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List of Hobbies {The Ultimate List of 1000+ Hobbies to Try}

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Looking for a new hobby? This is the ultimate list with over 1000+ hobbies to consider!

Whether you’re looking for a hobby for fun, to beat boredom, or to become a more well-rounded person, this list is for you!

If you are here, you are probably looking for a new hobby to try and that is fantastic!

I, personally, have many hobbies, ranging from creative hobbies (watercolors and crafting), to active hobbies (barre and pilates) and mental/spiritual hobbies (yoga and reading).

Hobbies have enriched my life, made me happier, and helped me become an interesting, well-rounded person.

So, first, I applaud you for taking this first step towards adding an exciting new hobby to your life!

I’ll very quickly go over a few definitions and ideas about hobbies and why they’re so good for you, then I’ll get into our inclusive, exhaustive list of hobbies!

Let’s get started…

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What is a Hobby?

Here’s my best definition of a hobby: A hobby is a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one’s free time. Hobbies are usually not done professionally (or for payment).

Hobbies vary greatly, and can include active hobbies, mental hobbies, and creative pursuits.

When you have a hobby, this naturally leads you to acquiring skills and knowledge in your chosen area. A hobby is active, instead of passive.

For this reason, I don’t tend to consider watching TV, for example, a true hobby.

Advantages of Hobbies

There are just so, so many advantages of having one or more hobbies!

Here are just a few…

  • Hobbies can strengthen your relationships as you collaborate, share, teach and learn from and with others.
  • Hobbies are great for relaxation and can help you reduce stress. Hobbies are great self-care activities!
  • Hobbies help make you an interesting, well-rounded person that others enjoy being around and talking to.
  • Hobbies are great for your mental health.
  • Hobbies are perfect for helping you learn new skills, which can lead to improvements in your job and other areas of your life.
  • Hobbies can offer you interesting challenges. Overcoming these challenges can help you build confidence and self esteem.
  • Hobbies can help improve your memory, concentration and focus.
  • Hobbies can help improve your fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • A variety of hobbies (could be referred to as “personal interests” added to a resume will help make you look more well-rounded, interesting and attractive to a potential employer.
  • Hobbies are just FUN, plain and simple!

Types of Hobbies

There are various types of hobbies out there, and everyone will probably have a category or two that they enjoy best.

For the purposes of this list, I am focusing on 8 different categories, or types of hobbies: physical hobbies/active hobbies, creative and diy craft hobbies, mental hobbies, musical hobbies, collecting hobbies, food/drink hobbies, games/puzzles hobbies, and model/woodworking hobbies.

You can challenge yourself to try one of each type of hobby as a fun personal or family new years resolution.

Hobbies Ideas/List of Hobbies to Try

So let’s begin.

I’m going to start by listing hobbies by category, and then I’ll share lists of hobbies depending on your personality or desires (for example, hobbies to do alone).

Links will take you either to posts that share more about that hobby, or Amazon finds that will help you kick off your new hobby!

Physical Hobbies / Active Hobbies

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Physical hobbies include sports and other interests that encourage you to move your body.

They’re good for your physical, mental, and social well being. You can do some of these yourself, or join local club teams or Facebook groups to meet up with others.

Best of all, you don’t have to be a good athlete to try one of these! The point is to have fun, stay active, and improve on your skill set. That’s it!

Here are some favorite physical hobbies to try…

  • basketball
  • golf
  • running
  • walking-Walking is one of my favorite hobbies. I walk alone, with my kids, and with friends for activity and fresh air.
  • soccer
  • volleyball
  • badminton
  • yoga-This is one of my favorites! You can use a free app like FitOn to find a variety of free classes.
  • pilates
  • swimming
  • ice skating
  • roller skating
  • figure skating
  • rugby
  • darts
  • football
  • barre
  • tai chi
  • stretching
  • bowling
  • ice hockey
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • baseball
  • gymnastics
  • rock climbing
  • dancing
  • gardening
  • karate
  • horse racing
  • snowboarding
  • skateboarding
  • cycling –Cycling is such a popular hobby now. And with Peloton, you can do this hobby with others from the comfort of your home.
  • cheerleading
  • archery
  • fishing
  • taekwondo
  • fencing
  • water skiing
  • skiing
  • jet skiing
  • weight lifting
  • scuba diving
  • wind surfing
  • kickboxing
  • sky diving
  • boxing
  • table tennis
  • hiking
  • bowling
  • juggling
  • kickboxing
  • jazzercise/aerobics
  • cross country –my 11 year old does cross country and it’s such a great hobby for kids!
  • running track
  • visiting and walking around area gardens-I wasn’t sure which category to include this hobby in, but I wanted to include it because it’s one of my favorites. Consider a season pass which often gives you access privileges at other garden locations.

