Traditional Cooking And Living Gift Guide – To Encourage a Nourishing Sustainable Homestead

Traditional Cooking And Living Gift Guide To Encourage A Nourishing Sustainable Homestead

The holidays are fast approaching and it will soon be the season of giving.

Although I support a minimalistic lifestyle I still need some tools to help me facilitate a slow-food, nourishing kitchen and sustainable home. Here, I have curated a list of my favorite gifts. Some have been given to me, some I have bought for myself and some are on my own wish list. I urge you to give these truly lasting gifts to your loved ones who are creating a nourishing space of their own. And I also hope you will find something special to inspire your own journey of deeper nourishment and cozy contentment.


Let’s start with my deepest love, slow food.

Sorry, instant pressure cooker and teflon pans, you two are NOT on this list.


A KitchenAid Stand Mixer is beautiful and practical.

Get the hottest accessory for your KitchenAid, a Spiralizer that can peel, core and shred.

Another great KitchenAid add-on is this set of Pasta Roller and Cutters.

Cast Iron is indispensable in my kitchen. From steaks to pancakes to baking bread, cast iron can do it all!

Emile Henry makes some of the most beautiful cooking vessels around. Take a look at this Bread Cloche, the dream item for a home baker.

This is the very same Cast Iron Bread Pan that use for my sourdough loaves. Love it!

This 16 Quart, Stainless Steel Stock Pot from All-Clad has been on my wish list for a long time.

Know someone who needs to go all-in with a new set of cookware? I can vouch for this durable, beautiful 10-piece set from All-Clad.

I love my double sided Lodge Griddle. It makes brunch a breeze.

This would be the ultimate splurge. This Wusthof set has 26 pieces of amazing cutlery. The one Wusthof I own was my first knife and still my favorite. (Don’t worry, you can buy singles too.)

I own two Boos Blocks and they are the biggest, sturdiest cutting boards you can get. Perfect for someone who cooks a lot.

My Cuisinart is a tool I use almost daily. This 14-cup model is the cat’s meow.

All life requires clean water. Here’s to clean and sustainable!


The Berkey Water Filter is the single most important item in my kitchen. If you’ve been on the fence about getting one for your family, now is the time. The smaller sizes make great gifts for dorms and travel!

This Kleen Kanteen will keep water cold and tea hot. A great gift for someone who always needs a beverage.

Do you know someone who works outside all year round? This mug from YETI will keep their coffee HOT for hours.

Fun utensils and gadgets that are actually useful.


I love citrus zest so I use this Microplane tool a lot. It’s great for nutmeg, garlic and ginger too! A perfect gift for the “spicy” cook.

From ice cream to cookies to meatballs, no cook should be without stainless steel scoops!

This Spice Grinder will make a serious cook very happy. Good cooks know to use freshly ground everything!

If you follow along with my blog you’ll see this Handheld Immersion Blender recommended often. It can be used for smoothies, sauces, dressings, and soups. I love mine.

Handcrafted Wooden Utensils are classy and timeless.

Pyrex makes the best food storage around. From oven to fridge to freezer this set will keep your hard work fresh. Even though my cupboard is full of this stuff I would be pretty stoked to find this under the tree.

If you know a sparkling water lover then this is an earth friendly alternative to buying bottles. We have this SodaStream model and adore it.

This is the perfect Fermentation Kit. I finally bought myself this exact set this year, I wish I had done it sooner.

If you know someone who is into good beer then this is a great Growler to gift them. My husband received one from my mom and he uses it all the time. It’s hubby approved!

These are the gifts that promote the beloved Danish “Hygge”, a feeling of warmth, love and coziness.


Nothing compares to dinner by candlelight. Beeswax Candles are a lovely way to close the day.

Wooden Salad Bowls of heirloom quality make a timeless gift.

I’d like to find these beautiful Wooden Servers in my stocking.

This Marble Cheese Board is perfect for someone who lives for cheese. Like me.

This beautiful Cheese Knife Set will make someone very, very happy.

These Porcelain Cheese Markers are so sweet. I have this set and I always get compliments on it. A great gift for an entertainer.

Oil Lamps bring light into the darker days of the year and uplift our spirits.

I need a few of these air purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp Votive Holders!

I’m absolutely in love with all the Pendleton WASHABLE Eco-Wise Wool Blankets. Just look at this throw blanket. A great gift for a snuggler.

Have you seen these awesome Handwarmer Mugs? A perfect way to warm chilly hands and tummies.

I love Alpaca Fiber Scarves. This one is fair trade and super soft!

