Buying gifts for homesteaders, no matter the occasion, can be a struggle. It doesn’t have to be! Let this gift guide with homesteaders in mind aid in finding that perfect gift.
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When it comes to giving gifts, I truly enjoy giving from the heart. The handmade (my favorite is making a simple kitchen pack including hand-stitched tea towels, knitted dishcloths, & quilted potholders), the useful (after all we homesteaders are a particular lot), and the thoughtful ones that are true to the recipients lifestyle or hobby.
Purchasing for the homesteader in your life, no matter if they are working with 1/4 acre or 200, keep in mind we are a practical, & down-to-earth bunch. What does that mean? It means that homesteaders of all kinds tend toward the useful gifts.
This gift guide will hopefully steer you toward some great ideas, many of which I personally have used and loved for years. Ones that have been sourced with quality & practicality in mind. Ones that any homesteader would love to receive. Ones I know I would put to good use 😉
So let the browsing begin! Click either the highlighted product name or the picture to view the options. I have included gift ideas for budgets of all sizes.
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Gifts For The Individual
Gifts given with the individual in mind are always appreciated. Think personal safety, comfort, & usefulness here.
We homesteaders wear many hats, literally. Working in the elements requires, well, hats. Here are a couple of options.
For those living in colder climates, nothing beats a good wool hat. One that can be adjusted according to the elements fits the bill perfectly 🙂 This one from one of our favorite stores, Lehman’s, keeps us warm no matter the weather.
Hats are not only needed during the coldest of months, but also during the hottest. This option would be wonderful for all those gardeners in your life.
A few other options can be found below.
Keeping the toes warm and dry when facing the elements is high on my list! Either making your own (something I hope to do!), or purchasing, socks make a thoughtful & useful gift.
Any homesteader will tell you, a good, quality pair of muck boots are indispensible. The ones below are a great option.
Boot & Shoe Brush
Homesteading can be a messy business. We are out in the elements which are reflected on our muck covered boots & shoes. A good brush to help reduce the mess brough indoors is a must have on any homestead.
When it comes to heavy duty work clothes, Carhartt wins every time. These overalls are durable, protective, and can be purchased either lined or not. And did I mention, they are not just for men?
Homesteading is physical. Whether processing & working with wood, working the fenceline, or the livestock, heavy-duty work gloves are required.
These hearth gloves are favorites here on the hill when loading the wood boiler.
Homemade & Diy Gifts
Any gift given or received that is homemade is one that is treasured as far as I’m concerned. Homemade doesn’t have to be elaborate. Remember, homesteaders appreciate the useful.
After a long day working in the garden or the kitchen, my lavender & flax filled eye pillows are just what’s needed to ease stress & relax the tired homesteader. Making them is simple, with just a few products needed, or purchase beautiful pre-made ones in my Etsy Shop.
Not interested in making your own? I can make them for you! I make these pillows per order, so be sure to place your order now by simply emailing me directly.
When working with your hands or in the elements, the skin takes a beating. Nothing say’s you matter more than giving the gift of organic skincare, handmade by you.
A simple, easy to make rich moisturizer recipe that any skin type will thank you for, is one that I love and use year round. With just a few simple ingredients & a few minutes, this gift is one anyone would love to receive.
One the my main base oils I create to use in lotions, balms, and just on it’s own, is my calendula oil. This simple to make beneficial oil will put a happy smile on anyone’s face.
Making this oil is easy, but does take time to create. Plan ahead when adding this to someone’s wish list.
What better gift to give than the gift of health? Elderberry Syrup is quick to make and a wonderful cold & flu preventative and treatment.
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Keeping up the immune system of anyone is key to being able to complete the workload presented to us. This immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory elixir will do just that.
Homemade Preserves & Canned Goods
Homesteaders are notorious for preserving the bounty in both canned goods as well as preserves. Despite the fact their stores may be filled with their own, nobody appreciates a home canned item more than a homesteader. For a complete gift guide specifically for canners, be sure to check out my “Gifts For Home Canners” for some great ideas!
A thoughtful and organizational gift any home canner would appreciate is a Canning Management Planner. Print these beautifully crafted pages out, create a binder and gift to your favorite canner!
I can speak from experience, I am always looking for new canning recipes to give a try! So don’t forget to add a recipe card along with the item!
