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26 Gifts For Anyone Who Wants A Hobby Beyond Watching Netflix

Netflix is cool and all, but so are these gift ideas.

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1. A hand lettering book if they've ever wanted handwriting that makes peoples' jaws drop. You might start begging them to write all your birthday cards now.

The cover of the spiral-bound book

Promising review: "Not only is this introductory book beautifully put together, but the author also helps you to build you’re own beautiful style! She provides easy to follow guides and plenty of room to practice. Overall, she provides the tools a new hand lettering artist needs in their toolbox and references for different alphabet styles that I continuously look at to practice lettering. I’ve been practicing lettering for a while and have picked up a couple of books here and there to practice with, but this book really took my hand lettering to the next level physically and with confidence. I also really appreciate that the author used good quality paper to practice on as I’ve used other books with poor quality paper that has ruined some of my pens. Definitely recommend this to any and especially new hand letterers!" —Melissa

Get it from Amazon for $21.94.

2. This Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 for anyone who's fascinated by photo prints but is lowkey intimidated by other super high-tech instant cameras.

A reviewer showing the pink camera with two instant prints of their dogs

The camera requires two AA batteries. Don't forget to bundle this with a pack of film.

Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this camera! I decided I wanted to do a photo journal and wanted instant prints for the book. It took a couple of photos to figure out the settings, but I think I have it for the most part. The picture quality is fantastic when I do it correctly and the fact that it prints instantly is on the best. After I received mine, I went and bought another for my daughter." —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $64.13 (available in nine colors).

3. Or! A Fujifilm X-T100 mirrorless camera if they're a little more practiced in photography and want to move up from their point-and-shoot camera. They can connect this camera to their phone and transfer pics using Bluetooth, which will make for some super quick Insta uploads.


Promising review: "This is an awesome beginner's camera for those who are looking to upgrade from the camera on their phone! It takes beautiful pictures in auto mode. I'm still learning the manual controls. I love the retro look and build of this camera. It's much more fun to shoot with than traditional Nikon or Canon cameras. I love the selfie flip-out screen, too. It's really fun to take selfies with my family." —Steven Reed

Get it from Amazon for $748 (available with or without a black or silver lens).

4. This kombucha brewing kit because they're probably tired of spending $3+ on a bottle of kombucha every morning — so why not help them learn how to make their own?,,

The kit includes a one-gallon brew jar, pH test strips, a temperature gauge, brewing instructions, organic sugar, and kombucha cultures.

Promising review: "I've been wanting to try my hand at making kombucha for a few years now but was afraid of making it wrong and becoming deathly ill. Also, I admit, the Scoby kind of freaked me out. One of the blogs I follow recently reviewed this kit and I decided to go for it (and besides, paying upwards of $3.50 per bottle at the store was getting ridiculous). I am so happy I bought this kit! I'm currently brewing my second batch as my first batch came out awesome! I made a ginger/orange flavor and a strawberry/lemonade flavor from that first batch and they taste even better than what I can buy at the store. And no more fear of the Scoby! I actually enjoy looking at it daily to see what new changes have occurred overnight. I think it's safe to say I will never buy store-bought kombucha again!" —Cheflene

Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (also available as a deluxe kit).

5. A BuzzFeed Tasty Cookie Club subscription so they can hone their baking skills in a non-intimidating way and become a master cookie maker almost overnight.

LG Tasty Cookie Club, Jasmin Suknanan / BuzzFeed

Every kit includes pre-measured ingredients, step-by-step recipe cards, and various baking tools.

I looove baking and got the chance to give the Fall Tasty Cookie Club box a try. This box included pumpkin spice cookie mix, icing mix, recipe cards, a silicone baking mat, and a cookie scooper. Making the cookies was super quick and easy — even though I mixed everything by hand because I was too lazy to take out my hand mixer — and I had six big sandwich cookies in under an hour. My family DEVOURED the cookies and wished we had more. And, if you want more than six sandwich cookies, you can just scoop out smaller balls of dough.

