The Modern Homesteader’s Handmade Christmas Gift Guide


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Whether you want to make your own gifts this year or find the perfect artisan-made gifts for the loved ones on your list, this handmade Christmas gift guide has everything you need to get started!Us homesteaders are known for our resourcefulness and our tendency to do all things handmade. Christmas is, of course, no exception. But we can’t do it all either. So this year I’ve put together a list of my favourite handmade Christmas gifts, as well as a curated list of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted goods from a variety of different sellers on Etsy.

You’ll notice pretty quickly that most all of my homemade Christmas gifts are things that can be whipped up in the kitchen. This is my form of “craftsmanship”; If I can mix it, whip it, pour it, cook it or cure it, it’s probably in my wheelhouse!

But for all the things that aren’t in my wheelhouse, I head to Etsy to find other, more talented artisans to make things for me. 

This year I’m doing even more of my shopping on Etsy as I strive to stay home and stay safe while still supporting small businesses and artisans, who are struggling more than ever this year thanks to the pandemic. And I encourage you to do the same!

So whether you’re making all of your Christmas gifts yourself or outsourcing your handmade talent to someone, um, more talented(??), here’s my handpicked list of favourite handmade gifts to give (or receive!) this year.

* The House & Homestead is a member of the Etsy Affiliate program. For more information, pease read my full affiliate disclosure here.

 

Handmade Gifts, Made By YOU

From whipped body butter to hand-poured candles and more, here are my all-time favourite handmade gifts to make at home each holiday season. 

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Homemade Body Butter Recipe | DIY Body Butter | Whipped Body Butter

This Homemade Whipped Body Butter is made with all natural shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils to moisturize skin fully without any chemicals, preservatives or synthetic fragrances. Great for moisturizing seriously dry skin this winter (especially after 9 months of hand-washing and sanitizing your hands raw! Make a batch for yourself and a batch for the ones you love this holiday season!

 

DIY Bath Salts with Essential Oils

These DIY bath salts with essential oils are an all-natural, quick and easy homemade gift that you can throw together in just a couple minutes. Great for last-minute gifts or a frugal way to pamper yourself! #essentialoilbathsalts #diybathsalts #homemadebathsalts #easyhomemadegifts #lastminutegiftideas #lastminutehomemadegifts

These DIY Bath Salts with Essential Oils are an all-natural, quick and easy homemade gift that you can throw together in just a couple minutes. Great for last-minute gifts (or a frugal way to pamper yourself!)

 

Homemade Scented Soy Candles

These homemade soy candles with essential oils are a safe, healthy and all-natural alternative to store-bought candles. And they make a great homemade gift! #homemadesoycandles #soycandles #homemadecandleswithessentialoils #diycandles

The very first handmade gifts I ever made for Christmas were these Homemade Scented Soy Candles. Not only are they surprisingly easy to make, they’re also a safe, healthy and all-natural alternative to store-bought candles for your own home or for loved ones on your list. 

 

DIY Christmas Room Sprays with Essential Oils

My favourite homemade gifts are the ones that call for simple ingredients and minimal effort, like these DIY Christmas Room Sprays with Essential Oils. All you need to do is mix a few drops of essential oils with some distilled water and witch hazel (or vodka) to a spray bottle and shake them up. Then stick a pretty label on them and call it good! (I’ve even got you covered with free printable labels, which you can find in my Free Resource Library. Not only do they make a quick and easy gift, they’re also an all-natural way to make your house smell great for the holidays!

DIY Hair Pomade with Rosemary Essential Oil

This DIY hair pomade is frugal and functional. Made from all-natural ingredients like beeswax and coconut oil, it also makes a great homemade gift for men!

A few years ago I found out that my husband was spending around $30 for professional hair styling pomade and I knew right away I could make something that was just as good but with better ingredients for a fraction of the price. After a few trials with different ingredients, I landed on this recipe for All-Natural Rosemary Hair Pomade and have made it for him as a stocking stuffer pretty much every year since. Made from all-natural ingredients including beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils, this pomade makes a great homemade gift for the men (or short-haired ladies) on your list!

