Part 2 of the Homesteader’s gift guide. If you missed Part 1, just click here. These are all supplies that should either give you an intro to DIY, or are home/garden products that are durable, versatile, and should last you a lifetime of regular use.
If you don’t live in a huge house, with a huge yard, you probably don’t have the space (or money) to buy a big standalone smoker. With a Cameron Smoker, you can still smoke fish, meat, veggies and more in the smallest space or kitchen. It works on a gas or electric stove, or any other heat source.
Super bonus – it also works on a grill, or in a campfire, so you can take it camping with you! It even comes with wood chips to get you started.
A kit like this is a great idea for someone who wants to try making cheese, but doesn’t want to go speciality store shopping for all the equipment. You can make Mozarella, Ricotta, Chevre, and many more.
This is an awesome and super versatile home tool. It’s a bucket made from recycled tires, and is the most durable bucket you’ll ever use. I use mine for gardening, fill it with dirt, or tools, or compost, and it will stand up to any degree of abuse, but you can use it for just about anything around the house. You really can’t kill this thing, and it’s all made from recycled materials, so yay!
This is a really cool gift idea not only for homesteaders, but for families with young kids. This kit allows you to grow your own edible mushrooms right out of the box. It’s a great way to teach kids about growing food in a super easy container. You just have to water it, and mushrooms will come popping out. Also a really cheap alternative to buying your own, and mushrooms will grow multiple crops, so it keeps replenishing itself!
Lots of people ask for new knives for Christmas, even if you have great knives, they’re going to go dull eventually. Rather than throwing away a nice knife, a good whetstone with stand makes a great gift for the foodies in your life (perhaps with a link to a knife sharpening tutorial to your favourite blog). They will last a lifetime, and are really easy to use.