Friday, November 27, 2015

Homesteaders Holiday Gift Guide

Can you believe the holidays are almost here already? Ugh! I'm so not into shopping this year, but luckily I've already purchased a lot of gifts for my homesteading and gardening friends so I won't have to spend too much time Black Friday shopping! These are some of my favorite items from the last year....I think you'll find many of them quite useful around ye old homestead! 

I did my best to try not to be too much like every other gift guide out there. I think everything on this list fits the homesteading lifestyle. Everything here is useful, practical and/or makes life easier, cheaper or simpler.

Homesteaders gift guide

Herb Scissors: I'm going to start with my newest favorite kitchen tool, herb scissors by X-Chef. I seriously love these as they make it super easy to chop or dice fresh herbs. Simply snip herbs like you're using regular scissors. The 5 sets of blade work perfectly to cut your herbs without having to haul out the cutting board and chopping knife! A must for any fresh herb enthusiast. $6.99

Spiralizer slicer with attachment plates: Spiralizer with 5 slicer plates! Slices in spirals, curls and 'noodles'. This slicer makes mashed potatoes and applesauce super fast by slicing them thin for quick cooking. Simply insert the fruit or vegetable and turn the crank. An excellent way to prepare your harvest in various ways and it's on sale right now! $20.00

Dry Safe bag for Outdoors: This bag is a must have for hikers, atv enthusiasts, campers and survivalists alike. Or...pretty much anyone who might get caught in the rain! I got one of these for my son to take kayaking after a particular wet trip that cost us an Iphone, and with this bag even if he ends up soaked, everything inside stays completely dry. Totally worth the cost! $20.95

Multi-colored glass drinking straws: These glass straws come in a set of 6 colors with 3 cleaning brushed. We go through a lot of straws in our house so these save us a ton of money and keep all those plastic straws out of the landfills! If you have small kids in the house you might want to opt for these stainless steel drinking straws instead. $8.99

Stronghold car seat cover for dogs: I wish I could say how great this is for 'dogs' but the truth is, I've used it more for farm animal transportation then dogs! LOL If you have to transport anything with the potential to be messy in your vehicle, you want one of these! Whether your transporting kids or 'kids' in your backseat, this cover will keep things clean underneath. Just take out and wash with a hose when done. (has slots for seat belts and car seat attachments) Only $32.99

Nubee Temperature gun: This little gadget will find tons of use on your homestead! I use mine to check the temperature on my well pump so it doesn't overheat, and it can be used to check for drafts along windows and doors. I check the soil in the spring for several days before I put my seedlings in the garden to prevent shock. I use it to check the storage temperature of hatching eggs. Lots of uses, little price...$14.88

Carabiner Utility Knife: I always have this hooked to my jacket when working around the homestead. I've used it to free myself from a locked chicken coop along with a hundred more mundane but still necessary chores! They come in different sizes and some even have other tools attached. Anything you can clip on your coat or belt loop and keep with you ALL the time, will prove invaluable! I've had it for a long time and love it! $14.62

Wish list:
This is a few of the things I have on my Christmas list this year!

Food dehydrator: I'm going with something small like the Presto Dehydro digital electric dehydrator  at first. I need this to dry my herbs and flowers along with making garlic and onion powder and fruit leathers. At $56.99 it's not terrible expensive as far as dehydrators go, but totally worth it when you consider the digital control you have vs cheaper models. Eventually I will work up to the granddaddy of them all, the Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator. That thing is seriously awesome but at $224.99 I'm holding off to see how much I actually use the lower priced dehydrator first! 

I'm also hoping for a set of Purple Ball canning jars! Although I just love the blue too! They should sell a multipack with one of each color! How pretty would that be?

New bogs! I actually have 2 pair of Bogs (high and mid length) and 1 pair of Arctic Mucks which are heavy as crap, but amazingly warm for winter! I would highly recommend both however...I really want a pair of slide on Bogs clogs (say that 3 times fast!) for summer. They're so cute!

Last but not least are my favorite Etsy shops! 
1) Fresh Eggs Daily: Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily has a lovely little shop which showcases everything from her homegrown herbal blends to her Famous books! I have my eyes on the adorable chicken decals!

2) Divine Scentsations:  Debbie of Divine Scentsations is well known all over my local area for her soy candles and triple dipped incense. She opened a shop in 2008 to meet the growing national demand for her products and now has over 500 handmade items available!

3) A Lot Of Whimsy: Heather from A Lot Of Whimsy does some of the most delicate hand painting I have ever seen! She's fairly new to Etsy, but not to the crafting community where she has been an active member for many years. I am loving her butterfly coasters!

Well, it's Black Friday so get out there and get the shopping over with so you can enjoy the holiday season!

~L
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