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 amazon.com. (**)
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.
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
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a