10 Useful Gifts Every Homesteader Needs This Christmas

It's that time of year again! Christmas is upon us, where did the year go? Another year older and wiser, but being wise isn't always enough when buying gifts for friends and family. Choosing christmas gifts for homesteaders is often a tricky task. Especially if you are a relative of friend of someone who lives the homesteading dream, but you're not exactly tuned in to the type of gift that would have them singing your praises from the snowy rooftops.

But fear not, I'm going to provide 10 practical but fantastical modern homesteading gifts that will make your slightly whacky homesteading friend or loved one melt, as quickly as a knob of brandy butter on a Christmas pud!

Christmas gifts for homesteaders including a bar of soap on a table, with a cup of hot chocolate

Ok, let's get this Christmas wish list started. I'm going to approach this in reserve order, from No.10 > No.1, with my totally favorite homesteading gift last. I've linked out to Amazon for you, there is still plenty of time to get these wonderful presents ordered and delivered. Make your favorite homesteader's Chrimbo special with one of these...

I've pulled together a wide selection of gifts for the homesteader or someone who enjoys the simple, but practical things in life. The price range is quite wide, so you'll find something that suits your budget. Or, you could grab a joint present for a couple, providing they enjoy similar things of course.

#10 - Amish Farms Handmade Soaps - 6 Bars

Everyone LOVES homemade or artisan soap don't they? And more and more people are rejecting the mass produced soaps that are full of chemicals and artificial colors and fragrances, in favor of something more natural and kinder to the skin.

As someone who suffers from some eczema from time to time, discarding commercial soaps in favor of soaps like these Amish ones helped quite a bit.

But even without any skin issues, just getting something that has that 'made with love', rustic look to it warms the heart and makes one feel like you're getting back to the simpler things in life.

These soaps look great, are a really nice low cost gift for homesteaders, and I'd personally be delighted to receive such a pressie. In fact, I think I might just order this up for my wife right now 🙂

#9 - AeroGarden Classic 6 with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit

Herbs, herbs, herbs! What wonderful plants to grow, for salads, garnish, and as powerful taste sensations in curries, stews and soups.

Problem is, many herbs have pretty strict requirements when it comes to temperature, humidity and light. Easy to grow in the summer in many climates, but come the fall, your herb stash is going to disappear.

This is where an indoor herb garden like the AeroGarden comes into it's own. The ability to grow your favorite herbs year round is a real bonus. And if you're crafty, freezing those herbs in an ice cube tray with water allows you to enjoy them at any time.

Herb gardening indoors is a fantastic way to enjoy herbs anytime, regardless of the climate you live in. Top pressie for sure! 

#8 - Masterbuilt Charcoal Bullet Smoker

There's nothing better in my opinion, than a warm summer day with family and friends over for food, booze and laughter. Imagine being able to smoke a nice piece of brisket, or a rack of ribs, with an end result of melt in your mouth meat with a wonderful smokey flavor.

Eating 'alfresco' with friends is one of the most enjoyable things to do, and if you get this smoker for your homesteading friend or family member, you're guaranteed an invite to the inaugural smoking, and tasty food too. This homesteading gift is a win-win, but don't tell anyone.

#7 - Worm Factory WF360B Worm Composter

Composting! The mainstay of the homesteader and self-sufficiency lover. We love to minimize waste that leaves our properties, and composting is a fine and dandy way to turn your kitchen scraps into the 'black gold' gardeners love. But, composting can be a pain if you have limited space. A worm farm fixes that problem and makes small scale composting simple.

The coolest thing about worm castings is that it's known to be one of the most nutrient rich materials on the planet. And it's just worm poop! This worm farm setup makes things so simple, the multi-layer setup allows you to migrate your worms between levels so harvesting the 'vermi-compost' is easy.

Any homesteader, especially those in a suburban or city environment would love a worm farm for Christmas. So indulge them!!!!!

#6 - Envirocycle Mini Composting Tumbler Bin

If your homesteading loved one or friend is a little more conventional with their composting habits, or just has an aversion to worms and their poop, this mini composting tumbler could be just the ticket.

