Unusual Hobbies
Unusual Hobbies

25 Unusual Hobbies That Will Make You Stand Out From the Rest

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April 23rd, 2024 08:46 am

Unusual hobbies are a great way to spark conversation around the table as well as stimulate the neurodivergent desire for the next infatuation or dopamine hit. But what if you’ve run out of ideas to fill your spare time? We’ve compiled a list of fun activities that take our fancy and might even add to our bucket list!

So let’s take a look at these 25 unusual hobbies and see if they can inspire you to try something new today!

Soap carving

Soap carving is a delicate and mesmerizing hobby that allows you to transform a simple bar of soap into a work of art. All you need is a few bars of soap, some carving tools, and your imagination.

You can start by sketching your design on the soap and then carefully carving away the excess soap to bring your creation to life. Not only is soap carving a fun and creative hobby, but it can also be great for your mental wellbeing. You can take your time and relax as you focus on the intricate details of your design.

Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience with carving artistic shapes, soap carving can be a relaxing and highly satisfying activity.

Urban exploration

If you have a sense of adventure and a curiosity about abandoned places, urban exploration might be the perfect hobby for you. It’s also one of the more widely known hobbies on this list.

Urban explorers seek out and explore hidden or forgotten locations such as abandoned buildings, tunnels, or even underground passages. This hobby combines history, photography, and a taste for the unknown, offering a unique and exciting way to discover the hidden corners of your city.

Element collecting

Element collecting is a truly unique hobby that involves gathering and displaying samples of different chemical elements. It’s a hobby that appeals to science enthusiasts, chemists, and collectors alike.

Collectors of elements typically aim to obtain samples of as many elements as they can, sometimes even including rare and difficult-to-find elements. They can acquire elements in various forms, such as pure samples, compounds, or even minerals that contain a specific element.

The process of obtaining and preserving elements requires careful handling and storage, as some elements can be hazardous or reactive. Many collectors display their elements in specialized cases or periodic tables, creating visually stunning and educational displays.

Element collecting not only allows enthusiasts to showcase their love for chemistry but also provides an opportunity to learn about the unique properties and origins of different elements. It’s a hobby that combines scientific curiosity with the joy of collecting and displaying.

Nose art

Yes, this is an actual hobby, but it’s not what you think. Nose art is the practice of painting or decorating the nose of a military aircraft, turning them into pieces of art. It gained popularity during World War II, when pilots would add artwork to their planes to personalize them.

While it may seem like a niche hobby, nose art enthusiasts are passionate about preserving this unique form of military history. If you have an artistic flair and an interest in aviation, nose art could be a fascinating hobby to delve into.

Reaction Content

When you think of content, what comes to mind? Chances are, you think of text, images, or videos. However, there’s a new form of content that is quickly gaining popularity: reaction content. Reaction content is any type of video or audio that consists of someone reacting to something they’ve just seen or heard. This could be anything from a film trailer to a news story.

Reaction videos can be wildly popular and quite fun to watch. In fact, the creator of a reaction video is often the one laughing or yelling the most. Because reaction videos are so popular, there are now entire channels on YouTube devoted to them. The most popular channel in this category has over 2 million subscribers and 85.3 thousand registered members.

So what makes reaction content so appealing? There are actually several reasons. For one thing, it’s a great way to cut through the noise of competing messages. With so much information coming at us all the time, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd.

Reaction content offers a chance to do just that. Additionally, a favorite hobby for people who want to share their thoughts and feelings about something they’ve seen or heard. Finally, reaction videos are simply entertaining to watch – You could even react to other people’s favourite hobbies!


Geocaching is one of the more popular active hobbies that have taken the world by storm. It involves hiding items or prizes and posting coordinates, then challenging others to find it. The first geocache was hidden in May 2000, and the game has only grown in popularity since then.

While geocaching can be one of the most fun and rewarding leasure activities for many people, there are some potential dangers associated with it. Geocaches have been known to lure people into harm’s way, as they are often hidden in or around protected and restricted areas like national parks and game preserves.

