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    21 Things That Can Keep You Seriously Engrossed For Hours

    These items will make you wish there were more hours in a day.

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    1. An easy-to-use gardening kit so you can fake your way to a green thumb. This set allows you to become a plant mom of five with basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme seeds.

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    This kit comes with five types of Certified USDA Organic Non GMO seeds, including Italian Large Leaf Basil, Coriander Cilantro (slow bolt), Peione Parsley, Broad Leaf Sage and Thyme, five Certified USDA Organic compostable peat pots, five Certified USDA Organic rich potting soil discs, five custom wood burned plant markers, and a 25 page growing guide manual.

    Promising Review: "I bought this for my son and me to experiment with an herb garden during the quarantine. We had a blast setting these little growers up. It comes with everything needed to start an herb garden. The little soil discs were weird at first to get expanded but we got the hang of it easily. My 8-year-old had enjoyed the planting and watching the seeds develop over time. We are moving into the transplanting phase soon and hopefully, we will be able to keep it growing through the summer. This kit comes with enough seeds to plant multiple times. Very well presented with different booklets for each phase of the seeds. Great product. Spade and Fork is awesome! " —Virginia LaBorde

    Get it from Amazon for $26.97.

    2. A knitting kit designed to keep you cute and occupied for hours. This is made especially for beginners, which means even the most novice knitter can create super stylish items for themselves, family, and friends. No need for any tutorials (although their website has a ton!).

    Yarn and knitting needles laid on top of a gray sweater
    Stitch and Story

    Each kit comes with 100% merino wool, bamboo knitting needles, a pattern, sewing needles, and basic instructions! Choose from dozens of socks, hats, sweaters, mittens, scarves, and blankets in a range of colors to keep you cozy and busy all season long!

    Promising Review: "This was my first knit in years and it was straightforward but a good challenge to do. The online videos were so helpful and the instructions really well explained and laid out. I’ve since bought some more wool from Stitch & Story. The wool is also a lovely quality, along with the bamboo needles was a joy to do and I’ll be doing many more. Pom-pom hats for everyone during this lockdown! " —Lch20

    Get it from Stitch and Story from $66.40 (originally $83, available in five colors).

    3. A lettering and calligraphy workbook so you can achieve Pinterest-worthy penmanship! This guide is beginner friendly and offers a paperback or spiral-bound option.

    Workbook, pen, and paperclips on table.
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    Promising Review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!! " —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon from $6.99.

    4. A chess set that teaches you the game and, most importantly, patience! Each set comes with a standard chess board, 32 chessman pieces, and a deck of 56 action cards that shows you how to put the winning moves into action. It may take a while, but with practice? You'll go from beginner to chess master.

    Reviewer photo of chess board and instructional cards on table
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    Promising Review: "Have always wanted to learn how to play chess but was just too intimidated by how complicated it appeared. I figured there was no better time than being stuck inside so much due to COVID-19. This card game system makes it SUPER easy to learn. Absolutely love this game and I am starting to research the more advanced strategies. I wish I had found this 10 years ago! I will hold onto this set to teach my son when he's older, and friends once this pandemic is over! " —Amazon reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    5. A DIY memoir journal with thought-provoking prompts like "what do you remember most about your childhood?" — because everyone's got a story to tell. It also includes questions that dig deep about your family, relationships, and future.

    Front cover of The Book of Me
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    Promising Review: "Love the concept of this book! What better time than now to work on this book? We’re all self quarantined. This book has a million questions and ideas that I can write for my children. Something I wish my mother had given to me. It seems fun and a bit nostalgic." —MrsMommyLoves7

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

    6. A fun building model kit that will unleash your inner architect! Perfect as a single or multi-person activity, this can take three plus hours and help improve your attention to detail.

    Reviewer photo of 3D model of New York City landmarks
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    Promising Review: "It is excellent, it is everything I was looking for. Super fast delivery with no issue. I am very happy with the item. It took me four days and I had so much fun doing it, it was all I wanted to work on. Great toy for both children and adults. Worth the purchase!" —TianHao Cai

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    7. A Hunt A Killer murder mystery set guaranteed to make you feel like you're in a movie. This immersive board game includes puzzles and challenges that can be played alone or with groups of up to four! Decode riddles and solve puzzles to figure out who the murderer is as you play the star in this story driven true crime game.

