Gift Ideas for Self-Sufficiency Dreamers - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 12-15-2014, 07:38 PM - Thread Starter
Geigerin's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 627
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!

Geigerin violin.gif, wife to geek.gif ; mama to 2 cat.gif ; mama to jog.gif and blahblah.gif
Geigerin is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 4 Old 12-18-2014, 07:59 AM
SweetSilver's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Westfarthing
Posts: 5,994
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 193 Post(s)
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.

"She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in."
SweetSilver is online now  
#3 of 4 Old 12-19-2014, 03:26 PM
kitchensqueen's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Woodstock, IL
Posts: 4,354
Mentioned: 100 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
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.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- my blog on small town homesteading.
kitchensqueen is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 12-19-2014, 06:24 PM
Angelorum's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,499
Mentioned: 106 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 62 Post(s)
Books about foraging for edible plants?

Mommy to DS1
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
July '09 and DS2
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Oct '12 and someone new in May '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Angelorum is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 14,657

102 members and 14,555 guests
1babysmom , agentofchaos , agilesheltie , allymarie4c , AlmostJenny , Alvie , AMG , AnejjenA , ASM21830 , bananabee , Bare2015 , bekkanak , blessedwithboys , bluefaery , captain optimism , chiefmir , crazyms , CricketVS , cww , Dakotacakes , dangerbunny , dbsam , Dear_Rosemary , dislokate , DoctorGirlfriend , donna8284 , easydoesit , elliha , emmy526 , EMRguy , floss&ferd , greenemami , happyhats , hillymum , japonica , Jenn_M , Jessica765 , kathymuggle , Kelleybug , LadyAnnibal , lgalofre , LightSeeker , lilgreen , LiLStar , lucky3nyc , maia71 , mama24-7 , mamadee17 , Marcimama , mat1989 , mckittre , MeepyCat , meghanmetz , meowmix , midnight mom , Milk8shake , mnj77 , moominmamma , MountainMamaGC , Mummoth , MylittleTiger , NaturallyKait , newmamalizzy , oaksie68 , ocelotmom , Ogirl74 , oldsmom , pokeyac , polkafizz , Polliwog , profe , RollerCoasterMama , rubelin , samaxtics , SandiMae , sarafl , satkins , SchoolmarmDE , sciencemum , serenbat , Serenyd , shantimama , Shmootzi , siennaflower , Sophist , Springshowers , SweetSilver , t2009 , teacozy , thtr4me , Tracy , typebug , verticalscope , wildwoodflower , yogimama2016 , zebra15 , zoeyzoo
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.