27 Feminine Hobbies for Women

hobbies for women

I don’t normally like to call them ‘hobbies’, but rather, passions. Hobbies sort of seem like the things you do just to pass the time. Passions sound a lot more interesting. But, hobbies, passions, interests – whatever you like to call them; they’re extremely important in a woman’s life!

Modern life is all about the BOX, isn’t it? We go to work, work in our box-shaped office, talk on our box-like phone, type on a box, eat out of a box, text message in a box, drive a box car, use a box remote, sit on the couch and watch a box, and basically, LIVE IN A BOX!

Some of us women need to get some more empowering and healthier hobbies. It’s important to keep your mind and body constantly growing – if you’re not growing, you’re dying!

And we live very closed lives. Nowadays it’s all about which television show you’ve watched, or which video was hot on youtube – or who has better photos on Facebook.

Here’s another insanely popular article Why Men Pull Away

Not to mention that for most young women, they no longer talk about what their greatest passion and interest is; what they’re doing to add to other people’s lives or what they’re doing to challenge themselves, it’s more about how drunk you got on Friday or Saturday night.

There are much healthier ways for a woman to spend her time – and there’s nothing wrong with having a good time, and having a drink (as long as it’s not to excess) but there IS something wrong when you feel you need to drink something, sniff something, inject something, swallow something, or smoke something in order to get yourself into a good mood.

So let’s take a look at some fabulous hobbies for women that will make us feel more like a woman, make us more interesting and charismatic, and more importantly – challenge you to get out of your comfort zone! :D

Read my article about What Makes a Woman Boring

When I say ‘hobbies for women – I’m referring to anything really (this doesn’t mean men can’t do the things I’ve listed!!) – but mainly things I think will make you feel more like a woman, and bring out the feminine side of you.

1. Cooking


Cooking is a wonderful womanly hobby and art that you can enjoy with your girlfriends, aunties, cousins, mum, grandma, etc. Experiment with making pretty cupcakes or cookies even. Much most importantly, it’s great if you can learn to cook very healthy and nutritious meals for your friends/family/boyfriend.

Invest in a great cook book, or go to an online place for recipes! Try ichef or FreeRecipe.org

2. Ballroom Dancing


This is something more traditional, but what a great way to meet some gentlemen if you’re single! Ballroom dancing is a fantastic way to improve your posture and increase poise and grace. It’s very lady-like, so any of you traditional ladies out there who love to do classy things – this is a hobby for you! :)

If you’re in a relationship or married – you could even go with your husband or boyfriend – doing new things together will bring you a deeper sense of attraction and connection and you’ll have more fun, and grow together.

Most cities have a ballroom dancing studio, so jump on to google and search for one nearest to you! Sometimes you can get your first lesson for Free to get a feel of what the instructor is like and to work out whether it is really something for you or not.

3. Singing


If you love music, perhaps you could even take some singing lessons?

However, if you don’t have the money for it – just start singing at home or in the car. It makes you more cheerful and an absolute delight to be around!

Most men ADORE a soft, feminine voice, especially when it’s singing in his ear! Singing is most definitely a feminine hobby. In fact, your feminine high pitched voice is one of the 17 Attraction Triggers that I write about.

There’s nothing quite like a woman who can sing – the feminine is all about life, and hobbies like dancing and singing can bring the feminine energy in to full force.

4. Running/Jogging


If you are already a runner, or if you run regularly, you know how therapeutic running can be. Running is a great way to escape in to your own world, and to be left alone, if that’s what you like. I run a lot because I like to be by myself and feel free.

If you find running hard – and you’re not ‘motivated’, take BABY STEPS. Start by running to the end of the street and back. And then increase by 100m the next day, and so on.

People start and discontinue things like running because they expect too much from themselves from the beginning, and it feels like too much. But if you start small, and slowly INCREASE the mileage – you feel a special thing called ‘progress’, and progress is what really makes us happy.

Remember progress is the most important thing. Don’t settle for ‘I’m not a good runner.’ Unless you have low standards for yourself. Running is a wonderful hobby or passion to have – cherish it!

5. Horse riding

horseback riding

Horse-back riding can bring you closer to nature, and it’s something you can do alone or with your friends, family or your man. It’s a great way to spend a regular weekend away and not to mention horses are beautiful creatures!

If you don’t have the time or money to own a horse (which is an enormous responsibility), there are plenty of places around for trail-riding or even beach rides or rides for couples. If you’ve never done this before, it can be a great new way to challenge yourself.

6. Reading


Curling up with a good book is always nice! But reading (non-fiction) really helps to broaden the mind and make you more interesting in conversation. Fiction books are great, too. Reading can really improve your writing skills, if you are into writing. Reading also allows you to connect with, and get inside the minds of great women and men throughout history.

The only thing you need to be careful of is to not get too over-involved with a fiction book if it hasn’t got a very positive message. All women need to have a touch of melancholy to them as well, but if you get over-involved in a book that’s full of negativity, it could dampen your mood a little too much.

If you have access to a library card, you can read nearly any book you want without burning a hole in your pocket. And certainly don’t forget ebay as a potential source for great, cheap books!

7. Learning a Foreign Language

leanr a language

Women are great at connecting with other human beings – but sometimes, when there’s a language barrier, this can be hard. So if you plan to visit any new country long-term, or just plain want to become bilingual or trilingual, why not learn a new language?

You know how people tell you that you learn languages best when you’re a child? Well, that was bollocks, wasn’t it!? Famous author of ‘The Four Hour Work Week’, Timothy Ferris, will show you how you can absolutely, without a doubt, learn a foreign language in 3 months (I’ve heard of adults doing it in less time).

Having already done this himself, Tim is a very dynamic human being who finds new ways to accomplish things in crazily small time-frames!

8. Blogging


Writing is definitely a womanly hobby. Blogging is a wonderful way to express yourself and to share your knowledge and passion with other people. You can ‘meet’ people from all over the world through a blog, and form great online (and perhaps face-to-face in future) friendships this way!

