At-Home Hobbies

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At-Home Hobbies: Baking

Three trends that have emerged around home-based hobbies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic include baking of bread in general, baking of banana bread and baking of toilet paper cakes. These trends, as well as how COVID-19 is driving them, have been discussed below.

Bread

Banana Bread

Toilet Paper Cakes

  • COVID-19 is driving this trend because panic buying as a result of the pandemic led to lack of toilet paper rolls in grocery store shelves in the U.S. and other countries. People then decided to pay homage to "one of the most sought-after consumer commodities of COVID-19, 2020".

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At-Home Hobbies: Gardening

Three trends that have emerged around at-home gardening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic include victory gardens, window sill gardening and regrowing vegetables. These trends, as well as how COVID-19 is driving them, have been discussed below.

Victory Gardens

Regrowing Vegetables

  • Regrowing vegetables in a cup of water is one of the latest trends that has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic. People are regrowing leftovers of different vegetables such as scallions, leeks, celery, Romaine lettuce and garlic sprouts.
  • This trend has emerged for different reasons such as a homeschooling science experiment, a sustainable hobby and a survivalist response to the pandemic. It helps people to save money, avoid food waste, and learn about gardening, sustainability and nature.
  • COVID-19 is driving this trend because as people turn to gardening during the pandemic as a way to feel self-sufficient, regrowing vegetables in glasses of water is an easy way for first-timers to start vegetable growing without much effort, and build their confidence. Furthermore, the element of regrowing avoids wasting food during this period of scarcity.
  • There is also a social aspect, whereby people want to participate in an activity that many people are doing. Regrowing vegetables in a glass is part of the several trends that have been going around since the outbreak of the pandemic, including whipping coffee, baking bread and playing Animal Crossing.

Windowsill Gardening



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At-Home Hobbies

Three trends that have emerged around home-based hobbies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic include video and computer games, arts and craft activities, and at home workouts. These trends, as well as how COVID-19 is driving them, have been discussed below.

Video and Computer Games

Arts and Crafts Activities

At Home Workouts

  • In research done by Nerdy Bear, a culture website, working out from home is the third most popular hobby adopted by Americans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with 35% of those surveyed reporting that they are now "taking up virtual workout classes from the comfort of their homes"
  • According to Google Trends, there has been a 488% increase in search interest for home workouts since the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, Picodi reports that searches for home gyms increased by 376% in March 2020 as compared to March 2019.
  • Workout-related items were among the fastest growing goods by the growth of their Google searches between February 2020 and March 2020. The growth for different items during the period was as follows:
  • COVID-19 is driving this trend because it has led to the closing of gyms. As a result, people are looking for alternatives to fitness clubs and gyms by working out from home or turning to the only outdoor option, which is running.




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