15 Fun Activities to Keep You Entertained at Home Over the Holidays

updated Dec 16, 2020
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A lot of people have more spare time on their hands this year than ever before, so there’s never been a better opportunity to take up new hobbies and fun activities. And yet, many of people still find themselves completely and utterly… bored. Following the hobby rush that took place earlier this year (you know, when everyone you knew was working on a puzzle?), many of are looking for other options to stay occupied. But as 2020 comes to a close and the cold weather forces us to look for ways to stay entertained indoors in the weeks and months ahead, now’s the time to start getting creative again. Need some inspiration? We rounded up 15 of our favorite boredom busters that’ll help you (and your quaran-pals) from getting cabin fever this winter.

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Earlier in the year, we saw a boom in adult paint-by-number kits. This custom paint-by-number version takes the fun to a whole new level by letting you personalize it with your own photo. Simply upload your pic to personalize the canvas, and it will be shipped with the corresponding paint colors so you can create a masterpiece all your own.

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We compiled an entire holiday gift guide for people who love to learn, and one of the most popular presents was this embroidery kit from Etsy. There are seven adorable houseplant patterns to choose from, and each kit comes with an embroidery needle, a plastic hoop, several colors of thread, and a piece of linen fabric so you can get to stitching as soon as it arrives.

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With many people staring at the same four walls day each day, it's completely normal to feel like your living space could use a facelift. Get some tips from interior design pro Kelly Wearstler in her MasterClass, where she'll teach you how to make any space feel larger and how to choose colors, materials, and textures with confidence. AT's own Senior News and Culture Editor, Nicoletta Richardson, took this course earlier this year and raved about it here.

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Those who like to write (or want to write more) will love the 300 Writing Prompts Journal from Piccadilly, which includes 300 introspective prompts to help you put your thoughts on paper.

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Love succulents? Why not build your own lovely little terrarium! This kit comes with two living succulents, soil, sphagnum moss, charcoal, drainage rock, ornamental rocks, instruction, and a glass container of your choice so you can craft the terrarium of your dreams.

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From "The Mandalorian" and "Hamilton" to "The Crown" and the revival of "The Animaniacs," this year has been a banner year for streaming services. So, if there are some movies or TV Shows that you've yet to cross off your watchlist, now may be the time. With a quick subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+, you'll have some of the greatest content of the year at your fingertips.

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Knitting is one of the most popular activities in recent years (as of 2016, 28.8 million Americans were knitting or crocheting), so if you're ready to give it a try, we recommend this adorable starter kit. Complete with three rolls of chunky yarn (available in 11 colors), a knitting pattern, a stitch marker, needles, and instructions, it'll teach you the basics (how to cast on/off, knit, purl, etc.) and you'll create a beautiful triangle scarf.

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Whose cooking skills couldn't use a little sprucing up? In this MasterClass course, Gordon Ramsey takes you into his home kitchen to teach you everything from how to set up your own kitchen to how to cook some of his unforgettable go-to dishes. One writer at our sister site, The Kitchn, tried the course for herself and highly recommends it!

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Whether you want to add a little extra flair to your handwritten letters or just practice a new writing style, this beginner's calligraphy course is a guaranteed good time. You'll learn the basics, like proper hand posture and how to connect your letters, and by the end of it, you'll be well on your way to mastering this centuries-old art form.

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Want to play around with art but you're not into the messiness of paint? Re-create masterpieces from masters like da Vinci, Botticelli, and Van Gogh with this sticker book instead. Featuring 12 iconic works of art, it'll bring out the artist in you—no painter's smock necessary.

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obé Fitness

Who said staying fit while staying indoors isn't fun? Break up your routine by busting a move at an obé Fitness dance class. Featuring classes for all fitness levels, this site lets you pick from hundreds of classes that'll have you movin' and groovin' in no time.

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The Crafter's Box

DIYers looking for the best subscription box to keep them busy should try The Crafter's Box. Every month you'll receive a new kit featuring all the artisan-curated materials you need to complete a craft as well as information on how to watch the corresponding workshop video. The best part? Each month, you'll end up with a handcrafted work worth displaying or gifting!

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Now's the time to finally pick up that instrument you've always wanted to learn. This beginners kit from Fender comes with a gorgeous Affinity Stratocaster (available in 10 colors), a guitar strap, tuner, picks, and a trial to Fender Play, the guitar giant's online school. Zoom concert, anyone?

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Looking for new ways to show off your plant babies? Create a boho holder with this DIY macrame kit. It includes all the materials you need to make a beautiful hanger, plus an easy-to-follow video tutorial and guide.

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Okay, okay—hear us out. We know you may already have a lot of puzzles, but these new ones from the people behind the Calm app are seriously relaxing. Featuring landscapes designed to evoke feelings of well, calm, these puzzles also come with a free 30-day trial to the app so you can really unwind.