When I say off grid I do not mean I live so far back into the woods I have to pump in sunlight, I mean I live 10 minutes from town and I will still get off the grid one day, sooner than later.
Seeing as I have most things already and I really do not want a bunch of gifts that would call for power but there are some gifts that a homesteader can use or would love to have. Especially if they are like me and learning as I go before I jump all the way off the grid, plus I want to be more self sufficient and make or gather what I can for free.
Learning is the key, its hard to learn a lesson of no heat in the winter or no food after the garden dies.
So, there are some things that would be appreciated by people like me that do not live like others.
1 - Learn to be a sugar maker
I call it making Maple syrup but others call it sugar making. First you need to read about this amazing way of getting free maple syrup! Go from there and buy the needed items to tap the trees.
2 - Vegetable seeds
Its hard at first because you do not have seed to grow your food, after the first or second year things are easier because we learn how to harvest and save seed for the next growing season. All seed are appreciated!
3 - Soap Making
I like to use every single part of an animal, while I am more a vegetarian some in the family eat meat. And while there is tallow ( grease) that comes from ALL animals, I need to do something with it and making soap is the best way to utilize the tallow.
Learning is not hard but sometimes the little things I do not know help, plus a mold would be great so that I maybe can sell the soap if I am in need of cash or for a trade/ barter.
4 - Trees!
Yes I said trees. There is nothing like planting a tree and getting fruits and nuts right out of your own yard or field. While I prefer nuts for the protein some would rather have fruit.
5 - Anything Warm
While most people have a wood burning heater or fireplace some of us are not quiet there yet ( I just learned a valuable lesson last weekend, click here to read : Off the grid ) So I suggest stocking up on warm clothes and long johns.
Well there you go! A small list of things a homesteader would love as gifts that most can afford.
The list is long of things one would love to have on the homestead but I think it would be rude to ask for a backhoe or tractor :)
By Andria Perry
Photo By Andria Perry
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