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Are you spending your time glued to the TV, radio or internet obsessed with the hate and discontent that’s happening everywhere you look? Are you mindlessly scrolling through social media, not even realizing how negative it’s gotten? Then it’s definitely time you checked out my best hobbies for introverts list.
Now, you may or may not be an introvert. Personally, I fall into that category. I like to stay home. In fact, it’s pretty sad that the quarantine period didn’t really affect my life much because I enjoy being a homebody.
However, when you’re home alone, it’s imperative that you use your time wisely. That’s where hobbies come in. A hobby is something that you do in your leisure time that makes you happy. And since this site is all about finding ways to boost your happiness and spreading positivity, let’s dig into some of the best hobbies for introverts that I could find.
List of Hobbies for Introverts
Of course you know I’m going to start you off with one of the hobbies you can do alone or with a group. That of course, is to study your Bible. If you are living a life of intentionally following the Lord, growing in your faith and in knowledge is imperative.
There are some really great Bible studies available to help you in your learning. Personally, I like to add a Bible plan from the YouVersion app. The one I’m really liking is the Bible Projects, The Bible which is a 365 day through the Bible in a year study.
Woman of Noble Character offers studies of Galatians and Ephesians as well as a course in creating a custom war binder. The Arabah Joy Blog offers the Bible Study Method, 7 Days in 7 Ways, Praying the Promises of the Cross and Choosing Confidence, just to name a few. She even offers Grace Goals 2021, a Biblical goal setting system.
However you study, the point is that you open the Word of God every day. The Bible is our Handbook for Living. Get to know Jesus and study to show thyself approved.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Cooking and Baking
I used to loooove cooking and baking back in the days before I lost my hands. It was such an important part of my motherhood that I taught all three of my kids to cook. Granted, they all didn’t take to it the same way. One cooks things like sauteed scallops with parmesan mushroom risotto, while another tries to avoid cooking as much as possible. But the skills are there. I’m really thankful for that.
Of course there’s an abundance of cooking shows and YouTube videos all about cooking. And who doesn’t love opening a cookbook and trying some fun, new recipes? Not only is it on my list of good hobbies for introverts, but trying new foods and getting new culinary skills is always a bonus.
But wouldn’t it be cool if we could take cooking and baking classes right from the comforts of home? Udemy.com offers a wide assortment of classes. High rated courses include Interactive Thai Cooking, Basic Italian Cooking Skills, The Art of Sushi and The Basics of Cake. Whatever you’re looking to learn, you can find it here. Courses start at $11.99.
One of my closest friends is an incredible cake decorator. With her in the family, every birthday or anniversary cake is a hit. Anyone who has tried, knows that it takes a very special skill to create beautiful cakes. If cake decorating is on your list of one of the best hobbies for introverts, then get ready for some great tools.
If you’re even an amateur baker, I’m sure you have heard of Wilton. This company has been making cakes and confections a lot simpler for us with their bakeware, tools and tips for a long time. Well now the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating is now on Creativebug. I’ll give you more details on this company in a bit. Let’s just say that their class offerings will keep you busy for a good long time. They offer classes in lots of your favorite crafts.
Drawing, Painting, Creating Art
If art is one of your favorite hobbies to do alone, there’s so many categories to try. Sometimes all you need is a sketchpad and some beautiful colored pencils or some painting canvases and some paints.
Udemy also offers all levels of art classes, from beginners to expert. Examples include Colored Pencils Art Class, The Ultimate Drawing Masterclass, Digital Painting Masterclass and How to Draw your Children or Grandchildren. Whatever your artistic desire, you can find it at Udemy at a reasonable price.
Another fun website that offers online classes is called Creativebug. I mentioned this earlier. This creative website offers courses in a wide variety of categories from Art and Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Knitting and Crochet, Food and Home, Jewelry and Holiday.
Classes are available for adults and kids. Pick a topic and you can find some online classes available. This website works as a monthly subscription for unlimited access, after a 60 day free trial period. There’s even a bonus offer of 30% off your total purchase at Joann.com when you start your free trial. (New subscribers only) Monthly subscriptions start at $7.95. They also offer gift subscriptions for your favorite crafter.
You may not already know this, but I have some printable scripture coloring pages on the Inspirational Resources page on my blog. They’re yours for the taking. Simply print and color to your artistic delight.
Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting and Embroidery
Is it just me or are more of our friends knitting and crocheting? It’s not just our grandmother’s hobby any more. There are so many options for patterns and colors and textures of yarn to purchase. You’re no longer limited to potholders. In fact, the sky’s the limit. If you’re a newbie, check out some activities for introverts like yarn work classes where you can learn everything from knitting and purling, beginner crochet, to knitting a seamless pullover.
And of course with the current pandemic anyone with a sewing machine dusted them off and started making face masks for everyone in their family. While you’ve got your sewing machine out, try making something new.
If you’re a fan of needlework, there’s a great variety of things you can do. Again, Creativebug has some great classes. For supplies, have you ever checked out Darn Good Yarn? (New subscribers get 15% off.) They even have subscription boxes. A couple you may be interested in are the Darn Good Yarn of the Month or the Darn Good Sock of the month. I love subscription boxes. How fun is it to get a surprise in the mail every month? I just love surprises.
Have you heard of this fun little machine yet? I’ll be honest, I never really understood what this was. I had heard the name but I figured that with no hands, it’s probably not anything that I could get involved with. But you know what? I may have been wrong.
A Cricut machine is a die cutting machine, sort of like a printer. Except rather than printing on paper, it cuts the images that you design on your computer or smartphone, into whatever materials that you choose. You can use paper, vinyl, fabric, craft foam, sticker paper and so much more.
So what exactly can you do with a Cricut machine? In order to keep my word count down on this blog post, I’ll let you head over to Google or Pinterest to get some ideas. But just to name a few, you can make vinyl wall art, iron on patterns for things like t-shirts and totes bags, stickers, labels, face masks, and vinyl tiles for a backsplash. I even found leather baby booties. My feeling is, if you can dream it up, there’s a way to make it with Cricut. Check out the Cricut blog for some great inspiration ideas.
If you’re a crafter and you don’t already have one of these nifty machines, you can head on over to Cricut to check it out. Or if you would rather shop at Amazon, they have everything Cricut that you could need too. Whatever your situation, once you start playing with the Cricut, be sure to send me a picture of your favorite project.
Accessorizing is fun and the right piece of jewelry can really pull an outfit together. But jewelry can be an expensive hobby if you buy the real thing. Making it yourself will not only stretch your creativity muscles, but it will give you the exact piece of jewelry that is unique to you, in the colors and styles that you want.
Jewelry making is one of those activities for introverts that can be loads of fun. Online tutorials, like you can find at CreativeLive or Creativebug are a great way to learn the hobby if you’re a newbie. Whether you’re shopping for supplies locally or online at Amazon, have fun. And if you like surprises, check out the Bead of the Month subscription at Darn Good Yarn.
More Hobbies to do Alone
Did you get involved in scrapbooking many years ago or are you ready to get started now? I wonder though, that with the digital age, if scrapbooking has suffered. We know that big craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby still have an abundant supply of scrapbooking products. You can also get them from scrapbook.com or Amazon.
But if you want to start to scrapbook as a new hobby but you wonder what to do with all the photos that you’ve got stored on your phone. Well never fear, digital scrapbooking is here. As an amputee, physically cutting and pasting is never going to happen for me. But then I learned about digital scrapbooking. I found two websites that will get you started.
Kate Hadfield Designs will get you started with A Beginners Guide to Digital Scrapbooking. And Felt Magnet shares the 6 Best Digital Scrapbooking Sites, including places for freebies, tutorials and samples. There you go, everything you need to get started in digital scrapbooking. Have fun! I might give this one a try.
Oh boy, now we’re talking. I looooove me some flowers. Living in the cold northeast where winter seems to last about 6 months long, I get literally giddy when those first buds come through the ground. Daffodils and tulips make me do a happy dance. And no trip to Lowes is complete without a visit to their garden center. My husband and kids run for cover when this Momma eyes the flowers because that means they’ll have to be planting for me again.
I like the flowers, but my hubby does the vegetables. In our shady neck of the woods we don’t have a big garden, but we give it our best try every year. Most of the time we do things by trial and error.
There is so much knowledge in that little bundle and it’s got all the tools we need to perfect our gardening skills. Not only do they offer guidance on planning and growing vegetables, but organizing and preserving them too. Learn about compact gardens, soil, worm composting, homesteading, raising animals and more. What a great way to build on your gardening knowledge.
