The ULTIMATE Homesteader's Gift Guide + Homemade Gift Ideas

The ULTIMATE Homesteader's Gift Guide + Homemade Gift Ideas

All our favorite stress-free gift ideas for the homesteader in your life!

On this week’s episode of The Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn are sharing with you how they have simplified Christmas gift-giving in a way that brings the family together during the Christmas season instead of the normal hustle and bustle that tends to stress folks out and send us all in different directions.

We’re sharing some DIY ideas as well as family-friendly gifts from other homesteaders. There’s sure to be something in today’s show that will inspire you for the Christmas season ahead!

For all the links mentioned in this video, plus a few extras, visit our blog:

0:00 – Chit Chat
4:19 – Q&A
8:13 – Gift giving for our family
14:48 – Gift Wrapping Ideas
18:30 – Homemade Gift Ideas
28:33 – Gift Ideas to Buy

LINKS MENTIONED (the following links may be affiliate links, we earn a small commission while prices remain the same – or BETTER – for you!):
– Meals on Your Shelf- Free 4 video workshop on canning:
– Made On Hard Lotion (Use code: homesteadfamily for $5 off orders of $25 or more) –
– SmallTown Kids Candles and Soaps – (free shipping on orders of $40 or more)
– Farmhouse Teas Gift Sets –
– Homestead Iron- (use coupon code homesteadingfamily for 10% off all orders!)
– Clydes Garden Planner (Use code: HOMESTEADINGFAMILY.COM for 10% off all garden planner orders) –
– GreenStalk Verticle Planter (Use code: homesteadingfamily for $10 off) –

Links for books and wrapping:
– Brown Wrapping Craft paper –
– Red and white cotton twine –
– Jute Twine –
– Gift Tags –
– The Made From Scratch Life –
– Gardening When it Counts –
– Milk Cow Kitchen –
– The Resilient Farm and Homestead –
– Introduction to Permaculture –

WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re here! We are Josh and Carolyn Thomas. Together with our nine children, we are The Homesteading Family where we’re living a self-sustainable life in beautiful North Idaho. Let us welcome you and show you a bit about us here:

Grow, Preserve & Thrive with us!

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– Healthy Healing at Home- Free 4 video workshop leads to a sale on our herb course Herbal Medicine Cabinet: Colds

– Bread Making workshop- Free 4 video workshop that leads to a sale on our masterclass, The Art of Homemade Bread

Click any of the links below for instant access to these free downloadable PDFs:

– Homesteading Family’s Favorite Holiday Recipes –

– 5 Steps to a More Self Sufficient Life- Simple PDF download on 5 steps anyone can take wherever they are to start a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

– Thrive Wellness Checklist- A simple PDF download for healthy living.

– Permaculture for Your Homestead- PDF download that is an introduction to permaculture with some strategies for applying it to one’s homestead and garden.

– Carolyn’s Cottage Garden herb list- PDF with Carolyn’s favorite herbs for growing at home.

– Carolyn’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Casseroles- Carolyn’s favorite make-ahead breakfast casseroles.

– Fermenting Tomatoes- PDF download on fermenting tomatoes

– Preserving Culinary Herbs- Downloadable, step by step directions to drying, freezing and salting culinary herbs.

– Render Your Own Lard- PDF with instructions on how to render your own lard.

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  1. Rachel C. on February 26, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Yes a Pantry Chat just on books would be wonderful!

  2. Sonya Bishop on February 26, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    This was an amazing episode and so very helpful. Thank you so very much for sharing your family traditions, ideas for homemade gift giving, and suggestions on other "simple life" gift giving. Loved it and so very inspiring!!! Thank you 🙂

  3. Dawn Daugherty on February 26, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    You could also do a donation or act of community service in someone’s honor.

  4. Shadowlands Farm and Creamery on February 26, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Would the Milk Cow Kitchen book work with goat milk dairying? PLEASE do a dairy class! I will sign up instantly! Take my money! I have dairy goats and I need to learn more about how to use the fresh milk up!

  5. Diana Little on February 26, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Dollar Store trays are the best… I give all of my Adult children a platter of goodies with a new tray every year! And I stock up on the clear Christmas decorated gift bags that are large enough to cover the platers! and tie with a ribbon…

  6. Cassie S on February 26, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Would you consider doing a video on natural/home with your tips/experiences? I would love to see something like that!

  7. Cidtalk on February 26, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    NO-Poo or Gravy…love it! hahaha

  8. Mike Griffin on February 26, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    And do not forget the BALL caning book.

