31 Hygge Hobbies to Try will give you the inspiration to start a new cozy leisure-time activity. The problem is, there are way too many hobbies to choose from!
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.” – Winston Churchill
Sometimes life can feel like a never-ending freeway. We are always racing from place to place with a never-ending to-do list. We forget to put ourselves on the list of things to do.
Hobbies allow us to carve out some time to nourish ourselves. When we master a skill, we become more confident in all aspects of our lives.
Mental health is important and having hobbies destress our bodies as well as our minds. Hobbies also enrich our lives because when we are passionate about something, we become more alive and will impact everything you do.
Doing something you enjoy will not only benefit you, but it will touch everyone you come in contact with because you’re nourishing your soul.
What are Hygge Hobbies?
Just because you don’t see a hobby on this list doesn’t mean it’s not a hygge hobby. I put together this list as a starting point to get your creative juices flowing.
Some of the ideas will jump off the page, and others will fall flat. This list is meant to help you find out what speaks directly to you.
You can also try different hobbies and see which ones you like the best. Don’t feel bad if you try something and it doesn’t quite fit your life. We’ve all done that.
Hobbies are also a great way to socialize with like-minded people. Once you get started on a hobby, look for groups or individuals that have the same passion.
Don’t be afraid to be a beginner. We all have to start somewhere. Learning a new skill takes some time.
You can subscribe to a magazine that features your hobby, check books out at the library, look at tutorials on YouTube, take online classes from experts, or you can even volunteer to help someone that does what you want to learn as a living.
Here are the 31 Hygge Hobbies to Try:
Hygge Hobbies Idea #1 – Animal tracking
There’s an entirely different world right outside our front doors. Wild animals are going about their day-to-day business. We sometimes forget we are co-existing with these magnificent creatures.
One of the most hygge things you can do is add nature awareness to your life. This hobby helps keep you outdoors, and you discover which animals live in a particular area.
You can follow wildlife tracks in the sand, mud, and snow – each season offering a window into this beautiful natural world.
Hygge Hobbies Idea #2 – Board and Card Games
Board games and hygge go hand-in-hand. It’s a great way to connect with family and friends.
Hosting a weekly game night might be the secret ingredient in creating memories that warm your soul.
Some ideas on hosting a board game night:
When everyone brings something to game night, it takes the financial pressure off the host. Some of the best ideas are to have a simple meal of homemade chili and cornbread, soup and salad, charcuterie board, baked potato bar, or a taco bar.
You could also strictly have finger food, so cutlery is not needed.
2) Have several games to pick from.
When you’re first starting out creating a game night, it’s best to have multiple games to pick from for the best results. Your friends and family will be pick the games they like the best to make everyone happy.
3) A roaring fire.
If you have a fireplace, now is the time to get it going in cooler months for the perfect backdrop for your weekly event.
Hygge Hobbies Idea #3 – Making terrariums
Bringing a small sampling of the great outdoors into your home is easy when you learn how to create beautiful terrariums.
Terrariums are works-of-art that has its own eco-system for your entire family to enjoy. They also make the best gifts.
Some of the things you will need to get started on this hobby are a container, a variety of plants that have the same sunlight and water needs, potting soil, pea gravel, and decorative items.
You can make a few terrariums for your office and co-workers too. Why not share your hobby with people you’re around most of your days?
Hygge Hobbies Idea #4 – Candle Making
When you love to live a cozy life, candles a must to have around. Instead of purchasing your candles, why not learn to be a master candlemaker?
I remember my aunt making beeswax tapers in her rustic kitchen in Vermont. Our dinners were eaten by candlelight from the tapers she made.
Candles are a beautiful item that constantly needs replacing and also makes the best gift idea. Who wouldn’t love a box of homemade candles scented with their favorite essential oils?
Hygge Hobbies Idea #5 – Reading
Reading is a hobby that gives you the ability to live in another world without leaving the comfort of your own home. It will help you improve your imagination and let you escape everyday life pressures for a little while.
The best thing about this hobby is you can read for as little as 10 minutes or take an entire afternoon to delve into your favorite memoir, romance, historical, or even decorating book.
I always carry a book in the car with me if I end up with an unexpected wait for something. You can also share your hobby with others by joining a book club or starting one online.
