Hobbies for Women in Their 20s: 100 Fun & Interesting Ideas
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Last Updated on May 30, 2023
Tired of life looking something like “wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed” on repeat? That’s no way to spend your young adult years! While you may be working hard at this time in your life to find your purpose or set goals you care about, I absolutely believe that you need to find hobbies that make you happy in order to have a fulfilling life. These hobbies for women in their 20s are perfect for adding a little spark to their routine!
In this post you’ll find ideas for:
- Creative hobbies
- Physical hobbies
- Enrichment hobbies
- Social hobbies
In our hustle culture of go-go-go, remember, too, that a hobby doesn’t necessarily need to be productive or to help you achieve something. Hobbies are meant to be purely intrinsic, AKA something you do just for you that lights you up inside! Give yourself permission to disconnect from the idea that everything needs to be productive. Doing something you love purely for the enjoyment of it is VITAL to your wellbeing and ability to thrive.
So are you ready to find the perfect hobby that fills your everyday life with joy? Let’s get into it!
This post is all about hobbies for women in their 20s.
Ultimate list of 100 hobbies for women to pick up in their 20s.
Creative Hobbies for women in their 20s
If painting is intimidating to you, paint-by-numbers are a great place to start. I’m slowly but surely working on this Mediterranean Sea one below right now! Paint by numbers give me the same satisfaction that puzzles do, and it’s so stunning to see your work come together the further along you go!
There are SO many types of awesome crafts out there! Pinterest is definitely my go-to for searching up the best crafts for anything I might want to try. Crafts also make awesome homemade, heartfelt gift ideas for basically any occasion!
3. Candle making
Anyone else buy too many candles?! I know I do! They go a much longer way when you make them yourself though! This candle making kit is perfect for beginners to create their very own candles. To choose your scent, you can drop some essential oils into them! Super cool!
So, I’ve HEARD that crocheting is a little easier than knitting (though that may just be subjective) because it only involves one hook and there is no switching of stitches between needles. Crocheting might be the best place to start if you’re new to working with yarn! Grab this 73-piece crocheting kit for beginners!
If you’re the type of person who loves a little extra challenge, or you’ve already tried your hand at crocheting, knitting should be next on your list! Many people consider knitting to be a fun and relaxing activity once you get the hang of it. It’s the perfect multi-tasking hobby if you need something to do with your hands while watching TV!
I do things the hard way and have only ever learned to sew by hand, but if you learn to work the magic of a sewing machine, your possibilities are endless! You can put together just about any type of clothing you want. There are so many cool DIY clothing design ideas and tutorials on YouTube. Grab this top-rated Singer sewing machine here!
I just got into scrapbooking and it is so nice to put together a little book of all my favorite memories. Just pick out a scrapbook album (I chose this nice baby blue one from Michael’s!) and grab some photo paper and print away!
Take your Instagram pics to the next level by dabbling in photography! Those fancy DSLR cameras have a thousand settings that you really need to understand in order to get the camera to work with you, but once you learn how to work it, you’re golden. I highly recommend the Canon EOS Rebel line for beginners, as that’s what my first camera was and I absolutely love it!
9. Picking up an instrument
I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said I wish I knew how to play guitar! If you’ve ever admired the ability to play a certain instrument, why not take the plunge? Especially now that you’re free from the restrictions of high school band class where certain instruments weren’t an option!
10. Building something
This could be as fun and carefree as building a Lego’s set, or actual woodwork or sculptures. It can be really satisfying to actually build and create furniture for your own home, so there’s an idea if you’re brave enough!
Get in touch with the very early days of your creative side by drawing. You might be thinking, “but I’m not an artist!” That’s fine! No one needs to see your work. This is just for you! I’ve always found it easiest to look at a specific picture and try to recreate it myself.
If I could do my childhood over again, I so would’ve joined community theatre. Not that there aren’t similar options available for adults, so if this is something you’re interested in, I would look at what your community offers and see what’s out there!
