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    33 Things To Help Make Quarantining This Winter Cozy And Fun

    Kits, projects, and hobbies to keep you busy, because baby it's cold outside.

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    1. A ridiculously fun game of Listicles to help turn a boring night into a game night. You and friends take turns making creatively random lists like "Celebrities Who Probably Smell Good" and "Insults That Don’t Contain A Curse Word."


    Learn more about BuzzFeed games Listicles and BuzzFeed Trivia here!

    Promising review: "You can easily play with either family or friends. It's pretty easy to keep the game G-rated or make your answers more raunchy/crazy depending on the crowd. I'll give it to BuzzFeed, this game is fun to play. Probably my fave board game of the year." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    2. A set of two calligraphy kits because you've been meaning to send thank-you cards for two Christmases, and now you have the time to make handmade ones. Your mother-in-law will have no choice but to be impressed.


    This stroke-of-genius kit includes: four calligraphy pens, five nibs, 20 ink cartridges, an introduction booklet, and an exercise booklet.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    3. And! A calligraphy beginners' guide that'll teach ya the basics for some flawless hand-lettering.

    Cover of "Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide: Learn Hand Lettering and Brush Lettering"

    Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a looooong time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!!" —KHenderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. The Complete Cooking for Two — a cookbook that'll serve as a helpful guide in the kitchen as you learn to prepare hearty meals like lasagna to yummy deserts like chocolate chip cookies, you'll be serving up great, warm food this season.

    The cover of "The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook"
    America's Test Kitchen

    Promising review: "I got this cookbook for two key reasons: 1) so my husband and I could cook together and 2) to learn better, time-saving techniques. They've actually re-engineered their recipes to use smaller cookware and streamlined techniques to minimize appliances and overall number of dirty dishes. If you're just one or two people, and you want to eat healthy, save money, cook really good food from scratch with minimal fuss, and/or make cooking a spending-quality-time-together activity, then I highly recommend this cookbook. It's been a real lifesaver for me." —Augustina

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+.

    5. A subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club – it'll not only guarantee that you start each day with a warm buzz, but that you also get to explore the tastes and cultures of new countries every month!

    Atlas coffee on top of a world map
    Atlas Coffee Club

    Promising review: "I bought my brother-in-law a subscription to Atlas, and he loves it! He's always seeking out new beans on his own, so this was the perfect way to give him a variety of beans from different cultures around the world without him having to do anything! And on top of the convenience of the delivery, the coffee is amazing quality! So tasty!" —Becky L

    And be sure to check out our in-depth review of Atlas Coffee Club to learn more!

    Get your first bag for free from Atlas Coffee Club during their Black Friday sale (originally $9+/month).

    6. An ale brewing kit from Man Crates so you can turn your dining room into a local biergarten. 'Tis (always) the season for a hoppy spiced ale with notes of toffee and cinnamon!

    The complete holiday ale brewing kit
    Man Crates

    This boozy kit comes with: a seasonal red ale recipe kit, manual, a one gallon glass jug, a racking cane, a plastic funnel, a rubber stopper, three-piece airlock, thermometer, tubing, a burlap brewing bag, and sanitizer.

    Get it from Man Crates for $69.99.

    7. Or, a citrusy West Coast Style IPA brewing kit if hops sourced from the Yakima Valley in Washington are more your taste.

    A gallon glass full of beer sits on a table with the rest of the IPA beer brewing kit around it
    Uncommon Goods

    This boozy kit includes: a 1-gallon glass fermenter, an air lock, a rubber stopper, a transfer tube, a tube clamp, a racking cane, a thermometer, a funnel, malt extract, specialty grains, hops, yeast, sanitizer, a grain bag, and instructions.

    Promising review: "This was such a fun gift for first-time brewers. It comes with everything you need (except the final bottles you will cap the beer in and the capper, which you'll need two weeks after starting). Our expectations were low in regards to the taste of our first brew, but it was surprisingly very good! 5-stars to a product that can lead two clueless newbies to make a tasty IPA. I recommend this for people who are interested in home brewing and looking for a trial run." —KH

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20+.

