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Geigerin 12-15-2014 07:38 PM

Gift Ideas for Self-Sufficiency Dreamers
Hi! I don't frequent this forum (although I'm a long time Mothering member). However, my cousin and his wife bought a house with some land about a year ago. They dream of being self-sufficient. They already hunt for their own food. I've long since lent our cloth diapers (second baby on the way). My grandmother is giving them Ball jars and the Ball Blue canning book. I drew her name in the family Secret Santa exchange and need gift ideas!

Any good tips for what is good for a family just starting off on the path to sustainability and self-sufficiency? I'm going to hand down our dehydrator that we don't use much but is in great shape. I'm sure she'll get more use out of it (it's only a few years old). I'm stumped for ideas.

Sorry for rambling. Any and all ideas welcome!!

Thanks, sustainable folks! :)

SweetSilver 12-18-2014 07:59 AM

Check out Lehman's non-electric for gift ideas. You don't have to buy from them, but the catalog is a great "wish book".

Without knowing what they already have, it's hard to say what to suggestion because there is so much that would be useful: tools, pickle crocks, washtubs, buckets, wheelbarrows, ladders, animal feeders, FENCING (lots and lots of fencing), plants, salvaged wood, etc. etc.

kitchensqueen 12-19-2014 03:26 PM

Garden seeds (or gift certificate so they can choose their own), candle making supplies, soap making supplies... depends on what they want to be doing. You could also go with a good reference book or two if they're beginners.

Angelorum 12-19-2014 06:24 PM

Books about foraging for edible plants?

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