This trespassing can lead to all sorts of trouble, from getting fined to being arrested. And often, hidden treasures aren’t always pleasant to find. So if you want to enjoy your time in nature by geocaching, make sure you take part in an official event!

Young couple geocaching

Geocaching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors!

Chess Boxing

Chess boxing is a unique game that forces contestants to switch between physical and mental combat constantly. The combination of chess and boxing, played in speed rounds, was created in Germany in the early 2000s.

To qualify as a professional chess boxer, competitors have to have fifty amateur boxing bouts on their resume and be ranked one to two ranks away from master with the game at least 1600 ELO points.

This fascinating sport requires both physical and mental dexterity. Keeping both body and mind active, having the ability to think strategically while also being able to fight physically is a challenge. Contestants must always be prepared for either type of battle, as they never know when one will arise. It’s no wonder why chess boxing has become so popular!

chess boxing glove

Yes, chess boxing is very real!

Breeding Butterflies

When you think of butterflies, the first thing that comes to mind is their beauty. These creatures are not only pleasing to look at but also play an important role in our ecosystem. What you may not know, however, is that there’s more than one way to appreciate these insects. For some people, breeding butterflies is a fun hobby they enjoy immensely.

There are a few things you need to consider before getting started with butterfly breeding. The first step is deciding what type of butterflies you want to raise. Some species are easier to breed than others, so do your research before making a decision. You’ll also need to provide the right environment for your butterflies and make sure they have access to food and water.

If you’re up for the challenge, breeding butterflies can be a lot of fun! It’s a great way to learn more about these beautiful creatures and their ecology. Not only that, but it’s also rewarding to see your efforts result in new generations of butterflies emerging from your own backyard. It’s a great hobby for seniors as it’s easy-going and not too physical.

Decorating Pistachios

When it comes to leisure time activities, many people like to stick with the classics. Watching sports, playing games, or reading are all popular pastimes. However, there are some who like to get a little more creative in their free time with more uncommon creative hobbies. In England, for example, one of these strange hobbies is decorating pistachios.

This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who enjoy it find it a fun and unique way to spend their free time. There are all sorts of ways to decorate pistachios – from simple designs using food coloring to elaborate creations with intricate designs involving nuts and other embellishments. It’s a fun way for people to show their artistic side and be a bit more adventurous than usual.

Segway Polo

Segway Polo is a relatively new sport that combines polo and Segways. This unusual sport allows players to use their Segways to move around the field and hit balls into goals. It’s a very fast-paced sport that requires quick reflexes and agility. There’s even a Segway Polo World Championship!

The rules of Segway polo are similar to regular polo. Players take turns hitting a ball with a mallet into a goal. The difference is that instead of horses, players ride Segways. Each player gets three shots per round, and if they miss, the opponent takes over. If a player hits the ball out of bounds, they lose the point.

Of course, you’ll need a Segway to play and a polo field so it can be an expensive hobby. But many teams do provide their own Segways too, so it’s worth doing some research before investing in a new toy!

Vintage Typewriters

An obsession with typewriters and manual typewriter fonts is more popular than you’d first think! People love cool hobbies like collecting old typewriters because they represent a bygone era when typing was done on paper rather than computers. They were once used by writers and journalists, but now they’re mostly collectors’ items.

You don’t necessarily need to buy a vintage typewriter to start collecting them. Many people just collect typewriter fonts and lettering. Others prefer to build their collection by buying different models starting with newer typewriters. There’s no right answer!

And, because the craze is so popular, there’s even a Lego vintage typewriter!

Vintage typewriter and telephone

Collectable vintage typewriters can be a profitable hobby as well!


Ping pong, or Table Tennis as it’s known in some parts of the world, has been popularised in recent years thanks to a surge in visibility at the Olympics. The great thing about this active hobby is that ping pong sets are reasonably priced, making it a cheap hobby. As it’s an indoor hobby, the set can be placed on top of the dining room table. So, whether you want to have a few friends over for a game or host your own tournaments, you won’t break the bank.