Alternatively, you could use your blog to update your family, friends and colleagues about your life. It’s a great tool to use whilst traveling or when you’re away from your loved ones. Parents love to read their kids blogs (perhaps there are exceptions).

Just be mindful of the things you DO say, as you might end up losing your job over your blog like Heather Armstrong did over at DOOCE. All-in-all, blogging is a great hobby/passion for women – and you can even co-write a blog with a friend, and just ramble, if you want.

9. Jewelry-making

Jewelry making

Sparkly, glittery and shiny things are always a delight for women. What a great way to express your femininity! It also makes men more attracted and drawn to you.

Not only that, but you can give away the jewelry you make as gifts for others! It’s a very personal gift, since it would be made by you. It’s a great way to give memorable gifts and it also shows your creativity and allows you to express your creativity.

Femininity is all about color; so why not make some colorful jewelry that you can wear? You can also take classes on jewelry making, and you may find that jewelry making can earn you money whilst expressing your feminine creativity.

10. Candle-making

candle making

Candle-making isn’t too complicated; you can purchase candle-making supplies from different arts and crafts stores to aid you in starting this hobby. This is a great way to create a sensual and loving mood using your own candles, made the way you want! Not only are candles romantic, but you’ll seem all that more fascinating, creative and feminine in a man’s eyes when you tell him that you’ve made the candles in your house!

You can also making candles with different shapes and scents. What a great idea!

11. Belly-Dancing

belly dancing

If you’ve ever seen a belly dancer, you’ll know just how womanly she looks! What an amazing hobby for women. It accentuates all your curves, and can help to bring you closer to your inner goddess. The goddess is an integral part of the feminine sexual energy. And, belly dancing is a fabulous way to increase feminine radiance and beauty.

Not to mention that this feminine art often enchants and captivates men. Most cities have places where you can learn belly dancing. Just give them a call and perhaps do a trial class if you can, to see if you like it. Better still, go with a friend. If you really enjoy and get good at it, you can even become a performer!

12. Painting/Drawing


A fantastic way to unleash your creative side, painting can give you a lot of self-satisfaction, and paintings will last a lifetime. You can put them up around the house. A lot of women refuse to get artistic on art because they think they’ll never be good at it, or that they’ll never be able to be wonderful painters/drawers.

This is untrue. Classes with a great teacher can really help you improve your painting and drawing skills.

Drawing as a hobby will cost a lot less than painting will. You can get yourself some art pencils and a notebook and draw or even doodle in your free time. Art stores, hobby stores and even private tutors can provide art and painting classes.

If that costs too much for you, you could even get a hold of some cheap lessons from a ‘how to’ video on youtube.

13. Toastmasters/Public Speaking


Being the number one fear of all humans, if you can conquer this one you are sure on your way to being a very confident woman.

You may be wondering how on earth you would get started in this, and what you would talk about! Well, thankfully there is an international non-profit organization called ‘toastmasters’ which is usually available in 106 countries. Basically, whoever wants to go can go and improve their public speaking skills. You can talk about anything you want to talk about, and it can be an impromptu speech, or a speech prepared already by you. If you’re particularly passionate about a subject, why not give public speaking a go? It’s likely that you may find a toastmasters meet-up group near you!

Public speaking is a great hobby for women who want to increase their influence and to get their message out! At toastmasters, you will get honest feedback from like-minded members.

For a little more background information on public speaking, and how to prepare, please see the famous Tim Ferriss’ article on how he prepares for public speaking.

14. Yoga


Enjoyed by women such as Madonna, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow, yoga is a great way to increase your flexibility, longevity, core strength and to improve your fitness. If you have a gym near you, they may have yoga classes.

Focusing heavily on your breathing, yoga is an amazing way to increase radiance, and get rid of toxins in your body. We all think of our diet – but breathing is just as important as good food is to our health. Most of us don’t realize exactly how much we don’t breathe enough!

Deep breathing is vital to your health. Yoga will help you do this. What a great way to increase feminine beauty and health – breath is life!

15. Lap Dancing/Striptease


Lap dancing? LAP DANCING?!! The kind of thing strippers do? Yes, Lap dancing. Far from being s****y and tasteless, lap dancing (or erotic dancing/striptease) when done ONLY for your man can do amazing things for your your sex life and it is a very feminine thing, too.

Lap dancing is fun because you can include a whole lot of different props and feathers, hats, sexy outfits, costumes and your favorite music! It will CERTAINLY get your man’s attention!

Your man will think he’s died and gone to heaven, and what a great way to bring out your inner diva. Not to mention – lap dancing is PLAYFUL! You can get lap dancing classes at pole dance studios or any erotic dance studio.

Still unsure? why not watch Salma Hayek get her sexy erotic dance moves on? :)

16. Knitting


Knitting is really quite a traditionally feminine hobby (although it is still enjoyed by men around the world). Although some may think it’s old-fashioned, knitting is a great creative outlet for women, and it’s great to feel the self-satisfaction when you know the knitted garment is made by you!

You can knit for your friends, children, husband, boyfriend….anyone!

If you wanting free knitting patterns and more information on knitting, please visit dailyknitter.

17. Photography


If you feel you’re not particularly the arty type but would like to be, consider photography. It ranks high among the group of easy-to-start hobbies for women. You can start with just your digital camera, if you have one. And with digital editing software becoming cheaper and more accessible, almost anyone can start photography!

The great thing about photography is that you can combine it with other interests. If you love nature, snap some photos on your next outdoors trip or hike. Love people? Snap some great photos of your friends!

Take a look at digital photography school and strobist to get started.

18. Food decorating

food decorating

Maybe even a little more creative than cooking, food decorating is often a bit of a fascination for women! You can decorate salads, cakes, cookies, pastries, etc. The best thing about this is that you can give it your own touch and give others something to remember you by! You can create your own signature pastry, cookies or cake with your special twist.

If you would like to get serious about food decorating, you can always join a decorating class. And you can always turn this hobby in to a business if you want to.

19. Gardening


Another hobby that brings out a woman’s creative side – gardening can be very relaxing and rewarding – if you commit to taking care of your garden. Grow your own veggie patch for good health – or just make your home look pretty, feminine and inviting!

