Looking for the perfect gift for your homesteading friend or family member? Check out this Homesteaders gift guide for the holiday season!
We all know that homesteaders tend to live a bit “differently” than most. They’ve usually opted out of a lot of the things that are popular in mainstream culture and spend a lot more time doing basic things. Growing food, raising livestock, cooking from scratch, looking for ways to become more self-sufficient.
When Christmas rolls around, you may be confused on what to get them, especially if this isn’t a lifestyle you yourself are living. But don’t worry! I’ve got a full gift list of ideas for things that your homesteading friends will love!
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Great Gift Ideas for Homesteaders
- Handmade Gifts
- Homesteading Gift Basket
- Gifts for in the Kitchen
- Gifts for in the Garden
- Gifts for Everywhere Else
- Things to Consider When Shopping for a Homesteader
The homesteading lifestyle is one that longs for simplicity – a lifestyle that enjoys the beauty of the world around them. That’s why handmade, homemade gifts are truly a great idea for your family members or friends. Things like handwritten from scratch recipes that are passed down in your own family. A handmade custom sign for their house, garden, or even the chicken coop. A table runner or potholders that you have sewn yourself. This seems so simple, but I bet your homesteading friends will cherish all of these ideas and put them to good use! Check out this list of 10+ Handmade Gift Ideas that Homesteaders Love!
Make a Homesteading Gift Basket
I love the idea of creating a basket full of various practical Christmas gifts. You can fill a little basket with things like goat’s milk soap, a few seed packs, herbal tea blends, and an apron.
Want to make a men’s gift basket? Try making a basket with some new work gloves, wool socks, a thermos, and a swiss army knife.
Homemade baked goods are also nice to place in these gift baskets and can be an inexpensive way to fill them. The possibilities are endless! A nice basket makes it all comes together nicely and makes one of the best gifts.
Kitchen Gift Items for Homesteaders
Homesteaders spend a lot of time in the kitchen. These kitchen tools are sure to help when preserving their harvests or cooking from scratch, wholesome meals.
A food dehydrator is a great tool to have in a homestead kitchen. This tool offers an additional method of food preservation. You can make things like jerky, dried fruit, and spice blends after dehydrating your foods. They come in a wide variety of sizes, prices and brands. This highly rated model from Cosori offers 6 trays that hold over 7 pounds of food! Cosori offers a smaller for affordable option, as well as a larger pricier option.
2.Reusable Canning Lids
Homesteaders are constantly needing to buy new canning lids (the metal lids are a single use item). But these reusable canning lids are made right here in the US by a company called Harvest Guard, and can be used over and over!
3.Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron is extremely versatile and allows you to use one piece in multiple ways. You can move it from stove to oven, or even use it over a campfire. It’s no wonder homesteaders love cooking with cast iron! Lodge offers this cast iron skillet in 8 different sizes – from tiny 3.5 inch skillets to a large 15 inch skillet!
A dutch oven is another incredibly useful tool to have in the kitchen. You can prepare everything from roasted chicken, to stew, to sourdough bread. You can choose between uncoated cast iron or an enamel coated Dutch oven. Le Creuset is a company known for its high-quality Dutch ovens – however that quality comes with a price tag.
Lodge makes this more affordable enamel coated Dutch oven that is also very durable and has reliably served many home cooks for years.
A good pressure canner is probably one of the most used items for home food preservation. An All American Pressure Canner will last for years and be used regularly throughout preservation season.
Fermentation is a home food preservation method that is also full of health benefits. This beginner’s fermentation kit, complete with 4 airlock tops and glass weights, is a good gift idea for someone who has mentioned wanting to be able to make things like kombucha or sauerkraut.
If you know someone who raises their own meat, you may consider a meat grinder. There are hand crank options or electric options out there. This heavy-duty electric grinder works as a meat mincer and sausage stuffer. It’s also fairly budget friendly.
8.KitchenAid Mixer or Attachments
A Kitchen Aid stand mixer is another excellent gift option for someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
Grain mills are great options for homesteaders who prefer to buy their grain in bulk and then grind themselves. When it comes to grain mills, you can purchase a hand crank option or an electric one. Hand cranked grinders can be more time consuming and labor intensive, but you’re not reliant on electricity. They are also far less expensive.
Electric options obviously need electricity to work, so if you have a power outage, you won’t be grinding grain. But when there’s no interruptions in electricity, they are much faster and easier to use. NutriMill offers this high-speed grain/flour mill that can hold up to 20 cups.
The Instant Pot is one modern small kitchen appliance that I think most homesteaders will enjoy. There are several functions that make this appliance appealing – such as the ability the make homemade yogurt and bone broth.
Sourdough is incredibly popular amongst homesteaders due to the health benefits that come from fermenting grain. Simple take a ½ cup of your own active started and place in a jar to share with friends and family. Don’t have your own sourdough starter? You can buy dehydrated sourdough starter on Etsy! I can vouch for this starter from Kensington Market. It comes in a nice little package with detailed instructions – perfect for a gift!
Speaking of sourdough – a Banneton basket and other baking accessories make a nice gift for a friend who already has a sourdough starter.