Get one box from the LG / BuzzFeed Tasty Cookie Club website for $29.99.

6. This lip balm making kit they'll love if they're passionate about keeping their lips hydrated and want a unique way to upgrade their lip balm supply.


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 $49.95.

7. A bullet journal set that's perfect for beginners who want to start their own journal but don't want to spend hours trying to free-hand pretty banners and illustrations.

The kit includes a notebook, 15 Fineliner pens, five reusable stencils, six sticker sheets, six Washi tape rolls, and one black gel pen.

Promising review: "This is my first bullet journal and I cannot begin to explain how great this product is, the journal itself feels amazing and the pages are thick too so I won’t worry about the pen bleeding thru. When I would buy other journals I wouldn’t know where to begin but with this, I know what I want to do! For the price, it’s unbelievable what you get!" —Alysha Foster

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in six notebook colors).

8. Embroidery floss for anyone who's ever tried to sell homemade friendship bracelets when they were in middle school. Re-creating their favorite patterns might make them re-live those colorful, string bracelet days.


Promising review: "These are definitely worth it considering the quality and shades of colors — you get colors from light pastels to black. It's easy to make bracelets with these and they don't fray." —Emily patricia ulatoski

Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $6.99.

9. A hot sauce making kit that'll probably make them never want to buy from the grocery store ever again once they learn how to make their own special sauce tailored to their spice preferences.,

The kit includes three glass bottles, four squeeze bottles, a 2-inch funnel, an apple cider vinegar bottle, a spice blend, two pairs of gloves, five pH strips, and Ancho Pasillas, Chipotle, and Habanero bags.

Promising review: "I bought this product as a gift for my s/o since he loves to cook and loves all things spicy. We were not disappointed!! The packaging was cute and making the hot sauce was something fun and different to enjoy together. Having this kit it made it so easy!!!!!! All of our friends heard about our hot sauce-making adventure and want to know where to get a kit for themselves. Everything is included — tiny glass storing bottles, the spices, little squeeze bottles, and tiny fill-in labels. He absolutely loved this gift and I can’t believe I got it for the price that I did, considering everything that’s included." —Sam

Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

10. This bonsai tree starter kit if they want a stress-free way to get started with germinating their own little tree, even if they've never done it before.

The kit includes four types of organic seeds — Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree — four biodegradable growing pots, four expanding-soil discs, four bamboo plant markers, one bonsai clipper, one pair of tweezers, one bamboo rake, one bamboo brush, one bonsai scissor, and an instruction book.

Promising review: "This was a great purchase and the detailed instructions were all I needed to get these trees going! My biggest problem has actually been figuring out how to deal with the saplings that grew too tall too quickly and are struggling to support their own height/weight! Of all of the problems one could have with buying tree seeds through Amazon, that is certainly a good problem to have. As someone without a green thumb, I would've been happy to even have one sapling to work with, so this product has more than met my expectations and hopes." —Paul

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

11. Orrr, a book on How Not To Kill Your Houseplant so they can learn how to be a better plant parent even if they've already killed more than their fair share of succulents.

The cover of the book

Promising review: "This is a very helpful little book with pictures and descriptions that help identify plants you might have at home, even if you don't know their names. It tells how to care for them and what to do with them if they seem to be having problems. It's a great book for people who claim they don't have a 'green thumb.'" —Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (also available as a Kindle version), Barnes and Noble for $14.99, or Bookshop for $13.79.

12. This mozzarella and ricotta making kit so they can feel ~extra fancy~ when they enjoy *homemade* cheese with their crackers.


The kit includes citric acid, cheese salt, vegetable rennet, butter muslin, a thermometer, and a recipe booklet — you must have your own milk on hand to make the cheese.

