A list of super practical homestead gift ideas.
Is this list of homestead gift ideas actually practical?
I’ve made homestead gift guides before. They are usually full of homestead gifts that are pretty or fancy. Things most people wouldn’t buy themselves.
This is NOT that kind of gift guide. This guide is full the small things they would actually buy themselves! These are loving gifts you can give that are practical and can truly help someone out on a daily basis. Let’s be honest. These items probably aren’t on their wish list, so you know you won’t be buying a repeat gift!
Why would I want to buy ridiculously practical gifts?
We are well into the holiday season and you may want get a few last minute gifts or stocking stuffers. Please do not go buy crap you think the person will love! Of course, gardening gloves and a new trowel are beautiful… but how many does a person really need? Measuring cups? Got it. Pressure canner? Check. Food Dehydrator? Check.
This list contains the best gifts that any homesteader buys over and over again.
We all know the world is getting more expensive. Practical Christmas gifts are the perfect way to help a family member or that homesteading friend as inflation continues to rise.
From personal experience, I would LOVE to receive any of these useful gifts. As a modern homesteader (and recovering hyper-consumer) myself, these gifts would help me continue on a path to a more meaningful and simple life. Don’t get me wrong, I still DO enjoy the crap sometimes. I just don’t need it.
A List of 35 Homestead Gift Ideas
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Of course, every homestead kitchen already has mason jars. So why buy more? You can NEVER get enough. Each year, homesteaders plan to can more and more foods. They are ridding their kitchens of plastics. More mason jars are always a good thing.
If you are not a homesteader yourself, you may not know that you actually should not reuse mason jar lids for canning (they can be used for storage at that point). This means, homesteaders need to buy more lids each year, making this the perfect gift!
Reusable lids are even better than purchasing new lids each year. They are expensive though for such a little item! Any homesteader would be delighted to add to their sustainable kitchen.
If your recipient likes to gift or sell their canned goods, printable labels will look beautiful to highlight their small business. These labels are high quality and create a professional label.
Once you have a mason jar addition, you can’t stop. You can make a mason jar a pitcher, water bottle, blender bottle, or pretty much whatever you can think of.
During jam making season, pectin can be hard to find! Stock your loved one up with this special pectin that can also be used with lower sugar recipes.
This may seem weird. But beef tallow is a long-lasting product that can be used for cooking or making DIYs such as candles or body products.
Beeswax can be used to make candles or bath and body products! You can never have enough craft supplies.
If your homesteader is also into healthy living, they may replace most sugar with honey. During canning season, this can mean gallons!
Herbs and spices can sometimes be interchanged, but I like to keep them separate. Fancy, sometimes expensive herbs are a great gift that won’t go wasted in a from-scratch kitchen. Frontier Co-Op is my go-to for bulk kitchen spices.
Whether used for cooking or herbal wellness, herbs can be expensive and get used up very quickly. Check out Mountain Rose Herbs or Starwest Botanicals for popular choices. You honestly can’t go wrong, no matter which herb you pick.
How cute, practical AND sustainable would it be to “wrap” your gift in a 5-gallon bucket. From animal feed to flour or grain storage, these buckets are a staple for a true homesteader.
Every homestead probably has a TON of seeds, but still cannot get enough. Many even like to have an emergency stash on hand. You know, just in case.
If your recipient does a lot of from-scratch cooking, they need to have a lot of ingredients on hand at all times. This means a greater need for storage to keep dried goods fresh.
Many five-gallon buckets don’t even come with lids. Go for the best. Gamma lids are the best way to keep the goods stored in buckets fresh for a very long time.
If you don’t can, you may have zero idea what this is. Doesn’t matter. It’s needed in canning recipes and can go out of stock during canning season.
You mean that cute little plastic lemon in the produce aisle at the grocery store? No. Get the good organic lemon juice without the weird preservatives.
Jerky is the quintessential homestead snack. The right kind is packed full of nutrients and delicious.
You heard me. Many are turning to beef liver instead of conventional supplements and vitamins.
Replacement Water Filter
Your homesteader almost certainly already has a Berkey, Alexa Pure, or Reverse Osmosis water filter. If you know which one, grab them another filter! You cannot have too many and it is something many of us forget to replace.
Make sure your recipient is not a diehard sourdough fanatic first. I personally like to use yeast for my pizza, or if I need to make bread in a pinch! It is great option to have as a backup in the homestead pantry.
From cooking to body products, to seasoning cast iron, coconut oil is a total workhorse that regularly needs to be replenished.
Homemade vanilla extract is so much cheaper than store-bought. Having the beans gifted would actually be a little blessing.
Instant pot yogurt is a fairly common practice among our kind. Having starter’s on hand could also give beginners (like myself), the push to finally start making our own.
Parchment paper is one of those kitchen items we never think we will run out of… until we do. Don’t let us run out on bread-baking day! Be a hero.
Water quality is important. Some of us are a little crazy about it. Help us out and mind ya business.
Isn’t that cheap? Yes. Yes it is. Perfect stocking stuffer. We need it for at least 75 uses around the house.
Bulk olive oil can be so expensive, but it is the best way to get the best price per ounce. The best quality olive oil can bring any meal to the next level. I personally love the Bragg brand, but there are many great options available.
Wait. Another gallon! Yes! I am recommending this as a 3-gallon gift trio with the olive oil and apple cider vinegar. It would be an amazing gift (and amazingly heavy), and the perfect pantry addition.
While you are at it with the bulk buying, a gallon of apple cider vinegar will go a long way in recipes and making fire cider this time of year.
I feel like you can never have too much lemon or lavender essential oil for your natural living broom closet.
Fruit Tree or Bush
If you live in an area where you can still plant in the winter, fruit trees or bushes would be a gift that would keep giving year after year. As a bonus, I bet you will get to reap some of the future benefits as well when they give you the fresh fruit or berries! Read more in the link for what trees you can buy in your area in December.
Gift card to the Local Grocery Store
This may seem boring, but it is the most practical way to help a homesteader stock their pantry.
Handmade Gifts Using One of Their Products
Last but not least… If your recipient has ever given you raw products like honey, beeswax, or similar, make them something with it! The personal touch will probably make it one of the best things they receive this year.
There is only ONE item on this list of homestead gift ideas that I have never purchased. Can you guess what is it? Let me know in the comments!
Sorry if this list is not quite the fancy homesteader gift guide you were looking for. If you are looking for something a tad more elevated, check out my list of gift ideas for the beginner homesteader or my herbal wellness gift guide!
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About the Author:
I’m Brittany, totally modern and mainstream turned crunchy mama!
Read more here about how I went from a totally incompetent cook and hyper-consumer to striving to live a more meaningful life from scratch.
I can’t wait to share my modern homesteading journey with you and I hope I inspire you to join along!