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    Apr 1, 2020

    27 Starter Kits For Fun Hobbies That Are Super Easy To Learn

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    1. A set of calligraphy pens in six rich colors that comes with its own instructional booklet for the casual user, and will have you writing inspirational messages to your friends and drafting fancy invitations to your dog's FaceTime birthday party in NO time.

    Barnes & Noble

    If you're looking for more instruction, try the YouTube channels Calligraphy Masters and Snowberry Design Co, which has a playlist of videos up for literally every letter in the alphabet.

    Get it from Barnes and Noble for $19.95.

    2. A set of cat-themed tarot cards purrrfect for first-timers, complete with a guide on how to pull the cards and how to interpret them. You'll be doing readings for everyone from yourself to your BFF to your actual cat by the end of the week.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "Great size and shape, very easy to shuffle. Bright and colourful, too. These funky little cats make a not so great reading less troublesome." —Inde

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.95.

    3. A DIY pickling kit to unleash the infinite world of Things You Didn't Know You Could Pickle, from tomatoes to asparagus to garlic to...sorry I just need a second my mouth is leaking.

    Pin Up Pickles

    This set comes complete with a jar, a lid, brine mix, spice mix, DIY instructions, recipes, and a jar label for personalization.

    Promising review: "We got this kit as a birthday present for my husband. He made the pickles with our 6-year-old daughter and they were both so thrilled with the result! The pickles were delicious and there are grand plans to make more together. It was a fun afternoon activity for them to share :)" —Kira Ann Roma

    Get it from Pin Up Pickles on Etsy for $5.95 (refills available for $2.95).

    4. A starter set for yoga complete with all the basics, including a yoga mat, a yoga block, and a stretching strap, so you can tune into free yoga classes you gain access to with the set. Achieving mindfulness and flow indoors? Bring it om.

    Gaiam

    Promising review: "I have absolutely no experience with yoga and on suggestion from a friend came to Gaiam. This kit has everything you need to begin your path to wellness. The block and strap are almost essential for a first timer, they helped me understand the stability of each pose. One of the classes shows you how to use them and WHY. Important for some. Very helpful for first timers. Rodney Yee has a very calming and clear voice. His instruction is simple and concise. For those beginning or those unable to find good beginner classes nearby, this is an excellent start kit. The price can NOT be beat." —Syndria

    Get it from Gaiam for $29.98 (available in three colors).

    Psst — if you're looking for even more places to start your yogi journey, try Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. She has a complete playlist for yoga for beginners, and organizes routines by length so you can pick them based on whether you have 10, 20, or 30 minutes to spare.

    5. An at-home alcohol infusion kit that comes with everything you need to become a cocktail wizard from the comfort of your own couch — I'm talking spicy pineapple tequila, blueberry lavender gin, spiced orange whiskey, the whole shebang. Your bar cart is salivating.

    UncommonGoods

    Each kit comes with ingredients for four different infusions and one 16-ounce infuser bottle that you can use over and over for creative infusions of your own design after you use the ones in the kit.

    Promising review: "We really love these infusion kits. We have purchased them for our bar cart at home and have also used them alongside other bourbon-related items to make gift baskets for friends around the holidays. This is an awesome, unique gift whether you're buying for a friend, family member, or yourself!" —Alanna

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    6. A DIY glowing slime kit so you can Instagram your own version of Slime Time Live and start blessing the feed with oozy woozy goopy gloppy S L I M E.

    Barnes & Noble

    The kit comes equipped with everything you need not just to make slime, but gel, putty, and EcoFoam, too. It also comes with instructions for 15 experiments, so you can surround yourself with a sea of ooey gooey things.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $23.

    7. A make-your-own cheese set with everything you need to learn to make mozzarella and ricotta, aka the two most important food groups.

    Urban Cheesecraft/Etsy

    Each kit comes with mesh, cheesecloth, a thermometer, rennet tablets, citric acid, and flake salt — all you need is milk (and a mouth to consume it all).

    Promising review: "Kit arrived quickly and as described. Fun and easy to make some yummy cheese!" —Maurice

    Get it from Urban Cheesecraft on Etsy for $21.75 (originally $29).

    Psst — they also have kits for Mascarpone & Burrata, Goat Cheese, and even a set for vegan/paleo cheese!

    8. A personalized jewelry making kit, because someone's going to have to step up to the plate and start new trends once we start un-social distancing, and it might as well be you.

    Urban Outfitters

    Each kit comes with chain nose pliers, elastic cord, metal chains, crimps, lobster claw clasp, jump rings, knotting cord, eye pins, friendship thread, tassel, and knotting cord, as well and charms and beads.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30.

    9. A starter's weaving kit to make gorgeous pastel tapestries and help il-loom-inate you to what just might be your coziest hobby yet.

    Wool Couture Company

    You can get one of three kinds of kits: a Basic Kit, which comes with a loom and instructions; a Starter Kit, which comes with a loom, two weaving needles, instructions, a mounting bar for hanging, and a cotton ball of warp to hold your work; and a Quintessential Kit, which comes with everything in the Starter Kit, plus the merino wool for weaving.

