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177 Fun & Creative Hobby Ideas

Updated on June 20, 2016

As humans, we are always looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained during our leisure time. That's where having a hobby you enjoy comes in!

You might already have a hobby or two that you enjoy, but learning a new hobby is like taking on a whole new adventure, broadening your skills and exploring new boundaries! Test your limits and expand your interests by trying out some of these hobby ideas!

Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts is one of the most popular hobby types, with something for everyone! Painting and drawing are great hobbies for any age, crocheting and knitting are ideal if you enjoy quiet time, and candle and soap making are great skills for anyone to learn!

There are lots of reasons why you should learn and master a craft. Finished crafts make great gift ideas for birthdays and holidays. You can save your money and give a gift made with love! A crocheted baby blanket is the most thoughtful baby shower gift!

Another reason to start a craft hobby is because you can turn your hobby into a business by selling finished crafts online or a local marketplace. Many people will buy something handmade over something mass-produced. I enjoyed making handmade greeting cards and made a business out of it by selling on Etsy.

Calligraphy
Jewelry Making
Rock Painting
Candle Making
Knitting
Sand art
Card Making
Macrame
Scrapbooking
Crocheting
Modeling clay
Sculptures
Digital Arts
Needlepoint
Sewing
Doil Making
Origami
Soap Making
Embroidery
Painting
Stained glass
Floral Arranging
Paper Mache
T-shirt Printing
Glass Blowing
Photoshopping
Weaving
Grafiti Art
Quilting
Whittling

Trade Hobbies

Like working with your hands, but not really interested in arts and crafts? Don't worry, these trades are perfect for any Ron Swanson looking for something new to try!

Learning a trade skill will not only make for a unique and challenging hobby, but will also result in a final product or skill you can use! Talk about being productive with your free time!

Blacksmith
Leatherworking
Restorating
Clockmaking
Letterpressing
Watchmaking
Gunsmithing
Masonry
Welding
Knifemaking
Metal Fabrication
Woodworking

Outdoor Hobbies

Feeling cabin fever from your desk job? We spend so much time indoors that sometimes we forgot to appreciate the beautiful nature around us!

Start a new hobby to help you get back out into the great outdoors and learn to enjoy the world God gave us!

Archery
Fishing
Mountaineering
ATVing
Foraging
Nature Walking
Ax Throwing
Fossil Hunting
Orienteering
Backpacking
Frog Gigging
Piloting
Base jumping
Hiking
Rock Climbing
Boating
Hobby Farming
Skiing
Camping
Hunting
Skydiving
Canoeing
Ice fishing
Snowboarding
Dirtbiking
Kayaking
Spear Fishing
Diving
Kitesurfing
Surfing
Fire Starting
Lobstering
Trapping

Sports Hobbies

If you love watching sports or playing fantasy sports, than perhaps you'd enjoy actually heading outside to play some ball with friends!

Friends not interesting in joining you for a game? No problem! Look for a local league to join! The best benefit to this idea is that you'll make loads of new friends who are interested in the same sports you are, and will likely already have gear if

Airsoft
Fencing
Soccer
Badminton
Football
Softball
Baseball
Golfing
Tennis
Basketball
Hockey
Volleyball
Bowling
Paintball
Wallball
Extreme Frisbee
Roller Derby
Water Sports

Fun & Games Hobbies

Hobbies can be all about fun and games, that is if you're ready to destroy the competition!

Try your hand at a game you've never played before, or become a master of an old classic! Either way, you're sure to have some fun!

Backgammon
Hacky Sack
Pool
Black Jack
Handball
Puzzles
Checkers
Laser Tag
RC Planes and Helicopters
Chess
Marbles
Slot Car Racing
Darts
Ping Pong
Trading Card Games
Foosball
Poker
Video Games

Leisure Hobbies

Life can be hectic and stressful, so it's no surprise that something most people look for in a hobby is a way to help them relax!

Whenever you have some free time to yourself, turn on some music and relax for a while doing one of these laid-back hobbies anyone can enjoy!

Acting
Learn to Play an Instrument
Reading
Aircraft Spotting
Learn to Read Music
Rock Collecting
Ant Farming
Lock Picking
Sand Castles
Bird Feeding
Magic
Sand Sculpting
Bird Watching
Metal Detecting
Seashell Collecting
Blogging
Model Kits
Singing
Coin Collecting
Panning for Gold
Stamp Collecting
Horseback Riding
People Watching
Star Gazing
Juggling
Photography
Vlogging
Learn a New Language
Poety
Writing Music

Food & Drink Hobbies

Turn your passion for food into a hobby you can really sink your teeth into! We all love food, some kinds more than others! Choose a food you're passionate about and learn how to prepare it like the pros!

Now get your aprons and oven mitts ready for a bunch of culinary activities you and your taste testers are sure to enjoy!

Baking
Cheese Making
Grilling
Bread Making
Chocolatier
Ice Cream Making
Brewing Beer
Coffee Roasting
Pizza Making
Candy Making
Couponing
Smoking
Canning
Fermenting
Soda Making
Charcuterie
Gardening
Winemaking

Fitness Hobbies

Calling all fitness freaks! Or, those who are simply looking to boost their mood while they boost their metabolism!

Exercise is good for the heart and soul, so learning a new exercise can be the perfect hobby for most anyone who is willing!

Ballroom Dancing
Jogging
Swimming
Boxing
Karate
Trampolining
Break Dancing
Kettlebell
Triathlons
Cycling
MMA Fighting
Weightlifting
Hula Dancing
Pilates
Wrestling
Jazzercise
Rollerblading
Yoga

With all of these hobby ideas, you can be busy for decades! Print this list, highlight the ones that are of interest to you, and be sure to record them on your bucket list!

Oh, and it never hurts to grab a friend or join a group of people who enjoy similar hobbies. It’s a great way to get a few helpful pointers and make some new friends in the process!

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