27 Things For Anyone Who’s Looking For A New Hobby

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Need some bullet journal pointers? Check out 18 Bullet Journal Tips And Tricks To Make 2019 More Productive Than Ever.

Promising review: “I love, love, love this bullet journal. The paper is nice and sturdy and thick (but not too thick). It can hold up to multiple washes of watercolor. It barely ghosts. I was able to use my brush pens, Uniball Signo gel pen, Zebra mildliners, and watercolors with little to no ghosting. This is so much better than the Leuchtturm1917 because it’s so much cheaper and doesn’t ghost as much. I don’t understand the hype with the Leuchtturm1917 because it’s expensive and has crappy paper. The only flaws I have with this journal is that the dots are a bit darker than other journals and that the paper is very thick (feels like Moleskine sketchbook paper) but the paper thickness is what gives it the sturdiness and ability to hold up to watercolor and markers. :)” —Sih Lee

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A beer-making kit with everything you need to convert your kitchen into a brewery.


It comes with a gallon jug, thermometer, cleanser, tubing, racking cane and tip, chambered airlock, screw-cap stopper, and mix (grain, hops and yeast). You can make tasty brews like Everyday IPA, Jalapeno Saison, and Afternoon Wheat. I’ve tried the saison at a beer festival a few years ago, and I can confirm it’s really good!

Promising review: “This kit is perfect for anyone interested in homebrewing who may be intimidated by the more typical 5 gallon setups. The kit was delivered pretty quickly and all of the supplies were in it. After looking for a reasonable homebrew starter kit that included a glass fermenting jug, I was glad to find this one. Now I won’t have to drink 5 gallons of awful beer if I mess up! This kit is pretty foolproof though and my first batch is fermenting as I’m posting this.” —Philip Chan

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in six types).


Or a gin-making kit for making botanicals that are gin-credible.


The kit comes with a flask, funnel with strainer screen, six botanicals and spices, two glass bottles, two labels, and a recipe book.

Promising review: “I’ve tried other gin kits with pre-measured botanicals but this kit offers you the chance to flavor the gin the way you want it by adding your own amount of spice or you can just use their recipe chart. Either way the gin will be delicious. Definitely buying this again.” —Reub

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.


A beginner knitting kit that’ll give you everything you need to make your very own sweater.

We Are Knitters

You get five skeins of pima cotton (your choice of color), wooden knitting needles, a pattern, small sewing needle, embroidered label, and WAK packaging.

Get it from We Are Knitters for $89+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and many colors).


A colorful two-person tent that’ll kick off your new love of the great outdoors.


Get it from REI for $229 (available in four colorways).


And now that you have a tent — a camping journal to keep track of all your outdoor adventures. Remember when you saw that moose? The book does.


Promising review: “Perfect camping journal to help keep track of all the camping adventures you go on. The front and back covers are a very sturdy, thick cardboard. The pages are also on the thicker side so you won’t have to worry about most pens bleeding through. The first page has writing prompts to help keep track of all the important details of your camping trip which include: location, date of the trip, weather/temperature, campground name, phone number, reservations needed by, site #, ideal site # for possible return, comments, campground offered, who I camped with, people I met, places I visited, what I enjoyed most, most memorable event, and places to remember for next time. On the back side you have plenty of space for a picture, journal writing, etc. The journal looked exactly as described in the picture.” —Kimberly

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


A much-loved karaoke microphone so you can sing your heart out pretty much anywhere.


Read our full write-up of this karaoke gadget.

“Oh my gosh I love this! Got mine in the mail yesterday and ended up playing with it for about five hours last night LOL. It connects via Bluetooth so you can connect it to your phone — the music and your singing comes out of the microphone’s speaker. It has volume control for your voice and for the music and also echo. You can put an SD card into the bottom of it and record yourself or connect it with an audio out to record on one of those karaoke apps on your phone. With being able to find just about any song on karaoke via YouTube you could easily have your own karaoke parties at home! If you have a smart TV then add the YouTube channel to stream from there. The search menu is super easy to use.” —Ferretocious

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in seven colors).


A smoker box to help you up your BBQ game. Your Fourth of July guests are simply not ready for the flavor you’re about to unleash upon them.


This smoker box doesn’t come with wood chips, but you can get some Jack Daniel’s whiskey-flavored ones from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: “They say that it doesn’t replace a full-blown smoker, but I don’t have the desire or the room for another big item on my patio. I made baby back ribs on my gas grill over the weekend with a mixture of hickory and apple chips and everyone absolutely LOVED them. Worked great, stored easy enough and I finally got a chance to smoke meat. (I watch too much Food Network) I don’t think I’m ready for any competitions or anything, but the family thought I did a good job. :)” —WendyAF

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

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Promising review: “This was a great find! This was for someone else and I am enjoying watching his imagination come to life through these pages. This is a neat notebook.” —C.

