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    26 Things To Try If You're Looking For A New Hobby

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    1. A candle making kit that you can use to craft your own ~wicked~ collection. It comes with everything you'll need to make four candles and you can always reuse the glass jars when you've finished burning them.

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    Baltic Club is based in Montreal, Quebec.

    The kit includes soy wax, two bottles of fragrance (fir and cypress, and fig and ginger), four cotton wicks, four mesh wicks, four jars, four laundry pins, and four mixing sticks.

    Get it from Simons for $60.

    2. A houseplants 101 course that'll teach you how to keep your plant babies thriving instead of just surviving. You'll learn about the anatomy of a plant, how and when to water it, and how to take care of all those pesky insects.

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    Reviewers say it's helped them become more confident in taking care of their houseplants.

    Get a subscription to Udemy for $39.99.

    3. A 500-piece puzzle that'll be a relaxing and screen-free activity you can do every night. It'll make you feel super accomplished once you finish and it's such as pretty illustration, you'll probably want to frame it.

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    Hobbry is based in Toronto, Ontario.

    Get it from Indigo for $21.99.

    4. A calligraphy book that'll help you improve your writing and learn the art form of fancy lettering. It's a beginner's guide and includes 15 in-book writing projects so you'll get all the practice you need.

    A small craft book called A Beginner's Guide to Lettering and Modern Calligraphy on a desk with a pen and paper clips beside it
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    And if you need a brush pen to write with, you can find a set of two here.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.15.

    5. A pack of brush pens that'll help you create the most beautiful watercolour paintings without the mess of actual paint. The set includes 20 colourful dye pens and a water brush. All you'll need is a little cup of water to dip your pens in if you want to dilute the ink.

    Twenty watercolour brush pens placed around a small drawing of a sun setting behind a mountain
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.99.

    6. A Kindle that'll let you carry your impressive library collection with you at all times. It has extra storage and a long-lasting battery so you can read whatever you want with the touch of a button.

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    “I've been an avid Kindle user for the past five years but when I saw this version, I knew it was time to upgrade. The main selling point is the fact that this one is waterproof. So waterproof, in fact, that it can be in up to 2 meters of fresh water for more than 60 minutes. Plus, it's lighter, has more storage, and the battery lasts for WEEKS. I took this on vacation with me and was so impressed. I was able to sit on the ledge in the pool and read without worrying about getting the device wet. And I even put it in the water to test and it still works perfectly. Plus, I used it every day and didn't have to charge it the whole time I was on the trip. That gets a big gold star in my book.“ —Abby Kass

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Kindle Paperwhite (#1 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $104.99. Also available in a 32GB version.

    7. An activity book that'll help your master the art of origami. It has 40 projects to learn and reviewers say the instructions were easy to follow, making it the perfect book for beginners of all ages.

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    You can find origami paper here.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.86. Also available for Kindle.

    8. A kombucha brewing kit that'll save a few loonies and toonies in the long run if you like having a probiotic drink every day. You'll have enough ingredients to make eight litres of kombucha that'll last an entire week (or longer).

    A large glass jar that says brew your bucha on it There a paper bag, a large glass bottle and a small glass of kombucha beside it
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    The kit includes a four-litre glass brew jar, kombucha cultures, raw cane sugar, tea bags, temperature strips, a cotton cloth cover, an elastic band, a pipet straw, and a metal mesh strainer.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $82.99+. Available in two sets.

    9. An adult colouring book that'll unleash your inner artist. The pages are based off the iconic artwork of painter Bob Ross and feature some of his most famous quotes and catchphrases. You'll appreciate how relaxing this activity is and it combines two things that you love: books and being creative.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.86.

    10. A jar of Perler beads and a pack of pegboards that you can use to make a bunch of cute bead crafts. You can make your own designs or find Perler bead patterns online to recreate.

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    The Perler beads come with ironing paper and instructions but you'll need an iron to melt the beads together.

    Get the Perler beads for $32.99 and a pack of seven pegboards for $11.99, both from Amazon Canada.

    11. An inspirational sketchbook that'll prompt you to draw something new every day. It includes a mix of simple and common items (like a safety pin and a teacup), as well as more abstract concepts (like "the sound of girlish laughter") that will challenge and entertain any drawing enthusiast.

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    Add a pack of fine-point pens that'll you'll love writing and drawing with.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.95.

    12. A silicone bread maker that’ll let you mix, knead, and bake your homemade bread in the same bowl before placing it in the oven. After it rises, you can close it like a takeout box to give your loaf the perfect shape.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    13. A fun activity book that'll teach you how to sketch like a Pixar animator. It has 45 activities that'll prompt you to create characters from films like Toy Story, Cars, Brave, and Inside Out.

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    The book is inspired by the behind-the-scenes work of real Pixar animators and will teach you how to use shape, colour, and design to create a visual story. Add a pack of drawing pencils or colouring pencils to your cart so you can start sketching right away.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.90.

    14. A scratch-off bucket list that'll challenge you to watch 100 movies this year. There are a variety of genres like action, comedy, drama, and romance. And once you've finished each film, you can have the satisfaction of scratching off the metallic coating.

