With the new year quickly approaching, it's not uncommon for folks to start reflecting on the past year around the holiday season. Namely, what fun hobbies they might have picked up or what interesting hobbies they wish they had gotten into.
If you're looking for a popular hobby to tuck under your belt before the year is over, you've come to the right place! Below, we've listed out 22 of the most popular hobbies you can get into just in time for the end of 2022.
Indoor hobbies to fuel your creative pursuits
Since the cold weather is fast-approaching, you might be interested in these indoor hobbies. Not only will some of these new hobbies teach you new skills, but they'll also act as a great form of self-care during this holiday season (which can be understandably hectic).
#1. Nail stamping
One of the most common hobbies you might see right now on social media is nail art. Dozens of beautifully manicured nails may be decorating your screen, and maybe you want in on the fun.
But you're not an artist. Sigh... But wait! That doesn't mean you can't still partake in this popular hobby.
At Maniology, we offer you the nail stamping tools necessary to create beautiful art at your fingertips. All you need to be able to do is press a design firmly on your nail.
We're passionate about empowering each and every one of our customers to embrace their creativity when it comes to this rewarding hobby. Not only does nail stamping serve as a relaxing hobby, carving out some "me-time" for you.
It is also an exciting hobby with dozens of folks coming together in a creative community. So, what are the basic tools you'll need to take up this fun hobby?
What you'll need
Nail stamping plates
Our nail stamping plates contain all the nail designs you could possibly imagine.
Nail stamping polishes
Our nail stamping polishes are just a bit thicker than normal polishes to make sure your designs stay on securely.
Our Maniology scraper card helps you scrape off any excess polish from the stamping plate.
Finally, you simply press your stamper onto the stamping plate, lifting your nail up, and pressing it firmly onto your fingertips. Whoever said nail stamping wasn't an easy hobby clearly didn't know what they were talking about!
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#2. Cake decorating
One of the more popular hobbies you may also see on social media is cake decorating. Like nail stamping, decorating a cake is a great way to tap into your creative side.
And you get to eat the fruits of your labor! Or share with family and friends.
Taking on this new hobby is perfect for the upcoming holiday season where sweets and goodies get their time to shine. So fill your free time with icing tubes, food coloring, and more!
#3. Wine tasting
While we don't consider this an inexpensive hobby, wine tasting is such a fun way of broadening your palette. And learning a thing or two about the wine-making process!
Over time, you'll learn how to differentiate various flavor notes. And since this is a more expensive hobby than most, you can always remember to go at your own pace with it.
With the holiday season coming up, you'll probably be around different bouquets of wine. So this might just be the perfect time to take up this great hobby and show off just how much of a sommelier you really are!
#4. Jewelry making
You'd be surprised at how easy some of these common hobbies are. Take jewelry making, for example.
You can take this new hobby as far as you want to. You might start by stringing beads onto a chain, then work your way up from there - who knows!
This is a great hobby you can accomplish when watching TV or simply winding down from the day. And what's better yet is that you get some amazing results after the fact.
#5. Learning a new language
Learning a new language certainly takes time and practice. But if you have your heart set on an Italian vacation or a hiking tour throughout Asia, then you'll certainly want to brush up on a new language or two.
There are so many tools out there nowadays to help you in your studies. Whether it's through online games or apps like Duolingo, learning a new language has never been easier.
#6. Paper crafts
Looking for a way to occupy your hands? Working with paper is a great way to get to know one of the most commonly used materials in the whole world while making some impressive creations at the same time.
You might try popular hobbies with paper like origami. Or maybe you'll even get into one of the more interesting hobbies with paper making! You never know where this versatile medium will take you.
#7. Watching sports
Sure, watching a football game doesn't sound like some of the other hobbies we've listed. But getting into sports and rooting for your favorite team is perhaps the most common hobby out there.
Not to mention it's a great way to make friends and have company over. Learning the rules of the game might take some time, but once you're in, you're in it to win it.
#8. Board gaming
You may only be familiar with board games as a family hobby on vacations. But who's to say this hobby can't be incorporated into a weekly family game night?
As far as hobbies go, playing board games is a great way to engage with others while making some meaningful connections along the way. You might dip your toe into card games, a gaming console, and more. But the important thing is that you're sharing your hobby with friends and loved ones.
#9. Doing crossword puzzles
You may not think of crossword puzzles as one of the most popular hobbies out there. But tell that to every big city newspaper!
Crosswords are such a great hobby for mental stimulation. Not only are they super fun, but you can do a crossword puzzle anywhere.
Plus, there are plenty of crossword puzzling communities. So if you get really hooked, you can even form a new circle of friends to compare and contrast your weekly puzzles with.
#10. Figure skating
If you watch the Olympics only for figure skating, then you know just the tip of the icerink how difficult this sport is. But that shouldn't stop you from strapping your skates on and getting out there.
