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A Rosetta Stone subscription, the famed “immersion method” language app, that’s gonna help you learn a new language after you’ve fumbled through TikTok and realize you no longer understand high school slang. Dutch will have to do.

Rosette Stone lesson screen on an iPhone


Rosetta Stone

You can get a12-month, 24-month, or Lifetime “Unlimited” subscription to learn from any of the 25 different language options. Choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Get it from Rosetta Stone for $11.99 / month (available in several subscriptions).

2.

Art = — a coffee table book from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for folks who slept through most of art history in college and have officially come to regret it.

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This features over 800 pieces of artwork from the MET. The book is filled with 160 curatorial essays and it includes a detachable timeline of the art history it teaches.

Promising review: “This is astounding! I got this as a gift and have been unable to put it down. It is past time for a new overview of art, with connections beyond chronology and geography. Pieces of artwork, gloriously photographed, are arranged on these pages in wide categories of materials, subjects, and styles. As a teacher, I believe that this radical reorganization respects all viewers, not just scholars, enabling unexpected questions, insights and discoveries. Roll over, Janson!” —Laurie

Get it from Amazon for $67.50.

3.

A DIY kimchee kit that’ll teach you how to make probiotic-rich kimchee at home. After your first batch, you’ll have the tools to cook it up every time you get a hankering for some delectable sour cabbage.

Full jar of DIY kimchee


Kimchee Rules

The kit includes a half-gallon glass fermenting jar, a pair of rubber gloves, brining sea salt, an airlock, two airtight lids, one jar of kimchee paste, and instructions.

Get it from Kimchee Rules for $45 (available in three flavors).

4.

A 2021 version of The New York Times Daily Crosswords calendar, a page-a-day pick sure to [_ _ _ _ _ _ _].


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Hint 1A: Turkish – , or to give great enjoyment to.

Promising review: “I loved this! My husband loves timing himself solving crossword puzzles! When our newspaper quit printing, I ordered the New York Times puzzles. They are perfect!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.39.


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Hint 1A: Turkish – , or to give great enjoyment to.

Promising review: “I loved this! My husband loves timing himself solving crossword puzzles! When our newspaper quit printing, I ordered the New York Times puzzles. They are perfect!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

5.

A stained-glass startup kit put together with top-quality tools for bold doers who take new hobbies to the next level. Might as well start calling yourself Tiffany.


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This comes with a Glastar Superstar II glass grinder, a soldering iron with built-in temperature controller, an eight-piece glass pack (8″ x 8″ each), a Pistol-Grip Supercutter glass cutter, running pliers, breaker/grozer pliers, an instruction book, 60/40 solder, copper foil, flux, flux brush, soldering iron stand, face shield with lens, anti-seize lubricant, two 12″ x 12″ Homosote boards, a layout block system, ten 6″ blocks plush push pins, flux remover, Liva stained glass polish, pre-tinned wire, 16 gauge 3/8″ Adjustable U zinc, 7/32″ hand foiler, a handy foiler with roller, fid, marking pen, cork-backed ruler, craft knife, and safety glasses.

Promising review: “This kit had everything I needed to get started doing stained glass. Fabulous service!” —Laura Nunes

Get it from Amazon for $560.69.


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This comes with a Glastar Superstar II glass grinder, a soldering iron with built-in temperature controller, an eight-piece glass pack (8″ x 8″ each), a Pistol-Grip Supercutter glass cutter, running pliers, breaker/grozer pliers, an instruction book, 60/40 solder, copper foil, flux, flux brush, soldering iron stand, face shield with lens, anti-seize lubricant, two 12″ x 12″ Homosote boards, a layout block system, ten 6″ blocks plush push pins, flux remover, Liva stained glass polish, pre-tinned wire, 16 gauge 3/8″ Adjustable U zinc, 7/32″ hand foiler, a handy foiler with roller, fid, marking pen, cork-backed ruler, craft knife, and safety glasses.

Promising review: “This kit had everything I needed to get started doing stained glass. Fabulous service!” —Laura Nunes

Get it from Amazon for $560.69.

6.

A teaching chess set with a standard chess board, 32 chessman pieces, and a deck of 56 action cards that’ll teach dedicated pupils how to truly become a chess master, even if you’re a ~rookie~.

Reviewer photo of chess board and instructional cards on table


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Promising Review: “Have always wanted to learn how to play chess but was just too intimidated by how complicated it appeared. I figured there was no better time than being stuck inside so much due to COVID-19. This card game system makes it SUPER easy to learn. Absolutely love this game and I am starting to research the more advanced strategies. I wish I had found this 10 years ago! I will hold onto this set to teach my son when he’s older, and friends once this pandemic is over! ” —Amazon reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

7.

A calligraphy guidebook that’s sure to be the ~write~ way to entertain yourself when you’re in the mood to learn a new skill.


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Be sure to grab some brush pens to add some texture with your new calligraphy skills!

Promising review: “I LOVE this book!! It’s soo great for beginners! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a long 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.


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Be sure to grab some brush pens to add some texture with your new calligraphy skills!

Promising review: “I LOVE this book!! It’s soo great for beginners! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a long 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.

