People of all ages need hobbies. Whether it’s to improve skills that you can utilise in your career, or just a way to have fun and spend time, having things you enjoy doing can make life more fulfilling. Hobbies can be a way to meet others too, even if your hobby is from home, getting involved will open up networks and communities of people online who all enjoy the same thing as you. It’s a great way to make new friends as an adult, as lets face it, this can often be hard to do! If you’re in need of a new hobby, here are a few fun, practical hobbies you can do from home. 

Wood and Metalwork

If you enjoy creating things with your hands, wood and metalwork might be the perfect hobby for you. You will likely need some kind of workshop to get involved in a hobby like this, it could be an outbuilding, a garage or a large shed. You will also need a number of tools such as vices, drills and various cutting machines, however if you know its something you enjoy it could be worth the investment. You could make things for your own home, make things to sell or just make things for the fun of it. Woodworking can range from simple projects like building a birdhouse or turning bowls on a lathe, to more complex creations like furniture. When it comes to metalwork this can involve anything from welding to blacksmithing. Either way, both of these offer endless opportunities for creativity. You can start small with a beginner project and work your way up to more advanced ones as you gain more skills. It can be useful to have some foundation knowledge of using tools and putting together small projects, but there are courses online and in person you could do to get the knowledge and experience you need. Then you can go from there and the sky’s the limit when it comes to your creativity.

Working on Cars

For those who love cars, working on them can be a fulfilling and practical hobby. One of the best things about understanding cars and being able to fix them is that you can save yourself plenty of money when it comes to your own car. Even if you cant actually fix the issue yourself, if you understand what has gone wrong then you prevent yourself from getting ripped off by a garage, we all know some garages can be a little dodgy and either overcharge or make up problems where there are none. Car repair can give you a sense of accomplishment when you fix something that was previously broken, and if you were the kind of child that liked taking things apart and putting them back together, or fixing up things like your bike when you were young then this is a good next step for a fun hobby in adulthood! Start small from learning to change a tyre or the engine oil, and you’ll be fitting 2020 Mustang GT exhausts before you know it! Youtube videos can be a valuable source of information and give you step by step instructions and detailed information about all areas of car repair. There are lots of  forums and communities online where you can ask questions and get advice from more experienced enthusiasts.

Fixing Computers

Computers have become an integral part of our lives, so of course knowing how to fix them is a practical hobby. Computers become more and more complex each year so there’s always something more to learn when it comes to this hobby, and whether it’s troubleshooting software issues, replacing hardware components, or building custom rigs it will certainly keep you busy. You can build custom computers for individuals or businesses and make a lot of money out of if if you’re after a profitable hobby. 


Gardening is a hobby that is not only practical but has been shown through psychology research that it’s also therapeutic. This is for a few reasons, it allows you to spend time outside and connect with nature as well as get some exercise which are great ways to boost your mental health. As a bonus you can grow your own food or flowers which allows you to save money. You don’t need a lot of space to start a garden either, you can grow plants in containers or even on a windowsill. Depending on your time restrictions, space and starting budget there’s something for everyone when it comes to gardening, begin with a couple of pots and work your way up if you’re a total beginner. Research things that are easy to grow in the climate that you live in, and do plenty of research about how to go about growing anything more challenging, and what sort of equipment you would need. 


Everyone loves a baker! This is one hobby that will make you popular amongst family and friends. Maybe you want to start your own baking business, or perhaps you just want to be able to whip up impressive cakes for your children’s school bake sales. Being able to bake loved ones a cake on their birthday will always go down a treat, and cookies make a great gift for just about anyone meaning you’re never short of gift options and it can save you money too. Bear in mind that there are many different types of baking, you can make breads, buns, pizza dough and more too meaning you will improve your family’s meal choices and have fun in the process. Start with some basic recipes and get a grip on the different techniques and then work your way up. Practive makes perfect, and when things go wrong (such as your cakes turn out dry) there are often ways you can resurrect them. Such as mix with icing and making cake pops!

Regardless of your age or your situation in life, its worth taking up a hobby. Which one of these practical home based hobbies would you be most likely to go for?

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