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Need a new hobby?! Fun + creative hobbies for women over 50+

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Hobbies have greatly enriched my life over the years, and as I grow older, I look forward to exploring new interests and hobbies.

I thought it would be fun to create a resource for midlife women exploring hobby ideas. So I came up with a long list of creative hobbies for women over 50 and today, I am sharing my favorites.

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What is a hobby?

By definition, a hobby is considered an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.

One of the great things about getting older is that we tend to have more leisure time. Once the nest is empty and we retire from our busy careers, it frees up some time to explore new and exciting things. 

When we hit our 40s, 50s, or 60s, there’s no better time to explore our interests and start new hobbies or invest more time and resources into things we already enjoy doing. Midlife is the perfect time to double down on leisure time and something that lights us up!

Having interests and hobbies is beneficial to our emotional, mental and physical well-being.

Why hobbies for women over 50 are essential:

  1. Having a hobby that we enjoy makes life whole and more joyful.
  2. Hobbies give us something fun and positive to do during our leisure time
  3. Having a hobby (or two or three) makes us more interesting. Period.
  4. Hobbies help to relieve stress. 
  5. Hobbies can help us to become more patient with ourselves and others.
  6. Having a hobby can improve social life. Big time!
  7. Hobbies can increase self-confidence.
  8. Hobbies help reduce boredom. 
  9. Hobbies enable us to develop new skills. 
  10. Hobbies increase knowledge.
  11. Hobbies help to prevent bad habits and wasting time.
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Hobbies for Women over 50+

Practice meditation

Meditation has significantly improved my life. I have found it a great way to step away from the chaos of life and check-in with myself. 

The best part about meditation is that you can do it anywhere, and it’s free! 

Related article: The benefits of daily mediation for women

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Yoga as a hobby

Yoga is a great hobby! In addition to being an excellent hobby choice, yoga is a great way to help improve your physical and mental health. 

As we age, our bodies are natural y less flexible and more susceptible to injury. Yoga helps us become more flexible and strong, and it’s super calming. 

You can practice yoga at home online, at a big box gym, or at a smaller, more intimate yoga studio.

You only need a few items to get started.

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Yoga for women over 50:

  • Improves flexibility, strength, and stamina
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • It helps improve self-esteem
  • Improves your focus and concentration
  • Reduces body fat
  • Increases blood flow
  • Boosts your immune system

My two favorite online yogis are The Yoga Girl and Yoga with Adriene

Crochet or Knitting (or both!)

Crocheting and Knitting are both beautiful craft hobbies. Crafting cozy hats, scarves, and such can be very rewarding. And, you can do it in front of the TV, how’s that for multi-tasking!?

Maybe make a scarf or an afghan for everyone in the family for next Christmas? Not a bad idea!

Learning to Knit or Crochet is relatively simple to understand. And there isn’t a huge financial investment required to get started.

Get 30% off Classes on Skillshare >

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Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has been around for centuries and became more popular in the ’80s and ’90s.   Scrapbooking was so popular that I bet the odds are pretty good that many of you already have a ton of scrapbooking stuff stashed somewhere in your house. So maybe it’s time to go dig it out and start again?!

Scrapbooking is the perfect hobby for people who like to be creative and record their memories with photos. 

It is easy to get started scrapbooking with the many accessories and decorative tools available. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some resources about scrapbooking to get you started:

10 Reasons to give scrapbooking a chance

The ultimate guide to scrapbooking for beginners

How to scrapbook: For Beginners

Photography

Photography is another hobby that is near and dear to my heart.

I fell in love with photography at a young age. I feel at home with a camera in my hand and love to document life. 

Whether you have an expensive DSLR camera or just a smartphone- You can take amazing photographs. If you’re using your DSLR on “auto” mode, your pictures might be OK, but you’re not using your camera to its fullest potential.

You can learn so much about photography basics online and on YouTube. And like anything else, there are workshops and courses available online. 

I highly recommend Creative Live for photography classes. They have many fantastic photography classes, many of which I have taken myself.

There are a ton of Photography classes available on Skillshare

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Painting as a hobby

Many famous artists didn’t pick up a brush until much later. Safe to say, it’s never too late to start.

I have always been in awe of abstract art and have just recently started my painting journey. I have no idea where it’s going, but I’m having fun. There is a wealth of information available online to help you start painting.

Here are some of my favorite online art/painting resources:

Art2life.com Learn to make the art you’ve always dreamed of
SkillShare With thousands of creative classes available, there is something for everyone!
Artify I love the painting classes on Artify.

I have taken several painting classes on Skillshare and have learned so much!

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Do Jigsaw Puzzles 

 Yes! Doing jigsaw puzzles can be a hobby! Why not?!