 

Handmade Gift Guide: My Top Etsy Picks for 2020

You don’t need to have a talent in your hands to give the gift of handmade this holiday season. This year, I highly encourage you to support artisans, small businesses and purveyors of handmade goods whenever possible!

Etsy is a great place to begin your search, but with over 2 million sellers and countless handmade and one-of-a-kind products to choose from, it can be hard to know exactly where to start! So why not start here with this handmade gift guide, curated for the homesteaders, gardening enthusiasts, home cooks and lovers of all things handmade on your list this year. From heirloom garden seeds to personalized cutting boards, these are my top 10 picks for handmade gifts on Etsy this year.

 

Fresh Baked Bread Scented Soy Candle

Nothing gets a homesteader going more than the scent of fresh baked bread wafting from the oven. But you don’t need to be a baker (or a homesteader) to fool people into thinking you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day. All you need is this Fresh Baked Bread hand-poured candle made with all-natural soy wax and packaged in a reusable Mason jar with a black farmhouse style lid. Other scents like Salted Caramel, Cinnamon Bun, Christmas Tree and Gingersnap Cookie available from Meyberry on Etsy.

 

Pressed Foliage Botanical Jewelry

I’ve been obsessing over pressed botanical jewelry lately. Not only did this make my personal Christmas list, I also couldn’t help but order another one for someone who shall remain nameless (since I sincerely HOPE she reads my blog;) If you have a plant lover in your life, this Terrarium Bracelet makes the perfect gift! Plus, this Etsy seller has a whole line of pressed botanical jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more to choose from.

 

Salsa Garden Seeds Gift Set

I never even thought of saving seeds to gift at Christmas time! But this garden seed gift set has given me all sorts of ideas for next year:) If you’ve got your own seeds to spare, consider putting together a gift set for the gardener in your life. And if you don’t have your own seeds to give, then this Salsa Garden Seed Gift Set is a great alternative. As an added bonus, all of the seeds are heirloom seeds, which means they can be saved and replanted over and over again. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

 

DIY Embroidery Kit

With all of the time spent at home this year, people are picking up all sorts of DIY hobbies of their own. In the spring it was sourdough bread and gardening, in the summer and fall it was canning and food preserving and now that we’re headed into winter, needlework is gaining popularity. If you’ve got a crafty person on your list (or someone who just really needs a hobby!) then this DIY Embroidery Kit is just the thing to keep idle hands busy this winter! The seller has many patterns to choose from, but the pattern pictured above is so symbolic of 2020 that I couldn’t help but share it (and order it for myself… As if I need another hobby to keep me busy!)

 

Craft Beer Soap Sampler

I know I’m not the only one who finds the men in my life hard to buy for. I find this to be especially true when it comes to handmade gifts. But then I stumbled upon this Beer Soap 6-Pack Sampler from Craftsman Soap Co., who also make all-natural beard oil, aftershave and cologne oil for the rugged men in your life.

Made with all-natural ingredients and craft beer, this sampler set includes the following scents:

  • Eucalyptus Brown
  • Angeles Forest IPA
  • Golden State Hefe
  • Hops & Barley Scrub
  • Coastal Sage Lager
  • Citrus & Spruce Saison

Great for the craft beer lover in your life, male or female:)

 

“I Raise Tiny Dinosaurs” T-Shirt

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If you’ve got a chicken keeper on your list, then this “I Raise Tiny Dinosaurs” t-shirt will definitely speak their language! Available in multiple sizes and colours.

 

Mismatched Chicken Socks

These cute Mismatched Chicken & Rooster Socks from Friday Sock Co. make the perfect stocking stuffer for the homesteader or chicken lover on your list! 

 

Personalized Family Recipe Cutting Board & Tea Towel Set

Do you or does someone you know have a cherished family recipe that’s been handed down through generations? Those old handwritten recipes are some of the most treasured family heirlooms (even if they are a little hard to read!) Now you can preserve your family recipes in the most beautiful way with this Personalized Family Recipe Cutting Board & Tea Towel Set. Just send this Etsy seller a copy of your handwritten family recipe (or anything else handwritten that you’d like to have engraved or printed) and she’ll engrave it on this beautiful wooden cutting board and print it on a kitchen towel. A beautiful way to preserve handwritten family heirlooms of all kinds!