If you’re looking for some ideas on books to read – I gave you some ideas here Best Hygge Books to Inspire a Cozy Life
Book lovers are a worldwide club. Here the terms for people who read a lot in each country:
Danish: Reading horse
French: Ink drinker
German: Read rat
Romanian: Library mouse
Indonesian: Book flea
Hygge Hobbies Idea #6 – Candy Making
Once you start making your own homemade candy, you’ll end up with more friends than you can count. Who doesn’t love to indulge in a piece or two of fine chocolate every day?
There’s so much to learn about this wonderful hobby. Whether you prefer to make old-fashioned hard candy, truffles, fudge, or even salt-water taffy – this hobby satisfies all your senses.
Hygge Hobbies Idea #7 – Origami
There’s something so simple but beautiful about origami. Transforming paper into magical birds taking flight and flowers are just some ideas to do with this wonderful craft.
Origami means the art of folding paper and is primarily associated with Japanese culture.
I knew someone that loved to make origami birds and leave them for strangers to find. She felt the right person who needed an uplifting message from the world would find each of her creations. It was her way of making her neighborhood a better place to be.
Hygge Hobbies Idea #8 – Homemade Soaps
Soap making is one of those hobbies you can’t get enough of. Good thing everyone loves homemade soap, so finding people to gift your creations to won’t be a difficult thing to do.
Loaves of soaps are works-of-art. There are soaps for everyone, including even the men in your life. One of my blogging friends created a soap that was geared toward manly men, and it became one of her most popular posts.
Hygge Hobbies Idea #9 – Hiking/Walking
Two of my favorite hobbies are hiking and walking.
I found a path near my home that a new neighbor pointed out. It’s a large dirt road that leads to homes in the country. There are barely any cars on this road, and the path takes you through acres of trees.
Every day brings new changes to the forest I walk past with one of my dogs. A new spider web glistens with dew on an early morning walk, chestnuts fall from oak trees when squirrels scurry on their branches, and the sunlight takes on a magical hue as it peeks through all the leaves.
Not only are walking and hiking good for your stress levels, but they are also good for your health.
Hygge Hobbies #10 – Genealogy
How much do you know about your family’s history? Genealogy is a rewarding hobby that can help preserve the past for future generations.
Genealogy uses historical records, oral records, and genetic analysis to obtain the history of a family, according to Wikipedia.
You can use the information you glean to plan a vacation to where your ancestors lived, creating a family cookbook and traditions that were lost along the way.
Hygge Hobbies #11 – Canning
There’s something about a well-stocked pantry that makes me swoon. A pantry filled-to-the-brim with homemade canned goods takes it to a whole new level.
Cracking open a jar of fruit preserves made from a harvest of fresh peaches from your tree in the dead of winter makes one warm and toasty inside. Everything tastes better when you know it’s homemade.
The possibilities are endless for creating your own favorite combinations of preserves. You can also make boozy jellies and jams for homemade gifts everyone will love.
Hygge Hobbies #12 – Woodworking
I wish this were something I was interested in doing. The possibilities are endless for making things for my home. But…I’m resigned to be simply a curator of handmade wooden items because I’m way too absent-minded to saw anything.
Learning how to build your own shelves, furniture, and accessories is a hobby that pays back in spades.
A friend has a wooden picture with pieces of different kinds of wood laid out in an intricate design. Each piece of wood was from a different world area and represented the countries and states that their ancestors had lived.
When you look at all the different grains of wood side-by-side, they each tell a different story. Imagine all the things you can create with this skillset.
Hygge Hobbies #13 – Quilting
Quilting is a wildly popular hobby now. There’s a reason for it…it’s such a relaxing thing to do after a stressful day. It also lets you use your creativity to make a variety of designs.
An bonus of taking up quilting as a hobby is that you’ll make lifelong friends. Quilters are a tight-knit group that loves to share their techniques with newbies.
Shopping for fabric is one of the bonuses of starting this hobby. There’s so many beautiful colors, designs, and materials to pick from.
Quilting truly is the hobby that allows you to cover your friends and family with love.
Hygge Hobbies #14 – Camping
Exploring our beautiful world is a wonderful hygge hobby. Spending time out in nature and bonding with your friends and family creates memories that that will keep us warm our entire lives.
Being present for a gorgeous sunrise and sunset in the mountains, watching snow land on a cluster of pine trees, and hearing the rustle of leaves crunching as you step are just some of the things you will experience.
