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Are you like me? Every year end I think about how I can make the next more exciting than the last. Will I travel? Take up a new hobby? Learn a new skill? Maybe it is all of the above!

If you have ever felt that yearning to break from the norm and try something entirely new, this could be your year. The world is your oyster! Below you will find some great ways to tap into your creativity and add some joy and happiness to your “me” time with 11 hobby and skill starter sets

It can be daunting! But it is so important to not be afraid to fail. I tell my teenagers all the time, “you don’t learn from your mistakes!” The joy of learning a new skill is in the act of creation itself. It’s the feeling of your fingers gliding over a newly smoothed piece of wood, the thrill of eating your first homemade cheese ball. Savor the journey, celebrate the small victories, and let the reward of progress fuel your passion.

When I grew up, we did not have all the screens. We were not able to jump on FaceTime to hang out with friends on the weekend or help with homework. Oftentimes, I was at the mercy of my parents and whether or not they felt like driving me somewhere to spend time with my friends. When they didn’t, I would have to entertain myself. That was truly when my creative juices started to flow. I wrote poetry, created mix-tapes and cut photos and letters from magazines to make covers for said mix-tapes.

Kids do not seem to do that any more – and neither do adults. It has become so easy to jump online or stream the latest binge-worthy show. I say, give yourself a break from the screen and instead, turn on your creativity.

Now, go forth and conquer, fellow adventurer! And remember, the journey is just as important as the destination. Happy learning!

  • Ultimate Cheese Making Kit 

    This seems like a no brainer. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE CHEESE? Can you imagine making it at home? Or, better yet, getting this for your bff so THEY can make you cheese all year long. Win Win. 

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  • Paint By Number 

    Painting by number sounds like something that should be done in grade school. My how times have changed! These paintings are simple to do but look like you’re the next Bob Ross. 

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  • Handmade Felt Succulents 

    I have a friend who just loves succulents. They are a passion of hers. She recently moved and her succulents did not fare too well. These felt succulents are the best because they never die! And they make great gifts.  

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  • Wood Burning Kit 

    I remember doing wood burning in Shop Class in high school. I can see how people love it. If someone in your life is looking to explore their creative side, this is a creative way to do it. 

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  • Candle Making Kit 

    This is another kit I can get behind. It looks like a fun activity that you can use or give as a gift. And mmmmm …. it smells so good! 

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  • Wood Carving Kit 

    Whittle me this…Whittling is something that has always intrigued me. Creating a recognizable figure out of wood sounds like a daunting task. This kit makes it look doable! 

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  • Book Nook Kit 

    These Book Nook kits look like a lot of fun. They have several different variations of rooms and scenes, so you are sure to find one you will love!  

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  • Embroidery/Cross Stitch Kit 

    I know a lot of people got into embroidery during the pandemic. If you weren’t on that band wagon, this could be the push you need to start something new! 

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  • Diamond Painting Coaster Kit 

    Diamond painting is another craft that exploded during the pandemic. I love this kit because it makes a great gift … that makes a great gift! 

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  • Modern Writing/Calligraphy Kit  

    You don’t have to be addressing wedding invitations to appreciate good penmanship. I bought one of these kits for my daughter when she was in middle school and today she has beautiful, unique penmanship. It works!  

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  • Jewelry Making Kit 

    I’m one of those people who break a necklace and earring and keep the pieces because I think I’ll fix it one day. If I had one of these kits, I would! And it would save me money from buying more jewelry. 

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