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© 2013 Shanna Lea
Christmas and Yule are great times to give gifts for homesteaders that will be appreciated and used all year ‘round. Any tool or new skill that can be learned is essential for leading a self-reliant lifestyle, especially in our world today with our economy. Always invest in the best tools you can afford, because it is really more cost effective to have quality tools than cheap, poorly made ones, especially where safety is a concern.
There are endless ideas for gifts for homesteaders. Anything for the barn or the workshop is always welcomed and appreciated. Bridles, milking pails, tools, saws, books, solar and wind energy products are good starts. For others, building new skill sets are a dream come true—learning to spin wool, or weave, quilting, sewing or crochet. Woodcarving, metal working, blacksmithing and leatherwork are more skills that are fun to learn and sometimes essential for self-reliance.
And, there are gifts of yourself to give—like homemade coupons to give for doing a chore for your loved one. It could be for weeding, cleaning the chicken coop, taking care of the animal chores, like milking, or bringing in the firewood. Print up a handmade coupon and give with a mug of tea or cocoa.
Or, give to a family in need. Through Heifer International you can give a goat, cow, chickens and endless other gifts to families who cannot afford them but desperately need them for survival.
Check out the list below for other gifts for homesteaders and surprise the special people in your life with a gift they will use all year.
Make or Buy a Solar Oven
Cooking with the Sun: How to Build and Use Solar Cookers
All American Sun Oven—World’s Best Solar Oven
Foxfire Complete Collection Book Set—Books 1-12
Buy the entire set or individually. Subjects range from hog dressing, mountain crafts and foods, hide tanning, wild plant foods, blacksmithing, flintlock rifles, spinning and weaving, and much more. A favorite collection for many homesteaders for how things used to be done.
Wood Burning Stove
Vogelzang TR008 Durango EPA Wood Stove
Solar Charger for Phones and Tablets
Portable Solar Charger—StrongVolt SOLAR:10
Charges iPhones, Androids, Tablets, eReaders
Power and Hand Tools and Technical Books
Stanley 65 Piece General Homeowner’s Tool Set
For Her—Apollo Precision Tools 39 Piece Pink General Tool Set
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
Seville Classics UltraHD Lighted Workbench
Dewalt 8Amp 3/8Inch Mid-Handle Grip Drill Kit with Keyless Chuck
SKIL 7.2 Volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver
Dewalt 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable Speed Scroll Saw
Dewalt Bare-Tool 6 1/2Inch 18 Volt Cordless Circular Saw
Dewalt DWE575SB 7 ¼ Inch Lightweight Circular Saw with Electric Brake
For the Milking Parlor/Barn
Kuchenprofi 18/10 Stainless Steel Funnel with Filter –use for straining milk, grease… etc
Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats
The Family Cow
Indipets Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Pail—for milking
For the Garden
Worm Factory 360 Worm Composter
Beehive Mann Lake 10 Frame Traditional Basic Starter Kit
Honey Extractor– Mann Lake 2 Frame Plastic Extractor
The Beekeeper’s Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes and Other Home Uses
Living Wall Planter by Woolly Pocket
The Garden Tower: The Composting 50 Plant Organic Container Garden
Algreen 34002 Garden View Vertical Living Wall Planter
Other ideas include making up a medicinal/first aid or emergency preparedness goodie basket. Or knitting/crochet /quilting or other crafting lessons—these always come in handy on a homestead. A membership to local CSA or farmers markets and conference tickets to meet a favorite guru in the natural living movement, perhaps like Joel Salatin.
Gift cards to hardware stores or farm and ranch supply stores are always appreciated. And if that special someone knows how to do a skill or is passionate about food, homesteading or gardening, help them get started with a website so they can share their knowledge with others, teaching these core values to future generations.
Be sure to check out The Natural Living Site’s Resource Page for more products.
And remember –Amazon has coupons! Be sure to check for a coupon for your wished for items while visiting the site.