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    35 Entertaining Things For Anyone Who Needs Some Excitement In Their Life

    Just a bunch of boredom busters sure to make your day a little brighter.

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    1. A mini piñata–making kit so you can create and decorate three fun shapes to either treasure as decor or fill with candy and beat to a pulp. There are no wrong answers here!


    There are 10 designs but only enough materials to make three piñatas.

    Promising review: "My kids (5 and 8) loved these piñatas. I love that the box comes with three options, so each kid got to choose their own, and there was no fighting. I had to do a lot of the work for the 5-year-old, but she still loved helping me pick out the design, pop out the decorative pieces, and glue the strips. We spent about two hours total on both piñatas (with a few breaks to let the glue dry) before the kiddos rushed outside to smash them to bits." —Stephanie Hatcher

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A mini waffle stick maker for whipping up dippable breakfast treats any time. Up the fun and get creative with different batter, sauce, and topping combinations!

    the waffle iron that makes four sticks at once

    Promising review: "I do not normally rave about kitchen appliances but I love this little guy! I impulse-bought it after reading some reviews and craving waffles. It seriously is the best waffle maker I have ever used. We had a more expensive one that would flip to cook evenly, but this thing has that beat by a mile. I have used it a dozen times and the waffles come out perfect every time. I spray with vegetable oil before pouring in 1/3 cup of batter (as other reviewers have noted it does not come with a measuring cup) and then set a timer for four minutes. When I am done, I just unplug it and let it cool, then wipe it off with a cloth. I know the color and cartoonish logo may turn some people off but I seriously recommend this iron to everyone." —leahas

    Get it from Amazon for $13.83.

    3. A pack of reflection cards to spark deep and meaningful conversations between you and your loved ones. The cards are color-coded by theme, so you can guide the conversation through certain topics and get a better understanding of yourself and those around you.

    the cards and box

    The pack comes with over 100 cards and has questions like, "If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about your life, the world, or anything else, what would you want to know?"

    Promising review: "I am a therapist and have used these cards with all ages. I may have to tweak some of the questions for teens vs. adults but they are helpful. I have also used them with couples. The questions are thoughtful and provide some vulnerability to build trust and for seeking a sense of self." —Amishmom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A long-lasting temporary tattoo kit that comes with tons of stencils so you can give yourself some fresh ink without the commitment, or test out a new idea you've been thinking about booking an appointment for.,

    Apply the ink with a stencil, and the tattoo will develop over the next day to look like the real deal.

    Promising review: "I purchased the kit for me and my GF. This was my first time with this kind of tattoo making, so I wasn't sure what to expect aside from having a lot of fun. Well, we had way more than fun as we started inking each other. The tattoo-making process is really easy. My tat is now six days old and still looks dark and sharp." —Golan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes).

    5. An electric gummy maker if your inner child is begging to turn your kitchen into a candy factory. Experiment with all the colors and flavors your little heart desires, and even add in CBD oils to create your own calming candies.

    gummies next to the device

    The device comes with four molds (including one for giant bears) that make fish, worms, and smaller bears.

    Promising review: "This was a lot of fun and easy to do. My 5-year-old had a blast with it. Some complain about the pot heating up too slowly and used the stove instead. I don't know, I thought it heated up just fine and it make it a lot more fun to use the included pot and give everyone a chance to stir. The molds are fantastic. I also recommend like others have said to use either two or three packets of the unflavored gelatin. We used three packets and they came out great." —Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    6. A bottle of semi-permanent hair dye because life's too short to commit to one hair color.,,

    Promising review: "This is hands down the most beautiful dark green I have ever used. It's very deep and pigmented and the color lasted about a month! The amount of compliments I got on it helped secure it's place as number one in my heart." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 20 colors).

    7. A freakin' sushi bazooka so you can create picture-perfect sushi rolls at home with ease. Simply load it up with your favorite ingredients, push it out, slice it up, and voilà!

    a round roll being pushed out of a plunger like device

    Promising review: "Tested out the new Sushezi sushi maker for dinner tonight. It's awesome! Really easy to use. Much easier than just a traditional rolling mat. My kids had a great time helping too." —Wraven

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    8. Some adhesive floral nail wraps for getting a bold salon-quality manicure at home without shelling out the big bucks. If applied correctly, they should last for around a week (or more!) and all you have to do is peel, stick, file, and finish with a topcoat.

    a model wearing the floral nail wraps while holding a package of them
    Pretty Fab Nails / Etsy

    Pretty Fab Nails is a Florida-based Etsy shop creating bright and bold nail wraps to upgrade your at-home manicure game. 

    Get a 20-pack from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $6.39

    9. A book of 642 tiny things to draw to get your creative juices flowing and earn that officially unofficial doodling degree.

    a small book that fits in the crook of a reviewer's 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 $8.50.

