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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We don’t talk enough about pregnancy loss and its impact on families. I hope to change that in my own small way as our own family continues to navigate this journey together, but right now we’re healing.

And today we’re celebrating our beautiful Earth Angel’s 5th birthday. I truly don’t know how or if I’d be able to cope with all of the losses without her, and for that I’m eternally grateful.

I’ll be back with more “regularly scheduled content” tomorrow as I’m opening the doors to my home canning course this week, but if I’m otherwise a bit scarce right now, you know why.

Thanks for being here and for your ongoing support through all of the ups and downs 🙏
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Often times these messages come from people who have been handed down old canning recipes and cookbooks from their parents and grandparents, or have fond memories of old recipes but want to know if they’re safe to can according to today’s standards.

The fact is, many of the canning recipes and methods that our grandparents and even our parents used are no longer considered safe. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make them safe!

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In the meantime, leave your canning questions below👇 in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them all on Saturday!

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Sometimes when I look at our pantry full of home-canned food, even I find it hard to believe that I started canning just six years ago.

But while I’m 100% confident when it comes to canning food nowadays, I definitely didn’t start out that way.

When I canned my first batch of applesauce, I was so afraid that it would make my baby daughter sick that I refused to feed her a single spoonful, and I ate the rest with my fingers crossed that I’d live to tell the tale!

Then came my first batch of green beans. I hid around the corner as the pressure canner hissed and rattled, afraid it would blow up my kitchen. And after all was said and done, I was so scared to eat the beans that I had lovingly grown from seed and preserved that I ended up tossing every single jar in the garbage. Talk about a waste of food! (Not to mention time and effort).

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Nowadays I cringe when I see bad and even downright DANGEROUS canning advice floating around on the Internet (and sadly there’s A LOT of it out there). Because the last thing you want when you’re canning homegrown and/or homemade food for your family is to make them sick… or worse!

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If you’re ready to start canning your own food at home so that you always have a pantry stocked with healthy, delicious and SAFE home-canned food to feed your family, ai’m hosting a free webinar this Saturday, July 24th where I’ll be teaching you the 6 simple rules for safe home canning, as well as how to safely tweak and adapt canning recipes, and even how you can take a favourite family recipe and make it safe to can.

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This might sound a little crazy for a seasoned canner who knows what they’re doing, but it’s a legitimate fear for new home canners who don’t yet understand the process. ⁠

In the end I did eat it myself, and lived to tell the tale! But I was too scared to feed it to Evelyn until about a year later when I was confident in what I was doing.⁠

Nowadays we can hundreds of jars of food every year, both with our water bath canner and our pressure canner. But if you're just starting out, water bath canning is the way to go. It's easy, it doesn't require a lot of special equipment, and there are sooo many foods that can be water bath canned and preserved for the winter!⁠

Jams, jellies, pickles, pie fillings, sauces and salsas, fruits and fruit butters... The possibilities aren't exactly endless, but there are enough recipes to keep you going for a long time without ever getting bored.⁠

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🧺 I've heard some horror stories about homemade laundry detergent.

Many people claim that homemade laundry detergents are either bad for your clothes, bad for your washing machine, or both. I’ve read many articles that claim homemade laundry soaps and detergents either don’t work (ie. leave clothes looking and smelling dirty), have discoloured people’s clothes (leaving whites yellow and colours looking dull), or left soap residue in the fibres of clothes. Some say it even ruined their washing machines, specifically front loaders and HE washing machines.

Not to mention the many online sources that claim that if your washing machine goes on the fritz during your warranty period and you’ve been using homemade laundry detergent, your warranty will be void.

On top of all of that, borax -a common ingredient used in homemade laundry detergent- has been called into question for safety reasons, as it can be toxic and even deadly if ingested or used indicated on skin.

It's enough to scare you away from ever trying to make your own laundry detergent at home 😱

However, I’ve been making and using homemade laundry detergent for about 2½ years now, and not only have I never had a problem with the recipe that I use, our clothes are as clean as ever, and our brand new (as of three years ago) Electrolux-brand HE front loader washing machine still runs perfectly well and has no built up soap residue.

