Demand for pebble painting kits leads OnBuy to predict new craze

Published on: 5th January 2018

A £6.49 painting kit could follow in the footsteps of fidget spinners by becoming 2018’s first new toy craze.

Online marketplace OnBuy says it has seen demand for the simple painting package soar as a fad for pebble-hunting gathers pace up and down the nation.

The game, often driven by Facebook and Instagram, sees people painting pebbles and hiding them around their local area for others to find, photograph and share on social media before re-hiding them for someone else to find.

It started in America and is now sweeping Britain, with reports of coloured rocks being found everywhere from Devon, Dorset and Hampshire to Yorkshire, Norfolk and Scotland.

Cas Paton, managing director of OnBuy, commented: “With the strangely addictive fidget spinner the fourth most searched term on Google in 2017 after Meghan Markle, the iPhone 8 and Hurricane Irma, the thirst for the next new trend has never been greater. Pebble painting kits could take up one of Google’s top spots next year.”

He said: “We think this creative craze looks set to continue and be the next big thing for 2018.

“It’s so much cheaper than some of the things we’ve seen catching the imagination in the past – anyone can go out and pick up pebbles from the beach, or even their own back gardens, and parents love it because it gets the kids away from their phones and tablets.

“It’s something that appeals to every generation, and the creative possibilities with the designs are endless,” he added.


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