New Year, New Hobbies

Crafting materials for new hobbies.

A new year gives you the chance to make improvements to your life. If you’ve been thinking about picking up some new hobbies, now is the best time. Not only will hobbies keep you busy, but they can also help relieve stress, improve skills you already possess and increase your knowledge.

If you are curious about what type of hobbies to pick up, there are numerous options to choose from. Here at Miles Kimball, we want to see you become the best person possible, so we have some hobby ideas for you to consider, as well as the supplies you’ll need to get started.

New Hobbies to Consider

If you are ready to learn a new hobby this year, here are some of the things you’ll want to consider. Remember, the goal of engaging in hobbies is to help you relax and learn new skills, so look for something that is challenging but enjoyable.

Sewing Hobbies

If you’re looking for creative hobby ideas for adults, one thing you might consider is taking up sewing. There are different projects you can make, and each one will keep you busy for as long as you want. You can choose simpler crafts such as latch hook projects, or you can get a sewing machine to learn how to make clothes and other items for your home.

You might also consider taking up cross stitching, which can keep you busy for hours or days. No matter which option you choose, sewing will give you the chance to relax and fill you with a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project.

Crafting Hobbies

When it comes to crafting hobbies for adults, there are several options to consider. You might think about taking up painting. Looking for a less messy alternative? Try drawing or coloring in adult coloring books, which allows you to still create masterpieces without the mess.

If you find that coloring isn’t really your thing, then you might look into sticker by number options. Again, you’ll be able to create amazing pictures, while also reducing stress and exercising your brain at the same time!

Baking Hobbies

If you’re looking for fun hobbies for couples, why not get into baking? This is a great way to spend some quality time together and create some delectable treats and dishes. For the best outcomes, make sure you have the right baking accessories.

Man and woman baking together,

Play Games

When looking for other at home hobbies for couples, you might consider playing games. Again, this will encourage quality time spent with your loved one, and it may even bring out the competitive side in the both of you. Playing games is a great way to bond and create memories, as well as relax and increase knowledge.

The Best Hobby

When it comes to finding the best hobby ideas for adults, there are many different options to choose from. You want to find something that will keep you engaged and interested, but don’t be afraid to try out several hobbies and interests before finding the one (or more!) that you truly enjoy. To ensure you have the right products for your hobby, don’t forget to shop at Miles Kimball!

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Fun Gifts to Send in the Mail – Kimball Corner

We’re moving into the holiday season, which means that gifting is on the mind. Not all our loved ones are close, however, which means that often gifting has to take place over many miles. This can be a wonderful opportunity to shine — send them “gift packs,” themed gift boxes and special sentiments that they’ll be delighted to receive.

It doesn’t really get a whole lot better than discovering an unexpected gift at the mail. With the plethora of bills, responsibilities and junk that often arrives via post, isn’t it lovely to receive something fun? This is especially true in recent times, when everyday life has seemed, well, a bit gloomy. Go ahead — make somebody’s day. Send a small gift and spread some joy.

Looking to surprise that someone you love with a “just because” gift? Searching for ideas for fun gifts to send in the mail for the holidays? We’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas here that will make anyone’s day.

Themed Boxes

For friends, family and loved ones who love their baths, consider putting together a “Spa Day” basket or gift box and include items that they can use to relax and unwind. Include a bottle of deliciously scented bubble bath, a bath pouf or loofah, a box of relaxing chamomile tea, some cookies and a personalized mug in which they can enjoy their beverage while soaking. Consider our popular bath pouf belt with handles, which allows you to clean those hard-to-reach places (like the back) with ease. Add a special bar of gentle soap, such as our goat milk based manuka honey soap from Natures® CommonScents. Our Personalized Tea Bag Mug is perfect to send in a “Spa Day” gift basket — it is easy to personalize with your loved one’s name and provides a side “pocket” that holds a used tea bag after it has seeped for the preferred amount of time. We think they’ll thank you for the reminder that they should stop, take a moment to themselves and relax.

Gifts for Hobbyists

Everyone has a friend who has a special activity that they enjoy. Whether it is knitting, crocheting, coloring, painting or puzzles, this fact can be a great starting point for a gift to send in the mail. Take an activity or hobby that someone loves to do and create a thoughtful gift or gift box to send. For example: know someone who loves to color? Get a new coloring book along with a set of special gel pens, new colored pencils or crayons. There’s something wonderful, thrilling and inspiring about receiving brand-new coloring utensils. Miles Kimball has great options for coloring books in our Hobbies and Books department — check out our selection of coloring books available that will keep your friends and family busy. Puzzles are also a great gift to send in the mail. See a new, interesting puzzle that someone on your gift-giving list would love here in our Puzzles and Trivia nook? Choose a new puzzle to send and include some puzzle glue so that they can preserve the piece that they spent so many hours on. Have someone who is looking for a new way to create something beautiful? Don’t miss our Brain Games Sticker by Number books. These popular books can be something to send to a coloring book fanatic so they can try out something new and exciting.

Gardening Glory

For a friend or family member who just can’t wait for gardening season, consider gathering some unique gardening gifts to send. Add some seeds, wind chimes or other outdoor garden décor and garden accessories to your gift box. Check out our Gardening Tools and lawn tools to see if there is something that they could both love and incorporate into their gardening care routine, such as a new pair of gardening shoes or gloves. For a thoughtful gift, consider one of our garden flags — many which can be personalized. Create a seasonal gift box and add a garden flag to it that corresponds with the season. These quick and easy ways to incorporate movement and color into gardens are a tried-and-true favorite here and are highly recommended here at Kimball Corner. Consider seasonal gifts with some unique yard stakes and figurines — a delight to add to any garden. Decorative garden stakes are also a quick and easy way to brighten up a space and to make great gifts for the outdoor garden décor enthusiast on your gift list. Think seeds are not too interesting and not that exciting to send as gifts in the mail? Think again. Check out our Plants and Garden Rolls, available at Miles Kimball. Developed by a horticulturist, they can be tailored to interests, such as wildflowers or butterflies. They can also be bought for some specific microclimate needs, such as shady areas, sunny areas or ground cover. Of course, everyone loves hanging flowerpots — especially when they’re low maintenance. Check out our realistic artificial flower hanging baskets that come perfectly assembled and ready to hang. These gems are ideal for spaces that are notoriously inhospitable to plants and flowers.

Just Because

Enter into your shopping trips, even to the grocery store, keeping your eyes open for specials and sales. See something that “reminds” you of someone? Buy it. There doesn’t need to be a reason; sometimes the most unexpected surprises are the best. Add a note with a personalized note card or stationery that explains why the item you bought made you think of him or her. These little “just because” gifts don’t have to be much: decorative napkins and pretty paper plates, cute notepads, coffee mugs, pretty journals, interesting-looking books or home décor. Sometimes the best places to find fun gifts are in the checkout lanes. See a magazine you think a friend will love? A decorative lip balm? A travel-sized lotion or cute hand sanitizer keychain? Sometimes these little gifts will cost a bit more to mail than they were to purchase; however, the happiness that these little gifts will inspire will mean so much. We guarantee it. Check out the Special Offers or Sale sections of our departments at Miles Kimball to see if anything here “reminds” you of someone you love. It’s easy to spread love and happiness when you get creative with gifts you send in the mail. Have you received a spectacular in the mail? Share a memorable gift you received in the mail below.