19 Cheap Hobbies For Men and 21 more as a bonus | Financial-Minimalist.com

Some hobbies come with built in costs. Not everyone can afford to buy or rent equipment or pay membership fees, after all.

But just because you’re a little short this month (or every month) doesn’t mean you can’t get into an awesome hobby. Keep yourself entertained on the cheap with one of these hobbies.

Here are 19 cheap hobbies for men:

1. Reading

Reading is a vastly underappreciated hobby for men. It allows your body to relax, but it exercises your mind.

Need proof?

Here’s a list of reading’s incredibly positive mental benefits:

Best of all… reading is a completely free hobby that any man can pursue.

Also,a simple HACK is to read BEFORE BED.

This lamp did wonders for me!

2. Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of objects like stars, planets, asteroids and galaxies.

You might start studying astronomy just because the night sky is undeniably beautiful… but when you have a deep understanding of what it is you’re looking at, it can make the night sky much more incredible.

For example:

Did you know that the closest star (other than the sun) is 4.24 light years away? That means that if you travelled at the speed of light, it would take you 4.24 years to reach it. Amazing, right?


If you’re interested in learning astronomy, I highly recommend you start with the show Cosmos on Fox. The host explains astrological physics so simply that anyone can understand it… and it contains plenty of mind-blowing CGI renditions.

To get into this,these are my suggestions:

This BOOK is a simple suggestion for YOU!

Also,you need a cheap but good telescope..And this is my suggestion:

Gskyer Telescope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refracting Telescope for Kids Beginners – Travel Telescope with Carry Bag, Phone Adapter and Wireless Remote

3. Journaling

Allow yourself to get a little reflective about your life and experiences. All you need is a pen and a good notebook.

To get into this,these are my suggestions:

This habit saved my life!

4. Writing

Here’s something we can all agree on:

Everyone needs a way to express themselves.

Maybe you’ve got a ton of great ideas and stories in your head that you just need to get out. And writing is one of the best ways to do that. You can create characters and stories. Or even build huge, original worlds.

And here’s the best part:
There’s no reason you couldn’t write the next huge best seller.

And even if you don’t make it big… it’s still a great way to unwind and enjoy practicing the craft of writing.

But if you need somewhere to start… here’s a list of great journal prompts.

To get into this,these are my suggestions:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Paperback – July 6, 2010

5. Whittling

Whittling is an ancient form of wood carving (and it’s been around since men have had knives, wood, and free time).


Whittling is a pretty easy hobby to start… you just need a block of wood (basswood, balsa, and pine are good for beginners) and a knife designed for whittling

…but it’s a hobby that can be very difficult to master. Making a beautifully whittled sculpture takes a lot of practice, and even more patience.

In short:

Whittling is undeniably challenging… yet it’s also a rewarding hobby for creative men.

hobbies for men - whittling

Image via: Deposit Photos / VelesStudio

A GREAT book to get into this is to read THIS BOOK- Complete Starter Guide to Whittling

My best knife for this is THIS Traditional Folding Whittling Knife 

6. Origami

It’s relaxing and a great skill to impress others with, and you can develop it by just buying some packs of paper.

My suggestions:


7. Bird Watching

There’s a lot of beauty out in the natural world. And learning about all the different species of animals is a great way to appreciate it.

And that’s what bird watching is about. You take the time to identify rare species and go out to look for them. It’s a great way to spend some time out in nature and usually involves camping and hiking… which are always a good time.

You can use the telescope from the hobby that I mentioned above!

8. Volunteering

Here’s something we can all agree on:

There’s no better use of your free time than helping others.

And there are so many organizations and people that need help. But not everyone takes the time to lend a hand to people in need. That’s why committing to volunteer is so important.

You’ll make a real difference in your communityAnd you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding. As well as a great way to remember what you have to be thankful for.

9. Geneology

We all want to know our histories and where we come from, so find out. All you need is Google and a library card.

10. Tapping Maple Trees

Tapping a maple tree to gather syrup is an awesome hobby for classic men (men who want to build a log cabin, hunt game, and provide for their families the way men did for decades in this country).

Plus, if you have access to the right type of trees (sugar maples), it’s an incredibly easy hobby to start… and has a delicious payoff (maple syrup).

And really… who doesn’t like maple syrup?

hobbies for men - tapping maple trees

Image via: Pexels / Pixabay

11. Doing Magic Tricks

Some sleight of hand magic skills are always a great thing to have in your back pocket. And any social situation is always improved when you can impress people with some fun tricks.

It’s a powerful skill for making a great first impression on people as the kind of guy who’s fun to invite to a party. But practicing magic is also a lot easier than you think. In fact:

There’re tons of quick tricks you can learn that will impress any audience.

And all you have to do is develop a few skills and easily wow your friends, family, and strangers.

12. Rock Painting

Artistic and just a bit zany, once you have the paint, all you need is to find a few good rocks and let your creativity flow.

13. Taking Part Historical Reenactments

If you’ve never been to a historical reenactment… you’re missing out. They’re an amazing way to really connect with history (and are also really entertaining).