If you want to find a good way to add your own feminine touch to your home or the world, gardening is great – and is often a great source of admiration for other people. This hobby is even accessible for apartment-living. Only the technique is a little different and there may be less space.

Whilst fun, gardening can also be quite challenging and you will need to know a thing or two if you don’t. Visit garden.org for a wealth of information to get you started!

20. Volunteering

volunteer work

If you’re the kind of woman who is contribution-minded, this is for you. If you’re not contribution-minded, perhaps it’s time to be?

Everyone has a gift they can give to others. Volunteering is one of the most womanly, noble and admirable things a woman can do. It’s also a great way to seek fulfillment and to appreciate your own life more.

Volunteering can open your eyes to the plight of others, and it’s also a great way to meet other men and women who want to give to others. There are many ways you can give. You can give your time, money effort – anything you want to give.

Audrey Hepburn did made an unforgettable impact through her work with UNICEF (WARNING: this video may potentially make you teary).

It can be difficult to find a volunteering organization that does not ask you to pay to volunteer (albeit a small amount) and to go with an organization that doesn’t require you to pay can mean a fair bit of effort involved through applications and selection, but if you are serious about contributing, consider the following organizations:


Cambodian Children’s Painting Project

Volunteer International

Volunteer Abroad

21. writing


Writing is a great hobby for women who love words, have a way with words and enjoy being creative. You can write letters, stories, fiction or non-fiction books (these days, you don’t have to jump many hurdles to get a book published), check out BLURB for easy publishing at NO up-front costs.

You can write poems, make photo books, and even write letters to your friends. Writing is a good way to channel your thoughts and can make you a better communicator.

If you were good at writing in school, this may be a good option for you. Perhaps you can even just keep a diary and write down ideas for stories,m books, poems or letters.

If you enjoy letter writing, that may be an option, and you can even get in to the cool stuff like fine stationery like fountain pens. Even though computers have taken over our lives, writing hand-written letters can show it comes from your heart, and people appreciate hand-written letters more than ever!

22. Pole Dancing

pole dancing

Pole dancing is all the rage right now, and it’s a performing art as well as a sport. It’s a combination of gymnastics and dancing.

More recently, artistic pole dancing has been included in a non-erotic environment using Chinese poles and in circus-cabaret as well as stage performance. Of course, pole dancing is great for fitness and core strength. Lots of women treat it very seriously and become over-muscly, but pole dancing can be done just for fun, and you can also buy your own pole and install it in to your home and work it at home!

If normal pole dancing is too much for you, you can even try something like pole jam, which focuses more on your dance fluidity and requires only simple, fun and playful pole work.

If you think pole dancing is only for a certain ‘type’ of woman, and think it’s not graceful, check out this sensational video first. Pole dancing can be done in a graceful way, and  be done in a classy way! It’s a great method to use your feminine triggers to attract and get a man’s blood boiling uncontrollably. 

23. Flower Arranging

flower arrangement

This is a real feminine art, and you can start by yourself and do it in your own home. If you don’t want to keep replenishing flowers, you can even use fake pretty flowers and arrange them and place them in vases throughout the house.

This is an accessible hobby for anyone, even if you’re not a florist and professionally trained. All you need is your femininity and your creativity!

This site has flower arranging tips and articles.

24. Gym


If you don’t have a gym membership, but have always really wanted to get one or have been meaning to, when would now be a good time to get one?

A gym membership can be one of the most valuable things for women. You don’t have to lift heavy weights, you can do light weights, join classes, do stretching (which is extremely important for fitness), and even make friends.

One of the best things about the gym is that even if it’s freezing cold where you are, you have NO excuse not to go!

And, if you want a place where you can exercise with minimal impact on the joints, go to the gym and use the cross trainer or the stepper! These non-impact exercises are GREAT for toning your muscles, and helping you shape your legs.

It’s NEVER too late to start. The gym gives you many different choices and options, and if your gym has a pool, even BETTER!

25. Swimming


The best thing about swimming regularly, is that it provides you an opportunity to get in to a bit of resistance exercise without the use of heavy weights. Swimming can do wonders for your body and when done consistently, can really tone the muscles all over.

Swimming is often overlooked as a form of exercise in our modern society, but even if it’s the only exercise you do, swimming will give you amazing health benefits.

The other great thing you can do in a pool is water running, which involves the use of a shallow pool, and you just run up and down the lanes. More fantastic resistance exercise without the use of heavy weights, and if you’ve got aches and pains, or have any injuries, swimming is a great way to help heal those.

If you do any other sports, swimming is a great way to cross-train as well.

26. Aromatherapy


Aromatherapy involves using volatile plant oils and essential oils for relaxation, spiritual health and psychological health.

If you have a very busy schedule, and a hectic lifestyle, aromatherapy may be for you. In fact, aromatherapy is great for any woman. Choose scents that you love and that have a profound effect on you. Different people will respond to different scents.

You can either inhale essential oils or apply them to the skin. Shops like Aveda have beautiful spray-on scents. You can even just purchase some essential oils and put small droplets in to a bath. But essential oils should never be applied to the skin undiluted! It can cause irritation.

Visit Aromaweb for fantastic information on aromatherapy.

And remember that anything you apply to the skin has a very real chance of being absorbed in to the blood stream, so apply small amounts and choose carefully.

If you apply essential oils to the skin, it can become your unique signature scent, even replacing perfume!

27. Collecting antiques

collecting antique

It goes without saying that women are collectors! We love to keep pretty, interesting things! Collecting antiques can range from furniture to clocks to Chinese teapots. It all comes down to individual taste, but the hobby of collecting antiques requires that you at least be a little bit informed about what is good and what is not.

If you love Sunday markets, or just markets in general, this hobby could be a very real option for you.

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced collector, the site how to collect antiques will be of great help to you.

What are some more feminine hobbies? What’s your favorite hobby? What hobby do you want to discover?