  9. Dean Hurning on February 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I make apple presses I like the talk.

  10. Anne Johnson on February 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I love this ❤️

  11. Debbie Sherrill on February 26, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    You could also wrap your gifts with newspaper, the comics section

  12. Stephanie Joyce on February 26, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I’m making fairly simple quilts for all 4 of my boys this year, knitted hats for family and friends, a knit shawl for a friend, then we always give gift baskets of home canned goodies, dehydrated foods, homemade cookies and breads. My jams, salsa and pickled veggies are anticipated gifts by all our family and friends every year.

  13. Lynne Moore on February 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    A couple of years ago I bought a game called "Wildcraft: an herbal adventure game ! for my then 5 year old great granddaughter and myself to learn more about herbs and their healing power. She loved it and it is an easy way for any age to learn about herbs. The same company called Learning Herbs has a kids book series on herbs with the featured herb being a fairy in the woods. This too is an easy way for anyone to learn about herbs. I love easy kitchen herbal books.

  14. Diana Little on February 26, 2022 at 11:59 pm


  15. M.R. B. on February 27, 2022 at 12:00 am

    I wish Carolyn were my mom

  16. Grandma Gingers Farm on February 27, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Binge watching to catch up during our Sukkot holiday. Can’t believe how much i have missed while doing my own homesteading. All great info. Thanks so much and blessings.

  17. Edie Boudreau on February 27, 2022 at 12:01 am

    If you woodwork small boxes, wooden cups or spoons you’ve made.

  18. Evelyn Shaw on February 27, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Awesome !
    You can also give away dehydrated spices.

  19. Kristi Benton on February 27, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Hand towels make great wrapping “paper”! This year I’m making homemade vanilla extract for everyone, last year I made balsam fir scented soap and some wine! Homemade gifting is fantastic, and really simplifies gift giving (especially for really big families)! 💕

  20. Cindy Blessing on February 27, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Hi like all of your videos as usual
    What caught my attention is when you said your son went out and did some of the hunting This Time by himself I bet you are really proud of him👍in today’s world where we are losing some of this trades the next generation will not have. I’d like to see more kids doing this.
    I don’t have to tell you there are many many single parents raising children these days I’m a grandmother and I’d like to see my grandson’s being able to do stuff like this
    Although I know this is probably not the channel to ask this but do you have any advice for a single parent out there?

  21. Bonnie Kruch on February 27, 2022 at 12:13 am

    The idea behind the rock painting,is to hide them for people to find to just put a smile on their face.

  22. Jill Byrd on February 27, 2022 at 12:15 am

    Would love a video on books!!!!!

  23. Claudia H on February 27, 2022 at 12:15 am

    We also have a very simple Christmas for our family. Now we only have two children so it’s a little more simple for us but they each get one good present. This year we are giving them a telescope and a microscope. Which they can both use and they will get a lot of use here in the homestead! And will come in very handy for homeschooling. I really dislike pointless gifts. For birthdays we like to take a trip instead of gifts. It has become a tradition and we love it. And no birthday party to worry about 🤪

  24. Tiona L on February 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Speaking of homemade gift giving, I hope you learned from a Grandma Jeanie how to make homemade corn cob dolls! That was such a sweet idea ❤️ I’d really like to give jars of jalapeño jelly or the like and jars of soup mixes etc , we make jerky and add it to our gift boxes

  25. Joy Morris on February 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I thank my grandmother for teaching me how to be thrifty….practical! I have always saved newspapers to wrap presents in and the funnies from Sunday papers are always a big hit!
    Thank y’all for sharing and teaching, a great gift for us watchers.

  26. Homestead Paradise on February 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

    I made a simple handmade coupon book for my daughter in laws one year…it baby sitter for a night…I’ll do dishes for a day…two loads of laundry done for free…etc..I even added an expiration date to it….lol
    They both love it !!

  27. Jennifer Mollet on February 27, 2022 at 12:20 am

    “FreshTracks” is an Amazon Prime show that allows you to follow a hunter. The main hunter is ethical in his approach and loves life. It’s a great way to peak into hunting without actually going.

  28. Cidtalk on February 27, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Excellent ideas. Last year I sewed 76 scarfs for our big family. I don’t really sew, but they were simple and so much fun. This year I’ve made MANY packets of homemade taco seasoning and made a cute little label to put on them…hopefully everyone loves tacos! haha

  29. Nancy Schwartz on February 27, 2022 at 12:22 am

    I’m really appreciating your approach to gift giving but I am wondering how it works if you have a family member who has "receiving gifts" as their primary love language. Have you had any kiddos who feel cheated by just receiving one gift?

