What was your favorite gift on Christmas morning? I was always happy to see what books my mom and dad had chosen for me. Christmas day was a laid back relaxing family day. We rested and relaxed so I had time to bury myself in my new books. While I may not be reading about ponies these days, I still look forward to a good book or two under the tree. What Christmas Gift book ideas do you look forward to receiving this year. If you are looking for some ideas to put on your wish list, I have compiled a Christmas Gift Book Ideas for Homesteaders list.
If you are planning to start raising animals I have a list of favorites just for you.
Jessica Lane wrote a chicken care book that touches on the topics that you will find have the most controversy! As you are searching for answers when getting started with chickens, you will find many opinions. Some are based in fact and good animal husbandry and some are just preferences. Learn the difference in Jess’s book, Chicken Hot Topics, available in e-book and print.
I wrote a book about chickens that covers the basic care from hatch to egg laying and beyond. I took a no nonsense approach to writing the book and included answers to commonly asked questions. After owning a feed store and selling chicks each spring, I wanted to compile the answers to the most frequently asked questions from new chicken keepers. Chickens From Scratch is available in e-book and print.
Veteran Chicken and Duck owner, Lisa Steele has a new book out entitled Duck Eggs Daily. You may remember Lisa’s first book, Fresh Eggs Daily, which was published two years ago. Both of these books keep the fun in poultry raising with recipes for chicken and duck treats you can make for your flock. Also included are great human treats to cook using the fresh chicken or duck eggs. The real reason to buy and read these books is the tried and true poultry care information. Beautifully laid out in a gift book style, but, don’t be fooled. These volumes are packed with great information.
Canning, Food Preservation and Cookbooks
Off the Shelf compiled by Kris Bordessa. Do yourself a favor and buy this book! I did not know there were so many of my family’s favorite condiments that could be made from scratch and still taste great. I have this on my e-reader and refer to it frequently. One of my favorite dips or sandwich spread is aioli. I had no idea how it was made. But simple clear instructions in “Off the Shelf” quickly had me making my own aioli from scratch with items we already had in the house! Many popular food and healthy eating bloggers contributed to Off the Shelf. Available in E-book.
Kathy Lapcevic – Jams Jellies and Fruit Butters will give you so many options of what to make with fresh fruits. Kathie’s website, Homespun Seasonal Living is dedicated to teaching and inspiring you in the arts of delicious eating and healthy living.
Personal Care, Soaps and Beauty Products
Jess Lane doesn’t only write about chickens! If you are searching for homestead information and lots of do it yourself style input, go to The 104 Homestead. Beauty products can be made at home! Check into Homemade Beauty Essentials and learn more. Available in e-book format.
Homestead Living and Off Grid Lifestyle
Teri Page from the website Homestead Honey just released her new e-book . Creating Your Off Grid Homestead will help you with inspiration and advice from folks who have already followed the path into an off-grid lifestyle. This inspiring family’s story will encourage you, no matter what level of leaving the grid you choose.
Natural, Sustainable and Herbal products and lifestyle books
Chris Dalziel wrote The Beginners’ Book of Essential Oils. I have a few books about using essential oils but I learned the most useful knowledge from Chris Dalziel’s book. The book focuses on ten essential oils that should be the foundation for your essential oil journey. Available in Kindle and in Print.
Gardening Theme Christmas Gift Book List
The Gardening Notebook by Angi Schneider helped me to be a more organized gardener. And, our gardens became better producers! I liked this e-book so much that I printed it out and have it in a binder that I can quickly grab to make a note or check back on last year’s plan. If you wanted to give the printed out version, buy the e-book, print it out, add the pages to a pretty loose leaf binder and you have a gift the gardener on your gift list will be glad to receive.
The Art of Gardening by Susan Vinskovski is a visual treat with a whole lot of information. This e-book will have you drooling over the full color photos but the best thing I learned was about starting with my soil. The Art of Gardening really impacted how I look at the earth that makes up our garden plot.
Gardening Like a Ninja will be released soon and I am sure it will be another winner from Angela England. You can also pre-order Gardening Like a Ninja on Amazon by clicking here. This wonderful new book is due out in February 2016. “Turn your yard into the envy of the neighborhood while adding to your dinner table! Learn how to garden like a ninja as you sneak in plants that you can use for everyday cooking, creating a sustainable and beautiful landscape that’s easy to maintain. Save time and money using the visually appealing and edible designs and harvest the fruits from your delicious paradise!” You can join the Facebook interest group now and discuss the art of edible landscaping and the upcoming on-line course.
I hope you will take a look at the books on my list. Each one has been personally read by me, so I can stand behind my recommendations. Looking for even more great gift book suggestions? Here’s a post from Ildlewilde Alaska with more! Homesteading Books Gift Guide