If you’re already experienced with a hobby on this list, please offer some tips for those women who are just starting out. What things do they need to know? Do share your knowledge with us :) 

Renee the feminine woman


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  • AB

    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    I started taking up burlesque dancing. Now im performing in a burlesque show for the second time.

  • Joan

    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    I like sewing projects. I only make simple things, cause that’s all I can do. I made some Christmas presents. I don’t make clothes but placemats, curtains, stuff like that. And I like to decorate.

  • Nicole fox

    Reply Reply February 15, 2014

    I love to draw and paint. I also love to ride horses ,but this was helping to me and my dad.

  • Jocelyn

    Reply Reply February 12, 2014

    Nice list of proposed hobbies, I would definitely want to try on Aromatherapy as this would also help me relieve my self from stress on everyday work.

  • Himanen

    Reply Reply January 14, 2014

    Iam trying to find out what my passion is? and iam struggelling please help me out!!!

  • Pole dancing

    Reply Reply January 10, 2014

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  • Nicki Scobbo

    Reply Reply January 8, 2014

    Hi. I have a great husband that travels quite often and 4 children. I clean and cook but I need something more. I am very lonely during the day when my kids are at school and I am looking for some activities. Learning a new language is something I would love to do but I would like something fun and up b3at to do during winter. I love swimming but I am cold natured and the water at ymca is too cold. Zumba is only in evenings around here. I used to go to the gym but am uneasy exercising around strangers. I dont have friends only family and they live an hour away. Do u have any suggestions?

  • Penny

    Reply Reply September 14, 2013

    How about just talking w/someone? Getting to know them, sharing ideas., just listening to each other.??!!!

  • Mark Valentino

    Reply Reply September 8, 2013

    What about Bowling? I was just looking through the comments and didnt see this one, am looking to meet, change, spend time with a woman doing these things and enjoying Nature and the world as I do…
    Weither it be walking the beach, looking at the stars, jogging or go-karting is always fun. Much better if together to both enjoy the happiness,
    “Everybodies free to feel good”

  • elisa

    Reply Reply August 15, 2013

    loved the ideas will definitely try more than one. Thank you

  • Shelly

    Reply Reply July 30, 2013

    Women get really angry when they get their ovulation cycle

  • Abiola Taiwo Solagbade

    Reply Reply July 29, 2013

    Well researched article!

  • sepide

    Reply Reply July 25, 2013

    Good article, thank you :)

  • karara

    Reply Reply June 5, 2013

    Im surprised no one has mentioned crafting
    Its very feminine also a lot on your list i defenitly wouldnt call feminine but i guess everyone has their own idea on femininity

  • dike

    Reply Reply May 1, 2013

    I like lap dancing

  • niusha♥

    Reply Reply April 10, 2013

    What about ballet?i do it and it is more femminine than pole dancing! Violin? Piano? Flute? Harp? I think you missed out plenty!

    • kayla

      Reply Reply June 29, 2013

      Ballet happens to be a very creative way to express yourself either in bad times or good times. I like to play the piano and write uplifting songs to go with it. In my opinion I do not consider pole dancing a feminine passion. I have done ballet since I was four years old.

  • Rachel

    Reply Reply April 6, 2013

    I have read everyones comments and agree alot about taking selfdefence and also about including children.
    I enjoy very many of the things listed as basicly its a list of fun and interesting things to do with life.
    I love going to the playground with my youngest child, Growing food and flowers, studying and sharing plantmedicines and PASSIONATE about freefood. Oh Oh Oh and how about the BEACH anyone, and walking in the forrest and listening to birds.Making clothes is also alot of creative fun, and so is making others laugh with wit, mirth and humour.
    Watching stand up comedy is a superb mood lifter.
    ummmmmmm sex anyone ? hell yes !
    Ive always felt my main hobbies to be gardening and painting swimming and dancing. Hula hooping a trampolines and bikes are all very fun.Wild food forraging and greenjuicing.Dogs and pets….its endless isnt it.
    Many years ago i loved the part in the Karma Sutras about developing our interests as widly as possible, it makes sence. Have fun ladys !

  • Mary89

    Reply Reply April 5, 2013

    I never striptease:-)
    Let him watch this elsewhere.

  • Dawn

    Reply Reply March 31, 2013

    It’s funny, but I enjoy most of these things, and yet I was told by someone that I should have a hobby where I can meet men since I am single. I disagreed, because I think that participating in activities in which I am completely uninterested in very inauthentic. I feel better about myself when doing activities like the ones above – painting, photography, horseback riding, yoga, etc. etc. and therefore feel much more feminine. So … I guess to meet men, I’ll hire a matchmaker (and she can also weed out the “unsuitables” for me, too :) – I’ll be far too busy developing my own interests to be inauthentic …

  • Catherine

    Reply Reply March 19, 2013

    Drawing :) as my art teacher said “it is a celebration of life” to draw things with flaws and all :)

  • Barry Mackey

    Reply Reply March 17, 2013

    great information and site really enjoyed my visit thanks

  • Bharat

    Reply Reply March 12, 2013

    Thank you for sharing all these.

  • amu

    Reply Reply January 4, 2013

    really agreat list..:)

  • zakyya

    Reply Reply September 28, 2012

    I just realised that i already have ALL of these hobbies…except pole dancing and knitting:D

  • Marie

    Reply Reply September 15, 2012

    I don’t think anyone has mentioned quilting. I have been doing it for 14 years and have made many pretty quilts for myself and family. I am at a point right now where I cannot bring myself to start another quilt. In other words, for now anyway, I am quilted out. I am looking for something else to become enthusiastic about thus the reason for being on this site. There are a few quilting programs on PBS TV– Nancy’s Notions and Fons and Porter, For the Love of Quilting, for example. There are an abundance of lovely quilt shops in our communities and many on-line sites for ordering fabrics and supplies. Best of all, there are quilt guilds (and smaller groups) all over the country where people can congregate to socialize and learn more about the art of quilting. Start out with a subscription to the Fons and Porter, Love of Quilting, magazine. I have had a subscription for about seven years. The instructions for quilts are well written and easy to follow. Most quilt shops offer quilt lessons and other interactive participation. Try attending a local quilt show. Most guilds have them. Give it a try. The people in your life will love you when they snuggle up with a warm creation done by your very own hands.

