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    23 Items For When You've Had Enough Screen Time And Need A Break

    Don't let the irony of this digital guide stop you from enjoying a screen detox.

    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. Let's start with a book that covers the essentials of a screen detox, aptly titled 'How To Break Up With Your Phone'.

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    Now to break up with my laptop, tablet and television too...

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.70+ (available in three formats)

    2. A set of luxury playing cards if your current set is dog-eared and missing cards — or if you just don't have a set and haven't enjoyed the endless card game variations a humble deck offers.

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    These luxe playing cards are made of FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests and printed with vegetable based inks.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $21.40+ (available in three colours).

    3. A Rubik's cube that you can learn to solve — or if you're already a solving pro, speed solve.

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    Keep your brain sharp and your eyes unstrained.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $8.25

    4. This zen garden set that will foster a sense of calm as you master the art of sand raking.

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    The kit includes 11 zen garden features, including cherry blossom trees, a pagoda, a bridge and more, and six handcrafted bamboo sand rakes to create endless patterns and swirls in the pristine sand.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $97.66.

    5. A candle-making kit that's the perfect activity for a rainy weekend inside.

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    This kit comes with everything you need to make clean-burning candles, including a wax pouring vessel, a stirrer, high-quality cotton wicks, natural soy wax and wick holders and stickers.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $42.11.

    6. A 1000 piece puzzle of Santorini that will let you pass the hours away in (as close as you'll get to) sunny Santorini.

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    Once you finish the puzzle, you could even mount it as a piece of art.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.93.

    7. A timeless wooden chess set that will provide hours of play and keep your mind sharp for years to come.

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    This chess set features a board made out of beech and birch wood, while the playing pieces are crafted from hornbeam and sycamore wood. Each piece is felt-bottomed and weighted for a premium playing experience.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $169.

    8. This gel mani kit that promises salon like results from the comfort of your own home.

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    Remember when you could sit in a salon and get your nails done and just unplug for an hour? Well, now you can again thanks to this gel mani pedi kit that includes a curing lamp, six nail polishes colours, a top and base coat and whole suite of tools for nail art, shaping and maintenance.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $79.99.

    9. An embroidery kit that'll let you express your creativity in a whole new way.

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    Whether you're new to embroidery or looking to get back into after some time away, this set will have you set up and crafting away in no time. With five differently sized embroidery hoops, 100 different thread colours, and a whole range of sewing pins and embroidery needles, spending an afternoon embroidering is a great way to sharpen your dexterity and flex that artsy, creative muscle.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.75.

    10. A fermentation starter kit because nothing requires consistent offline time like a slow fermenting jar.

    Whether you want to boost your gut health or are long-time consumer of store bought fermented goods, this kit has everything you need to give fermenting a red hot go at home. Each set includes four glass fermenting weights for mason jars, four waterless airlock fermentation lids with stainless bands and a fermented foods recipe book.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $49.99.

    11. A sushi-making kit to start learning the art of sushi-making, so that you're always ready when those cravings hit in the future.

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    This complete 11 piece sushi kit comes with lifetime warranty so you know this is an investment — not a whimsical purchase.  Sure, it includes a series of video tutorials that require a screen, but why not try a recipe from a Japanese cookbook instead?

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $77.95.

    12. And, a sushi art cookbook that you'll be endlessly inspired by — and want to cook yourself.

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    Not only will this cookbook teach you the basics of sushi making, it'll also equip you with the know-how to create sushi that also looks like it belongs in a gallery. Perfect for test driving your new sushi kit.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.87.

    13. Or, an Ottolenghi cookbook that will mix up the flavours of lockdown.

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    Why not challenge yourself to try your hand at every single recipe in this best-selling recipe book? As the title suggests, this cookbook showcases the best of Ottolenghi's standout yet simple to cook dishes. 

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.00.

    14. A highly-rated game like Codenames, which is easy to pick up and offers hours of captivating (and screen-free) play.

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    This game has a simple premise, asking you to guess words of your own colour using only one word clues to get your agent across the board, but offers a healthy dose of fun, strategy and competition all in neat package.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $19.69.

    15. Or, a classic board game like Scrabble if you don't already own it.

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    The classics are unbeatable for a reason. Perfect if you live with your family or have at least one housemate, Scrabble is the game you can play over and over again without it ever being the same each time.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $25.

    16. A non-slip yoga mat for some quality time stretching out and re-adjusting your mental space.

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    This 6mm thick mat is cushioned enough to be gentle on your knees and your back when you're in corpse pose, but sturdy enough that you can push through fast movements comfortably too. The mat also has alignment markings, which will help you keep your whole body in proper alignment.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $42.99 (available in five colours).

    17. A diffuser and essential oil set to set the ambience of a screen-free space.

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    There's a powerful relationship between scent and memories. Why not use scent to signal to yourself when it's time to enjoy an hour without screens by dropping a few drops of essential oil into your new diffuser? This bundle pack includes six aromatherapy oils, blended to help soothe and invigorate, and a bamboo and glass diffuser that will suit any space.

    Buy it from ECO. Modern Essentials for $145.

    18. Or, a fresh set of aromatherapy oils if you already have a diffuser.

    ECO. Modern Essentials

    This set of five essential oils is a round up of ECO. Modern Essentials' best sellers, including: frankincense, lavender, lemongrass, lemon and sweet orange. Perfect if you're still learning about your scent preferences.

    Buy it from ECO. Modern Essentials for $65.

    19. A weighted eye cushion that will not only force you to take a break from your screens, but can also help relieve any eyestrain or tension headaches associated with too much screen time.

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    Made with an organic cotton cover and filled with flaxseeds and lavender, this eye cushion is simple but effective. Warm it up in the microwave for a heated cushion, or pop it in the freezer on a hot day.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.99.

    20. A set of coloured markers that can be used for colouring, journalling, calligraphy and countless other paper-based activities.

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    If it's been years since you've held a coloured marker, let this set of 60 dual-tipped markers (i.e. the grown up version of a texta) be your introduction back into the world of colour and creativity. 

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $32.99+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A colouring book with over 500 glowing reviews that promises to help you bliss out.

    Printed on thick, high quality paper, this colouring book has 31 different designs for you to bring to life with colour. Each illustration has a garden theme and promises hours of relaxing colouring.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $7.99.

    22. A clay bead jewellery-making kit for endless expressions of wearable creativity.

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    Each set includes over 3600 colourful polymer clay flat beads in 18 different colours and countless other beads such as letter and star beads, as well as other jewellery essentials like clasps, binders and cords. This guarantees a minimum of 20 bracelets — if not way more — and will have you completely immersed in the world of jewellery crafting.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.05.

    23. And finally, a paint by numbers canvas that even comes with paint.

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    Measuring 40x50cm, this canvas comes pre-marked numbers that indicate where you should place your paint. Upon completion, you'll be left with a work of art that you can proudly proclaim you painted all by yourself — not to mention the immersive state painting enables.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.