Are you on the hunt for the best gifts for homesteaders in your life? This collection is sure to help you find the perfect homesteading gift that any gardener, farmer, or homemaker will love!
What is homesteading?
If you’re looking for gifts for homesteaders, it’s helpful to learn about their lifestyle and their values first. Homesteading is both a mindset and a way of life. A homesteader’s time-honored skills lead to a sustainability that allows them to live more independently and rely less on others. It’s not a one-size fits all definition, because homesteaders come from all walks of life. Urban homesteaders may shop at farmers’ markets and make their own soaps and toiletries, while rural homesteaders may raise farm animals and grow their own produce.
Regardless of where they lie on this spectrum, most homesteaders just want to live in the freedom to make their own choices. They opt out of the rat race to play an active role in producing what they eat. Farm fresh food and home-cooked meals make up their pantries and dinner tables. They turn away from processed products and passionless jobs in favor of homemade goods and intentional living. They live in synch with the seasons and take time to appreciate the slow and simple parts of life. Finding the perfect homesteading gift for the homesteader in your life will be easier than you may think! Their work is never done and there’s always some thing new and exciting to learn.
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Gardening Gifts for Homesteaders
- Beginner’s Gardening Kit – Perfect for those who are just starting their gardening journey. This kit comes with stainless steel tools, pruning shears, garden string, a spray bottle, a handy storage bag, and more!
2. Wheelbarrow – Help the homesteader in your life transport dirt, compost, logs, plants, etc. by getting them a wheelbarrow to lighten the load.
3. Grow Bags – These reusable grow bags are the perfect gift for backyard homesteaders. They’re useful when you’ve run out of space in the garden, or for those who are trying to grow their food from their patio or balcony!
4. Bamboo Labels – I love that these plant labels are made of 100% bamboo, meaning they won’t harm the environment or your precious plants! They come in a pack of 60, so they’re a great homesteading gift for those with large gardens or greenhouses!
5. Miniature Greenhouse – If you really want to set a homesteader’s heart ablaze, get them a miniature greenhouse! This tool will allow them to start their seeds earlier in the year, instead of waiting for the the last frost date in their area. They’ll get ahead on their garden plans and have the perfect home for their seedlings.
6. Seed Starting Trays – Being gifted these seed starting trays would be a true luxury for any homesteader. While egg cartons and re-used containers will get the job done, seed starting trays will make the seed-starting process more organized and hassle-free.
7. Watering Can – This stainless steel watering can has a galvanized vintage look, and is dressed up with copper accents! The head can be used for a shower over the plants, or it can be removed for a consistent stream. It comes in all different colors so you can pick the one that suits your homesteader best.
Trying to start a vegetable garden from scratch? Learn how to get started HERE!
Homesteading Gifts for the Kitchen
8. Fermenting Starter Kit – As a homesteader’s garden grows, they’ll eventually want to learn how to ferment their harvest to make gut-friendly foods. This starter kit will introduce them to the world of fermenting foods without feeling completely overwhelmed.
9. Canning Kit – Caning supplies are great gifts for homesteaders because learning to can food is necessary for long-term storage and preservation. The process can feel intimidating, but this starter kit may help ease their fears and motivate them to get started.
10. Mason Jars – Used for food storage, pantry organization, drinking cups, fermenting foods… the list goes on and on! Mason jars are essential in any homesteading household, which makes them one of the most perfect and useful gifts for homesteaders.
11. Wood Utensils – I love my set of teak wood utensils! They won’t scratch your pots and pans, and it allowed me to purge my drawers of plastic utensils that can leach chemicals into food. My friend Kelly from Homemaking Without Fear has a useful guide on how to care for wooden kitchen utensils HERE.
12. Counter Compost Bin – Long gone are the days of dumping scraps down the garbage disposal. Most homesteaders know that kitchen scraps can be used to make compost, which is nutrient dense material that adds vitamins and minerals to their garden soil. While most compost bins are kept outside, this counter top bin is useful in temporarily storing their scraps until they dump it outside.
