Gifts for Gardeners, Cooks and Homesteaders

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of the countdown to Christmas. How is your gift shopping going? I’ve got my list pretty well worked out; now I just have to get out there and shop.

There are, of course, a few people who are impossible to shop for. You know the ones that either want nothing or already have everything. For them I have to get creative. What do you give these folks? Tell me in the comments section below.

Here is a roundup of some of the gifts I’m giving this year. Maybe one of these ideas will work for someone on your list too.

Gardener

Motus D-Grip and T-Grip $13.00 and $12.00

T-Grip

D-Grip

These genius grips will make garden work much kinder to your body. They attach to your shovel or hoe to give better leverage and lifting control
Available at www.GreenHeronTools.com.
Photo credit: Green Heron Tools

The Birds of BirdNote® 2014 Calendar $14.99

Support the public radio show BirdNote® and give a great looking calendar with photos shot by Gerrit Vyn conservation photographer and natural history media producer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Available at www.Birdnote.org.
Photo credit: BirdNote®

Gift Certificate to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Prices Vary

With options like ‘Blue Berries’ tomato, ‘Jimmy Nardello’ Italian pepper and ‘Delaware Indian Sacred’ nicotiana the recipient of a gift certificate from Baker Creek will also receive hours of daydreaming as they peruse the seed choices.
Available at www.RareSeeds.com.
Photo credit: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Subscription to Gardens Illustrated Magazine $27.84 for 6 Issues

Inspiration is one of the best gifts you can give a gardener. This British magazine is full of gorgeous photos, practical information and a lot of fodder for the imagination. Also available in a digital format for tablets.
Subscribe at www.GardensIllustrated.com.
Photo credit: Gardens Illustrated

Cook

Handcrafted Cutting Boards $44.99 – $299.99

These cutting boards are made in my home state of Arkansas by the great upcycler Paul Michael. The woods used are locally harvested or reclaimed.
Available at www.PaulMichaelCompany.com.
Photo credit: Paul Michael Company

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart Prices Vary

This New York Times bestseller is suitable for the cook or gardener on your list. Because, really, who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Especially one made with plants harvested from the garden.
Available at www.AmyStewart.com.
Photo credit: Amy Stewart

Berard Olive-Wood Salt Keeper $49.00

This is a gift I wish someone would give me! I have an olive-wood pepper mill that just gets more beautiful with age. This salt keeper would be a gorgeous addition to any kitchen.
Available at www.Casa.com.
Photo credit: Casa

Pie Bird $8.00

This clever baking tool is cute and helpful. The pie bird vents stem from pies as they bake preventing fillings from boiling over and ensuring a crisp bottom crust.
Available at www.LeCreuset.com.
Photo credit: Le Creuset

Homesteader

Weck Mold Jars Set of 6 $15.25 – $19.50

Even if I never put up a single batch of anything I’d have Weck jars around just because they are so attractive. Filled with homemade preserves they are a sight to behold!
Available at www.WeckJars.com.
Photo credit: Weck Jars

Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set $59.99

It’s funny how things go in and out of style. Right now knitting is once again all the rage. Treat your favorite knitter to a set of interchangeable needles from Knit Picks. The kit also comes with two cables for the Magic Loop method of knitting, end caps, a clear vinyl needle case and cable keys.
Available at www.KnitPicks.com.
Photo Credit: Knit Picks

Wire Egg Basket $24.75

It is my opinion that one can never have too many egg baskets. This basket has a center handle that makes gathering eggs a snap.
Available at www.MeyerHatchery.com.
Photo credit: Meyer Hatchery

“Pioneer” Clothes Drying Rack $109.00

This might not be the sexiest gift you give this year, but it will be the most used because nothing beats the smell of sun dried laundry. This handcrafted version offers 30 lineal feet of drying space.
Available at www.HomesteadDryingRacks.com.
Photo credit: Homestead Drying Racks

P. Allen Smith Gifts

I wouldn’t be a true entrepreneur without a little self-promotion. Here are three options for the P. Allen Smith fan on your list.

Tour and Lunch at the Moss Mountain Farm Garden Home $90.00

Treat someone to a tour the gardens and cottage and lunch.
Spring 2014 tour dates are now available. Purchase tickets here.

P. Allen Smith Holiday Collection $39.98 – $69.98

Hand-tied, sustainably harvested Noble Fir greenery available in five different styles.
Available at HomeDepot.com.

P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden $24.74 – $17.32

My cookbook is a collection of recipes inspired by seasonal foods and my Southern heritage. There are a total of 120 dishes: 30 for each season.
Available at www.Amazon.com.

Plans for the Garden Home Cottage $500.00 – $1,500.00

Enable someone on your gift list to build their own garden home with a set of plans for the 1,870 square foot, eco-friendly cottage built at Moss Mountain Farm.
Available at Houseplans.SouthernLiving.com.

One Response to Gifts for Gardeners, Cooks and Homesteaders

  1. L. Lyle says:

    For folks who have everything, they never turn down a gift of their favorite food, such as homebaked rolls, cookies or pies. Perhaps a gift certificate to the local dinner theater would do. Pay their way to a favorite event, performance or for their membership to a local arts or garden club. Older members of the family always want more time with you. Spending time with them and listening to their stories is good for both of you. It is one gift that you will never regret giving… or receiving.

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