 

Personalized Wooden Recipe Binder

Another great gift for anyone who likes to spend time in the kitchen, this Personalized Wooden Recipe Binder is the perfect place to store favourite recipes. The cover is made from high-quality plywood and comes in Pear, Cherry, Walnut or Ebony colours. It also includes 70 customizable pages, including recipe cards, lined and blank sheets. Choose from 3 different sizes and personalized engraving. Other cover designs are also available.

 

Personalized Engraved Christmas Tree Ornaments

When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with these beautiful Engraved Wood Slice Ornaments that you can customize and personalize in many different ways. From family names to “Baby’s First Christmas” and more, these make a great handmade stocking stuffer or hostess gift for anyone on your list.

 

More Handmade Personalized Gift Ideas

One of the best things about handmade gifts is that they’re unique and one-of-a-kind, and nothing’s more unique than personalized handmade gifts. Check out Etsy’s wide range of personalized gift ideas here.

 

Support Small this Holiday Season

Small businesses are struggling more than ever this year thanks to the pandemic. But if we all choose to do even a percentage of our Christmas shopping with small businesses, we can make a huge difference in so many people’s lives.

This year, I encourage you to shop small and shop local whenever possible (Etsy’s location search tool makes it easy to find and support local artisans and small businesses in your area). We might not have control over everything, or even most things that have happened this year, but we do have control over where we spend our dollars, and who benefits from that. 

* For more tips and inspiration, check out the December 2020 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine.. Etsy’s own resident trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson shares her take on the pandemic’s impact on small businesses and what the future (and present) looks like for shopping and selling small. Plus, I’m sharing the one (and maybe only) homemade gift we’re making for our friends and family this year: the cutest DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes you ever did see! I’ll teach you how to make your own to keep, gift or even sell! Click here to subscribe for FREE and get the latest issue delievered straight to your inbox:)

P.S. What are some of your favourite handmade gifts that you’ve given or received??

 

 

 

 


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2 Comments

  1. A.S.

    A very easy gift to make is lip balm. I’ve also made caramels and hot process soap.
    Great list! I love shopping on Etsy. You can even shop “local” on there by restricting thr search to your state or city!

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Yes! I love the location search feature on Etsy!
      I haven’t made my own lip balm yet, but it’s on my list. And soap-making is another thing I want to dive into in the new year. Great ideas!

      Reply

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My name’s Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader living in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. I live with my family (human, furry and feathered) on 1/4 acre property where we grow and preserve hundreds of pounds of our own food every year, and strive to live a more self-reliant lifestyle in all that we do.

I grew up in Vancouver and had pretty much zero experience homesteading before my husband, Ryan and I decided we wanted to escape the rat race, become less dependent on the modern industrial food system (and all modern industrialized systems), and dove head first into this lifestyle around a decade ago.

We packed up and moved to Vancouver Island where we live now, started our first garden, and the rest is pretty much history.

(Well, actually that’s not true… There have been A LOT of ups and downs, successes and failures, wins and losses, struggles, challenges and pivotal moments along the way, but those are stories for another day).

Over the past few years, our decision to follow a less conventional path that aims to break free (at least in some part) from “the system” has been affirmed over and over again. We all know for a fact now that our food system, healthcare system, financial system, transportation system and so much more are all really just a house of cards built on shaky ground. We’ve been lucky so far, but sooner or later it’s all liable to collapse.

But preparedness and security isn’t the only thing that drives us… The peace of mind I get knowing that everything we grow is 100% organic, and that the ingredients in our food, medicine, personal and household products are safe and natural is worth more than anything I could buy at the grocery store.

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I’m all about practical gifts; Gifts that will truly make life easier and contribute to my and my family’s wellbeing. And our family includes our animals!

