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1.

Kan Jam, an outdoor flying disc toss game that’ll start as a casual game of catch and most likely evolve into a SUPER competitive battle for greatness.


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This is a game my friends have been playing at the beach since we were in high school — it’s always been a big hit. The rules are quite simple: break into two pairs but position yourselves across from one another. Then all you have to do is aim your flying disc toss at the “kan.” If your teammate deflects the frisbee to hit the kan, you get one point. If the disc hits the kan on its own, that is two points. If your teammate taps the frisbee into the kan that’s three points. If by some lucky chance you throw the disc RIGHT INTO THE SLOT, you win!

Promising review: “This is a ridiculously fun and easy lawn game. It’s got the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity. The rules are simple, the equipment is made to last — if you are looking for a semi-active game to bring to the beach, family barbecue, or even company picnic, this is it!” —J. Caldwell

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three styles).


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This is a game my friends have been playing at the beach since we were in high school — it’s always been a big hit. The rules are quite simple: break into two pairs but position yourselves across from one another. Then all you have to do is aim your flying disc toss at the “kan.” If your teammate deflects the frisbee to hit the kan, you get one point. If the disc hits the kan on its own, that is two points. If your teammate taps the frisbee into the kan that’s three points. If by some lucky chance you throw the disc RIGHT INTO THE SLOT, you win!

Promising review: “This is a ridiculously fun and easy lawn game. It’s got the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity. The rules are simple, the equipment is made to last — if you are looking for a semi-active game to bring to the beach, family barbecue, or even company picnic, this is it!” —J. Caldwell

Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three styles).

2.

A Buddha Board for anyone who loves an activity that’ll help them zen out and get in touch with their creative side.


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I gifted this to my mom and it’s been such a hit! All you have to do is fill the stand with water, dip the bamboo brush in, and start creating! It’s surprisingly super soothing and is great because you don’t have to think long and hard about what to draw since it disappears anyways! It’s a great practice in the “art of letting go” and is honestly a lovely way to spend an hour unwinding.

Promising review: “I work at a college in an environment where I am stressed out a lot, but I also have a lot of stressed out college students in my office! The Buddha Board is incredibly soothing to ‘paint’ on (only requires water and helps remind me that tough days will fade away just like my artwork does. Several of my coworkers have this in their office too. And, of course, it’s great when you’re not stressed out too — just fun to play with!” —Violet Kayjee

Get it from Amazon for $34.95.


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I gifted this to my mom and it’s been such a hit! All you have to do is fill the stand with water, dip the bamboo brush in, and start creating! It’s surprisingly super soothing and is great because you don’t have to think long and hard about what to draw since it disappears anyways! It’s a great practice in the “art of letting go” and is honestly a lovely way to spend an hour unwinding.

Promising review: “I work at a college in an environment where I am stressed out a lot, but I also have a lot of stressed out college students in my office! The Buddha Board is incredibly soothing to ‘paint’ on (only requires water and helps remind me that tough days will fade away just like my artwork does. Several of my coworkers have this in their office too. And, of course, it’s great when you’re not stressed out too — just fun to play with!” —Violet Kayjee

Get it from Amazon for $34.95.

3.

A supersized version of Connect Four that’ll provide your squad with hours upon hours of simple fun in the sun. The only downfall is you might never want to play the regular version again!


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Promising review: “Best purchase! We bought it for the kids but my husband and I stayed up until 1 a.m. playing!! It was a hit at our party! Great quality. Yes, you can hit the bar and release the discs, but it hasn’t happened to us and wouldn’t be a big deal if it did! Totally worth it! So glad we got it!!” —Rechel B

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.


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Promising review: “Best purchase! We bought it for the kids but my husband and I stayed up until 1 a.m. playing!! It was a hit at our party! Great quality. Yes, you can hit the bar and release the discs, but it hasn’t happened to us and wouldn’t be a big deal if it did! Totally worth it! So glad we got it!!” —Rechel B

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

4.

A nail art kit to take your at-home manicure skills to the next level. You’re gonna be living in Compliment City as soon as your friends catch a glimpse at how fabulous your nails look.


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This set comes with 15 nail art design brushes, 5 drawing/dotting pens, 10 assorted nail striping tapes, 12 foil stickers, and 2 boxes of rhinestones.