Creative/Craft Hobbies

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Creative hobbies include any sort of arts and diy crafts. It’s the focus of this blog, and many others like it.

I’ll link both to examples on this blog or easy ways to get started if you’d like to take up the hobby for yourself!

These creative hobbies are perfect for self-care and to do alone, but you can also find plenty of community and support around many of these hobbies.

If there’s one you’re interested in, you can also check online or your local recreation center for classes or tips.

If you really get into your hobby, it would also probably make a GREAT potential career! Consider a blog or You Tube channel to help turn your hobby into a money-making career.

Here are some of my favorite creative hobby ideas for you to try…

  • card making
  • quilling
  • mod podge craftsI LOVE mod podge crafts. I do them alone and with my daughter for some quality hobby time.
  • wreath making
  • oil painting
  • watercolor painting– This is a recent hobby of mine that I’ve come to enjoy so much. Painting is so relaxing, and if you take a course or workshop it also becomes a great social activity.
  • acrylic painting
  • pastels
  • drawing
  • doodling (like these Christmas doodles here)
  • sketching – Doodling and sketching are such versatile hobbies. Make them in a sketchbook, create cards you can sell on places such as Etsy, or doodle in your planner or bullet journal for some relaxation!
  • sculpture
  • cricut/silhouette crafts (find free Christmas SVG here)
  • diamond painting kit
  • wood burning
  • paint by number
  • glass painting
  • hand lettering
  • calligraphy- Calligraphy was one of my very first adult hobbies. I took it up to do my wedding invitations (and those of my friends) and it was such a great skill to learn that I still use on occasion.
  • tissue paper crafts

  • stained glass
  • glass blowing
  • soap making and soap packaging -I love to make soap! It’s a great, inexpensive hobby that also yields lots of yummy-smelling potential gifts!
  • candle making
  • coloring
  • origami
  • star gazing
  • metal detecting
  • prose writing
  • poetry writing
  • designing graphics
  • designing free printablesI’ve been doing this for years! I also sell them over at Etsy and it’s one the most satisfying, and engaging hobbies. And once you learn, the sky is the limit. You can design logos, notecards, tote bags and so much more.
  • floral design
  • jewelry making
  • clay crafts
  • magic
  • pottery/ceramics
  • makeup art -This is a hobby I’ve always been interested in but never really taken up. There’s a lot of great YouTube content if you’re interested!
  • hair styling – Again, lots of great online videos are available for this hobby.
  • photography
  • sewing
  • knitting –I never really got into knitting like I wanted, but it seems like such a relaxing hobby if that’s one of your requirements!
  • embroidery
  • crochet
  • quilting
  • scrapbooking -I used to love to scrapbook! It’s an easy-to-begin hobby that also is very satisfying when you’re done.
  • bullet journaling
  • home decorating
  • acting
  • making dream catchers
  • cross stitch
  • canvas artCreating canvas art is a longtime hobby of mine. I love displaying handmade art in my home (and I’ve given some as gifts, too).
  • fashion design
  • collage
  • felt arts
  • party planning
  • miniatures
  • nail art
  • making dolls
  • designing clothes
  • carving
  • growing bonsai
  • collage making
  • printmaking
  • flower pressing
  • going to museums
  • starting a YouTube channel
  • preserving florals and stems such as drying eucalyptus
  • sticker collecting (learn to make a DIY sticker book here)

Mental Hobbies

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Hobbies that fall into this category are great brain boosters!

They may make you smarter, and may even help stave off declining mental function.

Most of these can be done alone, but some lend themselves well to community (such as learning a new language by taking a class, or traveling with a group of friends).

Mental hobbies also look great on a resume. They help make you a smarter, more well-rounded person-and what interviewer doesn’t want that?

Here are some favorite mental hobbies….

