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Some of the best gifts I've ever received have pushed me to try something new — an acoustic guitar, a set of drawing pencils, a high-quality yoga mat I wouldn't buy for myself. These gifts introduced me to new hobbies and encouraged me to take time out of my schedule to do something that wasn't tied to my work, improving my mental health and making me consistently happier over time.
Hobby-related gifts are best given when you have at least an inkling that a person might be interested in them. Maybe they've brought up regret for never learning to play an instrument or want to work out more but don't know where to start. Or maybe they're stressed out and need the lowest-key activity to unwind at the end of a long day, like knitting or roller skating.
Our list has everything from easy beginner kits to quality long-term products, so you can be sure to find something that inspires a lifelong hobby (or even just dedicating a little time for themselves every day).
The 24 best gifts for people to pursue a new hobby:
Colorful roller skates they can’t wait to try outside
Available in a wide array of colors and prints, these popular skates are our pick for the best affordable beginner roller skates. With their fun, retro look, your gift recipient will definitely want to take them for a spin outside.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can also gift them this foldable helmet (one of our all-time favorite products) to easily stash in their backpack.
A DIY hot sauce kit if they already have every type of Cholula
For the person who has more variations of El Yucateco in their fridge than actual food, this hot sauce kit comes with ingredients and instructions to make six different bottles — the punny names are all up to the chef, though.
A pottery kit to make their own unique piece at home
While wheel-throwing pottery classes can be expensive (same with an at-home setup), pottery kits are a lot more accessible. Sculptd offers a variety of air-dry clay vase kits and starter bundles to make sculpting at home easy, creative, and fun.
A high-quality beginner knitting kit
This beautiful kit comes with bamboo needles and nice wool yarn — two basic but high-quality supplies expert knitters recommend for the best results. It also comes with a starter kit for a few simple projects, but you can also pair with a book that covers more ground.
A more modern-looking paint-by-numbers kit
Paint-by-numbers can often be associated with cheesy puppy paintings, but these Etsy kits offer a more modern take on a classic beginner hobby — and look cool enough to actually hang up in the living room.
An Instax camera that takes wider photos
Since more professional cameras are typically very pricey and a risky gift if you're not 1000% sure they'll be used a lot, this Instax camera prints bigger photos than other models and can be a fun beginner camera for a budding photographer.
An easy herb-growing device for their indoor garden
Ranked as our favorite indoor herb garden, this stainless steel device comes with an LED light and six pods to grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint. It's incredibly easy to use and can inspire more cooking when one has their own fresh herbs to use as garnish.
A crochet kit to support their TikTok-inspired new hobby
Crocheting is similar to knitting but can provide a little more versatility in projects (such as cute plush animals). This cute toy (you can pick a fox or penguin) is the perfect beginner crochet challenge.
A kit to paint their own earrings
These minimalist dangling earrings offer a great amount of surface area to paint whatever design the heart wants, be it a mini landscape or a funky pattern. Beyond providing an afternoon of fun, it gives the gift of unique jewelry that'll be worn with pride.
A beginner soap-making kit to get the basics down
This no-frills kit is recommended for beginners because it lets you create a pretty bar of soap without diving too deep into complex ingredients. If they end up liking it (or have made soap before), Bramble Berry also carries other soap kits in scents like aloe.
A stunning deck of tarot cards to show off
One of our favorite tarot card decks, this deck offers a more modern, inclusive update on the classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck. It also comes with a guidebook to understanding what all the cards mean, so your gift recipient can get to reading tarot for their friends and family ASAP.
A comparatively affordable beginner acoustic guitar
If they've shown interest in guitaring but you don't want to invest in an expensive model just yet, this guitar produces great sound for its price. And if you know someone who already plays some guitar but could use more advanced equipment, you can check out our best gifts for guitar players.
A versatile cutting machine for all sorts of crafts
The smallest and cheapest of the Cricut machines, the Cricut Joy is a compact device that lets you print and cut anything from custom cards and stickers to decals for mugs or labels for the office.
A monthly book subscription to get them out of their reading rut
Book of the Month is a subscription service that lets users pick one newly-released, hardcover book each month to have sent to their home. It's been known to expose readers early on to books that later win huge awards, so the selection is very strong.
An approachable embroidery kit you can customize by state
Etsy is full of beautiful embroidery kits, but this one stands out because you can pick your gift recipient's state (and state flower). Plus, starting out with a simple border outline and flower is especially appealing to complete beginners.
A terrarium kit to spice up their plant collection
This DIY succulent kit comes with all the supplies and simple instructions to build a small, cute terrarium that'll last for years to come with proper care. It can be an especially thoughtful gift for the person who always complains about killing all their plants.
A good-quality, non-peely yoga mat
It's hard to feel truly zen when your mat is slippery or peeling off in chunks. This yoga mat is our favorite affordable pick.
A no-fuss beer brewing kit
Uncommon Goods carries a few beer kits that come with all the supplies needed to brew a small batch of their own IPA, ale, or stout. If your gift recipient is more of a wine drinker, you can opt for a Merlot or Pinot Grigio kit instead.
Basic, quality drawing supplies to get them started
This sketchbook and colored pencil set are both among our favorite art supplies and make great gifts for a total beginner who might otherwise not spend the money on good materials for themselves. If you want to go the extra mile, you can pair this with a bestselling online Udemy class they can take at their own pace.
A lifetime Rosetta Stone subscription to learn any language they want
As far as language-learning programs go, Rosetta Stone reigns pretty supreme and boasts a huge selection of languages to choose from. While more affordable subscription plans are available, the lifetime subscription lasts, well, forever and gives them access to unlimited languages if they need help deciding what to study.
A simple candle-making kit to test out the process
Candle-making can be a fun hobby, but it has a small learning curve. Before investing in a host of supplies, professional candlemakers recommend starting with an easy kit to better understand the process.
A book of writing tips to inspire that novel
- If you know they like to write (or just always vaguely talked about writing a novel someday), a book can be a great, low-cost way for them to learn at their own pace. This one comes especially recommended as an alternative to getting a writing MFA. You can also find more gifts for writers here.
A ClassPass gift card to find their favorite workout
If they've openly expressed interest in working out more but have no idea what they like, a ClassPass gift card can give them the ability to test out group classes within their area to find out if they're more of a barre or boxing person.
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