Top 10 gifts for homesteaders

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(Updated December 2015)

If you know someone who’s goal is to “live off the grid,” there are some gifts that they’ll find handy as they rely on the land and become self-sustaining. Plus, these gifts are fun to shop for, and you might even realize that you could use them yourself for your suburban or rural way of life.


Fresh eggs can be arranged from oldest to newest on this $25 egg skelter. It’s the perfect size for the countertop, and great for those who keep their eggs at room temperature.

2A wire apple basket from Williams-Sonoma

Apple picking is easy with this handcrafted wire basket. Plus, the homesteader on your gift list will be the talk of the orchard. This basket costs $49.95.

“The workhorse of the forest,” or felling axe, and the “lumberjack’s sweetheart,” or limbing axe, are made from Swedish carbon alloy steel. Homesteaders will appreciate these well-made axes when felling trees and cutting logs. The felling axe costs $205 and the limbing axe costs $130.

Homesteaders generally do not use electricity, so this kettle, which can boil water in a matter of minutes, is heated by wood, scraps of bark, pine cones or whatever is available, is the perfect gift for a homesteader. At $133.61, the kettle bundle includes the kettle with base, large pot and lid, pot gripper, grill and a storage bag.

This stoneware dish will keep butter soft for up to 30 days. All it takes is adding water to the main canister, then flipping the butter cup upside down into the canister, creating a seal. For $8.95, you can’t go wrong.

One staple for homestead cooking is using and reusing grease, oil and fat drippings. The included insert separates food particles from the grease, which falls into the pitcher until it’s needed. This essential kitchen tool kit sells for under $25.

This 928-page homesteading bible offers valuable information for new homesteaders, more than 1,500 mail-order services, over 2,000 recipes and tips for all facets of living off the land. Priced at around $20, this book deserves a spot on every homesteader’s shelf.

This grain mill doesn’t require electricity (although there is an electric attachment in the works), so homesteaders will appreciate the simplicity. Priced at $84.88, this grain mill works for wheat, oats, rice, barley, rye, peppercorn, spices and more.

This pattern for a gathering apron is great for the gardener and cook with pockets big enough for produce, eggs and more. Plus, what’s better than letting a homesteader make her own apron? It’s a frugal gift at $12.95.

Especially handy for the new homesteader, this online garden planner lets you map out your garden, print planting lists, visualize crop rotation and it sends email reminders for when to plant. A one-year subscription costs $25, while a two-year subscription is $40.


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Katie Woods grew up in Columbiana, Ohio. Katie likes reading, writing, enjoying the outdoors and DIY projects.



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