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149 Best Hobbies for Men – The only list of manly hobby ideas you’ll need!
Every man needs to have a set of good hobbies for men… because:
If you’re like most guys, your free time is limited. And after a long work week, it’s tough to use that free time for anything other than lying on the couch. I get it.
But think about your free time like this: when you’re sitting in your rocking chair at 80 years old, what would you rather remember doing:
1. Coming home after work, and then using your free time to sit around playing video games and watching TV
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2. Using free time to learn new skills, have new experiences, and intentionally make yourself a better man?
You’d rather remember #2, right? Then check this out:
One of the best ways to become man #2 is to pursue manly hobbies… you’ll definitely learn those new skills/have new experiences… and I strongly believe that classic, masculine hobbies (like woodworking, martial arts, or playing music) can help you become a better, more intelligent, more well-rounded man.
And while it’s common to expect men to have a hobby, there aren’t a whole lot of lists of hobbies for guys to choose from.
So… to help you out, we’ve provided some men’s hobby ideas here. This wide range of hobbies for men are of all sorts of guys, to help pass the free hours away and give you more to talk about.
Now: I recommend reading through all of these 149 hobbies for men to find your absolute favorites… but if you’re looking for something specific, you can click the links below to jump to that section:
Here are your straight up 25 best hobbies. If you are looking for something to choose right out of a hat and get to it, this is the list for you.
Browse through and find something that really speaks to you.
Here are the best 25 hobbies for men:
1. Spear Fishing
Spear fishing is much more like hunting game than traditional fishing with a line.
When you spear fish, you actually become an underwater hunter… using a spear gun, you hunt fish as large as 20 pounds.
Of course, to a lot of guys, the best part of this hobby is eating the hobby’s end result (and knowing that the more you practice, the better you hunt… and the more delicious fish dinners you eat).
But remember this:
Spear fishing is still fishing, so you’ll need a fishing license before you start.
2. Martial Arts
Martial arts (judo, jujutsu, taekwondo, krav maga, etc.) are ancient forms of fighting/self defense, and usually originate from Asian countries.
Not only are most martial arts an incredible full-body workout (which is why so many gyms have classes based on them)… but they provide other benefits, too:
- A highly practical skill. Of course, as a general rule, you should avoid a fight… but if you can’t, martial arts training will give you the ability to defend yourself.
- Mental stimulation. Most martial arts styles require high levels of strategy to beat your opponent. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has even been called “human chess” (indicating the incredible amount of mental concentration it takes).
- Tight-knit social communities. When you train with the same men every day, literally putting your blood and sweat into it, you develop a sort of brotherhood. I personally haven’t found any other activity that can create the bonds that martial arts can.
3. Car Racing
Does it get any more manly than racing cars? There are probably plenty of tracks around to tear up some road and release your need for speed.
Offroading is exactly what is sounds like: navigating rough, rocky, uneven, muddy terrain off the paved roads.
It’s one of the most fun hobbies for men, since it combines so many things we love:
Cars, outdoors, challenges, and even a little danger.
It’s easy to start offroading, but not easy to master it… you can start right now if you have a truck, jeep or SUV (with all-terrain tires), but there’s a high likelihood of rolling, flipping, or even breaking your vehicle (though for most guys, that’s the fun part).
Be sure to research the location you plan to navigate, to ensure your vehicle can handle it, and always go with multiple vehicles to get you out of a tight spot (literally).
Hobbies don’t always have to be skills that you learn…
…they can simply be something you do that makes you happy.
Hiking doesn’t require you to learn a new skill, but it’s one of the best ways to exercise and experience nature’s beauty… in fact, many mountain tops or lakes deep in a forest, are only accessible if you hike, mountain bike or horseback ride to them.
Here’s the bottom line:
6. Firearm Enthusiast
If it isn’t fast cars, it’s got to be guns, right? What else could be a more straightforward manly way to spend your free time?
Skiing and snowboarding are winter’s most popular sports… mostly because they’re incredibly fun, a good workout, and can be a challenge for anyone (even men who’ve done it for years).
The main downside to these winter sports as a hobby is that they can get expensive…
…but if you have a few dollars to spare, these can be a hobby/adventure that you can improve on for years.
Fencing is an ancient form of sword fighting… but instead of thick, iron broadswords, fencers use thin stainless steel swords (called foils).
Fencing is a highly competitive and strategic sport that’s also an incredible work out.
There are two main types of fencing:
- Classical fencing, designed to look like an actual sword fight
- Sport (Olympic Style) fencing, which is a competitive sport
Both styles combine strategy, athleticism and technique… making it a great hobby for men to try.
Wind, sun, exercise: windsurfing has it all. You’ll be at the beach. You’ll look good. You’ll work on your balance. It’s just plain cool.
Bouldering is a more extreme form of rock climbing… you scale smaller rocks (under 15ft.) with no ropes attached. It can feel like a much more natural way to climb… and it’s a fun, extreme hobby for adventurous men.
