9 Hobbies You Can Pick Up While Stuck at Home

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Amazon/ Craft A Brew

If you've been spending more time at home recently and are slowly running out of movies and shows to watch on Netflix, why not use your free time to pick up a new hobby? Whether you want to brew your own beer, grow your own herbal tea leaves, or start learning a new language, there's a way you can do it without having to leave the house. Check out some of our favorite at-home hobbies you can start right now.

1. Learn a New Language

While thinking about studying a new language may drum up unpleasant memories of vocabulary worksheets, flash cards, and pop-quizzes, that's not how Rosetta Stone teaches. Instead, this virtual language service lets you learn on your own schedule by offering shorter lessons that emphasize real-world communication scenarios, rather than typical classroom exercises. The program has more than 30 languages available, and with a subscription you'll get classes, a phrasebook, a dictionary, and more. The subscriptions are available for three months, one year, two years, or for a lifetime (the best value), and you can find more details and pricing options here.

2. Start Crocheting

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Crocheting isn’t something that will come to you overnight, but with patience and practice, it could be a rewarding skill for years to come. To start, you'll need a beginner’s guide like A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter ($17), along with a starter’s kit ($22) and some yarn ($25). While you can also get beginner’s tips on YouTube, there are platforms like Skillshare that provide deeper how-to classes so you can get started on the right foot. The instructional book and online classes will help build a foundation of crocheting knowledge, which will eventually pay off when you can complete a blanket ($16), a hat ($7), or even a kid’s toy ($13).

3. Learn Needle Felting

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If you’re looking for a relaxing activity that will result in a cute soft animal, try picking up needle felting. If you go with a Wool Queen set, you’ll have a choice of kits for an adorable unicorn ($13) with a rainbow horn, a guinea pig ($12), a polar bear ($13), or a teddy bear ($15). Each kit contains the wool, two needles, and instructions, and it takes just under three hours to complete one. You can browse more needle felting kits here.

4. Make Your Own Candles

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If you're a candle obsessive who can't get out to your favorite store at the moment, or you just have a creative itch you need to satisfy, try your hand at making your own candles at home with this kit from Amazon ($60). There are four different colors (red, orange, purple, and forest green) to pick from, along with four scents (clean cotton, lavender, coconut lime, and cinnamon vanilla) that you can mix and match with. The kit also comes with a melting pitcher, tins to pour the wax into, wicks, and more.

5. Dive Into an Adult Coloring Book

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There’s a reason why coloring is a go-to activity for grade-school kids everywhere—it’s infinitely relaxing, sparks a bit of creativity, and allows your brain to wander in the good kind of way. While it took long enough, someone finally realized adults still want all those things, too, and ever since, adult coloring books have been a mainstay hobby that's easy to pick up and easier on the wallet. And there’s no shortage of subjects to choose from: You’ve got books based on blockbuster properties like Harry Potter ($11), Marvel ($15), and Star Wars ($15); TV shows like Golden Girls ($13) and The Great British Bake Off ($11); and quirkier books like serial killers ($11) and animals drinking martinis ($8). All you’ll need is a dependable pack of colored pencils ($18) or markers ($27) and a few creative ideas for making each page your own.

6. Brew Your Own Beer

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With this beer-making kit ($100), you can brew four gallons of a Belgian-inspired saison without the need for those giant brewery kettles or having to search out all those exotic ingredients. Everything you need is right in this kit from Brewferm, including the hop and malt extracts, the brewing bucket, and the cleaning solution. The hardest part will be waiting the two months as your beer ferments, but it'll all pay off once that first pint is poured. And if you're looking to brew other varieties, like a stout or a pilsner, the company has a whole line of choices you can browse on Amazon.

7. Brew Your Own Kombucha

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It’s the slightly fizzy, kind of tart, kind of sweet health drink that’s touted as a top-notch digestion aid, and now, you can easily brew your own kombucha right in your home. This kit from Craft a Brew ($60) comes with everything you need to make a gallon of this good-for-the-gut beverage, including, most importantly, a claim code for the SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), which is the ingredient responsible for the fermentation. Since the SCOBY arrives in an iced pouch, you'll just have to use the claim code in the box to get your batch delivered to you separately, free of charge. In the kit, you'll also find a jar to ferment the kombucha in, cane sugar, black tea, a step-by-step guide that will allow you to have a successful brew, and more.

8. Learn Origami

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Turn paper into art with a how-to guide on origami. If you're looking for the basics, Japanese Origami for Beginners ($14) has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers praising it as a great activity for students or as a solo hobby. The book features 20 different projects, 72 sheets of folding paper, and a 100-minute DVD for more instruction. If you want something a little more suited to your tastes, there are origami books that range in difficulty based on Harry Potter ($7) and Star Wars ($9).