    10. A heavy-duty jumbo Jenga game that'll (quite literally) raise those game night stakes.

    a reviewer photo of the large jenga set being played with

    Promising review: "I opened the package, looked at each piece and found no flaws, pulled on the pieces and played shortly, and packed it back. So far it’s great quality and plays well. For those complaining about the height, it starts at 2.5 feet and can build UP to 5 feet." —Ally

    Get it from Amazon for $118.50.

    11. A bamboo-blend single-layer bento box if you need a good-looking reason to get excited about packing your lunch.


    Founded in 2020, Goldune is a small biz founded by Azora Zoe Paknad with the goal of creating an inclusive marketplace for sustainably sourced and produced goods — from home decor to food — that prioritizes working with woman- and BIPOC-owned companies.

    This bento box is hand-wash only!

    Get it from Goldune for $24 (available in five colors).

    12. A DIY puffy sticker kit because it turns out the only thing more fun than covering your notebook in stickers is covering your notebook in stickers you created.


    Promising review: "These are actually quite cute. The kit comes with everything needed to make the stickers — pre-colored images as well as images to color yourself. It can be a little tricky for little hands to layer everything correctly and get a nice good seal on the edges, but with a little help, little ones can make impressive puffy stickers. The instructions do state to not cut too close to the edge, which was done accidentally, and the sticker came apart — but after that, we made them correctly. I was hoping for a refill kit, but I don't believe one is available." —Annamarie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.60.

    13. Kan Jam so you can spice up your outdoor game selection with a family-friendly one that's easy to learn and easy to toss in the car for picnics and beach vacations alike.

    a model slapping a yellow frisbee into a black Kan Jam bin

    My family LOVES Kan Jam. It's got the chill backyard vibes of cornhole (and is also played with two teams of two) but it's much lighter and easier to transport. 

    Promising review: "Played this game for the first time in Hawaii. Had to buy one when we got back home. Great outside activity. Family loves it." —Nana

    Get it from Target for $34.99

    14. A pair of fondue mugs for anyone not getting enough melted chocolate and cheese in their life. These personal pots make fuss-free fondue a reality!

    a model dipping a strawberry into a mug filled with chocolate fondue with a tea candle in the bottom compartment of the mug

    These cups are microwave *and* dishwasher safe! 

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    15. A fun and strategic tree-themed board game to get in touch with nature even when it's too hot or cold to step outside.


    Basically, you're growing trees. Each player starts with two. The trees absorb light and get light points, which can be used to disperse seeds. There is a "sun" rotating around the board, so players have to time and position everything properly to get the most sunlight.

    Promising review: "Don't be fooled by the beautiful artwork, or the adorable little illustrated animals hidden within the components, Photosynthesis is a vicious abstract strategy game, and it's probably the best use of thematic gameplay for any tabletop game in 2017, worthy of being equated with other top-tier uses of theme in designing gameplay, such as Shadows Over Camelot, Blood Rage, and just about anything produced by Fantasy Flights." —Paul Bulger

    Get it from Amazon for $31.92.

    16. A box of Cat Tarot cards with a guidebook that'll have you predicting the future with feline flair. Even undesirable readings feel less dire when there's a cute little kitty staring back at you.

    the cards with various cute cats on them

    Promising review: "These cards are great! As someone who owns more than a couple of tarot decks, the cardstock on these is superb for the price. This deck is friendly and has a very aesthetically pleasing color palette — even some of the darker cards of the deck are rather lighthearted. The images themselves are fantastic, cute, colorful without overdoing it, and not too gimmicky. If you like tarot and you also happen to like cats, get this deck!" —A. Asher

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

    17. A quick and easy Toy Story pizza maker if your love for quick and delicious pizza is comparable to your love for talking toys and their zany adventures.

    the round red pizza maker with a Pizza Planet logo on top

    This nonstick cooker bakes up to 12" frozen pizzas and 11" hand-tossed pizzas with rising crust. There's no preheating required (aka get your pizza done VERY fast), and you can use it for a bunch of stuff besides pizza like quesadillas, grilled sandwiches, and more! 

    Promising review: "I thought this pizza maker was a little expensive, but I decided to buy it anyway and am so glad I did. Pizza comes out perfect every time and I've used it also for pancakes, grilled sandwiches, and have done an entire breakfast in it (eggs, potatoes, bacon, and toast). Worth every penny!" —Gloria A 

    Get it from ShopDisney for $49.95

    18. A prefilled tie-dye kit because a blissful afternoon spent crafting does a person good, and the dingy white T-shirt stuffed in the back of your drawer could use a colorful update.,

    Promising review: "Bought this for an activity for my daughters 10th birthday!! OMG!!! You would have thought (enter your favorite celebrity here) showed up!! The kids loved it! It was easy to do for the kids...but make sure YOU COVER EVERYTHING YOU DON'T WANT TIE-DYED!! Great product!!" —Dani Josh Lane

    Get it from Amazon for $19.15.