Being an actual good singer is also something I wished I was! Good news is, there’s plenty of singing lessons out there for adults. You can likely find virtual opportunities for this if opportunities are limited in your area!
14. Make inspiring collages or vision boards
Vision boards are all the rage right now, and they’re actually a tried and true visualization practice for creating a visual representation of your goals. You can make a printed vision board and paste the photos onto your wall, or even a digital one through a Pinterest board. I have all sorts of vision board inspiration you’ll want to copy in this post here!
15. Creative writing
Ever try writing short stories? Writing is a fantastic way to express your creative side. (And I’ll let you in on some cringe: I used to write short stories every day during class in middle school about my favorite boy bands! Anything goes.)
Did you know there’s a ton of adult coloring books out there? (Here’s one of my favorites of tiny secret worlds!!). Coloring is super useful for de-stressing after a long day. I love the childlike feeling I get when I color, and it’s just such a cathartic activity!
Even if you don’t have a yard, there’s little ways you can make gardening work no matter what home you live in. You can always start with potted plants and plant any seeds you like in them. Growing up, I lived in a small condo but my mom still grew things like basil and jalapenos on our balcony in potted plants!
Yes, cooking is a life skill you might already do. But how adventurous do you get with it? If you mainly opt for quick, easy, no-fuss meals, try something more elaborate every once in a while to spice things up (literally!). Try foods from different cultures, or something you love to order at your favorite restaurant that you wish you had at home!
Before I got into cooking, baking was actually my favorite thing to do in the kitchen! I know that baking can be a little more challenging to get right compared to cooking, but there’s no shame in taking the easy route and starting with boxed cake mix! (There’s also ways to improve boxed cake mix, like swapping water for milk and oil for butter.)
When you think of pottery, you might think of that messy spinny table, having to throw it in the kiln, having the facilities to even create it in the first place….AKA a lot of work! But these days, there’s actually at-home pottery kits where you don’t need all the fancy stuff to create your very own decorative pieces. Here’s the perfect at-home pottery kit for adult beginners!
21. Writing music
You can always write a song without the intent to become a serious musician. You can do it for your own enjoyment, or even to post on YouTube for fun. Either way, it can be really neat to see what you come up with. Expressing your emotions and thoughts via song is also super different!
Sculpting with clay might bring you back to your childhood days of playing with Play Doh! This sculpting kit has all the tools you need to make clay sculptures as intricate as you’d like. Make sure to grab some sculpting clay as well!
There are so many cute little things you can create with an embroidery hoop! Embroidery is such a relaxing and easy-to-learn craft. It’s easier to pick up than crocheting, in my experience. This super simple embroidery kit for beginners is perfect to start with!
24. Jewelry making
Remember making friendship bracelets? Level up your jewelry making skills and create pieces you’d actually want to wear as an adult! I am loving this crystal jewelry making kit with gemstone beads. Very sophisticated, yet there’s a wide variety of colors!
25. Creating new makeup looks
Drugstore makeup has come along way, so you don’t even need to spend big bucks to enjoy this hobby for women in their 20s! You might even have what you need already. There is an abundance of makeup tutorials on YouTube for any look you’re trying to achieve. Go see what’s out there and give it a whirl!
26. Nail art
Pinterest comes to the rescue yet again for cute nail art inspiration. With enough practice, you might never even need to go to the nail salon again! There are so many little tools out there for nail art, like this nail art kit that has everything you need for any nail design.
27. Thrift shopping
Thrift shopping is a surprisingly creative hobby. Thrifting is my favorite way to experiment with my style because I don’t have to risk it all by spending a ton of $$$$ on clothes I might not like after a couple wears. Plato’s closet is really good for this because they are more selective in what they take, but Goodwill can be great too!