Promising review: “This was a great find! I’m having fun experimenting with everything! It includes a nice selection of skinny striping tape colors and they stick very well. I would’ve liked for it to have included black, but I’ll live. 🙂 I love the size and color of the pretty little stones and the foils rock! I’m happy with the brushes and the dotting tools also. Just so you know, the dotting tools are all the same size on one end and five different sizes on the other end, which is adequate for me. Everything came neatly packaged. The entire set is thumbs up from me!” —Lyon B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four combos).


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This set comes with 15 nail art design brushes, 5 drawing/dotting pens, 10 assorted nail striping tapes, 12 foil stickers, and 2 boxes of rhinestones.

Promising review: “This was a great find! I’m having fun experimenting with everything! It includes a nice selection of skinny striping tape colors and they stick very well. I would’ve liked for it to have included black, but I’ll live. 🙂 I love the size and color of the pretty little stones and the foils rock! I’m happy with the brushes and the dotting tools also. Just so you know, the dotting tools are all the same size on one end and five different sizes on the other end, which is adequate for me. Everything came neatly packaged. The entire set is thumbs up from me!” —Lyon B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four combos).

5.

Indoor scavenger hunt tokens you can count on to keep your little ones busy during spring’s rainiest days — TBH, I’d have a blast tackling this myself as an adult!

a pile of wooden circular tokens with different clues written on them


LetsMakeFunStuff / Etsy

LetsMakeFunStuff is a small business that primarily sells mini stamps. Each token has three clues on it and can easily be reused time and time again!

Get a set of 30 from LetsMakeFunStuff on Etsy for $16.99.

6.

A scratch paper art set that’ll take you right back to your elementary school days but also provide a fun way to keep yourself entertained.


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Promising review: “Ahhh I love these so much, takes doodling to a whole new level! It’s an anxiety relief like you wouldn’t believe. Plus my kids also get a kick out of them. These are so worth it and I’m going to be keeping these stocked up!” —Katie Toomey

Get it from Amazon for $9.34.


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Promising review: “Ahhh I love these so much, takes doodling to a whole new level! It’s an anxiety relief like you wouldn’t believe. Plus my kids also get a kick out of them. These are so worth it and I’m going to be keeping these stocked up!” —Katie Toomey

Get it from Amazon for $9.34.

7.

A reversible rug with checkers on one side and tic-tac-toe on the other, a must-have for anyone who enjoys exercising their brain muscles.


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Promising review: “We always play this with my nephew at Cracker Barrel, so giving him his own set for Christmas seemed like a good idea! It is fun to have the large oversized mat to play on with the large checkers, the kids really like it. Having the option of tic-tac-toe on the back side of the mat makes it even more fun because there are multiple options for play.” —Jessica Dennis

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


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Promising review: “We always play this with my nephew at Cracker Barrel, so giving him his own set for Christmas seemed like a good idea! It is fun to have the large oversized mat to play on with the large checkers, the kids really like it. Having the option of tic-tac-toe on the back side of the mat makes it even more fun because there are multiple options for play.” —Jessica Dennis

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

8.

A “Wreck This Journal” that’ll encourage you to get more in touch with your artistic side, great if you’ve always been intimidated by trying to fill out the blank pages of boring old regular journals.


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Promising review: “I’m 17 and I loved this. In the intro it says the page instructions are all up to interpretation, so if it says ‘spill your drink’ or something you can take that literally or choose to paint on it with something such as tea or coffee that’ll look like brown watercolor. Which I love that it’s bizarre prompts but that you have wiggle room if you don’t want to do anything too crazy. I would recommend this if you’re just looking for something fun or if you’re going through some challenges this is really helpful to distract/express/push yourself!” —Marlee

Get it from Amazon for $9.59.


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Promising review: “I’m 17 and I loved this. In the intro it says the page instructions are all up to interpretation, so if it says ‘spill your drink’ or something you can take that literally or choose to paint on it with something such as tea or coffee that’ll look like brown watercolor. Which I love that it’s bizarre prompts but that you have wiggle room if you don’t want to do anything too crazy. I would recommend this if you’re just looking for something fun or if you’re going through some challenges this is really helpful to distract/express/push yourself!” —Marlee

Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

9.