  • june gee

    Reply Reply September 4, 2012

    i am bored, but no good at languages, painting, sewing, knitting photography etc but also am a pensioner still working part time but need something to keep me occupied other than reading and crosswords, i still want to use my brain, am an animal lover but cant take on any more than i have – so any ideas to keep me occupied to stop eating and drinking

    • Renee Wade

      Reply Reply September 4, 2012

      Hi June, try exercise dvds or voluntary work! xo

  • Jane

    Reply Reply August 25, 2012

    Well done! Fun and inspiring words and photos !

  • Jane

    Reply Reply July 14, 2012

    Not realised to have a hobby is important until my kid grown up,. Now I have more time for my own. I do jogging, yoga, reading, also like to write something when got feeling. Recently, bought a camera to pactice photograph, in feed I m not good at photo, but I just simply play and for fun. Singapore has many places are interesting, go out to feel them.

  • Lidia

    Reply Reply June 26, 2012

    I am the same as many of you, soooo focus on the kids and the husband and feel that I should give them some room now that they are growing I need desperately to find a hobby of the list the only one that tickled my curiosity was gardening unfortunately I live in a state where we only have three months of nice weather if any. The next one is lap dancing that may be fun and it may help me lose this 20 pounds I beeing dragging for years.

  • Simi Sanni

    Reply Reply June 22, 2012

    1. My favorite hobbies are writing poetry when I’m in love but sometimes not about love romantically.
    2. Listening to Janet Jackson, she makes me FEEL like a woman. ;O
    3. Bubble baths, haven’t done that since I was a wee little one. :p
    5.Going outside, being in nature and just running & foolin around with my friends.
    7. Reading Nancy Drew and mystery books or self-reflection books: The Tao Te Ching.
    9. photography.
    11. Just being outside in nature sometimes, climbing trees. Haven’t done that since we had an apple tree in your backyard when I was in kindergarten.
    12. Writing quotes and literature to put on weheartit.com
    13. Weheartit.vom

  • April

    Reply Reply June 5, 2012

    It’s always nice to re-read the old posts ^_^ I think there are alot of things on the list everyone enjoys doing-I enjoy doing a lot of them atleast- but am I the only one on hear who likes antique collecting as well as other things on the list? I’m sure there are others out there, I don’t want to be the only one :) Also I wanted to say thank you so much for emailing me back Renee that while ago! I’m so busy with the nursing program I barely get to have fun reading on your site >.< But what you told me and some other posts I read really REALLY helped me understand how my perception was wrong and also understand his outward actions. He's quite a caveman and traditional minded but he is still very much a wonderful person. :3 I know I'm only one out of many on this site, but I just wanted to give my gratitude to you. Truly thank you so much!

  • Kathy

    Reply Reply June 4, 2012

    Also, I want to comment on why I came onto this site. I used to take care of my father (dementia) and our family was always trying to get my father to do something other than drinking at the bar. He passed away 7 months ago, but it occurred to me that I didn’t have any hobbies either because my parents never had any. Dad sat around drinking in the bar and my mom would sit around and watch daytime talkshows. I remember always saying that I was bored as a kid and my mother would always tell me to find something to do. I started reading, writing, and some sports. Now at the age of 40, I still love to read and I try to write stuff but my exercise has been minimized to walking. With no husband and no kids, I’m finding that there are tons of hobbies out there I’ve yet to experience so I started researching hobbies and recreational activiteis and here I am…

  • Kathy

    Reply Reply June 4, 2012

    I would like to add: walking, nature hikes, hiking, pilates, and a friend of mine does zumba dancing. I would like to try: amateur astronomy (stargazing-what guy wouldn’t want to sit outside cuddling while looking at the sky), chess, making dolls and dollhouses. kickboxing.

  • Joahnna Esguerra

    Reply Reply May 6, 2012

    It is very important to have a hobby because you make use of your time wisely. I am 40 years old and single. Aside from work, I realized that I should have hobbies and interests which would stimulate mmy mind all the time. So, I volunteer a lot, read books(especially nonfiction self help books) and go to the gym. And it makes my life really whole.

  • Mel

    Reply Reply April 8, 2012

    This list is great.
    Most of my friends and family are really motivated, dedicated and have done sports since they were young and somehow managed to keep them up, such as athletics or swimming or gymnastics, and are now brilliant at them.
    Me on the other hand, I got pretty lazy as most teens do round 15/16 and craved to just fit in with people and be cool! I resorted to drinking every weekend, watching tv, going on facebook, the only time id be going outdoors was to college or work or on a night out to get p****d!!

    Now ive left uni and started working and find myself at weekends and during the evenings with very little to do (which I can tell fustrates my boyfriend as hes really busy with his sports).

    I did join a gym but i find it very boring. I think with having very sporty friends and family, who are brilliant at their sports and are in clubs etc, I feel like im a world away from being that good, and personally just want something to keep me fit and occupied.

    BUT I have come to the age now where its acceptable to have hobbies, which at 15/16 id have considered to be ‘old womens hobbies’!! For example, I have found since having some more money after uni I enjoy cooking, especially cupcakes. I have also bought some sketch books and pastels and love drawing and painting, as I have a pretty wacky/ adventurous mind. More recently Ive been going on walks with my parents and friends and I’m building up the distances, and eventually want to do more challenging walks which I can raise money for.

    Basically I’ve started realising as iv got older how mind numbing and unhealthy sitting in watching tv/ on facebook is. Its still a sad fact that most teens especially girls spend 99% of their time doing this….

  • Rana Roy

    Reply Reply February 28, 2012

    Hobbies and interests can be various. We should not stipulate the numbers of hobbies even as a mainstream or focused hobbies.

  • Becka

    Reply Reply October 22, 2011

    This is a great blog….my boyfriend broke up with me so these ideas will help keep my mind busy. Hobbies are very important to keeping you sane, i think.