    8. An indoor AeroGarden system so you can easily grow your own herbs indoors! The control panel will tell you when it's time to water or feed your plants, so you don't have to worry about not having a green thumb.

    Reviewer image of lettuce growing in their AeroGarden

    The AeroGarden comes with six six herb pods (Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint) and a bottle of all-natural plant nutrients.

    Promising review: "I travel a lot for work, and the AeroGarden — despite its price — has actually saved me a lot of money. I love fresh herbs and lettuce, but I tend to throw so much away. With this, I pick what I need, which I love. The leaves are lush and huge compared to store bought bagged/boxed mixes which are great for sandwiches and burgers. I have three of these: two with herbs and one with various lettuces." —Vanessa MS

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in two colors).

    9. A quick-heating, stainless-steel electric kettle that'll get a lot of use if you need tea pronto. Its charming precision pour spout means you'll get the perfect amount of hot water. Every. Time.

    the stariver electric kettle on a breakfast table next to a cup of tea and plate of toast

    Promising review: "Super high quality coffee kettle! It has a beautiful shape and very efficient gooseneck design. It's easy to control the water yield. I enjoy this product and higher recommend!" —Jayson

    "This a no-frills kettle with a super sleek design. Once you fill the kettle and put it on the base, the latch clicks down to start boiling the water. There’s an indicator at end of the handle which indicates when the water has completed boiling. It takes about three to four minutes to boil a full kettle of water which is comparable to much more expensive kettles I’ve owned in the past. I love it!" —Reviewer1

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    10. A pack of peel-and-stick tiles because your kitchen has been begging for a pick-me-up and now is the perfect time! Just peel and stick the tiles onto any nonporous flat surface, and voila!

    A wall decorated with 10" x 10" PVC Peel & Stick Mosaic Tile in marble

    Promising review: "These tiles were perfect for a quick and easy fireplace refresh. We put this directly over the existing tile, and it looks like new. It takes a bit of patience to get the tiles to line up well, but the result is definitely worth the effort." —Daniel

    Get it from Wayfair for $11.89 (available in four colors).

    11. A 400-thread count sheet set because Maroon 5 had it right when they said they were ~never gonna leave this bed~. And what better excuse is there to stay in bed 4ever but the oncoming cold front?!


    Promising review: "Perfect! I love this whole line of sheets and have purchased four to five sets. I particularly like the generous pockets for the fitted sheet and the labels that tell you if you are looking at the side or top/ bottom edge. A godsend." —Not my real name

    And if you need more convincing, my coworker wrote an entire review on these sheets, Target Has Created The Best Sheets Known To Man, And I Firmly Stand By That Statement.

    Get it from Target for $31.99+ (available in Twin-Cal king and in nine colors).

    12. A subscription to HBO Max will grant you access to countless TV shows and movies that'll keep you company as you snuggle under your blanket and drink tea (or a hot toddy)!

    a still from the movie "CATS"

    You can sign up for an HBO Max subscription through Hulu, app stores, YouTube TV, AT&T, and several internet providers.

    Sign up at HBO Max for $14.99/month.

    13. And order from Drizly so you can have any kind of (boozy) beverage delivered straight to your door from one of the shops local to you. Because I was serious about that hot toddy.

    A couple drinks rose while unpacking in their new home

    Order from Drizly for delivery in under an hour.

    14. A sleek, wooden Bluetooth record player that'll not only add a retro vibe to your decor, but also a fun ~spin~ on your vinyl-listening sessions.


    Promising review: "I wanted to get my son something nice to play his vintage vinyls on. This met all of my needs and expectations, and even exceeded them. First off, it looks great. The wood finish definitely plays into the whole vintage thing. It really fits his decor wonderfully.

