little silly bandz rubber band bracelets.

But with a little common sense, you have can have delightful shaped rubber bands treats for your grand kids or kids without hurting the pocket book too much. Not only that. If they save some til they are my age (yup, that would be 40-50 years), I'm betting they'll join the ranks of old-fashioned lunch boxes, Pog milk bottle caps, Russ Berrie Trolls Dolls, and baseball cards! Meaning they'll be a nice little nest egg for them in their old age. How's that for giving a gift that keeps on giving?

Where do you get these, besides the airport, you may be asking? And well you should. SandwichINK went on a hunt to find out where to get the cheapest shaped rubber bands and you can find out all about them, along with more details on the safety concerns at

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