So anyway! All the suggestions were really good; I can't begin to tell you how much I wish these rings were small enough to use as stitch markers, or to add beads to them to make into stitch markers. Those coins shown among the rings are quarters. Twenty-five cent pieces. They're big. They're 1/4" thick; the small ones are two short lines shy of 1-1/2" across (are those eighths? dunno) and the big ones are 1-3/4" across. If I remember rightly, those are the diameters. In fact, the small ring fits snugly and neatly inside the big ring. They're not rigid, they're flexible but not flabby. And
Might I add - Mr Dearling doesn't Take Stuff. He rarely has prescriptions at all, and when he does he usually gets them from Walgreen's, so it's not like the following conversation will ever take place:
ME: Uhm...Love? It's morning time and therefore time for me to take my Bowl of Pills with Cream and Sugar that I take in the morning because I'm very old.
Mr Dearling: Well, two years ago I got a prescription for pills because I twisted my ankle. Are you sure you have the right pills there?
ME: Gee, let me see, what color of rubber rings are there on your prescriptions because I don't want to take a Twisted Ankle Pill because I don't have any. (Twisted ankles.)
Mr Dearling: YOUR pills have blue rings around their necks, they look like escapees from the Croatian Navy. Mine, on the other hand, have NO RINGS. Therefore, don't take anything from a bottle that doesn't have a blue rubber ring around its neck.
ME: OK then.
NOTE: There's a minor complication here. I take a couple of "what makes you think those do any good?" pills, like Lutein for my eye which sometimes goes wonky, and (when I remember) 1) where they are; and 2) that I DO take them.....Gingko Biloba. Or, as Mr Dearling calls them, "Gingky Balboa".
OK, now that you can probably understand the size of these rubber rings which come also in a variety of other colors in case you get your pills from Target and there are enough people and pills in your family that you each need your own color so you don't erroneously and mistakenly take the wrong stuff -- I repeat, "Any idea for anything clever they can be used for? Because they still just look too nice to simply throw away."
"Gee, Mom, sorry - they're just not interesting. And putting them in a bowl does NOT make them tasty, either. Just sayin'."
Editor's note: I did check; the Pharmacy cannot reuse the rings, because of issues of sterility, &c. Would've been a good idea.