Wide-open spaces, animals, home-grown food – what are the best gifts for farmers, homesteaders, and ranchers who seem to have everything? Well, they may appear to live a charmed life, but only from a distance! Rest assured – behind their bountiful self-reliance is a wish list.
Finding the best gifts for farmers and ranchers is arguably more difficult than gifting a townie. Farmers are seriously pragmatic, idiosyncratic, and always working. However, the secret to buying a gift for a farmer is to stay in the farming wheelhouse – buy a practical gift that serves the farm!
The best gifts for farmers, homesteaders, and ranchers are items they can use in the farm’s day-to-day running. High-quality, durable products like tools, cookware, portable generators, crop and livestock equipment, and outdoor apparel make ideal gifts for farmers.
Finding the perfect, practical gifts, although fun, can be very stressful. I hope I’ve made the search more manageable with this ultimate guide to the best gifts for homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers.
- Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $100
- The Best Wearable Gifts For Farmers
- The Best Tools and Gear Gifts For Homesteaders and Ranchers
- Gifts For The Garden
- The Best Kits and DIYs To Give As Gifts to Farmers and Homesteaders
- Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $500
- Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $1000
- The Best Books To Give as Gifts For Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers
- Best Books for Animal Care
- Best Books For Gardening and Homesteading
- 41. The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, and Home
- 42. The Fruit Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden
- 43. Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
- 44. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
- 45. The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season
- 46. Think Like An Ecosystem
- 47. 40 Projects For Building Your Backyard Homestead
- 48. The Homesteading Encyclopedia
- Best Foraging Books To Give As Gifts
- Practical Classes and Courses For Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers
Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $100
The best under-$100 gifts for farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders include comfortable, practical clothing that boosts safety and productivity, accessories for farm vehicles that enhance vehicle uptime and assist in emergencies, crop cultivation tools, and kitchenware that enables healthy cooking and self-reliance.
The Best Wearable Gifts For Farmers
Hands-down, most of the best gifts for farmers, homesteaders, and ranchers are durable, all-weather clothes and shoes. After all, a farmer never gets a break from the farm, and their clothes need to stand up to the task at hand.
1. Rubber Farm Boots
Happy feet, happy farmer, and when you’re spending most of your day on your feet on muddy turf, a comfortable and capable pair of rubber farm boots is essential.
The Muck Boot Company makes premium farmer’s Wellington boots. The unisex Edgewater Tall Neoprene and Rubber Boots offer excellent protection from the elements, enhanced flexibility, top-notch outsole traction, and superior overall comfort. Plus, they’re easy to clean.
- 100% waterproof.
- Comfort rating from sub-zero temperatures to 65°F.
- Stretch fit for easy on/off.
- Self-cleaning outsole.
2. Three-In-One Poncho
An all-weather poncho is an excellent wardrobe item for farming emergencies in the rain and snow. Here’s a 100% waterproof unisex polyester taffeta Poncho Villa that can also get used as a tarp/tent or a groundsheet.
The Poncho Villa is perfect for keeping a farmer dry while he fixes a tractor in the field during a thundershower or for providing shelter for a mama cow as she calves on the prairie while the snowflakes fall.
- They get fitted with grommets.
- Compact in a carry bag.
3. Heated Vest
Imagine moving about in freezing weather with the same cozy comfort you experience in bed with an electric blanket! An O-Sen Heated Vest for farming men and women is a mobile torso-heating solution.
The vest’s outer layer is waterproof, while the skin-friendly inner fabric houses ultra-light conductive carbon fiber threads and five types of TPU heating film to achieve temperatures ranging from 105°F to 135°F for up to eight hours.
- It runs on a 10,000mAh USB power bank
- Three heat settings.
- Five heating zones.
- Polyester inner lining.