Promising review: "I bought this because I have always wanted to make cheese. I decided to try it while my grown son and his girlfriend were visiting and we made cheese together. We had so much fun and I am still making my own cheese. These instructions are clear and the kit has everything you need except the pot, and I bought additional utensils to use with it." —Renee Martin

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

13. A set of crochet yarn and hooks because nothing makes time fly faster than cable stitching a nice, soft scarf.

Balls of yarn in various colors and two crochet hooks and a needle

The set includes 24 balls of acrylic yarn, two crochet hooks (sizes H and J), two weaving needles, and seven ebooks.

Promising review: "I'm a beginner at crocheting and these are the perfect size for a four-row granny square. The yarn is very easy to work with, and it came with the perfect size hooks for a newbie like myself. I've glanced at the books, and they look like they are helpful." —S. Tiller

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

14. An extra-thick yoga mat for anyone who's always wanted to increase their strength and flexibility.

The yoga mat rolled up and held in place by a strap

Promising review: "This mat is incredibly cushioned, which for me is of major importance. I have bad knees, and regular mats are never cushioned enough for me. I bruise easily, but this seems like it will prevent any sort of bruising or soreness on my knees or hips. And, this mat has an awesome grip — no more sliding or falling due to instability issues caused by no traction. I look forward to being able to do the exercises without fear of a few routines again!" —Billie

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in seven colors).

15. This gin making kit so they can finally learn how to make their own bottle after years of talking about how they'll get into it "soon."

The kit with two glass bottles, a funnel, blends, and a sifter

The kit includes two glass bottles, a fine stainless steel strainer, a stainless steel funnel, a tin of juniper berries, and a tin of botanical blend.

Promising review: "This is a great introduction to gin making. It's a great starter for anyone interested in mixing and creating their own gin. We made two styles with grapefruit and one with lemon. This kit is great as a gift for Mother's day, recent grads, and all occasions really." —GrandVizier

Get it from Amazon for $50 (refill kits available at the same listing for $15).

16. A 1,000-piece puzzle they can easily incorporate into some daily me-time. Pro tip: When they're done, they can glue the pieces down onto thick cardstock so they can have a collection of finished masterpieces.

The puzzle showing a Paris city street scene

Promising review: "This is a great puzzle! The pieces come in many different sizes and shapes, unlike a normal puzzle. I did think it was going to be hard because of the fact that the pieces were so different but I finished this puzzle in a week, which is normally longer than it takes me, but it wasn’t too hard. The pieces all fit together very well and I gave it to my sister for Christmas and she loved it!! I love this puzzle and recommend it!" —bzholly

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

17. This soap making kit for a ~sweet-smelling~ way to de-stress (and have tons of cute, little gifts to give away to other people on their list as a result).

Brightly colored soaps on a stand

The kit includes shea butter soap base, four fragrances, four liquid dyes, two plastic molds, a pouring pitcher, two stirring sticks, a mixing bowl, and four soap boxes.

Promising review: "I was looking for a craft project to do with my 9-year-old nephew on rainy summer days and found this kit included everything needed for soap making. He opened the package and was so excited we were making soap in the first five minutes! The instructions were easy to follow and the colors were beautiful. We loved the lavender and grapefruit mint scents. The end product was lovely. I'm glad I ordered extra soap base because he is now on a mission to make soaps this summer for all his holiday gift-giving." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

18. An adult coloring book that'll let them take a trip back in time to elementary school when they'd basically hoard coloring books and spend hours a day bringing flowers and elephants to life.


Promising review: "I am a coloring book nerd and I love this book. It's such a fun thing to do as a retired person. It keeps me calm and busy. If you like to color, this book is for you." —AW

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

19. This crossword puzzle book they can solve IRL if they love figuring out words but don't want to pay for the puzzle subscription on their phone anymore.

The book

Promising review: "There are few challenges, but if you like filling in puzzles fast, or are a beginner, you're rusty, this one might be for you. I was thinking as I was doing it, that it would be fun to do as a group with children. There are lots of opportunities to learn/review words and facts such as state capitols and such." —K. Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (Or, if you know they like a challenge, gift them this tougher alternative for $10.39).