28. Hand lettering
Learning different hand lettering techniques is a suuuuper fun way to improve your handwriting or level up your bullet journaling! Brush pens get a whole lot more fun once you learn how to use them correctly. This is a really solid hand lettering starter kit you should try.
29. Bullet journaling
Bullet journals give you ALL the creative control. You can create so many beautiful spreads using brush pens, markers, pencils, and other art supplies. You can keep it as simple or as elaborate as you want. Common bullet journal spread ideas include weekly planners, habit trackers, bucket lists, books to read, and so much more! Grab a bullet journaling kit here!
Wanna get into journaling? And improve your mental health at the same time? Then you’ll love my printable mental health journal! It has journal prompts and activities conveniently bundled just for you. It’s jam-packed with 33 pages for understanding your emotions, overcoming unhelpful behaviors, and reframing negative thoughts. A great way to mix some self care into your hobbies!
Physical Hobbies for women in their 20s
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Ballet, jazz, contemporary, ballroom, pole, aerial silks…so much is out there! Believe it or not, when it comes to adult dance classes, beginner classes are probably the most common. So don’t feel bad if you didn’t start ballet as a young child, you can absolutely find your place in it!
Yoga is fantastic for increasing your flexibility and strength. Of all physical hobbies, this one can be the most spiritual because you’re working your body in a conscious, grounded, focused way. I’ve seen many adult beginner yoga classes cropping up too!
Pro tip: ClassPass is a great way to save money while trying out different fitness classes and activities! You’ll definitely want to check them out!
A lot of people swear by the feeling they get with a runner’s high! I find running extremely strenuous, but you can always take it at your own pace. The point is to slowly work your way up to higher endurance, so you can start with short distances if you’re intimidated!
Boxing is an interesting one you may not have thought of! It’s a great way to release pent up tension in a healthy, constructive way too. Boxing might be a little out of your comfort zone, but don’t knock it til ya try it!
Swimming is probably the best low impact physical hobby! I always liked it because I wouldn’t get so overheated like I did in other outdoor activities during the summer months. The water just feels so refreshing!
Whether this is outdoor bike riding or indoor cycling with an exercise bike, it’s a wonderful workout! There are so many cool and interesting spin classes out there if you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into that. It’s an awesome way to get in some cardio for an endorphin boost!
36. Weight lifting
I can definitely say I’m not a huge cardio gal, so working on strength training is more enjoyable for me. Maybe you can relate! Weight lifting doesn’t have to be crazy deadlifts right off the bat either. Dumbbells and weight machines are also effective!
Crossfit is a good way to get a lot of variety in, because it involves varied functional movements performed at high intensity. If you’ve ever seen a Crossfit video, you can see that it is certainly intense! But if you’re up for the challenge, you might just love it!
38. Ice skating
If you’ve brave enough to ice skate without holding onto the railing most of the time like me, you could totally give ice skating lessons a go! Ice skating is a stunning, athletic, and disciplined sport. The payoff of being able to glide effortlessly on the ice would be so worth learning!!
39. Roller skating
Is it just me, or does roller skating seem less scary than ice skating?! Maybe if ice skating spooks you a little, roller skating might be your best friend. Not to mention how fun the vibe can be at roller rinks!
Bowling is always a blast! I mean, I feel accomplished any time I manage not to get a gutter ball, but bowling is still fun no matter your skill level. Bowling allies usually offer adult leagues you can join too, so that you can actually learn how to get good at it!
Woodworking is kind of a mix of a physical and creative hobby, but it can be very rewarding once you get the hang of it! Not only can you make practical, functional items like cabinets, but you can also create wood sculptures and fun decorative pieces!
Hiking is always good exercise, and it exposes you to some pretty views too! Look up some hiking trails within an hour drive of you, or next time you’re out of town, remember to see what trails are in the area! I love finding new trails on vacation because it exposes me to different terrain and wildlife across the country. (I just went hiking in Portland, Maine and Vancouver, Canada–both were beautiful!)
