The past few years saw jigsaw puzzles flying off shelves, packets of vegetable seeds sell out across the country and kitchens filled with the heady scent of freshly baked sourdough. Our social media feeds are filled with friends introducing their new plant baby, nailing (or, just attempting) a dance routine and sharing photos of whatever entertained them for the day – you know, because, lockdown. Hobbies became the best thing since freshly baked sliced sourdough bread.
Having something that absorbs us outside of work and family responsibilities is important for our well-being. Hobbies give us me-time and can be good for our mind, our body or our soul. Some of the best, and least expensive, hobbies to do from home involve mastering a new skill that could not only save you money in the long term but might even lead to a side hustle that will help you save towards that increasingly elusive first home deposit, a holiday anywhere more than five kilometres from home or more exotic plant babies to add to your indoor forest.
People include weird and wonderful hobbies in the “hobbies and interests” section of their resumes and provide a talking point for what you did on the weekend. But it can also be said simply that having interests makes you… interesting.
Here’s a few hobby ideas you might have heard of, or not, that are worth trying on for size.
Mastering that perfect, crusty sourdough, a favourite cake or dessert or a complex classic such as Indian biryani can be satisfying, delicious and will make you highly popular with friends and family. Start with a goal to master a single recipe then build from there.
Pros: relaxing and creative with edible results.
Cons: an increase in washing up.
2. Doing puzzles
Sales of jigsaw puzzles were through the roof in 2020 as we all hunkered down in self-isolation. There’s no denying the satisfaction of putting that final piece into a large and difficult puzzle.
Pros: absorbing and meditative, can involve the kids or work together as partners.
Cons: need a large, dedicated surface as some puzzles can take days or weeks to complete.
Inexpensive DIY at-home pottery kits, with full instructions or online classes and support, are a great way to get creative without taking up much space.
Pros: create unique practical and decorative items for yourself or a chic homemade gift.
Cons: it can get a little messy.
4. Artistic pursuits
Hit your local bargain store for inexpensive pre-prepared canvases, watercolour paints, sketch pads and more and release your inner Picasso. Feeling a little timid about starting to whip up original artworks? Start with adult colouring books to get you inspired!
Pros: release your creative side.
Cons: you may get addicted and want your own studio.
5. Get crafty
Learn to sew, knit, embroider, crochet, quilt or make macrame hangings and pot hangers.
Pros: great skills to learn.
Cons: can get expensive and take over the house before you know it!
6. Practise yoga
Spread out a yoga mat and head to YouTube to follow instructions. Learn 10 basic poses then expand your repertoire from there.
Pros: get limber and improve strength and flexibility.
Cons: nothing really, yoga is a very good time!
7. Dance as though no one is watching
Moving to music is good for us on many levels so turn the volume up and get going! There are endless styles of dance to learn on your own or with a partner, from hip hop to rock and roll and salsa.
Pros: get fit and have fun.
Cons: could be tricky to find the right style of dance for your skill level and mood
8. Brewing and fermenting
You’ll need some garage space for this hobby and setting up can be quite expensive, however making your own beer, cider or kombucha could save you money in the long-term.
Pros: delicious, cheap home brews and fermented foods.
Cons: needs space and set up costs.
Collect cuttings from friends and around the neighbourhood, pop them in water until they take root then plant an abundant garden in the ground or in containers for no plant costs. Try plants that readily take root such as succulents, geraniums, and daisies. Create an edible garden from seeds, rather than seedlings from the nursery, for a garden that will return the costs in fresh fruits and vegetables. No outdoor garden space? Nurture a few pots of culinary herbs on your balcony or kitchen windowsill.
Pros: fresh air and exercise, the joy of watching plants grow.
Cons: could get expensive if you have lots of garden space and get hooked!
10. Learn something new
Search free and inexpensive online courses and try learning something new – a new language, an instrument like the keytar or ukulele, digital photography or a new skill that could lead to a whole new career or lucrative side hustle are all literally available at your fingerprints.
Pros: keep the brain nimble.
Cons: may require self-discipline to achieve results.
And that’s just the start of endless possibilities. So next time someone is interested in knowing what you do in your spare time you can regale them with details of your interesting hobby.
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