I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not a fan of pink, painting my nails, makeup, cutesy knick-knacks, or chick flicks. So when I look at those “best Christmas gifts for women” lists, there really isn’t much on them I’d actually want to receive for Christmas. I’m just not a girly-girl. I’d rather have more practical gifts that help me out around the homestead or enjoy life in Alaska. So listen up, guys, here’s the list of gifts for tough homesteading ladies – the stuff they really want! (Especially those in cold climates!)
Gifts for Tough Homesteading Ladies
When I turned 21, my dad bought me a Stihl chainsaw. It’s 14″ blade and great for chores around the homestead!
I’d be lost without my Miter saw. I use it for almost all our building projects! The jig saw is a must for touching up the small projects. And of course, my sander gets a lot of use in all those wood working jobs!
My brother-in-law bought me a small power drill last summer and I love it. It’s battery operated, light weight, and fits my hand perfectly, and yet strong enough to do any job.
I love my Smart Wool. Their pullovers are warm and cozy and look good whether you’re working outside or headed into town.
Insulated Carhartt coveralls that actually fit. Seriously. No more borrowing the hubby’s pair that are just way too big!
When it’s really, really cold outside (I’m talking -40!), nothing beats fur. Beaver hats and gloves are AMAZING and will keep you warm!
For getting chores done around the homestead, I live in my Carhartt work gloves. They’re insulated, but not too thick that I can’t get a grip on anything, and my favorite part, they actually fit my small hands!
Bogs are great work boots for around the homestead. They’re just girly enough to appeal to the girly side, but work hard too. They’re warm enough for the not-quite-freezing seasons and will keep your feet nice and dry.
Snowshoes are a wonderful gift for every family member both for getting chores done on deep snow days, running a trapline, winter hunting, or just winter hiking! (The hubby and I went snowshoeing on our first date!)
Books are always a wonderful Christmas gift. Whether they’re about homesteading skills, Arctic living, or homesteading/ survival stories- I love them all! (Check out my Homesteader Book Gift List and Alaska Book Gift List!)
Yarn or a gift card to a specialty yarn store is a wonderful gift for any knitter or crocheter! (This also works for fabric and crafts!)
For those who make or are wanting to make their own soaps, a soap cutter would be a great gift!
An Excalibur dehydrator is an amazing gift! Even if she already has a dehydrator, she won’t mind the upgrade!
I adore my cozy slippers that have rubber soles. Warm and cozy for inside, but enough of a sole to wear out on the front porch when getting more firewood.
A couple pairs of thick wool socks are a must. Believe me, those tough homesteading ladies can’t have too many! These make great stocking stuffers!
Every girl needs her own multi-tool. Whether it’s an actual Leatherman or another brand, they’re a must around the homestead! (Have you seen these snowflake multi-tools? I kinda want one of those too!)
I’m a coffee snob. I freely admit it. A bag of locally roasted Kaladi Brothers coffee beans is a wonderful Christmas gift for me!
Every homesteader should have at least one, if not all of Joel Salatin’s books in their library. Even if you don’t have cows, pigs, or chickens, there’s so much to learn from every single one of his books!
So this is about as girly as I get, but Crunchy Balm would be a wonderful stocking stuffer! This lotion is all I use on my face and I love it! This grass-fed tallow balm is so luxurious! Even with Alaska’s negative humidity winters, this balm keeps my skin feeling wonderful! (There are several other products of theirs that I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but I’m sure I’d love them all!)
When you live in a cold climate that gets lots of snow, a snowmachine (or snowmobile as they say in the Lower 48) is a must! I absolutely love my Ski-doo Expedition! Not only is it a total work horse able to tow up to 3000 pounds, but it’s a dream to ride. Nice and smooth and I’m not complaining about those heated grips!
Have you ever been in a hot tub when it’s below freezing outside? It’s a wonderful experience, especially when the Northern Lights are dancing overhead. Ok, so maybe I do have a bit of a girly side… I would love to have one of these fire heated hot tubs in my yard!
What gifts for tough homesteading ladies are you getting this year? Need more ideas? Check out the shop at Rootsy!
Ladies, need some help for that rugged man in your life? I’ve got a gift guide for him too!)