If you’ve never played before, it might seem intimidating at first. But, as long as you practice on a regular basis, you should soon become comfortable enough to give it a go. And, if you’re looking to improve your skills, there are plenty of online tutorials. Some people even learn different kinds of trick shorts to entertain the crowds watching!

Why not find your local Ping-Pong social club and see if you can ping and pong your way to the top of the table!

Extreme Ironing

Extreme Ironing is a fascinating hobby or sport that involves ironing clothes on domestic ironing boards in difficult and dangerous locations. Participants take it to nature for competitions, including canoeing, skiing, and snowboarding. The first Extreme Ironing World Championships was held in Leicester in 1997 and since then, the sport has grown rapidly.

It’s easy to get involved in this sport. All you need is an iron, of course, and pair of pants and a shirt, plus a good pair of shoes. Then, you simply head outside and iron away. The best part? You’ll look great while finding the strangest place to fold your clothes!

Belly Button Lint Collecting

Belly button fluff, or naval lint, is the accumulation of fibers, dust, and other debris in a person’s navel. It is mostly made up of dead skin cells, body hair, and stray fibers from clothing.

Navel lint is collected by rubbing the body’s surface and collecting the bits. This can be done either manually or with an instrument like a vacuum cleaner. Interestingly enough, the term “belly button fluff” can be used to identify and describe naval lint.

No, we don’t understand this unique way of spending time, either. But some people love the fluff!

Advanced Trapeze Class

Trapeze is one of the oldest circus arts still performed today. It was invented in ancient Greece and was originally called trapezium. It combines acrobatics, gymnastics, and aerial artistry such as a high-flying trapeze.

Today, trapeze artists perform feats such as swinging between two poles, balancing on a single pole, and performing flips and somersaults.

There are many ways to train for advanced trapeze class. One of the most common methods is to do gymnastic exercises and work on balance. Another method is to join special classes where you can try out a high-flying trapeze in a safe environment!

Toy Voyaging

Toy voyaging is the sending of a toy on vacation, with hosts taking care of the toy’s travels. Toy voyagers must register online before they can send their toys on vacation. People take toy voyaging very seriously, creating journals and pictures documenting their travels. Toy voyaging allows for the toy to travel and explore new places.

You register online, send your toy off on vacation, and host someone else’s toy. The most common “weird” hobby these days is Toy Voyaging. There has been a recent rise in people taking their toys on vacation. People who take their toy on vacation get caught up with photography and documenting the experience.

This is most popular in schools where a toy goes on adventures each week with a different child – the author had a visit this weekend from his son’s school’s bear!

Doll Collecting

Doll collectors collect anything that comes in a doll form. They range from Barbie dolls to action figures to stuffed animals. Some collectors specialize in certain types of dolls, such as Disney characters or anime, while others collect based on age or size of doll.

Actor Johnny Depp is an avid collector of Barbies and says he often plays with them when getting into character for a role – especially during production periods where he’s usually busy filming movies or other projects. He even has a special room in his house dedicated to storing all of his dolls!

Nesting dolls

Nesting dolls are beautiful and make a great addition to any collection!

Suing People Full-Time

Some people enjoy spending their free time suing others. In fact, Jonathan Lee Riches has filed the most lawsuits of anyone in the world! While this may make him stand out from the rest, it is not likely to endear him to potential employers.

Although in some cases weird hobbies are great for the CV, hiring managers are often sceptical of candidates with strange hobbies on their resumes, depending on the job. So don’t put this one on your CV!

Beekeeping Hobby

Beekeeping is a popular hobby among many people around the globe. If you’re interested in starting a beekeeping hobby, there are several ways you can do so. First, you can buy bees from a local store or farmer. Second, you can purchase a hive kit and build your own hive. Third, you can find a friend who already owns bees and ask them to help you setup.

Beekeeping in some countries will require special training and licences due to the value of bees to nature and the environment. But with the right diligence and research, beekeeping is the perfect hobby for nature lovers!

beekeeper in forest

Beekeeping provides a valuable contribution to the local ecosystem

Bus Spotting

Bus spotters enjoy seeing different types of buses. For these enthusiasts, bus spotting can be a real passion. They enjoy finding different models or makes of buses and photographing them.