Just like rock climbing, you can boulder indoors, in a climbing gym, or outdoors on an actual boulder.
If you’re bouldering outdoors (unsupervised), always climb with friends and crash pads.
When you backpack, you carry everything you need to survive in the wilderness on your back. It’s a hobby that combines minimal living with outdoor adventure.
Backpacking can last a few days (backpack camping) or up to a few months (backpack travelling).
No matter how short/long you live with just the supplies you can carry, you’ll definitely be experiencing something new.
12. Sports – Refereeing
For those of us born with a love of sports but no skill to play them, refereeing still lets you be part of the game.
Motorcycling is an incredibly manly hobby: it’s fun, challenging, freeing, and a little dangerous.
And it gets better:
Plus, there’s a lot of practical value to owning a motorcycle. They’re one of the most gas efficient ways to get around, parking is incredibly easy, and you can make riding a social activity.
14. Horseback Riding
Horseback riding allows you to truly get in touch with nature… not only by being outside, but by depending on a (formerly) wild animal to get you around.
Owning a horse is pretty expensive, so it’s a good idea to practice with a horse at a stable near you. There you’ll be able to ride with an experienced rider, and see if it’s something you really enjoy.
15. Reviewing Gadgets
This is something we really love here at Mantelligence. You get to play with new toys and help others pick the best ones.
16. Flying Model Planes
There’s just something so cool about the way that planes move through the air. And a model plane is a great way to enjoy the miracle of flight in miniature form. Plus… you get to control everything with your remote.
What’s not to love, right?
And check it out:
There’s a huge range of models for every budget.
You can get everything from a miniature prop plane to an actual jet-fuel-powered model F-16. (Editorial note: this is a link you can use for a video) Imagine piloting that thing around while doing cool loops and barrel rolls.
Boxing is a great hobby for a few reasons:
- It’s manly. There’s definitely a rugged masculinity in learning how to fight with your fists, right?
- It builds confidence. Boxing is a greatform of self-defense. And knowing that you could fight if you had gives you a sense of security.
- It’s a great workout. After all, boxing is an intense full-body exercise.
And boxing is a manly tradition that dates back thousands of years. So why not step into the ring and try a few rounds?
There’s no better way to meet interesting people and have some great adventures than handing out drinks and seeing what happens.
19. Using Ham Radio
Being an amateur radio enthusiast involves using the airwaves to transmit messages to other enthusiasts around the world.
And there’s a big community of people to talk to or get involved with. They even have their own technical language… but they are always willing to help new people get into ham radio.
And a supportive community and a valuable skill are always great when it comes to choosing your hobby.
You do need a license in most places to operate an amateur radio broadcast.
Running is one of the easiest hobbies to start… all you need is a pair of running shoes.
But check this out:
Running is also one of the healthiest hobbies, both your physically and mentally. Physically, it can:
- Build stronger muscles source
- Help you lose weight via burning calories source
- Lower your risk of developing blood clots source
- Boost your immune system (you’ll get sick less often) source
Mentally, it can:
- Significantly reduce stress source
- Reduce risk of depression through the secretion of hormones source
Not bad for one hobby, right?
21. Wine Making
It takes some knowledge and skill, but the finally product is worth it. Think of all the great evenings you can have sharing your own wine.
Hunting is something that men have done from the beginning of human history. It’s primal. And it’s a great way to get in touch with your manly roots.
It’s also a rewarding hobby that you can share with your family. Lots of guys have memories of hunting with their dads or grandfathers. And that’s something you can pass along to your own kids or grandkids.
Always get the right tags and permission before you start hunting.
23. Practicing Survival Skills
The skills you need to survive in the wild are ones that men used to depend on to make it through the day. And that’s a tradition that most guys have forgotten. And think about it:
Aren’t those the kind of skills you want to learn?
Developing basic survival skills is an awesome way to get out in nature and be part of keeping those traditions alive for another generation.
And you get the confidence of knowing that you could survive anywhere.
Fun, exciting, daring, and yet completely harmless in the end, it’s a great way to get out in nature and play.
Surfing isn’t a hobby as much as it’s a lifestyle. Once you get a taste of surfing you’ll find that it’s hard to stop. There’s just something about flying over the water on a board that leaves you wanting more. Not to mention the fact that it can be a great date idea.
And surfing is not only a ton of fun… but a great workout as well.
It combines the cardio of swimming with the core work out of balancing on a surfboard.
Think about it:
It’s a great workout that’s so fun you don’t want to stop.
What’s not to love about that?
Some people struggle to stick with a hobby because they want more from it than just the activity.
Basically, they want hobbies that make money. Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck. Try a few of these and have a blast while making a little cash.
Here are 29 hobbies for men that can make money:
26. Taking Paid Surveys
Tell people what you think and get some money for it. You may even get some free samples out of it.
