My Favourite Things – 2023 Edition (aka. The Modern Homesteader’s Christmas Wish List)
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Every year around this time, I compile a list of my favourite things: Things that I love, use or covet for my own homestead, and things that I know other modern homesteaders will love too!
As each new holiday season approaches, I update the list to include new gadgets, products and gift ideas that have made their way onto my favourite things list over the past year, and I curate the list even further.
As a general rule, I’m all about quality over quantity, and while that certainly doesn’t have to mean expensive, it does mean I look at items as investments, whether they’re for our family or for someone else’s.
This year I narrowed down what was once a very long list to just a handful of my favourite things for gift giving (and receiving!)
Every single one of these products, big or small, is worth the investment, even at regular price. But right now during this Black Friday weekend only, you can save on all of them!
I’ve included coupon codes wherever applicable. Otherwise the discount should automatically be applied. Just keep in mind, most of these discounts won’t last! Some expire at midnight on Black Friday and others expire at the end of the weekend. So get ready to stock up on all of my favourite things! I’m confident they’ll soon become some of your favourite things too:)
Stocking Stuffers & Gift Sets
Farmhouse Teas is a family-owned business specializing in looseleaf teas, kombucha, medicinal herbs and more. Their Country Christmas Teas Set and their Holiday Trio make beautiful gifts, whether as stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or gifts for moms, aunts, neighbours, etc.
Use code FARMHOUSE20 to save 20% off most things right now at Farmhouse Teas (this Black Friday weekend only).
Right now you can buy one, get one for 50% off EVERYTHING site-wide! This deal is only available this Black Friday until 11:59pm (November 24th). Shop Plant Therapy now and save BIG! (No coupon code needed).
Gifts For the Cook & Kitchen
Nothing will make you feel more like Ma Ingalls than a set of cast iron cookware. Not only does cast ironheat up and cook more evenly than stainless steel or non-stick pans, they’re much healthier to cook on too.
Cast iron is built solid and made to last. In fact, well-seasoned and cared for cast iron can be passed down for generations!
Right now you can save 40% off this 5-piece Lodge Cast Iron set, which includes a griddle, 2 skillets and a dutch oven.
If you or someone on your Christmas list is interested in fermenting or culturing foods of any kind, Cultures For Health has everything you need to get started making your own fermented vegetables, kombucha, sourdough, yogurt, kefir, cheese and more at home!
You can get everything from packaged kombucha SCOBYs, sourdough starters, yogurt cultures, kefir grains and cheese starter cultures to full fermenting kits and equipment. My favourites for gift-giving (and receiving!) include the Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Making Kit, the Kombucha Starter Kit and the Artisan Sourdough Bread Kit.
Save up to 40% off site-wide, plus save an ADDITIONAL 10% when you use code HH10 at checkout!
Whether you’re buying for an experienced baker or looking for something to pair with your sourdough starter kit, this sourdough bread-baking kit comes with everything you need to make beautiful loaves of artisan bread at home, including 2 bread proofing baskets, liner cloth, butter paper, a metal scraper to divide and portion your dough, a plastic scraper, a wooden sourdough lame, a bag liner for packing, baking mat, dough whisk and a brush.
Grab the entire 11-piece sourdough baking set right now for 34% off (just $32.99 this Black Friday only!)
A few years back during the great canning lid shortage of 2020, a new company emerged and began to fill the gaps in the market. ForJars Canning Lids offers a diverse range of canning and preserving products, from their signature bulk canning lids to their very own pressure canner, vacuum sealer kit and their cute, canner-shaped kitchen timer (which would make a fantastic stocking stuffer, just sayin!)
This Black Friday you can save 50% off a 24 pack of mixed regular and wide mouth canning lids and rings, take over $40 off a bulk pack of 400 canning lids, and save 25% off a ForJars pressure cannerat ForJars Canning Lids.
Gifts For the Gardener
Winter may have just arrived but spring is just around the corner! True Leaf Market is a great one-stop shop for a huge variety of garden seeds, indoor growing kits, sprouts, microgreens and more!
My top picks for gift-giving include the Culinary Herb Seed Starter Kit, the Medicinal & Herbal Tea Growing Kit and the Self-Watering Microgreens Kit. If you’ve got a special feline on your gift list, they also sell pet themed kits, like this Barnwood Planter Cat Grass Kit (purrfect for the winter months when even your cats are craving something green!)