43. Martial arts
Martial arts is a great opportunity to learn something new, get movement in, AND learn super crucial self defense methods. And if you love the satisfaction of leveling up and earning a new belt color, that’s an added bonus too!
Pilates is really popular right now! It’s a great mind-body exercise and can really help you tone up, build strength, increase muscle coordination, and improve range of motion and flexibility. It’s also great for improving your posture!
Okay, zumba would be the ONE form of cardio I’d consider, and probably because I love dance. Zumba is perfect for combining both elements of fitness and dance, with plenty of opportunities for beginners! Rather than the complex movements you might find in a standard dance class, Zumba is much more beginner-friendly and fitness focused.
If you’ve never golfed before, I highly recommend giving Topgolf a try! It’s a super cool and high-tech driving range where the golf balls are electronically tracked so scoring doesn’t become confusing. It’s a good way to introduce yourself to the gist of golf, but you can also head straight to a normal golf course!
Adult volleyball leagues are fairly common, but if you’ve never played before, you could probably find volleyball lessons in your area as well!
Watching the super edgy skater kids tear up the ramps at the skate park might be intimidating, but there is no shame in starting slow. I used to take a skateboard to an empty parking lot to practice getting the feel for it. Then you can upgrade to sidewalks, then maybe the skate park.
Unfortunately, this can be limited if you don’t live on the coast. But if you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean, surfing can be really fun to learn!
Skiing can also be limited if you aren’t near a skii resort, but having the skill in your back pocket for whenever you get the opportunity for winter sports is super rewarding! They say that compared to snowboarding, skiing is easier to learn, but harder to master.
While I just mentioned that skiing is easier for beginners to get the hang of, snowboarding can be easier to master once you get the basics down. If you’re quick to pick up on athletics, snowboarding might be the perfect thing to try!
52. Rock climbing
Pretty much every city has an indoor rock climbing place! Rock climbing and I aren’t the bestest of friends seeing as my limbs are pretty short, but rock climbing is great for building strength and feeling accomplished!
Tennis can be a pretty big challenge due to the demands for hand-eye coordination and agility, but the cool thing is that you can use a ball machine when you’re beginning to learn! It’s all about practice, practice, practice.
Be careful with this one! I’ve heard from so many people that paintball can be super painful, but if you have a high pain tolerance, the fun of the sport might make it worth it.
55. Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate frisbee is a nice non-contact sport. It’s much more leisurely and less serious than a competitive sport, so you can probably convince your friends to play a game of it with you!
56. Water sports
There are actually SO many water sports out there. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding…the list goes on! And hey, if you’re struggling, the worst thing that can happen is that you land in the water!
Enrichment Hobbies for women in their 20s
57. Learning a new board game, like chess
Board games can be mentally stimulating and also fun. Chess is always the one that comes to mind, but there are so many good ones out there. You can always tap into your nostalgia and find beloved board games from your childhood!
Journaling helps with self expression of your thoughts and emotions, which then increases self awareness of your needs. Grab yourself a cute journal you’ll love to write in! Erin Condren journals, like the one below, are my go-to. Sooo much more motivating when you have a pretty journal to write in! Here are some journal prompts for self reflection to get you started.)
59. Finding new music
Don’t be afraid to expand your music taste! Whenever I get tired of the same top 40 hits rotation, I think outside the box by listening to music in different languages! I’ve been loving German pop.
60. Finding new movies
I loooove finding good cringey teen Netflix movies. I don’t know what it is, but they are so my guilty pleasure.
Jigsaw, sudoku, crossword–you name it! There’s quite the variety of puzzles out there. I usually aim for jigsaw puzzles of about 500 pieces so I don’t drive myself too crazy, but I still get in a good challenge!
62. Collecting something
You can collect literally anything! Stamps, coins, plants, wine corks…the world is your oyster.
