Individualism is a distinctive quality of boomer women. Whatever image we choose to present to the world, we have secret passions. These are the interests that intrigue us and determine how we relax and unwind. Our hobbies are what we do with “our time”.

For women, there also seems to be a universal desire to express our creativity. We have an insatiable desire to shape order from chaos and to create things that never existed before. Women who have children will understand this. We want to produce magic with paints, wool and glass or create beauty with words and music.

Hobbies shape our personalities, energize, inspire and connect us with other like-minded women. They often end up giving our life its meaning. Let’s explore the types of hobbies that women over 60 wrap their hearts around – they may surprise you!

When I asked the Sixty and Me Community to share their favourite hobby, the answers were as diverse and fabulous as the 42,000 women from around the world. Some had eclectic hobbies, others were more traditional. From sewing to “stand up paddling,” and cooking to Chinese ink painting, they provided some amazing ideas. If you are looking for a new hobby, I hope that you find their suggestions intriguing and useful. Have a hobby of your own to suggest? Please don’t forget to add it in the comments at the end of this article.


Here Are Some of the Many Diverse Hobbies for Women over 50 that our Community Loves

Marie: Cooking, sewing, gardening, reading, shopping, depends on my mood

Barbara: Read and visit my friends on Facebook

Jan: Stand up paddling

Joan: A little Sewing, embroidery, knitting

Rosalia: Grandchildren, friends, reading, exploring parks, libraries and museums

Sheila: Flower arranging

Becky: Reading, making cards for all occasions, a little scrapbooking

Linda: Reading, music, talking to family and friends

Celeste: Stained glass and photography

Bridget: Singing and reading

Christine: Knitting for Preemie Baby Unit, hats & bags for Operation Children. Join me!

Averyl: Reading, TV and my iPad

Janice: Playing bass and singing in a bluegrass band

Jean: Quilting and travel

Marian: Needlework and wildlife

Teresa: Reading

Ho Oy: Recently took up calligraphy & Chinese ink painting

Ginger: Cooking, a little golf, volunteering. Enjoying the beauty of each day

Kathleen: Surfing the Internet

Pam: Latin dancing, sailing (racing), decorating, entertaining (party, party party)

Fay: Gardening – I adore making things grow, and then admiring the results

Bea: Spiritual activities

Hineora: Line dancing

Phyllis: Making beaded & seashell jewelry

TC: Cycling, sailing, window shopping, reading

Pat: My Grandchildren, then scrapbooking, reading, gardening

Deborah: Journaling

Jan: Armchair travelling

Gillian: Riding my beautiful Arab horse and I have recently learned to carriage drive

Kirsten: I make pottery, and card making and paper craft

Linda: Cross words gardening browsing charity shop

Rahimah: Photography and gardening

Clarissa: Community Radio

Toni: Sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, reading, playing on my iPad

Carol: Card making

Liz: Walking along the beach, singing in the choir and aqua aerobics

Sandy: Crocheting and Counted Cross Stitch – good therapy

Carolina: Learning new language, playing piano, writing singing and babysitting

Laura: Sewing for fashion dolls

Regine: Reading, gardening, cooking, dancing, music, walking, yoga, decorating…

Barb: Knitting, crochet, writing, reading, and walking outside in nature.

Claudia: Traditional felting

Shirley: Patchwork + quilting

Jennifer: Yoga

Chris: Genealogy

Liv: Photography

Petula: Gardening and window shopping

Sandra: Trail riding

Gabriela: Walking near the sea

Janet: Riding my horse and painting/drawing

Diana: Scout leader. Not so much a hobby, more a way of life

Jane: Sewing and reading. Cooking and swimming are pursuits but not hobbies

Ann: Making earrings, reading and walking the dog

Margaret: Cake decorating

Michele: Hand spinning

Sonia: Cinema

Esperanza: Reading

Debra: Bird watching and photographing them

Marina: Sudoku

Karen: Playing my guitar and painting.

Barbara: Rug hooking, yoga, books, photography, travel, gardening, my pets

Char: Camping, sailing, yoga, walking, hiking. I want to learn to knit

Ann: Training my dogs

Barbara: Jazzercize, reading, artwork, cooking

Jill: Mosaics, beading, needlepoint and travel

Marietta: Writing songs, children’s lullabies

Mary: Amateur drama

Kate: Dressage

Sara Jane: Flea markets and garage sales

Rosemarie: Tai Chi, square dancing and gardening

And then we had Deirdre who said:

“Friends and family, dress making, sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking, interior design, decorating reading, involvement in classic car club and classic cars, our motor home and traveling, learning new skills and crafts, on-line course and anything that takes my fancy.”

I love the fact that Deirdre said that her hobbies were anything that took her fancy. For me, that’s what a hobby should be.