The holidays are near, and everyone is wondering the same thing: “What in the world am I going to gift people?” Maybe you have a few ideas already, or maybe you’re stuck.
Fortunately, homesteaders can make a variety of affordable and thoughtful gifts from their backyard. Consider any of these fun gifts just in time for the holiday season!
I mean, who doesn’t love a nice loaf of bread? Use dried herbs and fruits grown on your homestead to bake delicious treats for your next White Elephant party. (Try this: A Festive Recipe for Giftable Bread Loaves)
Preserves, pickles, and more
Food gifts are both delightful and practical. Did you preserve your summer cucumbers as delicious pickles? How about that huge batch of apple butter from the fall harvest? Simply add a gift tag and a ribbon to your Mason jars and you’ll have a beautiful gift ready for Christmas.
Have you ever had lavender honey? It’s to die for! If you keep bees, you might already be giving away honey as gifts. If you want to take it up a notch, you can create lavender-infused honey. (Herb/honey recipe and how-to.)
If you keep livestock, jerky is a fantastic holiday gift. And who doesn’t love jerky that was made with love?
You want to make the most of raising your fowl. When cleaned properly, you can use their feathers to make earrings and necklaces as gifts for others.
Do you have a few lemon balm tinctures in your cabinets? Put them to good use as holiday gifts. Tinctures do require some time to age, but that will make it even more of a wonderful gift.
A scarf knitted with love
Homesteaded sheep’s fleece is heavenly and soft. Convert your wool into beautifully crafted scarves, blankets, hats, or sweaters.
Honey isn’t the only giftable item you can get from bees. Beeswax is so versatile in beauty products, but it’s also good as an old-fashioned candle. (Two easy methods found here.)
The bottom line
Why worry about holiday gifts when there are so many giftable options on the homestead? Give any of these amazing, thoughtful gifts to delight your loved ones.