    Since we were replacing an individual worn out turntable, as well as the rest of the rack system, this really scored extra points. It sounds really good too. We connected the line output to a bi-amp system and some really nice high-powered speakers. It runs out to them great! This is made even better by it having the Bluetooth option. So he can pair his phone to it, and effectively also use it as an amped up Bluetooth speaker.

    This really is an impressive centerpiece to his entertainment system. It picks up all the beautiful fullness of the records and reproduces the sound wonderfully. And it takes up very little space." —willisota

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    15. A fun green screen kit to help you turn that alien invasion dream you had into an actual short film! Don't need a green screen? Hang a backdrop of your choosing over the stand and use this as a photography kit!

    the Emart Photo Video Studio 8.5 x 10ft Green Screen Backdrop Stand Kit

    This dramatic kit includes: two support stands, four crossbars, a muslin backdrop, two spring clamps, and a carrying bag.

    Promising review: "I got this to make some videos for my YouTube channel. The set up is super simple, and the screen is very large and long so you can record as low as your feet. Make sure you have enough light and pull the screen tight at the bottom with the clamps. Overall, I'm happy with the compact option quality of the screen." —Anthony R

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

    16. A complete manicure kit so you can get that salon finish without *actually* going to a salon. Wait, what's that? Oh, just the sound of a new hobby that saves you money.

    A model applies nail polish surrounded by the mani system
    Olive and June

    This glossy kit includes: the Poppy brush handle, cuticle serum, polish remover pot, clean up brush, nail buffer, clippers, nail file, top coat, and up to six nail polish colors.

    Promising review: "The Everything Box is true to its name: it has *everything* I need to give myself a professional-looking manicure! I’ve been taking to heart the advice of taking your time and enjoying the process and it’s becoming a great self-care ritual for me. The Poppy is literally a game-changer. I never used to be able to paint my right hand, and now it comes out looking pretty great, even before using the clean-up brush! Now the process is relaxing instead of stressful! Thanks, Olive and June!" —Christina D

    Get it from Olive and June for $80+.

    17. A Book of the Month subscription because the last time you read a book for pleasure don't remember do you? Every month, you'll get to choose between five amazing books so you can get back to being the bookworm you were always destined to be!

    a model smiles, reading a book on their bed
    Book of the Month

    My former coworker Emily Shwake loves Book of the Month:

    "During the first week of every month, I go into my account on the site to scroll through the different options. I'm given a sentence-long synopsis, the cover image, and the genre to help me choose between the five books. When the indecision sets in, I can go through the book's details page, which offers a longer synopsis and a book review from one of the panel judges. The page also has a few characteristics of each title — unreliable narrator, feminist, slow build, "movie-ish" read, etc. — which is nice for figuring out what kind of ~experience~ I'm in the mood for. Plus, the graphics are all super cute. ☺️

    Once I finally decide what I want, the package arrives on my doorstep about a week later. I honestly feel like I'm getting a gift and I feel so special. Oh, and there's always the option to skip a month if none of the choices are screaming your name, or if you're still working on the book from last month!" —Emily Shwake

    Read our full review here!

    Get it from Book of the Month for $14.99/month.

    18. A floral paint-by-numbers kit that'll not only provide hours of stress-free fun, but give you a piece of art to beautify your home with when you're done.

    Uncommon Goods

    This blossoming kit comes with: an 8x10-inch canvas, two paint brushes, and eight BPA-free paint pots.

    Promising review: "Everything you need for a relaxing afternoon of nostalgic enjoyment is included in this kit. The numbering system is easy to follow and the picture and colors are pretty. This is good for an afternoon or solo self-care or an evening of fun with friends." —Cait

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34 (available in three designs).

    19. A bunch of jute rope you can use to make your own baskets, rugs, placemats, and more.


    Check out this Nifty video for jute rope project ideas!