    19. A Udemy online class so you can dive into a new hobby like photography, advance your career with Python training, or just finally learn how to play "Wonderwall" on guitar.

    model holds camera

    Udemy offers all sorts of online classes that could help you further your career, teach you a new skill, or help you get into a new hobby. See all classes here.

    Get the photography course for $21.99, the Python boot camp for $20.99, or the beginner guitar course for $13.99

    20. A bold pair of haunted piano pants for spicing up your comfy clothes wardrobe with a made-to-order pair of fleece-lined joggers I can almost guarantee you won't find anywhere else.

    me wearing joggers that are half piano pattern and half black with moons and little winged demons
    Rebecca O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Sonia Lazo Illustrator is an El Salvador–based Etsy shop that has blown up on TikTok for their selection of made-to-order clothing in bold prints and a more inclusive size range.

    BuzzFeed editor Rebecca O'Connell (pictured above) LOVES her piano pants:

    "These joggers are super cozy and fleece lined. The printed design is crisp and even cuter in person. I highly recommend if you're looking for unique leisurewear. This shop is run by Sonia Lazo, an illustrator from El Salvador. Their work has themes that revolve around the concept of magic, feminism, diversity, and queer representation." 

    Get it from Sonia Lazo Illustrator on Etsy for $65 (available in sizes XS–3XL).

    21. A catch-and-release aquarium kit to get up close and personal with marine life and then, in the wise words of Mike Wazowski, put that thing back where it came from!,

    Promising review: "I own a kayak eco-tour business and this bucket has been amazing for my tours! It is such a great way to get up close and personal with marine life with minimal stress to the animals! This has been an amazing tool for me. The handle and lid make it super easy to pass the bucket around in a group of paddlers or beachcombers. This bucket is better than a plastic container because it will last longer, and the handle is great for ease. This bucket looks official and fun! Putting critters in this globe really showcases the little details of the ecosystem that folks might just miss out on or under-appreciate without having such a unique and up-close viewing experience! It really brings the appreciation of the ecosystem to the next level for kids and adults alike. I LOVE this globe!" —Miranda Murphy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. An easy-to-use ravioli press that makes at-home pasta prep simple. Why, yes, I did make all this pasta from scratch. And, yes, this ravioli is filled with chocolate.


    The press makes 12 raviolis at once. You can also use it for stuffed cookies or teeny-tiny pies. Anyway, please invite me over after you get this.

    Promising review: "This little gadget was great. I thought it would be something to get used to, but I was able to make perfect raviolis the first try! For the price, you just can't beat this ravioli press. I don't know why anyone would buy the super-expensive attachment for the KitchenAid when this is just as easy —probably more so." —PFamily

    Get it from Amazon for $16.09.

    23. A National Geographic geode kit if you're a curious kid (or adult) who likes admiring shiny things and smashing rocks open with a hammer — *raises hand*.

    hand holds up open geode in front of box

    This kit comes with 10 breakable rocks.

    Promising review: "We’ve only opened the first rock but I’m already impressed. Normally these end up being duds but this one was really spectacular and large! My son is 4 and he’s excited to open the rest for his collection." —Heremeow

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. The Bridgerton soundtrack LP because your version of morning hype music is obviously a regency-inspired string quartet rendition of "Thank You, Next."

    the blue record sliding out of the sleeve
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $29.98

    25. A Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 so you can become your friend group's paparazzi (they'll love feeling like the main character) and start hanging up and enjoying your creations almost instantly.

    Grab a twin pack of film (20 pictures) from Amazon for $13.12.

    Promising review: "This camera was a hit at my sister's engagement party. Instead of a photo booth with silly props, I brought back the '90s with this FujiFilm and bought these clothespin string lights that Amazon also sells. People took pictures and hung/clipped them to the lighted string, which made for a great social activity at an event where you have all sorts of people from your life who don't know each other gather in one place. :) Just wish this had a memory card, but I won't take a star away for something it never said it had." —Mariana

    Get it from Amazon for $61.22 (available in 11 colors).

    26. Machi Koro — a card-building game that's short, quick to learn, and makes you the mayor of a new city you design. Don't let all that power go to your head 😉

    the game box

    The game comes with cards, fake money, and dice. It's up to you to build up your city before the other players. You can play with up to four people.

    Promising review: "This game is a lot of fun. The games can last anywhere from 20–40 minutes but in general it's a short game, which is nice. The rules and setup are simple and easy to learn. My husband and I played three games the day we got it and each time we used different strategies so there are a variety of ways to win. There are also a couple variations in the game instructions that make the game easier or harder depending on what you want. Looking forward to playing more!" —S Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $24.49.