    Promising review: "It’s simple to use, the wool I received in the set is of a high quality and the service was smooth and communicative. Can not recommend this highly enough from a first time weaver." —DivineDerbyshire

    Get it from Wool Couture Company on Etsy for $38.77+.

    10. A Kombucha brew kit that comes with everything you need to perfect a basic version of the brew and set you on the path to making the baddest 'booch in town.

    UncommonGoods

    Each kit includes a 1-gallon glass jar, a cotton cloth jar cover, organic black tea, organic cane sugar, a tea bag, a claim code to get free SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria & Yeast), and instructions.

    Promising review: "This kit changed my world, can't wait to never buy kombucha again and keep trying new recipes! This was easy to use (including redeeming SCOBY) and the directions was to the point and simple to follow. I loved that everything needed for the first brew was included from the tea and sugar to jar with its cloth and tight elastic." —Hope

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $40.

    11. A DIY hot sauce making kit with guided instructions to help you start tailoring your *chef's kiss* perfect sauce, letting you experiment with spice levels and flavors with guided recipes so later you can go forth and make hot sauces all by your spicy self.

    UncommonGoods

    Each kit comes with ingredients and instructions to make six different hot sauces based on guided recipes, and includes the bottles and cute lil' stickers to put on them when you're done.

    Promising review: "Lifetime of hot sauce. The very informative instructions not only guide you through making a few (very delicious!) hot sauces for now, they also teach you how to make them with your own ingredients in the future." —Gigi

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $35.

    12. A bath bomb kit that teaches you how to perfect your own uniquely colorful and sweet-smelling bath bombs and tempt you to never leave the tub again. (Dry land is for squares!!)

    Urban Outfitters

    Each kit comes with citric acid, liquid colorant, liquid fragrance, molds, and a guide on how to make bath bombs, body scrubs, soaps, and more.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my younger sister for Christmas and she loved it. They all smelt nice and worked well. Love the recipe book attached with different bath bombs they could make!" —raybelle

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $14.99 (originally $19.95).

    13. A beginner-friendly embroidery kit that comes with everything you need for a first project, so soon enough you can have a threaded garden all over your bedroom walls.

    55 Tree/Etsy

    Each kit includes an embroidery frame, an illustrated linen fabric, an embroidery needle, thread for the projects, a digital copy of instructions, and a stitching guide.

    Promising review: "Great beginners' kit and very easy to follow! Lovely colour scheme as well. Seller was extremely efficient with shipping, I got a shipping confirmation within hours of ordering." —Amy Zeng

    Get it from 55 Tree on Etsy for $9.90+.

    14. A microgreens growing kit for beginners that also happens to be *perfect* for small spaces with low lighting, so you can have your plants and eat them, too.

    The Grommet

    This comes with a reusable plastic tray, growing instructions, one Super Salad Mix Seed Quilt, and one Spicy Daikon Radish Seed Quilt — plus, it only needs to be watered once.

    Get it from The Grommet for $39.

    15. A wheat beer making kit to make Afternoon Wheat beer with a ~floral~ aroma, a thematically appropriate toast to spring and to the beginning of a delicious new hobby.

    Wayfair

    Each kit comes with all-grain mix, golding hops, beer-making yeast, a glass fermentation jug, a thermometer, racking cane, tubing, a tubing clamp, a screw-cap stopper, an airlock, a no-rinse sanitizer to make a gallon of Afternoon Wheat beer.

    Get it from Wayfair for $54.99.

    16. Or a whiskey *and* rum making kit complete with its own cask that you get to cure like a real pro, and different essences so you can tailor your drink to your palate (not making any promises that I won't try to make my own Fireball, tho).

    UncommonGoods

    Each kit comes with a 1-liter barrel and stand, a bung and spigot, a paper funnel, a cleaning kit, instructions, and three different essences to make Highland malt scotch whiskey, spiced rum, and Kentucky bourbon.

    Promising review: "My husband makes a batch, pours into a glass bottle, and immediately starts making the next batch. He truly loves the flavors and really enjoys using the kits (he has two now) as a hobby. There are so many additional flavor essences available elsewhere, so he has been having fun experimenting with many varieties." —Best wife ever

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $75.

    17. A DIY puffy sticker book complete with material to make your first 60 (!!) puffy stickers, because nothing says "chaotic good" quite like puffy stickering your entire universe, from your laptop to your fridge to your own face.

    Urban Outfitters

    Plus, who doesn't want puffy stickers in their lives? Once you learn how to make these, you've got birthday treats for friends for life.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $19.99.

    18. A felt succulent kit to ease you into the ridiculously adorable glory of hobby felting, and also give you the smug joy of being a plant parent without the burden of actually having to, y'know, keep them alive.

    UncommonGoods

    Promising review: "This project kit is simple to use and assemble! Great fun for a craft night with friends or family of all ages. You can put as much or as little effort into the succulents as you want and still come out with a cute little craft for your desk or to otherwise decorate your home!" —Em

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $20.