One of the major hassles with a traditional compost pile is having to regularly turn the compost. You need to get out with a fork, sweat and curse, it's not always fun. AND, to add to the misery, you ideally need a two-bay compost area to allow you to turn from one bay to another.

For the smaller garden, or the lazy composter, a tumbler is a real asset. Turning is simple, and it really accelerates the composting process. The Envirocycle tumbler bin is one of the most popular compost tumblers on the market. Awesome reviews, really well made, a great 'stocking filler' for the homesteading family.

#5 - Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker

One of my favorite kitchen appliances of all time, and I've only had it 18 months! The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker and much much more. It's uses are so diverse i can't list them all here. People all around the world are benefiting from its ability to produce incredible meals in a fraction of the time it would take on a hob or in a conventional over. I'm talking whole roast chicken in 35 minutes....wowsers!!!!

The Instant Pot is safe, with many safety features built in. The timing functions allow you to program it so you have great meals ready for when you get home from work, no faffing about cooking after a full on day.

As a slow cooker, it's awesome for soups, stews, bone broths, curries etc. You can even hard boil eggs in minutes! I absolutely love my Instant Pot.

It's really well priced, usually under $100, and makes a great gift for anyone who loves food, but is looking to get some time back from slaving in the kitchen.

#4 - Easy Fermenter Wide Mouth Lid Kit

For the homesteader with 'almost' everything, a fermentation kit is the icing on the Christmas cake.  Making your own fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and curtido is a lot of fun, and it's an excellent addition to the diet, helping to improve the health of your gut with a diverse number of healthful bacteria in every mouthful.

I love to use a water-sealed crock to ferment (see gift #1) but these wide mouth fermenting lids are great for anyone looking for start on a small scale and learn the ropes.

The kit comes with 3 lids and a vacuum pump and an instruction manual. Simple to use, and a great way to get started fermenting.

#3 - Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups

A high quality blender is a must for any kitchen, for making soups, smoothies, chopping herbs, and many more tasks. Problem is, the top blenders like the Blendtec cost a small fortune, around $500...ouch!

This Ninja blender, with a powerful 1100w motor is great for all the kitchen tasks you want to throw at it. It'll deal with ice and frozen fruit (essential for smoothies), which has always been my test of a blender's worth. If it can't deal with frozen stuff, it's not going into my kitchen.

It comes with 2 nutri-cups with close-fitting lids, so you can make you smoothie and drink it on the go if you are short on time. Definitely a winning pressie for the blenderless homestead!

#2 - Ivation 400w Electric Food Dehydrator Pro

I totally love my food dehydrator. Long gone are the days when you had to dry food outside, or in some solar powered dehydrator (although those are still great). Being able to preserve fruits, vegetables and meats through dehydrating is a fantastic way to deal with gluts of produce, or to take advantage of lower prices for seasonal fruit and veg.

These dehydrators have a small footprint and sit nicely in the corner of any kitchen counter. This one comes with 6 drying racks and a non-stick fine mesh, which works great for drying nuts and seeds.

Most homesteaders are super keen on preserving foods, and this Chrimbo pressie will take them a step closer to their dream of self-reliance, as well as creating a fun activity, which the kids love to participate in too.

For more dehydrators, check out my article on the best dehydrators for making beef jerky.

#1 - K&K Keramic 5l German Made Fermentation Crock

Fermented vegetables! Uber healthy, fun to make, but sometimes a pain in the a** if you're using mason jars or jam jars. Keeping the vegetables under the brine, stopping air getting in and making your ferment slimey or moldy.

When I got a fermentation crock, everything changed. The simplicity and effectiveness of my fermenting went through the roof. I really started to enjoy the process. This is the exact model that I have, which I discuss in my article on the best fermenting crocks. I love it. The water seal design keeps air out, and the 5 liter capacity is perfect for 3 heads of cabbage. That's a lot of sauerkraut or kimchi.

Definitely something the avid homesteader would LOVE!!

That just about wraps up this list of wonderful gifts for the homesteader. For Christmas, for a birthday, or just because you love them, any of these delightful and practical pressies will do you proud.

Merry Christmas One And All! Ho-Ho-Ho!!!

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