The time of year for gift giving is fast approaching. If you’re on the ball, you’ve already started making the list of people you need to get Christmas gifts for this year. And if you’re anything like me, your list keeps growing.
If you live off grid or have your own homestead or if your Christmas gift list includes someone who wants to one day live off grid, you’re in luck. One of the most valued things you can do for your family and friends to give them homemade Christmas gifts using things found or produced on your off grid property or homestead.
We’ve pulled together a list of off grid Christmas gifts for survivalists, preppers, homesteaders, and – really – any one of your loved ones whom you’d like to see taking a small step towards self-reliance.
Our Top Picks
A jar of honey…
… fresh from your very own bees will be valued for months to come. Put the honey into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. You can even decorate the jar and the lid to make it a more personalized gift.
Honey doesn’t go bad as long as it’s stored properly, it has antimicrobial properties, and is a great homemade gift for anyone. Let them know they can bring the jar back for a refill at least once a year or so.
Salt Dough Ornaments…
… are simple and inexpensive to make. These use primarily all natural ingredients and make great Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
These candy cane ornaments are also great gifts for kids to make to give their friends and family. For an off grid Christmas theme, take it one step further and use solar powered LED light strings on your house and Christmas tree this year:
Solar Powered Off Grid Christmas Gifts
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A Solar oven …
…is one of those off grid Christmas gifts for your loved ones that will be treasured for years to come.
It may not be practical as a primary cooking source but it’s a great backup for grid down periods or when it’s too hot to use the stove indoors. You can get the solar oven here.
…are relatively new on the market but they definitely a great gift for anyone who lives off grid or is hoping to live off grid one day. These are durable and can be used regularly. They are typically lightweight and waterproof which makes them great for portable off grid use but also for fishing, hiking, camping, and other adventures.
…are very handy and make unique off grid Christmas gifts for your loved ones. The light bulbs are charged using a solar panel.
Once the bulb has been charged in the sun, you can hang the light bulb and use it to light up any area. These are great for camping but they are also great for anyone living off grid. It’s a great way to provide light where needed by harnessing the power of the sun.
…is a solar powered flashlight complete with a USB port for charging your cell phone and other devices. The hand crank option means it’s great for off grid, even on cloudy days. Includes a red emergency lighting option. Long-lasting battery can run up to 48 hours when fully charged.
Practical Off Grid Christmas Gifts
This Hand Crank Clothes Wringer …
…is one of our choices for practical off grid Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Washing and wringing out clothes by hand is a great way to conserve electricity, especially for those off grid who are using a smaller solar power system.
For your loved one who wants to be off grid but currently lives in the suburbs…
The Reel Mower by Great States makes a great practical gift…
Your loved one can reduce their dependence on gasoline and still have a great looking lawn.
Off Grid Christmas Gifts for the Kitchen
No off grid home would be complete without a manual meat grinder …
…to turn your homegrown livestock into delicious meals for your table. This one bolts down to prevent slipping while crank is being turned.
Another off grid Christmas gift for your loved ones who have their own dairy cows is this 34 Fluid Ounce Capacity Glass Butter Churn…
Give the gift that keeps on giving. Your loved one will think of you every time they make sweet creamy butter for their table. If you’re really lucky, they’ll make extra for your table too!
This Fermentools Kit …
is the perfect off grid Christmas gift for your loved one who wants to learn more about alternative food storage methods.
Refrigeration takes a lot of power from a solar or wind system, so using alternative food storage methods such as fermentation, dehydrating, and smoking, can really help conserve power. This kit turns any regular mason jar into a crock to use for fermenting.
…is a great gift for anyone living off-grid, especially when it’s too hot to use the kitchen to slow cook a meal. Simply get your meal hot over a fire or on a woodstove and then put it inside this bag to keep it cooking all afternoon.
…is something that will come in handy for anyone who plans to live off grid and make their own bread from grain either for the enjoyment of it or out of necessity when SHTF.
Did you like any of our suggestions for off grid Christmas gifts for your loved ones? Were you looking for something else for the special someone? Did you see something you’d like for yourself? Let us know which of these will make your own Christmas wish list this year.
Born and raised in NE Ohio, with early memories that include grandpa teaching her to bait a hook and watching her mom, aunts, and grandmothers garden, sew, and can food, Megan is a true farm girl at heart.
For Megan, the 2003 blackout, the events of 911, and the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, spurred a desire to be more prepared. Soon to be living off-grid, this mother of four and grandmother of ten is learning everything she can about preparedness, survival, and homesteading.