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For many people the New Year symbolises a time of discovery, adventure, and rebirth. This manifests in all sorts of ways. For some it’s the desire to lose weight, others want to adopt a more active lifestyle, and some just want to try something new. 

For anyone who falls into the ‘try something new’ category, January is fertile ground for cultivating new hobbies and pastimes. And for the more artistically-inclined, creative pursuits should be of particular interest.  

New hobbies can really help to energise our systems and bring more joy into our lives, especially after a long and restful (and probably unhealthy) festive break.

So, in the hope of sparking some new passions we wanted to share x creative hobbies that you could try in 2021. Enjoy! 

Learn an instrument 

This one goes first because it’s by far the most clichéd. But cliché or not, there’s a reason why playing an instrument makes for one of the most popular and accessible creative hobbies around.

Learning an instrument, whether it’s guitar, piano, drums, or trombone, is an excellent way to diversify your interests, cultivate patience, have fun, and develop a fantastic hands-on skill. 

Instruments may also be particularly beneficial for people who work in front of a computer all day, as they place more emphasis on hearing and touch, and allow our eyes a much needed screen break.  


When we think of creative hobbies, gardening might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But gardening provides endless opportunities for creative thinking. From building your own vegetable patches to designing your own flowerbeds. 

Nurturing plants from seeds and watching them grow is an extremely satisfying experience. And for those who spend most of their time living and working indoors, gardening can prove to be a very rounding and rewarding hobby. 

It’s also a fantastic way to slow down and cultivate mindfulness. Gardening takes a lot of time and patience, as it operates on a timescale that most of us are quite unfamiliar with. But this is partly what makes it such a rewarding pursuit, especially for anyone who’s become accustomed to living a high-paced, high-stress lifestyle. 


Another very popular hobby, photography is a wonderfully expressive art form that’s accessible to anyone who has a smartphone. 

The beauty of photography is that it’s so easy to take up. If you own a decent-enough phone then you don’t really need any equipment at all to get going with the basics. It’s just a case of getting to grips with beginner’s photography principles.

Another great reason to try photography is that it motives you to get outside and explore. Maybe it’ll push you to discover some interesting sights in your local area, or just head out into the woods or countryside a little more often than you normally would. Either way, photography comes with the excellent side-benefit that it gets you out into the fresh air (unless of course your passion is food photography — which is fine too!). 

As a professional designer or creative, adding photography to your repertoire could also improve your working skillset. It will broaden your creative mind, and allow you to see things from another perspective. In the long-run it may even improve your work, allowing you to more fluidly and confidently incorporate photography into your projects. 

Hand lettering

If you’re a designer, hand letter can be a fantastic way to take your digital skills and turn them into something tangible. The advantage is that you’ll already be familiar with fonts and lettering, and probably have something of a passion for it too… 

But whether you’re a designer or not, hand lettering is a very rewarding hobby. It’s relaxing, artistic, and can be incredibly satisfying. 

It’s not an expensive hobby either (unless you want it to be, of course). You can start out with whatever stationary you have lying around the house or office. It’s all about getting back to basics and making art with your hands. 

Engaging in forms of drawing and painting is also thought to have multiple health benefits, including improved memory, better communication skills, and increased problem-solving abilities. 


Take your relaxation to the next level with origami, the beautiful Japanese art of paper-folding. If you’re looking for a hobby that’s simple to start but endlessly complex, and gets you away from digital devices, origami really could be the thing for you.

Creating something out of a single sheet of paper, with nothing but your hands, provides such simple yet deep pleasure. It’s fun, quiet, engaging, and with all the countless models to create it will keep you going for a long time.

Interested? Get started with these easy origami instructions

Get creative

For more on creativity in general, take a look at these 7 tricks for cultivating creativity and generating ideas!