And why not take it a step further and get involved? You get to wear a cool historical uniform and hang out with other people with similar interests. And people in the same historical reenactment troops often end up developing life-long friendships.

14. Performing Stand Up Comedy

Are you constantly hearing from friends and family about how funny you are? Or maybe you have a unique way of looking at the world that you think other people would enjoy. Either way… stand up comedy might be a great hobby for you.

Ask any comedian and they’ll tell you that the rush of being on stage is addictive. But you don’t have to be a professional comedian to get something out of an open mic night. Performing at a comedy club is a great way to overcome any social anxieties you have or learn to be more confident.

15. Card Tricks

Card tricks are cool and impressive, and the total cost is a dollar for a pack of cards and a bit of your time.

Image via: Unsplash / Sergi Viladesau

16. Learning A Foreign Language


Learning a new language in your spare time requires a lot of effort and time, but the potential rewards are huge source:

  1. It can improve your memory
  2. It can improve your ability to multi-task
  3. It reduces the risk of dementia
  4. It’s extremely helpful in business (a lot of companies have offices all over the world, and knowing another language can help you connect)
  5. You can have a better travelling experience (knowing a native language gives a deeper understanding of the culture… plus makes it easier to get around)

If you’re interested in learning a language, you can buy a teaching program like Rosetta Stone, or you can download an app like Mind Snacks.

Imagine sitting down at an Italian restaurant with a beautiful woman, and fluently ordering in Italian. You’d definitely impress her.

17. Tomahawk/Hatchet Throwing

There are few things as primal as hatchet (tomahawk) throwing…

…and that’s beacause tomahawks are one of the oldest weapons men have ever used (and in my opinion, that makes tomahawk throwing even more manly).

Now check this out:

You can throw a standard camping axe or hatchet… but you should consider getting one that’s designed for throwing (it will be weighted, to give you a smoother/easier throw).

You can find beginner throwing tomahawks like that on Amazon for around $35 (like this one).

18. Treasure Hunting

Here’s something we can all agree on:

It would be incredible to be a real-life Indiana Jones.

But while I can’t promise you’ll have those kinds of adventures… treasure hunting is still a totally doable hobby. See there are lots of undiscovered treasures out there like ship wrecks and buried gold in real life.

And people do spend their time looking for them and finding them. So, why don’t you give it a try? All it takes is a little research and a willingness to take a little risk.

19. Gardening

Don’t think gardening should be on a list of hobbies for men? I disagree.

Think about it like this:

Being smart/capable enough to grow food for your loved ones, with your own hands is one of the manliest hobbies I can think of.

…And besides growing your own food sources, gardening has a few other huge benefits:

  1. In a long term study of over 3,000 adults, daily gardening reduced the risk of dementia by 36%
  2. In horticultural therapygardening is also used to combat depression and mental illness.

Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Sustain a Thriving Garden

hobbies for men - gardening

Image via: Deposit Photos / julief514

21 Indoor Hobbies For Men

Let’s face it, not all of us are outdoorsy. While hiking the wild hills may sound great for some men, the rest of us just want a way to pass the time quietly indoors.

For the non-mountain men among us, try some of these hobbies for your rainy day entertainment.

Here are 21 indoor hobbies for men:

20. Soap Making

Never buy another bar again. You can make a soap that has all your favorite scents, and you’ve got ready-made gifts for the holidays.

21. Playing Pool

Pool is one of the best hobbies for men because it’s so simple… if you can hold a pool stick and walk around a table, you can play pool.


When I say it’s simple, I don’t mean easy it can take years to become powerfully skilled at the game.

No matter what your current skill level, pool is a fun, highly social hobby that any man can enjoy.


The 99 Critical Shots in Pool: Everything You Need to Know to Learn and Master the Game (Other) Paperback – October 5, 1993

22. Smoking Meats

Smoking is a unique way to grill food. You can actually smoke a lot of foods (cheese, bacon, even fruit), but meat is the most common.

Smoking a meat means barbecuing it for 3+ hours over indirect heat, in an enclosed grill. You allow a hard wood (like hickory or apple) to slowly smolder and produce a lot of smoke in the enclosed space.

The smoke adds a deep, complex flavor to whatever meat you choose.

As a hobby, smoking meat is a relaxing and fun way to be creative and get outside. And of course, the best part is getting a delicious dish out of it!


23. Knife Making

Channel your internal armorer and create some incredible looking blades, even if you’re just using them to cut your steak.

24. Dandyism

Take some time to not just look great but to stand out and look outstanding. You’ll feel good about yourself and you’ll definitely get noticed.

25. Restoring Classic Cars

Restoring broken, rusty, old cars to beautiful, purring machines is a powerfully manly hobby.

It takes a lot of time, but is one of the most rewarding and fun hobbies on our list. If you fully restore a car, you’ll have:

  • New skills that can be used to fix even more machines
  • A new car to brag about
  • Possibly even a huge chunk of money (if you sell your restoration)


Restoring a car takes a ton of knowledge and mechanical skill. It’s not the hobby for every man. But if you’re passionate about classic cars, it’s not impossible to learn… and like I mentioned, it’s highly rewarding.

hobbies for men - restoring classic cars

Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History

26. Meditation

Connect with your spiritual side, and learn to relax and detachMeditation is great for your body and your soul.

