30 Useful Gifts for Homesteaders

Trying to find the perfect gifts for homesteaders? Look no further! While homesteaders may seem like a tough crowd to shop for, fear not. These practical individuals appreciate tools that make their tasks more efficient and enjoyable.

Whether you’re shopping for a budding homesteader or a seasoned pro, these items will undoubtedly bring a smile to their face.

In this article, we’ll cover unique gifts spanning various homesteading realms: from the bountiful garden to the heart of the kitchen, and even the world of DIY & crafts. I haven’t forgotten about our feathered friends either, with thoughtful options for chicken-raising enthusiasts. 

Get ready to discover a collection of unique tools that go beyond the commonplace, promising to be a true blessing for the special homesteader in your life.

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30 Gifts for Homesteaders

Here are my top 30 gift ideas for homesteaders! All of these items are ones that I personally use and love, or are ones that are on my own wish list! You can’t go wrong with any of these gifts.

You’ll find them nicely organized by category so that you can easily find what is most important to your homesteading friend or family member.

*Prices listed are posted at the time of writing and are subject to change (yay inflation…).

Gardening Gifts for Homesteaders

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a homestead without a garden, so this is certainly a safe category to shop in! Below are unique gardening gifts that most people don’t already own.

#1: Compost Tumbler ($110-$140)

Having a solid compost system is essential for the homestead. It’s a great way to recycle produce scraps and give nutrients back to the garden. I love compost tumblers because they are compact, work fast, and keep the critters out. This is an excellent choice for an urban homestead, for sure!

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I love this compost tumbler because it has two seperate compost bins. That way you can leave one side to finish while actively adding to the other. This is a smaller model, which would be perfect for those composting food scraps or have a small garden.

This is the larger version of the same compost tumbler above and features the practical double bin style. If you have a lot of yard, garden or chicken waste to compost, this would be a great size for you!

#2: Hula Hoe ($30)

I discovered a hula hoe several years ago and it is now my FAVORITE tool of all time. It used to take me days to weed my gardens and now I can knock it all out in just 1 hour with this tool. I highly recommend this one!

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Simply slide the flat end along the soil surface and it cuts weeds at the roots. No more crawling around on hands-and-knees pulling weeds! I LOVE this thing!

#3 Roo Apron ($40 + 10% OFF!)

Tired of lugging around a harvest basket or gathering in your t-shirt? The Roo Apron is a comfortable way to gather your vegetables. The patented design keeps the weight off your neck and distributes the weight evenly across your shoulders and back. Easy to empty with the release out the bottom.

*Make sure to use my code KATIE10 for 10% off!

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How cute is this? Keep your hands free and all your tools at your fingertips with the large Roo pouch and 3 additional storage pockets. Machine washable!
*Use my code "KATIE10" for 10% OFF!

#4 How to Plan a Garden: Step-By-Step Course ($149 + 10% OFF!)

Starting a garden can be overwhelming and disappointing if you start off on the wrong foot. In my How to Plan a Garden course, I walk my students through everything they should consider to create a healthy and productive garden space. 

My course also comes with access to my private, students-only discussion forum where we have open discussions, learn from one another, and my students get one-on-one help from me. Worth every penny on its own!

*Make sure to use my code GARDEN for 10% off!

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#5 Microgreens Starter Kit ($73)

Microgreens are tender, young versions of your standard vegetables, herbs, and greens! They are nutrition-packed, harvested after just 1-3 weeks, and are super easy to grow indoors. This microgreens starter kit is perfect to get started!

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Whether a gift or learning yourself, Soil-Based Microgreens Starter Kit features everything needed for your first microgreens harvest including 5 types of seeds, soil, growing trays, spray bottle, instructions, and pH testing.

#6 Grow Bags ($24)

Growing tomatoes in grow bags is rapidly becoming a popular way to garden in small spaces while reducing disease pressure. They promote healthy root development and can be moved around throughout the growing season. You can even move them indoors in the fall to extend your harvest!

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This is the most popular grow bag on the market!

These sturdy grow bags are made of thickened nonwoven, BPA-free frabric that allows for good drainage. Features durable, reinforced handles for easy moving. Comes in 15, 20 or 25 gallons - perfect for tomatoes! 

