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The 40+ Best Hobbies for Men Who Want To Learn Something New

Every guy needs at least one hobby, and the best hobbies for men can help you become a more well-rounded and happier person overall. Even if you love what you do for a living, the pressures of a job can sap some of your enjoyment. With a hobby, on the other hand, you’re only under pressure from yourself to improve. And with hobbies, you never really have to improve. As long as you’re enjoying yourself and feel engaged, then your hobby is worthwhile.

The benefits of a great after-work or weekend activity are numerous and well-documented. Finding an outlet to unwind isn’t just about escaping your job, it will actually improve your work performance. Leisure activities are something to look forward to at the end of the day and something to fend off bad habits like scrolling Instagram or binging too much TV. With the right hobby, you’ll notice less stress, more creativity and even make new friends who share your interests.

These benefits are nothing new. The tricky part is finding a new hobby that you really enjoy. The only way to really do that is with trial and error. While you shouldn’t give up if you don’t have fun right away, you should trust your instincts when trying a new hobby. You’ll learn pretty quickly if something is or isn’t for you. There’s no shame in calling it quits and finding something else that’s more to your liking.

While many of our favorite hobbies include competitive pursuits like basketball and board games, there are plenty of non-competitive hobbies worth taking up, like baking and birdwatching. Below are some of the best hobbies for men (and some gear to get started), ranging from mixology to record collecting to boxing. We also consulted with our SPY’s writers and editors to learn what they like to do in their downtime, including pickleball, metal detecting and drone flying.

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1. Pickleball

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Pickleball has enjoyed an explosion in popularity in the past few years, largely because of how accessible it is for people of different fitness levels to join. It’s also attracted fans among our staff, including Site Director Tim Werth. SPY’s senior E-commerce editor Taylor Galla is a fan, too, and notes that “You don’t have to be athletic or very good to enjoy it and get a great workout, and it’s just as fun to play inside as outside.”

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2. Yoga

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Yoga is another activity that exploded in popularity over the course of the pandemic, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s relaxing and restorative, and you can do it at the pace and schedule that works best for you. Many people sign up for classes, but there are also free videos that make it easy to get started, such as Yoga with Adrienne.

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3. Drones

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Many of the best hobbies have been around for decades, if not centuries. Drone flying is a decidedly modern hobby, but it’s one that combines the fun of RC vehicles and photography. SPY’s tech editor John Velasco is a fan. “Achieving new vantage points is exactly what I love most about flying drones as a hobby. The immersive feeling like your soaring through the air is relaxing, plus you see landscapes from a different perspective than what you would on land.”

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4. Martial Arts

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Martial arts vary widely, from grappling sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to classic disciplines like Karate. They’re a great way to develop discipline, build strength, learn self-defense, and safely work out a little anger, too. The best way to get started is to sign up for a class in your area.

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5. Bird Watching

Birding is a great relaxing hobby for any nature lover, and you’ll quickly come to appreciate the diversity of your local ecology. You can download free apps like the Audobon Society’s app to see what other birders are spotting in your area. Digital or physical field guides will help you identify the birds you see, and you can also bring a camera if you want. The only piece of equipment you absolutely need to buy is a pair of binoculars, making this a reasonably affordable hobby to get into.

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6. LEGO

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Think LEGO is just for kids? Think again. LEGO regularly releases new sets featuring pop culture characters, building replicas, and sets related to just about any other interest. LEGO sets can be impressively complex and time-consuming. The Star Wars Razor Quest set from 2022 has a whopping 6,187 pieces. An alternative to LEGO is Nanoblocks, which SPY’s Managing Editor Sheilah Villari is a fan of.

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7. Metal Detecting

You might not get rich, but you can learn a lot about the history of your area by bringing a metal detector to the park or the beach. SPY’s Reviews Editor Anthony Mastracci is a fan, and says “Metal detecting has been an awesome excuse to get walking outside, away from all my screens, and embrace my inner history nerd. It’s fun for those who go with you and passers-by always enjoy watching. And although you find a ton of trash in the ground, finding it and properly discarding it helps clean up your community.”

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8. Bike Riding

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There’s nothing like cruising down the street on a leisure-filled bike ride. Sure, cycling for exercise is great too, but a bike ride to the flea market, the beach or through the park? Nothing beats that. It’s one of the most calming hobbies for men to exist, so take advantage of it while the weather gets warmer.

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9. Baking

Baking competition shows often show contestants under extreme pressure as they watch their cakes fail to rise and their cookies literally crumble. But baking doesn’t have to be stressful, as long as you let yourself make mistakes along the way. A Lodge cast iron skillet can be used for cooking steaks and baking pies, making it one of the most diverse pieces of cookware in your arsenal.