There are three steps to distillation:
- A liquid (usually beer or wine) is heated until the alcohol in it becomes a gas, and rises
- The gas that rose in step one is then cooled, condensing it back into liquid form
- This condensed liquid is collected, giving you a distilled version of the liquid in step one
In other words, distilling an alcoholic beverage, like beer, turns it into a liquor (by taking the alcohol percentage from around 5% to 40%).
Modern-day blacksmiths still command a lot of respect, but mostly through producing custom metal pieces and fine art.
The fact that blacksmithing is somewhat of a lost art makes it an even better hobby… because I can guarantee that very few men you know can create beautiful things out of metal with their bare hands.
29. Public Speaking
You can share what you know about the world, help some people find themselves, and make some money while you’re at it.
For the computer whizzes out there, programming is a fun way to code constructively, and for some extra income.
Here’s something we can both agree on:
There aren’t many hobbies that are manlier than shaping wood into something useful with your hands. Here’s why:
Real, classic men throughout history have been able to provide for loved ones with nothing but their hands. They could build cabins, furniture, wagons, etc. out of simply trees. What’s classically manlier than that?
And there’s another benefit to woodworking:
It can easily turn into a side business, or even a career like cabinetry or interior finishing… earning money, in the manliest way.
32. Home Brewing
Home brewing is exactly what it sounds like: the process of making your own beer at home.
Pretty aweome, right?
Here’s a few reasons why brewing your own craft beer at home is such a great hobby for men:
- It’s relatively easy to get started
- You can creatively combine ingredients to make unique brews, specific to your tastes
- The end product is delicious, refreshing beer
When you start home brewing, I recommend buying a pre-made starter kit like this one. These kits are pretty inexpensive, and come with the equipment, ingredients and instructions you need for your first brew.
The best part of home brewing?
Unlike distilling your own spirits, it’s completely legal.
33. Proofreading and Editing
For those of us who actually enjoyed studying grammar in school, this is a great way to make money while getting some reading in.
You probably think investing is way too complicated to be a hobby, right? But look: It’s a lot easier than you think.
And there’s so many ways to invest like:
- Real Estate. Buying property is a great way to invest. Real estate usually increases in value and you can rent it out for extra cash.
- Buying stock is another good investment… since stocks can really take off, giving youhuge returns.
Just remember that learning how to invest is always a good idea. I mean think about it… what other hobby lets you develop these kind of powerful financial skills?
Lock picking is a hobby that combines the satisfaction of developing a unique skill with a sense of adventure.
It’s really tough to pick a lock… especially these days with all their security features.
But being able to do it anyway makes it all the more impressive. And having that skill makes you feel like no matter what kind of situation you got into… you’d have the skills to get yourself out.
Never use your lock-picking skills to break into anything that doesn’t belong to you.
36. Graphic Design
If grammar wasn’t your thing but art was, try your hand at some part time graphic design to get your art out there.
37. Building Electronics
This site talks a lot about developing classic manly skills… but what that really means is that it’s important to learn the skills that make you a useful and well-rounded person… and learning how to fix and build electronics is one of those new, vital skills for this day and age.
There’s a ton of cool stuff you can do once you learn the basics of circuitry.
You can rig your house up to do things like turn the lights on for you… and even build your own gadgets or robots.
Learning to code computers is an extremely powerful thing in this age of technology. But while it might seem complicated at first… it’s like any other skill that you can learn with time.
And check this out… There’s a ton of stuff you can do with some basic coding skills:
- Write computer program to automate boring parts of your job.
- Develop your own apps.
- Build your own games.
Plus… once you master coding those possibilities open up even more. In fact… an expert coder can do amazing things with the right code.
Another way to use your artistic skills and leave a permanent artistic mark on someone. It’s something they’ll never forget.
You can make a surprisingly good amount of money coaching kids in a sport you love.
41. Practicing Photography
Photography is a skill that’s easy to pick up…but takes a long time to master. Anyone can pick up a camera and start snapping photos. But to really become a master photographer (which means learning how to play light and filters to get incredible photos) takes a lot of practice.
But here’s the thing:
The practice is still a lot of fun.
And you can still capture great memories or beautiful moments while you hone your skills.
Ceramics is a truly hands-on art form, where you can create something three-dimensional (that can be both beautiful and useful).
There are many forms of ceramics, but the most popular is probably wheel throwing… shaping clay with your hands, on a spinning wheel. You can make objects like bowls, candlesticks, or decorative items.
Here’s a tip for men who want to try ceramics:
Kilns (the furnaces used use to dry and harden ceramic art) can be overly expensive to buy, so look for a local hobby center or ceramic/pottery studio. Many will let you dry you projects in their kiln for a fee, plus you’ll meet other artists in a social setting.
Get outside, enjoy the weather, make nature a little more beautiful, and make a good bit of money while you’re at it.