*20 gallon size = 19.9" Diameter 15.9" H

Food Preservation & Fermentation Gifts

Help the special gardener in your life preserve their harvest so they can enjoy it all year long. There are many different types of food preservation and they each have their value. I personally love fermentation!

#7 Dehydrator ($260-370)

Having a high-quality dehydrator to preserve food is such a blessing! Mine is running non-stop throughout the growing season. Easy to dry produce, herbs, beef jerky, pumpkin seeds, medicinal herbs, chicken livers, and even whole meals!

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This is the exact dehydrator the I use an love!

SIZE: 9-trays and 15 square feet of drying space provides extra-large capacity
TEMPERATURE: The adjustable thermostat ranges from 105-165 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is the upgraded model of the one above and features a timer! Super nice!

SIZE: 9-trays and 15 square feet of drying space provides extra-large capacity
TIME AND TEMPERATURE: Features a 26-hour timer and adjustable thermostat from 105 to 165 degrees F. 

#8 Vacuum Sealer ($147-$530)

A vacuum sealer is a must-have for anyone wanting to freeze their harvest, meats, or even leftovers. Say goodbye to freezer burn! I’ve tried cheaper models in the past, and they fail after a season or two. If you can, go for a quality model like the Weston and it will serve you for years to come!

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This is the one we use and LOVE! Features an extra-wide, 5mm heat bar fits a variety of bags up to 15" (38 cm) across. The digital LED control panel monitors and displays the stages of the sealing process

If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, this one is quite popular! 

#9 Water Bath Canning Kit ($79)

Water bath canning is the most common form of food preservation today. The equipment is inexpensive and the method is pretty simple, too! High-acid foods like tomato sauce, pasta sauce, dilly beans, or applesauce are great options here.

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This kit contains everything you'll need to start canning! Includes a 21-quart canner, canner lid, 7-jar rack, 9-inch colander, lid wrench, funnel, tongs, jar lifter, and magnetic lid lifter. Safe to use on both gas and electric stovetops. Hand wash only.

#10 Pressure Canner ($150 – $410)

Once you have water bath canning down to a science, it’s time to graduate to pressure canning! Pressure canning is essential for canning low-acid foods like bone broth, plain vegetables, or refried beans. Once you have a pressure canner, there’s nothing you can’t preserve!

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Best Choice

The best pressure canner on the market and the one that I personally use on our homestead!

Only All American pressure canners feature an exclusive, precision-machined, metal-to-metal sealing system. Positive action clamping locks form a steam-tight seal without any costly-to-replace gaskets.

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Budget Choice

If you're on a tight budget, this Presto Pressure Canner will do the trick!

Constructed of warp-resistant heavy-gauge aluminum for fast, even heating; Works on regular and smooth-top ranges; Extended 12-year limited warranty

#11 Fermentation Lids & Weights ($12-$22)

Fermentation is my favorite way to preserve my harvest! Not only is it simple to do with minimal equipment, but it’s the only preservation method that results in the food having higher nutritional value afterward.

To see me demo fermentation weights and lids, check out my Instagram video.

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Using fermentation weights has been a GAME CHANGER for me! When placed on top of your fermented vegetables, it keeps the tidbits from touching the surface. If this occurs, mold will grow and the entire batch will be ruined. I've lost several precious jars to mold before I started using weights. 

These silicone lids are excellent for sealing your ferments in the fridge. They are self-burping ferment caps with a one-way waterless valve to vent gas automatically! No need to burp them manually. Plus, they are silicone, so no rusting! Dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

This is a great starter pack! I love that it has a date dial on top so you can keep track of when the ferments should be complete. Use the extractor pump to pump air out from jars. Jars not included.

#12 Fermentation Crock ($15-$99)

Once you get the hang of fermentation in simple mason jars, it’s time to upgrade to the real deal! Fermentation crocks are a great way to ferment a big batch at a time. I have many different sizes on hand from half gallon up to 5 gallons.

