It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hobby maniac, or a ‘serial hobbyist‘ as I’ve previously referred to it, in that I just love taking up new, and often very random hobbies. I’ve tried everything from playing various instruments, to numerous crafts, and even sports (which for anyone who knows me, is pretty shocking!), and whilst a majority of them haven’t stuck, I think there’s just something really exciting, and even beneficial about trying something new.
In fact, I personally think that hobbies in general are good for us, because modern life is so insanely busy that just having that little bit of time to yourself, to do something you enjoy doing, is so valuable. Not to mention having hobbies can teach us lots of new skills (and you can literally learn anything you want on Youtube these days!)!
Therefore I thought I’d put together a list of lots of fun hobby ideas you could try out if you’re looking for a new interest, or just want to try something different:
So it’s probably no surprise that I would suggest reading as a fun hobby seen as I’m primarily a book blogger, but I couldn’t not put it on a list of incredible hobbies!
Even if you’re already a reader and just want to put a new spin on an old habit, you could try picking up a genre you wouldn’t usually read, or try non-fiction if you primarily read fiction or vice versa.
No matter what your interests are – fashion, beauty, video games, reading – having a blog is great fun, and can not only hone your writing skills, but also help you make lots of new friends with similar interests!
- Writing fiction
They say that everyone has a book in them after all! You don’t have to consider yourself an incredible wordsmith to give it a go – skill only comes with practice.
- Writing poetry
Poetry has all the fun of writing, but with some puzzle-like aspects thrown in for good measure (rhythm rhyme, beats, form etc.). A great hobby for anyone who likes a challenge (and words!)!
Writing a daily diary can not only be a fun and therapeutic thing to do, but is really nice to have to look back on years down the line!
You don’t need any big, fancy cameras to try and hone your photography skills. Even if you’re just out and about with your smartphone camera you can get some truly great images by learning different techniques and approaches.
Adult colouring books have really taken off in the last few years, and so why not grab a pack of coloured pencils and let your inner child run wild (whilst hopefully staying inside the lines!)!
You don’t have to be an incredible artist to try drawing: just having a bit of a doodle with a biro on a scrap of paper can be a relaxing way to while away some time, and with practice, you’ll certainly improve.
Again, you don’t need to be ‘a good artist’ to have a go at painting – skill comes with practice, and you can make some nice pieces of art just by sloshing round some bright colours!
- Creating digital art
There’s now such an incredible array of tools and programmes available for computers that you can create amazing art digitally! This can be a great creative hobby for the more technologically inclined.
- Art journaling
Art journaling puts a fun spin on traditional journaling, and allows you to really let your creative side out, in a safe space where no one else has to see unless you want them to. Write long passages, splash about some paint, stick things in and doodle all over the margins…there really are no rules!
- Cross stitching
Cross stitching is pretty easy to pick up, and creates beautiful results, so this is great hobby if you’re looking for something simple and crafty to try. Not to mention you can find designs for pretty much anything you like online – I’m currently working on a cute Pokemon cross stitch design that I found on Pinterest!
All you need are some pretty scraps of fabric and you could turn them into a cute quilt or cushion cover, or even a bag!
Whether you work by hand or use a machine, sewing gives you the freedom to create your own fabric creations, and can be very relaxing.
Knitting can seem very complex at first, but after a little practice you could be making your own scarves and jumpers…that’s Christmas sorted!
- Jewellery making
Jewellery can really make or break an outfit, and so creating your own with your own individual stamp on it can be incredibly rewarding. You could even start selling your creations online or at craft fairs!
- Card making
Everyone needs greetings cards, so why not try making your own? It’s fun to do, and is so much more personal!
Whilst there is a common idea of chess as boring and just for ‘geeks’ (I blame American tv high schools and their nerdy chess clubs!), it’s actually a great game for anyone who likes strategising or wants a bit of a brain workout. And it’s now so easy to learn using chess apps.
- Join a sports team
If you particularly like a certain sport, why not up your game and try joining a local team to improve your skills and meet some new people?
Walking and hiking is a great way to get some exercise, as well as get some fresh air and do some exploring. Walking doesn’t have to be boring. Normally, if I don’t find a task to be very exciting, I like to incorporate my interests into it to make it enjoyable. Like with walking, I know a few people who have added the element of metal detecting into their routine. At first I thought it was very random, but the more I listened, the more I figured it was actually a cool idea. It is definitely something different. You’re doing exercise and having fun at the same time! Imagine what you could find on your walks. There are a number of hobbies that you can incorporate within one another. Just think about what you enjoy doing and you’re half way there.
Whilst some of the more exercise-phobic (me included) running may seem like the worst hobby in the world, it’s great exercise and any kind of workout gets your endorphins going and can make you feel much more energised and motivated (contrary to expectations!). Running requires no special equipment, just a decent pair of shoes, and so is a really easy hobby to try!
To a lot of people cycling is just a way of getting about, but a nice bike ride through some beautiful countryside can make for a really nice day out.
- Going to the gym
Again, this one may not sound like fun to a lot of people, but personally I’ve started going to the gym in the last few months, and I’ve enjoyed getting that time to myself to do some exercise and listen to some music or a podcast on my earphones. And I really have felt so much less lethargic and unmotivated since starting to go to the gym!
- Ice skating
Ice skating can be a bit tricky at first, but is so much fun once you get going! It’s a really great activity to do for the day with your friends or family and you never know, you might just find yourself with a new hobby!
- Roller skating
Like ice skating, roller skating can be hard at first, but can be well worth persevering with, whether you buy yourself some skates or just go to your local roller rink (honestly, they aren’t just for kids parties – I’ve been to one and it was so much fun!). You could even progress to roller derby if you find yourself really enjoying it!
Collecting things can prove to be a really rewarding hobby as you see your collection grow, whether it’s stamps, vintage jewellery, book or film merch, or Pop! figures.
As with books and music, there’s such a wide variety of video games out there that there really is something for everyone. So even if you’ve never thought of giving gaming a go, it’s worth a try! For example, I’ve never been a huge gamer, but my boyfriend got me a Nintendo DS for Christmas, and I’ve now really got into Pokemon!
- Nail Art
If you like having colourful nails, learning to do your own nail art can be really fun, and save you a fortune in getting manicures! YouTube is overflowing with ‘how-to’ videos for different types of nail art, so it’s easier than ever to learn how to do it yourself.
- Learn a new language
Learning a new language can be incredibly rewarding, and may come in very useful in the future! There are now all sorts of apps and online courses that you can take, so literally anyone can learn.
- Learn to play a musical instrument
Most people like music, so learning to play an instrument can be a really great hobby to try! Who wouldn’t want to be able to play their favourite songs, or even come up with their own?
So have you tried any of these hobbies? Are there any you would like to try, or anything you can add to this list?