At first glance, you might think this is the same old tired list of Hobbies You Should Try, so we decided to put a spin on common hobbies. Before you say “pass,” know that each chapter has its own plot twist.
Learn How to Bake
The great thing about cooking in general is that it’s a universally enjoyed activity, and it’s something that anyone can learn to do, and can adjust the final product to taste. Baking is a bit of a learning curve, as it requires a certain level of exactness to its process; it’s the science class of cooking. However, once learned, baking is something that you will want to do again and again, with friends and family.
Here’s a challenge: after learning how to make your own bread and cake, learn how to make bagels. There are several instructional videos and recipes online, and once you master the complicated recipe, you’ll never have to fall in line in a bagel shop again.
Many people find gardening relaxing despite the amount of labor required, which probably has something to do with the concept of making things grow. It doesn’t take much to get started on gardening. A lawn-sized plot is best, but growing plants in pots is a great alternative, especially if you’re living in an apartment; you can dedicate a portion of your balcony to a small garden.
Here’s a little twist: instead of houseplants, try growing fresh herbs in your garden: basil, chives, coriander (cilantro), dill, mint and thyme can be grown relatively easy and with minimal space required. Nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs on home cooking. Seeds are surprisingly easy to purchase online and you can even a get assorted seed “starter kits” for under $20.
Write a Blog
Setting up a personal blog costs almost nothing to set up, and you can write just about anything. Mark Twain once wrote “write what you know,” and it certainly applies here. Write about daily experiences, or some new music you heard. Write about your other hobbies. Even write about writing about hobbies. To borrow a cliche, the possibilities are endless.
A good blog articles needs a good layout. While there are thousands of free templates available, using your own design and layout gives your blog a unique look. Have a programmer friend help you design a logo, color scheme and overall theme. And you’ll definitely need pictures. Speaking of which…
Amateur photography remains a popular hobby, from the days when the amateur photographer has to handle chemicals in a darkly-lit room just to get their photographs printed on paper. The advent of the digital camera has made photography more accessible. And it’s never been easier to take professional quality pictures.
With the recent advances in smartphone technology, smartphones have caught up. Forget those Instagram filters. Smartphone photography is a great hobby for those who are just getting started. Once you master the manual controls of your camera app, you can take professional quality photos, and no one would know the better. And the best part? You’re not spending hundreds of dollars on expensive camera equipment.
Play a Musical Instrument
Playing a musical instrument is a great hobby. But buying a quality instrument isn’t cheap. An entry level acoustic guitar could easily cost about a hundred dollars; a fairly decent drum kit even more so. The latter could also be a problem if you live in an apartment.
If you’re just getting into playing an instrument, learning the ukulele isn’t a bad place to start: it’s small, not loud, and simple to learn to play; best of all, it won’t break the bank. If you’re already playing guitar,
Why not challenge yourself to play your repertoire entirely on a ukulele?
Bonus: Learn How to Do Card Tricks
“If it were easy, everyone would do it,” Jimmy Dugan, played by Tom Hanks, said in the film A League of Their Own. He might as well be talking about card tricks, or more generally known as sleight-of-hand tricks. Learning how to do card tricks require a lot of patience and dexterity. Start with disappearing card or coin tricks and work your way up to more complicated tricks. You just might find yourself the center of attention at parties if you’re not careful.