    • Rana Roy

      Reply Reply February 28, 2012

      Nowadays the world is hackneyed and a break up in relation is to be forgiven and forgotten.

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  • Jen

    Reply Reply July 27, 2011

    I need a simple hobbie to get my mind out of its norm. all I do anymore is take care of my son and dread coming into work because of how some of the employees here treat me and becaue of how low I am on the totem pole I feel I can’t say much.


    Reply Reply July 9, 2011

    I did once use a cine-camera to make animation; also the use of my sons toys. What a scream!! Useless but what fun. Might start again but now sure what equipment I need to use these days – any ideas would be welcome.


  • maau

    Reply Reply June 26, 2011

    all hobbies are really great…..i would request u to add some more hobbies like candle making,stiching,some thing related to grooming……

  • Jenn

    Reply Reply June 11, 2011

    Some of these hobbies are really great, I especially loved yoga, public speaking and blogging. Need to find some relaxing hobbies that help with destressing. Thanks for this great list.

    • BrieAnna

      Reply Reply March 2, 2012

      The Aromatherapy should help u out on that.

  • terssa

    Reply Reply May 26, 2011

    i agree with everything else BUT the running…

  • Anna

    Reply Reply May 6, 2011

    Wow, these are great. I want to try all of these things. I really need a hobby and this is just what I was looking for.

  • Chantel

    Reply Reply April 23, 2011

    Interesting list i love art but i’m just not good at it! I can’t even draw a straight line. I would add Martial Arts.. for self defense! i already sing… though i should organize something with friends, i crochet, i do wushu, i love running and going for long walks,reading, i do knit(i still prefer crocheting), i should spend more time in the kitchen but i guess that will happen when i live on my on… the people i live with are constantly breathing down my neck when i set my foot in the kitchen. It’s frustrating because i can’t do anything if someone is observing me and telling me to do everything their way.
    Last time i tried cooking our staple food for them they started teaching me how to do it, something i have been doing for 20 years and they have never done before.

  • Gabriella

    Reply Reply April 19, 2011

    I just want to say that this is a really good list. I thought some of the hobbies listed were interesting and I’ll check them out when I have the time. But I’m still in high school, so is it okay that I’m on here? It just seems that I might not be able to do some of the hobbies on here, but I’ll do my best with the ones that caught my interest. =) Writing is something I LOVE to do. But I tend to get writer’s block or just don’t feel it, you know? So I thought if I found another hobby that it might help pass time or something. So thanks for the ideas, they were very helpful. =)

  • Pinky

    Reply Reply January 26, 2011

    Hey, all are very interesting list. greatly appreciable to add Pole dance as a hobby. I would like to add music learning is a source of art too. In fact these hobbies are excellent arts, which make us all very creative creatures.

  • Jazmyn

    Reply Reply January 17, 2011

    The pole dancing video was absolutely delightful!! Thank you for the link!! :)
    and I would also like too say that while these hobbies are TRADITIONALLY feminine, they are not demeaning in any way.. and the fascination men have for arts such as pole/belly dancing is merely a plus. That does NOT mean the arts only purposes are to please the male sex, even though I know from experience that belly dancing is one of the easiest ways to capture a man’s attention ;)
    Thank you again!

  • Blandine

    Reply Reply December 17, 2010

    Sorry, I must have done something wrong, the message got posted unfinished. So, I was trying to say that what made me react in the article is not the activities but some of the reasons to encourage women to practice those activities: – to increase their seduction to men “you’ll appear all that more fascinating to men” (candle making, pole dancing,…)
    -because it is considered “naturally” feminine (flower arranging for instance).

    It’s not present equally on all hobbies but it is instilled throughout the text and I find it difficult to relate to.

  • Blandine

    Reply Reply December 17, 2010

    Thanks Renee for your reply and for further clarifying your thought. As I said, I have nothing against the activities presented here, as I love swimming and cooking and writing. What concerns me in this article is:

  • Blandine

    Reply Reply December 16, 2010

    I must say I found this blogpost a bit depressing! It sounds like a leaflet from the 1950s as it comes accross as reinforcing the cliché that women are on earth for the sole reason of pleasing men in every possible way (cooking, decorating the house, keeping themselves beautiful and all romantic focused). I think that, although well-meant, it stigmatises all the women who have other passions as not being “real women”. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to say that cooking is nice from time to time, done every day, it becomes a chore, that should be shared.

    What about getting involved in the community? What about starting a business? Is that not feminine? I mean this without limiting women to low responsability volonteering work or to the niche of flower arranging and jewlery making.

    I like doing a lot of the things that are listed, but I object to your approach which is almost a check list “if you want to deserve the term “woman” here is what you need to do”.

    • Renee

      Reply Reply December 16, 2010

      Hey Blandine :)
      Thanks for your respectful comment.
      I understand your concern, and 27 hobbies is actually not that many! I’d love to fit a lot more in.
      Did you notice that I asked for more input on different hobbies at the end of the article? I don’t mean to confine women to anything – who am I to do so?
      Starting a business is great, hey – this blog of mine is a business in many respects, so I’m all for women starting businesses. I’m not sure how many of my articles you’ve read but I talk about women starting their own thing in a niche of their choice – and I’m sure my regular readers would agree that I don’t intend to confine women to one particular way of doing things.
      I’m in no position to say who is a woman and who is not – I’m just here to add what I can, and thanks also for acknowledging that.
      Good luck.

    • brock

      Reply Reply December 17, 2010

      Look at the title of the blog. Yes the activities are more feminine but it is needed to balance feminism which demeans these activities. This helps open a womans mind to other possibilities.

  • Carrie

    Reply Reply November 16, 2010

    Thank you for the ideas. There are a couple I am considering.

  • Rebecca

    Reply Reply November 2, 2010

    I took up golf and have become fairly good at it. It is challenging and has given me a lot of self confidence. I thought I’d never improve but I definetly have. It feels so good to know how far I’ve come with it. It shows me that I can do many more things with persistence and a strong will. It also is a friend maker. I’m on a women’s league and love my new friends. A lot of places near me are around $20.00 for 18 holes and it’s 2 to 4 hours of fun. I usually spend much more than that on recreational shopping. Golf is money well spent. Driving the carts are a blast and the scenery is fantastic, with wild life all around.