20. A sewing machine because not only will a basic knowledge of sewing serve them well during the most unforeseen situations, but they might also have so much fun that they'll want to start stitching every fabric they see.

The 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.

21. This DIY slime making kit because pretty much anyone can agree that it's hard to look at those YouTube tutorials and not develop the urge to play with soft, stretchy goo.

A reviewer's kid stretching blue slime

The kit includes a bottle of laundry detergent, two bottles of white glue, two bottles of clear glue, a bag of foam beads, two vials of color-changing powder, two vials of pearl pigment, fruit decals, two vials of glow-in-the-dark powder, a vial of instant snow, six glitter jars, five bottles of food coloring, three packets of air dry clay, two measuring cups, storage containers, four spoons, and mixing sticks.

Promising review: "My daughter loves making slime. I bought this because I was tired of all dealing with the different recipes she found on YouTube. This kit has everything you need. There are many unique colors and things you can add to the slime. The included measuring cups and mixing bowls are nice so you don’t have to use your cooking utensils for the slime. I would buy this kit again." —Stylish Intellect

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

22. This beginner ukelele that's perfect for anyone who's ever wanted to learn a new instrument but doesn't want to spend hundreds of dollars for a guitar or clarinet.,

The kit includes a ukelele, a carrying bag, an instruction guide, access to free online lessons, and access to a smartphone app and tuner.

Promising review: "I bought this for my pops as a Christmas gift so he could start learning to play the ukulele. It's great for beginners! The box it comes in is great, it's sturdy, and the carrying case is of good quality. The directions for tuning were a little confusing so we ended up YouTubing it, but there are great videos out there! If you are serious about learning the ukulele, this is a great starter, but buy a tuner!" —Lindsey

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

23. A step-by-step coloring book so they can up your stick-figure game by learning techniques for creating more detailed animal drawings.

The book

Promising review: "I bought this book for my 6-year-old twin granddaughters. But I love it too! We are all learning to draw animals this way. One of my granddaughters is a fan of horses and she drew a passable horse based on the instructions. I will be using this book for a long time, and so will they. In fact, once you see how it's done, you can figure out how to use the same technique for different animals that aren't in the book. Just visualize the parts of the animal and the proportions of the parts to each other. Draw the basic shapes, then add the details. I recommend this highly." —Ginger Cookie

Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $8.98+ (also available for the Kindle, and in spiral-bound and library binding versions).

24. This sushi making kit that'll introduce them to the magic of creating their favorite rolls without feeling like they need to be a certified chef. They'll be rolling rice and seaweed in no time!,

The kit includes a detachable sushi mat, a non-stick paddle, and a sushi roll cutter.

Promising review: "Oh my gosh I love this little gadget. I've attempted sushi rolls in the past and failed. This thing makes perfect rolls. I'm glad I spent the money and invested in this. I love how easy it is to use. You shouldn't be disappointed." —A. Leggitt

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

25. A three-month subscription to Book of the Month Club for the voracious reader of the group. Don't take it personally if they forget to text you a "thank you" — they're probably busy digging into the books!

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).

26. And a build-it-yourself computer kit that's perfect for kids who love computer games and are interested in learning a little more about technology.

A reviewer's kid using the DIY computer, which looks like a box with wires attached and functioning buttons and a screen

The kit includes a wooden computer case and LCD display, a Raspberry Pi 3 Project board, an SD card, cables, buzzers, sensors, switches, LED lights, a USB mouse, a Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft, and laminated blueprints for assembly.

Promising review: "Our 8-year-old daughter had the best time building this and learning about computers. She loves Minecraft and when my husband saw this online, he thought it would be great and educational. I love how it works and how it uses her problem-solving skills, along with technical skills to make it work. Brilliant all around!" —night9x

Get it from Amazon for $181.50.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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