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20 New Hobbies to Fall In Love With This Winter

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After a summer full of basking outdoors, it seems only natural we'll all be ready to spend some time inside once winter arrives. There's something deliciously extravagant about leaning into being lazy and wearing three blankets on top of a sweatshirt while sipping hot chocolate. But after a while (i.e. as soon as the holidays are over and we realize spring is still many weeks away) we get bored being stuck indoors. But what can we do to stay busy after we've emptied out the Netflix queue? 

We could shop away our savings online or waste the evenings scrolling through Instagram. Or we could put this hibernation time to good use by starting up a fun new hobby. Learning a new craft or skill is a great way to bust up the mid-winter blahs and cure cabin fever.

Plus trying something different is good for our brains. Once we graduate, the same old same routines at home and at work aren't giving our gray matter much of a challenge. Taking up a new hobby gives us something different to focus on, and proves that wisdom for sure comes with age. 

For those with wellness on the brain, try starting a regular meditation practice or studying healing crystals and their uses. People who loved art class as kids might find they're secret masters at knitting or hand stamping jewelry. And if having fun as a group is the goal, getting together for a palm reading session is better than going out to any bar. 

Check out this list of exciting indoor hobbies for adults, and start learning something new today. 


Hand Lettering

We're all mesmerized by those hand letting videos on Facebook, so why not join the trend? Head to the craft store for a calligraphy workbook and brush pens. After some practice, penning a letter will seem so much more fun than sending an email. 


Tarot Cards

Those who've always felt in touch with the other realm will love spending chilly nights learning to read tarot cards. Grab a deck and a handy tutorial like this one from Biddy Tarot and get ready to learn what the future has in store. 



From delicate flowers to fierce feminist sayings, embroidery has changed since our grandmas used to do it. Grab some thread and a hoop and sit down with a basic tutorial to get started. 



No one wants to venture out to the bar when it's below freezing. Grab the gals and some snacks and learn how to mix up the squad's favorite drinks right in the living room with some basic mixology videos



Whether to goal is to go more natural with bath products or create some beautiful handmade gifts for friends and family, soapmaking is a hobby that's both pretty and useful. 



One part exercise, one part meditation, those tight hips will be forever grateful for starting a regular yoga practice. Grab a mat or a towel, and start with an easy beginner sequence



Scarves, ear warmers, adorable teddy bear hats for the kids -- with some time and dedication (and helpful videos) friends and family will be requesting knitted things in no time. 


Metal Stamping

As kids, we made woven friendship bracelets. As adults, there's metal stamping, a cool way to create handmade jewelry for gifts or one's own collection.  


Magic Tricks

Winter is the perfect time to achieve that lifelong goal of learning magic. Practice a few simple tricks to astonish the kids and impress the spouse. 


Beer Brewing

Grab a home brewing kit and spend the winter crafting the perfect IPA. 



Making meditation part of the regular routine doesn't have to mean special clothes or an ocean to gaze out on. Grab a free meditation app like Insight Timer and pick a quiet spot for a daily check-in. 

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