I love doing jigsaw puzzles. They are not only fun, but they are a great self-care tool. Jigsaw puzzles, and puzzles, in general, are good for you!

Just look at the many benefits of doing puzzles: 

  • Exercises both the logical and creative sides of your brain, giving you a mental workout. 
  • Improves short-term memory 
  • Improving visual-spatial reasoning 
  • Relieves stress 
  • Doing a jigsaw puzzle with a friend or two is an excellent way to have a casual conversation.
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Adult Coloring as a hobby

Coloring is still so much fun! And I’m pretty sure it helps with stress too.

I color a ton with my Granddaughter these days, and I love to color in my adult coloring books while watching TV (Especially when the hubby is watching something that I’m just not that into..)

Coloring is relaxing, and there is zero learning curve or a lot of new equipment. There are a ton of adult coloring books available on Amazon.  

There are also a ton of free printable adult coloring pages online

Cake Decorating 

Have you ever gone down the cake decorating rabbit hole? I sure have! I can watch cake decorating videos for hours! It’s just so inspiring!

Cake decorating is a great way to be creative and share what you have made with friends and family. And I’ve said it once, and I will repeat it: This hobby could also become a nice little side hustle.

There are tons of books and, of course, YouTube Videos available to learn cake decorating.

Skillshare is one of the best resources for online classes

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Make pottery as a hobby!

Learning to make pottery is another excellent hobby for those artsy-crafts types.

Learning to throw pots on the wheel is on my bucket list.

Several local pottery places usually offer pottery lessons, but you can learn at home online like anything else these days.

I found an excellent article about how to start pottery as a hobby that I think will be super helpful if you are interested in pottery as a hobby.

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Flower Arranging

Flowers can strongly impact one’s mental well-being and immediate happiness. I know this!

Flower arranging can be a wonderful hobby and very easy to get started.

Flower arrangements are a perfect way to enhance your home and lift spirits. You can arrange fresh and silk florals from holiday wreaths to wedding bouquets.  

Skillshare offers a ton of courses on flower arranging!

Make Greeting Cards

If you are artsy-crafty, making your greeting cards may be right up your alley! And have you noticed how expensive cards have gotten over the years?! It’s just crazy!

Making your cards for your friends and family can be an enjoyable hobby. However, when you create your greeting cards, you have control over the look and sentiment so that your card delivers just the right message to the right person.

Skillshare offers online greeting card-making classes to get you well on your way!

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Learn Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a beautiful art form.

This lettering style is both eye-catching and beautiful. You don’t need much to get started.

All you need is some paper and a calligraphy pen. In addition, there are some great books available on Amazon as well as courses online.

If you love calligraphy and get good at it, you could start a little side hustle addressing wedding invitations, just saying.

Skillshare has a lot of calligraphy courses available online.

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Travel

As I said, a hobby is something we do when we are not working. That said, traveling sounds like the perfect hobby to me!

Traveling away from home gets us out of our normal day-to-day, helps us understand other cultures, acquire new experiences, and meet new people worldwide.

And get this: when you become a world traveler, there are even more hobbies to enjoy like snorkeling, tasting different cuisines, and more!

Check out this great article: hobbies for travelers.

Become a Grilling Guru: BBQ Hobby

Yes! That’s right! A BBQ hobby! Again, why not?!

You can become a BBQ master in no time! Of course, if you like me, you can start the BBQ and do a basic chicken or maybe burgers and hotdogs, but listen!

There is a lot more to BBQ’ing than meets the eye.

Check out this beginner’s guide to BBQ.  

Sing!

We all sing in the shower; I love to sing at the top of my lungs in the care of my current favorite tune. (it’s a joyful noise!) But if you have a genuinely nice singing voice, you should sing out there!

Where to start? If you are part of a church community, you can jump right in and join the choir. You can also take singing classes online or locally.

Another fun thing about singing is going to Karaoke!

Karaoke is so much fun (even if you don’t sing well), and it’s a great way to spend time with friends or meet new people.   

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Wine tasting hobby

Raise your hand if you love wine! If you do, you’re going to love this idea! Wine tasting is an excellent option for those who already love wine and want to learn more about it.

You can have wine tasting parties at home, wine tasting groups, and clubs and visit beautiful wineries worldwide!

Check out this article about how to become a wine expert. It’s fascinating!

Gardening as a hobby

I love to garden! I find gardening to be such a gratifying hobby!

I started an organic raised garden over a year ago, and I love it! I live in Arizona, so there has been quite a learning curve.  

So far, we have enjoyed tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and several types of lettuce and herbs. I plan to start a cutting flower garden this spring.  

You don’t need a lot of space to start a garden. You can create a container garden on a patio or even indoors.

