15 things under $15 that will keep you entertained at home
You don't have to spend more to be bored less.
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Being stuck at home can go from really cool to really boring really fast. Unless, that is, you have the right things to keep you entertained. And fortunately, you don't have to spend a lot in order to have said things. Below are 15 of the best products to keep boredom at bay when you're at home, from our favorite board game to a book subscription service.
1. This top-rated coloring book for adults
In case you haven't heard, coloring isn't just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now because they're fun and relaxing and an easy solo activity to do at home. One of the most popular books is 'Secret Garden,' which is full of beautiful, hand-illustrated designs that are intricate enough to keep your brain busy while you color.
2. This baking essential
Now that your pantry is likely stocked, it's the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. And what better—or more delicious—way to do that than whipping up some muffins or cupcakes? To get started, you'll need a good-quality pan like this one from Wilton. According to its hundreds of reviews, it bakes food evenly (i.e. no burnt bottoms!) and is truly non-stick so it's as easy to clean as it is to use.
3. This board game the whole family will love
If you're lucky enough to be stuck at home with your family or roommates, board games will be your saving grace. One of the best ones you can buy right now? Codenames. My family and I play it whenever we have game night and it never fails to keep us entertained (and laughing!) for hours. Bonus: You can make it as challenging or as easy as you'd like, so people of any age and any skill level can play.
4. This alternative to weights
No gym, no problem. You can get just as good of a workout at home with the right gear—like these resistance bands. The set includes seven bands in varying degrees of resistance from xx-light to xx-heavy along with cards detailing different exercises you can do. Reviewers are big fans of how durable the bands are (i.e. they won't break easily) and that they're so versatile (you can use them to work out or stretch any part of your body).
5. This face mask with over 80,000 reviews
Lounging around with a sheet mask on your face for 10 minutes is a luxury that your normal busy life doesn't afford. But now that you have endless hours at home, it does. While there are tons of great sheet masks out there, one of the most popular brands is Dr. Jart+. With over 86,000 likes on Sephora's website, Dr. Jart+ masks come in all different healing varieties, from brightening to firming to moisturizing. Shoppers like that the masks work well, are free of artificial chemicals and fragrances, and are soothing to even the most sensitive skin.
6. This book delivery service
More time at home = more time to read. And while Kindles are great, some of us love the feel of holding an actual book in our hands. That's why Book of the Month exists. Every month, you'll get a box of books hand-picked for you delivered right to your doorstep. All vetted by avid readers just like yourself, the book selection includes everything from current best-sellers to literary classics.
7. This herb garden starter kit
Just because you're stuck inside doesn't mean you can't bring the outdoors indoors. Grow your own herb garden on your kitchen windowsill with this convenient kit. It comes with everything you need including seeds (sweet basil, cilantro, and dill), pots, soil, and a watering nozzle. People like that the seeds and soil are completely organic and pesticide-free and that the herbs are easy to plant, grow, and care for.
8. This challenging puzzle book
Rather than zoning out in front of the TV, give your brain a workout with this puzzle book. With 400 puzzles including crosswords, Sudoku, word searches, and logic games, the book is highly rated for having puzzles for all different skill levels and for being challenging yet entertaining.
9. This must-have for sore muscles and joints
Sitting on the couch all day binging Netflix feels good—until you stand up for the first time in four hours and realize your body has become a jumble of aches, pains, and stiffness. Enter this foam roller, which you can use on any part of your body (like your back or hamstrings) to work out knots and tightness. Reviewers who use it every day say it's super firm and durable and has been a game-changer in relieving sore muscles and joint pain.
10. This streaming service for Disney fans
Netflix can only keep you entertained for so long before you run out of good shows to watch. Fortunately, Disney+ exists—and people are obsessed with it. Not only does it offer all of your favorite flicks (including Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and the animated classics) but all of the content is completely family-friendly (no R-rated movies here!).
11. This science kit for kids
Parents who are looking for activities that are equal parts entertaining and educational—look no further than this chemistry kit. It has everything your kids need to build an at-home chemistry lab and enough materials for 40 different wild and wacky experiments, including making your own glow-in-the-dark slime.
12. This kitchen tool for healthier meals
Yes, you could use your newfound free time at home to binge on Cheez-its and Oreos (no judgment!) but you could also use it to learn how to cook all those delicious, better-for-you meals you have saved on Pinterest. And one way to do that is with a spiralizer, which turns veggies into noodles for lower-carb dishes. This hand-held one is popular at Target because it's super simple to use and, when you're finished, can simply toss it in the dishwasher. Bon appetit!
13. This paint-by-number kit for when you're feeling nostalgic
Get your creative juices flowing by putting paintbrush to paper—numbered paper, that is. Meet the grown-up version of your childhood paint-by-number projects. It comes with all the necessary materials (brush, paints, pre-printed canvas, and even a practice board) and requires just the right amount of focus to keep you occupied, reviewers say. Don't forget to frame your finished masterpiece!
14. This phone accessory for your cat
Playing with your pets is a great way to pass the time. And if you have a cat, this toy is sure to provide hours of endless entertainment for both you and your four-legged friend. The fuzzy ball clips right to your phone, so your cat can play while you record an adorable video (or take hundreds of pictures to post to your Instagram later).
15. These organizers to get your home in order
Staying home for hours and even days on end means you finally have time (and no more excuses) to finally get organized. Like with these genius dividers, which slide easily into your drawers and turn your dresser from a jumbled mess into a type A's dream. The foldable organizers have rave reviews for being sturdy and durable.
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