A rainbow bagel kit you’ll be happy to dive into during one of April’s showers. Rainbows typically appear after rain, so why not enjoy it in a form of a delicious carbohydrate?

a bunch of rainbow bagels next to a rainbow bagel making kit


FarmSteady

FarmSteady is a small business based in both Brooklyn and the Catskills in New York that sells a variety of kits to make exciting food at home. This specific kit comes with baking mix, baking yeast, and gel food coloring.

Get it from FarmSteady for $29.95.

10.

An embroidery kit for beginners that won’t test your patience but’ll provide you with a happy distraction and a pretty piece of art at the end of it all!

three embroidered plants in a hoop


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Promising review: “I was very pleased. Came with everything you need. Colors are beautiful and it’s a great little project to pass the time and ease anxiety. Thank you. Will order from seller again soon.” —Lauren Constance

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

11.

Sidewalk chalk shaped like gem stones, perfect for transforming a blank canvas like your driveway into a masterpiece worthy of its own TikTok video.

six different pieces of chalk shaped like gems


TweeMade / Etsy

TweeMade is a small business based in Philadelphia that sells an array of fun-shaped sidewalk chalk. This kit comes with two of each color — perfect for sharing!

Get the 12-piece set from TweeMade on Etsy for $16.

12.

A tortilla press to help you take your Taco Tuesdays to the next level without going above and beyond your minimal cooking skill level.


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Thanks to a handy lil’ tortilla press from Verve Culture, making my own tortillas at home isn’t much of a challenge at all. The press is made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons! The cast-iron should last you, basically, forever so it’s definitely worth your money. I still can’t believe how easy they were to make! We used Maseca’s corn flour (the bag has instructions on the back how to make the tortillas) and it was so simple. They came out *so* well I was beyond impressed with myself.

Get it from Verve Culture or Amazon for $48.

Check out my full review of the Verve Culture tortilla press.


Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

Thanks to a handy lil’ tortilla press from Verve Culture, making my own tortillas at home isn’t much of a challenge at all. The press is made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons! The cast-iron should last you, basically, forever so it’s definitely worth your money. I still can’t believe how easy they were to make! We used Maseca’s corn flour (the bag has instructions on the back how to make the tortillas) and it was so simple. They came out *so* well I was beyond impressed with myself.

Get it from Verve Culture or Amazon for $48.

Check out my full review of the Verve Culture tortilla press.

13.

A boxing game for the Nintendo Switch, so you can practice your left hook without anyone seeing you awkwardly punching at the air.


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I admittedly am someone who thrives while working out at the gym, but there are many exercises I’ve been dying to try and don’t because I don’t want to embarrass myself. Boxing is one of them. Luckily, I can start practicing my skills (and break a decent sweat!) at home while playing this super-fun game on the Nintendo Switch. I use this game as a way to mix up my exercises / when I don’t feel like venturing out to the gym. I have to say, it’s a SERIOUS workout. I’m usually sore for days after and have burnt up to 300 calories in 30 minutes! If you get tired of the provided songs, mute your TV and turn on your favorite workout playlist — a great hack, if you ask me! The newest version of this game will combine your stats with the original, so no worries if you’ve already been playing Fitness Boxing for years!

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.


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I admittedly am someone who thrives while working out at the gym, but there are many exercises I’ve been dying to try and don’t because I don’t want to embarrass myself. Boxing is one of them. Luckily, I can start practicing my skills (and break a decent sweat!) at home while playing this super-fun game on the Nintendo Switch. I use this game as a way to mix up my exercises / when I don’t feel like venturing out to the gym. I have to say, it’s a SERIOUS workout. I’m usually sore for days after and have burnt up to 300 calories in 30 minutes! If you get tired of the provided songs, mute your TV and turn on your favorite workout playlist — a great hack, if you ask me! The newest version of this game will combine your stats with the original, so no worries if you’ve already been playing Fitness Boxing for years!

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

14.

Or the Ring Fit Adventure game that’ll combine the fun of exploring a fantasy world and battling enemies with an action-packed workout.


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I’ve also been using this game as a way to supplement my trips to the gym. This may seem like a childish adventure from Nintendo, but JEEZ within moments I’m sweating my butt off. To play, you’ll place a JoyCon into both the ring con and a leg strap so your movements are monitored. To move through each level you have to physically run in place and each time you “battle” an enemy you have to do 15 reps of an exercise of your choosing. For example, each time I complete a squat the enemy receives a “kick.” It’s so fun I don’t realize I’m working out until the game reminds me to take a break and have some water. It even monitors your heart rate for you. It’s more intense than you’d expect!

