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

    Let's set some boundaries.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Waterproof plastic cards

    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

    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!).

    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.

    The cover of the Friends activity book

    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

    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.

    The Hermit tarot card next to its meaning described in a book

    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.

    A person doing downward dog with their dog

    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!

    The cover of The New York Times crossword compilation book

    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

    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?

    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.

    The box set of Harry Potter

    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.

    A notebook next to a mouse and keyboard

    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.

    The pieces of the kombucha set

    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).

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    A person lying down with the eye cushion over their eyes

    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).

    A person in front of one of the pages of the adult colouring book surrounded by colouring materials

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    The scrunchie kit with  three finished scrunchies

    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.

    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!

    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.

    Do yourself a favour and peel yourself away for a hot sec.

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