Are you already stressing about your Christmas gift list? Does Dad really need another shirt? Would Mom appreciate another robe?
Gift buying is challenging. In an effort to help you with some gift suggestions, I asked some homesteaders what was on their wish lists. Here are some of the more impractical, yet humorous, responses:
- A four-wheeler
- Two cords of wood, delivered and stacked
- A good man
- A good woman
- A tractor
- A root cellar
- A chicken coop
- A greenhouse
- Solar panels
So now that you’ve gotten a chuckle out of the way, you’re probably still left needing some good ideas.
Homesteaders are independent, practical sorts. Chances are that they will appreciate something useful, so I’ve gathered some eggstra special gift ideas for you.
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The crazy chicken lady in your life will enjoy collecting eggs in style in this cute apron by Fluffy Layers.
A Lifeproof cell phone case will protect your smart phone when it falls into a tank or a pile of manure, allowing the homesteader to keep it with them at all times. It comes in a variety of styles and colors.
Cordless tools, such as this drill by DeWalt were among the most requested gifts. They’re so handy for all sorts of tasks around the farm.
The Leatherman has tools such as pliers, screwdriver, can opener, knife, and many more. It folds into one compact package that slides neatly into a pocket (or a Christmas stocking).
My husband and I each have a pair of Muck Boots. When we were new homesteaders they came highly recommended, and now it’s my turn to recommend them to you. I can’t imagine winter on a homestead without them! They keep my feet amazingly warm and dry. They’re very durable – I’ve had mine many years and they’re in great condition. When you have to go outside to tend to animals, tromp through mud and manure, fill water tanks, and such, you’ll be glad to have a pair of these! You can even wear them with your nightgown to go out and close up the chickens in the middle of the night. They come in different styles and sizes.
Wool clothing was on one homesteader’s list. Merino wool is considered the best because of it’s ability to absorb moisture without becoming damp and clammy. It also acts as a natural insulator. Socks are not only affordable and fit a range of sizes, but they’re one of the most practical gifts you can give. They’re perfect for anyone wanting warm cozy feet in the winter, and who doesn’t?!
I think most gardeners can usually use some new tools. I know I’m always misplacing my pruners and wearing holes in my gloves.
Most homesteaders preserve the foods they grow. Dried foods take less space to store and don’t require electricity for keeping. Excalibur makes the cadillac of dehydrators in a range of sizes. A nine-tray model helps dry a large amount of food per batch. I’ve had mine several years and have really enjoyed preserving foods from my garden.
Excalibur also offers equipment and seasonings for making jerky.
The Dehydrator Bible has over 400 recipes for dehydrating all sorts of foods. It’s a great reference to have on hand to maximize the use of your dehydrator.
A Brother P-touch label machine is handy for labeling jars and other containers with the contents and date, making it easier to organize and use stored foods. This is the model I have. The labels adhere well in the freezer and yet are easy to remove. It can be used anywhere that you want to be more organized. Think pantry, workshop, craft room, etc.
For the naughty homesteader I suggest a Bag of Coal Soap. It’ll fit nicely in their stocking and help them clean up their act. Better luck next year!
Hopefully, there has been a new idea here to help you find a great gift for someone on your list. I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!This post has been shared on some of my favorite blog hops.