44. Stone Working
Stone working is the art of shaping stone with traditional hand tools. You’re also using ancient techniques that men have been using for thousands of years. But here’s the thing:
There are so many incredible things that you can make with those ancient stone working techniques.
You can make ornate stone art or tiles… Or even make decorative handles for tools. And here’s the best part:
You can easily make a lot of money as a master stone carver… Selling your work to make a living in an incredibly manly way.
45. Making Electronic Music
Making electronic music is a hobby that combines a chance to develop musical skills with an opportunity to learn more about computers. And basically you’ll take programs on a computer and use them to create complex beats and bass drops… making them into songs.
It’s an awesome way to be creative and if you’ve ever struggled to learn a musical instrument but still want a way to make music… then electronic music is probably for you.
46. Bargain Hunting
If you like looking for bargains, find the best ones, then sell what you don’t keep to finance the next hunt.
47. Furniture Making
So much of the furniture we use these days is cheap and mass-produced. That’s why antique furniture is so valuable.
It speaks to a tradition of craftsmanship that’s hard to find these days. But check this out:
What if you could make things yourself that would be antiques one day?
Making furniture by hand is not only a manly hobby that can become a career… but it’s also a way to leave your own mark on history.
48. Theatre Acting
Acting on the stage is a chance to get a sense of the thrill of performing. And you get to bond with a troupe of local actors. Plus… it’s easy to get into since local theaters always need talent.
And I get it:
You might be afraid of freezing up… that’s what stage fright is.
But moving past your barriers and becoming a stronger person is what a good hobby is all about.
49. Refinishing Furniture
Use your hands, return the elegance to beautiful objects, then sell them on to new, appreciative owners at a nice profit.
Blogging is a great way to start sharing your thoughts with the world. Simply put:
It lets you engage with followers from around the world… and can even be a good way to make money.
51. Making Videos
Making your own videos is a great way to spend some time with your friends. You can exercise you creative muscles and practice your acting chops at the same time. And the videos you make are a great way to capture memories for a lifetime.
But here’s the best part:
If you can create good enough content… you can totally turn film making into a career.
52. Metal Detecting
Metal detecting is all about the thrill of finding valuable things that others leave behind. And even if you don’t find anything that’s worth a lot of money… there’s still plenty of interesting possibilities.
You can find antique coins or Civil War bullets. And tinkering with the detector gives you a new skill to learn.
And here’s the thing:
Hunting for hidden objects is always a ton of fun.
You can update furniture, give it your own particular style, and then get it settled in someone else’s house.
Have you ever dreamed of having your own radio show? Well here’s the thing:
Podcasting is like having a radio show that can reach way more people.
Podcasts can be downloaded by anyone at any time… so there’s a huge potential audience for your show. And it’s so easy to get started. All you have to do is record an episode and send it into iTunes.
And here’s the best part:
If you get enough listeners you can start advertising on your show for extra income.
One of the best ways to keep a relationship strong is to find things you both like to do together.
Finding hobbies for couples that men are as enthusiastic about as women makes it all the more likely you’ll both stay invested in the activity, and therefore both stay invested in each other.
Here are 27 hobbies for couples, that guys love:
A bow and arrows are very primal weapons. Archery fed families for centuries before we were able to walk into a store and buy food, or even use guns to hunt.
You probably won’t ever need archery skills to find food (though if you ever do, you’ll be very grateful for learning), but hunting isn’t the reason you should pick up archery:
Do it because it’s fun.
Golf is a great hobby for men because it’s a simple concept to grasp (like pool), and doesn’t require as much energy as running/biking.
If you’ve never golfed before, I highly recommend taking a few lessons… because while the game is simple, almost no one is a good golfer at first. You need training.
After you’re a good golfer, you can have a social hobby that you can continue for most of your life.
57. Participate in Social Work
Spending your time doing some good for the world is a great way to forge a stronger, more outwardly focused relationship.
58. Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is one of the more extreme sports on our list of hobbies (and one of the more extreme workouts).
Riding up rough mountain terrain is much more difficult than riding up a nicely paved street…
…and riding down the mountain, you gain speed quickly, and face uneven terrain and blind corners. Pretty extreme, right?
But here’s the thing:
If you’re not looking for an extreme sport, you can enjoy milder mountain biking for the fun, social exercise, and beautiful views.
Cooking is fun, simple to learn and instantly rewarding (cooking means you get to eat, right?)
Cooking is also an incredibly important hobby for men because it makes us self-sustaining. A true man doesn’t need a restaurant, or significant other, to feed himself. He only needs fresh ingredients, heat and utensils.
When you’re first getting started, cook from recipes (instead of making it up). Recipes teach you how to make a dish, and also basic cooking skills and how flavors work together.
For a lot of great recipes, check out this site.
It’s a creative way to go back over your memories together.
Geocaching is an awesome way to spend a Saturday. It combines the fun of navigating your way around an unfamiliar area with the challenge of a scavenger hunt.