  30. Maureen Hargrave on February 27, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Some friends for their family they go with Want, Need, Wear, Read. The idea is that you only give four gifts to each child: Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.

    As older adults I am part of a group that give gifts that is consumable in a year or an item needed for a craft.

  31. Stevens Sunshine Farm on February 27, 2022 at 12:24 am

    We did a homemade Christmas one year and it was the best one we’ve had! My brother in law built me a cedar chicken coop that you pull around. I still have it, but it is aging and needs some work. Homemade is simply the best!

  32. H Tow on February 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    That is the cutest pickle barrel in the background.

  33. Rose C on February 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    You could make wooden ornaments. Wood burning pictures or words and tie a hanging string on them for hanging. You can see drawstring bags to put gifts in and the bag is reusable.

  34. paulag1955 on February 27, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Okay, I had to google tchotchke.

  35. Catherine Asbury on February 27, 2022 at 12:26 am

    We have two sons. For both of them, the look on their face when they got their first deer and I praised them for feeding thei family is something I will always treasure.

  36. Barbara Dougherty on February 27, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Wonderful ideas! Where is the video for the tomato soup please?

  37. Linda Gullage on February 27, 2022 at 12:26 am

    My kids loved to get sock for gifts and now they have taught my grandchildren to love getting and giving socks for gifts.

  38. Stephanie H. on February 27, 2022 at 12:29 am

    For Christmas packaging, several years ago I made dozens of reversible cloth bags in various sizes; we just grab the box of bags, choose the size, and done! They are great within the same household, or as a part of the gift.

  39. Megan Coons on February 27, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Diy hand warmers with rice are nice too ❤️

  40. This Babybee on February 27, 2022 at 12:30 am

    My kids love rock painting, they paint a bunch of rocks and we put the year and our postcode on the back of them, then go to the parks, beaches, playgrounds, pretty much any public space and hide them, while hunting for other rocks from other kids. When we find rocks, we take a pic and rehide them somewhere new, then share the pics on the facebook page. Its been going on for about 4 years now, the kids love it and gets them out of the house and excited

  41. Scott Hansel on February 27, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Thanks for putting out there the true reason for the season being Christ

  42. Sara Jacobs on February 27, 2022 at 12:33 am

    I thoroughly loved this video!!!! So many great ideas were shared!! Thank you for taking time to do this video. I loved your interaction with each other as well. Too many things to mention, because all of the info was fantastic!

  43. Linda Gullage on February 27, 2022 at 12:34 am

    My sisters small farm sells candles and I have been giving them to my friends for years and they look for their candle at Christmas with joy

  44. william ledford on February 27, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Could you add a link for the Made On? site for the lotion bars please?

  45. Susan Ingram on February 27, 2022 at 12:37 am

    How do you make the beeswax covers?

  46. Edie Boudreau on February 27, 2022 at 12:37 am

    When I give gifts I try to give practical useful gifts for the most part ( for any occasion). Foot scrub in jelly jar with a Dollartree round brush for rubbing it in or a washcloth. Dehydrated strawberry leaves for herbal tea with a mesh strainer for the leaves to steep in.

    A homemade cocoa mix in a jar with a measuring spoon and directions.

    Cloth napkins with a personal flatware set for a senior in high school to take to college.

    Newly engaged couple: mop, bucket, broom, dustpan & brush, dishcloths, dishtowels, matches box & emergency candle pack for less than $10 at Dollartree. Or make them yourself from found items.

  47. Stache 7h on February 27, 2022 at 12:38 am


  48. Great Life & More on February 27, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Hello Carolyn and Josh

  49. Judy Bass on February 27, 2022 at 12:44 am

    When our kids were young, we used the brown wrapping paper and I carved stamps of Christmas shapes, (candy canes, Christmas trees, etc) out of potatoes. You know, cutting the potato part away from the shapes. They used their water colors to dip them in and I covered the table in plastic and let them go for it.. I wrapped the presents and they chose their stamps. Great memories.

  50. Thomas Hubbell on February 27, 2022 at 12:47 am

    My mother only bought wrapping paper once a decade (really). We had to unwrap (not tear open) gifts, she would iron the paper, and next years tags went over the one from this year ( or you would see the same tag and paper on your gift next year). Rarely saw ribbon on packages and we saw the same smooshed bows year after year.

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