December 17, 2014

10 Gifts for the Homestead Woman

What do you get for the woman who lives a simple life? The trick is to find something practical and perfect, right? Of course you can always fall back on chocolate, which has a lot of value in my opinion.

My adult children ask me every year what I'd like as a Christmas gift. I usually wrack my brain and can't think of anything at all, or else I come up with items that my children think are too plain, too common, too useful.

Here are ten practical gifts that are winners in my book. Some links are affiliate links, but they are products I use myself and love. Your use of affiliate links is always appreciated, but if you prefer not to use them I certainly understand. Affiliate links are identified with **.  If you make a purchase after following a link I might receive a small commission, but this does not affect the price you pay. Any commission received helps pay the expenses of running this blog.

1. How about a pressure canner? Water bath canners are often the first step a person takes into the world of food preservation, but you can only can high-acid foods such as fruits and tomatoes. (I know, tomatoes are fruits!) Preserving vegetables and meats, and combinations of foods such as soups and salsa, require the use of a pressure canner. This Presto 23-quart pressure canner is the one I use. (**)

2. The Ball Blue Book of Preserving is the perfect companion to a pressure cooker - or to a water bath canner too. (**)

3. A new (and sharp!) pair of hoof trimmers for your goats or sheep. I use these from Ace Hardware (now discontinued), but there are several styles and kinds available at Hoegger and Jeffers.

4. I've collected my own set of tools over the years. There are many different sets of pink-handled tools marketed for women and available at your local hardware store or big box store, but buy the best quality you can afford. Pink handles wouldn't deter my husband from using them although it would help to identify them as mine. The whole reason I have my own is so I can find them when I need them. One tool or a set of them would make a fine gift.

5. I'm constantly losing my work gloves - or else the dog steals them. I can always use a new pair because I usually can only find one glove at a time. You can find women's work gloves at hardware and feed stores, as well as at (**)

6. A new pocketknife or leatherman tool. (**)

7. I've finally worn out my pair of flannel-lined jeans from LL Bean, a great way to stay warm in the winter. They were well worth the purchase price and I plan to replace mine.

8. A subscription to the Seeds of the Month club from Mary's Heirloom Seeds. Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge and sells only open-pollinated, non-GMO heirloom seeds. Wouldn't it be fun to receive several packets of seeds each month?

9. An apple peeler/corer (**). I bought mine at my local hardware store, which has a pretty large selection of housewares. A word of warning: this works best on nice round apples. It's a bit trickier to use the peeler on our own smaller, rather misshapen (but organic) fruit, but it's still better than trying to peel all those apples by hand. The peeler works on potatoes too.

10. A gift certificate to the local feed store would be a welcome surprise for anyone with livestock.

Heifer International: Pass on the Gift

Bonus Idea: Consider giving the gift of a goat or a flock of chicks to a family in need through Heifer International. "Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood."

What's your idea of a perfect homestead gift? I hope you'll leave a comment and share with us a gift you'd love to receive.

You might also enjoy:
Gift Ideas from the Homestead
10 More Gifts for the Homestead Woman
The Third Annual Gift Guide for the Homestead Woman

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  1. What a great list!

  2. I'm with you, Kathi, I can never think of anything I might need. Maybe some new plants for the herb bed, but I'd want to pick them out. Or some jars with extra lids to go with that new canner. Thanks for the ideas.


  3. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:35 AM

    Thank you, Lori. I hope you have a merry Christmas.

  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:38 AM

    I agree, Fern, one can never have too many canning jars. Have a merry Christmas.

  5. Great ideas Kathi! I need to send this to my husband asap!! :)

  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:25 AM

    Yep, that's what it's for, Mary! Send it on! ;-)

  7. I enjoyed reading your recommendations for gifts! (I found you through Simple Lives Thursday). I am also a blogger and I LOVE your header. I just redesigned mine and yours is just so pretty!

  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:47 AM

    Hi Kristie, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a merry Christmas! (What's your blog URL?)

  9. That pressure canner would fit under my tree and make me very happy. Nice list.

  10. Hmmm...I love my oilskin pants for wet or windy days. High quality long underwear. A pair of mud boots...not the $15 Walmart ones but Muck or Boggs brand...

  11. Anonymous9:02 AM

    Love your gift ideas.


  12. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:19 AM

    Kim, I hope there's a pressure canner under your tree.

  13. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:21 AM

    Michelle, those are great suggestions. I sure do appreciate my ski pants on those really cold snowy mornings, I'm glad I brought them with me when we moved.

  14. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:22 AM

    Thank you, Susan. I hope you have a merry Christmas.

  15. What a fantastic list! I love the pressure canner & the 'Heifer' gift idea!!
    Have a wonderful Christmas! Sincerely-Danielle

  16. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:00 PM

    Hi Danielle! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you have a merry Christmas!

  17. I definitely agree with the comment about mud boots! My hubs got me a new pair and gave them to me early. I've been wearing them constantly.

    Hm...that pressure canner might need to go on my birthday list...

  18. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:34 PM

    Laura, how sweet of your hubby to give you your new boots early so they could be put to good use when needed!

  19. I GOT A PRESSURE CANNER FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!! :D My mommy got it for me! Yes, I am an adult but I feel like I am 8 on Christmas morning!

  20. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:46 PM

    KAMAY! Woo hoo! That's so exciting! You'll love it, trust me.

  21. Hi kathi, excellent ideas. We bought a canner for our daughter last year, she was so excited. The Ball book also is very handy and I especially like the gifts to those in need. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  22. Great ideas! I always love getting useful things for gifts. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

  23. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead2:22 PM

    Thank you, Angi. I'll see you there.


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