  • reading –I’ve always been a huge reader. It’s a great hobby for relaxation and self-care, as well as a wonderful educational hobby to learn new skills or information.
  • decorating a planner or Happy Planner
  • journaling
  • writing
  • crossword puzzles
  • sudoku
  • word scrambles
  • other word games
  • learning a new language –Learning a new language is one hobby I wish I had taken up when I was younger. Languages are a challenging, but very rewarding hobby idea.
  • travel and travel planning
  • note taking and research
  • online classes

  • starting a blog educating the public on a topic
  • blogging -I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now and it is one of my very favorite hobbies for so many reasons. If you want to get into blogging, let me know and I’ll send you some of my favorite resources.

And while blogging is considered a hobby by many, it can also be a career! Read my Mediavine Review and Requirements to see how I made it happen.

  • book club
  • volunteering
  • brain teasers
  • listening to podcasts
  • creating a podcast
  • quote collecting

Musical Hobbies

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Musical hobbies are so popular and for good reason! They’re perfect for stress relief, building community, and learning a new skill.

Musical hobbies are not my personal forte, but I’d love to pick one to get better at and gain proficiency in!

If you’re interested in a musical hobby, here are some great places to start…

  • singing (solo)
  • joining a choir
  • dancing
  • learning to play classical, bass or electric guitar
  • learning to play keyboard or piano –I’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano! Fortunately, there are a lot of online classes/videos available if this is a hobby you are interested in. That goes for most of the musical hobbies on this list!
  • learning to play drums
  • learning to play violin
  • learning to play cello
  • learning to play trumpet
  • joining a band
  • learning how to read music
  • start a music blog
  • learn to write lyrics
  • concert or choir photography
  • listening to music
  • memorizing music lyrics
  • learning about various musicians/music genres

Collecting Hobbies

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Collecting an item or category of items is a fun, low-pressure hobby that you can do slowly without a lot of pressure.

If you add an element of learning about and cataloging the items you’re collecting, you’re turning your hobby into a wonderful brain-enhancing activity, too!

I have several collections, and not only are they a source of joy, it can help make it easier for friends and family to give you gifts!

Here are some collecting hobbies that you may want to try….

  • baseball cards
  • sporting event tickets
  • sports jerseys or other memorabilia
  • sports books
  • autographed pictures or other items
  • sports balls or equipment
  • tshirts –Have a large collection of tshirts sitting around? Consider having them turned into a tshirt quilt for a warm and cozy way to display your collection!
  • magnets
  • ladybug art or items
  • butterfly art or items
  • red shoe/high heel/glamour items -The one caveat with any sort of animal or item-themed collection-if you let people know about your collection, you will receive these items for gifts forever. I know people with these kinds of collections who almost regretted letting people know about it!
  • LEGO sets
  • postcards –Consider something like this to turn your postcards into a statement work of art!
  • art from around the world
  • travel brochures
  • travel books
  • sea shells
  • driftwood
  • nautical or beach inspired art or items
  • art or coffee table books
  • ties
  • shoes
  • hats
  • scarves
  • calendars -Framing favorite calendar pages is a great wall to use your collection for art. You can create an entire gallery wall with your favorite pages.
  • coasters
  • books of matches –This is a popular collection (my parents had one) that doesn’t take up a lot of room and also is a great reminder of favorite restaurants you’ve been to.
  • corks -For wine corks (or bottle caps), this is a fun, space-saving way to display your collection.
  • wine
  • bottle caps
  • rum, whiskey, bourbon or other spirits
  • spirit bottles
  • vintage bottles
  • vintage glass
  • cookbooks
  • figurines
  • boy scouts or girl scouts memorabilia
  • dolls
  • dollhouses
  • birdhouses
  • bird books or items bird-themed
  • vintage spools of thread or sewing notions
  • vintage milk glass
  • depression glass
  • kawai or Japanese items or collectibles
  • Hello Kitty items or collectibles
  • vintage pyrex
  • puzzles
  • spices from around the world
  • model cars
  • matchbox cards
  • candlesticks
  • candles
  • painted/decorated rocks
  • plants –Plants are a fun, higher maintenance, collection that also double as home and porch decor. I love finding and making fun DIY planters for some of my favorite plants and succulents.
  • mason jars (especially vintage)
  • candles
  • cupcake wrappers -I used to have a large collection of these. Once you get started, it’s amazing how many different patterns and colors there are!
  • china patterns
  • snow globes
  • driftwood
  • christmas art and decor
  • religious memorabilia
  • holiday books- This is a fun one, especially if you have kids. Collecting and displaying books ahead of a holiday is a great way to get into the spirit.
  • snow-themed items
  • records
  • DVDs or VHS tapes
  • fruit-themed decor and items
  • specific colored items (example: things that are orange)
  • pez dispensers
  • unusual or hard to find candy
  • mirrors
  • stuffed animals
  • animal-themed items (example: things related to chipmunks)
  • bells
  • video games
  • Harry Potter-themed items (or another book)
  • kitschy artwork or collectibles
  • collecting coffee mugs –I may have an accidental coffee mug collection. I just this mug tree to cut down on coffee cup clutter in my kitchen.
  • collecting tea cups
  • collecting teas
  • stamp collecting
  • items related to a cartoon, tv show or movie
  • sheet music
  • musical instruments
  • memorabilia from a specific decade
  • presidential memorabilia
  • vases or ceramics
  • rug beaters
  • cake pans
  • cupcake/muffin pans -Cake pans are another fun collection, especially if you can find vintage ones! I had a bunch a few years ago that I spray painted the same color and hung as wall art in my kitchen.