8.

A bonsai starter kit to help you finally fall in love with planting. Even if your green thumb is just barely starting to sprout, you won’t beleaf how easy this starter kit is!

A flat lay image of the soil, nipping tools, twin, plants, and other products that come with the kit


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This kit includes four types of organic seeds (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree) stored in seed-safe vials for better germination, four biodegradable growing pots, four expanding-soil discs, four bamboo plant markers, one bonsai clipper, and an instruction booklet.

Promising review: “I love this. My bonsai has already sprouted and it’s coming along nicely. The best thing about this product is the customer service. They actually take an interest in how things are going and are willing to help you through anything. They respond personally, no form letters, and they give heartfelt responses to your questions and comments. This is definitely one of my best purchases.” —G Eckberg

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

9.

An interactive globe you can use while exploring the world from your living room is the best option you have.

Globe with remote, direction buttons, and info booklet


Ultimate Globes

This has thousands of facts, geography, and general information you can control with the wireless Intellipen provided. It also comes with a World Discovery Book that has maps, world flags, landmarks, animals, dinosaurs, foods, explorers, moon maps, sky maps, and more.

Promising review: “Our children, ages seven, nine, and 10 all love playing with the globe. The interactive components hold there attention far longer than other toys we’ve purchased. The wide variety of learning opportunities imbedded within the globe keeps them coming back for more fun. Great purchase!” —Sarah

Get it from Ultimate Globes for $165.

10.

A professional astronomy refractor telescope so you can *actually* stare off into space, instead of sitting at home staring off into space.


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Promising review: “This telescope was easy to assemble and has amazing clarity when looking at the stars. I have never seen the moon so clear. This telescope came quickly and was packaged perfectly. The phone attachment is really neat since you can capture photos of what you are looking at. My husband and I really enjoy this telescope and can’t wait to share it with family/friends.” —Amanda Chiesa

Get it from Amazon for $229.99.


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Promising review: “This telescope was easy to assemble and has amazing clarity when looking at the stars. I have never seen the moon so clear. This telescope came quickly and was packaged perfectly. The phone attachment is really neat since you can capture photos of what you are looking at. My husband and I really enjoy this telescope and can’t wait to share it with family/friends.” —Amanda Chiesa

Get it from Amazon for $229.99.

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A storm glass weather forecaster for folks whose Venn diagram of climatology and beautiful design is actually just a circle.

Round globe filled with water and crystal on wooden base with three legs


Healthy Veganista

Clear liquid means the weather is sunny. If it’s hazy, then the weather is likely cloudy. And when the large crystals appear, the weather is cold and possibly snowy.

Get it from Healthy Veganista on Etsy for $37.72+ (available in two styles).

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Morse Mania, an interactive app that’s gonna be tons of fun for anyone who wants to take a stab at Morse Code.

Three screenshots of the app in different game settings


Play Google

You’re gonna .-.. — …- . it.

Promising review:I’m currently having a lot of fun with this app. I always wanted to learn Morse Code, but never had a way of doing so. So far the zero ads is a huge plus, which few games can boast about. I will highly recommend this app to others.” —Loghan Davis

Get it for free from Play Google.

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The Speed Of Starlight, a picture book to take you back in time (to your high school Science classes) to get an in-depth look at physics, sound, light, and space with illustrations sure to be faaar better than Ms. Johnson’s chicken scratch.

The Speed of Starlight book cover


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Get it from Amazon for $19.49 or from Bookshop for $22.99.

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A DIY steam power engine that’ll let you create your own external combustion engine from scratch, which might make you feel a little better when you’ve spent your life tinkering with the family car but don’t actually own one yourself since you moved to the city.

Exposed mini engine kit completed


Stirling Kit

This works by burning fuel continuously. The piston uses air expansion (or helium or hydrogen) as a medium, which gets it to move. This includes everything you need to make the engine, including an alcohol burner.

Promising review: “My brother is really into engines and building machines. He’s been taking things apart and putting them together for over a decade now and he was very excited to see what was in the box for him when he opened his gift this year. Thank you, it really was perfect for him and it arrived in the mail on time and in excellent condition.” —Lindsey Z

Get it from Stirling Kit for $24.99.

15.

A molecular gastronomy kit for folks who want a deep dive into the science that is cooking.

Packaging in front of cheese and plate of food


Uncommon Goods

The kit includes four food additives (20 sachets), three pipettes, a slotted spoon, measuring spoon, silicone mold, food grade syringe, and two silicone tubes.

Promising review: “I bought this kit for my father-in-law. He loves to cook and is nerdy/loves learning new things so he was super excited about getting this as a gift! He immediately dove into the science of the kit and can’t wait to begin creating cool food!” —Mo

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49+ (available in two styles).

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An AquaSprouts garden — a self-sustaining aquarium and aquaponics kit, so you can grow herbs and keep your fishs’ tank clear and clean at the same time. Skip the TV and stare at this all day — watch a natural environment in action.


