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    26 Things For Anyone Looking To Start A New Hobby

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    1. A reflections and intentions journal full of prompts to write what you're grateful for and what's bothering you each day, so you can get into a groove and start journaling as a regular habit.


    Promising review: "I love this journal a lot! It allows you to know yourself better and practice gratitude. I needed some motivation and I think I am starting to have it with this journal." —ailus

    Get it from Anthropologie for $18.

    2. An minimalist paint-by-number set that comes with everything you need to embark on a new painting hobby, including the paint, brush, canvas, *and* a frame. Plus at the end you'll have a gorgeous piece of art to hang! Van Gogh better watch his back.

    Color Life Finds/Etsy

    Promising review: "Stop what you are doing and buy one now! My paint by number is epic. The quality of the construction, paint, and canvas are A+++. Such a unique gift. Seller is great at communication and super friendly. Will order several more in the future. Great find! True ETSY material." —Mary Newbury

    Get it from Colour Life Finds on Etsy for $28+ (available in 20 styles).

    3. A beginner-friendly embroidery kit to set you up on some of the basics, so from now on you can have something soothing to do with your hands while you marathon yet another Netflix series full of murder, murder, and a side of ... well, murder. (At least now your stitching will be tighter than the main suspect's alibis!)

    Hoffelt + Hooper Co.

    You can either get a "mini kit" with digitally printed cotton fabric, all the thread you need, and an instruction booklet, or a full kit with an embroidery hoop and needle.

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful kit! Everything was packaged very thoughtfully, and the instructions were easy to follow. The pattern and color palettes are all very beautiful (I had a hard time choosing the color option because they all look so good) I couldn’t believe I made this! My first embroidery project was a success, and here’s to many more... can’t wait to pick up my next project from you again." —Angela Lai

    Get it from Hoffelt + Hooper Co. on Etsy; $34+ for a mini kit, $46+ for a full.

    4. OR a Star Wars crochet kit, which comes with all the basic tools you'll need to make (BABY!!) Yoda* and a storm trooper, plus detailed instructions for all your favorite characters. Once you get the hang of this, you'll have the cutest coworkers in the galaxy.


    *OK, technically this kit is to make Yoda, but as Baby Yoda's legal mother I have decreed that this pattern is, in fact, our collective boi.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $22.46.

    Psst — you can also snag a Disney Princess version for $16.95 and a Marvel Heroes version for $22.49, if you wanna make Ariel, Cinderella, Captain America, or Spider-Man!

    5. A book of New York Times crossword puzzles to keep your brain sharp — you can ease into it with the simpler Monday puzzle book, then work your way up to the more challenging Friday puzzle book, until finally reaching the Bowser level challenge: the Sunday puzzle book.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get the Monday puzzle book from Barnes & Noble for $10.79 or Bookshop for $11.03 (to support local bookstores), the Friday puzzle book from Barnes & Noble for $11.38, and the Sunday puzzle book from Barnes & Noble for $11.38, or check your local library.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's passionate PSA about the glory of crossword puzzling for more inspo/GIFs about crossword puzzling.

    6. A beginner-friendly cake decorating set you can get to create a spaceship cake OR a unicorn cake, and reuse with the skills you learned to make decorated cakes galore. BRB, buying both sets so I can make a cake of a unicorn *in* space, my ideal state of being.


    Each set comes complete with everything you need, from the stainless steel silicone tips to silicones molds to frosting bottles to a detailed instruction booklet. Enchanted forest/ability light speed travel the heck off this planet not included.

    Get them from UncommonGoods for $25 each.

    7. 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.

    8. A newbie-friendly tranquility garden you can grow indoors and get your ~zen~ on as you watch it grow. It comes with chamomile, holy basil, lavender, peppermint, wild bergamot, and sage seeds — the perfect combination for relaxation, stress relief, and focus.


    Promising review: "I would recommend this product to anyone wanting herbs. I love indoor herbs. This was easy to do, and there are so many recipes for things to use the grown herbs for." —Keegan

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $12.

    9. A mini stationery set with blank paper and matching transparent envelopes to bring back a hobby we can all get behind: sending our friends and fam sweet messages in the mail.

    Tina Sosna/Etsy

    Each set comes with four sheets of paper, two transparent envelopes, and two label stickers for putting down the address.

    Promising review: "Incredible set, with very high quality paper and lovely art. Lots of love and care went into the packaging, too." —Camilla Danaher

    Get it from Tina Sosna on Etsy for $6.74.

    10. An engaging but not *too* challenging puzzle full of perfect pups, to ease you into the world of puzzling one colorful doggo at a time.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $13.99.

    11. A Nintendo Switch Lite, so you can finally join in all your friends' multiplayer games and dive down fun virtual rabbit holes like Fortnite, Pokémon, and Legend of Zelda.

    If you're already Nintendo-savvy, the Switch Lite lets you move all your preexisting Nintendo games onto it, so you still have access to your library. It's also lightweight and a loooooong battery life so you can happily enjoy your games without disrupting anyone else you're sharing the space with by using the TV.

    Promising review: "The buttons are soft, and far superior to that of the original detachable joycons. The screen quality has definitely improved over the original switch, which tended to have a warmer or cooler than normal shift in hue. The battery life is excellent, and the switch lite tends to run cooler than the original. Due to the better thermal management, I definitely feel like it is easier to play for longer without my hands beginning to sweat. I thoroughly appreciate the improved reachability of the center screen! It’s easier to play a touch-enabled game, as reaching between the joy on controls and touchscreen is close to seamless. The left hand buttons have been traded for a d-pad, and it rocks back and forth wonderfully. It reminds me of the buttery smooth d-pad of the Super Nintendo. Most excellent hardware, and I’m very very satisfied! Great for those who go to school or commute to their jobs, as the switch lite is so lightweight and portable. Good job, Nintendo!" —Mendamigo

    Get it from GameStop for $199 (available in four colors).

