What should you vlog about next? Here are our top video ideas for your YouTube channel. (It’s a long list, so you can click on your favorite category below to jump the section that’s most relevant to you.)
In this Post:
- Video Ideas for Everyone
- Food & Recipe Ideas
- Tech Ideas
- Political Ideas
- Beauty Ideas
- Business & Career Ideas
- Friendship & Relationship Ideas
- Movie & TV Ideas
- Travel Ideas
- Tutorial Ideas
- Lifestyle Ideas
- Holiday Ideas
- Nostalgia & Childhood Ideas
- Cinematography & Photography Ideas
- Fun & Games Ideas
- How to Find Your Own Ideas
YouTube Video Ideas for Everyone
1. Live Like an Influencer
Try another YouTuber’s tutorial, follow their advice, post like they do on Instagram, vlog like they do, etc.
Teach people something that you know how to do. It can be simple (how to make coffee) or something more advanced (buy a textbook and teach the key concepts.)
3. Opposite Day
Mix up your usual routine for a day or a week: If you don’t work out, try working out; if you live on Postmates, try cooking; if you love makeup, try going makeup-free; if you’re introvert, try going to meetups.
4. Subscriber Q&A
Ask your subscribers and social media followers to ask you questions that you can answer in a video.
5. Unexpected Interview
Interview someone on the street, a family member, a business owner, etc on a topic they might not usually talk about.
6. A Day in the Life
Share your daily routine, your office or vlogging setup, your typical schedule, etc.
7. Conventional Wisdom
Find an old book or magazine and follow its advice for a day.
Try and review a product, service, app, or even review a YouTuber or an Instagram account
Share your must-have items for daily life, vlogging, work, etc.
Search YouTube for “challenge” and filter the results to this week only to see what’s popular right now. Give it a try!
11. How I Got Here
Talk about what you used to be like, jobs you used to have, mistakes you made, how you became a YouTuber, what the journey was like, etc.
12. “Yes (Wo)Man”
Say “yes” to everything for a day. Respond to every email, tweet, or comment. Say yes when someone asks you to try something new.
13. Tour of Your Life
Show off your office, your bedroom, your hometown
14. The Hard Stuff
To find out what’s popular on YouTube right now, do a search for a topic area or keyword (like “challenge”) on YouTube. Sort by view count and filter by an upload date of “this week.”
Food & Recipe Video Ideas
Find a vintage recipe and make it.
16. Celebrity Eats
Cook a recipe from a celebrity cookbook.
17. Hot & Spicy
Try something extremely spicy.
18. Convenience Store Challenge
Put together a complete meal using only convenience store ingredients.
19. Blind Taste Test
Try to identify the soda (or other food item) by taste.
20. Cheap vs. Expensive
Taste test a discount or expensive version of food (wine, chocolate, cookies, cheese, steak, etc.)
21. Crazy Classics
Challenge a friend to make the craziest version of a classic recipe (grilled cheese, pizza, etc.)
22. Eating Cheap
Eat for an entire day on less than $5 (or pick another amount).
23. Trying Cooking & Baking Hacks
Find a baking or cooking hacks article and test & rate the hacks.
24. Fast Food Taste Test
Tech Video Ideas
25. Now & Then
Buy an old version of a tech item (video game console, iPhone, etc.) and compare it to the modern version.
26. Trending Tech
Go to Amazon, B&H, the App Store, etc. and find the best selling or highest rated items. Buy them, try them, review them.
27. This vs. That
Compare two popular versions of a technology items and rate them on various features.
28. Strange Tech
Try a very weird technology item (like a cooking gadget or a bathroom gadget) and see how you like it.
29. Best [Gear] for [Task]
Share your favorite gear for different tasks and groups of people.
Political Video Ideas
Talk about why voting is important to you and some of the issues you care about most.
31. Interview a Politician
Call up a local/state politician or advocacy group and ask to interview them on your channel about an important cause.
32. Issue Explainer
Find a popular/controversial political topic and explain the background of the issue and the points/views of people on both sides of the issue.
33. The Other Side
Have a discussion with someone who has different political beliefs than you do.
34. Causes That Matter
Beauty Guru Video Ideas
35. Drug Store Full Face
Full face with drug store makeup only.
36. Worth It
What are your favorite splurge items that are totally worth it?
37. Beauty Routine
Share a routine. Choose from morning, nighttime, work, fitness, etc. and then pick beauty type like makeup, hair, or skincare.
38. The Best [Item]
Buy a single item from many brands (e.g. blush from a drug store) and review them all.
39. I Followed a [Beauty Guru] Tutorial
Follow someone else’s hair or makeup tutorial.
40. Different for a Day
Wear your makeup completely different for a day.
41. No Makeup for a Day
Wear no makeup for a day. See how you feel!
42. My [Person] Does My Makeup
Let your significant other (or best friend or mom) pick a makeup look/tutorial for you to try.
43. Minimalist Routine
Complete makeup look or hairstyle using only a few items.
44. Waterproof/Sweatproof Challenge
Business & Career Video Ideas
45. My Path to Success
Talk about what you studied in school, the jobs you have, and how you got to where you are today. Discuss what worked and what didn’t.
46. The Best Advice You’ve Ever Received
What was the best career advice you’ve ever received? How did it help you?
47. The Worst Advice You’ve Ever Heard
Talk about bad advice you’ve heard or read about and talk about why it’s not true.
48. Lifestyle Changes
Now that you’re successful, how do you spend your money and time? What’s worth it and what isn’t?