9. Grow Your Own Herbal Tea Leaves

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Personalize your tea experience with this indoor herbal tea garden ($30) from Garden Republic. In this pack, you'll get everything you need to grow your own herbal tea leaves, like seeds, pots, soil discs, shears, and infusers. You'll have your choice of lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, and chamomile leaves, and all you'll really need to have is a balcony or windowsill to sit the kit on.

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The 10 Best Air Fryers on Amazon

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Cosori/Amazon

When it comes to making food that’s delicious, quick, and easy, you can’t go wrong with an air fryer. They require only a fraction of the oil that traditional fryers do, so you get that same delicious, crispy texture of the fried foods you love while avoiding the extra calories and fat you don’t.

But with so many air fryers out there, it can be tough to choose the one that’ll work best for you. To make your life easier—and get you closer to that tasty piece of fried chicken—we’ve put together a list of some of Amazon’s top-rated air frying gadgets. Each of the products below has at least a 4.5-star rating and over 1200 user reviews, so you can stop dreaming about the perfect dinner and start eating it instead.

1. Ultrean Air Fryer; $76

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Around 84 percent of reviewers awarded the Ultrean Air Fryer five stars on Amazon, making it one of the most popular models on the site. This 4.2-quart oven doesn't just fry, either—it also grills, roasts, and bakes via its innovative rapid air technology heating system. It's available in four different colors (red, light blue, black, and white), making it the perfect accent piece for any kitchen.

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2. Cosori Air Fryer; $120

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This highly celebrated air fryer from Cosori will quickly become your favorite sous chef. With 11 one-touch presets for frying favorites, like bacon, veggies, and fries, you can take the guesswork out of cooking and let the Cosori do the work instead. One reviewer who “absolutely hates cooking” said, after using it, “I'm actually excited to cook for the first time ever.” You’ll feel the same way!

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3. Innsky Air Fryer; $90

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With its streamlined design and the ability to cook with little to no oil, the Innsky air fryer will make you feel like the picture of elegance as you chow down on a piece of fried shrimp. You can set a timer on the fryer so it starts cooking when you want it to, and it automatically shuts off when the cooking time is done (a great safety feature for chefs who get easily distracted).

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4. Secura Air Fryer; $62

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This air fryer from Secura uses a combination of heating techniques—hot air and high-speed air circulation—for fast and easy food prep. And, as one reviewer remarked, with an extra-large 4.2-quart basket “[it’s] good for feeding a crowd, which makes it a great option for large families.” This fryer even comes with a toaster rack and skewers, making it a great addition to a neighborhood barbecue or family glamping trip.

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5. Chefman Turbo Fry; $60

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For those of you really looking to cut back, the Chefman Turbo Fry uses 98 percent less oil than traditional fryers, according to the manufacturer. And with its two-in-one tank basket that allows you to cook multiple items at the same time, you can finally stop using so many pots and pans when you’re making dinner.

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6. Ninja Air Fryer; $100

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The Ninja Air Fryer is a multipurpose gadget that allows you to do far more than crisp up your favorite foods. This air fryer’s one-touch control panel lets you air fry, roast, reheat, or even dehydrate meats, fruits, and veggies, whether your ingredients are fresh or frozen. And the simple interface means that you're only a couple buttons away from a homemade dinner.

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7. Instant Pot Air Fryer + Electronic Pressure Cooker; $180

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Enjoy all the perks of an Instant Pot—the ability to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and more—with a lid that turns the whole thing into an air fryer as well. The multi-level fryer basket has a broiling tray to ensure even crisping throughout, and it’s big enough to cook a meal for up to eight. If you’re more into a traditional air fryer, check out Instant Pot’s new Instant Vortex Pro ($140) air fryer, which gives you the ability to bake, proof, toast, and more.

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8. Omorc Habor Air Fryer; $100

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With a 5.8-quart capacity, this air fryer from Omorc Habor is larger than most, giving you the flexibility of cooking dinner for two or a spread for a party. To give you a clearer picture of the size, its square fryer basket, built to maximize cooking capacity, can handle a five-pound chicken (or all the fries you could possibly eat). Plus, with a non-stick coating and dishwasher-safe basket and frying pot, this handy appliance practically cleans itself.

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9. Dash Deluxe Air Fryer; $100

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Dash’s air fryer might look retro, but its high-tech cooking ability is anything but. Its generously sized frying basket can fry up to two pounds of French fries or two dozen wings, and its cool touch handle makes it easy (and safe) to use. And if you're still stumped on what to actually cook once you get your Dash fryer, you'll get a free recipe guide in the box filled with tips and tricks to get the most out of your meal.

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10. Bella Air Fryer; $52

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This petite air fryer from Bella may be on the smaller side, but it still packs a powerful punch. Its 2.6-quart frying basket makes it an ideal choice for couples or smaller families—all you have to do is set the temperature and timer, and throw your food inside. Once the meal is ready, its indicator light will ding to let you know that it’s time to eat.

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Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
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Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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