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    31 Things Designed To Help You Kill As Much Time As Possible

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    1. A basic chess set for challenging your housemates to the ultimate game of strategy — if you've got some reaaaally good chess players living under your roof, you might have to volley back and forth for hours before someone finally wins.

    A box of basic chess set with a black and red board and white and black pieces

    Promising review: "Very basic set. Pieces are very lightweight and small, but they do what they need to. Great set for beginners. Unbeatable price." —4SweetTs

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available as a pack of two).

    2. This Nintendo Switch Lite because you've resisted Animal Crossing for far too long and once you start playing, the day will just fly by.

    A hand holding pink Nintendo switch lite

    Heads up! These have been selling out super fast, so shipping may be slow on certain colors, but in my opinion, it's probably worth the wait!

    Promising review: "This feels sooo much better in the hands than the bulkier original Switch, that I can't go back. Even though its lighter, it feels more solid as the joycons do not come off, and it doesn't bend like the old one did. My arms don't get tired at all holding this. AND it had an actual D-pad! I also do not notice the smaller screen when playing, at all. It's just a much more pleasant handheld experience, which is exactly why I got it." —J. Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $277.92+ (available in four colors and as a bundle with a 256GB memory card).

    3. A 1,000-piece puzzle that's sure to keep you *planted* in your seat all afternoon (and maybe the afternoon after that, and the afternoon after that).

    The puzzle that depicts a scene full of plants and flowers
    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $17.

    4. A Lego set inspired by Friends so you can bring the Central Perk cafe right into your living room. The set includes 1,070 pieces(!!!) so good luck trying to put the whole thing together in just two hours or less.

    A reviewer photo of the lego set complete with the cafe and characters from "Friends"

    Promising reviews: "This is an excellent set. I purchased it for my 16-year-old son who is a collector and loves the show. It does have a lot of pieces and can get challenging to put together. It took lots of time and patience but he loves it and it looks awesome!" —JuniorBB

    "i’ve never actually put a Lego set together. when I was a kid it was a box of random Legos and you could build whatever you wanted. As a huge Friends fan, I had to get this set. Originally, I was just going to keep it in the box...but, I started working on it and couldn’t stop. I had the best time putting this together. it was a lot of fun." —paper tiger

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    5. This world map tablecloth that's actually missing a little something...COLOR! It's designed to allow your family (or you by yourself) to bring the world to life through markers. It might take you hours to finish it, and when you're done you can pop it in the washer and start all over again.

    A photo of kids coloring in the tablecloth, which has a map design
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We loved it — I haven't washed it yet, but so far, it's been great fun. We learned some geography, sure, but mostly it's an activity for us to do with our kids at mealtime. We finish eating and we all STAY at the table and chat and color. It's awesome!" —KTMAY

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    6. A paint-by-numbers kit so you can spend all of your precious time becoming an artist. By the time you're done, you'll wonder how the heck it's nighttime already.,

    The kit comes with the 16-inch x 20-inch piece, three paintbrushes, and all the pain colors you'll need.

    Promising review: "Just what I wanted and turned out better than I expected! So much fun, definitely takes a lot of commitment, but so worth it." —Maddie White

    Get it from Amazon for $17.56 and shop more paint by number designs here.

    7. This beginner embroidery kit because it might actually take you some time to learn and get used to stitching your own beautiful works of art (but it'll be ~totally~ worth it!). Just go at your own pace and really enjoy the process!

    four embroidery hoops with different cacti and plants on them
    YolandaCraftGifts / Etsy

    The kit includes a linen fabric, an embroidery needle, some embroidery floss, an embroidery hoop, and a set of instructions.

    Promising review: "I love it! It came with everything I needed. I used YouTube videos to be able to learn the stitches and then I was all set." —Kelley

    Get it from YolandaCraftGifts on Etsy for $16 (available in seven patterns and in sets of up to seven).

    8. A box set featuring the white collection for the Twilight saga — you might've read (and loved) the books already when you were in high school so why not spend your week revisiting the terrifyingly exciting world of Bella Swan?

    A reviewer photo of each of the books

    The set includes Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.

    Promising review: "This is one of my all-time favorite series. It is definitely worth reading. It is a breath of fresh air in this world." —Twilightgirl1

    Get it from Amazon for $45.90+ (available in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle versions), Barnes & Noble for $62.99, or Bookshop for $63 (to support local businesses; originally $70).

    9. This DIY mechanical safe kit so you can build your own really cool moving, working safe for storing some of your prized possessions. I just hope you're up for the challenge of spending every ounce of free time you have on putting this together — it contains 179 pieces.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes laser-cut birch parts.