Not only do you get to spend time in nature, but you get to cook over a campfire. There’s something about campfire food that makes your tastebuds dance.
Hygge Hobbies #15 – Napping
I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a napper. I couldn’t understand people that were able to go to sleep in the day. It was a skill set I didn’t have.
That all changed when I started getting up at 4-5 in the morning to write. The earlier I started writing – the easier it was for me to get into the flow.
Now napping is my jam. I work for a few hours in the early morning, while the rest of the neighborhood is still peacefully asleep. Even my tribe of four dogs find that the 4 AM hour is way too early for them.
Later in the morning, I take an hour’s nap. Now, I get it. I wake up refreshed from my nap, ready to take on the rest of the day. I’ve found I work way more after I started this habit.
If you don’t work from home, you can still become a master napper on the weekends. Your body will thank you for it!
Hygge Hobbies #16 – Baking Bread
Freshly baked bread and rolls are just something that makes everyone’s mouth water.
I know one of the keys to making great bread is a culinary scale. You get better results from weighing the ingredients versus measuring them. Two good books to get started on this hobby The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and Flour, Salt, Water, Yeast.
Making homemade bread with your children teaches them life skills that they will use in their lives and pass it on to future generations. Making your own bread is healthier than buying bread because you know every ingredient that goes into your recipes.
Hygge Hobbies #17 – Collecting antiques
Collecting vintage treasures is one of my favorite hobbies. Antique mixing bowls, vintage paintings, and toleware lighting are just some of the things I love to look for at antique shops and garage sales.
I think vintage and antique home decor items make a home seem a little bit cozier. Decorating your cottage with vintage items gives your home a unique look.
The weathered patina on an antique copper pot makes cooking in it even more special. You wonder who had this pot before me, and how many meals has this copper pan produced?
Hunting for vintage treasures is part of the fun. You can do this hobby solo, or invite a few friends along for the trip.
My sister and I went to a barn sale recently that had antiques from Europe. It was amazing. One of the treasures I walked away with was a Maine blueberry box that I now have on my coffee table.
Hygge Hobbies #18 – Heirloom gardening
Gardening is a hobby that has endless variations. At my last home, I had a massive flower garden, an herb garden, and a tea garden.
I’m planning on putting in an heirloom garden at my new house. I want to have fruits and vegetables that you can’t get at the grocery store.
I think it’s important to bring back varieties of fruits and vegetables that have been forgotten about. Just the amount of heirloom tomatoes alone would make your head spin. I want to grow and taste them all.
If you don’t have much land to grow your own food, you can still have herbs on your windowsill or balcony to add to flavor your food.
Hygge Hobbies #19 – Watercolors/Painting/Drawing
If you’re looking to tap into your creative side and create beauty at the same time, watercolors, painting, and drawing are just a few ways you can express yourself.
They are all ways to learn a new craft and not spend a lot of money doing it. Landscapes, flowers, portraits, animals, and small-town scenes are just some of the things you can learn to paint.
Hygge Hobbies #20 – Photography
Photography is the hobby I will be diving into in the next year. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn to do better but never took the time.
I bought a couple of different photography classes that I’ll be taking to take my photographs to a new level. Whether you use photography to document your family’s life, for business, or to capture moments in time around you – this is a hobby that will enhance your life.
Most areas have Facebook groups where everyone shares their photographs of beautiful places locally that you can find. It’s an easy way to make friends with people that have the same interests as you.
I will mostly be photographing food, and my home to share on my blog. What are some of the things you like to photograph?
Hygge Hobbies #21 – Rock painting
Painted rocks are the perfect hobby for those of us that want to spread kindness in the world. There are worldwide clubs on Facebook that share photos of found rocks and dropped off rocks.
You paint a rock with a flower, a bird, or even a positive saying. On the back of the rock, you write your local Facebook rock painting group. Then it’s time to seal the rock and hide it for strangers to find.
People of all ages can take part in the fun, from young to old. To learn more about How to Get Started Rock Painting – check out my article.
Hygge Hobbies #22 – Knitting
When most people think of hygge hobbies, knitting is one of the first ones we think of. I think knitting is one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself.
You can make a variety of items such as mug cozies, stuffed animals, scarves, hats, and blankets – and give gifts made with love.
One of the best things about knitting is that you can take your hobby anywhere with you and indulge in your passion while waiting for something else.