Gifts Handmade By Others
Don’t have the time to make a gift yourself? Consider an item made by a local craftsman, artist, or even just in the USA. What about giving the gift of relaxation? I know any homestead porch or hearth would benefit from this thing of beauty.
Consider supporting local crafters, bakers, and festivals. Or this tasty snack package from Lehman’s looks like it would satisfy anyone.
Kitchen Gift Ideas
A large part of homesteading takes place in the kitchen. Preserving, processing, and storing food grown right on the homefront emerges from this room. Having the proper tools can ease the process immensely.
Gifts For Canning
Pressure canners, water bath canners, canning kits, jars, & lids are just a few of the items any homestead kitchen needs to efficiently process the harvest. Be sure to take a peek at this pressure canner from Lehman’s by clicking on the picture below.
Be sure to not overlook a good canning book. Recipes are gold for canners no matter their level of experience. Choosing one that uses safe canning methods will be a welcome addition to any homestead kitchen.
Gifts For Fermenting
Taking a note from the past, fermenting may be the hottest food preservation method once again. And for good reason. Eating a diet rich of fermented foods promotes gut & overall health at a very reasonable cost. My absolute favorite fermenting kit using mason jars can be found below.
Fermenting crocks are another option and one I would love, just sayin’ 😉
A must have for almost any homestead kitchen is a food dehydrator. Just one more kitchen tool to help with dehydrating fruit, perishable foods, jerky, & drying & preserving herbs to name just a few.
When looking to purchase a dehydrator, I highly recommend models that boast temperature settings. Both models below are well rated and extremely affordable options.
Cast Iron & Stainless Cookware
Homesteaders are notorious for their love of cast iron. With good reason. It’s durable, lasting lifetime’s, chemical free, versatile, & literally works on any heat source, open flame included. It may be the best investment any homestead kitchen can own.
Another few options can be found below. I especially love the dutch oven.
Continuing with the no waste lifestyle, homesteaders take advantage of free fertilizers available by composting kitchen waste. Composting is available no matter where you live, helps the environment, & your gardens too.
Appliances & Gadgets
When it comes to an efficient homesteading kitchen, most will tell you it’s all about the proper appliances. We process 100’s of pounds of fresh food each growing season and having the right appliances can increase efficiency, save time, and energy for the homesteader.
My biggest workhorse? My Vitamix. This mixer is undeniably the hardest working appliance I own, and is one I use throughout the year.
Where would I be without my Cuisinart food processor? Utilized for everything from bread & pizza making to processing over 100 quarts of salsa every year, my processor is beloved for sure! I would recommend purchasing the largest size possible for the homesteader kitchen.
There are a few indespensible kitchen gadgets that I am forever recommending. This is because I use them constantly, especially during the processing season.
And don’t forget the coffee. We homesteaders typically drink coffee, but in a bit more sustainable way. No single use coffee pods here. Perculating is our preferred method. No matter if you use an old fashioned stovetop perculator (we use this option when we have no power) or an electric perculator, the gift of this applicance will keep the homesteader going at a good pace 😉
Eco-friendly Kitchen Options
Many homesteaders are becoming increasingly eco-conscious. I know I am. Concerns with reducing chemical overloads, reducing pesticide use, environmental issues and so much more all lead to one thing. Sourcing & using products that won’t harm us or our environment.
Below are some sustainable gift options for these homesteaders.
What better gifts to give than those that are sustainable and help not only the homesteader but the environment as well.
Everyone deserves to have access to clean fresh water. Those who are not so fortunate to have that access can rest assured when using the Berkey Water Filtration systems. Berkey is a world leader in water purification, and their reputation is unparalleled. Be sure to visit their site for more information.
The ultimate dream here on the hill is to install a complete solar panel array, allowing us to be completely sustainable. Our home is situated with just that in mind. Although very few would be able to gift an entire array, there are other more affordable options for the homestead.
I would love to have our electric fence or pool filter run on solar. These HQST Solar Panels would fit the bill perfectly.
Gardening Gift Ideas
Gardening & growing your own food goes hand in hand with homesteading. As with any physically intensive job, gardening is no different in that it can be made so much easier with the proper tools and implements.
