Drawing, horse riding, archery, writing, cooking, and skating are all hobbies you’ve probably heard of before. What else is there though? There are an infinite amount of hobbies and activities out there that you could take part in so we decided to compile a list of some of the most unique ones we could think of. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new skill or simply want to explore some options, read ahead and let us know what peaks your interest!
Competitive Duck Herding
Sheepdogs will herd pretty much anything if you let them, so why not ducks? This is a hobby that people love because it combines skills in teamwork, communication, and listening. While there doesn’t seem to be any duck herding groups around Michigan, you can definitely create your own or simply do it by yourself! Check out https://www.eventsorganised.co.uk/duck-herding to learn a little more.
Puppetry – The art of operating puppets
Acroyoga – A combination of yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage
Foraging is essentially searching for wild food resources. While often done by wild animals, we can do it too! Head out to the woods and search for mushrooms, fruits, or greens. Please make sure not to eat anything unless you are absolutely positive that it isn’t harmful or poisonous to you! Check out this Ultimate Foraging Guide for more ideas; https://www.moneycrashers.com/foraging-guide-edible-wild-plants-food/
Sand Art – Modeling sand into art. Think of intricate sand castles on the beach
Clay Pigeon Shooting – A shooting sport where one shoots a firearm at special flying targets
Leaf Collecting and Pressing
This is a form of close-combat that is native to Thailand. It is often referred to as Thai Boxing. Check out; https://www.tigermuaythai.com/about-muay-thai/history to learn a bit more about it’s history!
Are you a big Star Wars fan? Then you might already know what this one is. Ludosport is the International Network of Sporting Light Saber Combat. https://www.ludosport.net/?lang=en has all of the information you could possibly need if you’re interested in beginning this hobby!
Fell Running – Running and racing off road up a difficult gradient
Maple Tree Tapping – The process of extracting maple from a tree
Have you ever watched those satisfying videos on YouTube or TikTok of people power washing away years of dirt and grime? You can totally do that too! Of course you’ll need to purchase the equipment which can range anywhere from about $80 to multiple thousands of dollars, but it can be worth it. This hobby can easily be turned into a job. Most people don’t want to spend money on something they will only use a few times, so instead they hire someone else to power wash their house, driveway, patio or other things for them. Think of it as an investment. A super satisfying investment!
Sandboarding – Riding across or down a sand dune while standing on a board
Conworlding – The creation of fantasy worlds
World Record Breaking
Did you know there are currently over 40,000 world records in the Guinness World Record’s database? https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/hall-of-fame/ showcases some of the most popular ones, but with that many records, surely you can find something that peaks your interest. Maybe there are multiple you want to take a shot at. Either way, world record breaking is an achievement you can strive for and that you can turn into a great hobby.
Another trend that seems to be all over TikTok currently is felting. This is the process of taking loose wool and turning it into something more solid. Annette Browning has written a piece that proves to be a great beginners guide for this hobby. Check it out at https://www.fiberartsy.com/felting-a-beginners-guide/
Knapping – Stone Tool Making
Lapidary – Engraving, cutting, or polishing stones and gems
While collecting seems like a basic hobby to pick up, the options are seriously infinite with this one. Stickers, bugs, leaves, rocks, stamps, marbles, currency, plants, towels, rubber ducks, metal trinkets, glass bottles, cards, pins. Seriously, the list goes on! Find something you love and search for the coolest and most unique pieces to add to your collection.
Deltiology – The study and collection of postcards
Trekking – Walking for more than a day at a time
Do you love reptiles or amphibians? Then Herping might be perfect for you. Essentially this is the act of searching for these types of creatures. Simply head outside and search! Check out https://nature.discoveryplace.org/blog/ask-a-naturalist-what-is-herping for some friendly reminders and tips on this hobby.
Dandyism – Placing importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies
Noodling – Fishing for catfish with your bare hands
Honestly, we could go on for days listing off different hobbies that are out there, but that would probably get pretty boring after awhile! We want to hear from you though, what is your favorite hobby? Or what is something that interests you??