Want to improve your mood, learn a new skill and make winter just zip by? According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, more than 650 adults reported feeling happier following a creative pursuit. So we’ve researched today’s most popular hobbies for women, and come up with 17 playful pursuits, from plotting a gaming strategy to more involved crafting set-ups. Because as much as we’re holding our breath for the next Netflix drop, there’s a singular satisfaction in snapping that last Lego into place.
The 17 Most Satisfying Hobbies for Women Who Want to Do More Than Binge-Watch This Winter
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1. diy Cyanotype Printing Kit
Best for aspiring artists
This classic, direct-transfer photographic printing method lets you reproduce photos or actual objects, such as leaves, using a few supplies and sun exposure.
2. willowdale Weaving Loom
Best for decor lovers
You could update your walls with some mass-produced piece of art, but it’s so much more satisfying to create something yourself. This beginner’s weaving loom measures a manageable 25.2 inches high by 19.3 inches wide and will have you creating your own wall hanging or mini-rug quickly and easily.
3. moma Collection Colorplay Backgammon Set
Best for competitive types
What’s more cheery than playing with this colorful game set in front of a cozy fire? Turning into an undefeated champ as practice makes perfect (you shark you).
4. cricut Joy & Essentials Bundle
Best for labeling fanatics
Our reviewer loved this cult hit design-and-cutting device that only weighs 3.9 pounds but has lots of uses, from labeling water bottles to custom-making greeting cards. This bundle includes the machine as well as enough cardstock, cutting implements and ink to stop buying greeting cards for the year.
5. lego Architecture Empire State Building
Best for the urbanite
Start spreadin’ the news—you’ll be working on this 21-inch tall replica of the architectural classic…all 1,767 pieces of it.
6. 1-800-flowers Bonsai Kit
Best for indoor gardeners
This kit comes includes an eight-inch azalea, juniper or umbrella tree plant, a glazed container and a humidity tray, as well as a pair of shears, so you can craft (and enjoy) your little moment of Zen in no time.
8. clever Fox Planner Pro
Best for creative control freaks
This colorful planner lets you set goals, work up an hourly efficiency plan and get more done…with six pages of stickers (so your appointment book will have middle school fun vibes instead of feeling like just another to-do list).
9. stitch & Story Nonna’s Throw Pattern & Yarn Bundle
For the beginner crocheter
Available in multiple colorways of super chunky, soft yarn, this hipster granny square blanket comes together fast while you’re binging whatever show you’re streaming. Talk about multi-tasking.
10. crockd Diy Pottery Kit
Best for aspiring sculptors
Conceived as an at-home art therapy exercise (the kit comes with cards that prompt conversation as you craft your objects), this kit teaches you how to make Pinterest-ready pottery cups or sculptures. You can leave your work to air dry, or take it to a local kiln to be fired, which makes it waterproof.
11. new York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
Best for history buffs
Order any front page of the nation’s paper of record since 1851 (ones after 1998 are in full color) and put together a customized puzzle that’s practically a history lesson.
12. arcade1up Pac Man/galaga Countercade Cabinet
Best for retro gamers
This tabletop arcade game has a high-resolution display so you can play for hours without eye strain, and the simple joystick-and-button controls are way simpler than contemporary home games. That means there’s less onboarding time before you start racking up top scores.
13. dicha 3 Inch Drop Spindle Kit
For the experienced fiber arts devotee
Maybe you’ve mastered making a snuggly scarf, but did you ever think you could actually make the yarn, too? This hand spinning kit teaches you how to turn turn eight hunks of wool into strong yarn (all packed in a pretty, rose-printed case).
14. ranch Professional Wooden Ukelele Kit
Best for aspiring musicians
With an electronic tuner, strap, free online lessons and even a gig bag, plus the 23-inch-long instrument itself, this musical kit has everything you need to learn to play in time for summer campfire singalongs.
15. votes For Women Puzzle
Best for feminists
Illustrator Monica Garwood has drawn dozens of voting rates activists, along with their names, in this circular, 500-piece puzzle that is both educational and empowering.
16. pinot Grigio Wine Making Kit
Best for wine lovers
Appreciating wine is intuitive but can be intimidating. Demystify the process of crafting what is, after all, grape juice with with some yeast in it, with this at-home wine crafting set. It includes multiple cork stoppers, vessel, pinot grigio juice and yeast, along with all the necessary tools to turn out a gallon of fruity refreshment.
17. wool & The Gang Sweetie Beanie Knitting Kit
Best for beginning knitters
This ingenious kit includes a ball of 100 percent wool yarn with three pattern and stitch combos—ranging from beginner to expert—for you to choose from. Approximately two hours after you start knitting, you’ll have a new warm winter hat.