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A half gallon mason jar is a great place to start for fermentation. Includes 1 jar with lid. A classic size for ferments, pickles, raw milk, dry bulk storage, you name it! I never feel like I have enough of these

If you're getting serious about fermentation or have a large garden, this 2-Gallon fermentation crock really is the way to go! That way, you can make large batches at a time and then transfer the finished product into mason jars for storage.

Homestead Kitchen Gifts

Here are my favorite gadgets to use in my homestead kitchen. These are unique tools that you’ll probably not find in a common household. A perfect set of gifts for homesteaders!

#13 Egg Cooker ($19)

An egg cooker is a game changer for anyone who has chickens. Hard-boil eggs perfectly, every single time! Perfect for my Jalapeno Pickled Eggs and Fermented Eggs recipe.

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Cook up to 6 eggs in soft, medium, or hard boiled firmness, while saving time and water. Eggs come out consistently perfect with shell easy to peel, and clean up is snap. Comes in 8 different colors!

#14 Grain Mill ($299)

Sourdough bread and homesteading go hand-in-hand. Elevate your sourdough-making skills by grinding flour yourself! Not only will this save money in the long run by allowing you to buy wheat berries in bulk, but the nutritional content is much higher in freshly milled flour.

*Unfortunately, the old model that I’ve been using for many years has been discontinued, but this Wondermill grain mill is very close!

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This is the best grain mill out there! Features a powerful 1250-watt motor that quickly produces fine, medium or coarse flour. Grind up to 100 lbs of flour in just 1 hour. You're going to love it!

#15 Cast iron cookware ($34)

I LOVE cooking with cast iron! It heats evenly, can be used on a campf,ire and has that lovely country charm about it. It comes in all sorts of sizes!

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The only full line of American-made cast iron cookware! Even heating, a natural easy-release finish, versatility and durability are the hallmarks of our great cookware. True heirloom pieces that bring people together for generations.

#16 Dutch oven ($79)

Having a dutch oven in a homestead kitchen is such a blessing! I love that I can use it on the stovetop or in the oven. I always use my dutch oven to bake whole chicken. Great for baking sourdough as well.

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Another classic by American-made Lodge that comes in lots of colors! A flawless pairing of form and function that doesn't quit, the Lodge Dutch Oven is an enameled cast iron classic that's great for preparing and serving memorable meals.

#17 Slide-A-Jar Canning Rack ($65)

Tired of having your canning jars unorganized and sliding around? Slide-A-Jar is the perfect solution for easily accessing all of your homegrown canned goods. Simply attach to the wall with their mounting kit and store multiple jars in a small space.

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Comes in wide-mouth or standard-mouth sizes. Features a jar tilt entry to quickly remove or replace jars on the rack. Easy installation on wall studs @ 16" on center. Made of 12 gauge American steel and is powder coated for long durability.

DIY & Craft Gifts for Homesteaders

Homesteaders are known for having many different hobbies, so anything below is sure to delight! These would make good gifts for homesteaders because they often get overshadowed by essential tools like chicken feeders and work boots.

#18 Kombucha kit & bottles ($26-$50)

Kombucha is delicious and super easy to brew! It is a fizzy, fermented tea beverage that is filled with gut-healthy probiotics. This is the same starter kit that I got many years ago and it’s a good one. Don’t forget some bottles!

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This is the same kit that I started with and it has everything you need to get started except for the bottles. The cultures are grown in their Madison, WI brewery using triple filtered water, high-quality sugar and loose leaf tea. They guarantee your first batch to ferment or they'll send you a free replacement. What a deal!

Perfect for kombucha, beer, kiefer, soda, or any other homebrew! Includes collapsible silicone funnel and replacement high-pressure gaskets. The glass is rated for 58 psi (twice as much as required by heavily carbonated beer.) These bottles are specifically made for carbonated drinks.

#19 Sewing machine ($210)

Being able to sew things and make repairs on the homestead is essential. Plus, sewing is a great winter hobby: sew a quilt, make tree skirts, create costumes, etc.! This would be a great sewing machine for that special someone in your life.