    Promising review: "This works great! I used it for a DIY project and ordered more of it because it’s exactly what we needed." —Jon Dziurzynski

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

    20. A pair of massage slippers with beads that'll provide the pain-relief you get from a reflexologist all in the comfort of your warm home.

    reviewer image of them wearing the shanlu foot massager sandals

    Promising review: "It is a genuine therapeutic massage for my feet. It is easy to use since you just wear them like the sleepers. At first you really feel the pointy part and it is kind of weird to wear. But the more you wear it, the less you mind it because it really feels like it's working on my sore feet. Especially after work. With anti-skid design and an adjustable strap, it would also make for a good gift to someone who you love." —JOYv ABADA

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes 6-12).

    21. A cutesy secret message mug that reveals your innermost thoughts when filled with a hot beverage. Who says your daily cup of tea can't be filled with a little magic?

    a model reads a magazine while holding the tea drinker over thinker matte black magic mug
    Lady Gabe UK

    Get it from Lady Gabe UK on Etsy for $16.60.

    22. A 6-in-1 Instant Pot if you're looking for new ways to cook new things *or* just don't have time to hang around the kitchen for hours. You'll have comfort foods like rice, stew, and more *just* when you need them!

    the instant pot lux mini next to a plate of spaghetti and meatballs

    Its six functions are: pressure cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, slow cooker, and warmer.

    Check out a full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "It's unbelievable how fast and tender everything cooks up in this thing. I've only had it for a week and have already cooked with it five times. There are so many good recipes on the internet, plus everyone knows someone that has an Instant Pot and they love to share their favorite recipes with you. My only regret is having the small Instant Pot so I'll probably be buying the 5-quart pot in the very near future." —R Monti

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A soft French terry hoodie from Nike that you can decide to work out in OR — hear me out — cozily eat a jumbo bag of Doritos out of! I mean, that front pocket is perfect to house snacks for later...


    Pair with the matching sweatpants for the ultimate comfy ensemble!

    Promising review: "I love my hoodie. It’s the perfect texture, and I especially love the zipper and hood." —sade33

    Get it from Nike for $65 (available in women's sizes XS-3X).

    24. An electric feet warmer because nothing ruins a cozy night like icicles for toes. Just plug it, and slip your feet into this fleece foot jacket!


    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE my Happy Heat feet warmer! This product is like no other on the market. No cords to drag along with the warmer unlike a heating pad, and it truly does stay nice and warm for five hours. Just remove the water bag inside, plug it in to charge 15 minutes, and then get ready to be comfortable anywhere you like without the worry of a cord. I highly recommend the Happy Heat feet warmer to everyone!" —frank dancsecs

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    25. A beginner's crochet kit to help you make sweaters for all your loved ones (and maybe even a crochet crown for your kitty)!

    reviewer image of the crochet kit

    This kit includes: 20 colored skeins, two aluminum crochet hooks, two tapestry needles, five stitch markers, two pom pom makers, and two e-books for beginners.

    Promising review: "I love this yarn! There's enough of each color to make a square or flower, and numerous things. And it's so neat to have a portable case for it. I loved it so much, I bought another one for my grandson, who crochets as well. This is a good deal." —skl

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two styles).

    26. A mic kit so your inner podcaster can finally come out this winter! Just plug this baby into your computer's USB port and make magic happen.


    The microphone comes with: a microphone stand, a shock mount, a table clamp, an anti-wind foam cap, a USB cable, and a pop filter. All you need is a pair of professional studio headphones, and you're good to go!

    Promising review: "As a professional sound engineer for a number of years, I'm kind of amazed at what value is in a cheaper kit like this. But it's a good quality studio condenser mic with built-in A/D converter, and a surprisingly good set of accessories." —An Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99

    27. A gourmet hot sauce making kit will definitely heat up your mouth, kitchen, and winter! Complete with peppers, spices, and woozy bottles, you'll be ready to film your own version of Hot Ones at your kitchen table.

