20 ways to pass the time (and make the most of it)
Tackling the new problem of having TOO much time on your hands
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What better way to pass the time than aging spirits in your own home? If you have an affinity toward the dark spirits then maybe it’s time to make it yourself.
This kit is great for beginners, and you even get to personalize it with your own laser engraving. Cheers to that!
Notable review: “I bought this as a gift for my brother in law, who loves making things and drinking. He was super excited and started right away. He followed the instructions carefully and everything is working.” – Joseph Fiandaca
Let us guess: One of your bucket list items is learning another language, but you just can’t find the time. Well, with all the time in the world on your hands it’s time to check that box!
Rosetta Stone is the leader in learning different languages, and now, buying one language gains you access to all 24 that Rosetta Stone offers. Cheers! Prost! Salute!
Notable review: “Quite a while ago, I tried a previous version of Rosetta Stone’s Spanish. I really liked it but then when my subscription to the online courses ran out, so did my enthusiasm. If you’re thinking about learning a language, don’t hesitate with this product. Unlike the old one, this is a lifetime Edition.” – ShannonOnTheLakes
Speaking of bucket list items, learning a musical instrument is probably on that list too. Don’t know which instrument to choose? No problem!
Music instructors and experts alike recommend starting with the piano (keyboard in this case), as the musical theory taught in its lessons are translatable to almost every instrument. The Alesis Melody Keyboard is the perfect place to start. You’ll be keying Beethoven’s delight in no time!
Notable review: “Being able to get the stand and bench with this keyboard all in one was really convenient. For the price point it meets expectations – so far the keyboard works well and has a lot of options, it’s super light weight and therefore easy to move around if needed.” – MommaMacof2
If the entrepreneurial spirit burns bright in you, then now is a great time to start an online business, or at least learn how to do it.
Kick starting your idea is never an easy thing to do, but having the knowledge of how to start and grow your business should give you the confidence you need to start working for yourself.
Notable review: “I don’t like to post a review until I’ve finished a book but this one is obviously the one a person needs to get started in an e-business. As outlined in other posts it doesn’t have advanced, minute details but it does bring up every subject one needs to know about in starting a business including a business plan, taxes, home office, internet security, etc.” – Jack L. Tofari
With the fantastic cameras offered to us nowadays on our iphones and androids, just about everyone thinks they’re an amateur photographer.
But if photography is a hobby you’ve long thought about, then perhaps you’re ready to take the next step with the Fijifilm X-T30, which is considered one of the best cameras on the market for new photographers.
Notable review: “The X-T30 is, in my opinion, the best all-purpose camera under $1000 right now. The X-T30’s still image quality, video quality, ease of use, and good portability all add up to a winning combination. The only major negative about this camera is the lack of in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which is a sacrifice needed for both cost and weight savings.” – Steve M.
With just a paper and pencil, getting started with drawing used to be as easy as 1-2-3. Well, that’s still the case, but why not open yourself up to a world of possibilities with Diamond Painting?
This Diamond Painting A4 LED Light Pad Kit comes with 59 pieces, enabling you to trace, draw, and create fantastic pictures of professional artist’s quality.
Notable review: “The quality is good, better than what I bought in a physical store, and it is easy to carry. I have to bring it when I go to painting class, which improves the painting experience.” – Joseph Clayton
We searched far and wide for the best home workout equipment package, and the BodyBoss 2.0 received the highest marks.
Going to the gym is tough these days, but keeping healthy should be just as important as it was before. With basically unlimited activities and the ability to hit every muscle group in your body, this is the all-purpose workout set you’ve been looking for.
Notable review: “I can now work out at home easily. The bodyboss contains easy instructions for set up and for working out. I can now say good bye to my gym membership.” – Thomas Beck
Folks, it’s time to stop reading the news, but it certainly isn’t time to stop reading! Ok, you can still check out the news, but when was the last time you tantalized your brain with a wonderful, long form story?
We’re not your third grade teacher, so we’re not going to sell you the merits of reading. We’re just going to tell you that your brain has been pining for it, and you just don’t know it!
Notable review: “The improvements to the basic Kindle are great! I’ve been reading on mine the past several days and I’m extremely impressed. The lighting is the brightest, whitest and most even I’ve seen. It’s comfortable to hold, easy to read, and just as responsive as my Oasis and my husband’s Paperwhite. Highly recommend!” – Lynn
If you’ve found yourself starting a lot of sentences lately with “I’ve always wanted to…” then you’re one of millions of Americans looking to pass the time in a positive way.
What’s more American than leather working? Well, apple pie of course. But if you’ve ever had it in you to make knife sheathes, wallets, clothes, or other personalized gear from leather, then the Caydo 59 Piece Leather Working Tools Kit is for you.
Notable review: “I am just starting out in leather work, I have made some stuff and do have a couple of these tools already. However for the price of a single tool you can buy this kit and get what you need plus some.” – Scott Eals
It’s time to get hands on with our hobbies, and if leather making doesn’t do it for you then perhaps jewelry making will.
This kit comes with everything for both beginners and avid jewelry makers. Have a necklace that’s been broken for months? This kit will also repair any jewelry that needs fixing.
Notable review: “The truth is this thing is a bargain. I was looking at the components. I needed (okay…wanted) a couple items, that actually would’ve cost more if I’d have purchased them separately, so everything else is a bonus. The jump ring tool alone has made this a worthwhile purchase.” – Cuddlekat
You may think that these brain teaser puzzles are for kids, but we’ll save you the embarrassment, they’re hard! This set comes with 20 different puzzles, ensuring your brain will be twisted like a pretzel after just a few minutes.