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The Singer 4423 heavy duty sewing machine is a true workhorse. With a heavy-duty metal interior frame, stainless steel bedframe, extra-high sewing speed and powerful motor, this sewing machine can sew through a variety of heavy-weight fabrics and provides long-lasting stability

#20 Cider press ($156)

A cider press has been on my wish list for years and would be such a great gift for anyone who has fruit trees or grape vines! Make your own apple cider, hard cider, or wine!

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Heavy-duty stand design with a pour spout for collecting juice easily. Hardwood basket is made of red beech which is moisture and corrosion resistant. Designed for maximum juice yield, minimal oxidation, nutrition-retention & less foam & drier pulp

Chicken Keeping Gifts for Homesteaders

While most homesteaders have the basic equipment for raising chickens, below are some unique items that they likely don’t have! These items would be an awesome gift that will make raising chickens a breeze!

#21 Incubator ($189-$443)

Once you’re able to hatch your own eggs, you’ll be unstoppable! A true self-sustaining option so you no longer have to buy chicks. I love incubating eggs every spring and it can end up being a lucrative side business, too.

For a complete list, check out my article The 8 Best Incubators.

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The Manna Pro Nurture Right 360 Incubator is a great budget pick if you want to hatch a decent number of eggs (it fits 22). It is fully automatic, with the exception of humidity control. You’ll need to manually add water yourself to keep it consistent.

Brinsea is the best incubator brand out there and is incredibly precise. It is fully automatic (including humidity) so it’s a true “set it and forget it” kind of incubator. All of the pieces come apart for easy cleaning and it has a big viewing window.

#22 Automatic coop door opener ($147 + 5% off!)

This is something that I added to my coop this year and now I have no idea how I’ve lived without it all this time! I no longer have to rush out there to let my chickens in and out daily, this automatic coop door does it all for me! You can set it to open and close based on a light sensor or a set time. Super slick!

*Automatically get 5% off when you shop through my link. Watch me install it in my YouTube video!

*For a complete list, check out my article The 5 Best Automatic Chicken Coop Doors

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The Chickcozy automatic door installs in less than 10 minutes with just 6 screws - woo hoo! It’s also powered by 4 AA batteries, so no need to haul out an extension cord to operate it. *Get an additional 5% off when you shop through my link below (the discount automatically applies)

#23 Chick heating plate ($36)

The ultimate baby chick brooder setup wouldn’t be complete without a chick heating plate. It mimics an environment similar to a mama hen in nature. The chicks quickly learn to go in and out from under the heat plate as they need vs being forced to endure whatever temperature the heat lamp is set up to. Plus, no fire risk like with heat lamps!

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This 12" x 12" model enables 1-25 chicks to snuggle under a warm surface without burning themselves. Easily adjustable legs to allow it to ‘grow’ alongside your chicks.  It uses a low power 20W consumption which is a whopping 92% lower than a typical 250W heat lamp!

#24 Rollaway nesting box ($240-$399, depending on size)

A rollaway nest is a premium chicken coop feature when it comes to nesting boxes, but it’s worth its weight in gold. I bought one a few years ago and I’m so thankful for it! The eggs are always clean and safe from rodents, snakes, or egg-eating chickens. I love that I can heat the entire collection tray in the winter to keep eggs from freezing, too!

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This is the BEST option out there and the exact set-up that I have in my coop. It's a great space-saver, and keeps eggs clean. You can even flip up the perching bar to keep your hens from sleeping there at night. Comes in 3 different sizes!

Homestead Apparel

It’s important to have some quality pieces during farm chores. Below are some tried and true products that I’ve been using for years. These would certainly make some great gifts for homesteaders.

#25 Carhartt Jacket ($110-130)

Both Ryan and I have Carhartt jackets and they are warm, rugged, and build-to-last! I love that I can do my chicken chores and stack firewood without having tothinkr about wearing it out or tears.

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Made in the USA with 12-ounce, firm-hand, 100 ring-spun cotton duck with a 100 polyester thermal lining for on-the-job warmth. It includes a thermal-lined hood, and its rib-knit cuffs to keep out the cold. Also includes two large hand-warmer pockets and two convenient inside pockets

Perfectly suited for anything from the worksite to the hiking trail, this jacket is a great way to stay warm and comfortable. Made from strong 12-ounce, 100% cotton sandstone duck, this jacket was built to stand up to anything. 