4. Beanie Headlamp
Farmers often have to fix things in the dark – a burst water pipe, a wounded animal, a flat tire – you get the idea. So, a powerful portable light that enables hands-free work is a vital survival tool, and the Night Scout Rechargeable LED Beanie fits the bill. Brightly and warmly!
Four USB-charged LED lights in a removable housing cast 100 lumens with three intensity settings. The light is removable for safe beanie washing.
- Lithium-ion battery included.
5. Fireproof Leather Gloves
Fire is as much a part of farm life as water. Whether it’s loading logs into a hearth or handling a blowtorch or welding rod, farmers need fireproof gloves.
Multipurpose Beetro Fireproof Gloves are made from cowhide and provide exceptional flame retardant heat protection. They’re also punctured, tear, and cut-resistant.
The long gloves have a soft inner lining and elasticated wrists, offering flexibility.
6. Sloggers Red Chicken Rain Boots
Like most farmers, I love sloggers. They are made of durable, thin rubber that provides incredible insulation in colder weather.
They are also made of one solid piece of rubber, meaning they have fewer chances of cracking. In fact, I’ve had my pair of sloggers for four years, and they still look relatively new! Combined with the fact that they’re just plain adorable, these make fantastic gifts for ranchers and homesteaders.
- Come in many fun patterns, including designs with cows, goats, chickens, horses, and more.
- Solid rubber design makes them entirely waterproof and very durable.
- Order one size up for the best fit.
7. Insulated Coveralls
There are few gifts that farmers, homesteaders, and ranchers will appreciate more than a good pair of insulated coveralls for winter.
Warm, cozy, and durable workwear like these Berne Coveralls (also available for men here) can keep you warm on those mucky winter mornings when getting out of bed feels like taking a plunge into an icebox!
These overalls are super durable and made from heavy cotton duck canvas. They also have tons of pockets, which is essential for any homesteader!
- Adjustable straps and full-length leg zippers
- Available in tons of sizes with tall, regular, and short variants for the perfect fit.
- Comes in four colors.
8. A Practical Garden Apron
A garden apron with plenty of pockets is one of the best gifts, bar none, for a homesteader, farmer, or rancher.
This Roo Gardening Apron is one of the best aprons out there, with many hidden pockets for harvesting crops, eggs, weeds, flowers, and more. It’s also machine washable for easy cleanup.
- Three smaller pockets and one huge pouch for harvesting.
- Made from heavy-duty cotton canvas.
- Adjustable, ergonomic straps for ultimate comfort.
9. Wool Socks
Sturdy, soft wool socks are necessary for farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders who can’t take time off for winter. Budget-friendly merino socks like these Time May Tell Men’s Cushion Socks also pair very well with thick winter boots and wellies, protecting your favorite farmer’s feet from blisters.
- Thick wool fabric and cushioned soles for ultimate warmth and comfort.
- 2- pack.
- Machine washable.
The Best Tools and Gear Gifts For Homesteaders and Ranchers
A farm doesn’t run itself, and keeping up with day-to-day tasks takes a lot of work. However, these tools and devices can make things easier and boost productivity:
10. Auto Recovery Tracks
Often, farm roads get muddy, and vehicles get stuck. A tractor or a tow vehicle may not always be available, and the stuck vehicle will need a DIY recovery solution. Enter Reindeer Traction Tracks, capable of supporting up to ten tons of vehicle mass.
It measures 36 inches by 12.2 inches by 4.7 inches. The reindeer traction tracks consist of reinforced nylon, delivering a strong, durable, and lightweight recovery kit for farm vehicles bogged down in the mud, snow, ice, and sand.
- Superior traction.
- Suitable for cars, vans, and trucks.
- Double as spades.
- Easy to carry.
11. Solar 12v Battery Trickle Charger
Farmers invariably have a vehicle or two that doesn’t get used regularly, perhaps a boat, an RV, or a classic pickup. Chances are, when the farmer wants to use the vehicle, the battery is flat.