One of the ways we make sure our chickens are taken care of is by letting them free range during the day, but making sure they’re locked up and safe from predators at night. But who wants to be up at the crack of dawn to open the coop, or wake up to a bloodbath because you forgot to close the coop the night before?

(The answer is obviously no one… No one wants that).

Automating our homesteading tasks as much as possible allows us to worry about other things and saves us a ton of time. Plus, it makes sure that things get taken care of, whether we remember or not.

Using an automatic chicken door has been a GAME CHANGER for us. It’s one of those lesser known homestead tools that can make all the difference, and I’m always recommending one to anyone who keeps chickens!

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Yes, you read that right…

Modern Homesteading Magazine is coming to an end.

This decision has not come easily, but there’s a season for everything, and more and more I’m feeling called to transition out of this season and into the next in both life and business.

And so this final farewell issue is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s the first ever annual issue, with 100 pages packed with brand new content that celebrates the best of the past 32 issues!

And it’s the first issue I’ve ever offered in PRINT!

But on the other hand, it marks the end of an era, and of this publication that I’ve absolutely had the pleasure of creating and sharing with you.

If you’re a digital subscriber, you will not be charged a renewal fee going forward, and will continue to have access to the digital library until your subscription runs out. As part of your subscription, you’re able to download and/or print each issue of you like, so that you never lose access to the hundreds of articles and vast amount of information in each issue.

Rather than subscribing, you can now purchase an all-access pass for a one-time fee of just $20, which gives you access to our entire digital library of issues.

Plus, for a limited time, when you purchase an all-access pass you’ll also get a gift certificate for a second all-access pass to gift to someone else.

I’m also still taking preorders for the print version of this special edition issue, but only for a few more weeks!

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But if you work on learning one new skill at a time and gain confidence in it before moving onto the next, one day you’ll be looking back and marvelling at how far you’ve come.

That’s where I’m at now. Life today looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago, when our homesteading and self-reliance journey was just beginning.

Back then we still lived in our city condo and were just beginning to dabble in all of this stuff. But my husband Ryan and I felt a sense urgency to start pursuing a more self-reliant lifestyle, and we committed to taking small steps, one day at a time to make that vision a reality.

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There are so many reasons to grow your own food at home:

💰 Saves you money at the grocery store
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But perhaps the number one reason is because it just tastes better!

Not only does food taste better when it’s freshly picked or allowed to ripen on the vine, there’s something about putting in the work to grow something from a tiny seed and then getting to see it on your dinner plate that just makes it so much more satisfying than anything you’ll ever buy from the store.

Plus, having to wait all year for fresh tomatoes or strawberries or zucchinis to be in season makes that short period when they’re available just that much more exciting!

With the world spinning out of control and food prices continuing to rise, it’s no wonder more people are taking an interest in learning to grow their own food at home. But that also means changing our relationship with food and learning to appreciate the work that goes into producing it and the natural seasonality of organically grown fruits and vegetables.

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If you’ve been watching events unfold over the past few years and you’re feeling called to start “cutting ties” with the system and begin reclaiming your independence, The Society of Self-Reliance was made for you!

When I first launched this online membership program last year, my goal was to create a one-stop resource where members could go to learn and practice every aspect of self-reliance, as well as a space to connect with other like-minded people pursuing the same goal. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you join!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn inside the Society:

🌱 Food Security and Self-Sufficiency: Learn the art of growing and preserving your own food, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious meals year-round.

🌿 Natural Living and Herbal Medicine Mastery: Discover the secrets to creating a low-tox home and and to growing, making and using herbal remedies to support your family’s health, naturally.

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I only open the doors to The Society once or twice each year, but right now, for one week only, you can become a member for just $20/month (or $200/year).

In today’s world, self-reliance is no longer a luxury, a “cute hobby,” it’s a necessity. Join us inside The Society of Self-Reliance and empower yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the new world!

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

Comment “Garlic” below or head to thehouseandhomestead.com/garlic-guide to get your free copy!
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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
Head over using the link in my bio!
https://thehouseandhomestead.com/12-frugal-living-tips-summer/
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