Get it from Amazon for $5.28.


A book of 642 tiny things to draw that’s sure to inspire you to get out there and practice doodling.


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 $8.48.


A candle-making kit so you can set up your own “Serenity by Jan”-like business. Whenever you get stressed, you can just smell all your candles.

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The kit comes with everything you need to make four candles: dye blocks, fragrances, wax, a melting pot, a thermometer, candle tins, cotton wicks, glue dots, warning labels, stirring sticks, bow tie clips, and instructions.

Promising review: “I get tired of spending money on candles so I decided to try this kit. I wanted to make something for my coworkers for Christmas stocking stuffers, and this fit the bill! This kit arrived right on time and within MINUTES I was busy making candles. It actually took me more time to open the box and pull out everything included than it did to begin the process. Super easy and everything you need comes in the kit. I did order extra wax because I knew what was initially included wouldn’t be enough once I got started. Now I want to make candles for everyone I know. My biggest complaint (if you can call it that) is that you have to use the entire bottle of fragrance in one (small) candle. But I can buy more so it’s not a big deal. I highly recommend!” —Mary A. Manuel

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.


A calligraphy book so you can master pretty handwriting. Hello, are you available to write out the addresses on my wedding invitations? You basically owe me for showing you this cool journal.


Promising review: “I was so excited to get this for my birthday! I had been telling my husband I wanted a new hobby and how I wanted to learn to hand letter. My handwriting is fine, but this teaches you how to have the prettiest handwriting for name tags or gift tags for any occasion. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It has taught me how to hold my pen and utilize different strokes for the best writing. I use a blue or black TomBow brush tip pen while working in the book and I think they work really well with the demos. The lines are easy to follow so you can really get the hang of the letters.” —Taylor Wofford

Get it from Amazon for $26.99.


A dehydrator for dried fruits, jerky, fruit leather, spices, dog treats, and any other thirsty-looking foods.

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You can adjust the thermostat to dry at different temperatures. It has five trays and can expand to 12 trays.

Promising review: “I did a lot of research on these before buying. But I mean when you have over 3,000 reviews and you’re still at 4 1/2 stars you can’t doubt this. It made the best jerky I’ve ever had! We used their spices (because they come free with the dehydrator). Added soy sauce and red wine vinegar. It beats any store bought jerky! I kinda panicked not having a timer. But we have cell phones with them now. We’re doing fruit now! I can’t wait for it to be done. The aromas fill the whole house too! Don’t look anywhere else. This is the best!” —Erin M Biggs

Get it from Amazon for $58.70.


A book about crafting with cat hair so you can finally have a purpose for all the fur floating around your home.

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Promising review: “I bought this as a kind-of gag-gift for my sister but knew she would love it and actually use it. She has a long haired cat that sheds all over the place and this book provides great ideas to channel that annoying fur into creative projects. The book has multiple projects and also explains how to prepare the hair for felting. I bought a felting set to go with the book and it made the perfect gift combination.” —SuperSaiyaGirl

Get it from Amazon for $12.76.


A ravioli press to make fresh pasta pillows at home and stuff ’em with whatever you want. Dessert ravioli? No one can stop you!

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The press makes 12 raviolis at once. You can also use it for stuffed cookies or teeny tiny pies. Anyway, please invite me over after you get this.

Promising review: “This little gadget was great. I thought it would be something to get used to, but I was able to make perfect raviolis the first try! For the price, you just can’t beat this ravioli press. I don’t know why anyone would buy the super expensive attachment for the Kitchenaid when this is just as easy —probably more so.” —PFamily

Get it from Amazon for $14.36.


A stackable map sticker for your camper, in case you wanna pull a Homer Simpson and impulsively buy an RV. This cool sticker will let you keep track of all the states you’ve visited.


It comes with a big map sticker and then little state stickers you add as you travel.

Promising review: “I’ve been waiting to purchase this since becoming an RV owner. It was a fun project to do with my 3-year-old granddaughter. So looking forward to adding more states to my RV Journey. I feel official now for some odd reason! Love it and it’s so easy!” —Fulltime RVer

Get it from Amazon for $21.97+ (available in two sizes).


A fermentation kit that turns mason jars into tiny vessels you can fill with all your hopes and dreams (pickles and kimchi).