  • Melissa

    Reply Reply October 12, 2010

    I love these ideas, and I love that there is a website for women’s hobbies. I was starting to get super stressed out with my daily routine, and decided to pick a hobbie. I happened to come by this site and found exactly what I was looking for! AMAZING!

  • Becky G

    Reply Reply August 2, 2010

    Just to add one more thing, I am Sheriff’s Deputy and one thing I would like to STRONGLY recommend, is a SELF-DEFENSE class! Get your friends, mothers, daughters, and make it a challege, make it fun. After all, it might one day save your life, or the life of someone that you love.
    It is very powerful in bringing mothers and teenage daughters together, and those bonds last a lifetime!

    • Anna C

      Reply Reply March 13, 2013

      I completely agree with the self-defense class. I myself practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the confidence it can bring you is exhilarating. Plus, it’s very important for you as a woman in any kind of world, old or modern. Although I believe self-defense can easily put you in a mindset that is more masculine – full of focus and purpose and competition as you compete with your partner to show your strength or agility. On the other hand, a woman who practices martial arts or other self defense can be sexy in that kind of tom boy way, if in a mixed class. She will probably look very feminine amongst all these bigger guys and will have a feminine strength about her. I’ve noticed that if you keep an openness and humbleness about you, even in a particularly masculine field like this, guys in these types of classes will be happy to connect and teach you these things. And act like a protector.

  • Becky G

    Reply Reply August 2, 2010

    Many good suggestions here. I would also like to suggest, going to garage sales, and market days in your local area. Take the kids, show them how fun they can actually have while on a budget.
    In these tough times, clipping coupons sometimes can seem like work, so reward yourself and get a facial, or keep your savings and plan a family vactaion.
    We as women, are often the ones responsible for the running of the household (the hub of the wheel) if you will; so find sometime to spend on yourself. Like going to the spa, taking tennis lessons, or keep it simple and take a long needed nap.
    Bottom line is a hobby,or passion should be something that defines who you are, as just you. Something that lowers the stress level, and puts a smile back in your heart.

  • Deborah

    Reply Reply May 5, 2010

    I justchecked out a couple belly dancing DVDs from the library ;) It looks amazing! I think my favorite part is it’s exercise in pretty clothes!! I’ve never liked the looks of sweats and athletic shoes.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • stefanie

    Reply Reply May 3, 2010

    I like:

    cooking (daily) (tips: read the recipes, then forget about them and experiment)
    baking (daily) (tips: yogurt whey added to bread-dough makes it way better)
    cleaning (seriously… I must be crazy but it’s therapeutic)(tips: consider it an extension of the care of your body – another temple that your awareness resides in; do it in time so you don’t ever have to do any very dirty jobs; take your time so it is like meditation, very mindful; play some music and sing and dance while you’re at it; go the extra mile, so that it isn’t a chore, but you’re beautifying the place; do the dishes when your hands are cold and the laundry when you’re too hot; get the prettiest gear in nicest colors and wear the cutest apron)
    knitting (when the weather is bad)(tips: bigger needles!)
    sewing and designing clothes and accessories (tips: buy a magazine full of patterns)
    crochet (tips: get an older lady to show you)
    drawing (tips: 3/4 view for portraits; draw light outlines before shading; practice a LOT)
    embarrassing exercise videos (tips: http://www.exercisetv.tv)
    reading the classics (tips: project gutenberg)
    singing (but I’m tone deaf so it’s cruel to do it in company and I have no tips)
    walking (tips: don’t get lost in the Alps after dark without water, food, light or extra clothes – I was lucky the hunters were there to help out)
    swimming (tips: in NL we all get lessons as a kid…)
    dancing (tips: do it in front of the mirror to see where you go wrong)
    yoga (tips: breathe out to stretch further)
    gardening (on the balcony until I am rich enough to have an actual garden of my own)(tips: every seed has different germination needs that can be googled easily)
    making candies (tips: thermometer)
    studying (I’m studying child development in university atm)(tips: get a scholarship)

    I understand Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, English, Spanish and a little Latin. I used to speak all the live ones fluently, but I don’t have the time to keep it up always so I am not so fluent now. We have an excellent education system here in the Netherlands :) Because except for the Norwegian, I learned it all in school.

    But admittedly, I also like:
    reading rubbish books (tips: good for PMS days)
    archery (tips: aim, breathe out, hold, then shoot, breathe in)
    practicing ninja weapons, like nunchucks and shuriken (tips: practice)
    fencing (tips: get a stressball for stronger hands)
    chess (tips: do the correspondence version so you have more time to think, lol)
    karate (tips: get a decent teacher – a black belt should take minimum 8-10 years)
    shooting guns (tips as with archery, plus protect your ears)
    camping&hiking (tips: bring extra food and water)
    survival things (tips: treefungi are hardly ever poisonous)
    studying war strategy and military history (tips: sun tzu is fun)
    PC games (tips: ask for help from someone who already plays the game)
    playing cards with the guys (tips: cheat, or pout so they let you win)
    watching movies like ’300′ (tips: popped corn)

    And I like listening to oldies and classical music, but then again I also enjoy viking metal now and again.
    I like the masculine things too, though I don’t keep it up as long or often as the guys do, I prefer to do the feminine. But once in a while, it’s nice to do something totally different. I’m the girl that will have her brothers and friends over for playing cards, but walks away after a few games to bake everyone some cookies. I’ll go camping with my boyfriend, identify all the edible mushrooms, sleep in the wild, but then whimper at the sight of a spider (they ARE scary). I think I spend about 90% of my free time on typical female hobbies and 10% on manlier things. I enjoy mixing it up. The feminine stuff is often useful around the house, creative and very relaxing, but the masculine stuff helps me bond better with my brothers (I can never get them to come over JUST for dinner or tea) and is more exciting/challenging.

    Whooo long reply.

