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GIFT GUIDE: Skates, instax, bead sets and other ideas for people looking for new hobbies

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Dec 21, 2021 6:18 pm

Nothing beats the gift of experience.

This holiday season, instead of the usual disposable gifts, why not give people something that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives? Yep, a hobby they can practice all throughout the year.

While being a beginner is hard for anyone, the holidays can be the perfect time to work on a new hobby or craft during the break. Check out these gift ideas for people that want to try new hobbies.


The 70s are back, baby! The fabulous art of rollerblading is making a comeback in a big way with girl gangs such as Everywhere We Skate PH, SkateBomb Girls, and more.

If your friend is a fan of flair, a colorful pair of blades from Chaser Action Sports could just throw them back in time — just remember to give them some protection gear as well.

Jump rope

Did someone say fitness and fun? Though jump roping already made a comeback in 2020, it won't hurt to give this to a friend who's aiming to lose weight for the coming year. Hear us out, it's the ideal fun gift

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

As a treat for that friend who has over 20,000+ photos in their phone gallery, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is the perfect gift for those that want an easy start on instant photography.

With film ranging from P300 to P600 for 10 rolls, this lightweight camera can last for years with a good case.

Funko Pop! collecting

For the pop culture buffs out there, Funko Pop! has a wide range of collectible characters such as Star Wars, Marvel, and Friends for every fan.

Diamond painting

Serving as a type of hybrid of cross-stitching and paint-by-numbers, diamond painting is a fun new hobby that can seriously take your mind off things during the holiday break.

Often used for relaxation and stress relief, diamond painting is essentially embedding small colorful resin rhinestones into a prepared artwork, until you see the piece truly come alive.

Bead crafts

Did someone say Y2K? Beadmaking has come back in a huge way this 2021, from mask lanyards to adorable friendship bracelets.

Instead of simply following the trend, why not give your friend their own personal take with a full-on bead set?