    Read BuzzFeed's full review of the Nintendo Switch Lite for more deets!

    12. Plus a copy of the highly-anticipated Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, a Nintendo Switch revamp of the soothing-as-heck game from the early 2000s. In this version, your character inhabits a deserted island that you get to create however you please, all while meeting new neighbors, decorating your virtual space, and, of course, fishing and catching insects whenever the fancy strikes.


    The premise of the game truly is that simple — it's like the Sims, but far more relaxing. You choose your character's name and features, pick the name of your island, and pick what you want to do all day based on the characters you run into and features you stumble on in the virtual world. The more you play, the more you can unlock little bonus activities or decorations. It's got all the comfort of a familiar routine, but with cute lil' surprises too.

    Promising review: "I bought this the day after it came out and I can’t put it down! The graphics are amazing. This really is a beautiful game. You don’t have to have played previous Animal Crossing games to play this, each game is unique. It’s just a great game, I absolutely love it." —halleereaves

    (Psst! If you're as hype about this game's March 20 release as a profound chunk of the internet — or just want to know what all the fuss is about! — I invite you to the glorious wormhole that is the Animal Crossing tag on BuzzFeed.)

    Get it from GameStop for $59.99.

    13. An Instax Mini 11 instant camera, so you can start chronicling little memories with your family and scrapbooking them for safekeeping. (Or just posting them straight to the 'gram with the #StayHome tag, because it is LIT up in there right now.)

    Urban Outfitters

    The camera is compatible with Instax mini film, and even has a selfie mode, so you can chronicle your best social distance smizes.

    Promising review: "I love my instax! it’s such a perfect way to freeze moments in time! I have a whole wall full and could not recommend more!!!" —lovelee

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $69 (available in five colors), and compatible film from Urban Outfitters for $14.

    14. A subscription to Book of the Month, a service that will deliver a specially curated book to your door so you can get into reading more regularly without the pressure of finding the ~perfect~ book to start.

    Here's how it works: Each month, the service specially curates four books in different genres that they know readers will love. You get to pick which one you want sent to you based on those selections. Fall in love with more than one synopsis? You can do an add-on book for that month! Plus, it you don't like any the books in the selection pool, you can pause for a month and grab a book the next one instead. Books on books on BOOKS, y'all.

    Get a three-month subscription from Book of the Month for $49.

    15. 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.

    16. 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.


    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.

    17. 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.


    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.

    18. A multipurpose rose silicone mold that will get you started on more new hobbies than your human fingers can count — these are perfect for making DIY soaps and bath bombs, homemade chocolate, baked goods, and all kinds of cute gifts you can send your friends.

    Sur La Table

    Check out Nifty's tutorial for DIY soaps and tutorial for DIY bath bombs or BuzzFeed's roundup of homemade chocolate recipes for more inspo!

    Get it from Sur La Table for $9.96 (originally $12.50).

    19. A starter set for yoga that comes 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.


    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.

    20. A Bob Ross coloring book for adults simpler than some of the more intimidatingly intricate ones, so you can ease your way into the ~coloring world~ with a version that comes complete with soothing Bob Ross quotes about happy little trees and friendly squirrels 😍.

    Barnes & Noble

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $15.26 or Bookshop for $15.59 (to support local bookstores).

    (Psst — Barnes & Noble also has a set of compact colored pencils for $9.99, if you need supplies!)

    21. Or a copy of 642 Tiny Things To Draw, if you want to go rogue on coloring between the lines and color your OWN lines.

    Barnes & Noble

    This activity guide is kind of like a cross between a coloring book and a diary — it gives you prompts for things to draw, like "your house from space" or "a keyhole" or "a marble" — lots of low-pressure, teensy things to let you express your creativity in small bursts.

    Get it from Barnes & Noble for $9.95, from Bookshop for $15.59 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    22. 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.


    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.

    23. 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.

    24. A sushi-making kit with a guide for beginners that's fully serviceable for more experienced makers, so once you master the California roll so you can shake it up with different sushi sizes and ingredients (mango, anyone?).


    This even comes with a booklet full of drink pairing suggestions for each kind of sushi you make, so you can impress all your friends with your vast sushi/alcohol knowledge.

    Promising review: "I gave this to a friend who had never made sushi before. It has everything you need (except the raw fish of course) and easy to follow directions! We cut up some sushi-grade tuna and salmon and made A LOT of rolls. It was delicious and fun! Great gift for someone looking to learn how to make sushi!" —Inexperienced Chef

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    25. A mini trampoline for indoor use so you can start unleashing your inner bouncy house-loving kid by diving into all the trampoline workouts online.

    Dick's Sporting Goods

    Here's a YouTube playlist of mini trampoline workouts to get you started!

    Promising review: "Bought this to strengthen legs and ankles after fusion surgery. Makes 'working out' fun! Can’t believe how good of a work out I get indoors and at home!" —mizjuleigh

    Get it from Dick's Sporting Goods for $39.99 (originally $44.99).

    26. 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.

    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.

    You whenever someone tries to interrupt you in the flow of all your glorious new hobbies:


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