Practical Gifts for Homesteaders

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Practical Homesteading Gifts

Are you tired of searching for a gift your homesteading family or friends will truly appreciate? Most homesteaders aren’t picky but maybe they prefer gifts that save money or help out with projects around the house or barn.

Take some time to find out what tools, books, appliances, or supplies they need but can’t afford. Most likely, you’ll come up with numerous ideas for practical gifts that will make their lives easier!

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Gifts for Any Homesteader, No Matter Where They Live

Homesteading is a state of mind. It’s about learning to do things for yourself, like cooking from scratch and raising some of your own food. You don’t have to live in the country to do those things.

No matter where they live, most homesteaders can certainly use kitchen gadgets, food preservation products, and tools for crafting. DIY books are another great idea!

With a little bit of space, homesteaders might be able to keep a few hens or some bees, and plant veggies in a container garden. Not much room? Raise sprouts on a windowsill or grow herbs indoors.

Gifts for the small space homesteader might include sprouting supplies, indoor gardening lights, a small aquaponics system, container garden pots, or garden tools.

Homesteading Gifts that Pay for Themselves

Gifts for the Backyard Chicken Keeper

It can get pricey to order chicks from a hatchery every year. An incubator allows you to hatch baby poultry from fertile eggs, saving money and increasing your self-reliance.

A fully automatic incubator makes a great gift for busy homesteaders and doesn’t require as much attention as a still air incubator without a turner. Other tools to consider are an egg candler, brooder, feed and water containers, and a helpful book about caring for chicks and chickens.

If your loved one already has everything they need for their flock, they might enjoy a comical t-shirt, chicken mug, hat, or silly socks! There are quite a few rustic items for decorating the home, gathering eggs, or sending note cards that will be appreciated, too.

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Homesteading Gifts that Pay for Themselves

Practical Gifts for Gardeners

Gardeners are always delighted with new tools, seeds, books, and gloves as gifts! These products allow the garden lover to grow food, flowers, and medicinal plants that save on groceries and other expenses. Now that’s practical!


Heirloom seeds make lovely gifts and allow gardeners to save seeds and grow their favorite crops year after year. A basket of gardening goodies makes a great gift. Try filling a Tubtrug (ad) or a Hod Basket (ad) with seeds, tools, fertilizer, a garden hat, and sturdy gloves.  A book on gardening or DIY garden projects will always be appreciated! The Family Garden Plan is chock full of advice for planning a productive garden.

Gifts for the Kitchen

We all like good food, and making meals from the homestead is healthy and saves money. Sometimes it’s difficult to make food from scratch and preserve the harvest because we are so busy on the homestead.

Time-saving tools for the kitchen make great gifts and help us eat homegrown meals instead of reaching for processed foods.

Many homesteaders start out with a few tools that help them prepare fresh meals from their homegrown produce, eggs, and dairy. Having a few extra tools in the kitchen will help the homesteader on your list preserve and prepare the bounty for their table.

A food dehydrator, vacuum sealer, or canner may be just what they need to put up the harvest. Check to see what they already have and choose a gift that will help fill another need.

Cheesemaking supplies, a yogurt maker, breadmaker, or sourdough starter kits could be on their wish list. Small batch fermenting kits are also popular

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Saving money and saving the environment can go hand in hand! Urban homesteaders and rural farmers will love products that are easy on the planet and your budget.

Help them kick the bottled water, coffee to go, plastic storage bags, and plastic wrap habit with a variety of reusable products such as stainless steel water bottles, a reusable coffee filter, or beeswax wrap.

Many homesteaders are learning to create non-toxic cleaning solutions from inexpensive household products. This is a great way to save money, reduce exposure to harsh chemicals, and be more self-reliant.

Use gift wrap made from recycled paper with wildflower seeds embedded in it. You can grow a beautiful garden instead of adding to a landfill.

Splurge a little on organic, fair trade chocolate for your loved one. You’ll know that your chocolate was sustainably harvested without slave labor. Besides, who doesn’t love getting gourmet chocolate?!

Books and Magazines

For those who love to read or enjoy learning new homesteading tips, books and subscriptions make wonderful gifts. Reading is pretty cheap entertainment and books chock full of DIY homesteading projects can save a ton of money.

There are books on creating your own baking mixes, foraging for free food, caring for livestock, raising your own fruits and veggies, woodworking, arts and crafts, knitting, sewing, upcycling, and…well, pretty much anything you can think of. If they already have a ton of books, a magazine subscription is another great idea.

Homesteaders Love Practical Gifts

Most of us are happy with some packets of seeds, a new trowel, and maybe a chicken book. You might also want to check into charities that your favorite homesteader cares about and make a donation in their name.

Think about their hobbies and the projects they work on around the home, garden, and barn. Do they love watching birds, sewing, woodworking, or playing with the kids and pets? Maybe their clothes are always a bit threadbare because they always put their family first. A few gentle questions might reveal the perfect gift for them!

There are plenty of homemade gifts that they will appreciate too. Try making mason jar mixes, homemade jam, all-natural lip balm, air freshener sprays, garden row markers, or handmade hats and mittens.

Use your imagination and think green…and you’re sure to please your family and friends with gifts they will enjoy!

Try making peppermint foot balm, vanilla sugar scrub, or homemade cranberry apple jam for gifts!

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