A Solar 12-volt Battery Charger will ensure all infrequently used 12-volt farm batteries (including electric fence and deer feeder batteries) stay fully charged and in peak condition using solar power. So, it’s one of the best gifts for off-grid or thrifty farmers.
- Built-in overcharge/discharge protection.
- Includes hardware – DC plug, clamps, and mounting hardware.
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12. Dutch Oven
This guy is perfect for baking bread on hot coals – and cooking an Irish stew on an open flame! Cooking with cast iron is a farming tradition, and no farm kitchen is complete without a genuine Cast Iron Dutch Oven.
The 4.5-quart Lehman’s Dutch Oven has a 10-inch diameter and is 3.54 inches deep. Also, the legs on Lehman’s Dutch Oven are 28% longer than the standard variety.
The Lehman’s Dutch Oven is pre-seasoned and uses a genius nitrogen infusion process for a classic look and non-stick finish.
- It includes a lid-lifting tool.
- Scratch and rust-resistant.
13. Maple Syrup Tapping Kit
Why not give the gift that keeps on giving? This maple syrup tapping kit is on my wishlist this year!
It comes with everything you need to tap your local trees, from the taps to filters, a guide, and the buckets.
You can also use these tappers on trees other than maple. Some great examples are birch, apple, black walnut, and pine trees. So, even if the person you want to give this gift to doesn’t have a sugar maple on their property, they might have another tree for the tapping!
- Come with two taps, buckets, lids, and filters.
- The instructional guide is straightforward to follow and learn from.
14. Eversprout Fruit Picker
If you’re shopping for a fruit tree farmer or a homesteader with an orchard, they’ll make good use of this extendable, 20 ft long fruit picker!
- 1-year warranty.
- Only weighs 1.5 lbs for easy picking.
- The large picking basket fits multiple fruits for the quickest harvesting ever!
15. Opinel Folding Pocket Knife
This classic Opinel pocket knife is one of the best gifts for homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers because it is super versatile.
The carbon steel blade is durable as they come, and it’s the perfect knife for almost any task, whether that’s carving wood, cutting your food, or splitting rope. The best feature is the locking blade, which allows you to lock it in the open or closed position for ultimate safety.
Plus, these knives are made to last. I’ve had mine for seven years, and it’s still going strong.
- Incredibly versatile.
- 3.5-inch carbon steel locking blade.
- Beechwood handle.
16. A Durable Harvest Basket
One of the best gifts for farmers and homesteaders is a lovely harvest basket, like this River Wrx one.
A nice, heavy-duty harvest basket is excellent for carrying your eggs, produce, milk, firewood, and tools wherever you go! Plus, you can treat it like a “gift basket” and fill them with goodies like little seed packets, a pair of warm socks, food, soap, or anything else your favorite homesteader might like.
- Hardwood and steel mesh.
- It can hold up to 50 lbs.
- The coated steel mesh basket bottom makes it easy to wash your produce and drains away spilled liquids.
17. Stainless Steel Fermentation Kit
Sauerkraut, salsa, and pickled cucumbers! Fermenting vegetables is as old as the hills and easy to do. Delectable culinary icons can get made using a Trellis + Co Stainless Steel Fermentation Kit, giving the farm pantry a supply of long-lasting ingredients for a host of hearty meals.
The Stainless Steel Fermentation Kit has wide-mouth mason jars and includes three stainless steel lids with airlocks and three stainless steel helix coils.
- Professional fermenting quality.
- Maintenance-free lid valves.
- It includes a free downloadable fermenting guide.
18. 50-Hour Beehive Candle
I honestly don’t think any farmer or homesteader would turn down this candle. Made with 100% beeswax and with a whopping 50-hour burn time, this gift is truly the bee’s knees.
It also makes an incredible decoration, so it’s got both beauty and practicality on its side.
- 100% beeswax candle.
- Comes with a beautiful metal refillable stand.
