5 Stylish Homemade Gifts

Show your homestead skills with a DIY holiday gift. Feeling lazy? We have store-bought garden gifts too!
Homemade Flavored Extracts

Homemade Flavored Extracts

Pretty old-fashioned apothecary jars make for lovely gift packaging for flavored extracts. Stick-on labels are a great way to enhance your homemade gift, and add a little of your own style.

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Get in the spirit of giving and creating this holiday season! Nothing is better than a well-planned holiday gift. It's a gift not only for the receiver, but for the creative maker as well. Set aside a day during this busy time of year to clear the dining table, put on your favorite holiday music, pour a glass of spiked apple cider and craft, bake, build and package your holiday offerings. It's a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and let loved ones know you really put some love and thought into their gifts this year. Here are some of my favorite homemade gift ideas to try for yourself.

1. Forced Bulbs

Forced Amaryllis and Paperwhite Bulbs are a great way to bring the garden into your gift giving, and remind everyone about spring coming right around the corner. You can grab these bulbs from your local garden center, and hire the kids to help assemble the jars.

2. Flavored Extracts

Everyone uses extracts, and they can be pretty pricey at the grocery store. Making your own homemade extract is easy, inexpensive and a great way to encourage experimentation in the kitchen. Feel free to include some recipe ideas with your gift for an added personal touch.

3. Vegetarian Bean Soup

Want a practical, useful gift for the person who has everything? Vegetarian 5 Bean Soup Mix is a healthy, easy, and cost-effective way to spread some holiday cheer. Just select a few bags of your favorite beans, create a seasoning packet, divide them up and decorate. This is another one that’s good for little helpers as well. The kids will love sorting the dry beans and filling up the jars. 

4. Mulled Wine

Giving a bottle of wine as a gift is a no-fail. Add your own personal touch with a mulled cider seasoning pack and you have a guaranteed hit. This mulled wine kit is easy to assemble, and you can just add the decorative touch of your choice to make it your own. 

5. Cornbread and Cinnamon Honey Butter

Want to give the gift of comfort food? Edibles are always welcome at the holidays, so if baking is your specialty then cinnamon honey butter and cornbread may be the DIY gift for you. Honey cinnamon butter is a sweet, savory treat that is delicious spread across a slice of cornbread. A jar of this cinnamon honey butter paired with a cornbread mix is the perfect, comfort food to give. Wrap it in a cast iron skillet for an extra, down home holiday feel. 

Not feeling especially crafty, or just pressed for time? There are plenty of clever, homestead-y items to buy for the devoted gardener or homesteader on your gift list. Just check out the ideas in our gallery.

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Measuring Cup

The Juicer Measuring Cup is a  handy juicer and measuring cup in one that makes juicing easy. Perfect for your key lime pie recipe, or a fresh glass or orange juice in the morning.

Photo By: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Dwarf Alberta Spruce

Give the gift that keeps on growing with this miniature Christmas Tree. I took a lovely Dwarf Alberta spruce and placed it in my Top Hat Planter. Decorate with miniature ornaments and ribbon, and be sure to let your friends and family know they can plant this small evergreen in their yard after the holiday.

Photo By: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Mortar and Pestle

The pristine Marble Mortar and Pestle from shop.pallensmith.com is perfect for grinding ingredients for dishes like guacamole and pesto.

Photo By: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Pressure Cooker

The sturdy All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Canner is great for canning large batches from the garden or can be used to pressure-cook meats to a perfect tenderness.

Photo By: All American

Popcorn Popper

Everyone loves nostalgia. Fill up the Jacob Bromwell Original Popcorn Popper vintage-style popcorn popper and roast over the fire or stove for the perfect snack.

Photo By: Jacob Bromwell


Dehydrators are a great way to use the surplus from your garden. There are many fruits and vegetables such as apples, figs and greens you can dehydrate and snack on later. This nine-tray Excalibur Dehydrator can handle a big harvest.

Photo By: Excalibur

French Press

This stoneware Le Creuset Stoneware 27 ounce French press makes the perfect hassle-free cup of coffee.

Photo By: Le Creuset


The stainless steel Bron Mandoline Slicer can julienne uniformly in several widths and thicknesses, as well as slice, dice, waffle cut and crinkle cut firm vegetables and fruits.

Photo By: Westaurant Store

Heritage Nutcracker

Break into those hard to crack nuts with the beautiful, handcrafted piece of machinery the Nut Demander Heirloom Quality Nutcracker. You'll definitely want this on display in your home.

Photo By: Nut Demander/Charlotte Parsons Listen Images

Nordic Ware Kettle Smoker

Smoking meats doesn't have to be a summertime activity anymore. The Nordic Ware 356 Indoor/Outdoor Kettle Smoker functions outside or on the stovetop.

Photo By: Nordic Ware

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