The assorted seed packs also make great gifts! I like the 15 Pack Heirloom Garden Seeds and the Emergency Storage Seeds Long Term Storage Can with over 50,000 seeds! Plus, right now you can save 15% off all of these garden gifts and more.
Use code TLMGIFTS15 at checkout to save 15% off all True Leaf Market gift items!
This Hermsche Garden Tools Set comes highly rated with all of the hand tools you’ll ever need in the garden, including a hand rake, weeder, folding saw, crack weeder, transplanter, trowel, curved pruner, straight pruner, gloves, and a storage tote bag + 10 T-type plant labels. It also comes packaged in a beautiful box that makes a gorgeous Christmas gift and will inspire even the biggest brown thumb to get out in the garden this coming spring!
Save 30% this Black Friday and get the Hermsche Garden Tools Set for just $27.99!
Gifts For the Chicken Lover
We’ve had an automatic chicken door for a few years now and it’s been a game changer! No remembering to close the coop at night or getting up early to let the girls out in the morning. Plus we don’t need to worry about them being totally secure at night.
The only downside to the chicken door we were using is that it was hard to set and reset at different times of the year. You needed to climb right in the chicken coop and honestly, I didn’t know how to work it! But this automatic chicken door from Chick Cozy is beyond simple to install and operate. Simply screw it onto your chicken coop door frame and set the digital timer! It’s also stylish and comes in a vibrant green colour or rustic goldenrod. Plus you get a pack of cute chicken stickers in each kit, and who doesn’t need more chicken stickers?
Right now you can save $32 off a ChickCozy Automatic Chicken Door, plus get an ADDITIONAL 5% off when you use coupon code THEHOUSEANDHOMESTEAD at checkout!
Baskets of eggs on the counter are great, but this Spiral Egg Dispenser is a next level statement piece that’s also highly finctional! It holds up to 3 dozen eggs and is a super stylish piece of functional decor that makes a great addition to any homestead kitchen.
Save 40% off this Black Friday and get the Spiral Egg Dispenser for just $23.99!
The “Investment” Item
Home freeze dryers are a game changer when it comes to food preservation. Unlike canning and regular dehydrating, you can freeze dried just about any food without worrying about safety. The difference between a freeze dryer and a regular dehydrator is that a freeze dryer will flash freeze your food first and then dry it. This makes it safe to dry things that a normal dehydrator can’t, like eggs, dairy and even whole meals! It also apparently won’t change the texture like a regular dehydrator does. Plus, your freeze dried food will last up to 25 years on the shelf!
A Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer has been on my personal wish list for quite some time now. They’re not exactly cheap, but they’re also an excellent investment piece that will be worth every penny in the long run.
Right now you can save up to $500 off a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer during their annual Black Friday special! (Save $300 off a small freeze dryer or $500 off a medium, large or the brand new extra large pro freeze dryer!
Shop the Harvest Right Black Friday sale here (no coupon needed), plus enter to win a FREE freeze dryer while you’re there!
The Gift Of Knowledge (and Life Skills!)
There’s perhaps no greater gift than the gift of education and skills that will last a lifetime. Right now I’m offering 30% off both of my signature courses to help you level up your homestead skills.
First, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to grow your own 100% organic food at home in my Seed to Soil Organic Gardening Course. From prepping your property to starting your seeds, indoor growing to caring for your garden and bringing in the harvest, you’ll go from overpaying for groceries to creating your very own organic grocery store right in your backyard!
Of course, you’re also going to want to know how to preserve all of that food coming out of your garden so that nothing goes to waste. I’ll teach you how to stock your pantry with delicious, nutritious SAFE home-canned food in my Yes, You CAN! Home Canning Course. Learn how to can fruits, vegetables, pickles, pie fillings, jams and jellies, meats and even full meals in a jar! Plus get a free copy of my Home Canning Handbook!
Well, that’s a wrap for this year folks! Now I want to know, what are YOUR favourite things???
I’m always on the lookout for new tools and products to make life just a little bit easier or more enjoyable! If you have any products or items that you love and use all the time, comment below and share!
And remember, while favourite “things” can certainly compliment our lives, at the end of the day, the best parts of this season are the things that are priceless. So above all else be sure to take time to slow down, spend time with the people you love most and make a conscious effort to be grateful for everything you already have. There may be a great many problems in the world today, but there’s so much to be grateful for too.
Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons…
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