19. Boot Scraper
Many overlook boot scrapers as great gifts, but they are beyond practical! Plus, they can be pretty cute, like this Esschert Design Boot Brush Hedgehog.
All farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders know the blight of the muddy boots, and often, no matter how hard we try, we end up tracking clods of mud and manure into the house. Of course, I am not speaking from experience or anything.
So, why not give your favorite farmer a boot scraper and brush to put by their door? Bonus points if it’s cute and made from cast iron.
- Brown cast iron.
- The all-natural coconut fiber brush stands up to hard wear and the elements.
- 10″ x 5.9″ x 6″ inch size fits perfectly on most porches and stoops.
20. A Cow Mug For The Cow Devotee
Our gorgeous Lowline cow just had a baby – enter calf craziness! If your favorite homesteader is cow-crazy, too, check out this udderly adorable non-slip cow mug.
- Holds a whopping 20 oz of liquid.
- Has a silicone bottom for non-slip traction.
Gifts For The Garden
Are you shopping for someone who can never have enough plants? Or perhaps you’re looking for the best gift for a farmer constantly expanding their repertoire? Well, look no further. Here are a few ideas to help you find the best plant-based gift:
21. A Variety of Seeds
Lovingly packaged in a beautiful, resealable hand-illustrated 8" x 6" package. This fantastic wildflowers seed mix is 100% pure, non-GMO, and guaranteed to grow.
19 of the most productive and tenacious garden favorites in one weatherproof Mylar bag for safe emergency storage and preparation.
Each variety of seed is individually packaged to promote conservation and safe-keeping so that you get the most from each of the 12,000 seeds in the collection.
These cover crop seeds are perfect for feeding rabbits, but they are also great for feeding yourself! The mix contains daikon radishes, field peas, clover, vetch, and winter wheat for a well-rounded diet.
Homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers alike can make good use of seeds! Whether they want to add a cover crop to keep their fields or gardens fertile, attract pollinators, or plant heirlooms for their food gardens, you can’t go wrong with some nice seeds.
22. Honeycrisp Apple Tree
Fruit trees are a staple for many homesteaders, myself not excluded. So, give someone you care about the gift of stunning and delicious apples!
- Semi-dwarf rootstock.
- Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8.
- These trees will produce within two to three years of planting.
The Best Kits and DIYs To Give As Gifts to Farmers and Homesteaders
Since homesteaders, ranchers, and farmers generally love practical gifts, some of the best things to give them are kits. That way, they can learn a new skill while making something useful.
23. DIY Detox Mask For Farm-Chapped Skin
Crafting your own skincare is such a fun and useful hobby. Not only do you know exactly what goes into your creams, lotions, and soaps, but you can also tailor your potions to suit your skin type or concern!
- Powerful blends of all-natural and organic ingredients
- Eliminates toxins, bacteria, chemicals, and dirt from the skin
- Handcrafted from ONLY Organic, Fair Trade, Cruelty-Free & sustainably farmed active ingredients.
24. Cheesemaking Kit
Homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers all love to learn new skills. So, why not encourage them and get them this awesome cheesemaking kit?
It comes with all the tools and materials you’ll need to make eight different kinds of cheese. Though, milk is not included.
However, with so many cheeses, this kit lets you see which one you like best and replicate the recipe later. So, enable your favorite homesteader, and maybe they’ll start gifting their homemade cheese to you next year!
- Comes with a thermometer, cheesecloth, wheel forms, vegetable rennet, citric acid, salt, and instructions.
- Has recipes and ingredients for eight different kinds of cheese.
25. Mushroom Growing Kit
This organic mushroom-growing kit is fantastic!
All you have to do is soak the growing medium, cut a hole in the bag inside, and keep it moist for a few days. Soon enough, you’ll have a crop of homegrown mushrooms to enjoy for the holidays.
- Organic, GMO-free mushroom kit.
- Re-spawns for multiple mushroom harvests.
Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $500
The best gifts for farmers costing between $100 and $500 include high-tech gadgets and heirloom implements that enhance efficiency in livestock monitoring, food processing, and wood management.
Gifts For The Outdoors
Naturally, some of the best gifts for ranchers, homesteaders, and farmers will be tools. High-quality tools make all the difference in efficiency, and a good one won’t break for many years.
26. Swedish Hatchet
Every farmer has at least one axe, but do they have a collectible Swedish Hatchet? A Gränsfors Bruk Mini Hatchet is the epitome of Nordic craftsmanship – an axe that stands the test of time, chopping and splitting firewood for generations.
The hand-made Gränsfors Bruk mini hatchet has a 10-inch hickory handle, a tempered steel head that is factory-sharpened, and weighs just 1.3 pounds.
When it’s not hanging above the fireplace, the Gränsfors Bruk mini hatchet works as a portable, powerful bucking and splitting axe proportioned for fireside application.
- Steel protection collar.
- 13.5-inch length.
- Heirloom quality.
27. Cordless Chainsaw
Tree management is an integral part of farm life. And a chainsaw is indispensable, whether it’s to clear the ground for pastures and buildings, prune unwieldy hedges, or cut lumber for firewood and construction purposes.
A Dewalt MAX XR 20-volt Cordless Chainsaw is a quantum leap from gas-powered chainsaws. It’s an energy-efficient, low-noise, lightweight, clean-running power tool for effortless lumberjack work.
A 3.5hp brushless motor and 12-inch bar and chain are capable of 90 cuts per charge. The battery and charger are sold separately.
- It weighs 9 pounds.
- High-efficiency brushless motor.
- Tool-free chain tensioning.
- Battery charge monitor.
28. Mavic Mini Drone
What do farmers do when livestock goes walkabout? They drive around, looking for the errant cow, goat, or pig. Driving isn’t an efficient method of retrieving an animal. There’s a better way – using a drone!
The DJI Mavic Mini Drone is the most advanced palm-size quad-copter on the market, capable of distances up to six miles and a flight time of 31 minutes.
With four x digital zoom and 4K video quality, a farmer can track wayward animals from the farmhouse and record the farm’s beauty for posterity in a professional cinematic style.
So, if you’re looking for gifts that will make your favorite rancher’s life a little easier – and a lot more fun – this might be the perfect choice!
- Easy to use.
- Light and compact.
- Auto settings.
- Home mode for safe return.
29. Compost and Wood Shredder
Whether they know it or not, almost every homesteader needs one of these big shredders.
Shredders like this Sun Joe CJ603E 15-Amp Electric Silent Wood Chipper work wonders for breaking down brown matter for compost. This model is nice and small but can still break down branches with a diameter of 1.73 inches.
- Has two wheels for easy transport.
- Has several built-in safety features to prevent accidents.
Bees are some of the best animals to keep on a homestead, so why not give someone you love the gift of beekeeping this year?
This all-inclusive beekeeping kit includes everything you need to get started with beekeeping, including a box, frames, an uncapping knife, feeders, a smoker with pellets, a queen clip, a veil, and more!
It’s also relatively inexpensive, considering everything you get in the kit. Honestly, it seemed a little too good to be true initially, but this beekeeping setup is incredible! We think it’s one of the best gifts for ranchers and homesteaders who want to add a multi-tasking animal to their farm.
- Wax-coated bee box with ten deep brood frames.
- Includes everything you need except for the bees.
- Unbelievable value.
Gifts For Food Preservation and Preparation
Whether you’re looking for the best gifts for homesteaders, ranchers, or farmers, these food prep and preservation tools will come in handy!
31. Home Pressure Canner
A farm pantry won’t suffer food shortages with an industrial-grade pressure canner in its kitchen. Meat, fish, poultry, fruit, and vegetables can be cooked and canned in mason jars, giving the food a shelf life of at least 12 months.
