No, I can’t believe it’s December. Yes, I am rebelling by refusing to put up the tree and decorations for at least another week or two…
I got a lot of my Christmas shopping finished up before Thanksgiving (love the convenience of online shopping!), but I still have a few stragglers to buy for.
I’ve put together a collection of gift ideas for those of you who have homesteading enthusiasts in your life. Or, maybe this list contains a few of your dream items and you can slyly send your husband or wife a link to this blog post. Either way, these are some items that I either can’t live without, or would absolutely love to have!
(Note: I am an affiliate of some of the companies listed below. That means, if you purchase anything through one of these links (including the Amazon ones), I will receive a small kickback that goes to helping me buy Christmas gifts this year. So, thank you for your support!)
For the Real Food Kitchen:
Most homesteaders spend a LOT of time in the kitchen, which means nothing makes their eyes light up like gadgets and tools to help them with their next big project.
How about giving the gift of fresh food year around? A water bath canner, set of canning tools, and a copy of the Ball Blue Book is a great way to get started in the world of home food preservation. Or splurge for a pressure canner (I still need one of these!) so beans, meats, and soups can be put up for later. Plus don’t forget a couple boxes of Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. I tried these for the first time this year and I’m officially in love.
Last year for Christmas, hubby got me a Nutri-Mill grain mill. He was quite the hero for that one. 😉 Store-bought whole wheat flour does NOT compare to freshly ground, plus it’s more frugal to buy wheat berries in bulk. Two other appliances I can’t live without in my real food adventures are my Kitchenaid Mixer and my Rival Crockpot. The mixer cuts down on my hands-on time, and the crock pot allows me to cook up big batches of pinto beans, chili, broth, and stew, without burning the house down.
If you are not looking to spend quite that much, then consider some quality cookware. You can’t go wrong with cast iron and stoneware. They cook infinitely better than their cheap counterparts, and they can be passed down from generation to generation. And don’t forget a pizza stone. They are a MUST for good homemade pizza.
Another item that I use on almost a daily basis is my big stainless steel stockpot like this one. It’s perfect for making yogurt, cheese, holding whey, picking veggies, double batches of soup, and many, many other things. And where would I be without my Pyrex liquid measuring cups and wooden spoons? And as far as cookbooks go, you can’t go wrong with two of my favorites: Joy of Cooking and Nourishing Traditions. I have them out all the time!
If you are still at a loss for ideas, pop on over to our newest sponsor, Pantry Paratus. They are my dream kitchen store and have everything a person could ever need for cooking the old fashioned way. They won’t dissapoint!
For the Barn Yard:
Homesteader’s Supply is a great one-stop resource for everything homestead related. They have home dairy equipment, books, kitchen tools, preservation supplies, seeds, and more. Or if you can’t decide, perhaps your homesteader might enjoy a gift certificate?
If your friend or family member is still figuring out what they want out of their future homestead, then The Backyard Homestead is a great resource packed full of practical ideas and tips.
A Few Other Ideas:
Most homesteaders seem to have a love affair with doing laundry, and nothing is more romantic than hanging clothes outside to dry. Clotheslines are nice, but handcrafted drying racks are nicer. Homestead Drying Racks is a family owned company that creates gorgeous racks for your laundry that are actually functional. They aren’t flimsy, and they come in a variety of sizes. I have the biggest one (The Homesteader), and I used it all summer. One of the next items on my wish list is one of their Hand Plunge Washers.
If drying racks aren’t quite your style, then how about a gift basket from Graham Gardens? I recently received a sampling of their products, and I am in love! They are also a family owned company who specializes in natural skincare. They have hard lotions, soaps, chapsticks, baby goodies, and more. If I had to choose, I’d have to say my favorite project is their Creature Comfort salve. I use it on our milk cow and she loves it. But I also like the Butter Bars, and the Gardener’s Hand Repair, and…. Not to mention, their product packaging is absolutely beautiful and definitely gift-worthy.
If the person you are buying for is a technology fan, consider giving the gift of an eBook. Modern Alternative Mama’s cookbooks are great places to start. There is Against the Grain, Real Food Basics, Health Pregnancy Super Foods, and Treat Yourself. And check out Katie Kimball’s latest release– it’s called Smart Sweets and is jam-packed full of nutritious dessert options. The best part about eBooks is that they are free to ship!
So are you feeling inspired yet? I sure hope so! If you have any other ideas, please share them with us in the comments!
Oh, and guess what?
I’m FINALLY getting around to announcing the winners of the Blogoversary Giveaway Week… The winners have all been notified, and some of them should even have their prizes by now. But, just in case you were curious who won:
- Elise- winner of the Spunky Suds Soaps
- Melissa- winner of the seed pack from Homesteader’s Supply
- Kris- winner of the lids from Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
- Diane- winner of the home cheesemaking kit from Cultures for Health
- Sue- winner of the herbal teas from Mountain Rose Herbs
- Robert- winner of the skincare set from Graham Gardens
- And Grace, Abby Jo, Michelle, Amanda, and Hilary- the winners of the party favors from SRKindred- Shaklee Distributor
A huge thanks to all of the sponsors who made this possible, and all of my lovely readers who entered! You made The Prairie Homestead’s first anniversary a success!
This post is a part of Simple Lives Thursday