Why not try something other than Netflix ‘n’ Napping?
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Jazz up your clothes, shoes, hats, or backpacks with some permanent fabric markers. There are 36 markers in this pack and each is dual-ended, so you can pick between fine lines and broad strokes as you go along. Create a funky design for yourself or make custom gift for a friend.
Take a break from screens and put together an intergalactic jigsaw puzzle. It’s made of 1,000 pieces, so it’ll take you a while to finish. Let your roommate or partner join in and share the fun over some snacks — it’s a great bonding activity.
Practise your cocktail-mixing skills at home with a bartending making kit. It comes with a stainless steel shaker and all the utensils you’ll need to make you minty mojito or a tangy daiquiri. The best part? You get a nice booze beverage after all that hard work.
Make some digital art using a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet. It’ll provide a nice break from drawing on paper and there’s so much room to play. Plus, you don’t need a ton of art supplies — just digital tools! It comes with a compatible pen and it’s so compact, you can carry it in your bag.
Craft a bunch of little critters with this Super Cute Crotchet kit. It contains a book that’ll help you with crotchet basics as well as guide you with the patterns you’ll need to create plush koalas, penguins, and llamas. There are enough supplies for ten projects in one kit.
Chill in a huge inflatable pool in the yard to beat the heat. It’s ten feet long, so don’t worry if you’re too tall. Lounging it it with company is super fun, but even if you’re alone, it’s like having a giant bathtub under the sun.
Get that heart rate up with a Zumba instructional video. It’s perfect for people who love dancing or find running and other forms of cardio kinda boring. This guide features lessons by the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez, himself. You’ll feel like you’re bursting with energy at the end of every 30-minute class.
Use a T-shirt folding board to make organizing your clothes a fun task. It’s easy to use and it folds all your shirts to the same size, which is super satisfying. Go ahead and trick your kids (or lazy partner) into folding their own clothes with this ~fun activity~.
Try your hand at sculpting with a polymer clay kit. Not only does it have clay in 50 colours, but also tools and jewelry hooks, so you can make yourself or your friends some cute earrings, keychains, or pendants. Now, the custom gifts you make have room to be so much more thoughtful.
Pick up any book you like on your Kindle Paperwhite e-reader — there’s no need to wait for a physical copy! It has a glare-free screen and it adjusts with the light around, so your eyes won’t be strained. In the mood for science fiction? You’re covered. Want to read about war, romance, or revolution? It has your back.
And while you’re at it, unwind with a bubbling foot spa. This multifunctional tub will not only relax your feet with shiatsu rollers, but soften and prep them for a quick pedicure, in case you miss the TLC of going to a pedicurist.
Barbecue some meat or veggies indoors using a smokeless searing grill. It’ll give you the sear you simply can’t get with a pan, without setting off your fire alarm. It locks in moisture, so your chicken will be juicy and flavourful.
Make a batch of hearty pasta with a manual pasta machine. It has adjustable thickness levels, so you can make a variety of pasta types. Eat it fresh or dry it on a rack to use later in the week. The process is super enjoyable, and fresh pasta is so yummy, you might spoil yourself enough to never want to go back to store-bought pasta again.
Catch fish, socialize with neighbours, and make your island more beautiful in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s one of the most relaxing Nintendo Switch games I’ve played and it’s such a good distraction when you’re feeling too overwhelmed by the real world. You won’t even know where the hours went, because it’s so damn addictive!
Practise some tunes on a handmade 17-key thumb piano aka kalimba. It’s quite simple to learn to play and creates a glassy, whimsical sound that’ll make you feel like you’re in a dream. This one is made of mahogany wood and produces rich, resonant sound with its stainless steel keys (I know because have the same one in blue).
Decorate your bedroom wall or work desk with a cute design using a DIY string art kit. It includes all the instructions and supplies you’ll need to weave a beautiful 3D image of your choice. It’s fun for adults and safe for kids aged 8+, so feel free to involve your babies, nephews, or nieces.
Treat your feet to a spa day with a powerful foot mask while you watch a movie. It comes in the form of two wearable booties drenched in exfoliating and moisturizing serum that’ll help repair coarse soles and cracked heels in the first use. Reviewers say they’re shocked and pleased with the satisfyingly gross results.
Take turns with your partner to do an at-home couple’s massage with a luxurious massage oil. The soothing blend of almond, jojoba, and lavender oils will help you both unwind. Reviewers love that a little goes a long way and that you don’t have to constantly pour out the product during the massage.
Chill out to some moody tunes or listen to a podcast with a portable mini speaker from Anker. It’s Bluetooth enabled and has a range of 66 feet, so feel free to carry it around the house. I love using mine to listen to true crime podcasts while I meal prep or organize my room.
Take your time making a café-quality cappuccino with a manual milk frother. Use it to “pump” a cup of milk by hand to foam it up. Pour in your favourite brew and top it off with some cinnamon or cocoa powder to enjoy a delicious evening treat.
Use a highly-pigmented eyeshadow palette to create some colourful makeup looks. Try a sexy sunset eye look or some rainbow liner for pride month, and take a bunch of cute selfies for the ‘gram.
And lastly, try a bubbling face mask to make skincare a little more fun. This one harnesses the power of clay to cleanse out your pores and prevent blackheads from forming. Apply it to your face and add water to activate carbonation. Skincare and funny selfies? Sign me up.
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