The 23-quart BreeRainz Pressure Cooker and Canner can heat water to 230°F for DOA-approved food canning. The aluminum-manganese-titanium alloy pressure canner comes with a pressure gauge for accurate internal pressure monitoring for fast cooking and safe canning of low-acid foods and meals.
- Up to 77Kpa pressure.
- It retains nutrients exceptionally well.
- Canning racks not included
32. Hydroponic Garden
Winter can be a trying time for people who rely on their gardens for fresh food, but with this incredible hydroponic garden, your loved one can always have fresh herbs.
It already has everything you need to get started, with a built-in grow light, liquid plant nutrients, and six varieties of herbs to grow indoors.
- Soil free for easy indoor growing.
- Comes with non-GMO herb seeds and liquid plant nutrients.
- 17″ x 10″ x 6″ dimensions so you can fit it right on your countertop.
33. Electric Grain Mill
This is one of the best gifts for farmers and homesteaders who grow grain crops.
An electric grain mill makes short work of flour production, and it’s much easier to use than one of those bulky manual grinders.
This NutriMill is an excellent choice. It features a powerful 10 amp, 1-3/4 hp motor with three settings for fine, medium, or coarse flour.
It’s incredibly efficient and can grind up to 5 cups of flour per minute!
- This mill grinds wheat, oat groats, rice, triticale, Kamut, spelt, dry beans, lentils, field corn, popcorn, dried sweet corn, split peas, buckwheat, barley, rye, millet, teff, quinoa, amaranth, sorghum, dried mung beans, and soybeans.
- Quick disassembly for easy cleanup.
- Comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
This Excalibur dehydrator is one of the best gifts for homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers interested in food preservation.
Dehydrators are some of the most valuable tools on the homestead. They can preserve all your crops, meats, and animal products for months at a time, increasing efficiency and sustainability. So, no matter who you are shopping for, this guy is a great choice.
- Nine trays and 15 square feet of drying space.
- Has an adjustable thermostat.
- Easy to operate and clean.
35. Lomi Electric Composter
This convenient Lomi countertop electric composter makes compost-turning and bulky, space-consuming compost heaps a thing of the past. This little device can compost your food scraps in four hours. After that quick cycle, it’s ready to go out into the garden.
- It can fit on most countertops at 12 inches tall by 16 inches wide.
- With four-hour composting, you won’t attract gnats and other pests.
- Three different cycles; one creates fertile compost, one makes dirt, and one can even break down bioplastics!
Best Gifts for Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers Under $1000
A gift budget of $500 to $1000 will buy a host of premium brand products suitable for farmers, including top-shelf clothing items, large outdoor leisure equipment, powered farming tools, high-tech telecommunications and audio-visual equipment, and solar or gas-fuelled portable power generators.
36. Dual-Fuel Inverter Generator
Portable power generators have become essential for farmers, enabling them to work with power tools independent of the electricity grid.
Gas and solar generators dominate the portable generator market! But there is an alternative that will save the day when the sun doesn’t shine. Or the gas pumps run dry. A dual-fuel power generator!
The 2500-Watt Dual-Fuel Inverter Generator from Champion Power Products runs on gas or propane and has 2500 starting Watts and 1850 running Watts of power, capable of running 120-volt AC tools for several hours.
It’s straightforward to cold-start and equipped with a pure sine wave inverter. The Champion 2500 is also compact and weighs 39 pounds for easy transport. Two USB ports and two 120-volt AC connectors deliver a multifunctional power supply.
- Low noise.
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37. Reverse Flow Wood Smoker
Most farmers love barbeque! And nothing beats a smoked rib-eye steak or rack of ribs, especially when grilled low and slow on an offset wood smoker.
The Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Offset Smoker will satisfy the purist pit boss with its reverse flow smoking capability and inspire the hobbyist BBQ cook with its versatility.