Growing kits are a unique gift that can really expand the homesteaders food sources. These kits are fairly affordable, & fun to use.
This deluxe microgreen growing kit from True Leaf Market has everything the beginner grower would need for supplies to start. It also gives the option of both soil & hydroponic growth methods within the kit allowing the homesteader to see which they prefer.
Ever think about growing your own mushrooms? These kits would be fun for anyone to try!
Why not go to the root of it and give gardening seeds? Vegetable, herb, and flower seeds would be most welcome in any homestead. I know it would mine 😉
We spoke about saving compost scraps from the kitchen, but where to place or use those scraps? Most need to utilize an outdoor composting system.
Gathering Baskets & Buckets
I find I can never have enough gathering baskets, trugs, and buckets on hand when the growing season is in full swing. They are great for storage (think onions, potatoes, & garlic here), & use in the garden itself hauling in the yield. You can be sure the gift of any of these will be welcomed.
Always check out local thrift stores, open air markets, and yard sales for second hand baskets. The larger the better 🙂
Hoses & Irrigation Systems
Many hoses today just don’t last long I ‘m sad to report. Receiving a few good hoses, sprinklers & drip irrigation systems, and sprayers would be a welcomed gift. Added bonus? Choose a BPA-free option that’s considered a “drinkable” soaker hose!
My one item on my wish list is a greenhouse. Talk about extending the growing season! I don’t know a homesteader out there who not be eternally grateful for this extravagant gift.
As you’ve most likely gathered, homesteading is physical, heavy work. Owning & using implements to take some of the load can save a persons back. Literally 😉
Leaf & Lawn Gifts For The Homesteader
Every fall I certainly thank the Universe for my leaf blower. I use it not only for our lawn areas, but also to blow the mulched leaves into the garden and compost. Not much raking here thank you very much!
Our weed wacker gets put through it’s paces each growing season as well and is something I highly recommend.
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We process a cherry picker load of wood each year which supplies us with enough wood for almost 2 years of both heat and hot water. I love that this renewable heating source is used, but let me tell you, it’s laborious. When we New Englanders say heating with wood heats you at least 3 times, we are not joking 🙂
Any implement that can ease the physical workload of using wood is welcomed with open arms.
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Once that wood is cut, split, and dried, it’s ready to bring in. Any tool or product that can help is always appreciated!
Animals & Livestock
Most homesteaders have some sort of farm animal. Whether its raising chickens & poultry, swine, or beef, we are the happy recipients of milk, eggs, and meat from keeping them. Any gift with our beloved animals in mind is always a win!
Keep in mind of any new additions your homesteader may be adding to their roster! Homesteaders are notorious for adding a few feathured or furry friends to the farm.
Milking Pails & Buckets
Should your homesteading friend raise milking animals, no matter large or small, a good milking pail always comes in handy.
For The Poultry
When raising laying hens, meat chickens, or any type of poultry, there are a few basics that are required and often need replacing here or there.
Looking to raise baby chicks? An incubator is the perfect choice for watching new life spring forth!
And don’t forget about keeping those new babes warm! Heat lamps can tend to be dangerous and need constant adjustment. The EcoGlow is safer to use and is easily adjustable according to chick size.
For The Crafty & DIY’ers
Many of your homesteading friends and family are a crafty type. Maybe your homesteader enjoys quilting, or sewing. Or what about other fiber arts like felting or embroidery? Maybe they are interested in learning a new skill? Think about online courses or classes, & additions to their yarn or fabric stores & kits are always enjoyed.
Or maybe more food related kits like sourdough bread making, cheese making, or beer crafting would be more appropriate. Any of these kits would be a joy for the foodie homesteader in your life.
Fun Gifts For Homesteaders
Homesteading doesn’t have to be all work and seriousness. Everyone will enjoy a little humor or laughter when receiving a silly gift.
Almost any farmer or homesteader enjoys a great t-shirt. These will hopefully bring a smile to your face.
Like most, homesteaders enjoy a good game. Even better when they are farm related!
Just For The Fun Of It
These options are just because. Cute, funny, and silly. What better gift?
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Not seeing anything inspiring here for your homesteader? Gift cards are always an option! Here are few choice ones to give!
True Leaf Market – One of my favorite sources for seeds & growing supplies
Home Depot – After all, everything needs a little fixing at times