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Brew Your Own Kombucha and Explore Other New Hobbies in the New Year With These 10 DIY Kits

Elaine Selna
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As the last 12 months fade away, and we look forward to the new year, it’s a great time to try new things, like getting organized or exploring different types of hobbies. A DIY kit can be a good way to get started, as these boxes typically come with all the supplies you need to delve right in. Below, we’ve picked 10 DIY kits that can help you discover your next great passion, from knitting to candle-making, and more.

1. Stitch & Story Starter Kit; $99

Stitch & Story

Knitting is a classic meditative hobby and this kit gives you everything you need to get started. Valued at $170, this $99 kit comes with a booklet containing six beginner-friendly knitting patterns, nine 100-gram balls of Melange wool yarn, a pair of US size 15 (10 millimeter) bamboo knitting needles, a sewing needle, and a cable needle. The best part is that from now through Tuesday, January 4, 2022, you can get 20 percent off sitewide when you spend $10 or more.

Buy it: Stitch & Story

2. MasterClass; $15-$23 per month

Learning doesn’t have to stop once you leave high school or college. MasterClass lets you take classes from legends like Martin Scorsese, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Margaret Atwood. With prices starting at $15 per month, each package also allows you to watch from your computer, smartphone, or tablet, and get access to bonus class guides and content, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the material.

Buy it: MasterClass

3. The Kombucha Shop Kombucha Starter Kit; $45

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If you’ve wanted to venture into making kombucha at home but have been intimidated by the process, this starter kit from The Kombucha Shop will make it easy to get going. The kit comes with everything you’ll need, from a gallon-sized brew jar and organic kombucha culture to pH strips and a temperature gauge, so you’ll have the confidence to make batch after batch. You can even grab some extra bottles online, too, in case you're worried you won't have enough spares.

Buy them: Kombucha Kit; Glass Swing-Top Bottles

4. Hearts & Crafts DIY Candle Making Kit; From $20

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Stop spending money on candles you don’t love and start making ones perfectly tailored to you instead. This candle-making kit comes with two pounds of natural soy wax (although you can buy up to 10 pounds in a larger version of this set), centering devices, and 50 six-inch pre-waxed wicks. The brand also claims it has a great “scent throw,” which means the fragrance should circulate well throughout a room.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Rosetta Stone; $8-$12 per month or $179 for Lifetime subscription

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Many folks say they want to learn a new language, but this could be the year you finally do it. With Rosetta Stone, you can choose from 25 different languages including Italian, Vietnamese, and Hindi. You can either pick one language and pay for a three-month or 12-month plan, or pick the Lifetime membership and gain unlimited access to all languages.

Buy it: Rosetta Stone

6. Tea-Leaf Reading Kit; $23

Uncommon Goods

You don’t have to attend Professor Trelawney’s Divination class at Hogwarts to learn the art of reading tea leaves. This kit comes with a quarter cup of black tea leaves, a ceramic mug, instructions, a dictionary of symbols, and a quick history lesson so you can have fun "predicting" what the new year has in store for you and your loved ones.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction // Aldren A. Watson; $17

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Before machines, books were handmade. The art of bookbinding is still a popular pastime that many folks enjoy. This instruction manual, written by Aldren A. Watson, provides novices with directions and illustrations on picking up this craft, so you can start binding your own books, dust jackets, and more.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit; From $15

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Whether you have green space to grow vegetables and fruits or not, this mushroom growing kit from Back to the Roots makes it easy to start adding fungi to your garden and diet. This box kit will give you two crops of oyster mushrooms to cultivate over 10 days. All you’ll have to do is place them in a sunny area and spray them twice a day with the provided water bottle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Mont Marte Calligraphy Set; $25

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Calligraphy is an ancient practice that turns simple letters into works of art. For those who have the patience and want to learn this skill, this Mont Marte set provides you with everything you’ll need to get to work. Inside the calligraphy set, you’ll find four pens, five nib grades (a.k.a. pen-tip sizes) ranging from extra thin to extra broad, 20 ink cartridges in seven colors, and introduction and exercise booklets.

Buy it: Amazon

10. DIY Gift Kits Hot-Sauce Making Kit; $60

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Test your palette by taking it to the extremes with a scorching hot sauce you made yourself. This 26-piece set comes with seven different spice blends and fifth-generation heirloom peppers and also includes all the equipment you'll need as you make your first batch, such as gloves, labels, funnels, and bottles. You’ll also find an instruction packet and flavor guide that can help you get started making sauces.

Buy it: Amazon

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