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December 23, 2014

Simple Gift Ideas from the Homestead

Simple gifts from your homestead (and some last-minute ideas!)

The holidays are fast approaching, and the gift-giving season will soon be here. Here is a round-up of posts from past years which, while they weren't written as holiday posts, might jump-start your creativity.

Gifts from your kitchen:
  • A warm loaf of bread, a tin of cookies, or a loaf of quick bread: pumpkin bread, banana bread, or gingerbread fresh from your oven.
  • A jar of home-canned jelly, pickles, or something else you've canned
  • Homemade baking mixes, such as brownie mix, bread machine mix, cookie mix, cake mix. Assemble a basket with a couple of mixes in Mason jars and a pretty kitchen towel, or a warm loaf of bread and a jar of homemade jelly.
  • Potpourri

Beauty care items:
  • Homemade beauty products such as sugar scrubs, facial masks, body sprays, and herbal salves. There are scads of recipes for these on Pinterest, or search online.
  • Handmade soap - if time is short you'll want to make hot process soap, or make melt-and-pour soap, an easy craft that's ready in about an hour.
  • Fast and easy lotion bars, made with just three ingredients.

Handmade soap would be a luxurious and special gift from your homestead. Find even more ideas here.

For your pets:

Other ideas:
And of course, any products from your homestead would be a welcome gift. Honey, goat milk soap, cheese, pecans or other nuts you might grow would all be wonderful gifts for those you love.

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Gift wrap from the homestead:

Beautiful gifts don't need expensive wrapping. Here are some beautiful gift wrap ideas that are low-cost and low-waste from Attainable Sustainable. 

I'd love to hear what you come up with. Please leave a comment.

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

Gifts from the homestead (plus some last-minute ideas!)

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  1. Great ideas, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. What a fun blog you have and so many terrific gift ideas! Stopping by from My Flagstaff Home Party. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  3. Thank you, Carrie. I'm so glad you stopped by!

  4. I wish I were on YOUR gift list. These look like great ideas.
    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

  5. Thank you, Laura. :-)

  6. What great gift ideas! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  7. Congratulations, Kathi! This post will be featured this week at My Flagstaff Home.


  8. Thank you, Jennifer!

  9. Thanks for sharing at From The Farm...this is one of the top posts this week!

  10. This is a great list of ideas - Love the breads, muffins are fun too! This year it's all homemade again at our home, hope to get everything done and shipped out by the first part of December. Then it's just sit back and relax.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  11. Thank you, Carole - what a great plan, to have everything made and sent early so you can enjoy the season.

  12. I love homemade gifts - they really are extra special to receive! You've included some great ideas for gifts from the homestead here, Kathi. I especially like the idea of the homemade baking mixes! Thank you for sharing this wonderful seasonal post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  13. We have a tradition/rule that everyone must make at least one gift for each person they give to. It makes the holidays so much better and really brings out the creativity in people! Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing what you share this week!

  14. It never ceases to amaze me how much people appreciate homemade goodies. I think they speak love to people who don't bake for themselves.

    1. I think you're right, Michele. Plus there's no better way to show someone that you love them than by giving your time (the time it takes to bake something).

  15. I'm running late with my Christmas preparations this year, so this is the post for me! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Kathi! Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, April. I hope you found something that "works" for you!

  16. I am busy making up some new and different gifts this year. Nothing more special than homemade. Found you on Simple Homestead blog hop.

  17. These are great ideas! I am loving the baling wire picture holder idea!


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