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    33 Things To Help You Pick Up A New Hobby This Spring

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    1. A lettering and calligraphy workbook for achieving Pinterest-worthy penmanship! This guide is beginner friendly and offers a paperback or spiral-bound option.

    Workbook, pen, and paperclips on table.

    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.

    2. 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.

    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 $39.99.

    3. 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
    Hunt A Killer

    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 $165.

    4. An origami kit to have you up to your neck in beautifully designed paper creations. This book features traditional Japanese designs and has endless projects you can work on, ranging from easy to difficult.


    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 $17.06.

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

    Front cover of book

    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 $7.99.

    6. A 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

    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.

    7. A Mr. Beer home brewing kit — Now, 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 two gallons of great tasting Golden Ale., Amazon / Via

    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 $49.99 (available in three options).

    8. 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.

    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 $54.99.

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

    Reviewer photo of 3D model of New York City landmarks

    Promising Review: "It met beyond my expectations, it is a very practical product, easy to assemble and carefully well done, very detailed and that is what is most appreciated, I arrive in time and form and in perfect conditions, it is the best investment I made, it was the Christmas gift for my brother and he also was delighted not only with the fact of putting together a majestic work of architecture but with the family time that is shared I will definitely buy products from this seller again." —Xavier Arguello

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four cities).

    10. 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.


    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 $12.44.

    11. 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

    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 $12.99.

    12. An easy-to-use gardening kit so you can make your own herbs and spices. This set allows you to become a plant mom of five with basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme seeds.,

    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 $29.97.

    13. A 73-piece lip balm kit that allows you to make all-natural organic lippies. It even includes some sweet swelling oils and is completely customizable. And who knows, your new hobby could end up on the shelf at Sephora.


    The kit includes 15 lip balm tubes, four lip balm jars, four lip balm tins, four essential oils, a jar of shea butter, a jar of cocoa butter, 23 round and square labels, mica powder, beeswax, and three stirring sticks.

    Promising review: "This kit is simple, fun, and organized. The tutorial is easy to read, and I can see that people really put effort into making this kit. This is my first time making DIY lip balms and I was worried at first because I'm not really good at making stuff but I'm really satisfied with the result and how they look all together. I think I also can use leftover essential oil for another batch. I'm so excited to use the lip balms I made!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.85.

    14. 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).

    15. A telescope that will finally give city folks a chance to see the stars. Even if you prefer country living, you'll feel like Galileo because the high quality lens allows you to see a ~galaxy far, far away.~

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday gift to myself and I couldn’t be more pleased. It is easy to set up/tear down, portable, and it gives an amazing view. The photo I’ve attached is of the Cleveland, Ohio skyline. The other is a close up of the top of one of the skyscrapers (both images pictured above). The view through this telescope is impeccable. 10/10 recommend!" —SheMakesSoap

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    16. A 642 Tiny Things To Draw book to bring out your hidden artistic talent. It's perfect for all ages — plus, practice makes perfect so let your inner Picasso shine.

    Reviewer holding book in hand

    Promising review: "Bought this for my very artistic 13-year-old daughter. She's forever asking, 'what should I draw?' I crossed my fingers when I ordered this, as we've tried many other books to inspire her that didn't. When I gave it to her, I was expecting a lukewarm response. However, as she thumbed through the book, she started giggling and smiling and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I even got a spontaneous hug. She ran to the door when her dad got home to show him the book. And I think that the 642 options may just keep her inspired for a few weeks! ;) Any book that can charm a 13-year-old girl is a keeper in my book!" —Fascinated viewer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96.

    17. Epoxy resin so you can stop being jealous of those crafty TikToker's who make creating beautiful works of art look super easy. Well, guess what, if you add this kit to your cart, you can join the club.

    Reviewer holding up DIY board made with resin

    The kit comes with two bottles of Art and Glow Casting and Coating Epoxy Resin but you'll have to purchase your own molds.

    Promising review: "This is crystal clear! I have been searching for a different resin to use for creating resin rings and pendants I sell. I was looking for a crystal clear resin, nontoxic, with no smell and bubble free. I just finished my first ring and it is absolutely water-clear in color and has no bubbles. I am so happy that I found this resin. It is very easy to work with a 1:1 ratio and the decent work time. I am a perfectionist and as such demand perfection in my jewelry supplies — this has met my expectations. I'll be a buyer for life." —Michelle Noe

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    18. A beginner embroidery kit that can double as decor and gifts for your friends and family. Saving money on presents + turning your apartment into an Architectural Digest worthy home for under nine bucks = a win, win, win!