Here’s how it works:
You go online to a geocaching website and find GPS coordinates for a hidden cache. Then you use a map to find your way to that place and find the cache. Afterwards, you record your name in the cache… joining all the other people who found that cache.
And the best part is that it’s a hobby that helps you get moving (and challenges your mind too).
There are very few hobbies that can teach you more than traveling.
Think about it:
You learn new cultures. New languages. New foods. You see new, incredible places and learn new skills there. You can change your perspective of the world.
The main reason men don’t travel is that it can get expensive. So if you want to travel but don’t have a lot of money, plan a small trip… even just to another state. Travelling/experiencing new places doesn’t have to mean overseas… you can learn more about the world by experiencing any new place.
63. Chocolate Making
Is there a more delicious way to spend time together? Just imagine how much fun the taste tests are.
64. River Rafting/Kayaking
River rafting is a hobby that can be a way to relax and enjoy nature…
…or a way to give yourself an insane adrenaline boost.
Either way, successful rafting requires timing, endurance and good communication with your fellow raft members.
Until you really know what you’re doing, don’t raft/kayak with alone. Rivers are unpredictable/dangerous, and should be approached with extreme caution.
65. Ballroom Dancing
Women want a man who can dance with them… making ballroom dancing one the most attractive hobbies to women who dance.
Besides that, it’s an insanely fun hobby, that’s active and social.
There are quite a few ballroom dances:
Each is completely unique style… no two dances are the same.
If you’re interested in ballroom dancing, but aren’t sure which dance to start with, watch YouTube videos of the different dances and see which one are the most appealing to you.
66. Community theater
Ever harbor a dream of being an actor? Experience the thrill of the stage together while also making new friends and putting on a great show.
67. Practicing Yoga
Yoga might seem like a hobby that you associate with girls.
But here’s the thing:
It’s an ancient tradition that combines mastery over your body with an emphasis on calming your mind. The best way to describe it is that it’s like meditating while working out.
And there’re a lot of benefits like added flexibility and a more developed core.
So don’t let stereotypes let you miss out on a great hobby like yoga.
68. Becoming A Film Buff
Everyone enjoys a good movie… But think about it:
How many people really know about the technical aspects of movie making?
But that’s what being a film buff is about. You’ll learn all about the techniques used in movie making and the trends and artistic themes.
And you get to watch all the classic films you’ve never seen.
69. Museum/Art Gallery Hopping
Whether you’re both great lovers of art or just interested novices, you can find out a lot about each other by taking in all the museums in your area.
70. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is an incredibly fun, challenging sport that requires a lot of physical strength (making it one of the most badass hobbies on our list).
Even though rock climbers are usually anchored to the rock with ropes (though sometimes you free climb), you still rely heavily on the strength of your arms and chest to power you up the rock.
If you want to pick up rock climbing, I highly recommend you start at an indoor gym. You’ll be able to rent climbing equipment, and climb with the support of an experienced climber.
…And when you’re 25+ feet up in the air, a little support is a nice thing to have.
71. Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is an incredibly beautiful, unique, and active form of traditional cast and wait fishing.
Here’s how it works:
Fly fishers use a special rod and unique technique to cast their lure… they repeatedly flick the line across the surface of a moving river, making the lure hop, and making fish think the lure is actually a fly landing on the water.
Pretty cool, right?
Like all forms of fishing, fly fishing requires patience, but yields delicious reward when you hook a fish.
Fly fishing requires a lot of practice, and nearly constant motion, which together make for a great, active hobby for men.
72. Animal shelter volunteering
Spend time with cute pets while also helping the animals that need it most. Just try not to adopt them all!
73. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is one of the best ways to fully experience the strange, beautiful ocean, and can be done by almost all age groups.
It’s an experience that’s both very peaceful, and very humbling… the water makes it almost completely silent, and you’re surrounded by beautiful schools of fish…
…but at the same time, it’s humbling to see the vast size of the ocean and realize how tiny one man is.
Scuba diving, like many of the fun hobbies on this list, needs to be done with a guide at first. There’s a lot to learn before you can dive safely, and a guide/a team can help you learn.
If you ask ten people what superpower they’d want, most of them are almost guaranteed to say “flying”.
Makes sense, right? Flying gets you places faster, gives you power over gravity, and lets you feel a powerful rush of adrenaline.
Now… here’s the best part about flying as a hobby (besides feeling like you have a superpower):
Becoming a pilot is relatively easy. You only need to log a number of hours at a flight school, then to pass a written test and flying test.
If you’re interested in flying, check out the FAA’s website for more information on getting your pilot’s license.
A healthy, outdoors activity that lets you really get into nature while making you work as a team.
76. Urban Exploring
Urban exploration is about searching through abandoned buildings for cool (and often creepy) things.
