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HOMEGROWN Holiday Gift Guide

It’s gift-giving time! Naturally, handmade is the best kind of gift – the HOMEGROWN Holiday Swappers are trading their homemade edibles this week. Presents that promote hands-on activities are some of our favorite kind of gift, too. Here are a few ideas for In The Kitchen, In The Garden, On The Couch (OK, these will inspire folks to make, grow and foster change), and In The Automobile. Enjoy and happy gifting!

In The Kitchen

Every home chef needs a quality hardwood cutting board. For those with the tools, there is a DIY cutting board plan and tutorial.

And here is a lovely handcrafted board from reclaimed North Carolina curly rock maple on Etsy:

Community Supported Agriculture

What better way to say “I love you” than a weekly share of fresh local produce? Family farmers are taking on members now. Find participating CSA farms near your loved ones at Local Harvest and The Eat Well Guide.

homesteader apple pressAn apple cider press is a terrific gift for a family, or an enterprising apple grower.

Celebrate with your main squeeze by making your own hard cider.

In The Garden

Start fantasizing about what others may be growing in their plots. A cheerfully wrapped package – complete with seed packets and a garden plan – is sure to delight.

Seed Companies:

High Mowing Seeds (VT)

FEDCO Seeds (ME)

Johnny’s (ME)

Seed Savers Exchange (IA)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (MO and CA)

Abundant Life Seeds (OR)

Seeds of Change (NM)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA)

Online garden planning tools


Free drag and drop garden planner

More detailed and customizable garden planner

Kitchen garden design planner for a 3′ x 6′ raised bed

Organic mushroom growing kits – intimidating? Sure! Unique? You bet! And the rewards are oh, so yummy!

On The Couch

Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire DVD. Organic Gardening Magazine readers get 20% off by entering the code GARDEN at

The documentary that changes lives: Food Inc. DVD is also available at

In The Automobile

Lemon car freshener

Homemade car freshener using citrus and cloves – easy and pretty!

Turn your friends on to new music with mix CDs like this one from KCRW – so hip and cool!

Check out these past posts and discussions about DIY Holiday Gifts, too. Let us know what you think and feel free to add your ideas, too.

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7 Responses to “HOMEGROWN Holiday Gift Guide”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by miscfarm, Katherine Brown. Katherine Brown said: great little gift guide for the farmer, homesteader, greenie on your list: […]

  2. I love the garden planning links! Very cool!

    This Yule/Winter Solstice/Christmas we are making “Gifts in a Jar” where we fill a wide mouth mason jar with home made cookie mix or quick bread mix. I’m also making some canned apple pie filling, and crocheting dish towels to go with them.

    Oh I also wanted to mention that Food Inc is available to watch instantly on Netflix, and has “The Future of Food”.

  3. Such wonderful ideas! Am I allowed to tuck that free garden planner into my own stocking?

    When I saved seed this year, I saved extra as gifts for gardening friends. We’ve had fun making the seed packets. We also do gingerbread kits for the little ones and popover kits (with our hens’ eggs) for neighbors.

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas!

  4. Glad you like the guide and thank you for adding your own wish lists, too!
    Liz: love gifts in a jar – so pretty, too!
    June: You’re allowed – that’s part of the fun of giving 🙂

  5. Live like you’ll die tomorrow…. die knowing you’ll live forever.

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  7. We’ve never seen such handicrafts !

    Want to have everything here !
    Finally I have the right place to go when need to make some cute present to my friends!
    No tiresome looking-for anymore! One store – plenty of cool ideas.

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