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29 Borderline Genius Ways To Relieve Your Boredom

::types "I'm bored" into Google::

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1. Keep busy with a mega book of 500 New York Times Sunday crossword puzzles.

That should occupy you for a lil' bit.

Get it from Amazon for $17.21.

2. Play the Wiki game to find weird connections between Wikipedia articles.

Play against other people to see who can get from one article to another in the fewest number of clicks or the fastest time.

Download the app for iOS for $.99 or play the desktop version here.

3. Take some time to micro-volunteer through Skills for Change.

Just enter your skills and your areas of interest, and Skills for Change with set you up with a task.

4. Become a faux Van Gogh with a relaxing paint by numbers project.

We won't tell it's not real if you don't.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

5. Keep thousands of books at arm's reach with a portable and glare-free Kindle.

Get it from Amazon for $119.

6. Take it to the next level with Kindle Unlimited, which gives you access to over a million books.

Try it free for 30 days here. After that it's $9.99 per month.

7. And if you're not sure what book to pick, check out "What Should I Read Next."

Just enter the titles of books you love, and they'll access their database to provide real reader's recommendations.

8. Unwind with a perfectly sweary coloring book.

Get it from Amazon for $9.86.

9. Stimulate your creativity with a notebook that provides 642 different writing prompts.

Get it from Amazon for $13.62.

10. Study up on Coursera with classes from top universities in topics like data science, classical music, and financial markets.

There's even a course on "dog emotion and cognition."

Check out all the available classes here.

11. Turn any board game into a drinking game with this card expansion pack.

As if you thought Monopoly couldn't get any rowdier.

Get it from Amazon for $15.

12. Or try a drinking game you actually haven't heard of before.

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We promise. Check the list out here.

13. Or learn how to play some party games that are fun for all ages.

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Perfect for that weird time after you're done eating on Thanksgiving.

Check them out here.

14. Rev up your craftiness with starter kits even a beginner can do.

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Including sloth embroidery, terrarium assembly, knitting, and more. Check them out here.

15. Subscribe to a podcast or two that'll put a smile on your face.

Check out BuzzFeed's own Another Round here!

16. Invest in some stationery you love and write, write, write!

Brighten up a loved one's day, reach out to that pen pal from elementary school, or write letters to prison inmates or military personnel.

Check out a wide range of stationery options here.

You can even get stamps on Amazon!

17. Test out a bunch of new hairstyles that'll break you out of your ponytail rut.

This book has 82 hairstyles including Heidi braids, topknots, and fishtail braids.

Get it from Amazon for $14.72 (paperback) and $9.49 (Kindle).

18. Upload your photos to Amazon (you get free unlimited storage if you're a Prime member) to share with friends and family.

You can organize them, order prints with free shipping, and more!

Start a free trial for Amazon Prime here.

19. If you're bored and on-the-go, try pre-made game pads.

Get everyone on board with classics like M.A.S.M., Hangman, Dots & Boxes, and Bingo.

Get each pad from Amazon for $9.02.

20. Whip together a DIY project (or two... or 35) that are actually awesome.

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Like glittery shoes, a pizza pennant, or a Guess Who set made of people you know! Check all of them out here.

21. Spend some time de-cluttering your life with the Konmari method.

If it's good enough for Emily Gilmore, it's good enough for you.

Get it from Amazon for $10.19 (hardcover) and $9.99 (Kindle).

22. And sell the clothes that don't bring you joy on websites like Tradesy.

They'll take anything in good condition, including brands like Zara.

Start selling here.

23. Get a Groupon to local activities like classes, museums, and more.

Check out local deals here.

24. Subscribe to a monthly Korean sheet mask box so you can have a spa day whenever the mood strikes.

Customizable box types include hydration, anti-aging, brightening, luxury masks, or a combination of those.

Start a subscription from Cratejoy for $10+ per month.

25. Invite a bunch of people over (or just yourself) and make a kickass blanket fort.

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You'll probably need more blankets. Get "the softest blankets" one reviewer "ever felt" from Amazon for $36.

26. Test out some beginner recipes that are great to have in your cooking arsenal.

Check out all the recipes here.

27. Dig a little deeper into your family history.

You can find out years of immigration, occupation, and Civil War service records for free. Get started on

28. Kick off a calligraphy habit with a starter kit and how-to book.

Get the book from Amazon for $11.97 and the beginner pen set for $15.31.

29. Make jigsaw puzzling extra ~magical~ by working on a 3D depiction of Hogwarts.

Get it from Amazon for $43.96.

Now, if this is you, it's your own dang fault.


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