    Front of "Vindication" box set
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    Reviewers say this is one of the most riveting and entertaining games of all time! If you think you've got what it takes to be the next Alex Cross or Sherlock Holmes then this game is a must-have. This edition comes with a six-box set and will take you on a 10+ hour enthralling ride that you won't want to end!

    Get a box set from Hunt A Killer from $150.00

    8. A challenging Sudoku puzzle book to keep your mind ~sharp~. Reviewers love that this book is HUGE (it's packed with over 1,000 puzzles) so it will keep you occupied for long periods of time.

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    This book separates puzzles depending on the level so you can choose between easy, intermediate, or hard.

    Promising Review: "Just got my book today and I’m extremely happy with this purchase and the price!!! Loads of puzzles, this will keep me quite busy for a while." —Dessy Cee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    9. The All Souls Trilogy book series full of witches, vampires, and mystery. You'll be so engrossed that your Netflix app will start to get jealous.

    Boxed set of books in the All Souls Trilogy series
    Barnes & Nobles

    This boxed trilogy set comes with a copy of "A Discovery of Witches," "Shadow of Night," and "The Book of Life."

    Promising Review: "Very hard to put down. Excellent characters. Fascinating story." —Anonymous

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $49.99.

    10. A Friends Lego set so you can produce an animated redo of the finale (Rachel was too good for Ross!). Friends may have ended 14 years ago but this Lego replica will live forever — or at least until you take it apart! The set comes with 1,070 pieces to recreate Central Perk, the entire main cast, and their favorite barista, Gunther.

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    Promising Review: "I got this for my wife for Christmas and she loved it! It has 1,070 pieces for the price which is very cheap for a Lego set of this size. My wife loved putting this together. It took her seven hours. After it was completely finished, she didn't complain about how long it took. For a Lego set the longer it takes the better because that's where all the fun is! She loves this set and we hope to see more in this line of Lego sets of TV and movie franchises. " —G. Shutter

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

    11. A sparkling Milky Way galaxy puzzle that is a must-have for any astronomy lover with a lot of time on their hands! This has 1,000 pieces made from durable recycled paper.

    Reviewer photo of the completed Milky Way Galaxy puzzle
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    Promising Review: "This is a beautiful puzzle! The image is vibrant and clear just like on the box. The pieces are sturdy and fit together nicely with a lot of variation in piece shape. It is definitely a challenge. So, don't get this unless you're looking to spend a lot of time on it. I really enjoyed putting this together and would purchase from this company again. " —Renee Andrie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.00.

    12. A label-maker so you never mistake the sugar for salt ever again! This is so easy to use that you won't just stop at your spice rack — prepare to label everything in your pantry, home office, wardrobe, and more.

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    This *uber* cute label maker comes in two colors, pastel pink and blue! It's also rechargeable, waterproof, fits perfectly in your hand, and is Bluetooth-compatible so you can create labels from your smartphone.

    Promising Review: "I want to tell everyone this Bluetooth printer is very easy to use. Not only small in size, you can print anything you want. I usually buy the labels to help my children stick school supplies before school starts. Now it's much simpler." —Elaine L

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    13. A mini projector to upgrade your binge-watching sessions — because if there's anything that could make watching The Office any better, it's definitely this!

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    This handy dandy portable projector is tiny and boasts 40,000 hours of LED lamp life. It's compatible with Amazon TV Stick, PS4, HDMI, VGA, TF, AV and USB.

    Promising Review: "This BY FAR surpasses my expectations by a mile! Purchased for my son to play video games on, I just hooked this up in my living room to test it out, it is just projecting on my beige wall (no special screen yet). Even without a screen, and with mild light pollution from the next room, the picture is clear and sharp. The sound is good, too, and plenty loud. It's hooked up to a Fire stick, which is working so well I may keep it hooked up in the living room for big-screen Netflix-bingeing! LOVE! " —Suzanne H.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    14. An STMT DIY Bath Bomb kit so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with a relaxing soak. The kit makes five bath bombs and comes with two scents (lavender and vanilla) that you can mix together or use alone. This makes the perfect gift, but you'll be tempted to keep it all to yourself!

    Model using an unboxed bath bomb kit with instruction manual on table
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    This kit includes (1) metal bath bomb mold, dried rose flowers, coconut oil, baking soda, (6) mica powders, (3) bath bomb mixers, (2) essential oils, body glitter, and an instruction booklet.