    Promising review: "My son is a mechanical engineer, and I sent this to him for his birthday. His girlfriend said he worked on it nonstop. He texted picture updates to me as he was working on it. After he was done, we face-timed so he could show us how it worked. I haven't seen him so excited about something he built, since he was a kid working on Lego projects! Proud Mom!" —BARB

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60 or from Amazon for $52.86.

    10. A 500-piece Baby Yoda puzzle that may look like a piece of cake but once you begin putting together the Mandalorian, you might start scratching your head.

    A reviewer photo of the completed puzzle

    Promising review: "This is probably the most lit and productive thing I've done in my spare time during these times of quarantine. I 10/10 would recommend this puzzle for people looking for something to do indoors that doesn't involve staring at a TV or video games all day. It has a moderate level of difficulty — I did the puzzle alone, and it took roughly six hours. It's easy to put baby Yoda together as well as the sky, but due to the pixel quality of the puzzle, it was a bit tricky and time consuming putting the Mandolorian guy together because almost his entire back and helmet are the same speckled colors. Since we realistically don't have a whole lot going on in our free time nowadays, this puzzle was worth the time/challenge, and it was fun! I will order more puzzles in the near future." —Toby Rutkowski

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. And a Harry Potter-inspired string art kit because it'll look sooooo cool and intricate once you're finally done looping all the strings across the nails. Not even Hermione has a spell that can help you get this done in less than 30 minutes.

    A plaque with nails and string arranged to feature Harry Potter's face
    Yinzpired / Etsy

    You'll receive a painted plaque with nails already set in place, and a set of strings.

    Get it from Yinzpired on Etsy for $20 (also available as an already-completed project).

    12. This book of Sherlock Holmes puzzles you'll be pouring over for hours trying to crack the correct answers.

    The spiral-bound book

    Promising review: "I've always been a fan of puzzles and this book doesn’t disappoint. It has some puzzles that require you to have read the Sherlock Holmes books in order to answer, so if you haven’t actually read any of the books you won’t know. Besides that, it’s a nice puzzle book!" —Billie Suttles

    Get it from Amazon for $8 or Bookshop for $11.94 (to support local businesses; originally $12.98).

    13. Or a book filled with crossword puzzles from the Sunday New York Times because they only get harder and harder as the week progresses, and the Sunday puzzles are practically boss level.

    The crossword puzzle book

    If you wanna kill a ton of time but not that much time, you can also try the Thursday, Friday, or Saturday book, too.

    Promising review: "Definitely a good choice for serious crossword lovers. There aren't many crosswords out there that are challenging enough for me to not get bored. I really like that it is spiral-bound so you don't have to nearly break the book's spine trying to keep it open. The text is not large-print so those who are far-sighted might find it difficult to read the clues." —Glamazon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49 or Barnes and Noble for $11.99.

    14. This Tower of Hanoi puzzle — the goal is to completely move all the disks to another rod without ever placing a larger disk on top of a smaller disk. It's actually trickier than it looks!

    A board with three rods and eight differently sized colored disks stacked on top of each other on the center rod

    Promising review: "OK can we talk about a great mind game! I was at a work meeting where the whole concept was to unlearn what we have learned to relearn. This game got everyone obsessed. So I bought one for the family and we are all having fun trying to figure it out." —V

    Get it from Amazon for $10.80.

    15. A cheese-making kit bound to have you in the kitchen whipping up your own delicious dairy creations all morning. You can use this kit to make six different types of cheeses, so you're bound to have endless hours of fun.

    The kit along with a plate of cheese and tomatoes
    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes a thermometer, a pipet, citric acid, sodium chloride, a bucket, and vegetarian rennet tablets — you'll just need to add your own milk. Using this kit, you can create 10 batches of mozzarella, mascarpone, bocconcini, burrata, ricotta, and ricotta salada.

    Promising review: "So far I've used this kit to make mozzarella. It was my first time making cheese and it turned out great! It was fun and easy. I recommend watching the video a few times before starting. Getting it right from only the written instructions would be tricky. My mozzarella turned out tasty and I used it to make a pizza." —Amanda

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $29.

    16. Aaaand, this DIY lighthouse kit so you can spend the afternoon constructing and painting your very own wooden lighthouse to ~light the way~ for a boredom-free day.