Reading is a pretty normal activity and ranks high on the list of activities for introverts. But if you’re looking to kick things up a notch, why not try a new genre of book that you’re normally accustomed to reading.
Check out this post if you’re looking for books for spiritual growth by some great Christian blogger friends. Add these books to your “must read” list. You’ll even find my own authored ebook on that list, Victory Over Affliction: 30 Days of Mindset Challenges to Motivate You.
I found a couple of fun subscription boxes for readers that are worth checking out. Subscription boxes are the best! I love getting surprised in the mail every month. If you have tried any subscription boxes, be sure to share your experience in the comments below. Click here for a huge selection of subscription boxes. But for readers, here are some fun ideas.
- Used Books Monthly which offers to send you 1, 2 or 4 gently used books handpicked to match your preferred genre, but it throws in an element of surprise because, well, you just don’t know which books you’re getting.
- Introverts Retreat – which along with a book written by a female author, it includes an assortment of self-care goodies.
- Coffee and a Classic – which includes a hardcover book, a bookmark, a wonderfully delicious beverage and 2 bookish items.
Start a Collection
I’m sure that over your lifetime you had to have had at least one collection. When I was a kid, I collected playing cards, matchbooks and postage stamps. I loved my card collection, but for the life of me, I have no idea whatever happened to it.
Now, as an adult, I have small collections of coins and Precious Moments statues. Early in our marriage I collected toothpick holders as a way to remember different places we’ve been. The problem with items like that is you need to have the space to display them. Otherwise, why bother. Plus, keeping them dusted is always fun. But in my experience that doesn’t matter if your collection is something that you truly love.
I have always been attracted to interesting collections of things. I have heard of collecting comic books, salt and pepper shakers, spoons, ornaments, magnets and vintage glassware. If collecting interests you, start by figuring out what you like, research it and get your first piece. Great places to add to your collections can be yard sales, estate sales and pawn shops. Or you can add to your collection online at places like Ebay and Craigslist. Whatever you decide, collecting is a great hobby for an introvert.
So far, in the online learning realm we’ve discussed classes for crafts, cooking and sewing. But what if you want to expand your knowledge in other areas? I have used a website called Coursera and Udemy for higher learning Most recently on Coursera, I took a class called the Science of Well-Being from Yale. I am very impressed with the options of classes available and the schools they are linked to.
Whatever your interests are, there’s a reasonably priced class that you can take from the comforts of your own home.
Start a Blog
For me, starting and running One Exceptional Life has been instrumental in helping me heal and grow. Not only has blogging become a huge passion of mine, it’s been a great format for my witness for Jesus.
I’ve immersed myself in blogger education as there is always something new to learn. Yes, blogging falls on the list of hobbies to do alone, but I have made some really great friends. And my faith has grown, because as a Christian blogger, I’m spending way more time in the Word, so I can share some great ideas with all of you.
God has convicted me that through my experience with illness, amputations, rebounding and overcoming, that I have the tools and experience to help others overcome their challenges through sharing my faith, and focusing on gratitude, kindness and positivity. It has only been by the glorious grace of God that I have been able to recognize that my life-altering experience was meant for my good and growth and God’s glory.
Roman’s 8:28 KJV And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Blogging has changed my life. Plus it offers opportunities for supplemental income for my family. Which is a great bonus. So if you’re ready to get started with your own blog, this How to Start a Christian Blog free course walks you through all the steps of setting your Christian blog up for success. And if you’re not a Christian blogger, no worries. These steps apply to any niche you choose.
If blogging is not your favorite idea for a side hustle, this list of 100+ ways to make money might give you some ideas that you can get excited about. And here are 75+ more ways. Find something you like, have fun and make some money.
I’ve given you lots of ideas for the best hobbies for introverts. Many are hobbies to do alone. But if you’re feeling social, grab a friend and share your hobby. Many of these hobbies are for crafts. I would really love it if you sent me a picture of your latest creation. How did you make it? Is this a new hobby or an old pastime? Leave your comments below and send your pictures to me.
If you’re still stumped on finding a new hobby to do alone, there’s always the tried and true. Make puzzles, do crosswords, invest your time in being kind to others, and check out these rainy day activities that offer a whole lot more ideas. Whatever you choose, have fun. Be sure to let me know what your hobby is.