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    28 Products That'll Make You Want To Take Up A New Hobby In 2021

    New year, new hobby?

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A planter DIY kit that'll help you make a little pot for you next plant baby. The kit comes with polymer clay that you can stick in the oven to cure, along with an acrylic pen, so you can 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.

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

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    Add a set of brush pens to your cart, so you can start right away.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.15.

    3. A super-thick yoga mat that'll provide extra cushion 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 $23.78+. Also available in green and pink.

    4. 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 silvery 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).

    5. 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 $23.46.

    6. 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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    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.

    7. 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 every time.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.99.

    8. A sewing machine, if you've ever thought about becoming the next Christian Siriano. It's packed with helpful features like an automatic needle threader and a drop-in bobbin slot that prevents the bobbin from moving or getting jammed.

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    There are also 27 unique built-in stitches, so you can decorate the heck out of whatever you're sewing.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $174.11.

    9. A lip balm kit that'll put your DIY skills to good use. You can make six hydrating, cherry-flavoured lippies and they come with labels that'll give them a cute and polished look.

    A stick of coconut oil, A stick of cocoa butter, lip balm tubes, beeswax and labels next to the box it came in
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    The kit comes with beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, flavour oil, a stir stick, instructions, six tubes, and six tube labels.

    Get it from FizzyFuntastics on Etsy for $35.

    10. A travel-friendly Kindle that'll encourage you to read more this year. You can carry an impressive collection of books with you at all times and create your optimal reading experience by adjusting the text size, font, and backlight.

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    "I got the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and it's the best gift I've received in years. It's so easy to read, and I love that I can switch between books so easily. I also recommend this fabric cover for it — it's a bit pricier than other Kindle covers, but the fabric is waterproof, and it's got a magnet that'll hold the cover open while you read. If you're a bookworm like I am, this is life saver." —Kat Angus

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Kindle Paperwhite (#18 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $139.99+. Available with 8GB and 32GB of memory.

    11. A kombucha brewing kit, so you can enjoy a cup every morning and save a few loonies and toonies in the long run. It comes with enough ingredients to make eight litres of kombucha, so you'll have enough bubbly beverage to 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 comes with 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 $64.99+. Available in two sets.

    12. A Click and Grow indoor garden that'll turn your kitchen into a personal vegetable plot. It’s a super low-maintenance garden and can grow up to nine plants at a time. Now you can use fresh produce in your cooking year-round that’s completely free of herbicides or pesticides.

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    It comes with three basil, three tomato, and three lettuce plant pods, so you can start growing right away. It’s also super easy to use: just insert the pods, plug it in, fill it with water, and 🎶 let it grow, let it grow! 🎶 You can also get different vegetable and plant pods, too.

    "I have one of these and it's super simple to use, even if you don't have a green thumb. It only took a few weeks for my lettuce and basil to be harvestable and now, after a couple months of patience, my tomatoes are starting to bloom. It makes me feel like a successful gardener, my plants won't die if I forget to water them for weeks, and now I have fresh herbs at my disposal at all times." —Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Click & Grow Garden (#19 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $259.95. Also available in grey and in a smaller size.

    13. 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.

    14. A candle making kit, so you can make a collection of wick-ed handmade soy candles. It comes with everything you'll need to make four candles, including two fragrances that'll add a fruity or woodsy fragrance to your home.

    A person pouring a bottle of fragrance into a small glass jar of melted candle wax
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    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.

    15. An Instant Pot that's perfect for anyone who wants to cook more, but doesn't have a lot of time to make elaborate meals. It combines seven different kitchen appliances and saves space while doing it. Now you can cook everything in one pot, making it easier to clean up afterward.

    A large slow cooker on a table with plates of delicious-looking food
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    It'll replace the biggest and bulkiest of kitchen appliances like a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and steamer. It also has an automatic feature that'll keep food warm for up to 10 hours.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $118.46+. Available in two sizes.

    16. 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 it comes with 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 $27.85.

    17. An adult colouring book that’s filled with a bunch of hilarious and sassy quotes that you’ve probably said before. You'll love how relaxing this activity is. Plus, each pattern is printed on a single side of thick card stock paper, so the colours won’t bleed through to the other side.

    A colouring book lying on a table with paint, brushes, and pencil crayons beside it
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    If you're thinking of getting this colouring book, check out this pack of colouring pencils to go with it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    18. 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.

    A person sitting behind a large table that is filled with small plants
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    Reviewers say they've become more confident in taking care of their houseplants.

    Get a subscription to Udemy for $39.99.

    19. 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 $451.54.

    20. 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 $39.99.

    21. A set of beautifully-illustrated greeting cards that you can send to friends and family, instead of an email or text message. They're blank inside, so you can use them for any occasion.

    A blank card and envelope on a table with a pen
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    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon Canada for $19.16.

    22. 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 Amazon Canada for $16.82. Also available for Kindle.

    23. A sign language course that'll teach you how to communicate using ASL. You'll learn about the history of the language, basic animals, foods, and drink signs, and how to finger spell. 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.

    24. A pack of brush pens that'll make you feel like Vincent van Gogh every time you use them. You can create the most beautiful watercolour paintings, without the mess of actual paint.

    Twenty watercolour brush pens placed around a small drawing of a sun setting behind a mountain
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    The set comes with 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 and a pad of paper to draw on.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $24.99.

    25. A 1,000-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 it and you can use a black felt mat to store your puzzle, so you won't lose any pieces.

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    Get the puzzle for $21.99 and the storage mat for $32.99.

    26. A Nintendo Switch Lite that'll entertain a budding gamer for hours and hours. It has a compact, 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 $259. Available in four colours.

    27. 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 $39.99+. Available in five colours.

    28. And finally, a fancy Cricut cutting machine for anyone who really, really loves crafting! You can create anything from vinyl stickers and greeting cards to custom-designed shirts and home decor with this magical machine.

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    All you have to do is upload a design using the Cricut app, insert your fabric or material, and print it.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $299.99.

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