    19. A soap DIY kit so you can basically become a sentient Lush store and start sending out cute handmade soaps with different mix-ins and delightful scents to all your friends.

    Arterno/Etsy

    Each kit comes with enough material to make six different soaps and one scrub, and includes an organic soap bases in white and clear, soap molds, natural coloring, essential orange oil, an herbal mix, a natural loofah, and instructions.

    Promising review: "Very happy with my DIY soap kit. Shipping was fast and the packaging was lovely. Great little kit with a nice choice of soaps to make." —Erin Duncan

    Get it from Aterno on Etsy for $36.32+.

    20. A candle making kit complete with beautiful buds for infusing that will give your biggest competitor, ~Serenity By Jan~, a run for her money.

    Pop Sho America/Etsy

    Each kit comes with two glass candle vessels, six vials of assorted essential oils, a mason jar to heat the wax, 30 ounces of soy wax, cotton wicks, ice-pop sticks, fresh lavender buds, and raw gemstone crystals.

    Promising review: The kit arrived so quickly! Everything you need is included, plus some! Instructions are super clear, and the process is easy and rewarding. My candle smells wonderful. Thank you! ☀️" —Ali Niemeyer

    Get it from Pop Shop America on Etsy for $32.97.

    21. A beginner's butter churner complete with a recipe book so you can finally become the captain of your own condiment ship. Your fridge will be full of so many butters (raspberry butter! truffle butter! CHOCOLATE BUTTER!) that there won't be enough bread in the world to satisfy you.

    UncommonGoods

    Promising review: "This little gadget is surprisingly efficient and fun to watch butter form in a few minutes. I make two batches, one for remaining the best sweet butter (unsalted), or adding honey or cinnamon to, and one for adding a touch of Himalayan salt and garden herbs." —Gadget Lover

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $39.

    22. A murder mystery box kit to give you all of the hands-on fun of sleuthing through grim and compelling clues without all the uh, general badness of actual murder.

    Cratejoy

    It's basically like getting Law & Order episodes in the mail. Each box is an "episode" with a mystery you solve by using puzzles, evidence, interviews, and more as part of the Criminal Investigation Unit on the case. If you choose to subscribe, you'll get more episodes for the first "season" (five episodes in total), at which point you'll get to unlock Season Two.

    Promising review: "This was by far the best serial box I have ever done! Good story, easy-to-remember characters, fun puzzles (many kinds and difficulty levels), and the most high quality props and tangible items I've ever gotten--even with boxes I paid a lot more for. Each and every box contains really fun items in it (not just paper). Clues are given in the most original, fun ways! There is also a website which provides hints and solutions so you can get as much, or as little, help as you want--and never a spoiler. I strongly recommend A Killing Affair! it's a bargain at this price. I can't wait for the second series to come out." —Donna D.

    Get it from CrateJoy for $44.99 (or as low as $33.99 per month with a subscription).

    23. A tie-dye kit because honestly, we've all been waiting for the moment we just *snap* and tie-dye every piece of fabric in our wardrobes in glorious Technicolor, and there's no time like the present.

    Staples

    Each kit contains five bottles of dye, five bottles containing dye, five dye packets, four pairs of protective gloves, 40 rubber bands, and a full color instruction guide with different styles to choose from.

    Get it from Staples for $14.89.

    24. A beginner-friendly 14-piece cake-decorating set complete with a piping bag and stainless-steel tips, so you can go from zero to Great British Bake-Off in no time flat.

    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "This was the first piping bag I bought before I started practicing cake decorating. I have to say that this is a wonderful set and it has just a great variety of different tips for you to choose from. The quality of the bag is really sturdy so it can really hold whatever you have in there whether it be just cream cheese frosting or your homemade custard. It definitely enticed me to try cake decorating more. Definitely recommend this!" —bakingaddict

    Get it from Sur La Table for $20.

    25. A polymer clay beginner's kit full of instructions on how to make little figures you can round up near your computer so you can still have "coworkers" greet you at your desk every morning.

    Barnes & Noble

    Each kit comes with eight colors of clay, sculpting tools, an a 64-page book of instructions for how to make some lil' critters.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $16.95.

    26. A folded book art kit starter set that will elevate your wedding gift-giving game so astronomically that you'll have to block out all the spring and fall weekends next year for all the invites you'll be swimming in.

    Folded Book Art/Etsy

    Each kit comes with a book, a voucher for any pattern, a folding tool, a ruler, and step-by-step instructions.

    Promising review: "I'm very impressed with how good the patterns are and how quickly I've gotten them. Below is a book I made for a wedding gift from a pattern they made for me." —sharondavern

    Get it from Folded Book Art on Etsy for $11.56.

    27. A terrarium essentials kit that comes with everything you need to start building the perfect itty bitty homes for your succulents, so they can be as cozy in quarantine as you are.

    NWW/Etsy

    Each kit comes with potting soil, polished rocks, activated carbon, decorative moss, and an instruction sheet for assembly, whether you're planning to use a mason jar, a cactus pot, or an open or closed terrarium.

    Get it from NWW on Etsy for $19.99.

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    ABC

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