Food/Drink Hobbies

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This is one of my favorite categories of hobbies!

Food and drink hobbies can be done alone, but also work well as a hobby where you can meet other people.

  • cooking
  • baking
  • vegetarian cooking/baking
  • vegan cooking/baking
  • BBQ or grilling
  • cocktails
  • wine, beer or spirits tasting
  • start a food or drink blog
  • take a cooking class
  • make neapolitan pizza at home
  • collect food related items such as unique spices, teas, coffees, etc.
  • collect cooking related items such as dessert plates, tea cups, china patterns, mugs, etc.-There are so many places to find unique and fun cooking related items. Anthropologie and thrift stores are some of my favorite spots for tea cups and dessert plates.
  • collect cookbooks or cooking magazines
  • host a supper club
  • create elaborate dessert bars

Games/Puzzles Hobbies

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A list of hobbies isn’t complete without a section on games and puzzles!

Games and puzzles are a form of hobbies that are perfect for the colder fall/winter months.

Do these online, at home with your family, or with friends for a hobby that can be modified depending on whether you want to practice self-care or make friends and meet new people!

Here are some games/puzzles hobbies to try out…

  • bingo
  • online games
  • sukoku
  • puzzles
  • 3D puzzles
  • card games
  • chess

Model/Woodworking Hobbies

So many people love making things with their hands.

It’s often hard work, but it can be so satisfying to see the end result.

Once you are proficient, these are also great items to sell on places like Etsy, eBay, or at craft fairs.

Here are some model/woodworking hobbies to try out….

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  • furniture building (I shared some DIY Bench tutorials to get started)
  • model kits (cars, airplanes, trains, etc)
  • themed model kits (example: Star Wars or LEGO)
  • building wooden toys
  • wood turning
  • wood burning
  • wood carving

What Are the Top 10 Hobbies?

Wondering about the top 10 most common hobbies? These are the most popular hobbies for people of all ages.

These hobbies are popular for a reason! They’re easy to take up, inexpensive, and versatile!

If you’re just beginning your hobby journey, try one of these…

  • reading
  • doing puzzles
  • walking
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • yoga/pilates/stretching
  • creative writing/blogging
  • crossword puzzles/sudoku
  • sightseeing
  • photography

Hobbies to Make Money

This is a bit tricky because if it’s a hobby, it generally means that you’re not making money from it.

However, very often, when you put a lot of time into a hobby and become proficient at it, your thoughts may naturally turn to how you can make a profit from your hobby.

If this is you, and you’re looking for a list of hobbies that you can hopefully one day turn into a money making side hustle, start here…

  • blogging
  • writing a book, poetry or ebook
  • selling items you’ve created (craft items, art pieces, knitted hats, etc)
  • selling vintage items you’ve collected
  • selling baked goods you’ve made
  • selling your skills (for example, turning your party planning hobby into a business)
  • teaching a particular sport you’ve excelled at
  • teaching a musical instrument
  • teaching voice lessons
  • teaching a foreign language

Places you can sell your products include Etsy, Amazon, eBay, Society6, and craft shows/fairs.

I’ve sold on Etsy for a decade now, and it’s been such an enriching and challenging experience. I even created a list of crafts to make and sell on Etsy if you’re looking for even more online selling inspiration.

Hobbies for Women

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Obviously, there are no gender specific hobbies.

Anybody can learn and participate in any hobby they choose.