There’s a very developed urban exploring community online… so you can get plenty of tips and advice on getting started. And you’ll find that once you do there are lots of interesting things that can be found in abandoned places.
Never explore in places where the owner doesn’t want anyone going in (it’s illegal and dangerous).
Paintball is an awesome hobby because it lets you get the rush of going into a tactical battle without any of the danger. Plus… it’s just a great way to have fun and bond with your friends or dates. Also it’s a simple game that you can enjoy nearly anywhere.
And look, I know what you’re thinking:
Getting shot with a paintball would hurt.
And it does. But not nearly as badly as you’re probably imagining… not to mention you can get plenty of protective gear to take the sting out of it.
Get out your relationship aggressions by volleying back and forth. It’s healthy and physical, and who doesn’t like the outfits?
Swimming is an incredible full body workout. There’s no muscle that swimming doesn’t engage. And that can gives you powerful results when it comes to developing your body.
But here’s the thing:
Swimming isn’t just about your body.
The act of swimming laps is very meditative. And some time in the water is also a great way to just clear you head.
80. Drone Flying
Drones are becoming a really popular hobby. That’s because they are an amazing way to get a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood. Think about it:
A drone is basically a way to get a look at things you’d never see otherwise.
You can pilot your drone over the neighborhood and see things you’d never have noticed. Not to mention… watching your drone flying around is fun by itself.
81. DIY or flipping thrift store finds
Find some great objects, do some repairs, and sell them on to happy customers. It’s a great way to enjoy shopping, using your hands, and making a little money for date night.
Some hobbies come with built in costs. Not everyone can afford to buy or rent equipment or pay membership fees, after all.
But just because you’re a little short this month (or every month) doesn’t mean you can’t get into an awesome hobby. Keep yourself entertained on the cheap with one of these hobbies.
Here are 19 cheap hobbies for men:
Reading is a vastly underappreciated hobby for men. It allows your body to relax, but it exercises your mind.
Here’s a list of reading’s incredibly positive mental benefits:
- It expands your knowledge
- It can help alleviate stress source
- It rovides mental stimulation
- It teaches a wider vocabulary than direct teaching source
- It improves your memory
Best of all… reading is a completely free hobby that any man can pursue.
Astronomy is the study of objects like stars, planets, asteroids and galaxies.
You might start studying astronomy just because the night sky is undeniably beautiful… but when you have a deep understanding of what it is you’re looking at, it can make the night sky much more incredible.
Did you know that the closest star (other than the sun) is 4.24 light years away? That means that if you travelled at the speed of light, it would take you 4.24 years to reach it. Amazing, right?
If you’re interested in learning astronomy, I highly recommend you start with the show Cosmos on Fox. The host explains astrological physics so simply that anyone can understand it… and it contains plenty of mind-blowing CGI renditions.
Allow yourself to get a little reflective about your life and experiences. All you need is a pen and a good notebook.
Here’s something we can all agree on:
Everyone needs a way to express themselves.
Maybe you’ve got a ton of great ideas and stories in your head that you just need to get out. And writing is one of the best ways to do that. You can create characters and stories. Or even build huge, original worlds.
And here’s the best part:
There’s no reason you couldn’t write the next huge best seller.
And even if you don’t make it big… it’s still a great way to unwind and enjoy practicing the craft of writing.
But if you need somewhere to start… here’s a list of great journal prompts.
Whittling is an ancient form of wood carving (and it’s been around since men have had knives, wood, and free time).
Whittling is a pretty easy hobby to start… you just need a block of wood (basswood, balsa, and pine are good for beginners) and a knife designed for whittling…
…but it’s a hobby that can be very difficult to master. Making a beautifully whittled sculpture takes a lot of practice, and even more patience.
Whittling is undeniably challenging… yet it’s also a rewarding hobby for creative men.
It’s relaxing and a great skill to impress others with, and you can develop it by just buying some packs of paper.
88. Bird Watching
There’s a lot of beauty out in the natural world. And learning about all the different species of animals is a great way to appreciate it.
And that’s what bird watching is about. You take the time to identify rare species and go out to look for them. It’s a great way to spend some time out in nature and usually involves camping and hiking… which are always a good time.
Here’s something we can all agree on:
There’s no better use of your free time than helping others.
And there are so many organizations and people that need help. But not everyone takes the time to lend a hand to people in need. That’s why committing to volunteer is so important.
We all want to know our histories and where we come from, so find out. All you need is Google and a library card.
91. Tapping Maple Trees
Tapping a maple tree to gather syrup is an awesome hobby for classic men (men who want to build a log cabin, hunt game, and provide for their families the way men did for decades in this country).
Plus, if you have access to the right type of trees (sugar maples), it’s an incredibly easy hobby to start… and has a delicious payoff (maple syrup).
And really… who doesn’t like maple syrup?
92. Doing Magic Tricks
Some sleight of hand magic skills are always a great thing to have in your back pocket. And any social situation is always improved when you can impress people with some fun tricks.