Bus enthusiasts are looking for different things; some want to see all buses produced by a particular manufacturer or all buses from a particular fleet.

Others may be fascinated by the design or color of certain buses. Whatever their interest, there is no doubt that bus spotting provides its own unique set of challenges and rewards!

Extreme Couponing

Coupons are a great way to get a discount on the items you love. Many people view couponing as a hobby, and there are even competitive leagues for those who want to take it to the next level. Extreme couponing is a mesmerizing hobby that can involve intricate planning and organizing in order to get the best deals.

Some people might think that extreme couponing is an unusual hobby, but it’s actually becoming more popular all the time. It can be fun to try to save money by using coupons, and sometimes you can even get some amazing deals. Plus, it’s always satisfying to find something you need at a fraction of the regular price.

If you’re looking for an unusual hobby that will make you stand out from the rest, extreme couponing might be just what you’re looking for!

Car Drifting

Drifting is one of the ultimate “high-adrenaline” hobbies for car enthusiasts, but it can also be quite dangerous. The idea behind drifting is to make the car slide around corners as much as possible, and this can be tricky to do correctly. If you’re not careful, you could easily lose control of the car and end up in a wreck.

Despite the dangers involved, many people are drawn to drifting because it’s an exciting and challenging hobby. If you’re interested in learning more about drifting, there are plenty of resources available online. You can find tutorials on how to drift your car, as well as videos of professional drivers doing their thing.

If you’re brave enough to try out drifting yourself, be sure to take precautions and stay safe while you’re practising. It’s always important to wear your seat belt and make sure that your car is in good condition before hitting the track. And don’t forget to have fun!

car drifting

Car drifting, when done in a controlled setting, is an enthralling experience!

Learning Fictional Languages

Fictional languages have been around for a long time. However, they’ve become more popular in recent years because of the internet. People are able to learn languages more easily online than they are through commercial courses. In fact, many people who learn fictional languages do so as part of becoming a Redditor or on the internet, where there is less stigma associated with learning something unusual like canning.

There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to learn a fictional language. Some people enjoy learning new things and see it as an intellectual challenge, making it a great hobby for seniors to keep their mind sharp. Others may be interested in the lore or mythology behind the language. And still others may simply find it fun to speak and write in a language that doesn’t exist in reality.

Whatever the reason may be, there are plenty of options for those who want to take on this affordable hobby. There are websites, forums, and even apps that can help you get started. And if you’re looking for more structured instruction, there are also commercial courses available. So no matter what your interests or needs may be, you can find a way to learn one (or more) fictional languages!

Klingon chair

Klingon is one of the most popular fictional languages in modern times!

Food-Eating Competitions

Food-eating competitions are a growing trend in the United States. These events challenge people to eat as much as possible in a certain timeframe. The competition can be between individuals or teams.

The competitive eating community is made up of people from all walks of life. Some compete for the thrill of it, while others hope to win prize money or titles. There are even professional competitive eaters who make their living by eating large quantities of food.

Competitive eating contests can be entertaining to watch. In some cases, the competitors will eat unusual items such as insects or animal organs. Other times, they will attempt to break world records for the amount of food eaten in a set period of time.

girl eating a large sandwich

Food eating competitions are everywhere, and there’s a food type for everyone!

The Mooing Game

Mooing is for sure one of the most exotic hobbies that anyone can enjoy. In fact, it can be quite a competitive sport to see who can make the best sound!

If you’re interested in starting this inexpensive hobby, don’t worry – you can begin at any point in your life. Just make sure you practice enough so that the mooing sounds unique and impressive.

Try a New Fun Hobby Today!

Now you’ve got 25 fresh ideas for weird hobbies to take up, why not give one of these cool hobbies a go and let us know how you get on – After all, you may even love your new favorite hobby so much you end up with a Guinness World Record for most world champion wins!

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30-Something Millennial with ADHD and suspected Autistic and Dyspraxic. Thought leader behind this website. Big visions of a better future for everyone, but forgets where he is half the time.Loves Rugby, his kids, and anything silly. Hates U2 and Marmite.

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