Thursday, May 19, 2022

20 Hobbies For Women In Their 20s To Enjoy Life That Are Low Cost

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Taking a break from everyday life to explore something you’re passionate about is a great way to challenge yourself. Find 20 hobbies for women in their 20s that are low cost or free which will explore your health, creativity, and knowledge to inject some interest and fun into your life.

Hobbies can make you better at time management, help you foster new social connections and give you a tool to cope with stress according to Jamie Kurtz, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology.

Paint palette with multiple bright colours on and a painting of a pink flower.

20 hobbies for women in their 20s


The beauty with painting is that you don’t have to be naturally talented to do it.

The first place to begin is to decide what material you want to use, acrylic, oils or watercolour?

Secondly, overcoming your fear of what to paint is easily dealt with by taking some simple inspiration from your surroundings.

Hop over to YouTube and find an abundance of videos on how to start painting.

Womans hand dipping into colourful paint pots with paint brush to start painting.


Getting into photography doesn’t mean you need to purchase the most expensive camera on the market. You can simply start with your smartphone which makes this one of the most practical and low cost hobbies.

Not sure what to take a photo of? Go outside for a walk and start snapping.

Again, Youtube can be a great resource for learning how to take better iPhone photos or editing skills.

Blonde haired woman in denim jacket taking a photo with an iPhone of a scenic mountain photo.


If you’re looking for ideas for creative hobbies for women, scrapbooking should be at the top of the list.

Scrapbooking has a massive self-care feel to it with the ability to distract you from the chaos of everyday life.

First and foremost, you’ll want to purchase a scrapbook.

You can either opt for a scrapbook on its own:

Or choose a scrapbook that comes with a few extras:

Not sure what else you need? Check out this post that covers the best 8 tools for beginner scrapbookers.


Colouring for adults spiked in popularity during the first lockdown. But still seems to be an enjoyable past time and another form of a self-care hobby.

Colouring is one of the low-cost hobbies for women in their 20s. All you need is something to colour and something to colour with.

Here’s some of the best colouring books to start with:

  1. For the fashionistas
  2. For the mindful ones
  3. For the J.K. Rowling fans
  4. For the passionate
Colouring pencils on a colouring book.

Beauty pageants

Entering pageants is much more than just walking a catwalk. There is a now a very big emphasis on charity.

A beauty pageant can easily be fit around work.

If you want to do something for the community, empower women and yourself, then give it a try!

Take a look at the Miss England website to learn more.

Woman sat in her chair on her phone listening to music sat in front of a vanity mirror waiting to get her makeup done.


Yoga is a low cost and easy to start hobby that can be done from the comfort of your own home or in a class.

All you need is a mat and you’re good to go!

You’ll benefit from reduced stress and anxiety, increased flexibility and muscle strength just to name a few.

YouTube has so many videos with great yoga tutorials.

My all-time favourite Yogi on YouTube is Yoga With Adrienne.

Woman doing yoga in a downward dog position.

Jewellery making

Jewellery making is one of the fun hobbies to have in your 20s that could make you money if you wanted a side-hustle by making the jewellery and using sites like Etsy to sell it on.

Not sure where to start? Check out this post by Craftsy covering jewellery making for beginners.

Woman holding jewellery making tools, making a pale blue stone earring.


Baking sweet treats can do wonders for your mental health (as well as your appetite!). A huge sense of achievement can come from baking food and seeing the final product.

It’s a very meditative, creative and happy hobby for women to take up.

Woman squeezing icing onto green macaroons.

Word & number games

Challenge yourself and boost your knowledge with word and number games.

These will help keep your mind sharp and can increase your vocabulary. Find some crossword puzzles or sudoku and get stuck in.

Scrabble boardgame

Indoor gardening

Fancy becoming a plant mum?

Start with easy-to-maintain indoor plants and see if you enjoy it.

Gardening offers so many benefits for your mental health and ticks the box as a low-cost popular hobby.

Green leafed plants in black plastic plant pots.


Hiking can be done on your own or used as a hobby to increase your social interactions.

No one expects you to climb Mount Everest straight away, just start small and get used to being on your feet.

Need a bigger purpose to get walking? Do a challenge for charity. Me and my partner walked 26 miles (with no training) and raised nearly £400. I could of cried with the pain in my feet, but the accountability from the donations pushed us to keep going.

Fitbit watch with stats from a workout.
My Fitbit the day of our 26 mile walk once we’d finished!

Bullet journaling

Explore your creativity and imagination by putting your entire life into one book, rather than having a book for each part of your life, bullet journaling helps you become super organised.

Want to learn the ins and outs of bullet journaling? Check out this post from Bullet Journal.

Bullet journal with a weekly planner.


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.

If it’s low-cost hobbies for women in their 20s you’re after, then reading ticks the box. Get lost in a story of fiction or grow from a personal development book.

Reading remains one of the most popular hobbies for young adults.

See also: 3 Personal Development Books That Will Motivate You

Woman in grey knitwear top reading a book and drinking a cup of tea.


The benefits of sewing may surprise you. Not only does it improve hand-eye co-ordination and your posture, but it’s also a huge stress reliever. On top of that, sewing encourages you to move away from fast fashion and learn to up-cycle.

Sewing is an extremely skilful hobby to have and for women in their 20s it is the perfect time to start.

Person sewing greek material with a white electric sewing machine.


If you want your new hobby to be fitness, but don’t fancy joining a gym, taking up a sport like kickboxing can be both fun and challenging.

You will meet the most humble people in a kickboxing gym and they’ll provide some serious accountability.

Don’t be discouraged because you’re only a woman in your 20s, the gym might be male dominated but it doesn’t mean you don’t belong there. Push your comfort zones with this one!

Group photo at a kickboxing gym.
The team at the end of a Muay Thai training session.

Candle making

If you’re a candle hoarder, this might be the secret you needed to save some money!

You can find kits on Amazon along with essential oils to get creative and create scents you love.

Wax candles.


To get into weightlifting, all you need to start with is a gym membership. Weightlifting might sound daunting and like it’s only reserved for males, but it can be a great hobby to try and as a result will help increase your strength and tone your body.

A woman working out in a gym weightlifting.


If you want to start a hobby that is meaningful and beneficial to the community then volunteering is the perfect choice.

Ask around in local community Facebook groups to find volunteering opportunities in your area.

Group of hands with a love heart painted over them.


If you want your new hobby to be fitness related but require some serious accountability then something like the UltraChallenges can be the answer to your problems.

I wanted to take up hiking as a hobby, but knew if I didn’t have any accountability I wouldn’t stick at it, so I signed up for one of the UltraChallenges and am raising money as well.

For 6 months I’ll be training to walk 100k in under 24 hours continuously. I’ll either hate walking at the end of it or love it!

Side note: Any support is much appreciated and money raised goes towards protecting our wonderful earth and the animals that inhabit it. Donate here.

Group of people walking on a mountain showing the types of hobbies for women in their 20s.


Investing can be one of the best hobbies to pick up in your 20s.

You don’t need to have thousands of pounds to start investing, in fact, starting when you don’t have as much is what can build your wealth.

Kickstart this hobby with a savings challenge, or even a no-spend challenge.

There is so much free content available online to point you in the right direction to meet your financial goals.

Loose change falling out of a glass mason jar.

Final thoughts

There are so many fun hobbies to have in your 20s that can make you money, save you money, improve your knowledge, allow you to get creative or even meet new people and give back to your community.

It’s important though that you don’t procrastinate and choose at least 1 to try.

Do you have any other hobby suggestions that would be good to try for women in their 20s?


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