SkillShare offers online classes for gardening

Volunteer your time

The opportunities to volunteer our time are limitless. For example, you can volunteer with children, homeless shelters, environmental organizations, food pantries, church organizations, etc.

Love babies? Volunteer at your local hospital to hold and rock babies in the NICU. 

Through volunteering your time, you will be making a positive impact on the world. How cool is that?

Click here to find volunteering opportunities in your area

Become a Tutor

Are you a math whiz? Or maybe you are a retired teacher? Perhaps you always wanted to teach but went down a different path?  

Then maybe tutoring is a perfect fit for you!

Tutors help people of all ages advance their education, refine their skills, and be more successful in a subject of their choice. Tutoring can be a gratifying hobby. But, positively impacting a student’s life is good work. 

And as a bonus, you can make a nice chunk of change tutoring if you are looking for a way to save up for that trip worldwide!

Biking or Cycling as a hobby

Biking is so much fun!

Biking or Cycling is a great way to get some exercise, explore the great outdoors, and get some rays and fresh air simultaneously!

Riding a bike builds stamina and muscle mass and is a fantastic cardio workout! It’s been great for me, even with my bad knees. Ah, getting old is so much fun! 🙂

My husband and I are seriously thinking about investing in electric bikes! Of course, they are a bit pricey, but I love the idea of being able to switch over to electric when I get pooped!

I am still on the fence about buying a Peleton.

I don’t want it to become a very expensive coat rack. Does anyone out there have a Peleton? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

Brew some brew!

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing like a cold beer on a hot summer day! I love beer!

And so what about brewing your beer?!

I think this one sounds so fun! And, it turns out that brewing your beer at home isn’t as complicated as you might think!

For less than $50, you can start brewing your beer at home. And I think this would make a great Father’s Day gift too!

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Check out: How to brew your own beer in 4-easy steps

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Take up hiking

Hiking is good clean fun! Hiking is a great way to get in light cardio, vitamin D, and fresh air! Hiking can also be social and is a great way to spend time with family and friends. There are hiking groups and clubs you can join as well!

How to start hiking as a hobby

  • Invest in some good hiking shoes
  • Pack sunscreen, water, and a high-protein snack
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Research the trail ahead of time

Check out these resources if you are interested in hiking as a hobby: The American Hiking Society

Cultivate a green thumb

I’ve always had a bit of a green thumb. To date, I’ve got 37 plants. I know, maybe I’m a bit obsessed, but who cares! #crazyplantlady

Plants add much warmth and color to the house and even help clean the air!  

If you would like to cultivate a green thumb, it’s easy! Start with plants that are easy to grow and take a little time to learn some essential houseplant tips & tricks. You’ll be a houseplant pro in no time!

Start a Hobby Blog

I couldn’t leave this one out now, could I? I love blogging! Blogging is a perfect hobby for many reasons.

Blogging is fun, rewarding, and even profitable! You can essentially blog about anything and everything. The sky is the limit!

Starting costs for blogging are minimal, and there is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s nothing you can’t tackle! I believe in you. If you think you may be interested in starting a blog, you may want to read How to start a WordPress blog in 10 easy steps.

Check out my blogging resources Pinterest Board filled to the brim with my favorite blogging resources to help you get started.

Start a Podcast

Is there something you’re passionate about or an expert in? Been blessed with the gift of gab? Maybe you’re a teacher?  

Then starting a podcast could be just a hobby for you!

  1. What’s your topic? Know Your Audience, Define Your Niche. What is your topic?  
  2. Create Episode Subjects
  3. What’s your hosting style?
  4. Pick Your Format
  5. Invest in the right equipment and software
  6. Write Podcast transscripts
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Make Jewelry

While researching hobbies, I found that making jewelry is one of the most popular hobbies for women over 50! How about that?!

Jewelry making is a fun hobby and is a great way to keep your hands busy, develop a new skill, and create beautiful things to wear, gift, or even sell. Starting a hobby making jewelry is pretty straightforward.

How to start making jewelry as a hobby:

  1. Decide what type of jewelry you like. Check Pinterest for inspiration
  2. Grab a book about making jewelry (There are tons!)
  3. Get your hands on some supplies and tools needed
  4. Consider buying a jewelry-making kit to get started
  5. Organize a dedicated workspace and storage for supplies
  6. Take a jewelry-making class or two on SkillShare
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Start Journaling as a hobby

Journaling is a relaxing and therapeutic hobby.  Journaling helps us organize our thoughts and emotions creatively and serves as a wonderful way to document life. There are several different ways to journal.