I suggest HEADSPACE.

27. Coffee Roasting

What could be better than waking up to the scent of a coffee you made yourself?

28. War Gaming

You know how soldiers train for war… but have you ever wondered how generals train for war?

After all… a general has to learn a whole new set of skills from the average soldier like tactics and strategy. That’s why they’ve always turned to war gaming.

Here’s how it’s done:

You build model armies and move them around a table to simulate battles and tactics. It’s an awesome way to stimulate your mind and develop strategic thinking skills.

Plus… it’s a ton of fun.

29. Making Your Own Hot Sauce

Hot sauce is something people get really serious about. It’s a great way to add some taste to any dish… and lots of people have a brand they love.

But what if you just can’t get the taste you want in a supermarket brand? Well why not make your own?

Making your own hot sauces is easy and a lot of fun. Not to mention you can get the exact taste you want by tinkering with the ingredients.

And here’s the best part:

You can even bottle and sell your recipe.

The Make-Ahead Sauce Solution: Elevate Your Everyday Meals with 61 Freezer-Friendly Sauces Kindle Edition

30. Painting

Painting is one of the most challenging art forms you can learn. And mastering it is an incredible achievement… but it’s also an amazing way to relax.

It’s a really meditative thing to find a beautiful landscape and try to recreate it on a canvas. And the great thing about painting is that it’s easy to get startedAll you need is a few supplies.

But if you really want to get good at painting… it’s also something you can spend years mastering. And that makes it a great passion for a lifetime.

Learn to Paint in Watercolor with 50 Paintings: Pick Up the Skills, Put On the Paint, Hang Up Your Art (50 Small Paintings) Flexibound – February 1, 2017

31. Crossword Puzzles

Your grandparents were on to something with those puzzles. They’re fun and challenging, and you get a great sense of accomplishment when done.

Hobbies for Men - Crossword Puzzle

Large Print Crossword Puzzles: Over 200 Puzzles to Complete Spiral-bound – September 10, 2018

32. Bowling

Bowling is a classic hobby. And it’s also something fun that you can get the entire family involved inAfter all… kids love bowling as much as adults.

And the great thing about pursuing bowling as a hobby is that it’s one of those sports that’s easy on your body. So if you have aches and pains… bowling is a great option for rec time.

But even if you don’t… bowling is still an enjoyable family hobby and a great way to spend a Saturday.

33. Glass Blowing

Glass blowing is the process of making glass by hand. And it’s not just a craft… it’s an art. Blowing glass by hand is a unique skill that you can use to make useful and beautiful items.

Here’s the thing:

There’s no better way to impress a guest to your home than to show them a beautiful handmade glass bowl.

And think about how they’ll react when they tell them you made it yourself.

34. Poker

Perhaps the greatest card game ever invented. Those who are good at it can make a lot of money and always look cool.

35. Playing Darts

Darts, like pool, is a great social game to play (usually at a local bar).

There are countless games you can play on a dart board.

The rules for each game varybut all darts games are social, challenging, and competitive.

Unicorn Eclipse HD2 High Definition Professional Bristle Dartboard with Increased Playing Area and Super Thin Bullseye

hobbies for men - playing darts

Image via: Deposit Photos / Dmyrto_Z

36. Sculpting

Sculpting is an ancient art form. And people have been shaping stone into sculptures for thousands of years.

It’s an engaging hobby that gives you the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your hands.

And if you’re interested in learning to sculpt… there are lots of places where you can find people to teach you. You also get the chance to express yourself… but the great thing about sculpture is that you know your work will last generations (it is stone after all).

37. Playing Chess

The game of chess is a powerful mental battle between two men. It’s one of the hobbies most likely to increase your intelligence… and wouldn’t you rather do that in your spare time, rather than watch TV?

…And just like playing musicplaying chess has a long list of mental benefits, like:

  1. Improving your memory
  2. Increasing problem solving skills (by adapting to your opponent’s moves)
  3. Helping prevent Alzheimer’s source

Here’s the bottom line:

Chess players must constantly be thinking. While you may have a strategy in mind, your opponent’s moves force you to almost constantly adapt it. Strategics like that can dramatically improve your intelligence and problem solving.

38. Entertaining & Event Hosting

Recent generations have lost the art of event hosting, but you can bring it back. Fancy your place up and have over all the right people for a great night.

39 Board & Role Playing Games

You loved them as a kid. They’re just as great as an adult. Get your friends together and rediscover how much fun board games are.

40. Body Building/Weight Lifting

Bodybuilding is a hugely popular hobby for men. It’s a powerful, manly way to get into shape/stay healthy.

But before you jump into bodybuilding:

highly recommend you learn proper weight lifting technique. You can do a lot of long term damage to your body through lifting improperly (think torn ligaments, broken ribs, or even torn muscles).source

A personal trainer can teach you safe lifting techniques, and give you a gym routine you can follow.

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