It’s a powerful skill for making a great first impression on people as the kind of guy who’s fun to invite to a party. But practicing magic is also a lot easier than you think. In fact:
There’re tons of quick tricks you can learn that will impress any audience.
And all you have to do is develop a few skills and easily wow your friends, family, and strangers.
93. Rock Painting
Artistic and just a bit zany, once you have the paint, all you need is to find a few good rocks and let your creativity flow.
94. Taking Part Historical Reenactments
If you’ve never been to a historical reenactment… you’re missing out. They’re an amazing way to really connect with history (and are also really entertaining).
And why not take it a step further and get involved? You get to wear a cool historical uniform and hang out with other people with similar interests. And people in the same historical reenactment troops often end up developing life-long friendships.
95. Performing Stand Up Comedy
Are you constantly hearing from friends and family about how funny you are? Or maybe you have a unique way of looking at the world that you think other people would enjoy. Either way… stand up comedy might be a great hobby for you.
Ask any comedian and they’ll tell you that the rush of being on stage is addictive. But you don’t have to be a professional comedian to get something out of an open mic night. Performing at a comedy club is a great way to overcome any social anxieties you have or learn to be more confident.
96. Card Tricks
Card tricks are cool and impressive, and the total cost is a dollar for a pack of cards and a bit of your time.
97. Learning A Foreign Language
Learning a new language in your spare time requires a lot of effort and time, but the potential rewards are huge source:
- It can improve your memory
- It can improve your ability to multi-task
- It reduces the risk of dementia
- It’s extremely helpful in business (a lot of companies have offices all over the world, and knowing another language can help you connect)
- You can have a better travelling experience (knowing a native language gives a deeper understanding of the culture… plus makes it easier to get around)
If you’re interested in learning a language, you can buy a teaching program like Rosetta Stone, or you can download an app like Mind Snacks.
Imagine sitting down at an Italian restaurant with a beautiful woman, and fluently ordering in Italian. You’d definitely impress her.
98. Tomahawk/Hatchet Throwing
There are few things as primal as hatchet (tomahawk) throwing…
…and that’s beacause tomahawks are one of the oldest weapons men have ever used (and in my opinion, that makes tomahawk throwing even more manly).
Now check this out:
You can throw a standard camping axe or hatchet… but you should consider getting one that’s designed for throwing (it will be weighted, to give you a smoother/easier throw).
You can find beginner throwing tomahawks like that on Amazon for around $35 (like this one).
99. Treasure Hunting
Here’s something we can all agree on:
It would be incredible to be a real-life Indiana Jones.
But while I can’t promise you’ll have those kinds of adventures… treasure hunting is still a totally doable hobby. See there are lots of undiscovered treasures out there like ship wrecks and buried gold in real life.
And people do spend their time looking for them and finding them. So, why don’t you give it a try? All it takes is a little research and a willingness to take a little risk.
Don’t think gardening should be on a list of hobbies for men? I disagree.
Think about it like this:
Being smart/capable enough to grow food for your loved ones, with your own hands is one of the manliest hobbies I can think of.
…And besides growing your own food sources, gardening has a few other huge benefits:
- In a long term study of over 3,000 adults, daily gardening reduced the risk of dementia by 36%
- In horticultural therapy, gardening is also used to combat depression and mental illness.
Let’s face it, not all of us are outdoorsy. While hiking the wild hills may sound great for some men, the rest of us just want a way to pass the time quietly indoors.
For the non-mountain men among us, try some of these hobbies for your rainy day entertainment.
Here are 21 indoor hobbies for men:
101. Soap Making
Never buy another bar again. You can make a soap that has all your favorite scents, and you’ve got ready-made gifts for the holidays.
102. Playing Pool
Pool is one of the best hobbies for men because it’s so simple… if you can hold a pool stick and walk around a table, you can play pool.
When I say it’s simple, I don’t mean easy… it can take years to become powerfully skilled at the game.
No matter what your current skill level, pool is a fun, highly social hobby that any man can enjoy.
103. Smoking Meats
Smoking a meat means barbecuing it for 3+ hours over indirect heat, in an enclosed grill. You allow a hard wood (like hickory or apple) to slowly smolder and produce a lot of smoke in the enclosed space.
The smoke adds a deep, complex flavor to whatever meat you choose.
As a hobby, smoking meat is a relaxing and fun way to be creative and get outside. And of course, the best part is getting a delicious dish out of it!
104. Knife Making
Channel your internal armorer and create some incredible looking blades, even if you’re just using them to cut your steak.
Take some time to not just look great but to stand out and look outstanding. You’ll feel good about yourself and you’ll definitely get noticed.
106. Restoring Classic Cars
Restoring broken, rusty, old cars to beautiful, purring machines is a powerfully manly hobby.