    Two people holding completed lighthouses, which are about the same size as their torsos
    Gogolshop / Etsy

    The set includes instructions for crafting the lighthouse, all the wood pieces you need, acrylic glasses for the top of the lighthouse, three acrylic paints, two paintbrushes, two LED candles (batteries included), sandpaper, and a set of interesting facts is about the lighthouse.

    Get it from Gogolshop on Etsy for $59.90.

    17. This journal with 300 writing prompts ranging from things like "Write about a moment when you felt proud of yourself" to "Describe your ultimate sandwich." Once you get into the zone of writing, you'll fly through prompt after prompt.


    Promising review: "It arrived on time Saturday afternoon. It hasn't been a whole week but I've been writing in it since then. It's a great way to help you put your thoughts on paper and even learn about yourself if you didn't already know. The prompt concept is excellent." —Cierra

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    18. A beginner's guide to calligraphy that is far more thorough and specific about technique and ink types than other versions. It'll have you sitting there all night with your pen in hand practicing until your letters look practically typed out.

    The calligraphy book showing a diagram of differently sized writing utensils

    Promising review: "I’ve tried several instructional books on hand lettering. This book is the best by far. I won’t say the names of the other books but suffice it to say they are all at the top of the list when you search for hand lettering. It is the only book that gives practice for the base strokes and also discusses posture and how to hold the pen and at what angle to the paper. It is also a lovely book to work with; nice art work/illustrations. I recommend this book to other beginners out there!" —Karen Rorick

    Get it from Amazon for $21.89.

    19. This pack of colorful embroidery floss so you can start braiding your own friendship bracelets. Trust me, you'll be sitting in front of the TV for HOURS knotting one pattern after the other.

    The threads in pastel pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and gray
    CraftyWoolFelt / Etsy

    Get a pack of seven from CraftyWoolFelt on Etsy for $5.95 (available in additional colors on the seller's shop page).

    BTW, we've got a tutorial has some very pretty, and easy-to-follow friendship bracelet patterns that are perfect for beginners (or if you're just a little rusty and need some inspo to get back into it).

    20. A wooden birdhouse-lantern hybrid kit because it's pretty much the ultimate DIY project. You'll put together the wooden and glass pieces and add lights and even bird seeds to end up with 1) a cute piece of outdoor decor, 2) a bird feeder for the feathered friends who wanna stop by for lunch, and 3) a lantern that'll give your yard a warm glow at night. Get ready to reaaaally take your time on this project.

    A wooden birdhouse with illuminated windows at night
    1Man1Garage / Etsy

    Get it from 1Man1Garage on Etsy for $48+ (available in three lighting options and the option to include bird seeds).

    21. This "Hunt A Killer" mystery box that'll let you put on your detective's cap and spend your time rifling through the evidence to help solve a fictional cold case.

    A box covered in bloody hands and various papers and notebooks scattered in front
    Hunt a Killer

    This subscription service gradually lays out a mystery over six boxes. They send you clues and items (think autopsy reports, witness accounts, victim's belongings, etc.) that'll let you solve the mystery. If you're dedicated, you can catch the killer by the final box.

    Get it from Hunt a Killer for $25+/month ($165 total if you do the full six months).

    22. Or this fun and beautiful board game where you grow trees and compete to earn the most point based on how much sunlight you can garner for your little forest. It's more time-consuming than it looks since you'll have to grow more and more trees and the "sun" rotates around the board so you'll need to strategize the best possible way to harness those sweet, sweet rays.


    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. It's good for 2-4 players and ages 8 and up.

    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 $39.79.

    23. A book of 642 tiny things to draw sure to inspire you to pretty much draw your day away.

    A person holds the book between their thumb and forefinger, showing that the book is just a little bigger than a 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 $9.77.

    24. This soapstone carving kit so you can use soapstone, sanding paper, and some wax to create a wolf and bear figurine that'll end up looking so cool that you'll congratulate yourself for an evening well spent.

    Packaging showing the carving kit meant to help you create a wooden bear and wolf
    StudiostoneCreative / Etsy

    Promising review: "I had so much fun with this! I could have used more/sturdier sandpaper, but the kit was perfect otherwise and the instructions were just what this beginner needed." —Amy Malcolm

    Get it from StudiostoneCreative on Etsy for $46.70.

    25. A game called the 5-Second Rule because it challenges you to name three things that fit a category in only five seconds. Sounds easy, huh? I can tell you from experience that it certainly is NOT (but it is so fun that you'll want to play over and over again).

    The game packaging

    The game includes 576 questions — so you'll have more than enough to play with — and a five-second twisted marble timer. It's for three or more players and is best for ages 10 and up!