    Model using using embroidery kit

    55 Tree is a small Woman-owned business based out of Guangzhou, China. They specialize in hand embroidery kits, DIY necklaces, mirror kits, and more.

    Get it from 55tree on Etsy for $8.92+ (available in two patterns).

    19. A Rosetta Stone subscription so you can avoid the shame Emily in Paris experienced when she went to work in France without... knowing any French. They offer a ton of other languages as well and even offer the opportunity to talk to native speakers.

    Rosette Stone lesson screen on an iPhone
    Rosetta Stone

    You can get a12-month, 24-month, or Lifetime "Unlimited" subscription to learn from any of the 25 different language options. Choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

    Get it from Rosetta Stone for $11.99 / month (available in several subscriptions).

    20. A Blue Apron subscription that sends you a variety of chef designed recipes. If you find yourself craving five-star meals but don't want to shell out major cash, you can start saving money by cooking at home and learning a new skill! All ingredients are fresh and come with detailed instructions, plus there's no commitment and they have options for people with dietary restrictions.

    Blue Apron

    Blue Apron offers customizable plans including meat, fish, Beyond Meat™, WW Approved recipes and health-conscious offerings. The subscription offers for two to four people each. Each box comes with recipes and all ingredients needed to make the meal.

    Get it from Blue Apron starting at $9.99 per meal.

    21. How Not To Kill Your Houseplant — This book will turn you black thumb into a green one no matter how many plants have suffered in your care. It contains simple but detailed steps that will turn your dirt into a lush garden.

    Front cover of book

    Get it from Amazon for $11.38, Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $13.79, or check your local library.

    22. A bird carving kit for beginners that is actually super relaxing. You won't even notice time going by as you happily whittle away the wood revealing an item people would gladly pay money for. It comes with one cherry, one basswood wood block, a sharp whittling knife, sharpening supplies, a bird template, and three types of sandpaper.,

    Promising review: "This kit comes complete with everything you need to produce a fine-looking bird along with some satisfying and relaxing carving time. This is great for beginners with easy directions and a nice, sharp knife out of the box. It is important to keep a sharp knife, so stropping as you go is always important, and always protect your digits. Happy carving!!" —Marybeth

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    23. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders because now is the perfect time to become the geography whiz fam. The book has in-depth descriptions of 700 of the most unique and interesting places in the entire world that includes charts, maps, and photographs — aka you'll all be able to satisfy wanderlust and plan for future trips.

    Cover page of Atlas Obscura book

    Get it from Amazon for $9.78, Bookshop (to support local booksellers) for $34.50, or check your local library.

    24. A professional ping-pong set so you and your siblings can perfect your backhand. Regardless of your current skill level, practicing with this set ensures you either become the next ping-pong protégé... or just have some fun active family time.,

    The ping-pong set comes with four ping-pong paddles, six ping-pong balls, a retractable ping-pong net with posts, and a portable case.

    Promising review: "I and my 10-year old absolutely love this. Ping-pong has become an obsession. First thing in the morning to wake up, late at night to calm down. Brilliant. He will gladly forgo Fortnite in favor of this." —C. Habeck

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    25. A soap making kit which will make you feel like you're bathing in super soft sweet crystals. It's super simple to use: Just pour in the soap base, add in the optional food-grade dye, and essential oils. You can use it in the shower or to wash your hands.

    Bar soaps in different colors and geode shapes

    This kit includes an instructional guide, natural melt-and-pour soap base, gem stone soap molds, food-safe color dyes, natural fragrance, and glitter powder.

    Promising review: "As a grandmother of seven, three who live with me full time, I’m always looking for unique and educational craft kits and projects for my grandchildren. I bought this soap making kit for my grandson and granddaughter (they are seven and 12). I love that it teaches some history and science behind soap making. The instructions are easy to follow and allowed us to make really beautiful jewel and gemstone soaps of various shapes and colors. Both microwave and stove top directions are included. I love that the soap base is all natural. The molds are re-usable too, so the next batch we will be making Christmas gifts for family and friends. Lots of fun and a great price, too! I just love this DIY soap making kit!" —Linda

    Get it from Amazon for $21.97.

    26. A sewing machine so you create stylish items or just repair worn out clothes that you love and have owned for ages. It's a practical skill that will save you a ton of money and help you create chic items perfectly tailored to your body type.

    A sewing machine

    Promising review: "I love this machine! I took a very basic sewing class about 10 years ago and I was intimidated to try again but this machine is so easy to use. I love the needle threader, the extra feet, and the automatic bobbin drop-in feature. The stitching is nice and even. All over, it is a great machine for beginners." —Andrea W.