Get it from Amazon for $69.88.


Amazon

I’ve also been using this game as a way to supplement my trips to the gym. This may seem like a childish adventure from Nintendo, but JEEZ within moments I’m sweating my butt off. To play, you’ll place a JoyCon into both the ring con and a leg strap so your movements are monitored. To move through each level you have to physically run in place and each time you “battle” an enemy you have to do 15 reps of an exercise of your choosing. For example, each time I complete a squat the enemy receives a “kick.” It’s so fun I don’t realize I’m working out until the game reminds me to take a break and have some water. It even monitors your heart rate for you. It’s more intense than you’d expect!

Get it from Amazon for $69.88.

15.

A classic bocce ball set like the set your grandparents had growing up that’ll bring back fond memories for them and help you all create new ones together.

a person bending down in grass to pick up red, green, yellow, and blue bocce balls next to a white zippered square case to hold the balls in


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Promising review: “New game for the family! I was not familiar with bocce, but saw this pop up on Amazon and thought it looked like fun to try. Came in a nice little case, and I found as long as I left the cardboard in the case it kept it sturdy. Balls are nice-looking, and have held up after many games. This game reminds me a lot of bowling-miniature bowling. Fun family game!” —D.D.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available with resin balls or soft rubber ones).

16.

A subscription to Book of the Month because there are few things as soothing to a bibliophile as cracking open a hardcover book while kicking back in the spring sunshine. Mmm I can smell the freshly printed pages already.

five books stacked next to each other next to a plant


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I was gifted a year of Book of the Month for my birthday one year and to date it is one of the best things I’ve received. There are few things as satisfying as getting truly lost in the pages of a good book. Each month you’ll be permitted to choose one of four books, all of which are different genres. Then the book you selected will be delivered to your door. Magic! Excuse me, I need to re-up my subscription.

Get three months from Book of the Month for $49.99.

17.

Or a Kindle Paperwhite — a must-have for anyone who loves to read but flies through books so quickly they need access to their next one STAT.


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It’s the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it’s 100% waterproof. I’m typically a hardcover girl through-and-through, but I recently gave the Kindle a whirl. It’s very convenient to be able to slip it into any bag without it taking up much real estate and the transition between pages is very smooth.

Promising review: “I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

And check out our full breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite here.


Abby Kass / BuzzFeed, Amazon

It’s the thinnest and lightest Kindle Amazon has released to date! And — as is made abundantly clear by the photo above — it’s 100% waterproof. I’m typically a hardcover girl through-and-through, but I recently gave the Kindle a whirl. It’s very convenient to be able to slip it into any bag without it taking up much real estate and the transition between pages is very smooth.

Promising review: “I love the fact that I can read on this Kindle in both daylight and dim light conditions. It is so light and compact, which makes it easy to hold, easy to travel with, and the battery lasts forever. I love it.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

And check out our full breakdown of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

18.

Friends-themed Monopoly you can play on a Friday night for a fun-filled evening that’ll also help you relive memories of your favorite TV show.


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We all know a game of Monopoly can go on for a long, long time.

Promising review: “Got this for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. She loves everything about it. The ‘chance’ and ‘community chest’ cards make great references to the show. She loves playing this during her girls’ nights.” —Elias Gongora

Get it from Amazon for $22.68.


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We all know a game of Monopoly can go on for a long, long time.

Promising review: “Got this for my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. She loves everything about it. The ‘chance’ and ‘community chest’ cards make great references to the show. She loves playing this during her girls’ nights.” —Elias Gongora

Get it from Amazon for $22.68.

19.

A 52-piece gardening kit, because maybe this is the year you finally discover you have a green thumb! Whether you create a little window box for your apartment or go full-out trying to transform your entire yard, this set will ensure you have everything you need to succeed.


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The kit comes with pruning shears, a transplanter, a trowel, a weeder, a hand rake, a cultivator, gloves, a sprayer, 25 plant labels, 12 butterfly stakes, 50 meters of plant rope, a sowing seeds dispenser, a pistol grip dibber, a seedlings dibber and widger, knee pads and a garden tool bag.