63. Learning a new language
Being bilingual is an extremely useful skill. It seems like the language classes we took in high school never did a very good job, but if you have the patience to pursue a language on your own, you should!
Blogging doesn’t always have to be a side hustle or business! It can just be for fun. Be sure to get started with a reliable web host like Bluehost to create your own website! I have detailed information on how to start your own blog here.
65. Graphic design
Graphic design doesn’t have to be anything crazy. My day job uses Microsoft Publisher, and I use Canva for my blog. Both of these programs are super user friendly and there are tutorials online for designing anything!
As a blogger, coding is something I only do when it’s absolutely necessary, but sometimes it can be! If you learn your way around code, you can do so much when it comes to web design.
67. Learning about history, science, or another topic of interest
In school, you probably had at least one academic subject you were kind of fond of. When was the last thing you learned about it? Chances are, it’s been a while. Spend some time reading and exploring any topic you loved!
If your mind runs a mile a minute and it’s hard to focus, meditation might seem impossible. But actually, with enough practice, it’s really not as hard as it seems. Headspace is the PERFECT place to start for beginners, and I highly recommend them. They have meditation for eeeeverything. From stress, to focus, to sleep, and more!
We can all read, so reading requires no additional skills to learn! There are so many genres out there, whether you want to improve yourself through self help books, or just read fiction for the fun of it. Here are the 5 best self-help books to read in your 20s.
70. Playing video games
I love cleaning my drawers just to come across a video game I forgot I even had! I always get hooked on my old childhood video games. If you already have a gaming console or handheld, see if you can find the games you used to play!
71. Take an online class
There are online classes for literally ANYTHING! Graphic design, languages, crafts, skills. Coursera has a HUGE variety of topics to choose from. Who knows, you might learn something super valuable!
72. Solo traveling
As long as you’re cautious, solo traveling can be a great hobby. It’s much more freeing than traveling with others because you can go anywhere and do anything YOU want to do on your own terms!
73. Visiting museums
Check out the museums in your local area! I love that there’s such a variety of museums out there: science, art, history, even some more creative ones like the Selfie Museum in Seattle!
Learning about your ancestry and the nationalities in your family is always so interesting! I loooove referring back to my AncestryDNA results. I wasn’t even aware of half my nationalities. You can get your own AncestryDNA kit here!
Camping is a great way to get in touch with nature and explore different camp sites! Not to mention the fun of s’mores, hot dogs, and campfires.
Podcasting is definitely something different. It’s probably lower maintenance than keeping a YouTube channel, since you don’t have to worry about having the best camera or looking your best either. It’s a great chance to speak your mind!
77. Creating a YouTube channel
If you prefer video, you might wanna try creating a YouTube channel for fun. There’s so many different genres of YouTube videos too, so you can likely find a little audience for anything!
78. Home improvement
Home improvement is a functional and enjoyable hobby! It’s amazing the things you can do to totally transform a space in your home and make it all your own.
79. Nature identification
One fun enrichment hobby idea is nature identification! You can grab a little journal with you on hikes and jot down the cool wildlife you encounter. You can use a plant identification app like PictureThis to figure out what you find!
80. Exploring new restaurants
I live in a small city and I still have a TON of restaurants I haven’t tried here yet! There’s probably something in your city you haven’t tried yet either. Who knows, you may just find your new favorite place to grab food!
81. Exploring nearby towns
Exploring nearby towns can help you gain a change of scenery without having to go too far out of your way. See what’s within 45 minutes of you and take a nice drive! Freedom is the best part of being in your 20s, so this is one of my favorite hobbies for women in their 20s. You might just run into the best family-owned ice cream shop you didn’t know existed.
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Social Hobbies for women in their 20s
82. Find a weekly group, class, or club where you meet with others
Check out your local library, local Facebook groups, or even the Meetup app to see what organized activities are going on in your area. This is a great way to meet new friends AND do something constructive in your free time!