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10. Wheel Throwing

Wheel throwing uses a potter’s wheel to form clay into cups, mugs and bowls. You can sign up for a class or workshop in your area, but if you get really into it, you can even buy a wheel for home use. SPY’s senior e-commerce editor Taylor Galla is a fan. “Ever wanted to scream at a pile of wet dirt and yet you also somehow find peace? That’s what wheel throwing is like for me. It’s deceptively hard and I’m not very good at it, but I love it.”

 

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11. Basketball

Most sports make great hobbies, but basketball is an especially good option because it’s inexpensive and you can practice by yourself. While most sports require a partner or a group, you can easily practice free throws or play around the world by yourself and still get a surprisingly great workout.

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12. Beer brewing

Making your own refreshing beer is easier than you might think. With a simple beer brewing kit, such as the set below, you can get started brewing your own craft beer from home.

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13. Fishing

Fishing has been a staple of men’s pastimes for ages, and it’s hard to think of a more stereotypical hobby for guys. Relaxing on a beach, pier or boat with friends (and maybe a beer) is sure to relax any stressed-out dude — even if you don’t catch anything.

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14. Board Games

On a rainy day, it doesn’t get better than board games. Once you start getting into them, it’s easy to start amassing an unwieldy collection. A great place to start is with Codenames, which has rapidly become one of the best-selling board games. The game combines the mechanics of Password with an element of strategy. It’s a great casual party game because it’s easy to learn, but it’s hard enough to remain engaging for repeated plays.

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15. Gaming

Realistically speaking, you probably already play a ton, but if you haven’t touched a game controller in the past 10 years, maybe it’s time to pick one back up again. There are a plethora of new and improved consoles out there in 2021 featuring both exciting brand new games and newer takes on classic favorites. Right now, we’re anticipating the hell out of Final Fantasy VII for PS5.

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16. Film Photography

Still snapping every single possible photo on that iPhone? How boring. Spice it up by shooting 35mm film the way they did in the good ‘ole days. The process helps you slow down when shooting because there are only so many photos per roll of film. You can’t see the photos after until they’re developed, either, so it’ll really test your patience. Whether it’s been a couple of decades since you’ve last put your hands on a film camera or the medium is new to you entirely, it’s an excellent way to create art and test your patience in 2021.

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17. Beekeeping

Save the bees! This might be one of the more niche, outrageous hobbies for men on our list, but hear us out: beekeeping is the bee’s knees. Learn how to get started with your very first bee colony today. Trust us, this is definitely one of the most rewarding hobbies here.

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18. Poker

Unlike most forms of gambling, poker involves quite a bit of skill. If you want to (respectfully) take your friends’ money, win online or just have more fun with the game, poker can be a great full-time hobby. There are countless poker books you can read to better understand the mathematics and strategy behind this game, or you can simply host a low-key poker night with your friends. You don’t even have to play for money, either.

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19. Hiking

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Hiking is one of the best hobbies because it can be as challenging or as easy as you want. You can find a 1.5 mile out and back or challenge yourself with a full day of hiking. Experience new trails and locations you’ve never been and see where the world takes you. Make sure to pack some extra water, safety supplies and a hearty lunch. As for footwear, Merrell’s Moab shoes are a trail classic for a reason.

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20. Sewing

For guys that are into fashion, we suggest screwing around and seeing what you can do in the realm of sewing. A dope way to get started is by heading to your local thrift store, picking out some patterns you like via old tees, sheets, dresses or anything else you might find on your trip, and attaching various patterns to a pair of old jeans or adding pockets to a solid button-down you haven’t worn in a few years. Once you get more comfortable, use these thrifted patterns to create full-on shirts, bucket hats, ties and pants. You’ll be dripping in style.

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21. Archery

Archery has a long and storied history, and modern compound bows pack incredible power (this is not a sport to take up lightly!). Archery is a beautiful intersection of focus, technology and exercise (it’s a serious back workout, too), and very addicting once you get the hang of it. Remember: while archery is one of the best hobbies for men and women, you can hurt yourself or others if you don’t practice this sport responsibly.

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22. Chess

Chess isn’t just a board game. It’s a serious endeavor that you can practice over a lifetime. The best way to play is in person with a friend or family member, but of course, there are plenty of online chess sites and apps for solo play.

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23. Mixology

Craft cocktails have skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade or so, but the best way to enjoy them might not be at a trendy cocktail bar. Mixing your own concoctions can be more fun than watching a bartender, and it’s far less expensive as well. So grab your favorite whiskey and tequila, a cocktail kit, and start inventing new recipes. If you want to mix drinks like the pros, a Boston cocktail shaker, like the one below, will be your best bet.