Some of the best hobbies are the ones that push you out of your comfort zone. They may require some special equipment here and there.
But if you find yourself really getting hooked, then it won't matter how much equipment you need. Your love for the hobby in question will drive your passions forward.
#11. Thrifting at thrift stores
Shopping around department stores might not be considered a hobby. But thrifting is certainly one of the most popular hobbies out there today!
Thrift and flea markets are filled with tons of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. And if you have any sewing or design background, you could potentially thrift a piece of clothing, refurbish it, as it were, then re-home it to a loving owner who will appreciate the work you put into it.
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#12. Flower arranging
Flower arranging is a delicate art that takes quite an artistic eye. And like most common hobbies, it's something you can immediately pick up or take a class on to learn the fundamental basics.
You might find yourself starting off arrangements in mason jars, then working your way up to beautiful vases. Either way, you'll have a special talent for knowing how to present these botanical beauties as gifts, centerpieces, and more.
#13. Watching TV shows
It could be argued that watching television isn't necessarily a hobby anymore. After all, doesn't everyone cue up Netflix at the end of the day?
But like the best hobbies out there, watching TV has become a fantastic way of creating community. You may find a particular television show that you and a coworker are able to gush over.
Or maybe a particular franchise like Star Wars inspires you to write some fan fiction and start a blog. Whether you view this hobby as something to wind down with or instigate further creative projects is up to you.
#14. Collecting items
You might not think so but collecting items is one of the most popular hobbies that have stood the test of time. After all, it's somewhat comforting to be surrounded by objects that we love, particularly objects that come with a unique backstory.
Take coin collecting, for example. Coins carry a rich history with them, and when displayed in a collection can create a beautiful conversation and even a timeline of political history.
There's a reason these common hobbies have stuck around. So try your hand at collecting to see what kinds of collections you can create.
#15. Playing video games
Video games might conjure up images of teenagers who are addicted to technology. But playing video games remains of the most popular hobbies for folks out there.
With in-depth backstories and impressive video design, video games offer folks the chance to interact with a virtual world. And sometimes, they're even able to create a community with folks in the real world who appreciate video games just as much as they do.
#16. Building your own site
It seems like everybody has a website nowadays. But have you ever thought to build a website from scratch?
Learning code and getting into the digital backlog of a site is an exciting new skill that can open plenty of opportunities for you. It may start out like any other hobby, but it's one of those hobbies that will leave you with plenty of knowledge after the fact.
#17. Making model cars
There's something really satisfying about creating miniature models of real-world objects. Like cars, for example.
Those who get into model-making hobbies churn out impressive detail with the models they create. Not only is it a great hobby that helps you flex your creative muscles. But it also gives you a task to build up your mental focus while challenging your brain.
Popular hobbies in the great outdoors
If the hobbies we've listed so far don't speak to you, don't worry. Because we're about to get into some popular hobbies that'll get you moving and breathing in some fresh air.
#18. Rock climbing
Technically, rock climbing can be done either indoors or outdoors. But either way, it will take a lot of physical and mental strength to accomplish.
As a sport, rock climbing can be incredibly demanding on both your body and your brain. But once you've mastered the hobby, you'll be able to reap the rewarding effects it can have.
#19. Scuba diving
Scuba diving is one of those hobbies that literally shows you an entirely new world. Who wouldn't want to know what lies within and beneath the coral reef?
Of course, you'll need an Open Water Diver Certification to start this hobby. But with enough dedication and perseverance, you can explore the various ecosystems at play under the ocean's surface. Talk about a fantastic hobby you can literally dive into!
#20. Fitness and physical activity
Physical exercise is an important part of anyone's daily health regimen. But that doesn't mean you can't view your physical activities as hobbies either.
In fact, if there's a particular workout you enjoy doing, odds are you're determined to get better and better at it. That in and of itself is a hobby worth investing in.
#21. Doing yoga
Nothing quite hits like rolling out your yoga mat in the great outdoors. After all, it's a pretty unique experience to do Sun Salutations as the Sun is rising.
This hobby can help you tap into different areas of your body while incorporating mindfulness into your routine. As far as hobbies go, we consider this one a particularly rewarding one with rich benefits to boot.
#22. Walking dogs
If you're a dog-lover, it only makes sense that you take up the hobby of walking them! Not only can you earn a little cash on the side.
But you get to take a stroll with a friendly buddy every once in a while. You'll probably also meet some fellow dog-walkers on your trek as well, proving that this hobby can too turn into a community endeavor.
Hobbies are a great way of tapping into different parts of ourselves. Our hobbies can teach us core values like patience, hard work, and resilience.
Or, our hobbies can simply help us wind down after a stressful day. Either way you approach your hobbies, you're enriching your life with new and exciting activities. And that's something to be proud of.
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