Kinds of journaling:

  • Gratitude journaling– Gratitude journaling is the habit of recording and reflecting on things that you are grateful for regularly.
  • Morning pages– Morning pages are three pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. learn more
  • Art journaling-Art Journaling is a visual diary–it’s record-keeping combined with creativity! learn more
  • 5-Year journaling A 5-year journal is specifically designed to record memorable events, feelings, and thoughts within a period of 5 years. I started a five-year journal on my birthday this year.

Writing as a hobby 

You can write a book, write poems, blog posts, in a journal…You get the idea. If you love to write, the possibilities are truly endless. I do a little writing here on my blog, and I talk about writing a book one day. What about you? Ready to write that memoir?

Check out these resources to help you get started writing your book:

Brain Teasers and Memory Games

Puzzles and games that focus on using your reasoning, memory, and other mental capacities to solve the games are so good!

Crosswords, sudoku, and cryptograms are a few examples that you could start as a hobby. 

All give a well-round brain workout and are fun at the same time! I like cryptograms myself. 

Become a Book Worm! Reading as a hobby.

Reading is definitely a hobby since it’s something that we do in our spare time that brings pleasure. And I think that reading is one of the best hobby choices.

Why Reading is such a perfect hobby choice:

  • You can read anytime and almost anywhere
  • It doesn’t cost a lot of money
  • It helps us to relax and de-stress (lowers heart rate)
  • Reading improves vocabulary and knowledge
  • Proven in improving memory and reducing the risk of dementia

That’s all well and good, but you don’t like to read?

Then maybe you would like to listen to audiobooks. I love audiobooks because I can walk, paint, or even clean the house and listen to a book simultaneously! Yay for multi-tasking!

Join a book club

Do you want to get out of the house or be more social? Want to meet new people? Need some extra motivation to read? Don’t know what to read? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, then many a book cl would be something you would be interested in.

Check out this list of nine book clubs to join online!

Camping and or/ RVing

Get out there! Don’t you love that tagline?! 

Camping or RVing is a great way to get out and explore. Camping may lead to a lifelong love of swimming, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, travel, kayaking, biking, and many other enriching and worthwhile hobbies! Sounds good to me.

My husband and I talk about getting an RV when he retires so that we can travel all over and visit our many friends sprinkled throughout the country. While I love camping, I think RVing or glamping is more my speed these days.

I have a close girlfriend who has the cutest little vintage camper! She goes to women’s camping rallies and has an absolute blast!

Go RVing has a ton of information and resources about camping and RVing

Dance! 

Dancing is fun, a great way to stay in shape, and a great way to meet new people. Dancing strengthens muscles; it can increase endurance and improve overall fitness level. Dancing teaches balance, coordination, flexibility, and agility too! 

There are many different dance styles, from country line dancing to ballroom to salsa.! 

Search: Learn to dance near me, and you will be off to the races

Learn Self Defense 

It’s always a good idea to know how to defend yourself, especially today. Self-defense and Martial arts classes are widely available in many communities and even online. Learning self-defense will also help improve your self-esteem, self-confidence, and awareness of dangers around us that we may not be aware of. 

Knowing self-defense reduces your chances of becoming a victim of a crime. And I know we are all down for that.

Here’s a great article called The seven best self-defense courses online

Learn a new Langauge

No matter how old you are, learning a foreign language has many benefits!

Learning a new language strengthens brain functions like memory, problem-solving, multi-tasking, and observation skills.

Choosing to learn a new language is not an easy hobby choice by any stretch of the imagination.

If you are interested in learning a new language as a hobby, many resources are available.

There are also several foreign language apps available that you could download to your phone and learn a new language right away!

Final Thoughts on my fun Hobbies for Women Over 50

So there you have it for today. Lots of awesome hobbies for women over 50 or any age, really!

I know I’ve left many hobby ideas out, but I want to say this for today.

There is always something new to learn, and it’s never too late to start something new! As I said, I truly believe that having hobbies that you love and enjoy helps to keep us young, healthy, and vibrant and makes us more interesting to be around!

So if you have extra time on your hands, why not fill it with one or a few of these hobby ideas. Then, let me know what you think in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear what you’re up to.

Until next time, stay well and get out there and enjoy your life!

XO, Christine

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10 Comments

  1. What a great list! Right now, I’m mostly blogging in my spare time but plan to add some of your other ideas into my life when my kids become more independent, especially reading, traveling and exercising more. xo Nipa

  2. These are great ideas, and many empty-nester moms don’t know what to do after the kids are gone. Personally, I have so many hobbies that I need to retire to do them all. lol

  3. Yes! Preach!
    Hobbies are SO good for our mental and social health. If the pandemic taught you anything, I hope that it encouraged you to take up something joyful that you can do on your own.

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