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24. Learning a New Language

While learning a new language might not seem like a hobby to some, it absolutely is for others. Think about it, how cool would it be for you to know how to speak and get around the next foreign you go to by speaking their native language?

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25. Boxing

Martial arts of all kinds have become more mainstream, catering to people who want a fun workout as well as people trying to get tough. Boxing is one of the best martial arts for guys, providing a cathartic outlet for anger, stress and anything else we might pick up throughout daily life.

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26. Computer Programming

Programming might be the most useful hobby to pick up in the 21st century. It’s cutting-edge, lucrative (if you get good) and simply fun. Learn how to create new spaces and tools for our shared digital world. For more resources on learning to code, check out our favorite computer programming apps and books.

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27. Vinyl Record Collecting

Vinyl sounds better than digital music, and there are tons of great Bluetooth record players on the market today. Vinyl is definitely having a moment right now. Sure, it takes some work to flip through dusty old albums at a record store or hunt down the best vinyl online, carefully stashing your burgeoning collection and playing the records on a turntable. But, wait — doesn’t that sound awesome?

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28. Skating

Action sports are one of the best outlets for clearing your head while getting some exercise, but skating is probably the easiest hobby for young men to start. All you need is a board and a flat concrete surface — ramps, pools, rails and stairs are all optional, but greatly appreciated.

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29. Book collecting

Getting into book collecting doesn’t just mean buying books. Whether you want to read the best books for men, build up a collection of classic science-fiction books, or find investment-worthy first editions or books with iconic dust jackets, the real fun is in the search. Of course, having an impressive library to peruse is also very rewarding.

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30. Art

Psychologists agree: making art is a great de-stressor, no matter your skill level. Paint the sunrise before work, let out emotions after dinner or relax with some landscape painting on the weekends.

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31. Running

Most people pick up running to lose weight but quickly realize that it’s much more than a waist-slimmer. The sport is pure freedom, easy to start and makes a great excuse to explore nature, cities or neighborhoods.

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32. Gardening

Gardening will turn your home into a better space, but it has other benefits such as calorie burning, stress reduction and a healthier diet with fresh fruits and veggies. And you don’t need a serious yard to get started; a windowsill planter will do just fine.

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33. Knitting

Knitting is for everyone, including manly dudes like Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe (really). The simple art form can be accomplished at any time, anywhere. Work on a hat while zoom calling, a sweater while watching TV or a scarf while listening to music.

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34. Meditation

Meditation is an art form that you can spend your whole life mastering. Of course, you can also pick it up as a potentially life-changing hobby for de-stressing, boosting health and calming anxieties.

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35. Origami

Want to make beautiful sculptures without a mess? Try origami. The Japanese art form is easy to pick up (you just need paper and directions) and produces some mantle-worthy results.

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36. Whittling

Instead of snacking while watching TV or sitting in online meetings, try whittling. That’s right, whittling. With a simple set of tools and a bit of determination, you can turn any piece of scrap wood into usable art.

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37. Rock climbing

Rock climbing has recently become much more popular thanks to the rise of climbing gyms in many metro areas. The sport is an incredible workout and requires serious focus, even if you never try to scale an actual rock wall out in the wild. This sport does require some dedication, but few things are more rewarding than completing a tricky climb, whether out in nature or at your local climbing gym. For the sports-inclined, this is one of the best hobbies for men who aren’t afraid of hard work (or heights).

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38. Sneaker collecting

Sneakers are no longer just beater sports shoes. An entire sneakerhead culture has developed around sneaker drops, collecting, reselling and even making money. Of course, you can also start a small collection to upgrade your wardrobe.

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39. Wine tasting

Most dudes regularly enjoy a glass of wine with dinner but don’t know what they’re drinking. Getting serious about wine will make shopping for vino and drinking that evening glass (or two) much more interesting.

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40. Writing

Most hobbies offer an outlet or a distraction for the woes and joys of life. Writing is different. Once you get in the swing of it, writing (whether fiction, non-fiction or journaling) can become extremely therapeutic and might even result in some publication-worthy material.

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41. Pottery

Another great artistic hobby is pottery. It’s fairly simple but very fun and involves more hands-on activity than say, painting. Plus, like many of the best hobbies, pottery produces giftable items such as vases, bowls, mugs and so on.

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42. TikTok

While we’re not 100% if this is technically considered a hobby, it’s a hell of a great way to kill some time. TikTok is a stellar way to waste your day in bed. There are loads of hilarious, helpful and even scary short clips to watch, depending on your preference. Maybe even get in on the fun and create some videos yourself. Who knows what’ll happen.

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