12. Cheese Making Kit
This kit from Standing Stone Farms is made here in the USA and is perfect for beginners. It even comes with a recipe book to make up to 25 pounds of cheese. https://amzn.to/3SaM0SJ
This hand crank Marcato Atlas pasta machine makes pasta making so much easier. The adjustment dial controls the thickness and produces pasta of consistent thickness and texture. You can cut your pasta in various shapes and sizes with this one tool. https://amzn.to/3eH6rrI
Gardening Gift Ideas for Homesteaders
If you have your own garden, you know that adding some beauty to this space can really make the hard work of growing food more enjoyable. These gardening gift ideas are both practical and fun.
14.Gift Card for Seed Company
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Here are my recommendations for a couple of good, quality seed companies that offer gift certificates. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Hoss Tools, and Botanical Interests.
15.Green Stalk Planter
These vertical planters are wonderful for growing food in small spaces. Even if you have a large garden, these planters make a great and beautiful addition. The planters are made in the US by a family-owned company. You can purchase the planters in various sizes, from 3 tier to 7 tier. They also offer bundles for purchasing multiple planters at one time.
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If you have access to fruit trees in your area this time of the year, they also make a wonderful gift. Visit your local nursery to see what is available in your area.
A nice harvesting basket for collecting goodies from the garden is a wonderful gift for a homesteader. With so much time is spent the garden, I absolutely believe that a simple item, like a harvesting basket, can add a nice touch to daily chores.
These metal mesh baskets come in black or white, and have multiple size options.
This plastic harvest basket is also nice and very functional. It has a colander side, which has drain holes so you can wash your produce in it. The other side enclosed which makes it nice for soaking or carrying clean produce or tools.
A cold frame is a great way to allow your homesteader to continue growing vegetables into the coldest time of year. Etsy offers some high-quality frames made by small businesses, like this cedar frame that measures 4′ X 2′. This frame is beautiful, and the cedar will last for years and years.
Amazon also offers some prefabricated cold frames. The durability may not be the same as that of the handmade cedar frames. Of course, if you’re handy, you could even make one yourself!
Around the Homestead Gift Ideas
How about a new cookbook? A cookbook filled with delicious recipes suited for from scratch cooking is perfect for a homesteader. Check out these recommendations:
The Prairie Homestead Cookbook – Over 100 wholesome recipes made with fresh ingredients.
The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook – Over 100 recipes for EGGS! Homesteaders are frequently overrun with eggs, so this cookbook that gives you new ideas for how to use them makes a wonderful gift.
Another item that is much appreciated in the cold winter months is a good coat. Carhartt makes excellent coats for working and keeping you warm. They are durable and well suited for working outside. These coats come in many designs and can be purchased in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
Books make a perfect gift! Choose a topic that you’ve heard your friend or family express interest in and get them a handbook!
Herbalism Guide – The Modern Herbal Dispensatory
Have an off-grid homesteading friend? Or maybe just someone who likes to be prepared for whatever situation may come their way. Oil lamps are always great to have on hand. You can buy beautiful lamps to sit around the house, like this one that is pictured below. Or one with handles, making it perfect to carry with you. Throw in some extra oil and wicks!
This may sound strange if you don’t have dairy animals, but I promise a new milking pail can be an excellent gift for your friends or family who do! A nice stainless steel milking pail, like this one from The Dairy Shoppe, is a high-quality pail made here in the US. Just be sure to choose an appropriately sized pail for the dairy animal
If you have a friend or family member that is a chicken lover, they are such to be excited about a new basket to collect their fresh eggs in! This egg basket comes in bright colors and doubles as a colander – which makes it perfect for washing off the really dirty eggs before storing them!
25.Essential Oils & Supplies
Oils are popular amongst homesteaders for various reasons, including treatment of common illnesses and diffusing for aromatherapy purposes. If you’re not comfortable with picking out specific oils, consider purchasing a gift card. This is a perfect way to allow your friends to get exactly what they need. Not a fan of gift cards – check out essential oil supplies and accessories like a new diffuser, an oil storage box, or new glass bottles for oil blends.
Homesteaders are known for having creative skill sets to make various things. Often times they will sell these items for a bit of income. Consider buying new supplies for things like candle making, soap making, knitting, or painting.
Sewing and mending clothes is another “old fashioned” skill that homesteaders love to perfect. A sewing machine, like this one from Singer, is perfect for someone new to sewing. It is an electric machine with 24 different stitch options.
Selecting a Gift for Your Favorite Homesteader
Don’t see a specific item on the list that will work? Here are questions to ask yourself when searching for a gift idea for your fellow homesteaders!
Is it useful and/or practical? Homesteaders are usually busy with a lot of daily tasks in order to keep things flowing smoothly. That’s what makes practical gifts so appealing to them! Anything that will help to make their daily tasks and jobs easier or smoother will make an amazing gift.
Does it align with their values? It’s not a secret that a lot of homesteaders are interested in more natural, back to basic, living. Homesteaders also love the sense of community that comes with this lifestyle. While searching for gifts, look for products that are locally made, organic, or free from toxins. Go to your local Farmer’s Market one day and see what you can find there.
Do they have space for it? A lot of homesteaders have chosen to sacrifice space in their home in order to make this lifestyle more affordable. If you have a friend or family member who has downsized their home in order to afford more land or become debt free – they may not have space for some of these things in their home. If you’re looking at some of the larger kitchen appliances, keep that in mind.