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    29 Nifty Things You Should Try If You Need A Break From Screens

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    1. A macrame kit that'll give you the tools to make your own trendy plant hanger. It's suitable for beginners and comes with step-by-step instructions that'll teach you everything you need to know.

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    It comes with a wooden ring, digital pattern download, macrame knot guide, and a bundle of cotton cord.

    Get it from Minimalistmacrame on Etsy for $34.99+. Available in nine colours.

    2. A cookbook by Snoop Dogg that'll inspire you to put your phone down and make some food! It features recipes like "go shorty, it's your birthday cake" and "billionaire bacon," and includes some of his go-to munchie snacks, too.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $35.59.

    3. A deck of waterproof cards you can play while you 'lax in the tub. They're also great for drinking games, because when they inevitably get spilt on, you can just rinse 'em off and carry on like nothing ever happened.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $11.02.

    4. A Keanu Reeves colouring book that'll give your eyes a break from your screens, but not from sweet Keanu. You'll get to fill in 35 hand-drawn illustrations that'll let you bask in his brooding gaze for hours.

    The front cover of a Keanu Reeves colouring book
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    Don't forget to pick up some Keanu-worthy pencil crayons, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $18.80.

    5. A chess set that doubles as a fast-paced puck slingin' game when it's opened up and turned over. Reviewers love that they get two games in one, and that it's perfect for those weekends at home with your SO (or roommate!).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.99+. Available in two sizes.

    6. A Friends activity book that'll let you indulge in word games and quizzes about Monica Gellar and the gang. Reviewers say it's great for fans of any age, and that it's a hilarious gift option, too.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $10.56. Also available in a book of crosswords.

    7. A bamboo bath tray that'll keep your wine and book handy while you bask your bod in Epsom salts. It has grooves and slots to help keep your things from sliding around, and extendable arms that should fit on most bathtubs.

    The bathtub tray hovering over a full tub with a candle, book, glasses case, and glass of wine on top
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    Get it from Simons for $45.

    8. A deck of tarot cards that'll help you tap into the occult and look ~within~. It comes with a guidebook that'll get you started with the basics, including different spreads and card meanings.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $25.95.

    9. An anti-slip exercise mat that'll remind you to shut your laptop and take a moment to stretch out. It's on the thicker side for comfort, so it'll give your joints the padding they need. It also has markers on it that'll help you focus on your alignment and improve your practice.

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    Reviewers say it holds up well to the test of time, and that it doesn't have an odour like many new mats initially do.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $39.99. Available in five colours.

    10. A New York Times book of crosswords that'll tickle your brain cells just enough to challenge and entertain you. This particular compilation includes "medium level" puzzles, but they're no joke — make sure you use a pencil so you can erase your mistakes!

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $13.64. Also available in easy and wildly, wildly difficult.

    11. An embroidery kit that'll give you something besides your phone to fiddle with (and let you embrace your inner gran). Reviewers love how cute the pattern options are, and that it teaches you different kinds of stitching with instructions that are clear as day.

    Three embroidery rings with cute flowers sewn into them
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    It comes with a hoop, needle, fabric, thread, guide, and a manual you can access online.

    Get it from $14.92+. Available in nine patterns and 14 assorted packs.

    12. A good book, like Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. It's a series of short stories, which is perfect if you're someone who has a hard time committing to a whole novel. It's incredibly touching and a Pulitzer prize winner, so, I mean, what do you have to lose?

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.35.

    13. Or, binge on the complete Harry Potter collection, so you can finally understand why the books are better than the movies (sorry, not sorry). If you've already read them, then you can revisit your witchcraft and wizardry obsession time and time again with a light re-reading of the series.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $117.

    14. A notebook that'll turn organizing your day-to-day into a (screenless) treat. It's lined with dotted grids, which makes it super easy to draw graphs and patterns to create a bullet journal.

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    You'll probably want some cute pens, washi tape, and bullet stencils, too.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $24.95. Available in three colours.

    15. A kombucha brewing kit, because you've always been intrigued by the weird, alien-like SCOBYs that make the magic happen. It'll teach you how to make your own fermented treat, and give you all the tools you need to do so.