    27. For the less competitive among us, try Ravine — a cooperative game that has players working together to survive in the woods from the safety of your dining table.

    the game table box on a table with different cards

    This game looks so fun and you don't even have to go outside to play! During the "day," players can use their allotted hearts to look for food and supplies. You all share your resources and hope you survive each "night." It comes with 193 cards, wood health tokens, and a big fire token. It's good for three to six players.

    Promising review: "If you want a co-op card game that you can play with literally anyone, get this. Other than Uno and maybe Coup, this is the only card game we can actually play with our 5-year-old and have fun. And, yes it’s 'always fun to play card games with your kids,' but you know what I actually mean." —Smokey

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95.

    28. A stylish pet sofa bed to treat your furry friend to some lavish new digs while entertaining yourself with all the fun photo ops of your pet perched on mini furniture.

    a dog sitting on a gray miniature couch

    Promising review: "Actually got this for my cat, and boy does he love it! He’s about 10–11 pounds and fits comfortably in it! The material is awesome and easy to clean and it goes along well with the rest of my living room decor!" —Meagan 

    Get it from Wayfair for $80.92

    29. A mini Magic 8-Ball that proclaims to be the world's smallest, but that won't take away from the big fun you'll have entertaining all your curiosities.

    a model holding out a finger and balancing a mini magic eight ball

    Promising review: "Got this as a just for fun gift for my daughter and she loves it. It's really pretty small but she likes to carry it around all over asking it all sorts of questions. It's light and fairly easy to read the results." —Quiksilver2101

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    30. A pack of bendy foam curling rods in a range of sizes if you're nostalgic for heatless styling and want to recreate grandma's iconic curls without sleeping on painful plastic rollers.


    Promising review: "Tried these for the first time yesterday. They were super easy to use, not horrible to sleep on and easy to take out. Curls were full and fell nicely. I didn't have to untangle hair or pull to get these rods out. Please know I am a thirtysomething-year-old who has no hair skill at all, so these are great for women like myself who throw their hair in a ponytail and go because they lack skill." —alyce heifner

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $12.99.

    31. A Hulu subscription so you can escape into someone else's exciting life with a huge selection of TV shows and movies to stream.

    hulu screen

    You can watch tons of TV shows currently on air, plus classic oldies. There are also amazing originals like The Handmaid's Tale and Difficult People. Right now, I'm catching up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and you should too!

    Get Hulu starting at $5.99 a month.

    32. An all-in-one scarf-knitting kit because you've already had your first PSL of the season, and what better way to fully get into the fall spirit than by knitting up a cozy creation.

    model wears long knit scarf
    We Are Knitters

    We Are Knitters is a small business and community of crafters. They sell premium yarn made from 100% natural fibers in Peru and helpful project kits for knitting, embroidery, fabric dyeing, and more to help newbies and pros alike 

    The kit comes with four skeins of wool, a pattern, a small knitter's sewing needle, embroidered label, and optional knitting needles.

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $76 (available in 28 colors).

    33. A watermelon ball filled with (you guessed it) water instead of air. The added weight makes it possible to dribble, bounce, and pass it underwater, adding a whole new dimension to the family's roster of pool games.

    model in pool with watermelon ball

    Promising review: "This product seems so simple yet provides a lot of entertainment and activity. It doesn't quite float, doesn't quite sink, and can be slow-motion dribbled underwater. Adults and kids alike enjoy it but it was the biggest hit with my 17-year-old son and his friends. I find myself playing with it even when I'm alone in the pool and, because of its weight, it works pretty well for in or out of water arm workouts. It's sturdy, well made, and will definitely remain a fixture in our pool." —Jennifer M.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    34. An avocado seed–growing kit for enjoying the miracle of life by transforming your old avocado pit into a new plant baby to tend to.,

    Sadly, it's very unlikely you'll grow your own avocados in your home (it's super hard to get an avocado tree to bear fruit) but it's still a nice plant! It takes about three to six weeks for your seed to start to germinate, but don't worry: About 90% of all seeds will eventually start to grow.

    Promising review: "Have tried for years to get an avocado pit to sprout, and have never succeeded. This worked on the first try! I just wish my lovely sapling had survived being transplanted into a potting soil. I'm in the process of trying again." —Charlotte

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    35. A pack of scratch-off lunchbox notes for combining the thoughtfulness of a handwritten note with the satisfying and exciting reveal of a lottery card.

    Inklings Paperie / Etsy

    InklingsPaperie is a Plymouth, Michigan–based Etsy shop with a collection of charming paper-themed products like getting cards, bridal shower games, and journals.

    Promising review: "My daughter LOVES these and said all her friends are jealous that she gets these super cool notes on her lunch! I will definitely be ordering more!!!" —Kati

    Get a 24-pack from Inklings Paperie on Etsy for $18.

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