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The kit comes with four multipurpose lids, fermenting caps, extractor pump, and recipe book, but you need to get your own mason jars. The special caps let carbon dioxide escape without allowing oxygen to enter, so your jars won’t, like, explode. I recently used one to make a jar of pickles, and somehow they were not only edible, but actually pretty good!

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.


Paper Kitty — a subscription box that’ll provide you with everything you need to make the cutest desk space ever. What better way to start a new hobby than with the perfect work space?


There are four options: Paper Bliss (five to eight different stationery items with a different monthly theme), Paper Overhaul (same as Paper Bliss but double the amount), Paper Kitty (five to eight cat-themed stationery items), or Swan Bliss (five to eight chic stationery items).

Get it from Cratejoy for $13.17+/month.


A pair of roller skates ready to take you on new adventures. Just picture it now: You with the wind in your hair, skating down the avenue, everyone cheering for you and your cute new wheel shoes!

Urban Outfitters

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $179 (available in sizes 4–10 and three colors).

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This kit makes seven bottles of hot sauce. It has three glass bottles, four squeeze bottles, a funnel, an apple cider vinegar bottle, a zippered pouch of spices, two pairs of gloves, 5 pH strips, labels, ancho pasillas, chipotle, habanero, ghost pepper, and more.

Promising review: “Great product! I bought it as a gift for Father’s Day since my dad enjoys spicy food as well as cooking in general! I would highly suggest this particular product after researching other type products on Amazon and other websites. This kit had everything we needed and more! It was very well packed. When we opened the product it had everything as described and a nice personal note inside! It was fun, thoughtful, exciting, creative, and interesting all wrapped inside of one box!” —Sean McDermott

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.


A garden subscription service that sends you everything you need to start growing some greens, no yard needed.


There are four types of boxes: organic herb, microgreens and shoots, organic lettuces, or children’s garden.

Get it from Cratejoy for $16.67+/month.


An embroidery starter kit so you can learn the art of makin’ everything around you super pretty. Wouldn’t all your jeans look so much better with little flowers sewn into the pockets?


Get it from 55tree on Etsy for $10.11 (available in two patterns).


A papercraft grab bag to get you started on your new junk journal. Yes, it should be mostly filled with your personal items, but it’s always nice to have some filler.


What’s a junk journal, you ask? It’s like a diary, but more visual. Fill it with ticket stubs, instant photos, tags from favorite pieces of clothing, or whatever valuable scraps you have.

Get it from StonetableDesignsUK on Etsy for $6.


A cookbook that teaches you how to not use cookbooks. We’re going off-road, culinarily speaking.


Promising review: “I bought the original 18 years ago and have bought three since (binding falls apart — alas). I have a very large collection of cookbooks, but I go back to the original over and over and over. I have now read the updated version (okay, I’ve read it three times now). It is every bit as good and adds pieces here and there that update to today. I have cooked a couple of recipes already, and they do not disappoint. The idea of knowing you can plan ahead is a good theme and carried out well. I miss her dessert section but the original is still around so I can go there if I need to. I will continue to cook out of both editions. I would point out three things though — the updated book has pictures, a great bread recipe, AND the pages wipe clean!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $21.49.


A seed kit so you can grow your own “funky” veggies at home, like purple carrots and striped tomatoes.

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The box comes with five biodegradable pots, five peat discs, five plant markers, five seed parcels, and instructions. You can grow purple carrots, yellow courgettes, striped tomatoes, red Brussels sprouts, and rainbow Swiss chard.

Promising review: “I have no experience gardening whatsoever, and was actually worried that I wouldn’t be able to grow any of the seeds. I always joke that I have a black thumb. My thumb turned green when I found this kit. It has easy to follow directions and all the supplies I needed. Wonderful kit for others that are interested in gardening, but can’t keep a house plant alive.” —Kiyoko

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.


A kombucha starter kit with everything you need to make that vinegary fave at home, including your own slimy scoby.


It comes with a scoby, tea, sugar, cotton cloth, gallon glass jar, lid, elastic band, pH strips, thermometer, and instructions.

Promising review: “As a first time user/maker of kombucha I found this product easy to use as the directions were very clear. I was a bit concerned about the appearance of the scoby as it looked different from pictures I had seen online. I emailed the company and they got right back to me saying to just give it time to do its work and it did. The scoby sank and it rose and the product is delicious. I added ginger to mine and it added a bit of a kick. I highly recommend this product.” —Aqua Fish

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.


And finally, an online class that will show you the ropes of a new hobby, whether it’s photography, guitar, or something else.


Udemy offers all sorts of online classes that could help you further your career, teach you a new skill, or help you get into a new hobby. See all classes here.

Get the photography or guitar class from Udemy for $11.99.

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