January has been chosen as the month in which to celebrate and focus on the beginning of a hobby or to advance the promotion of a current hobby. For many American consumers, following the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, finances are rather tight. As a result, many hobby enthusiasts simply bypass the unique opportunity, in January, to join in the camaraderie of a hobby. This year, during January, choose to begin a new hobby in honor of National Hobby Month with these unique low budget ideas.
As a new hobby, in honor of National Hobby Month, consider creating and giving away unique cookie recipes. As a cookie enthusiasts, search for interesting cookie recipes on the internet or at local libraries. Each week, pick one cookie recipe and bake away. Purchase a small supply of gift sacks at a local dollar store and place half dozen cookies in each sack. Then, delivery your cookies to neighbors, friends, family and even local homeless shelters or nursing homes. Be sure to attach your cookie recipe as an added treat. As a unique hobby, creating and giving cookies will provide you with a collection of unique cookies to build as a cookbook and also give something unique to your community.
Ah, the ever famous stamp collection. Sounds cheesy, right? Well, after browsing through the massive numbers of stamp designs available, I became intrigued by the stamp collecting phenomenon. With the cost of stamp collecting, initially, limited to the cost of the stamp itself (usually 39 cents), I’ve come to realize stamp collecting is a fun and exciting project. And, as an interesting challenge, I found that many stamp designs are only sold by the United States Post Office in books of 20, resulting in a significant out of pocket expense. As I found I may not have an immediate use for the other 19 stamps in the design collection, I checked with my local post office and found there are a variety of stamp collecting exchange groups in my neighborhood. By networking with 19 other stamp collectors, you are offered an opportunity to not only become part of an age old tradition, and make new friends, but obtain 20 different stamp designs for the price of one, 20 stamp, booklet. Each stamp collector can purchase a different stamp design and then all 20 members can exchange amongst themselves. Create a monthly coffee meeting, discuss the stamp’s history and exchange.
As a slightly more costly hobby, Disney Pin collections are a lot of fun. This January, during National Hobby Month, consider beginning a Disney Pin collection. Using programs such as EBay, the Disney Pin collector will find a great group of individuals seeking to sell authentic pins. While some Disney Pins are only available at specific events or locations, EBay provides an opportunity to gather and purchase Disney Pins from visitors who may have received special invitation to limited events. As a result, Disney Pins, of limited access, will hold value for many years to come. Bought new, most Disney Pins range in price from $6.95 to $11.96, comparable to a stamp collection purchase. Researching pin values and completing set purchases, especially in an auction like EBay, provides the Disney Pin hobby enthusiast a unique and edgy opportunity to collecting.
As with any activity, finding a hobby that you find passionate is the key to success and consistency. For every item that can be collected, there is some sort of hobby support group in place to encourage the camaraderie that comes with the item. This January, find your passion, begin collecting and enjoy your new hobby in honor of National Hobby Month.