Other hygge hobbies that are similar in nature that you can try are crocheting and embroidery.
Hygge Hobbies #23 – Foraging
Foraging is a wonderful skill to learn that has medicinal and financial benefits. Who wouldn’t like free food?
My neighbor at my last house bought an acre of land. She planted hundreds of native plants in the area that would produce some of her food – on top of having a fenced garden. She also went on adventures in the woods, gathering things to make soups and teas with.
I will be looking at my new home in the same light as she did and see what things I can forage to do the same.
Hygge Hobbies #24 – Calligraphy
I admire anyone that can do calligraphy. I think letter writing will make a come-back, and learning calligraphy is a wonderful way to put a unique stamp on your letters.
You can also write keepsake letters in calligraphy documenting your children’s lives to leave as keepsakes for future generations.
Hygge Hobbies #25 – Raising chickens
My sister and I did an urban farm tour around Seattle a few years ago. One of the farmers we met stood out from among her peers was because of her love for her chickens.
Her entire yard was dedicated to making her chickens happy. She planted their favorite foods, and they even had their own balcony they liked to hang out on. She told us she used to watch a lot of television, but now that she had her flock of chickens – her family loved to sit out in the backyard and watch their feathered friends.
Hygge Hobbies #26 – Master tea blender
I’m pretty obsessed with tea. Making my own blends is another hobby I will be adding in the next year. (My hobby list is getting pretty long!)
There are so many different combinations you can make to make amazing teas. I once tasted an herbal tea combination that tasted like root beer!
Herbal teas also have health benefits, so there’s a happy bonus to this hobby. You just want to make sure you use organic ingredients to make your blends.
Some of the ingredients I will be growing myself, and others I will be buying online in bulk. I will be featuring some tea combinations, so make sure you follow me on Pinterest for new posts.
Hygge Hobbies #27 – Beekeeping
Beekeeping is something you can do for yourself and help save the planet at the same time. As an extra bonus, beekeeping has the sweetest reward – honey!
You can keep bees anywhere near the area where flowers bloom and it doesn’t require much space.
Teaching your children how vital bees are to our food supply is a life lesson that’s worth learning. It’s such a gift to be able to see these hardworking creatures up close.
Just think of all the honey you will have when you start this rewarding hobby! You’ll have a never-ending supply of honey for your tea, to drizzle on cheese and fruit, to cook with, make salad dressings, and even pour warm honey over ice cream.
Hygge Hobbies #28 – Stargazing
There’s a magical world right outside our front door. All you need is a telescope and a little time to take in the wonder that dances above us in the night sky.
You can print off star maps from online (google star maps), and you’ll start to navigate the stars.
Bring some chairs and blankets outside, along with some hot beverages. Share your passion with friends and family members.
I found this YouTube video on the history and myths of The Constellations. The word constellations means a grouping of stars.
Hygge Hobbies #29 – Jewelry Making
If you love wearing jewelry, why not learn to make your own creations?
Finding the right jewelry to go with your outfits will be easy when you learn to make your own. Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings can all get your special touch with this fun hobby.
There are so many different styles of jewelry to try. From traditional to trendy, you’re sure to find a look that is both fun to make and pleasurable to wear.
You can find tutorials on how to create your own jewelry on YouTube or check out a book at your local library to get started.
Hygge Hobbies #30 – Mosaics
My sister taught herself to make mosaic stepping stones out of antique plates. I still have them in my garden. They are so beautiful!
One garden tour I went on featured the work of a mosaic artist throughout her backyard. She had mosaic birdbaths, sculptures, and tables dotted throughout her backyard. She let us peek inside her house to see her mosaic fireplace mantle.
Hygge Hobbies #31 – Cheese Making
When you think about making your own cheese at home, it can seem daunting. You don’t have to have your own homestead to make your own cheese.
In fact, you can be a cheesemaker even if you are living in a small apartment. Some types of cheese are easier to make than others, but you can dive into this intriguing world to supply your family and friends with a little slice of heaven.
There are even cheese-making kits available. Here’s the Ultimate Cheese Making Kit on Amazon that teaches you to make 10 different kinds of cheese.
You can also learn more about pairing cheese properly. Cheese and hygge make the world a better place to live and it’s one of the best hygge hobbies.
Some other hygge hobbies you can try are:
Study of Architecture
Scale Miniature Building
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