Gift Ideas for Homesteaders (2022)

Gifts for Homesteaders 2022

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 'Tis the season for gift-giving! And if you've got a homesteader in your life, you've come to the right place to find gift ideas...because this list is different from most of what you'll see on the Internet: I've only included things I actually love and use and can highly recommend. (In a few instances, as noted below, I've linked to a slightly newer version of what I actually use.) 

So whether you want the perfect gift for the homesteader in your life or you need ideas for your own wishlist, I think you'll find these items truly useful and practical.


Presto Pressure Canner: My first choice for pressure canning. (I recommend adding on the 3-piece pressure regulator/rocker gauge, so you never have to calibrate dial gauge again. Learn more about that here.) If you want a pressure canner that will outlast you, though, the All American is the way to go. (I use both.)

Stainless Steel Water Bath Canner: Traditional water bath canners eventually rust and need replacing. That won't happen if you upgrade to stainless steel.

Canning Ladle: I absolutely love this thing because it holds so much more than an ordinary ladle. It's super handy when canning - a couple of scoops fills a pint jar...but of course it works for other kitchen use, too.

Victorinox Chef Knife:Affordable, yet good quality. My go-to kitchen knife.

Marttiini Fillet Knife: I use this knife for cutting rabbit and chicken into pieces, as well as for cleaning and filleting fish.

Nesco Dehydrator: I've been using my Nescos for many, many years and prefer them to more expensive brands. (I've linked to the new version of what I use.) I bought added trays plus "fruit roll sheets" for small things (like herbs) that may fall through the wholes in the trays.

Immersion Blender: Indispensable for making applesauce, soup, and so on. This one has lasted me many years.

Instant Pot: I love this gadget for whipping up dinner quickly when I've been busy on the homestead all day. Unlike a traditional pressure cooker, you don't have to babysit this baby. I like having these two colored seals; I use one color for savory foods and the other for sweet foods. (Because no one wants their cheesecake to taste like pot roast.)

Blanching Basket/Instant Pot Steamer Basket: The best way to hard boil farm fresh eggs is in the Instant Pot - and this basket makes the job a lot easier! It's also great for steaming veggies in the IP. Additionally, I use it as an excellent blanching basket (in a regular cooking pot) when I'm freezing garden fresh veggies.

Restaurant-Style Stainless Mixing Bowls: These are very similar to what I use continually all throughout the harvesting and preserving season. They hold a ton, whether you're harvesting fruits and veggies, prepping food for canning, or doing "big" baking. I always have four or five on hand.

Corer: This is marketed as an apple corer, but I use it exclusively for pitting plums. Really the only reasonable way to pit smallish cling fruit when you're canning!

Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer: An must when preserving apples.

Mason Jar Canisters: This set is very similar to one I have. I love the look AND the function!

Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper: Our favorite way to make popcorn.

Batter Bowl: I use this clear glass batter bowl constantly.

KitchenAid Mixer: The only mixer you'll ever need. I use it not just for baking, but for butter making, shredding cooked chicken or rabbit, and so much more. 

Fermentation Weights: These are perfect for small batch fermented food made in canning jars. This is the newer version of what I use.

Coffee (and Herb) Grinder: I use this mostly for grinding dried herbs and tomato skins, but it's a great coffee grinder, too. 

Water Distiller: If you need distilled water for a CPAP machine, or for any other reason, we've found this distiller fast and reliable.

Mason Jar Soap Pumps: Turn any canning jar into a soap dispenser. I love these!

Freezer Alarm: Help protect the food in your freezer by using this simple thermometer that will alarm when the freezer gets too warm because the power goes out or your freezer has died.

Canning Jars: Because canners always need more jars! I buy wide mouth whenever possible, because they are most versatile.

Bernardin Canning Lids: This is the brand of one-time jar lids that I prefer. 

Harvest Right Reusable Canning Lids: The brand of reusable canning lids I prefer.

Harvest Right Freeze Dryer: I absolutely love mine. By far the easiest method of preserving food for the long term.

Farm & Garden:


Leatherman: Leathermans are high quality multi-tools that get constant use on our homestead.

Alpaca Socks: I wear these all winter.The warmest socks I've ever had.

Sloggers: I never feel like I can spend the money to get Boggs or Muck boots, so I buy Sloggers. One pair lasts me years.

Deshedding Brush: This is an absolute must for our guardian dog! No other brush compares.

Wide-Brimmed Hat: For sun protection. My husband wears this one.

Soil Test Kit: It's really vital to know what your soil is doing. This is the kit I use yearly.

Lifestraw: Always good to have on the homestead or when camping, hunting, or hiking. Safely filters any water.

KW Cages: These are one brand of rabbit cages I use. They work for quail, too. Probably the best quality you can get for the price.

Yard Hydrant: Install these so you never have to dewater your yard faucets for frost protection.

Aluminum Plant Tags: These are the best way to mark your plants. No more faded labels!

Fiskars Hand Pruners: I use these constantly.

Kneeling Pad: This is very similar to the one I have. I couldn't garden without it! (And it comes in handy for household chores, too.)


Books & Magazines:

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan. If I had to recommend only one book for beginning homesteaders, this would be the one.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Animals by Gail Damerow. This book provides a good overview of the most typical homestead animals, giving insight into their care and the costs of raising them.

The Storey's Guides. I always recommend reading the Storey guide for whatever livestock you want to raise. 

The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver by Karen Patry. The book to read if you want to raise rabbits.

Beyond the Pellet by Boyd Craven. A guide to feeding rabbits naturally.

The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How by Andrea Chesman. An excellent resource for those wanting to learn to cook from scratch.

The Woodland Homestead by Brett McLeod. This book is more useful to those living in the Eastern U.S., but does a good job of opening eyes about the possibilities of homesteading in the forest.

The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss. A beautiful book that not only is a great guide to natural homekeeping, but offers recipes for both from scratch food and natural cleaning and beauty products.

Herbal Medicine by Dian Dincin Buchman. One of the most useful books on the topic and one that I refer to repeatedly.

Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech. An excellent, detailed guide. 

Epic Tomatoes by Craig LeHoullier. The ultimate guide to tomato growing.

The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. The canning book I refer to over and over again.

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning. If you've ever wished there was a print copy of the recipes found at The National Center for Home Food it is!

Butchering by Adam Danforth. Hands down the best butchering book out there.

Woodstove Cookery by Jane Cooper. My wood cookstove isn't yet installed, but I've found this simple guide to using it helpful. It's packed with recipes, too. 

Hardcore Carnivore by Jess Pryles. Learn how to really cook meat.

I also recommend my own books The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook and The Ultimate Dandelion Medicine Book :)

Subscriptions to Backwoods Home and Self-Sufficiency magazines will keep you learning all year long.


Creature Comforts:

Elderberry Orange Zinger Tea: Amazing stuff! Medicinal and soooo tasty!

Bird Coffee Mug: I love drinking tea and coffee in this beautiful mug. It even has a travel lid so I can haul it out into the garden.

Eye/Sinus Pack: This is amazing for tired or dry eyes or to help relieve sinus pressure.

Hemp Seed Oil: This takes care of my tired, achy muscles.

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