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in two designs).

    27. A copy of The Adventure Challenge, which is all about making fun time for yourself. The book includes 50 challenges that range in price from zero to 50 dollars and regardless of your budget, there's tons of fun things to do. There's only one catch: once you scratch something off, you have to do it no matter what it is. ~May the odds be ever in your favor.~

    The Adventure Challenge

    There is also a couples, family, and friends edition of The Adventure Challenge.

    Promising review: "I was given this as a gift. I have done three challenges so far and I'm having an absolute blast. I'm going to get the couples edition for a Christmas gift for someone." —Duane S.

    Get it from The Adventure Challenge for $39.99.

    28. A Book of the Month Club subscription because reading is the absolute best hobby there is. No matter what you are into, there is a magnificent novel or non-fiction work of art that will have you on the edge of your seat — there is no internet required and you can take it anywhere.

    A pile of books with "A Good Neighborhood" on top
    Book of the Month Club

    You buy 'em the gift package, then each month, they can choose one of five hardcover (mostly fiction, sometimes nonfiction) books.

    Get a three-month subscription from Book of the Month Club for $49.99 (also available as six-month and 12-month subscriptions).

    29. An Obe Fitness subscription so you can try any of their 22 live classes offered daily. They also have on-demand sessions that are available 24/7 so whether you're an early bird or a night owl, there's something for you! Plus, you can watch it on your cell phone, smart TV, or laptop.

    Women doing various exercises in athletic apparel
    Obe Fitness

    Obe Fitness offers a monthly plan ($25 billed monthly), quarterly ($65 billed quarterly; or $21.67 per month), and annually plan ($199 billed annually; or $16.58 per month). Their classes include pre- and post-natal workouts, yoga, cardio, and much more.

    Get a subscription from Obe Fitness from $25+ monthly.

    30. A bucket list scratch-off poster with 100 things to do. When things start to get dull, just take a coin and scratch off any of the grayed out boxes for a super fun suggestion. Just be prepared to "sing to an audience" or even the unthinkable, like "switch off personal devices for 48 hours."

     Model scratching off poster with coin

    Promising review: "The recipients of this poster loved the idea. They are an outgoing and adventurous couple. They said the would be hanging this in their office space and scratching them off as they complete them. They commented that moving to another country might not ever be scratched off but they are looking forward to doing as many as they can." —Veronica Lopez Ramirez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    31. A pack of playing cards to play everything from Solitaire and Poker to Go Fish. You'll never run out of games to play thanks to a free compatible app with downloadable instructions.

    Reviewer deck of cards laid out on table

    Each deck comes with 52 cards and is available as a standard size one-pack, jumbo sized one-pack, two-pack, four-pack, or 12-pack set.

    Promising review: "I'm actually surprised i like the cards as much as i do! I had poker night with the guys and didn't really know where to buy cards. I just picked a random pack expecting some junky cards but they're actually high quality. Very sturdy and the 'air cushion finish' makes the cards feel like silk and they float across the table. They have the official Bicycle seal and everyone thought I got some fancy cards. It even comes with a 'free app' so you can learn to play alone too. I would definitely recommend them!" —Randolph

    Get it from Amazon from $2.97 (also available in multipacks).

    32. The Woobles crochet kit so you can either start your own Etsy shop or give your creations out as gifts. They have kits from any skill level (beginner to advanced). It comes with a PDF downloadable pattern, unlimited 24/7 customer service, 100% cotton yarn, plastic eyes, poly-fill, a needle, stitch marker, a drawstring bag, and a 2-mm crochet hook for an extra charge.

    Crochet kit with knitted bunny
    The Woobles

    The Woobles is small Asian-owned business founded by Justine. She started the business after creating a handmade plushie for a friend and realized how difficult it was without the proper materials or training. She created The Woobles kit so anyone can make their own creation, whether skilled in the art of crocheting or not.

    Get it from The Woobles for $45.

    33. A delicious DIY macaron baking kit featuring chocolate and lavender flavors. These babies can get pretty expensive at the bakery and unfortunately we can't get all get a free ride to France like ~Emily in Paris~ to taste them in person. This comes with lengthy instructions and makes about 40 macarons.

    Macaron baking kit in its packaging
    My French Recipe

    My French Recipe is a small biz aimed at helping you make French baked goods right at home!

    This tasty kit comes with: a reusable pastry bag, a reusable pastry tip, French lavender from Provence, dark chocolate from Belgium, a macaron baking mix, and a recipe card.

    Get it from My French Recipe on Etsy for $39.

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