It takes a lot of time, but is one of the most rewarding and fun hobbies on our list. If you fully restore a car, you’ll have:
- New skills that can be used to fix even more machines
- A new car to brag about
- Possibly even a huge chunk of money (if you sell your restoration)
Restoring a car takes a ton of knowledge and mechanical skill. It’s not the hobby for every man. But if you’re passionate about classic cars, it’s not impossible to learn… and like I mentioned, it’s highly rewarding.
Connect with your spiritual side, and learn to relax and detach. Meditation is great for your body and your soul.
108. Coffee Roasting
What could be better than waking up to the scent of a coffee you made yourself?
109. War Gaming
You know how soldiers train for war… but have you ever wondered how generals train for war?
After all… a general has to learn a whole new set of skills from the average soldier like tactics and strategy. That’s why they’ve always turned to war gaming.
Here’s how it’s done:
You build model armies and move them around a table to simulate battles and tactics. It’s an awesome way to stimulate your mind and develop strategic thinking skills.
Plus… it’s a ton of fun.
110. Making Your Own Hot Sauce
Hot sauce is something people get really serious about. It’s a great way to add some taste to any dish… and lots of people have a brand they love.
But what if you just can’t get the taste you want in a supermarket brand? Well why not make your own?
Making your own hot sauces is easy and a lot of fun. Not to mention you can get the exact taste you want by tinkering with the ingredients.
And here’s the best part:
You can even bottle and sell your recipe.
Painting is one of the most challenging art forms you can learn. And mastering it is an incredible achievement… but it’s also an amazing way to relax.
It’s a really meditative thing to find a beautiful landscape and try to recreate it on a canvas. And the great thing about painting is that it’s easy to get started. All you need is a few supplies.
But if you really want to get good at painting… it’s also something you can spend years mastering. And that makes it a great passion for a lifetime.
112. Crossword Puzzles
Your grandparents were on to something with those puzzles. They’re fun and challenging, and you get a great sense of accomplishment when done.
Bowling is a classic hobby. And it’s also something fun that you can get the entire family involved in. After all… kids love bowling as much as adults.
And the great thing about pursuing bowling as a hobby is that it’s one of those sports that’s easy on your body. So if you have aches and pains… bowling is a great option for rec time.
But even if you don’t… bowling is still an enjoyable family hobby and a great way to spend a Saturday.
114. Glass blowing
Glass blowing is the process of making glass by hand. And it’s not just a craft… it’s an art. Blowing glass by hand is a unique skill that you can use to make useful and beautiful items.
Here’s the thing:
There’s no better way to impress a guest to your home than to show them a beautiful handmade glass bowl.
And think about how they’ll react when they tell them you made it yourself.
Perhaps the greatest card game ever invented. Those who are good at it can make a lot of money and always look cool.
116. Playing Darts
Darts, like pool, is a great social game to play (usually at a local bar).
There are countless games you can play on a dart board.
The rules for each game vary, but all darts games are social, challenging, and competitive.
Sculpting is an ancient art form. And people have been shaping stone into sculptures for thousands of years.
It’s an engaging hobby that gives you the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your hands.
And if you’re interested in learning to sculpt… there are lots of places where you can find people to teach you. You also get the chance to express yourself… but the great thing about sculpture is that you know your work will last generations (it is stone after all).
118. Playing Chess
The game of chess is a powerful mental battle between two men. It’s one of the hobbies most likely to increase your intelligence… and wouldn’t you rather do that in your spare time, rather than watch TV?
…And just like playing music, playing chess has a long list of mental benefits, like:
- Improving your memory
- Increasing problem solving skills (by adapting to your opponent’s moves)
- Helping prevent Alzheimer’s source
Here’s the bottom line:
Chess players must constantly be thinking. While you may have a strategy in mind, your opponent’s moves force you to almost constantly adapt it. Strategics like that can dramatically improve your intelligence and problem solving.
119. Entertaining & Event Hosting
Recent generations have lost the art of event hosting, but you can bring it back. Fancy your place up and have over all the right people for a great night.
120. Board & Role Playing Games
You loved them as a kid. They’re just as great as an adult. Get your friends together and rediscover how much fun board games are.
121. Body Building/Weight Lifting
Bodybuilding is a hugely popular hobby for men. It’s a powerful, manly way to get into shape/stay healthy.
But before you jump into bodybuilding:
I highly recommend you learn proper weight lifting technique. You can do a lot of long term damage to your body through lifting improperly (think torn ligaments, broken ribs, or even torn muscles).source
A personal trainer can teach you safe lifting techniques, and give you a gym routine you can follow.
Hobbies aren’t just a young man’s game. In fact, as you get a little older, you may find you need them more.
If you’re just looking for a good way to enjoy your free time, try a few of these ideas out to have fun and stay dignified.
Here are 28 hobbies for retired men, and men over 50:
122. Infuse Alcohol
Are you looking for a hobby that’s highly useful (and honestly, highly impressive), yet incredibly simple?