They’re also great for kiddos who are pining for activities. Maybe they can occupy themselves with these puzzles, instead of, you know, always looking to you to entertain them!
Notable review: “Great toy for kids and adults! This game can really pass the time during this virus suspension! Kids love it!” – Happy life
Let us guess: You’re at home right now. Ok, let’s dispense with the easy and dive a little deeper. Are you looking around your home right now and asking yourself how you ever got so disorganized?
Nothing is more feng shui than an organized home, and the closet, which maybe your only source of storage, is definitely the best place to start!
Notable review: “We have these closet systems for 3 of our bedrooms. I have the ability and tools to make my own wooden closet shelving, but wanted the ability to easily change shelving heights or locations if we needed to. This also took a lot less time than making my own shelving.” – Brandon_In_Indy
Learning to cook, or adding to your collection of cookware should be top of mind with so much time spent at home. Wherever you are on the spectrum of culinary arts, the Chefman is a fantastic addition to your kitchen, as it’s a smoker, steamer, and griller all-in-one!
Go ahead and sign up for that meal or grocery delivery service, and you’ll be all set.
Notable review: “This thing is great! I have a range with a glass top that I hate cleaning. This grill takes the place of the range for most of my meals now. It’s super easy to do scrambled eggs for breakfast. Cleanup for all cooking is so very easy.” – Charlesqc2
This one is not a particularly difficult sell, as we’re all scrambling to find new content to entertain our weary brains.
Amazon has made vast improvements to their Fire Stick, as now it can control all of your devices (see review below), and it even has Alexa controls built in. Have a 4K TV? Time to pair that with a device that will give you all the quality that 4K brings to the table.
Notable review: “I received the Fire TV Stick 4K on launch day. I own the previous model and this is a much better experience. First off the remote is a huge improvement. The power button on the remote can turn on my tv, my receiver, fire stick, and switch the inputs automatically so the fire stick is on screen and ready to go with just one click of the power button. It’s really nice.” – Adam
Thoreau been warned us about the dangers of “idle hands,” and this 22 piece Sensory Fidget Toy Set just maybe the answer.
You may think that squeezing, pulling, and fidgeting are things that kids struggle with, but after spending eight hours in front of a computer screen we’re willing to bet you’re ready to crush something! Save your mouse — crush a toy instead.
Notable review: “I ordered because I’m a student teacher and I wanted some of these on hand for students who tend to fidget or need support with focusing or reducing anxiety. I didn’t expect to get such high quality toys for this price. I have found myself using these to reduce anxiety as well! The toys are of high quality and variety.” – Hibah
Since “idle hands” are a common problem these days, we’re thinking hard about putting those hands to use. And at the end of the day, why not have something awesome to show for it?
Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this project will take considerably longer too. These cool 3D Brain Teaser Puzzles are exact replicas, and it even opens up, so you’ll have to build the interior too.
Notable review: “This is the most accurate and detailed scale model of Notre Dame Cathedral. Museum quality like. This model is not for kids, it requires patience and skill to put together. However it is far easier than most kit models, as this one doesn’t require paint or glue!” – Hernan Del Valle
Do you have a green thumb? Well, most of us have a black thumb, and need a little help growing plants and trees from the earth.
Bonsai trees are an amazing addition to anyone’s home, and this Bonsai Starter Kit well add four to your humble abode. It takes a lot of time, which we suspect you have plenty of on your hands.
Notable review: “This right here will be your good start. The package comes with everything you will need for the first few weeks at minimum. Biodegradable pots to germinate your soon to be dwarfed trees. Soil platters that will expand to the correct amount for each pot. And a nice amount of seeds, 4 different varieties, to get your new hobby on.” – Jeffrey W. Holcomb
Bonsai trees look great, but they won’t feed you (don’t even try to eat them!). So if you’re looking for a more practical start to developing your green thumb, then checkout AeroGarden’s Black Harvest set.
The set makes it super easy for anyone to grow vegetables (and what’s that plant on the right there? Wink, wink.). What’s more empowering and being self sufficient than growing your own food?!
Notable review: (from photo above) “I planted everything photographed 1/3/19 and I took this photo this morning (2/5/19) it takes care of itself and they grow a little bit more each day. It’s the most exciting part of my morning routine.. will my coffee brews I admire my plants!” – kristy campbell
We seem to be tapping into our adolescent side these days, as we struggle to find the perfect activity to occupy our hands and our minds. Rock tumbling will do both, and this NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit is the perfect way to indulge in this hobby.
Make ordinary rocks shine like gems, and when you look at your million-year-old rocks, take pride in knowing they never looked so good.
Notable review: “The National Geographic hobby rock tumbler was a fair price for a very well made product. I am beyond pleased with my purchase! The fact that the tumbler is thick rubber and not plastic makes it perfect for tumbling glass as well as rocks.” – kelly
We’re not encouraging anyone to drink more, but we’ve been paying attention to trends, and alcohol sales are on the rise.
If reaching for a fresh, cold one is something you delight in, then there’s no better way to keep beer fresh, and cold, than having your very own Kegerator! This product sells itself, and if you’ve been saying, “I’ve always wanted …” we’re willing to bet a number of you finish that sentence with ” … a Kegerator!”
Notable review: “This is by far a great bucket list item for a guy if they don’t already have one. It’s so much fun, the beer tastes so much better and… no more embarrassing beer bottles filling the recycling bin on the curb! Great purchase. Definitely a “why didn’t I do this 10 years ago?” type of thing.” – Frumious Bandersnatch