Promising review: “I bought this for my wife who spends up to 3 hours a day in our yard. Recreating our lot into a magnificent triumph of indigenous flowers and plants anyone horticulture lover would admire. She also tends to our garden with a variety of pickling and canning vegetables. After having my wife open the box she wasted no time putting the items to the test. She is very impressed with the durable bag. She likes how it keeps the tools outside so she can store seeds and whatever else on the inside. The tools themselves have a firm feel that you would have from a higher cost set. The number of accessaries is almost unbelievable that come in one set. Great product for an excellent price.” —Joseph Zimmermann

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


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The kit comes with pruning shears, a transplanter, a trowel, a weeder, a hand rake, a cultivator, gloves, a sprayer, 25 plant labels, 12 butterfly stakes, 50 meters of plant rope, a sowing seeds dispenser, a pistol grip dibber, a seedlings dibber and widger, knee pads and a garden tool bag.

Promising review: “I bought this for my wife who spends up to 3 hours a day in our yard. Recreating our lot into a magnificent triumph of indigenous flowers and plants anyone horticulture lover would admire. She also tends to our garden with a variety of pickling and canning vegetables. After having my wife open the box she wasted no time putting the items to the test. She is very impressed with the durable bag. She likes how it keeps the tools outside so she can store seeds and whatever else on the inside. The tools themselves have a firm feel that you would have from a higher cost set. The number of accessaries is almost unbelievable that come in one set. Great product for an excellent price.” —Joseph Zimmermann

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

20.

A tea leaf reading book, tea leaves, and a cute mug, so you can spend some time learning a new skill to impress all your friends (ignore their snarky comments and jokes, you’ll be the one laughing when you’ve learned how to read their prophecies!).


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What better way to kick off a new season than to learn something new? If you’ve already studied up on the meaning behind healing crystals and tarot cards, you might as well pick up tea leaf reading as well! TBH, I think I may need to get this one for myself.

Promising review (for the book): “This book was super cute and informative. I got it as a small activity to do with my mom for mother’s day, and it was really fun! It is great reference for someone who has no idea what they are doing, but it also goes in depth for when you get into it.”—Emily Morgan

Get them from Amazon: Tea Leaf Reading: A Divination Guide for the Bottom of Your Cup for $5.95, a loose tea sampler set for $28.99, and a mug for $14.99+ (available in four styles).


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What better way to kick off a new season than to learn something new? If you’ve already studied up on the meaning behind healing crystals and tarot cards, you might as well pick up tea leaf reading as well! TBH, I think I may need to get this one for myself.

Promising review (for the book): “This book was super cute and informative. I got it as a small activity to do with my mom for mother’s day, and it was really fun! It is great reference for someone who has no idea what they are doing, but it also goes in depth for when you get into it.”—Emily Morgan

Get them from Amazon: Tea Leaf Reading: A Divination Guide for the Bottom of Your Cup for $5.95, a loose tea sampler set for $28.99, and a mug for $14.99+ (available in four styles).

21.

A firepit that’ll also double as a wood fire grill and help transform your not-so-manicured yard into one anyone would mistaken as an up-and-coming outdoor eatery.


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My dad got one of these to test out and has been so excited to take his grilling *and* backyard game to the next level. Not only does this fire pit look awesome and provide a cozy place for your family to hangout, but because it’s made with a specific COR-TEN material you’ll be able to cook all kinds of things right along the edges. Pretty freakin’ cool. If you’d rather *not* place your steak directly on the pit, you can go for their grill grate and cook it above the flames.

Get it from Breeo for $349.


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My dad got one of these to test out and has been so excited to take his grilling *and* backyard game to the next level. Not only does this fire pit look awesome and provide a cozy place for your family to hangout, but because it’s made with a specific COR-TEN material you’ll be able to cook all kinds of things right along the edges. Pretty freakin’ cool. If you’d rather *not* place your steak directly on the pit, you can go for their grill grate and cook it above the flames.

Get it from Breeo for $349.

22.

A Hershey’s s’mores kit that’ll go nicely with your firepit *and* make sure you and your family always have a sweet treat waiting to be made.

an open hershey's chocolate bar next to a plate of s'mores nearby a fire


Amazon

The kit comes with 9 full-size Hershey bars, 1 bag of marshmallows, and 2 packs of graham crackers. If you’re not great at math (ahem, me) that makes 18 s’mores! You might also want to grab these reusable roasting skewers for the full experience.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

23.

