Gift Ideas for Homesteaders

If your Christmas wish list is average, it’s divided into roughly three categories: big-ticket items, smaller items, and stocking stuffers. If you’re a homesteader, soon-to-be-homesteader, or a wanna-be homesteader, Lehman’s is the place to find all three.

The best kind of gift for homesteaders is something that contributes to self-sufficiency. Does it help grow food? Raise livestock? Provide heat? Produce light? Make a job easier, safer, or more efficient? Reduce costs? Solve a problem? Deliver knowledge? If the answer is “yes” to any of these criteria, then it’s likely to be a welcome gift for the homesteader in your family.

Here are some suggestions for the do-it-yourselfer on your Christmas list:


Whether you hang your clothes outside in the bright sunshine, or indoors during inclement weather, Lehman’s clothes-drying options will save you money. Learn to appreciate the soothing rhythm of snapping out a damp garment and pinning it to a line or hanging it over a dowel. For the ultimate do-it-yourself experience, the laundry washer-plunger comes at a bargain price.


genie III lamp
Discover our wide selection of Aladdin oil lamps, bright and beautiful! Find them at or in our retail store in Kidron, Ohio.

There are few places in the nation that carry more non-electric lighting options than Lehman’s. Originally designed with Amish clientele in mind, non-electric lamps are beneficial for the modern on- or off-grid homesteader who wants a dependable, steady source of light that doesn’t require electricity. Options range from the beautiful to the modern to the practical.


Remember, if you cut your own firewood, it warms you twice. What better way to insure your family’s comfort this winter than having a stack of wood in the barn or on the porch? Tools to make splitting firewood easier and safer are easy to find at Lehman’s. Consider a splitting maul or a axe or a kindling wood splitter to help “warm you twice.”

Hand tools

Not every homesteading project requires a power cord or a battery. The Amish have perfected the art of construction with hand tools of every sort. Consider a conduit/trenching shovel for digging trenches, or a rotary leather punch for making holes in tough leather, or steel gimlets to quickly and cleanly drill holes. You can’t go wrong with a selection of hand tools for the do-it-yourselfer in your family.


Grandpa's Small Dress Knife
Find Grandpa’s Small Dress Knife at or at Lehman’s retail store in Kidron.

They say if you have some string and a good knife, you can survive almost anything. Lehman’s carries a wide selection of blades ranging from grandpa’s pocket knife to survival knives to hunting knives. And don’t forget a master blade-sharpening tool to keep your knives in tip-top shape.

Preparedness supplies

Prepping is big in the news, with good reason. Lehman’s motto is “Be prepared, not scared.” They carry an extensive inventory of items to help keep your family safe. Consider a “pocket” chain saw or emergency LED lantern or a grain mill or a kerosene cooker. Lehman’s even has its very own passive bucket water-filter system that filters up to 24 gallons of water per day.


The ultimate way to bring start acquiring homesteading knowledge is through a supporting body of reference books. Lehman’s carries an excellent selection of volumes ranching from preparedness to butchering to food preservation. They even carry the complete Foxfire series which documents ancient skills culled from interviews with mountain old-timers.

Whatever is on your Christmas wish list, family-owned Lehman’s is your one-stop solution.

Editor’s Note: First posted in October 2020.

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