The 17 Most Satisfying Hobbies for Women Who Want to Do More Than Binge-Watch This Winter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7. calm Club Fortune Teller Kit

Best for mystics

You get a ceramic hand that’s printed with prompts and an accompanying manual to help you translate what you see on actual hands (including your own) into revelations.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...
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