5 ways to keep yourself occupied at home during winter break

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Wintertime is beautiful and festive, but for many, it’s one of the loneliest and most isolating of the four seasons. Yes, watching the snowfall or sipping a cup of hot chocolate while binging your favorite Netflix series is always a good time, but that gets old fast.

If you’re looking for more creative ways to keep yourself occupied while at home during winter break, we’ve got you covered.

From a must-have Audible Premium Plus subscription sure to keep you entertained for days on end to a massively discounted rowing machine to help you stay active from the comfort of your living space, there are so many ways to keep from falling into a slump.

Keep scrolling to learn more about these five must-haves from Amazon that will help you pass the time.

1. Audible Premium Plus, $5.95/Month for Your First Three Months

If reading and listening to podcasts are your favorite pastimes, you need to sign up for Amazon’s popular audiobook and podcast platform, Audible.

Audible Premium Plus gives you one credit per month, which you can use to buy any titles from Audible Premium’s vast selection. What’s even better is that you never have to give them back — they’re yours to keep! Plus, you get access to the Plus Catalog, which features exclusive sales and 30% off extra premium titles.

Right now, get three months of Audible Premium Plus for just $5.95 a month.

2. Buffalo Games Cinque Terre 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, $14.95

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Puzzle-building is one of the oldest and most fulfilling pastimes ever. Jigsaw puzzles are suitable for both singles and groups and Amazon shoppers — and editors say this 1,000-piece option from Buffalo Games is among the best you can buy.

While watching the snowfall, mentally escape to Cinque Terre on the stunning Italian coastline through this intricate puzzle. With over 9,000 customer ratings and the coveted “Amazon’s Choice” label, this is one of the best puzzle sets you’ll find online. Once completed, you’ll want to show it off to all of your guests.

3. Koknit Complete All-in-One Knitting Kit for Beginners, $28.59

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Winter break is the perfect time to adopt a new hobby, so why not create something warm and cozy with your own two hands?

The Koknit Complete All-in-One Knitting Kit has everything you need to create anything from socks and sweaters to blankets and cozies. It comes with 18 pairs of bamboo knitting needles, five rubber crochet hooks, 12 lace crochet hooks, 38 accessories and an organizer zipper case. With this one, you may have just found your newest talent!

4. Amazon Basics Six-Piece Nonstick Carbon Steel Oven Bakeware Set, $25.81

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Baking is one of the best and tastiest ways to pass the time during winter break. Whether you live in a small apartment or a full house, teaching yourself how to make your favorite sweet treats and pastries is a talent that will keep on giving in the months and seasons to come.

To do so, you need some top-of-the-line bakeware that won’t break the bank, and over 11,000 Amazon shoppers say this six-piece, non-stick, carbon-steel bakeware set is the best you can buy. It comes with a loaf pan, two round cake pans, a 12-cup muffin pan, a roast pan and a baking sheet.

5. Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower with LCD Monitor, $249 (Orig. $399)

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Lastly, most of us dread going to the gym or leaving our homes during the winter for any reason at all — especially to stay active. If this is a concern for you, investing in a piece of at-home exercise equipment is an easy solution.

Currently $150 off on Amazon, this best-selling Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine has over 14,000 shoppers’ stamp of approval. It has a large LCD console that displays the time, count, calories, total count and scan. Best of all, it has built-in transportation wheels, so when you’re done using it, simply tilt and roll it into a corner for easy storage — no lifting necessary.

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