Fabricated to the highest wood smoker specifications, the Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Offset Smoker has four baffles and precise insulation to ensure optimum heat distribution in the chamber.
- Professional temperature gauge.
- Six hundred nineteen square inches of primary cooking space.
- Two hundred eighty-one square inches of secondary cooking space.
- Cool-touch handles.
- Wagon wheels.
- Easy to clean.
38. An Automatic Tiller
Know someone who’s still tilling their fields and gardens by hand? Well, this gift might be just what they are wishing for.
This tiller is one of our favorites because it is so heavy-duty and durable, so it’s well worth the money.
- 3-year warranty.
- Fuel-efficient and easy to maneuver.
- The steel handlebar has four different height positions.
The Best Books To Give as Gifts For Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers
Books are some of the best gifts for homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers who want to learn new skills and keep their farms running efficiently. Plus, they won’t add much clutter to a small home or farm, which makes them the perfect gifts for people who already have a lot going on in their homes.
Best Books for Animal Care
39. The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook
This is your complete homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, and selling chickens!
Written by Amy Fewell with a foreword by Joel Salatin, this book teaches you how to hatch your own chicks, prevent and treat common chicken ailments, start a poultry business, cook delicious recipes with your fresh eggs, and much more.
Perfect for anyone wanting to take a natural approach to backyard chicken keeping!
40. The Family Cow Handbook
Know someone who has a dairy farm? Then we recommend The Family Cow Handbook by Philip Hasheider. It’s the perfect guide to keeping milk cows!
This is one of the best gifts for ranchers interested in upscaling their dairy farm or introducing cows for the first time. It teaches the most vital steps when buying a cow and offers tips for effective cow milking, feeding, breeding, and birthing.
There’s no making up for experience when raising cows, but this book will make your favorite rancher wiser in a shorter amount of time.
Best Books For Gardening and Homesteading
From growing plants to harvesting and using them, there’s always more to learn. These books can help fill in informational gaps and give your favorite farmer new ideas on how to use their next harvest.
41. The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health, and Home
Kick toxic, synthetic skin care products and cleaners out the door and bring the healing joy of nature into your life with these simple, customizable projects.
With 151 recipes for simple, limited-ingredient skincare products, this book can teach you how to harness the power of natural materials from your homestead and make incredible cosmetics!
42. The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden
If you’re getting serious about growing fruit in your backyard, you need the Fruit Gardener’s Bible! Inside, you’ll learn about growing fruits from beginner to advanced.
One of the authors famously grew over 20,000 trees on their farm in Vermont.
Whether you want to start an orange orchard or launch a tiny strawberry patch in your backyard, this is one of the most popular and highly-rated fruit gardening books. Period!
43. Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
This book explains how to make all things fermented. Inside, you’ll find recipes and tips for making vegetable krauts, bread, pickling, and much more.
This richly detailed book also includes information on the medicinal benefits of fermented foods and how to utilize fermentation in your life.
44. Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal
Alchemy of Herbs will show you how to transform ordinary ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your kitchen apothecary.
Although using herbs often seems complicated or costly, this book offers a way to learn that’s as simple and inexpensive as cooking dinner.
45. The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season
This is one of the best gifts for farmers who always seem to have too much to do. It’s a workbook that’s also a bit like an almanac, giving you weekly tips on when to harvest, fertilize, plant, and more! In addition, this book has space for notes, so you can keep using and reusing it to keep growing your skills while cultivating a flourishing garden.
46. Think Like An Ecosystem
This book is an excellent gift for farmers and gardeners interested in permaculture. Think Like an Ecosystem includes guidance on designing your backyard landscape – regardless of your growing zone or water availability. Amélie des Plantes brings the reader on a 9-step journey to permaculture growth.
It’s an excellent resource if you’re curious about starting a permaculture garden from scratch, collecting the tools required for creating nutrient-rich soil, grouping plants in complementary guilds, and more.