#26 Funny t-shirts ($15-19)

These are my 2 favorite shirts that I wear all the time! I expect most homesteaders out there feel the same way and would get a chuckle out of these, too.

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Do you know someone who is introverted but very passionate about plants? This funny t-shirt is perfect for people who love plants! Funny gardening gift idea for the special homesteader in your life

This distressed graphic art style is perfect for a farmer, farm wife, chicken lady, chicken whisperer, or animal lover who loves chickens more than people!

General Homesteading Gifts

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for the homesteader in your life? These are some great classics that will certainly be enjoyed!

#27 Books ($17-$20)

There’s nothing better than a quality book that will walk you through everything you need to know about a homesteading topic. It can be overwhelming to know where to start! These are my top 3 books that really helped me become the homesteader that I am today.

*Check out my article The 22 BEST Homesteading Books for the complete list!

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This is THE gardening book to have! I've had my copy for over 10 years and it's the one that I keep going back to time after time. It provides design ideas for raised beds, compost bins, you name it! Plus helpful tables for pH ranges, companion plants and more.

An absolutely essential book for anyone who has a garden and wants to preserve their havest for the years to come. Easy to follow with over 400 creative recipes along with problem solving sections. A must have resource for any gardener or homesteader!

This is THE chicken book to have! I've had my copy since the beginning and it's the one that I keep going back to time after time. It provides everything you need to know from coop design, hatching chicks, layer nutrition, and much more! 

#28 The Ultimate Homestead Planner ($14)

Feeling overwhelmed with all of the homestead to-do’s? Having trouble keeping track of everything? Struggling with figuring out what’s important to write down? My Ultimate Homestead Planner will help get you or your loved one organized and productive in no time!

This is the ONLY planner that you’ll need to track outcomes, take notes, get organized, and tackle your homestead to-do’s. Organization on the homestead is absolutely key to being successful!

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#29 Trail camera ($99)

Wonder what critters are running around, potentially putting your livestock at risk? What about identifying deer or turkeys for hunting season? A trail camera is a super neat tool to identify what’s hanging around the homestead.

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Ultra-clear pictures and videos. This trail camera is waterproof and can support up to 4K video and 32MP pictures. The powerful 40 no-glow LEDs make the images at night clearly visible. Can capture pictures or videos with a wide angle of 120°.

#30 Wood stove fan ($150)

A wood stove fan is one of our favorite gadgets on our homestead! Simply place the fan on top of the wood stove and the heat powers the fan, resulting in the room warming up to 38% faster. No batteries or electricity are required!

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Tested and proven to save you up to 18% in fuel with more efficient distribution of heat from your wood stove! Tested in the harshest winters and come with a 2-year limited warranty. Don't be fooled by the knockoffs out there; this one is the real deal!

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Final Thoughts

There are so many fun gifts for homesteaders out there! Whether you choose a compost tumbler, fermentation crock, incubator, or sewing machine, I know you’ll have a happy homesteader!

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14 thoughts on “30 Useful Gifts for Homesteaders”

  1. So many great ideas here! It can take time to collect all of the supplies you need for homesteading, but I definitely recommend people start with the ideas on this list!

  2. Why is the Ecofan your choice? Most stove top fans cost around $40 and that one being significantly more, I’m curious what the benefits of the Ecofan is or why you chose it!

  3. You shared some interesting list of gifts for homesteaders. I am not a homesteader, but could find some of these gift ideas useful. I particularly need to upgrade my egg cooker. Definitely will benefit from your gift recommendation over the one I own that requires me to break each egg. The dehydrator is still on my list of kitchen gagets I may purchase. Thanks for sharing these awesome gift ideas.

    1. I love the egg cooker! Perfect eggs every time and no need to boil a pot of water. Oooo yes a dehydrator is such an amazing tool whether you’re in an apartment or a homestead – so many uses!

  4. Such a great list of unique gifts for homesteaders! As a home cook and aspiring gardener, I see several things that I’ve now added to my wishlist too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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