    A large print with 100 movie titles and scratch-off stickers underneath the title
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    Get it from Amazon Canada $34.97. Also available for books.

    15. An embroidery kit that'll turn you into a pro cross stitcher in no time. It comes with an illustrated stitch guide and instructions so you won't have to wing it.

    An embroidery hoop with a floral design on the cloth
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    DiYOrder is a Vancouver-based Etsy shop. 

    The kit includes a bamboo embroidery hoop, illustrated linen cloth, embroidery needle, cotton threads, and illustrated stitch guide with instructions.

    Get it from DiyOrder on Etsy for $21.59+. Available in three styles and in sets of three.

    16. A cookbook that'll help you master the art of baking a cake and inspire you to learn new recipes. It's filled with helpful tips, hacks, and cooking combinations (including vegan and gluten-free options).

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.33.

    17. A super-thick yoga mat that'll provide extra cushioning for your hands and knees whether you're in child's pose or downward-facing dog. It also has a textured surface to prevent you from slipping.

    Two people practicing yoga on a thick mat
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.99+. Available in seven colours.

    18. A planter DIY kit that'll help you make a little pot for you next plant baby. You can stick your polymer clay craft in the oven to cure and then use your acrylic pen to add your own design.

    A person moulding clay into a small plant pot
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    The kit is intended for children over eight to use and comes with polymer clay, soil, a plastic planter, an acrylic pen, and a bag of chive seeds.

    Get it from Simons for $45.

    19. An Instant Pot that'll help up your cooking game. It combines six different kitchen appliances into one — saving you a ton of space and effort. It'll replace your biggest and bulkiest kitchen appliances, like your pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and steamer.

    A large pressure with plates and bowls of food around it
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    It has 14 smart programs so you can stew, steam, and slow cook all your favourite meals. Plus, it also has an automatic feature that'll keep food warm for up to ten hours.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $129.97.

    20. A scrapbooking kit if you've been meaning to do something with all those photos you've kept in a box. The pages are made with thick cardstock paper and you'll get a bunch of mounting stickers so you won't have to deal with glue.

    An open scrapbook with four photos pasted to the paper
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    The kit includes the scrapbook, stencils, two markers, and mount stickers. And if you're looking for more supplies to work with, here are some metallic pens and mounting stickers.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.86.

    21. A KitchenAid stand mixer for the person who's watched every episode of Nailed It! on Netflix and has several baking recipes saved on Pinterest. It comes with a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whip to do all the heavy lifting.

    A stand mixer with icing in the bowl and other little biscuits with icing on top next to it
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    I personally own one and I find myself using it in new ways all the time. My favourite thing about it is the dough hook because it cut my kneading time by more than half and makes baking homemade bread easier than ever. It's a little pricey but it's absolutely worth it in the long run!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $449.98.

    22. A knitting set because you either love to knit or have always wanted to learn. It'll help you ~unwind~ after a long day and it'll inspire you to make a bunch of knitted goodies like scarves, hats, and blankets.

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    The full set includes: 18 straight needles (different sizes), 18 circular needles (different sizes), a measuring tape, four needle point protectors, a pair of scissors, three cable switch knitting needles, two switch holders, a stitch ripper, a tweezer, two tapestry needles, ten safety pin stitch holders, 15 plastic circle stitch holders, and a thimble.

    If you're looking for some yarn to add to your gift, you can pick from 25 different colours here!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    23. A craft book that’ll encourage you to recycle all those fur balls you were going to throw away and use them to make cute kitty crafts (I’m actually serious!). Some reviewers bought this as a funny gift for themselves but were pleasantly surprised by how fun the crafts were.

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    There are ten projects and each will take less than an hour to finish.

    Get it from Indigo for $16.99. Also available for Kindle.

    24. A sign language course that'll teach you how to communicate using ASL. You'll learn about the history of the language, how to fingerspell, and basic animal, food, and drink signs. You'll also have access to a workbook so you can practice anywhere.

    A person making the letter B with their hand using American Sign Language
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    Get a subscription to Udemy for $54.99.

    25. A Nintendo Switch Lite that'll entertain any budding gamer for hours. It has a lightweight design with a huge backlit screen that you can use anytime and anywhere. You can also play the updated versions of classic '90s games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and Legend of Zelda.

    A person's hand holding a Nintendo Switch Lite console
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    "I can play games for hours without getting bored and it can easily fit into my jacket pocket. I actually already owned the original Switch console and really loved it but found it was a little too bulky and heavy to carry with me every day (plus my hands would get tired holding onto it)." —Sarah Aspler

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Nintendo Switch Lite (#7 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $245.99+. Available in four colours.

    26. And finally, a ukulele if you want to learn how to play a guitar but don't want to commit right away. The strings are made of extra-sturdy nylon and the body is made of real basswood to create a crisp and beautiful sound.

    A ukulele leaning against a log on the beach
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    It's a great size for children and adults and is small enough to carry with you anywhere.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $42.99+. Available in eight colours.

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