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Promising review: “This works great. I have eight neon tetra happily living in the tank and I’ve got plentiful basil and some wheatgrass growing in the garden. Expect to spend a little time setting up your system. If, like me, you want to put live plants in the aquarium, it’s best to purchase an LED light that is submersible as one with a hood does not work. Once you’ve got the system set up and the tank cycled, it works great.” —MA Marshall

Get it from Amazon for $131.69.


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Promising review: “This works great. I have eight neon tetra happily living in the tank and I’ve got plentiful basil and some wheatgrass growing in the garden. Expect to spend a little time setting up your system. If, like me, you want to put live plants in the aquarium, it’s best to purchase an LED light that is submersible as one with a hood does not work. Once you’ve got the system set up and the tank cycled, it works great.” —MA Marshall

Get it from Amazon for $131.69.

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An Embark dog DNA test that’ll teach you all about your fluffer’s family connected to over 250 dog breeds (including wolf, coyote, and village dog ancestry!).

Dog chewing on test packaging


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It also tests for over 160 diseases and drug sensitivities to help pet owners stay aware of what keeps their K-9 safe!

Promising review: “Very cool. My dog is a rescue and I was told he was a border collie mix. His personality lead me to do a test because he just didn’t have the personality of a border collie. Come to find out he’s a Shih Tzu-pit bull mix, which makes way more sense.” —dede123

Get it from Amazon for $149.

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And a 23andMe DNA geographic ancestry or ancestry traits kit — both break down percentages of ancestral roots with nothing but some snail-mailed spit! Grab this for your family-history-loving grandparents and show them what history and modern technology can do together.


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Promising review: “I’m a sperm donor baby. I followed the instructions, spit in the vial, and found my genetic father. Life is weird but good. Thanks 23andMe.” —A. Roos

Get the geographic ancestry for $88.95 or ancestry traits for $129, both from Amazon.


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Promising review: “I’m a sperm donor baby. I followed the instructions, spit in the vial, and found my genetic father. Life is weird but good. Thanks 23andMe.” —A. Roos

Get the geographic ancestry for $88.95 or ancestry traits for $129, both from Amazon.

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A leather belt-making set you’ll love getting your hands on if all the alone time this year has left you turning toward old school trade trends. Leather making? Yes please.

A strip of worn leather, a metal buckle, a leather attachment, two metal bits, and instructions


Man Crates

This includes one buffalo leather belt, a hole punch, two screw rivets, a belt buckle, belt keeper, and poly board. It does not, however, come in a crate.

Promising review: “This is an awesome gift! My girlfriend got me this for Christmas. I loved putting it together and it matches my boots perfectly! I definitely recommend it!” —Keenan

Get it from Man Crates for $69.99.

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A casting resin — a rad filler you can use to secure finished puzzles, pour into silicone molds to make geometric decor, smooth out rough woodwork…the possibilities are endless! The chemistry? Seriously satisfying.


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Promising review: “This is crystal clear! I have been searching for a different resin to use for creating resin rings and pendants I sell. I was looking for a crystal clear resin, nontoxic, with no smell and bubble free. I just finished my first ring and it is absolutely water-clear in color and has no bubbles. I am so happy that I found this resin. It is very easy to work with a 1:1 ratio and the decent work time. I am a perfectionist and as such demand perfection in my jewelry supplies — this has met my expectations. I’ll be a buyer for life.” —Michelle Noe

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


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Promising review: “This is crystal clear! I have been searching for a different resin to use for creating resin rings and pendants I sell. I was looking for a crystal clear resin, nontoxic, with no smell and bubble free. I just finished my first ring and it is absolutely water-clear in color and has no bubbles. I am so happy that I found this resin. It is very easy to work with a 1:1 ratio and the decent work time. I am a perfectionist and as such demand perfection in my jewelry supplies — this has met my expectations. I’ll be a buyer for life.” —Michelle Noe

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A soy candle making kit — a stimulating activity sure to help keep the ~flame~ alive when you and your boo start running out of date night ideas.

A finished candle surrounded by shaved wax and small oil-filled bottles


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Promising review: “I was so impressed with this candle making kit. I’ve been disappointed in the past with some DIY kids’ crafts kits, but this kit is quality. Everything came packaged really well. The box is medium sized, but they used every inch of space inside. My kids can’t wait to make their very own candles and I’m so excited to have a quality craft to do with them.” —Kristin Miller

Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

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And finally, a personalized whiskey making kit — you’ll wanna show alcoh-all of your friends your clever new skill from the minute you take your first specialized sip.


Man Crates

You’ll get an American white oak barrel, a stand, bung, spigot, essence bottle, paper funnel, and barrel cleaning kit.

Promising review: “I have bought several of these crates for my boyfriend, but this one by far was his favorite. He is a whiskey drinker and thought the personalized barrel was really cool! He immediately put it on our bar at home!” —Melissa Thompson

Get it from Man Crates for $99.99.


Man Crates

You’ll get an American white oak barrel, a stand, bung, spigot, essence bottle, paper funnel, and barrel cleaning kit.

Promising review: “I have bought several of these crates for my boyfriend, but this one by far was his favorite. He is a whiskey drinker and thought the personalized barrel was really cool! He immediately put it on our bar at home!” —Melissa Thompson

Get it from Man Crates for $99.99.

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Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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