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    It comes with a glass brewing jar, SCOBY, starter liquid, temperature gauge, cotton cover, pipette, stainless steel tea infuser, organic cane sugar, organic tea blend, and brewing instructions.

    Get it from BrewKombucha on Etsy for $64.99.

    16. An illustrated wine guide that'll teach you the basics, without over complicating things. Now, it might not turn you into a sommelier overnight, but it will give you some insight into the wines you like (and why you like them).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.76.

    17. A set of floral patches that'll amp up an old jean jacket or backpack. Each patch has a super-strong adhesive backing, so you can iron it on — which is great if you're not exactly a whiz with a needle and thread.

    Eight very cute flower patches
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    Get it from Lacepatchcraftmall on Etsy for $5.99+. Available in packs of eight and 16.

    18. A set of succulent pots and a sack of cactus soil that'll help you pry your attention away from your phone and on to some new plant babies. The pots have little holes on the bottoms and come with coasters to sit on, to help keep your soil drained and your cacti happy.

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    Get a set of six pots for $22.99 and a bag of soil for $29.99.

    19. A scrapbook that'll inspire you to get crafty, and maybe a little nostalgic, too. It comes with stickers and stencils, so you can decorate your memories to heart's desire.

    The scrapbook with photos and writing on it
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    You might want to grab a pack of metallic markers to use on the black pages.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $20.99.

    20. A colourful dog puzzle that'll keep your brain working and entertained, at the same time. Whoever said puzzles are exclusively for kids probably never tried putting this 1,000-piece thing together, because it's defs a challenge, and I'm a goshdarn adult.

    The 1,000 piece puzzle of an illustrated dog's face
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    21. A lavender-infused eye cushion that can ease a screen-induced headache and help you fall asleep. It comes with a removable cover, so you can wash it without soaking the whole thing.

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    It's hand dyed with non-toxic, vegan pigments that won't irritate your skin.

    Get it from Simons for $22. Available in five colours.

    22. A cathartic colouring book that'll let you swear without actually having to speak. Reviewers love losing themselves in the intricate patterns they get to colour in (while chuckling to themselves every time they read the ~fun~ message included on each page).

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    23. A pack of highly-pigmented markers that'll make it easy to get creative. Reviewers love that it comes with a colourless blending marker that lets them experiment with different techniques, and that each marker has two tips — a fine point for outlines and a thicker one for colouring.

    A few of the markers next to a vibrant illustration of a grapefruit slice
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    Get the pack of 40 on Amazon Canada for $32.99.

    24. An elegant teak bowl candle that'll inspire serenity while you ignore your notifications. The soy candle has three wicks that will burn for up to 20 hours and reviewers say it smells amazing.

    The candle's triple wicks lit on a wooden table next to a plant
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    Get it from Simons for $40.

    25. A metallic rock painting kit that'll give you everything you need to get creative in a new way (it's oddly meditative, too). You can use your creations to decorate your garden, add a splash of colour to your windowsills, or even use them as funky door stoppers.

    The rock painting set box
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    It comes with a fine paintbrush, dotting tool, black base paint, instruction book, four river stones, and four metallic paints.

    Get the set from Book Outlet for $14.89.

    26. A scrunchie-making kit that'll give you the tools to make your own. It comes with enough materials to make three, but you could improvise to make a couple of smaller sizes to use for half pony days, too.

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    It comes with a safety pin, fabric, two spools of cotton thread, and five elastic strips.

    Get it from ThreadtheNeedleFab on Etsy for $19.99.

    27. A graphic novel, like Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. If you are obsessed with the movie (or the HBO series), there's no doubt that you'd enjoy the original comic, too.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $33.99.

    28. Or a manga like Nausicaa, which was written and illustrated by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki. This manga is actually credited for the foundation of Studio Ghibli — which produced popular films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The more you know!

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $12.68. Also available in the complete box set.

    29. And finally, a paint by numbers kit that'll give you something to do and eventually, new decor to put up! Reviewers love that it's not overly complicated, but still challenging enough to entertain them for a day or two of painting.

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    It comes with two paintbrushes, three floral painting outlines, and six tubes of acrylic paint.

    Get the set from CatePaperCo on Etsy for $13.33+. Available in multiple packs.

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