    Promising review:"I loved this bath bomb kit! Directions were really easy to follow, clean up was quick and easy. The bombs worked great and left my white tub totally clean. I would definitely reorder this for myself or even as a gift!" —colliestrings

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    15. A big book of brain puzzles that will keep left-brain and right-brain thinkers equally entertained for hours! Exercise your brain with memory, language, math, and visual-mind based puzzles that ask you to unscramble words and fill in the blanks.

    Front cover of book
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    Promising Review: "I Love these games! I am addicted to figuring them out. My first book almost ticked me off because I felt like it was too hard, but then realized it's meant to make you think! So I would read the directions and analyze it try it if I got stuck I erased and started over! Got easier! Some puzzles still puzzling to me but I work little by little sleep on it. Try again next day! " —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $8.00.

    16. A Mr. Beer home brewing kit so you can celebrate Oktoberfest all year long! This brewpub in a box comes with carbonation drops, reusable shatterproof beer bottles, a can of brewing extract, no-rinse cleanser, and a lightweight fermenter so you can brew 2 gallons of great tasting Golden Ale.

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    Promising Review: "I bought this kit for my husband for Christmas and he made a batch of beer right away! It's fun making this beer, but be patient! It takes a while to brew but once we opened a bottle to try, we loved it! The kit came with a Golden Ale beer but you can purchase many types on the website. We're going to try another one soon!" —horselover

    Get it from Amazon for $47.25.

    17. A copy of Drinks For Mundane Tasks, a tasty cocktail book for all of life's most dull tasks. This book is chock full of amusing recipes that call for you to whip up a "Grass Chopper" to spice up your lawn mowing or a "Formular 410" to wipe down your kitchen counter. It will definitely help you breeze through your to-do list.

    Front cover of book
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    Promising Review: "This book is hilarious! My boyfriend always would joke about how he had to make himself a drink before doing any chores to make it better, so when I saw this book I knew it would be the perfect gift! The recipes are great and, in addition to this being a hilarious topic, there is very witty commentary to go along with the recipes. Definitely recommend it!" —Gracie

    Get it from Amazon for $20.20.

    18. A candlemaking kit that will make you feel like an alchemist as you whip up some seriously luxurious, heavenly scented creations. Choose from six essential oils like Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, Lily and Osmanthus.

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    This kit comes with a 600-mL capacity melting pot, a digital thermometer, two bags of 1.5 lb soy wax, 40 glue dots, five wick-centering devices, 30 wicks, six fragrance oils, six candle dyes, six candle tins and lids, a craft knife, a pair of tweezers, 20 stirring rods, and instructions that allow you to make six candles.

    Promising Review: "Easy to use and melt very fast. Candles were beautiful! Made them for Christmas for my family and they were amazed." —Tina G.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    19. A customized Mixbook photo book to celebrate years of friendship, a major life event, or any other important moments you never want to forget. Get ready to dig through your photo albums and free up tons of space on your phone!

    Photo book samples on pink background with various accessories
    Mixbook

    Get it from Mixbook from $15.99.

    20. A splurge-worthy vegan and cruelty-free Olive & June manicure and pedicure set that pays for itself. Now you can treat yo self without even getting off the couch!

    Model painting her toes with using items from the set
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    The manicure portion of the kit includes: the patented Poppy polish bottle, cuticle serum, nail polish remover, clean up brush, nail buffer, clippers and file, nail polish of your choice, and a super glossy top coat.

    The pedicure portion of the kit includes: a foot file, nail polish remover, large flat edge nail clippers, nail file, cuticle remover, cuticle pusher, mini buffer, foot serum, silicone toe separators, clean up brush, a nail polish of your choice, and a super glossy top coat.

    Get it from Olive and June from $105.00.

    21. An origami kit that will have you up to your neck in beautifully designed paper creations. This book comes with tons of paper all featuring traditional Japanese designs and has endless projects you can work on ranging from easy to difficult.

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    Promising Review: "Simply stunning. I purchased this origami set simply because I liked the image of the carp and thought it would be fun to make and display. This set impressed me far more upon receipt. I found them to be easy to follow; however origami can be tricky and someone else might find them to be difficult. The paper is double-sided and features gorgeous patterns ranging from flowers, gold-leaf-looking zigzags, to beautiful fan motifs. I will actually order more of these just to get the paper." —B. Ackley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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