13. Cast Iron Cookware – Cast iron, the cookware that improves with time. This homesteading gift will last a lifetime and can be passed down for generations. The set contains the most essential cast iron cookware anyone could need, including a dutch oven perfect for bread and soup making!
14. Swing Top Bottles – These swing top bottles make the perfect gifts for homesteaders who enjoy making their own drinks! Kombucha, ginger beer, and other fermented drinks will stay fresh in these convenient bottles.
15. Kombucha Scoby – Kombucha is a fermented drink made of green or black tea, fruit juices for flavoring, and a live culture called a scoby. The scoby can be made at home, but buying an organic one is a great way for beginner homesteaders to get started on their kombucha-making journey.
16. Bread Making Kit– Learning to make homemade bread is like a right of passage into the homesteading world. While bread can be made without these tools, the process is much easier with them!
17. French Press– As people begin homesteading, they learn a lot about toxins in the home, preparedness for disasters, and simple living. Gifting a homesteader a French press will allow them to make coffee without running hot water through plastics parts of a coffee maker, which can be harmful to our health. It’s also nice to have in case of a power outage, or if they’re coffee lovers who want to change up their brewing method!
18. Glass Storage Containers – Another way to reduce plastic use in the home is to switch to glass storage containers. It’s much healthier than plastic Tupperware, and they last longer!
19. Reusable Bags – These reusable storage bags will help cut down waste that comes with single-use plastics. These bags are PVC-free, lead-free, chloride-free and BPA free, so they’re food-safe and environmentally friendly.
20. Baking Mat – A baking mat is a multi-purpose tool any homesteader will love! The mat can replace parchment paper when baking. The measurements on the mat help bakers determine how thinly to roll out dough for various goods.
21. Airtight Storage Containers – These containers store dried goods and make a beautiful display for open-shelf kitchens.
22. Dehydrator – This little machine can dehydrate fruits, veggies, meats, and herbs which makes food preservation much faster for homesteaders that use this method.
23. Food Processor – Great for chopping, blending, making sauces, spreads, and so much more! Since homemade food is a top priority when homesteading, this is a useful tool to have in the kitchen.
Apparel Gifts for Homesteaders
24. Gardening Boots – The type of boots you buy as a homesteading gift will entirely depend on what they’re used for. The ones linked here are perfect for gardening, mild snow, and more casual homesteading work. For those who frequently walk through rivers, deep snow, mud, and animal feces, taller rubber boots may be more fitting!
25. Roo Apron – Instead of harvesting veggies and carrying them around with their shirt, this roo apron will make carrying tools and harvest much easier for a busy homesteader!
26. Woodworking Apron – For the homesteader who likes to build and woodwork!
27. Crossback Apron – This apron has a vintage style with a modern twist! The classic cross back apron is useful for baking and crafting, and the modern shortened style makes it easier to move around in.
28. Egg Collecting Apron – Can you tell aprons make great gifts for homesteaders? This apron is specifically used to store eggs as they’re collected from the chicken coop (or wherever else the chickens decided to lay).
29. Gloves – Give the gift of hand protection with these leather work gloves.
30. Sun Hat – A protective sun hat is a useful homesteading gift because so much time is spent outside!
31. Neck Gaiter – These fleece gaiters are valuable for those who homestead in cold weather. There are also breathable gaiters for those who homestead in warmer weather but still want to protect their skin from UV radiation.
32. Baby Wrap – This Solly baby-wearing wrap is as cute as it is functional! These wraps are perfect for homestead mamas who want to keep baby close while getting homestead chores done.
Homesteading Gifts for the Home
33. Beeswax Candles – Non-toxic and pure, beeswax candles are a great homesteading gift to make the home feel cozy.
34. Amber Spray Bottles Pack – These make great gifts for homesteaders who enjoy making their own sprays, cleaners, and toiletries! The amber bottles protect essential oils from light.
35. Cloth Napkins – Easy cleanup for the environmentally conscious homesteader.
36. Castile Soaps – These soaps are a homesteader’s best friend. There are over 18 ways the liquid soaps can be used, from laundry to body wash. This company also has bar soaps which have several uses too!