    Promising review: "This game is fun and quick. If you want a quick game, a few rounds of this doesn't take long at all. It is a challenge to be put on the spot and spit out three guesses quickly in the category. The rest of the players get to think longer about the answers until it is their turn, though they can't duplicate any answer previously given. The timer is interesting with three small marbles that run down a spiral ramp. It's very quick to set up and easy to just jump right in." —Scottypiper

    Get it from Amazon for $16.69.

    26. Or a game of Jenga — the classic game of concentration...and a little bit of luck. You and your family will have so much fun trying to strategically remove the blocks to prevent the tower from falling over — all the losers will consistently demand a rematch!

    A model pulling out a Jenga block from its place in the tower

    Promising review: "This is a great game that can be play by all ages and either by yourself, with someone else, or with a group. There are so many possibilities. This is definitely a great game for game night. This game builds on your critical thinking skills, as each move has to be well-thought-out or you can lose in a blink of an eye. So, it is challenging, fun, and competitive all at the same time. Basically, each player builds upon another player's move until the blocks come crashing down. The person who makes that last move loses." —QT

    Get it from Amazon for $10.27+ (also available in a giant Jenga version).

    27. This 272-page book all about square foot gardening — you'll certainly want to take your time and go page by page to learn more about how you can start a gorgeous garden even if you don't have the space or the energy to maintain a yard full of plants.

    The cover of the book
    Cool Springs Press

    Promising review: "It's been years since I first read this book. I've put its lessons into practice for the past 30 years. When I saw that the author had written a new, updated edition, I jumped at the chance to read it. And I'm not sorry that I did! Very easily understood, the new edition is an excellent book for beginning gardeners to learn the secret of square foot gardening. It's chock full of pictures and instructions. And it has much to offer to older, more experienced gardeners, too!" —oldwarden

    Get a paperback copy from Amazon for $13.51+ (also available in spiral-bound and for the Kindle), from Barnes and Nobel for $22.49 (also available for the Nook Book), from Bookshop for $22.99 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    28. An inflatable pool because it'll have you chilling out in the water pretending you're on a Hamptons vacation all day long.,

    Promising review: "2020... need I say more? Stuck at home, vacation cancelled, now also furloughed... oh, and my central AC just completely died as well. I needed something to make being home for months on end more bearable, so I decided to get myself a pool for some sunbathing/ relaxing. I love this thing!! I got an electric pump to blow it up, so that's easy. Got a tarp to cover it with when I'm not using it. Got a cheap net to scoop out leaves and bugs that find their way inside. It's awesome! Highly recommend. I've already sent the link to inquiring friends who have the same idea as me. Do it!!" —MDG

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    29. This Disney Dreams Collection Coloring Book with 63 pages full of enchanting scenes that are just waiting for you to breathe some life into them. It'll take you quite some time to get through every single page.


    This coloring book puts you in the position of a painter, even if you're coloring the enchanted pictures in this book with crayons or markers. It's filled with 63 black-and-white versions of Thomas Kinkade's paintings, so you can bring these magical images to life in your own way!

    Promising review: "This is absolutely beautiful — loved it. Thomas Kinkade makes beautiful paintings and this book is no different." —meloyellow

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (also available as a spiral-bound version), from Barnes & Noble for $10.99, or from Bookshop for $11.95+ (to support local bookstores; available in three formats).

    30. Or a Paint by Sticker Masterpieces book, which is kind of like a coloring book except you fill in the lines of famous pieces of art with STICKERS! The Mona Lisa wasn't painted in a day, so she certainly won't be stickered-in in just a few minutes. Plus, it might honestly be harder than using crayons since you'll have to try to arrange the stickers perfectly to fit.


    Have you ever wanted to channel your inner artist, but didn't want to pull out the paint brushes and paint? This paint by sticker book gives you all you need to re-create some of the most famous pieces of art of our time. Quite simply, you're doing what da Vinci didn't. Sure, he painted, but did he paint by sticker? No.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.67, Barnes & Noble for $13.45, or Bookshop for $13.75 (to support local bookstores).

    31. And a DIY guide that'll give you step-by-step instructions for creating stunning floral bouquets completely out of paper. Once you make your first bouquet, you'll want to build 'em bigger and bolder.


    This will teach you how to make looovely floral crafts and arrangements using crepe and tissue paper.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this book immediately. With beautiful illustrations and clear instructions, it has inspired me to take up flower crafting as my new favorite hobby. I've made several of the flower projects to give as gifts and I can't wait to enjoy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available as a hardcover and Kindle version).

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