Since we started making our own, we’ve easily saved a few hundred dollars on store-bought laundry detergent, which is honestly the biggest reason why we make our own at home.

I've been getting requests from readers for a homemade laundry detergent recipe for years now, but I wanted to find one that I was happy with before sharing. I can say with full confidence that I am very happy with the recipe I'm sharing with you today, but I can only say what has worked for me and my family. I implore you to do some research on the pros and cons of homemade detergent before making your own.

That being said, if you do decide to make your own, this is a great recipe! Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe/
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I sent a pretty vulnerable email out to my readers last weekend…

(Post 1/2)

I admitted that I spent my Sunday morning “crying in my coffee” because I feel like I’m really struggling in the garden this year; Moreso than any other year.

Our beans have been decimated multiple times by pill bugs (they even outsmarted my Diatomaceous Earth AND peppermint oil applications by resorting to eating the bean sprouts underground before they even had a chance to sprout!). Our cucumbers and squash are growing at a snail’s pace, and I’m still troubleshooting to figure out why. We’ve just overcome blossom end rot on our zucchinis and have yet to even taste one (normally they’re big enough to beat someone over the head with already). And I suspect the heatwave put a stop to our broccoli production, because we’ve got big leafy plants with no offshoots, and heads that were smaller than my fist this year.

We’ve had more plants eaten and ravaged by soil problems, disease and extreme temperature fluctuations than we’ve ever had before. The weeds were worse than they’ve ever been this spring (we finally got those under control with a lot of cardboard and mulch), and we’ve yet to really see a decent harvest from any of our vegetable crops.

BUT, the challenges we’ve faced this year have forced me to grow as a gardener, try new and innovative ways of dealing with problems, learn more about soil health, how to fix the issues we’re dealing with now and how to hopefully prevent these issues from being a problem in the future.

They’ve also made me grateful for what is working and for the crops that have produced. Many nearby farmers and gardeners lost their berry crops in the heatwave this year, but miraculously our strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are doing better this year than even before. Our herbs have done great and will provide us with more than we need for the year. Our peas were slow to start but did well in the end, basil and greens are going strong and we’ve got the most beautiful echinacea flowers in bloom right now from seeds we planted last year.

We also have our own compost for the first time ever.

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🍒 July is synonymous with cherries, and that means CHERRY PIE!!!

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Recipe link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/can-homemade-cherry-pie-filling/

Summer pie season (and canning season) has officially arrived 😉
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🍔 It took me 33 years to try making my own hamburgers from scratch.

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But if I’m being really honest, I never liked homemade burgers patties growing up. They were always dry and flavourless. My mom would bulk hers up with breads crumbs and huge chunks of onion, hardly any seasoning and then she’d cook them until they were charred and very well done. So when I grew up I found a grocery store brand that I liked and we always just bought those, along with some store-bought buns and called it good.

But as I started making my own mayo and BBQ sauce and pickles and relish and started topping our burgers with homegrown tomatoes and lettuce, I just couldn’t come to terms with the fact that I was using store-bought buns and patties.

Now, don’t get me wrong: we use store-bought burgers as they’re good in a pinch, but we’ve also perfected our homemade burger game, from the patties to the buns to the condiments and everything else in between!

The secret to our homemade patties is using grass fed beef and BACON. And no extra filler, other than seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and Worcestershire sauce).

But what really makes these next level are freshly made homemade hamburger buns! There is nothing like homemade bread of any kind, and hamburger buns are no exception. Plus they’re quicker and easier than you might think to whip together!

Click the link in my bio to get the full recipes for both my homemade Beef & Bacon Burger Patties AND my Homemade Hamburger Buns. You’ll also find links to my Homemade Mayo and Homemade Rhubarbecue Sauce to top your burgers with:)

To BBQ season! And to replacing store-bought everything, one simple recipe at a time;)
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