Do you have a friend or family member who talks about home butchering, soil health, rendering lard, and canning? Do they cook with cast iron, make sourdough bread, source raw milk, and have backyard chickens? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then you have a homesteader in your life. And if you are struggling to find a gift for that unique individual- worry not! I’ve got you covered in this helpful homesteader gift guide.
for the outdoors
Unless they are an apartment-dweller with a homestead mindset, homesteaders work outdoors. Here are a few items that will make their work a little more enjoyable.
- nice work gloves
- canvas firewood carrier
- wood stove fan (to go on top of a wood stove and distribute the heat)
- pocket knife
- cricket boot jack I was gifted this by a sweet friend and let me tell you- game changer for getting muddy boots off!
- rechargeable headlamp
- warm hat
for the home cook
Chances are good that your homesteading friend already has home cooking basics- cast iron pans, a dutch oven or two, rolling pins, far too many mason jars, etc. But here are a few fun items that may help them out in the kitchen:
- apron (you can never have too many)
- reusable food storage bags (great for homemade bread)
- banneton baskets (for the sourdough enthusiast)
- bamboo cutting board
- handmade counter top egg holder (that’s made in the US and not from Amazon, can I get an “amen”?)
If you are looking to spend a bit more, I am sure that the homesteader in your life would be thrilled with a splurge item such as a grain mill or food dehydrator.
- Handmade by Melissa K Norris
- Everything Worth Preserving by Melissa K Norris
- Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
- The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M Walker
There are so many homestead-minded books out there, and this is certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are the books I turn to again and again. There are many specialty books out there, depending on what your homesteading pal is into- bee keeping, candle making, soap making, off-grid living, etc. Also, you can never go wrong with a gardening book customized to their growing season and climate.
- Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin
- Old Fashioned on Purpose by Jill Winger
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
- Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman
gifts that they will appreciate (trust me)
Homesteaders appreciate anything handmade, likely because they have tried making it themselves. And the more local the better; if you can’t make it yourself, go to locally owned shops to find items that have been crafted in your area. I find the best gifts at our local coffee shop and feed stores.
- handmade bar of soap + a fun soap dish + hand knit washcloth
- yummy loose leaf tea + tea bags + a small jar of local honey + a pretty mug (bonus points if it’s made by a local artist)
- a bag of locally roasted coffee beans + a pretty mug
- wool socks + a homemade lotion bar + a natural luffa sponge
- a jar of homemade or locally made preserves, fermented veggies, granola, etc
- hand-dipped beeswax candles + a pretty candle holder
I hope you have found this gift guide helpful (and not overwhelming!). If you have questions about any of the items mentioned above, please reach out in the comments! Also, let me know what you would add to the gift guide.
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