Gifts from the Homestead

When making a gift by hand you are offering someone a piece of your heart.  A handmade gift is a precious and loved item. When you purchase a gift, you choose one off of a shelf of many, but when you make a gift, it is original and designed just for that person.  Even if you make 50 Psalms 91 throws, the fabric in each one is chosen according to the likes and personalities of the recipient.  With each step in the creative process, you weave in prayers, thoughts and joy for the individual which can only come from a handmade item.

Even if we love to make our gifts, we sometimes run into the issue of finding something new to create.  Please, allow the Gifts from the Homestead collection help you with that!  Gifts from the Homestead is a collaboration of homesteading and homemaking women who are amazing, and extremely talented in their crafts. The list contains over 30 gifts to choose from.  Think warm throws, soothing baths and gift baskets (there is even a post to teach you how to make the basket!) Now, that will keep you busy!

We Make it Easy!

The Gifts from the Homestead is broken down into categories: Gifts you can make in an hour or less; Gifts you can make in a day or less; Gifts you can make in a week; Special Gifts that take one month to make (but are well worth the wait). Wake up one morning, and realize you need a gift for that afternoon?  We have you covered.  Have some down time in the evenings? We can keep you busy.  For those cold, wet winter days, just curl up by a fire and choose from the Special Gifts.

These gifts aren’t just for Christmas.  They are perfect for birthdays, hostess gifts and an offering for a friend who needs cheering up.  So go ahead and make one or several.  My goal is to make all of them, and be prepared for any gift emergency!

Take a moment to visit all of these great women on their websites.  And don’t just stop at the gift tutorials.  Take a virtual walk with them through their daily lives.  You will learn things, laugh with them, and have one of the most enjoyable visits you can imagine! While you are there, be sure to comment on a post or two.  They will love hearing from you!

Gifts You Can Make in an Hour or Less

Creative Cookie Packaging Ideas || Rootsy Network

Create a Giftable Indoor Herb Garden Kit || Not So Modern Housewife

Two Holiday Chai Tea Blends: The Perfect Fall or Winter Gift || Healing Harvest Homestead

Soup in a Jar: the Perfect Comfort Gift || Dehydrating Made Easy

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds (with printable gift tags) || A Modern Homestead

How to Make & Give Homemade Hot Cocoa Mixes || Homespun Seasonal Living

How to Can Homemade Salsa || Not So Modern Housewife

Make Gift-Worthy Bread Mix In A Jar – Great for Your Own Pantry Shelf Too! || Oak Hill Homestead

Make Your Own Lotion Bars || Learning and Yearning

Easy Homemade Bath Salts Recipe || Better Hens and Gardens

Peppermint Foot Salve || The Self Sufficient Home Acre

SPF Lip Balm Recipe || Our Inspired Roots

3 Bedtime Bath Teas for Kids || Homestead Lady

DIY Flaxseed Neck Heating Pad for Soothing Muscles || Joybilee Farm

No-Sew Scented Sachet Bags With 5 Herbal Recipes || Rockin W Homestead

Fall Air Freshener DIY || Feathers In The Woods

Gifts You Can Make in a Day or Less

Easy Applesauce Recipe For Canning or Eating Fresh || Hidden Springs Homestead

How to Make Hot Process Soap Complete Picture Tutorial || Healing Harvest Homestead

Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Instructions || A Modern Homestead

DIY Quilted Mug Rug || Flip Flop Barnyard

Feathers & Hugs – How to Create a Psalms 91 Throw || The Farm Wife

DIY Flower & Veggie Row Markers || The Self Sufficient Home Acre

Horseshoe Farm Sign – Fun DIY Gift for the Horse Lover || Homegrown Self Reliance

Gifts You Can Make in a Week

Easy Primitive Throw Pillow Tutorial || Hidden Springs Homestead

How to Make a Rag Quilt || Flip Flop Barnyard

Make Your Own Plant Pots and Baskets || Homestead Lady

Special Gifts That Take One Month to Create (but are well worth the wait)

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract || Farming My Backyard

Making Herbal Vinegar || Better Hens and Gardens

How to Make Cold-Process Soap from Scratch || Oak Hill Homestead

Elderberry Elixir – A Delicious Immune Boosting Gift || Homegrown Self Reliance

How to Make Strawberry Wine Step-by-Step || Stone Family Farmstead

How to Make Cold-Process Soap from Scratch || Oak Hill Homestea

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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