Talk about the biggest mistakes you’ve made and how you recovered.
50. How to Get Started
What should someone do first if they want a career like yours.
51. Disagree with an Influencer
Choose a popular influencer and disagree with the advice they give.
List your favorite books, blogs, products, people to follow, etc.
53. I Wish I Would’ve Studied This Instead
What classes do you wish you would’ve studied in college?
54. How I Work
Show and discuss your workday routine (what time do you wake up, how many hours you work, what you do at night, etc.)
Friendship & Relationship Video Ideas
Quiz each other with an online quiz or app.
56. Perfect Day Challenge
Plan the perfect outing/date/adventure for each other. (You can set a price limit!)
57. Trade Phones for a Day
Respond to texts, use social media, etc. as each other.
58. Trade Lives for a Day
Do their routine, wear clothes like them, eat what they eat, etc.
59. My [Person] Chooses My Clothes
Buy each other outfits and try them on.
60. How We Met
Tell your “how we met” story.
61. [Person A] vs. [Person B]
Movie & TV Video Ideas
62. Unexpected Review
Review something you wouldn’t normally review, like the worst movies of all time (look at IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes), a movie outside your typical genre, etc.
63. Crazy Theories
Search Tumblr and reddit for absurd or unexpected theories and try to prove them true.
64. Classic Films like [Popular Film]
Take a new/popular/trendy movie and share a list of other films that fans of the popular one might like. You can also do this with films that influenced another one.
Share your personal list of the greatest films of all time. (You can do this within a specific genre, starring a specific actors, etc.)
66. Every [Actor/Director/Theme] [Movie/Episode] Ranked
Rank every film by a particular person or movies from within a franchise or episodes of a TV show in order.
Travel Video Ideas
67. Insider’s Guide
Your favorite destinations in a city/state that only the locals know about.
68. Tourist Guide
Try touristy things in your hometown/state (look at TripAdvisor for ideas).
69. Best [Item] in [City]
Find an item that a city is famous for (coffee in Portland, clam chowder in Boston, pizza in New York) and try it at a bunch of different restaurants.
70. Free Things to Do in [Place]
Spend a day in a city without spending any money (or spending very little).
71. Follow a Guide
Tutorial Video Ideas
72. Super Simple How To
Explain something really simple, like how to brush your teeth, how to make coffee, how to tie a tie, etc.
73. Answer Google
Start typing questions into Google and answer the questions that show up in autosuggest.
Buy some basic textbooks in a subject matter you care about and create a video series that explains the basic concepts.
75. X Ways to X
Test different tutorials on how to do things (how to make coffee, how to train for a 5k, anything!)
76. Beginner to Advanced
Lifestyle Vlog Ideas
Share your hair, makeup, fitness, skincare, cooking, traveling, or other routine.
78. [Media] that Changed My Life
Share the books, movies, music, games that shaped your life.
What did you learn last year? What are your goals for this year?
80. Recreating X’s Look
Try to recreate popular YouTuber or Instagram photos, looks, etc.
81. Personal Favorites
Holiday Video Ideas
82. Pinterest IRL
Find a recipe or DIY project on Pinterest and try to do it yourself.
83. Holiday History
Research and explain the history of popular traditions (e.g., Christmas trees, Fireworks) and share fun facts that you learn.
84. Classic Celebration
Find an old magazine or book that has tips on how to celebrate the holiday and follow the tips.
85. Holiday Look
Share a holiday outfit or makeup tutorial.
86. Gift Ideas
Nostalgia & Childhood Vlog Ideas:
87. Reacting to Your Old Vidoes
React to your old photos/videos/social media posts.
88. How I Did My Makeup in High School
Do your makeup like you did in high school.
89. Reviewing My Favorite [X] From Childhood
Rewatch your favorite movies. music videos, YouTube videos, etc. from childhood and review them.
90. Who I Was in High School
Talk about what you were like in high school and how you’ve changed.
91. What I Wish I Would’ve Known in High School
List things you wish you would’ve known when you were younger.
92. Q&A with My [Family Member]
Cinematography & Photography Video Ideas
93. Cheap Gear Challenge
Record a vlog using minimal equipment (keep it under a certain price.)
94. Gear Comparison
Record footage or sound using gear at different price points and compare the results (microphones, cameras, lights, etc.)
95. Reacting to My Old Footage/Photos
Share some of your early work to show viewers how far you’ve come.
96. X Tips for Better [Videos, Photos, etc.]
Share tips for better photos or videos that ANYONE can use.
97. Breaking All the Rules
Fun & Games Video Ideas
98. Rules of The Game
Explain the rules to board game that you love.
99. Modern Classics
Play a classic game like Pictionary or Charades using something fun as the source material (best movies of all time, Cards Against Humanity, memes)
Play around of trivia with friends. Mix it up by focusing on a fun topic, movie trivia, YouTuber trivia, trivia about your life, etc.
101. Retro Gaming
Grab a friend and play a classic video game from your youth (The Sims, Mario Kart, NBA Jam, etc.)
102. Top Ranked
How to Find Your Own Ideas
103. YouTube Auto Suggest
Type a topic or a question into YouTube and look at the search suggestions.
104. Favorite YouTubers
Visit your favorite YouTubers’ videos pages and sort by their most popular videos. Are there any ideas you can put your own spin on?
105. Google Trends
Visit Google’s Trending Searches page and look for topics you can vlog about.
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