Exercise cards, so your workout will always already be laid out and waiting for you — you can even do it outside! Procrastination? I don’t know her.

the exercise cards depicting different exercises


Amazon

I always try to map out my exercise plan before I hit the gym, otherwise I’ll idle around and wander aimlessly from machine to machine. I’m even more likely to waste precious time trying to find a routine to follow when I’m at home. These cards will solve your workout-planning woes immediately!

Promising review: “These cards are *amazing.* I love that I can schedule my workout week sensibly and safely — I really appreciate the tips on the backs of the cards! The calorie burn is accurate, if not a bit conservative. Lifting heavier will burn more, but the suggested burn is near perfect for lighter lift days. The HIIT and Core cards are such a nice bonus, too! My favorite part of this item is that I can do my workout at my pace without any annoying outdated music or chatting from a trainer, like you’d find on a DVD. I get burned out easily from repetition (as in, the same dry jokes or WOO! in a DVD), and have bagged MANY workout programs, but these cards are perfect for keeping me excited about my fitness!” —Lori McCarthy

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

24.

A crystal soap making kit, because a hands-on project might just be the perfect thing to help you ring in spring — and you’ll have a beautiful bar of soap to display at the end!


KiwiCo

Crafts are a great way to take your mind off of other things. Give this kit a try — if for some reason it doesn’t help distract you, at the very least you’ll learn how to make soap!

Promising review: “My son and I have been thinking of making soap for a while. But kept putting it off due to the cost of having to buy everything. This kit was right within my budget and made making soap so fun and easy! It comes with an ocean breeze scent that smells great and my son loves having soap he made in the bathroom!” —Deena

Get it from KiwiCo for $29.95.

25.

A set of massive bubble wands so enchanting that even the angstiest of teens won’t be able to resist giving them a go.


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The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible!

Promising review: “The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular Super Miracle Bubbles bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles (Super Miracle Bubbles) and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference.” —Lauri

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.


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The set also comes with instructions on how to make the BIGGEST bubbles possible!

Promising review: “The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular Super Miracle Bubbles bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles (Super Miracle Bubbles) and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference.” —Lauri

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

26.

A 1,000-piece puzzle for any bookworm who, oddly enough, has felt a bit burnt out on reading. You’ll love staying true to your *personal brand* while taking on a different kind of mental challenge.

a stack of puzzles featuring one of tall book shelves


Amazon

BetterCo. is a small business that’s been making puzzles since 2019. You might want to add a puzzle roller into your cart as well so you can work on it while sitting outdoors!

Promising review: “My wife is an ardent puzzle aficionado and was really pleased and obviously felt challenged when she received this puzzle. She says it is ‘going to take quite a while’ to work on this one! That is good as she is not very challenged by most puzzles.” —Ken S.

Get it from Amazon for $25.

27.

A jumbo set of tower blocks that, just like the ones you played with as a kid, will probs stress you out as you strategize and keep you entertained for an entire afternoon — only this time you’ll get some fresh air while you’re at it.


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Promising review: “Purchased these for ‘game nights’ on the terrace during the summer and they were much more popular than i expected. These are solid and seem like they will last quite a while. Solid set and bag makes storing a breeze!” —Josh

Get them from Amazon for $62.99.


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Promising review: “Purchased these for ‘game nights’ on the terrace during the summer and they were much more popular than i expected. These are solid and seem like they will last quite a while. Solid set and bag makes storing a breeze!” —Josh

Get them from Amazon for $62.99.

28.

A date night bucket list kit to provide you and your partner with ideas to make your weekends more interesting and exciting.

a model writing on a popsicle stick next to a tin filled with popsicle sticks


Uncommon Goods

You and your partner can spend an entire night brainstorming fun at-home or socially distanced date ideas, write them down on popsicles or use the prompts that are written on each one, then take turns drawing from the tin each weekend.

Promising review: “My friend and her partner LOVED this. They have been trying to grow closer after seven years together romantically and 50+ years of being friends. It brought them excitement and joy. I want to buy myself and my boyfriend one. They are in their seventies. We are in our twenties. It is a gift for all ages that keeps on giving!” —Cady

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $18.

