150+ Hobby Ideas Broken Down by Interest and Personality
The Benefits of Having a Hobby
There are many advantages to having a diversion in your life. A hobby gives you time to relax which can, in turn, reduce your stress level. A physical one involves exercise that will release endorphins to boost your mood and mental faculties. It can also help you find new skills and uncover hidden talents. If you are considering a career move, participating in a hobby related to a new field can help prepare you and let you know if you're well-suited for that job. It can also give you things to include on your résumé. You may also meet new friends, keep your brain sharp, or make some extra money on the side.
For some, finding a hobby is a natural and easy process. For others, it can be confusing since there are so many options out there. This article helps to break down some of the choices by areas of interest and personality type.
Do you have a hobby?
- 73% No
- 14% Yes
- 13% Yes, I have several
Hobbies that Sharpen the Mind
Some hobbies are better than others at making you problem-solve and think through tough scenarios. This can be especially important as you age. Here are some pastimes that can help to keep your brain in shape:
- Play jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and brain teasers
- Play card games: solitaire, canasta, gin rummy, bridge
- Learn to draw or paint
- Play chess
- Learn how to play an instrument
- Master a new language
- Participate in trivia contests
Hobbies for Kids and Families
Here are some great ideas for families. These activities are all kid-friendly! For a full collection of hobbies for children and toddlers, please read 50+ Hobbies and Activities for Toddlers and Kids
- Model trains, airplanes, and automobiles
- Scenic travel by train
- Remote-controlled toys for all ages
- Building with Legos
- Magic tricks
- Cruising the seas
- Collecting (see section below)
Hobbies for Physically Active Adventure-Seekers
These are for people who love to get the blood pumping and their heart rate up. Here are some great activities for the physically active:
- Scuba diving and snorkeling
- Hot air ballooning, flying, and gliding
- Baseball or softball
- Running marathons
- Mountain climbing
- Spelunking (caving)
- Horseback riding
- Skiing or snowboarding
- Riding roller coasters
- Bungee jumping
- Doing triathlons
- Surfing and windsurfing
Hobbies for Science and Nature-Lovers
Did you enjoy science in school? Do you like to explore and observe? If so, here are some hobby options for you:
- Learn about astronomy
- Build model rockets
- Discover microscopy
- Go bird watching
- Start an aquarium
Hobbies for the History Buff
Do you enjoy history and learning about our past? If so, here are some options for you:
- Study the Titanic
- Collect Americana memorabilia
- Become a Civil War buff
- Have battle reenactments
- Visit museums
- Attend Renaissance fairs
- Research and create a family tree
Hobbies for Men
Although titled "Hobbies for Men", these are hobbies that all can enjoy. Perfect for a man-cave, game room, and activities to do with friends.
- Sports coaching, officiating, reporting, and refereeing
- Fantasy sports
- Gadgets and gizmos
- Home brewing
Hobbies that Can Earn Money
Everyone could use a little extra dough. Some activities have the potential to help you earn some extra money on the side. Here are some options:
- Freelance writing and blogging
- Crafting (to sell online or at fairs)
- Cake decorating
- Garage sales and auctions (find bargains and antiques for resale)
- Freelance photography (weddings, babies, events)
- Graphic design
Hobbies for the Collector
Collecting things can be a lifelong passion that can help to stimulate memories and remember and preserve the past. People who collect often have a strong attention to detail and an urge for completeness. Here are some good ideas of things to collect:
- Beer cans
- Toys (unique or vintage)
- Cars (for larger budgets)
- Sports cards and memorabilia
- Rocks and gems
Hobbies for the Homebody, Crafter, Artist, and Nester
Are you expecting or have you recently had children? Do you love crafting and art? Are you unable to leave the house for any reason? Do you just enjoy being at home? Whatever your reason, here are some great hobby ideas for the homebody and nester:
- Home projects
- Cross stitch
- Digital art
- Cooking contests
- Making gingerbread houses
- Building a dollhouse
- Movie watching and critiquing
- Feng shui
- Interior design
- Writing (short stories, poems, novels)
Hobbies for the Social
Are you a people-person? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you like activities that involve others? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, here are some ideas for you:
- Wine tasting
- Flea markets
- Board games and trivia
- Team and club sports
- Book club
- Frisbee golf
Hobbies for the Music Lover
Music is a fundamental part of life. Here are some great options for music lover and the musically talented:
- Playing an instrument: guitar, piano, drums, clarinet, harmonica, ukelele
- Singing and choir
- Going to concerts
- Music history or theory studies
- Produce music
- Band promotion
- Teaching music
- Music collecting (records, 8-tracks, 45s)
Hobbies for Stress Relief
We could all use a little less stress and a little more fun! Here are some hobbies for stress relief:
- Weight lifting
Some activities can only be done at certain times of the year. Here are some that are good for various seasons:
- Home and garden shows
- Springtime floral shows
- Going to the beach
- Haunted houses and hotels
- Ghost towns
- Autumn bike tours
- Seeing the fall foliage
- Apple picking
- Grape harvest
- Pumpkin patch
- Christmas holiday lights
- Holiday home tours
- Ice skating or snow sports
Inexpensive Hobbies for All
Spend time, not money! Here are some activities you can do, even if you don't feel like spending a lot of cash. These are the things that give you the most "bang for your buck."
- Reading (especially through your local library).
- Writing and drawing (all you need is pen and paper).
- Attend free community events: Subscribe to community websites to keep track of all the free events scheduled near you.
- Learn a language, learn to cook, or learn to dance (there are so many free lessons and resources on the Internet).
- Anything online: play online games, watch documentaries, or join an online group.
- DIY beauty: By watching clips on YouTube, you can learn to do everything from cutting your own hair to sewing your own clothes. These are hobbies and money-savers rolled into one.
- Take up an inexpensive sport: running, swimming, hiking, frisbee, basketball... (require almost nothing but the clothes you're wearing and a decent pair of shoes).
- Plan walking tours of nearby areas: Get exercise while you learn about the place where you live. You can even expand your local knowledge by taking out books of local history or local flora and fauna from the library and learning to identify the historical sites and plants, birds, and creatures you find along the way. Bring your digital camera to make it a photo safari.
- Thrift shopping, coupon-cutting, or going to garage sales: Fun ways to spend time and save money!
Hobbies That Help Others: Save the World in Your Spare Time
Maybe the best way to spend your time is to spend it helping other people. If you want your time to make a difference, consider the following options.
- Volunteer: Find a local community that needs help. Maybe the folks at the retirement home would like a visit. A local animal rescue center may need spare hands and the homeless shelter may need help serving food to the homeless.
- Be a mentor: You may have a skill that could make a difference in someone else's life. Many children need role models and adults need tutoring, skill-building, or advice.
- Be an activist: Instead of complaining about the way things are, do something. Invest your free time in the future by lobbying the politicians for change, working to educate people about situations, or collecting signatures or donations for a cause you believe in.
- Work to save the environment: Organize a neighborhood clean-up, become a community watchdog for environmental hazards, or volunteer at an environmental organization you believe in.
- Get active in your community: Attend city council meetings and let your voice be heard.