    • Lou

      Reply Reply June 10, 2011

      Wow Stefanie, that is so impressive. How on earth do you have time to fit all that in? That is my biggest problem – once I’ve finished work, cooked dinner, exercised and completed all the chores I’m just wiped out and can’t be bothered doing anything. I really need to manage my time better. I envy you Stefanie!!

      Great list on this website – I’m inspired to manage my time better and get started on a couple of these hobbies you’ve identified. Thanks for helping!

  • andrea

    Reply Reply April 29, 2010

    Great list! I actually enjoy many of these hobbies…
    some of which are horseback riding, singing, languages, bellydance, knitting, gardening, cooking, painting, reading, swimming (in summertime)…
    how about learning an instrument? Playing the piano or violin or guitar can be very womanly…I took piano lessons for 12 years and it has enriched my life.

    • Joahnna Esguerra

      Reply Reply May 6, 2012

      Playing an instrument can also be therapeutic. It makes you happier.

  • Amara

    Reply Reply April 26, 2010

    Wow nice list!! Most of these I do without even realizing that they are hobbies – I delight in doing them soo much!! I sing all the time, all day long (i’m in the church choir)!! I dance alone at home with the music turned up nice and loud!! haha!! They are not only good for connecting with your femininity but work wonders at changing your moood!! LOVELY RENEE!! A few of these I long to try like aromatherapy, gardening, flower arranging!! Striptease, lapdancing are amazing!! I indulge at home infront of my mirror!! Surely makes you feel sexy!! Grow an appreciation for your body!! Poledancing is one that I need to get on the list!! I’ll have them install a pole in my room when I get back home!! haha!! oooo sounds like fun workout!! what a lovely way to workout while having fun!! LADIES DON’T SIT BACK IN THIS ONE!! Aerobics and body weight training in one!!

  • Renee

    Reply Reply April 25, 2010

    Thank You Ella, Susan J, Masaleen and Angela G for your suggestions!

    Thank You for adding to this list and making it more complete, as the original is rather incomplete, as it turns out :)



  • Angela G.

    Reply Reply April 25, 2010

    Hi – really liked your list. Although your list is quite extensive, what I think is missing here is something to do with children. As a mother, I think it’s very feminine to spend time nurturing children. Could be something like reading to them, playing a game, cuddling them, or watching one of their favourite shows with them.
    Thanks for a great article!

  • Masaleen

    Reply Reply April 25, 2010

    Also, I would add sewing! I’ve been getting into it and I love it, and it makes me feel very feminine. I put it way over knitting, personally.

  • Masaleen

    Reply Reply April 25, 2010

    I love this! I will definitely have to try some of these. What a great idea for a post – so enriching! Thank you!

  • susan j

    Reply Reply April 24, 2010

    thank you for such a nice long list of hobbies to enjoy, i would add publishing scientific papers as one more hobby. and half an hour daily of religious rituals will calm most of us and bring us to internal peace.

  • Ella

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    I love doing paper crafts – scrapbooking, making cards and invitations. My friends love receiving handmade cards for their birthdays. Its such a nice touch when you’ve put time and effort into a gift :)

  • P

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    Renee i have a lot to catch up on really …

  • Dee

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    What about taking up a sport like soccer or softball? What about kick-boxing? Or mountain-climbing? What about computer programming? Or clothing design or costuming?

    Instead of defining activities as “feminine” or “masculine,” and letting them define us, why not define our activities by ourselves?
    For example: I am a woman, and if I choose to program computers, then computer programming is womanly and feminine.

  • Ms Summer

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    I love how you not only discuss theories but also give your readers so much pratical stuff to do – I am definitely going to try a few of them.
    How about also mixing your own cosmetics, scrubs and creams etc. I used to do it, and time-consuming as it was, one really has to have a passion for it:)

  • Laurie

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    This in an amazing coincidence … earlier today I was just writing in my journal about hobbies I’d like to try! Renee, how did you read my mind? :-)

    A hobby that combines several of these things (writing, art, etc.) is art journaling. I haven’t tried it yet, as I just learned about it recently:


    These journals are just gorgeous and seem like a great way to express yourself in multiple media.

  • Addy

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    I do a lot of these already (cooking,reading, writing, blogging, food decorating–bento–, learning both Korean and Japanese, jewelry-making). I would love to try my hand at gardening and flower arranging. Although, I’ve tried with simple plants to garden but they all seem to die :D. My best hobbies are those that best utilize my talents…so I tend to do my best at learning languages and I get the most joy from that.

    I have a friend that is more of the dancing type and has taken pole dancing classes. It’s not something I’d do, but she loves it. So if you are the adventurous type…..

  • JP

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this list! I am glad to admit that I am active in several of these hobbies. I do volunteer work, horseback riding, reading, dancing, a little bit of painting/drawing, and also writing. I love taking pictures, and enjoy photography as an art form. I also love dogs!(but I do not breed them) So, this list makes me feel as though Im doing great things for myself. I would like to explore cooking & gardening a bit more, as I do very little of each of those. The only thing I can think of to add to your list is pottery. :)

  • Dayna

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions. The pole dancing video was unexpectedly great!

  • Ruth

    Reply Reply April 22, 2010

    Ballet is a great addition, you can find adult ballet classes sometimes.

    However I really want to vouch for knitting. I started learning it again last year and it is so, so relaxing and rewarding. It’s fairly easy to make a scarf, a cushion cover or a blanket and it’s almost like meditating, the movements are so small and repetitive, and you feel so proud afterwards. I can’t recommend it enough.

  • Luci

    Reply Reply April 21, 2010

    I am yet to read it in whole; I’ve only skimmed through it now. But you should put playing a musical instrument! That’s something enjoyable you can start learning at any age. For example I have no talent for singing but for playing an instrument, I think yes. I started playing the clarinet when I was 14 and now as an adult I also want to learn some more. :)

    I also really enjoy dancing improvisations to my favourite music, that’s something that always brings better mood :).

  • Jezabel

    Reply Reply April 21, 2010

    Thanks so much for such a comprehensive list! I’ll also add salsa dancing and scuba diving?

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