37. Essential Oils – Essential oils are used all over my homestead. I personally love Simply Earth oils, while others use Young Living or Doterra.
38. Essential Oil Diffuser – This little machine uses steam and essential oils to fill your home with all-natural scents! There are a ton on the market, but this one is simple, beautiful, and affordable.
39. Reusable Shopping Bags – Another eco-friendly purchase. These bags are great for farmer’s markets or trips to the grocery store.
Educational Gifts for Homesteaders
All of these books are amazing resources that’ll help the homesteader in your life expand their homesteading knowledge. Included in this list are cookbooks and books on canning, nutrition, gardening, herbalism, beekeeping, emergency preparation, and more.
52. Homestead Anywhere – FREE E-Book! I collaborated with 16 other homesteaders to bring you this comprehensive book on homesteading. You can get the link to this E-Book HERE. You can download it after you follow the instructions, and then print it out to gift to the homesteader in your life!
Gifts for Livestock Owners
53. Egg Incubator – This device keeps eggs warm to stimulate hatching!
54. Hanging Scale – Accurately weigh fish and heavy meats with this hanging scale.
55. Milking Pail – For the homesteader who loves farm-fresh milk!
56. Trail Camera – A great homesteading gift for those who need an extra pair of eyes on their chickens and other vulnerable livestock. This camera will help them determine what predators are putting their livestock at risk.
57. Electric Fence Tester – This device will help determine the voltage of an electric fence – Instead of using human touch to test it (ouch!).
Self Care Gifts for Homesteaders
58. Hand Care Kit – This homesteading gift is perfect for those who often have dry, calloused, rough hands as a result of all the work they do!
59. Natural Soaps – It’s always nice to unwind with homemade soaps that are moisturizing and good for your skin.
60. Epsom Salts – Help the homesteader in your life soothe sore muscles by gifting them Epsom salts to soak in. These are also great for homemade products like DIY fabric softener and DIY laundry soap!
61. Herbal Teas – Sipping a hot cup of tea is one way to be still and rest after a hard day’s work! These loose leaf teas are organic and are sure to help your homesteader relax.
62. Body Scrub – Another way to smooth and soften rough and tough skin – all natural body scrub.
63. Sunscreen – Protection from the damaging effects of UV rays is a must – whether it be from hats, clothes, or sunscreen! Give the homesteading gift of skin protection this holiday season.
64. Copper Water Bottle – This is one of my favorite gifts for homesteaders. It’s simple, will help keep them hydrated, and can combat copper deficiencies that are so common these days!
Gifts Ideas for Homestead Crafts
65. Sewing Machine – Sewing is among one of the most popular homesteading craft skills to learn. Once you know how to sew, your ability to make homemade goods, clothing items, furniture covers, potholders, etc. are endless!
66. Knitting Kit – This beginner’s knitting kit is an introduction to the world of knitting blankets, sweaters, and household projects.
67. Macramé Kit – Macramé crafts have grown in popularity over the past 5 years. This starter kit is a perfect homesteading gift for beginners, as it comes with a booklet of instructions and video tutorials as well! If they’re an indoor plant lover, I have a macramé tutorial for a DIY Plant Hanger.
68. Beeswax Candle Making Kit – Candle making is such a fun homesteading craft, especially since it results in a non-toxic candle to cozy up any home! Once they’re comfortable with moving on from this starter pack, they can refer to my simple recipe for Coconut Oil and Beeswax Candles.
69. Soap Making Kit – This starter kit comes with everything you need to learn how to make bar soap! While this kit uses cocoa butter, many homesteaders will move onto soaps made with tallow once they’re comfortable.
If the homesteader in your life is more of a foaming soap kind of person, I have a DIY Foaming Hand Soap recipe they can follow as well!
70. Beeswax Wrap Kit – Beeswax wraps are an eco-friendly and zero-waste way to store leftover food. It’s quite easy to make them on your own, especially with a starter kit that has everything you need!