105 YouTube Video Ideas

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:

  1. Video Ideas for Everyone
  2. Food & Recipe Ideas
  3. Tech Ideas
  4. Political Ideas
  5. Beauty Ideas
  6. Business & Career Ideas
  7. Friendship & Relationship Ideas
  8. Movie & TV Ideas
  9. Travel Ideas
  10. Tutorial Ideas
  11. Lifestyle Ideas
  12. Holiday Ideas
  13. Nostalgia & Childhood Ideas
  14. Cinematography & Photography Ideas
  15. Fun & Games Ideas
  16. 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.

2. Tutorial

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.

8. Reviews

Try and review a product, service, app, or even review a YouTuber or an Instagram account

9. Favorites

Share your must-have items for daily life, vlogging, work, etc.

10. Challenge

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

Share a challenge that you faced and how you overcame it (being poor, finding a job, learning how to handle anxiety, getting better at dealing with negative comments, etc.)

VlogNerd Tip:

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

15. Vintage

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

Get a burger (or pizza or other common item) from every fast food restaurant in town and taste test and try to guess where it’s from.


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

30. Voting

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

Talk about a cause that matters to you and tell your viewers how they can help or get involved.

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

Try waterproof makeup and see whether it truly lasts.

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?

49. Mistakes

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.

52. Favorites

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

55. Quiz

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]

Who knows you better? (significant other, friends, coworkers, parents, siblings, etc.)

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.

65. GOAT

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

Buy a guidebook, check out Yelp or TripAdvisor, ask a hotel concierge, or ask a local and follow their advice (or top reviewed destinations) for a day

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.

74. Textbook

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

Show easy, intermediate, and advanced ways to do something.

Lifestyle Vlog Ideas

77. Routines

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.

79. Reflecting

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

Share your current favorite outfits, jewelry, shoes, etc.

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

Create a holiday gift guide. For multiple videos, you can create gift guides for different types of people.

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]

Ask your mom or another family member about her relationship, for advice, things she thought when she was your age, etc.

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

Show how to take great shots that break traditional cinematography or photography rules (like the rule of thirds, etc.)

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)

100. Trivia

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

Download the highest rated games in the App Store and give them a try.

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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