83. Organize one night a week where you and your friends do something fun together
Maybe you can be the one to start a weekly friend game night! Or a movie night, or whatever your cup of tea is. Having a chance for repetitive exposure to good friends can bring y’all closer!
84. Being active in the church
If church is your thing, this is one environment where you can meet like-minded people who share the same beliefs as you.
There’s many different places you can make a difference at. There’s the Humane Society, a hospital, and your local library, to name a few. Not only are you contributing in a way that makes you feel good, but you can also meet people who share your same passions and values!
86. Adult sports leagues
Some common adult sports leagues you’re likely to find where you live include bowling, basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball!
87. Community theatre
You may have a community theatre in your area that is open for adults as well as kids! If you enjoy the performing arts and like the idea of being on stage, this could be a super fun outlet.
88. Cooking classes
Cooking classes can be collaborative, or at least give you the chance to interact with others in the class. Meeting people through activities gives you a great talking point to strike up conversation, too!
89. Dog walk meetups
Check places like Facebook to see if there’s any dog walk meetups near you! It’ll help you get out of the house and it’s always fun meeting other cute dogs!
90. Book clubs
Your library more than likely has a book club going on. Book clubs are great because unlike more active activities, you will DEFINITELY get the chance to chat with people in the group!
91. Attending events at your library
Your library also probably offers more than just a book club. My library is always holding all sorts of seminars and events for learning about different skills. See what’s out there!
92. Improv classes
Improv acting can be scary, but like with anything, you’ll get the hang of it and then it can be very enjoyable! If you want to feel more comfortable before giving it a try, there are resources on YouTube for finding improv tips and techniques.
93. Trivia nights
Lots of bars and pubs hold trivia nights where you can play on teams and buy drinks with friends. These can be fun if you’re looking for something different than the run-of-the-mill going out experience!
94. Fitness classes
There are SO many fitness classes out there to match whatever you’re into! HIIT, circuit training, cycling, water aerobics, and more! I suggest checking out ClassPass for any type of fitness class–it’s what they’re known for. It will help you save a ton as you explore different fitness classes–otherwise things can get pricey!
95. Pottery classes
If you want the full pottery experience of working with the kiln and all, pottery classes in a real pottery studio can be so fun! They also have the facilities to help you make anything you could dream. If you enjoy working with your hands, you’ll enjoy this hobby for women in their 20s!
96. Get involved with your alumni association if you went to college
Just because you’re graduated doesn’t mean your connection to your college has to end! Getting involved with the alumni association if you still live near your school is a great way to meet others that are in the same place in their life as you.
97. Go to live music events
Little key to happiness: always have a concert to look forward to. In the summer, I love finding outdoor music festivals. But year round, I love keeping tabs on when my favorite artists are in town!
98. Organizing game nights
A great get-together idea is to throw a game night! People love games and snacks, so it’s a pretty attractive deal.
99. Attending workshops
Your library may also hold things like workshops, but look for workshop opportunities anywhere you can! These are great for learning new information in a variety of areas you may be interested in.
100. Group travel
Easier said than done, but if you can manage to get a group of friends together to all agree to a trip, the memories last a lifetime. Even just an overnight trip to a city a couple hours away can be such a blast with the whole gang together!
Half the battle of sticking to the hobby-hunt is making the time for your new hobby. It helps me to actually schedule this out in a planner, that way I can’t make excuses for not doing my hobby! Grab my (free!) printable productive day planner below and don’t miss out!
Which of these hobbies for women in their 20s will you try?
How many of these hobbies have you tried before? Which new hobby do you think you’ll pick up? I’d love to know in the comments below!
Finding the right hobbies that make you happy will give you something to look forward to, feel excited about, and give you the wonderful feeling of reward! Prioritize making the most of your leisure time by getting out there and doing something ambitious. Give at least one thing on this list of hobbies for women in their 20s a go and I promise you’ll feel GREAT!
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