The sun is shining and, although this is a summer like no other, swapping travel plans for time at home is the perfect way to reset. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy and smiling. Whether it’s keeping in touch with loved ones, working on your hobbies, trying something new, or creating something special with bonusprint photo books, cards and prints, we’ve put together a list of some fun summer hobbies you can do at home.

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Take your time

This is a great time to take advantage of, well, all this time. Let’s embrace the fact we’ve got more than a couple of moments to ourselves right now. Think about it; while we’re not rushing to grab coffees, to get to meetings, or make that gym class, this summer should be all about relaxing and slowing our pace down. Start taking time for yourself and exploring the things that you really enjoy. Find the things that make you smile, keep a photo diary of what you get up to, and share them with your friends and family.

Try something new

As the saying goes, ‘a change is as good as a rest’, so this summer is a great opportunity to try something new and change up your life. Make a list of the activities that’ll put a smile on your face, choose your favourite, and take the leap. Look for the different ways of learning your new hobby — whether it’s an online tutorial, reading a text book in the park, or listening to a podcast as you take a walk. We’ve got a great idea for you — why not create a photo book to document your progress? We’ve got plenty of tips and ideas of how to do it here. Whatever you’re trying, take a deep breath and go for it.

Give your talents an upgrade

Do you have skills in the kitchen? Are your friends envious of your eye when it comes to interior design, or do they ask for photography tips because your Instagram pics are so good? If you’ve got a hobby that you excel at, then this summer is the time for you to really sharpen those skills. Seeing yourself improve over the warm summer months will no doubt bring a smile to your face — and whatever it is you’re doing, don’t forget to record your progress with photos that you can share with your favourite people.

Get back to nature

We love nature — it’s all around us, and the summer is a great time to enjoy every aspect of it. Wherever you live you can enjoy what’s happening; whether you’re birdwatching from your apartment window, playing with your pets, or hunting for insects with your kids in the garden or park. Keep a photo diary of all the changes happening around you, which you can then bring to life with some great wall art or even a photo book.

Small changes, big difference

A simple switch to your routine this summer is a great way to make a long term difference to your lifestyle. Try cooking with fresh ingredients to give you more energy, or simply rearranging your house can really refresh your home life too. If you look to create something — even something as simple as one of our photo books — you’ll get a great sense of achievement. These are all great things you can do on your own, with a partner or to get the whole family involved in. By taking even the smallest steps, you can make yourself feel great this summer.

Get active

We know it sounds simple, but getting your pulse racing with some exercise really does make you feel amazing. Going for a run, stretching out on your yoga mat, cycling a circuit of your neighbourhood, or doing an online class — this summer is a great time to start getting active. Plus, one of the best things about having more time to spare this season is you can go at your own pace. There’s no pressure and you can take each session in your stride.

Keep in touch

Staying in touch with friends and family can sometimes take a back seat when work and home pressures take over. These summer months could be the perfect time to get back in touch with old friends. Sending some bonusprint personalised cards or photo prints to say hello is a great way to stay in touch with your favourite people and a guaranteed way to bring a smile to their faces.

Any of our bonusprint photo products are a great way to spark up some smiles this summer. Whether you’re sending a friend a set of prints or creating your own beautiful photo book, start creating now, and share your smiles this summer.

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