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Even with Zoom happy hours, Netflix watch parties, and at-home workouts on the books, many of us are left with a lot more time on our hands than we can fill with our pre-social distancing hobbies. And while it's perfectly okay not to be filling your nights and weekends trying out new hobbies, you're likely looking for something fun to take your mind off of the news.
We asked the teams of MyDomaine and The Spruce what they've been doing to fill their time. Whether you want a new craft to pick up or deep-cleaning your pores is your kind of mental distraction, we've got the perfect thing to keep you entertained for at least a few hours.
iShyan Emboridery Floss Friendship Bracelet String
"I finally taught myself how to make a chevron patterned friendship bracelet (praise be to Youtube!) using this vibrant pack of colorful embroidery string. I'm on bracelet two and my 13-year-old inner self is feeling really good about it." —Mélanie Berliet, general manager
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
"A video game might appear to be an odd suggestion coming from a home decor website, but hear me out. Forget board games or jigsaw puzzles, Animal Crossing is exactly what everyone needs to be playing right now. For the uninitiated, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a video game for the Nintendo Switch, where players live in a village populated by anthropomorphic animals. Players run errands, catch fish, and harvest fruit, all to earn bells (the in-game currency) to help decorate your home and improve your village.
Now, I understand that this may not sound super fun, but trust me, the game is oddly addictive and so very satisfying to play. The game becomes really whatever you want it to be: some people are using it to host virtual dates, others build over the top mansions, and museums and aquariums are even using the game to help educate the public about wildlife. As for me? I'm happy to just tend to my virtual garden and chase butterflies." — Allison Bean, editorial director
PRINTWORKS Sky Series 500 Piece Puzzle
"Well, I finally did it. I succumbed to the puzzle mania that's been all over social media during this quarantine and picked up this night-sky inspired puzzle. Truth be told I've only made the tiniest bit of progress, but I'm hoping as I continue to work on it the sky imagery helps alleviate the frustration of being stuck inside. It's almost as good as star gazing, right?" — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director
Chemex Coffee Maker
"I know this is probably an unusual one, but I've never been a coffee drinker until this quarantine. I've been experimenting with many different coffees and making lots of frothy concoctions (with the help of my frother) and this Chemex has been the perfect device to curb my boredom. I may come out of this as a coffee connoisseur—I'll keep you posted." — Kim Carvalho, associate social media editor
The New York Times Best of the Week Series: Tuesday Crosswords
"I've always loved a good crossword, but these days, I'm relying on them to help pass the time. If you've ever done the NYT crosswords, you know they get harder as the weeks go on (Monday is pretty easy while Sunday could take you all day). This series of books from Will Shortz at the NYT lets you pick your level of difficulty (I'm currently working on Tuesdays), giving you 50 former puzzles from the newspaper. I love working on some before bed to help me relax." —Caroline Utz, associate editor
Artifact Uprising Photo Albums
"I've been putting off making photo albums for years. With my extra free time I've been making photo albums and have ordered two already. I love Artifact Uprisings books because they are chic and the site is easy to use. It is also customizable enough that it will blend into you home without being too overwhelming." — Dwyer Frame, senior editorial director of commerce
Book of the Month
"Now that my Saturdays are more or less free from social engagements (with the exception of FaceTiming with my friends and family), I've been using them to power through my 'To Be Read' pile, mostly filled with picks from my BOTM membership.
At the beginning of each month, their team picks five or so books to feature, and you can pick one—or more—to be delivered to your home. I usually have trouble narrowing it down to one book, hence my towering pile of unread picks." — Kate Geraghty, commerce editor
Secret Garden Adult Coloring Book
"In grade school, coloring was one of my favorite hobbies. I would color for hours with Disney-themed coloring books and a set of colored pencils. Some twelve years later, I’ve developed a renewed passion for coloring and doodling, but I’ve traded in my Disney coloring books for Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden. Her designs are whimsical, enchanting, and fun—and they really keep me busy for hours!" — Katherine Louie, commerce editor
Funem Studio Weaving Loom
"I’ve always had an affinity for tapestries, but they’re a pricey purchase. Since I have so much time on my hands now and I do consider myself somewhat crafty, I’m giving weaving a go. I purchased this XXL loom from Antwerp-based Funem Studio (along with a beginner’s guide to weaving) and found that though it’s a time-consuming endeavor—I totally understand why they cost so much now!—it’s also really rewarding. Plus, I feel a little better about how much time I’m spending in front of the TV when I’m also working on a new design." — Chelsea Stuart, senior commerce editor
Dermaflash Dermapore Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser
"I tried this pore extractor one night last week in an effort to put down my phone for a little, and it's become a new source of entertainment for me. It's so satisfying to slide it across my skin and see all the dirt, gunk, and oil it pushes out of my pores. I try to only use the extraction side a few times a week to give my skin a break, but on my nights off from it, I'll flip the device around to activate its 'infuse mode,' which breaks down my serums and drives them deeper into my skin." — Karli Bendlin, email editor