A new year means a new you. With 2021 stretching out before you, you can take up something brand new and track your progress as you go.
But what if you can’t think of a hobby to pick up? Well, if you’re stuck for ideas, look no further. We’ve put together a list of hobbies for you to try in 2021. Whether you’re looking for a new sport or a creative outlet, there’s sure to be an activity here that you’ll fall in love with.
A lot of people ended up spending 2020 baking, but that’s no excuse not to pick it up in 2021. With bread, cakes, muffins and more, there’s no end to what you can make.
Pick up a bag of flour during your next shop and start baking and decorating to your heart’s (or budget’s) content. You’ll be able to find plenty of free guides on blogs and YouTube to get you started, or you can even sign up to a class or two.
Whether you’re looking to paint in more traditional media like watercolours and pastels or you want to go down the mess-free digital route, it has never been easier to pick up painting as a hobby.
Perfect for those looking for a creative outlet, you can find tutorials all over the internet as well as a whole host of magazines. Just remember: you won’t perfect this hobby straight away, so have some patience and watch your skills grow.
3. Video gaming
If you’re looking to blow off a little steam while having heaps of fun, you should look to video gaming as a hobby for 2021. There’s something for everyone, from action-packed franchises like Call of Duty and Fortnite to strategic games like the Portal series and Crusader Kings.
The good news here is that it doesn’t take much to get started. If you want to foray into console gaming, you just need to weigh up the pros and cons of each one – remember that they don’t have the same games on offer, too. For those who want to venture into PC gaming, the world is your oyster.
4. Fibre arts
Creativity takes many forms, and that’s just what fibre arts show. Encompassing knitting, crochet, felting, macrame, cross stitch and more, you’re bound to find the perfect craft for you.
While the techniques can be tricky to get to grips with, perseverance is key. Start off with a beginner’s kit – there are plenty available on sites like LoveCrafts – to learn the basics and keep at it throughout the year. By 2022, you’ll have a new skill firmly under your belt and finished blankets and more.
If you have a smartphone, you have a camera. So why not spend 2021 taking photos? Get snapping on walks, trips or just around the house. You’ll be able to look back and remember the year, or even turn your photos into a calendar or give them as gifts to friends and family.
If you want to go more professional, take a look at DSLR cameras. You can also look into photo editing with free and paid software.
Whether you’ve got a green patch out the back or a space at the local allotment has opened up, why not take up gardening as a hobby in 2021? It doesn’t matter if you want to grow veggies and herbs you can use or if you’re looking to spruce up your garden with tulips – improve your mental health this year with a brand new hobby.
If 2020 is anything to go by, we might be spending a lot of time indoors in 2021. What better time is there to pick up a musical instrument? Whether you want to take the classical route and learn the piano or violin, or something more modern like the ukulele, there’s an instrument to suit every style.
Getting started is simple – YouTube is a great place to begin, with free tutorials for every instrument in every genre imaginable. You can also pick up plenty of instruments second-hand so your new hobby doesn’t have to break the bank.
Getting fitter is usually one of most people’s new year’s resolutions – but it doesn’t have to be as boring as going to the gym or taking up running. Why not see if there are any other sports clubs near you? You could take a look at local football or rugby teams, or contact archery and tennis clubs. Find a sport you enjoy and stick with it.
While it’s hard to travel abroad at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for when the world opens up again. Learning Spanish, French, Italian or even Dutch can help keep your mind sharp and come in handy when you visit other countries.
If you decide you learn more than one language, try to make sure they’re not too similar. It’s all too easy to get mixed up between Dutch and German or Spanish and Italian.
Which one will you choose?
There you have it – some of the most exciting hobbies you can take up in 2021. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but taking up any one of these in 2021 will lead to a year full of fun and learning.
Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.