Post # 1
So lately my husband has been complaining about how difficult I am to buy gifts for, which honestly I don’t understand because he always gets me awesome presents that I love, but maybe behind the scenes it’s harder for him than I realize.
Anyway, he said the “problem” is that I don’t have any hobbies. And thinking about it, I guess that’s kind of true. I do love to read but he says that hobby is tricky because, aside from books, there isn’t that much he can buy to go along with it. Plus, he never knows which books I’ve already read so he never knows what books to buy me. I used to be into photography, but haven’t done any of that since college (10 years ago) and don’t even have a camera anymore. I guess my main “hobby” now, aside from reading, is watching Netflix, lol.
My husband has tons of hobbies so he’s relatively easy to shop for, which is nice, though I do think I do a really awesome job in general with gift-giving. But so anyway I was thinking I should look into taking up a new hobby! I mean, the New Year is just around the corner. I just don’t really know where to start…
What hobbies do you enjoy? Any new thing you’re excited to try out in the New Year?
Post # 2
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
Oh my gosh. TOO many hobbies over here! These are some of my hobbies along with some ideas that might interest you:
Write a book
Make jewelry (there’s a MILLION different mediums to work with)
Learn a new language
Pick up a new sport (perhaps an actual class or a team to keep you committed)
Cook/bake new recipes
Learn to carve/tile mosaics/stain glass…
Join an acting group
Create a board/video game
Post # 3
llevinso : I have a hobby that takes up a lot of time, and my life, but try out horseback riding if you never have before 🙂
I’ve been riding for about 10 years now, and it started out as something to try. I am a nervous nelly and scared of heights, not very confident and then found my niche with horses. I always loved them, but after really getting into it, I am HOOKED. I have a great group of friends I met, and we ride all the time together. Plus, shopping for tack and supplies is super fun 🙂
It can be addicting, though… 1 horse, 3 saddles, 12 saddle pads in all kinds of colors, 1 rusty truck, 20 various kinds of boots, etc etc haha. It does kind of take over your life, but in a good way! Plus, it makes you very easy to buy for!
Post # 4
llevinso : I’m sort of going through the same thing. It might depend on if you have certain areas of interest. Like for me, I will probably never take up a sporty hobby, I’m more craftsy.
I just started learning to crochet because I need a winter hobby!
We’ve been into building birdhouses a bit and I’d like to try more wood working like those cool reclaimed initials.
I have adult coloring books, that’s fun and relaxing!
I bought acrylics that I still need to crack open, but they scare me. LOL!
Post # 5
I taught myself to crochet and its a great hobby!
You can totally watch netflix while you crochet too!
Post # 6
I’ve recently taken up quilling, and now I’m addicted! These are two pieces I’ve made in the last couple weeks- but you can make anything, it doesn’t have to be flowers. All the supplies can be purchased at a local craft store, or off of Amazon.
Post # 7
I used to love working with pottery wheels. We have some classes here but I just haven’t really justified buying the classes. Also love photography, origami, painting, and scrapbooking. I’d love to take art classes aimed at working with glass.
I love sketching. I got one of those drawing tablets for the computer but I need to familiarize myself with photoshop to start messing with it lol.
Knitting is really relaxing and I usually do it while streaming Netflix lol.
PC gaming. Probably a huge one for me lol.
Animals. Volunteer work always feels awesome or assisting with catch and release programs.
Post # 8
I’ve loved arts and crafts since I was little, so it’s carried into my adult life.
I enjoy photography, jewelry making, ceramics, sewing, coloring, loom knitting, and I recently got into making ribbon flowers. I’m considering making my own wedding flowers and figured I’d experiment.
Nowadays, there are countless youtube videos on how to make/do things.
If you like photography, I’d recommend giving that a try again. You can start with taking pictures on your smart phone and if your interest is revitalized, you and your husband can invest in some gear and editing software. He could then buy you frames for your photos, canvas prints, or other photo gifts.
In the new year, my friend and I want to try out belly dancing!
Post # 9
One problem is that I feel a lot of hobbies require a certain amount of skill…which I do not have, lol. I am not artistic at all (stick figures are pretty much my limit) so all the drawing/painting/sketching stuff I feel would just frustrate me more than anything. I do remember taking a ceramics class in school that I liked…
I have thought about getting back into photography a bit. Now it seems to all be digital though and I really loved old school photography with dark rooms. But maybe I just need to look into taking some classes and see where it goes!
I did used to dance and do a lot of sports too. I like being active (or I should say I DID like being active!). I guess I just feel like life got in the way with all that stuff, what with bills and responsibilities and work.
Post # 10
llevinso : Check Groupon for things to do that seem interesting and have Darling Husband get you a gift card/sign up for a class directly from there. You can do something new – great way to kick off the new year! – and it’ll be cheap to try. Personally, my hobby is hip hop dancing at a community centre… you get an excellent workout all over and after every class, I feel like Beyonce! 🙂
Post # 11
I’ve been teaching myself handlettering and it’s incredibly therapeutic. Also, reading. Seems silly but so soothing! Then, you can join a book club or just get lost in someone’s else’s world for a bit!
And if you’re into trashy TV – The Royals on E. Watched all the seasons OnDemand within three days – so trashy, such a guilty pleasure, love it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
The thing about a hobby though is that everyone starts at the beginning. I wasn’t athletic. At ALL. To be honest, I’m still not. And I let that stop me for years from enrolling in a martial arts class because I thought it was too late and I was too out of shape. Now it’s been three and a half years and I’m so happy I finally took that plunge. Because even though I’m not amazing, I did it for me and I have learned a ton and I’m better now than if I’d never tried at all. There’s always going to be those super fit teenagers in my class who started learning when they were four. They’re always going to kick my butt and always have a certain level of skill I won’t. But that’s okay. That’s their life. This is my life. I don’t NEED to be better than them. All I need to do is focus on my own improvement and my own journey.
So who cares if you can’t draw or sew or whatever? Everyone starts at the beginning. If you think it sounds fun, then don’t hold yourself under the pressure that it has to be OMG amazing! This is a hobby, not your career or a job. Don’t let some arbitrary expectation that you must have a certain amount of experience kill your joy of learning.
Post # 13
llevinso : From what you just said … I would suggest RUNNING!
A bunch of my co-workers are runners and it seems like fun, they sign up for easy 5ks in the area to keep them on track. It’s easy to get started… just walk out your front door and go!
That’s easy to gift for too…. shoes, clothes, gift cards for active wear shops, water bottles… etc.
Plus it’s fun way to get in shape, if you were thinking about that. Two birds one stone!