29.

A Two Minute Mornings journal complete with gratitude prompts you can use to start the day off on a positive note (even BEFORE coffee, can you imagine!?).


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Promising review: “I am a grad student in a very strenuous program and I like staying busy that way. But on breaks, when I have too much time, I sink into nothingness. I didn’t expect this book to do much, especially since I thought ‘mindfulness’ was some BS. Even if it’s the same prompts every day, it’s what you make out of the book. I like mentally checking off the three small accomplishments I held myself accountable for in ink, somehow the book is better than my Post-it note to-do lists. And the main reason for the five stars, it helps with my depression.” —KellBell

Get it from Amazon for $14.25.


Amazon

Promising review: “I am a grad student in a very strenuous program and I like staying busy that way. But on breaks, when I have too much time, I sink into nothingness. I didn’t expect this book to do much, especially since I thought ‘mindfulness’ was some BS. Even if it’s the same prompts every day, it’s what you make out of the book. I like mentally checking off the three small accomplishments I held myself accountable for in ink, somehow the book is better than my Post-it note to-do lists. And the main reason for the five stars, it helps with my depression.” —KellBell

Get it from Amazon for $14.25.

30.

A beginner’s level blanket knitting kit to work on while you comfortably lounge in the sun on a picnic blanket. Doesn’t that sound absolutely divine?


We Are Knitters

The kit comes with three skeins of petite wool, wooden knitting needles, the sewing pattern, a small knitter’s sewing needle, and an embroidered label.

Promising review: “Perfect for beginners and very easy to make! The year is very soft and squishy. My daughter is going to love this once I finish it. Highly recommend fo beginners or any level knitter.” —HLC0987

Get it from We Are Knitters for $63 (available in 15 colors).


We Are Knitters

The kit comes with three skeins of petite wool, wooden knitting needles, the sewing pattern, a small knitter’s sewing needle, and an embroidered label.

Promising review: “Perfect for beginners and very easy to make! The year is very soft and squishy. My daughter is going to love this once I finish it. Highly recommend fo beginners or any level knitter.” —HLC0987

Get it from We Are Knitters for $63 (available in 15 colors).

31.

A pizza oven the entire family can enjoy — from rolling out the dough and adding toppings to watching it cook over the flame, this is one item your stomach will thank you for buying.

the dome shaped outdoor pizza oven with a pizza being slid into it


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Promising review: “We’ve wanted a pizza oven for a long time. The regular oven only gets to about 550 degrees F and the BBQ doesn’t cook the top of the pizza well enough. Then this amazing thing comes along. It delivers as promised. Read to launch pizzas in 20 minutes. In fact I found that lower than max temp worked perfectly and avoided the over-charred crust. The 16-inch size is nice to allow room to maneuver 12–13” pies around to cook them evenly. I used the provided dough recipe with success so far. I look forward to trying some other crust types. If you are on the fence about this, listen: Buy it! Nothing easier than gas. Pizzas on my second try came as good as the best restaurant pizzas I’ve had. Keep the toppings light and you will love it too.” —matthekman

Get it from Williams Sonoma for $499.

32.

A Cricut Maker machine you can use to whip up all kinds of crafts and keep yourself busy — this gadget is great for paper crafts, iron-ons, vinyl decals, sewing projects, leather crafts, and more. Time to open your own Etsy shop!

the cricut maker machine in white and light blue


Amazon

My mother-in-law absolutely loves her Cricut — it’s one of her favorite gadgets. She loves using it to craft cards for all of the family, accents for holiday meals, and to personalize gifts. It’s a fun and easy way to unwind while also feeling like you’ve been productive with your down time.

Promising review: “I love my Cricut Maker! I waited too long to get this. If you’re on the fence just get it because it’s awesome. I’ve made a number of personalized cards and gifts and my family and friends absolutely love them. I also label things for my 2-year-old (at home and for school) and decorated my house! Love love love!!! I get ideas on Pinterest and there’s lots of Facebook groups you can join for even more ideas. Worth the money and works way better than I thought it would. It makes tiny little cuts for detailed pieces. Did I already mention how much I love it? Also they come out with new tools which makes your potential projects limitless!” —Stephanie N

Get it from Amazon for $329+ (available in four colors).

