19 Cool Hobbies for Nerds and Geeks to Have Fun With

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19 Cool Hobbies for Nerds and Geeks to Have Fun With


If you consider yourself a geek or a nerd, you probably already have a couple of cool hobbies that you enjoy doing. However, you likely want to expand your hobbies for a couple of different reasons.


Maybe no one you know shares your interest and you would like to be able to discuss things that other people have an interest in. Maybe you need a hobby that involves outdoor activities or a chance to socialize. Maybe you just need a break from the day-to-day routine of your life.


Whatever your reason might be, the list below is sure to have something on it that is both cool and helpful for you to explore.

Hobbies for Gaming Nerds or Geeks

  1. Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming is a cool hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. Retro gaming, also known as classic or old-school gaming, consists of playing or collecting older versions of computer and console video games. Especially interesting is the use of arcade games. A lot of the fun associated with this hobby is reliving good times from when we were younger. Gaming is always fun.

2. Models/Miniatures

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Painting models/miniatures can be an interesting hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. There are models or miniatures for just about anything out there and is often very relaxing. One of the cool things is you don’t even have to be a good painter…the important thing is that it looks good to you and that you had fun creating the final product.


  1. Roleplaying Games/Warhammer

Roleplaying Games such as Warhammer can be an excellent hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. By using the miniatures and strategic combat, you can use skills in mathematics and logic while maintaining creative or fantasy settings. It also gives you a chance to socialize with others while partaking in a favorite activity.

  1. Collecting Data

Collecting Data is an interesting hobby for Nerds and Geeks. Whether it’s random trivia or facts about other hobbies, this is sure to help you have something to talk about with others and often can lead to a stimulating conversation. In addition, this hobby often stimulates the mind and can have the additional benefit of improving your logical thinking.

  1. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging/Vlogging is an excellent hobby for Nerds and Geeks. You have a chance to socialize with a community that shares similar interests, help others with advice or tips, and share your passion and opinions on a topic that interests you. In addition, these hobbies can provide some additional income through the use of sites like Patreon that can be used to finance your other hobbies or interests.

Random Hobbies for Nerds or Geeks


  1. Movies/Anime

Movies or Anime is an excellent hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. Almost everyone watches movies, so it is helpful to be able to discuss them with others. In addition, Anime often has a strong fan following, so it’s fairly easy to find others that have the same interest. In addition, both of these often provide an outlet to get away from stress in your life.

  1. Magic

Magic is a cool hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t experienced that sense of wonder and awe when a specially good magic trick has been presented. This hobby allows you to bring that joy to others while improving critical thinking, showmanship, and storytelling.

  1. Cosplay

Cosplay can be an amazing hobby for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. Everyone has pretended to be someone else at some point in their lives and cosplay allows you to live that fantasy out regularly. It also helps to socialize with others and develop skills such as sewing, leatherworking, blacksmithing, and fashion design.

  1. Card Games

Card Games such as Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and Yugioh can be good hobbies for Nerds and Geeks to have fun with. Besides playing game matches with others, you can also collect the cards, build your decks and strategies, and learn the lore of the game. It also improves hand and eye coordination, problem-solving, and quick thinking.

  1. Fan Fiction

Reading or writing Fan fiction based on a particular interest is an excellent hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. It allows you to tell a story and connect with others who share your love for a particular setting or character. In addition, Fanfiction is a great way to connect with others who share your passion for a setting, game, movie, or character.

Scientific Hobbies for Nerds or Geeks


  1. Astronomy

Astronomy can be a good hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. There are many parts to this hobby that are often enjoyable including different telescope kits, smart gadgets, and the ability to be out in nature at night. In addition, this hobby is often a backdrop for many movies or games and can provide real scientific benefits such as being the first person to discover an object like a comet.

  1. Robotics

Robotics can be an amazing hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. Not only is it extremely satisfying to build a robot, but you also can socialize with others who share this hobby or learn skills such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD). It also helps with important life skills such as communication, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork.

  1. Chemistry

Chemistry can be an exciting hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. By understanding chemical reactions, you can change the colors of a substance, blow things up, alter recipes, or even make things glow in the dark. In addition, it is useful in daily life by applying the knowledge of what substances like household cleaning products or foods can be mixed safely.

Unusual Hobbies for Nerds or Geeks

  1. LARP

Live-Action Roleplay or Larp is a fantastic hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. Not only is it a lot of fun but it can lead to other hobbies such as blacksmithing, costume design, acting, leatherworking, archery, bookbinding, and many more hobbies.


In addition, there are many benefits including networking with people who have similar interests, a support group, negotiation, leadership, and public speaking all within the benefit of portraying a character that is different than yourself. The benefit of portraying a character different than yourself can create a safe space in which to work out issues or problems in your life while exploring how other people might react.

  1. Thrifting

Thrifting can be an interesting hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. It can be a great way to save money while obtaining the items desired. Thrifting also provides an opportunity to explore many different kinds of stores or a wide range of items. In addition, Thrifting often supports local businesses or communities. It can be amazing to discover a hidden treasure that you wouldn’t dare to dream of finding within your local area.

  1. Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is a cool hobby for Nerds or Geeks to have fun with. This ancient hobby allows one to step out of modern times while creating tools, weapons, or furniture. An additional benefit of this hobby is it provides the opportunity for exercise or muscle development. Also, you can sell what you create to raise funds for other hobbies or interests.

  1. Travel

Travel can be an amazing hobby for Nerds or Geeks. Not only do you get to see a wide assortment of places but you can learn about history and different cultures which can help you relate to others. It also provides an amazing opportunity for vacations or a break from normal day-to-day activities.

  1. Bookbinding

Bookbinding is an interesting hobby for Geeks or Nerds to have fun with. It provides the opportunity to make beautiful projects, use your imagination, and create gifts for others. In addition, it is an awesome way to store your data and is fairly inexpensive. This hobby is particularly useful for a writer who wants to publish their creative work but can’t afford the high fees that some publishers charge.

  1. Puppetry

Puppetry can be a fun hobby for Geeks or Nerds. You can tell a unique story, create your puppets, or discuss world issues in a way that is light-hearted and entertaining. In addition, puppetry can be of great use for practicing skills such as acting, voice acting, and showmanship. Another benefit of this hobby is it allows one the chance to socialize by giving performances.

Have You Found a New Hobby Idea?


In this article, we discussed 19 hobbies for Geeks or Nerds as well as reasons for these hobbies being fun. We also discussed some of the benefits that partaking in these hobbies can provide which will be useful in your life. 


Many of these hobbies can be started with just a bit of information from the local library or by visiting your local game shop or hobby shop. I hope that this list of hobbies will be useful to you and inspire you to take up a hobby to enjoy and explore.

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