We've got five simple and enjoyable hobby ideas that you can do from home, either by yourself or with others. These hobbies are interesting ways to pass the time and take care of yourself.

1. Painting and drawing

Painting and drawing can be two great ways to showcase your creativity on a low budget. They allow you to express your emotions, thoughts, and ideas without words. Whether you’re doodling in a sketchbook or painting a landscape, these activities can be extremely therapeutic.

You don't need to be a master artist to start painting or drawing. Try starting with basic supplies: a pencils and a sketchpad! Add some watercolour paints, and brushes as you explore your art style.

With plenty of online tutorials and courses to help you learn various techniques, from basic sketching to advanced painting methods, websites such as YouTube offer numerous free resources. However, if you're looking to learn face-to-face, why not consider an art course with the SPƵվ?

2. Knitting and crocheting

Knitting and crocheting are great low-cost practical hobby crafts to take on in your spare time. They allow you to create beautiful, handmade items such as scarves, and blankets and are the perfect personalised gift for friends and family.

To start knitting or crocheting, all you need are basic supplies: yarn, knitting needles, or a crochet hook. You can find beginner kits at craft stores like Hobbycraft or online. They come with all the supplies you need and simple instructions.

Lady knitting a blanket

3. Gardening

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that connects you with nature. Great for mental health, offering physical exercise and the joy of watching your plants grow. Plus, you can enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labour and save some money just by growing your own stash.

You don’t need a large space to start gardening; many plants can be grown in pots or small containers indoors. Start with easy-to-grow plants such as herbs, succulents, or tomatoes. All you need to do is gather basic supplies: pots, soil, seeds or seedlings, and a watering can. Research what type of plants will thrive in your environment and follow basic gardening tips for beginners.

Meet others who share the same interests in your local area in a SPƵվ gardening course. Learn more here.

Hands potting a plant with soil

4. Cooking and baking

Cooking and baking are essential life skills and are a fun way to spend your time. Experimenting with new recipes and ingredients can make mealtime more exciting and affordable. Invest in some cheaper ingredients and whip up the perfect dish for your family and friends.

Start by exploring simple recipes on social media for example that interest you. Gather the necessary ingredients and tools, such as measuring cups, mixing bowls, and a good set of knives. Learn to cook better with online classes, recipes, and YouTube tutorials that provide clear step-by-step guidance.

Did you know the SPƵվ have lots of cooking and baking classes this summer? Click here to explore what's on near you today.

Someone cutting herbs on a chopping board

5. Photography

If you love taking photos wherever you go then perhaps consider making an artistic hobby out of it. Learn how to develop your camera skills and capture the beauty of the world around you.

You don’t need an expensive camera to begin. A phone can do just the job. Many online resources and courses can guide you through the fundamentals of photography.

Lady holding a smartphone taking a picture of a purple flower

Other hobbies to consider

If these didn’t sound appealing, perhaps other hobbies like playing board games, attending a dance class, learning a new language, or playing an instrument might interest you.

Whichever hobbies you choose, they are all great, inexpensive ways to relax and have fun. But did you know they can also impress hiring managers when applying for jobs? Employers love to see what individuals are like outside the work environment. So, next time you’re updating your CV, don’t forget to add these hobbies to the hobbies and interests section to stand out.

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Priyanki Patel

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Priyanki Patel is the National Marketing Officer at the SPƵվ.