33.

Or the Cricut Mug Press, a must-have for anyone looking for a new go-to craft this spring. You’ll use it alongside your Cricut machine to create customized mugs for everyone in your life.


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Me and my mother-in-law recently got our hands on this new gadget and, with some practice, nailed the crafting process. The Cricut Mug Press doesn’t need to connect to Bluetooth like the other gadgets, it heats up and the transfer of the design is done by hand. You’ll need a Cricut machine to actually do the cutting beforehand. Don’t forget to order some mugs — you’ll find yourself wanting to make a whole slew of designs right off the bat.

Promising review: “This mug press is amazing, especially if you’re limited on space! Traditional heat presses with mug attachments and regular mug presses are bulky and take up a good chunk of space. I love that I can easily pack it up and put is away when I’m not using it. The mugs came out amazing! I really like that I don’t need to figure out the heat and time settings; it automatically detects the temperature of the mug, room, etc. and determines how long to press and what temperature is needed. I’ve tried it with infusible ink and sublimation and it works amazing for both!” —lindasierra

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.


Amazon, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

Me and my mother-in-law recently got our hands on this new gadget and, with some practice, nailed the crafting process. The Cricut Mug Press doesn’t need to connect to Bluetooth like the other gadgets, it heats up and the transfer of the design is done by hand. You’ll need a Cricut machine to actually do the cutting beforehand. Don’t forget to order some mugs — you’ll find yourself wanting to make a whole slew of designs right off the bat.

Promising review: “This mug press is amazing, especially if you’re limited on space! Traditional heat presses with mug attachments and regular mug presses are bulky and take up a good chunk of space. I love that I can easily pack it up and put is away when I’m not using it. The mugs came out amazing! I really like that I don’t need to figure out the heat and time settings; it automatically detects the temperature of the mug, room, etc. and determines how long to press and what temperature is needed. I’ve tried it with infusible ink and sublimation and it works amazing for both!” —lindasierra

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

34.

A DIY custom doormat kit to create the perfect springtime accent piece to the front door of your apartment or home.

brown doormat with stencil, sponge brushes, and tape


MichieBarnCo

It comes with a doormat, paint, paintbrushes, and a stencil that’s completely customizable! MichieBarnCo is a small business based out of Utah that sells wooden signs and doormats.

Get it from MichieBarnCo on Etsy for $25+ (available in four sizes).

35.

A coloring book of cocktail sipping animals (and drink recipes!) you can count on to keep you entertained until it’s warm enough to sip your drink out on the patio without a jacket.


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Treat yourself to a fresh new set of colored pencils while you’re at it!

Promising review: “I love coloring and I love cocktails, so this coloring book couldn’t be more perfect! It’s adorable and fun! I usually like to drink alcohol and color on my Friday nights, so this makes it even more fun!” —Ashley Moree

Get it from Amazon for $9.87.


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Treat yourself to a fresh new set of colored pencils while you’re at it!

Promising review: “I love coloring and I love cocktails, so this coloring book couldn’t be more perfect! It’s adorable and fun! I usually like to drink alcohol and color on my Friday nights, so this makes it even more fun!” —Ashley Moree

Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

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And a dog ball launcher that’ll encourage your pup to get a lil’ extra exercise in their day *and* give you another excuse to breathe in some fresh air in your yard.


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Promising review: “I have a young golden retriever who would retrieve balls and Frisbees all day long if my arm could take it. Bought this and love it! I can throw the ball a lot farther and for more throws, so he gets more exercise. Love that I no longer need to bend over to pick up the ball or have to touch a slimy, sandy, filthy ball! It’s quite intuitive to use and within about three throws you’ll have it down perfectly. You can also use regular tennis balls with it.” —J.Essie

Get it from Amazon for $6.27.


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Promising review: “I have a young golden retriever who would retrieve balls and Frisbees all day long if my arm could take it. Bought this and love it! I can throw the ball a lot farther and for more throws, so he gets more exercise. Love that I no longer need to bend over to pick up the ball or have to touch a slimy, sandy, filthy ball! It’s quite intuitive to use and within about three throws you’ll have it down perfectly. You can also use regular tennis balls with it.” —J.Essie

Get it from Amazon for $6.27.

If you need me, this is what I’ll be doing all spring long:


The Walt Disney Company

Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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