47. 40 Projects For Building Your Backyard Homestead
This book is one of the best literary gifts for homesteaders. David Toht’s 40 homesteading project book has dozens of plans to kickstart your off-grid journey.
It includes info on animal fencing, garden structures, chicken housing, sheds, solar power, hydroponics, beehives, and more!
Whether you’re shopping for a beginner homesteader or a seasoned expert, this book has some new tips to learn from.
48. The Homesteading Encyclopedia
The Homesteading Encyclopedia by Amy Brooks contains many essential tips for growing fruits and veggies, raising bees, caring for animals, and much more.
Amy Brooks’ specialty is in maintaining the soil, so all of her tips are practical for anyone interested in creating a sustainable homestead, ranch, or farm. It’s also a fun read, so it makes a wonderful gift!
Best Foraging Books To Give As Gifts
If you’re shopping for the best gifts for someone who loves foraging, these books are sure to put a smile on their face – and a heaping meal on their plates!
49. The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Whether you’re foraging for fun or food, there is nothing quite as satisfying as a meal you’ve foraged and cooked yourself!
If there’s one foraging book to get, it’s this one. Thayer’s The Forager’s Harvest is every forager’s go-to textbook for identifying, harvesting, and using various wild plants and mushrooms for food and medicine.
The writing style of this book also stands out. It’s very engaging, funny, and makes a lovely read.
50. Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America: A Field-to-kitchen Guide
Do you know someone who loves mushrooms and wants to get started with foraging them? This book makes an excellent gift for any homesteader or farmer interested in mushroom foraging or farming!
Practical Classes and Courses For Farmers, Homesteaders, and Ranchers
Classes from educators like the Herbal Academy make incredible gifts for the homesteader or farmer in your life who only wants to collect skills – and not stuff.
Classes like these can help you learn new trades and find ways to employ herbs, weeds, animal products, and mushrooms for personal use or profit.
Making Herbal Preparations 101 offers a broad foundation to the world of making your own herbal recipes. It's the perfect start to your journey into the world of herbs, covering basic herbal formulas that help you build your own nourishing formulas.
The course includes 33 herbal recipes from salves and oils to tea and tinctures. This short mini course is perfect for beginners and includes hands-on activities, videos, and charts to help you get started.
Have you been dreaming about making your own amazing herbal skincare products? We have just the course for you!
Get inspired to make over 200 herbal recipes that'll nourish your skin both inside and out. This course empowers you to make your own skin care using botanicals and other safe, non-toxic ingredients.
You'll be well on your way to a toxin-free skin care routine and you'll feel better for it!
The Craft of Herbal Fermentation launches you into the world of exciting herbal fermentation, including herbal mead, kombucha, water kefir, herbal beer, and herbal lacto-fermented food.
This course is perfect for beginners, enthusiasts, and experienced homebrewers. Its focus is on incorporating herbs into your fermentation practice, with lessons loaded with techniques and inspiration.
Enter the fascinating and mysterious world of fungi with this awesome Mushroom Course from The Herbal Academy!
This is your complete guide for learning everything about fungi, safe mushroom foraging, and how to incorporate them into your diet. The course includes videos and written modules to help you identify mushrooms correctly, as well as a deep-dive into 20 wild mushrooms.
Get started right away by registering for the course and ordering the Mushroom Foraging Kit so you're ready to hit the woods!
The Herbal Academy's Family Herbalist Package combines both the introductory and intermediate level herbal courses - and offers a great discount vs buying them individually!
If you dream of having the knowledge to support yourself and your family naturally, this is a great starter course.
It helps you replace your household items with natural alternatives and gets you on the road to making your own herbal syrups, tinctures, first-aid, bug sprays, and much more.
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Our best gift ideas for farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders are all practical, enabling new levels of efficiency in farm life, something all farmers dream about and strive to achieve. Use the links above to make your selection and send a creative gift to a true child of the soil!
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