However, some people may be interested in a hobby that would allow them to make some friends and build community with other women.

If you’re looking for a hobby that is predominately enjoyed by women, try this list:

  • sports such as figure skating, dancing, cheerleading
  • activities such as pilates and yoga
  • arts and crafts activities, including crochet, knitting, watercolors, card making, scrapbooking, jewelry making etc.
  • collecting items such as shoe or dress-themed items, tea items etc.
  • book clubs or wine clubs

Hobbies for Men

Once again, anyone can learn and participate in any hobby they like!

If, however, you want a list of hobbies that is predominately male-oriented, try these:

  • most sports, including most contact sports
  • model building
  • woodworking
  • wood turning
  • wood burning
  • BBQ and grilling
  • beer and spirits tasting
  • collecting beer bottles
  • collecting model airplanes, matchbox cars, model cars, etc.

Indoor Hobbies

Especially as the weather cools down, we are looking for hobbies we can do indoors.

While outdoor hobbies have their benefits, indoor hobbies can be done all year round, day or night, no matter the weather.

These are my favorite hobbies to do indoors…

  • reading
  • puzzles
  • journaling
  • sketching
  • painting
  • drawing
  • board games/card games
  • yoga/pilates/stretching
  • listening to music
  • sewing/crochet/knitting
  • writing
  • visiting museums

Hobbies to Do Alone

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Likewise, sometimes you want to participate in a hobby with others, and sometimes you just want to do something alone.

Hobbies that you can do alone make for great self-care time!

Here are some of my picks for hobbies to do alone…

  • reading
  • puzzles
  • journaling
  • sketching
  • painting
  • drawing
  • yoga/pilates/stretching
  • listening to music
  • writing
  • sewing/crochet/knitting
  • baking
  • cooking

Interesting Hobbies

Interesting people often have interesting hobbies!

What makes a hobby interesting? Usually, interesting hobbies go beyond the ordinary and usually entail lots of follow-up questions!

If you’ve ever heard someone share a hobby and thought “Oh neat, tell me more!”, chances are, you just had your interest piqued!

Here are some interesting hobbies to make you more memorable and intriguing!

  • having a unique collection (think: items from a particular time period, world event, movie, memorabilia around a person, place, etc.)
  • taking up a not-often-thought-of instrument, sport, or language
  • focusing on a unique food group (for example: wines from a certain region of the world or food such as vegan desserts)
  • skill-specific hobbies such as vintage costume design or stained glass
  • traveling to a specific region or area of the world

Easy Hobbies

Sometimes, we’re in the mood for a hobby that is an investment or takes a lot of time and/or skill.

A lot of the time, though, we just want an easy hobby that we can pick up quickly, doesn’t require a huge time or monetary investment, and needs minimal supplies.

That’s where this list of easy hobbies comes in!

Choose one to get started on your new hobby today!

  • reading
  • drawing (here’s a favorite drawing book for beginners)
  • walking
  • yoga/pilates
  • stretching
  • puzzling
  • journaling
  • hand lettering
  • card games
  • online games
  • writing
  • poetry
  • meditation

Fun Hobbies

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Obviously, something that is fun for one person very well may not be fun for another.

BUT, there are definitely some hobbies that lend themselves to enjoyment more than others.

Here are some of the most fun and enjoyable hobbies:

  • hobbies that include others and have a competitive edge (a lot of sports and physical hobbies fall into this list).
  • hobbies that include others where you are learning something together (i.e. taking a class together).
  • volunteering
  • bingo or other group games

Do you detect a pattern?

From what I can tell, hobbies that are social in nature and include other people are often the most enjoyable.

Whether it’s a bunko group, a book club, a cooking class or a team sport, doing a hobby with one or more people can be fun and inspiring!

Hobbies for a Resume

Quite understandably, people often want to know what hobbies would look best on a resume or cover letter.

The best answer I can give you to this is to be true to yourself!

If you are passionate and curious about a hobby, this will show through in an interview if you are asked about your hobby.

In short, having an interest in varied hobbies (2-4) can help make you look interesting, curious and ambitious.

I really hope this list of hobbies gave you some inspiration for the next time you feel bored and want to learn something new!

I’d love to know: what new hobby would you like to take up?

Thanks so much for reading all about our List of Hobbies {The Ultimate List of 1000+ Hobbies to Try}.

Have a lovely, hobby-filled day!

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