    Promising review: "YOU GUYS! I saw this as a BuzzFeed suggestion, SO I BOUGHT IT for my husband for Fathers' Day. I’m not usually a good gift-giver, but he loved it. This kit is like a science experiment kit except everything’s edible! The presentation is really sweet. They give you glass bottles and sticker labels for your finished product, and the kit comes with recipes (note some recipes require additional/easy-to-find ingredients)! Flavors are good. Our kit came with a surprise ghost pepper that I assume most kits come with. It made my husband cry. LOL! But it really did taste good and spicy, and honestly I can’t say enough good things about this kit. Well put together, beautifully presented, and overall very thoughtful. They clearly care about their products and customers. " —dara faye

    Get it from Amazon for $54.95.

    28. A 10-piece baking set because nothing beats extra fudgy brownies *just* out of the oven on a chilly day.

    the ayesha curry 10 piece bakeware set

    Promising review: "I am thrilled I decided to buy this set! It's probably the nicest set I've ever owned. It's heavy duty, stainless-steel bakeware, okay???? There's been NO warping, no sticking, and they're SO easy to clean." —Margarita

    Get it from Macy's for $143.99 (originally $179.99).

    29. A soft heated throw blanket you'll love snuggling up with! This machine-washable fleece blanket quickly warms up to one of six heat settings for perfect cozying.

    Promising review: "This is an EXTREMELY soft and cozy blanket!!! This is a good quality heated blanket. It has six adjustable heat settings and a timer, which is very handy for when I fall asleep with it on. I just set the timer to turn off in few hours." —Jenn Butterfield

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in two colors).

    30. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — a book that can help you simplify and organize our home this winter. Marie Kondo has just the magic spell for you! Learn to keep what sparks joy and let go of what doesn't while *also* finding sustainable ways to consistently manage your home (and your life).

    the cover of "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo
    Ten Speed Press

    Promising review: "This woman is clearly an expert in her field and is doing something she was born to. I found her methods for getting rid of what you don't need/wear/use very helpful. Her point that "getting your house in order" would lead to an orderly mind is very true. This is something I struggle with big time. Her motivations and ideas are very clear and helpful, depending on exactly what you need to do. I found it very helpful and was to take what I needed and use it." —farrk

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, Barnes and Noble for $8.99+ or from Bookshop for $15.62 (to support local bookstores).

    31. A stainless-steel wine set complete with an electric corkscrew opener, an aerator, wine stoppers, and more, so you can realize your dream of becoming a top-notch sommelier this winter!

    Reviewer image of the Ivation wine gift set on a kitchen counter, plugged in

    This set includes: an electric corkscrew opener, an electric vacuum wine preserver, a wine aerator, two wine stoppers, a foil cutter, a charging base, and a power adapter.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my wife for, and she absolutely loves it. The cork remover is very easy to use; just press and hold the button, and the cork is easily removed. The preserver works just as easily and works better than any other one we have ever used. A bonus is that both tools light up when plugged in. I would highly recommend this set." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    32. A DIY terrarium kit so you can work on nurturing your green thumb in your heated apartment without risking it turning blue in the cold outdoors.

    reviewer image of four diy succulent terrariums

    This rooted kit includes: washed pea gravel, activated charcoal, organic succulent soil, smooth river rock, and colorful sheet moss. Need succulents to go with this kit? Check these out!

    Promising review: "This kit is pretty neat! It gives you just what you need. I was thinking about buying the supplies separately, but it would have ended up being way more expensive, and what the hell am I going to do with giant bags of moss and charcoal? So, I'm happy with the purchase. If I decide to do another little garden, I'm totally getting the same product." —LoSa

    Get it from Amazon for $16.80+ (available in two sizes).

    33. A 1,000-piece puzzle of planets in space so cool, you'll want to frame it when you're done. You'll also wanna frame it because it took you 525,600 minutes to judgment.

    reviewer image of a completed planets in space puzzle

    Promising review: "Absolutely beautiful puzzle! The colors are extremely vibrant and the pieces fit together perfectly. Extremely pleased with this puzzle and will definitely buy from this company again! Worth it!!" —Joshua Young

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98+ (available in eight other patterns).

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