This Handmade Hat is on my wish list! Look at those colors and design. Do you know someone who would love it too?

Acorn makes beautiful Sheepskin Slippers for men and women. They are warm and supportive.

These Organic Wool Socks from Maggie’s are my absolute favorite. They last for years and they are so warm and cozy!

I’ve had several pairs of Soulmate Socks. If these funky Fingerless Gloves are anything like the socks they will be warm, well made, long lasting and soft! They come in lots of fun colors perfect for men or women. Oh, and check out the Boot Cuffs!


These are the eco-friendly home goods that I use and love.


These are the softest Organic Cotton Towels I’ve ever used and the price is so great!

If you know someone who needs a new pillow I highly recommend the Organic Woolley Down Pillow from Holy Lamb. The support is fully customizable making it the perfect pillow for any sleeping position. The wool fill can be cleaned and freshened in the sunshine and the case can be washed. Expect this pillow to last a very long time!

We recently upgraded all out beds to these lightweight, undyed, Organic Cotton Chenille Blankets. These blankets would make a great gift for someone who is chemically sensitive.


Our favorite eco-friendly kids gifts.


These large high-quality wooden blocks by BEKA may seem expensive at first but they are heirloom quality and will last through to future generations.

Learning towers are a safe way to get little ones involved in the kitchen.

Musical instruments inspire rhythm, dance and imaginative play.


Gifts for the green thumbs.


This Hori Hori is my favorite garden tool. It does so many jobs and it’s easy to handle. A great gift for gardeners, foragers, and explorers.

Take a look at this great Edible Seed Sprouting System, it includes these awesome draining stands! Sprouts are a great way to eat fresh greens throughout the winter .

Organic seeds make the perfect stocking stuffer, IMO.

This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen. Every page is full of gorgeous informative illustrations of wild foods and the recipes to accompany them.

This new release covers all the bases when it comes to heirloom gardening. This book is sure to become a traditionalist’s gardening bible.

No garden is complete without a tapestry of flowers. This book will teach us the secrets behind one of the most beautiful private gardens in the Pacific Northwest. And it happens to be right here in my own backyard, Eugene, Oregon.


Give the gift of a healthy glow.


Evanhealy makes some really nice botanical skincare products. This Lavender Cleansing Milk is great for sensitive skin and it removes dirt, oil and makeup without any harsh ingredients. By far this is my favorite product in the Evanhealy line.

I’m gonna go ahead and admit it, I love the beard trend. This is the perfect grooming kit for a luxurious beard and stash.

I really like this combo wet/dry brush from Belula. It has the power to exfoliate, stimulate and massage all in a portable size.


A few culinary delights.


Anyone who bakes would be pretty happy to find this beautiful, small batch, organic flour on their doorstep.

We all know that one person who is always drinking tea. In my case it’s me! I would be delighted to receive a fun tea sampler like this!

Green & Black’s Fair Trade Chocolate Library will melt any chocolate lovers heart. They also have other gift sets like, Organic Dark and a Romance Collection.


No sustainable homestead is complete without these essentials!


Eco-friendly Cloth Napkins come in all shapes and sizes but these have to be the cutest! Perfect for a homesteader.

Paper towels are a huge waste of resources. These Organic Flannel Towels will take that stress off our precious planet.

Earth Junky makes some really great organic cotton shopping bags. They also print the tare weight right on the label making bulk shopping a breeze!

Bogs Boots come is styles and sizes for the whole family.

This is a great book on keeping Back Yard Chickens. If you need more chicken related information and gift ideas you can read my post Raising Backyard Chickens For Eggs – From Chicks To Happy Egg Layers.

It is only fair to include the most important book to own if you are interested in a nourished life. Nourishing Traditions should be on every bookshelf across the globe. Together we can take back our food freedom and resist corporate interference. I challenge you to pick (at least) one person to gift this book to this year. You may change their life! Don’t miss the other incredible books either written by or contributed to by Sally Fallon,

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World

The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook for Children: Teaching Children to Cook the Nourishing Traditions Way

Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness

The Fourfold Path to Healing: Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement, and Meditation in the Art of Medicine


Need more ideas?

Head over to my Shop Favorites Page for more sustainable gift inspiration.

This is one of the coolest, least consumer-y gifts to give in my opinion. Learn the art of cooking from some of the world’s most renowned master chefs.

Give the Gift of MasterClass

Alice Waters Teaches Home Cooking
Thomas Keller Teaches Cooking Techniques

Didn’t quite see what you’re looking for? Try The Handmade Marketplace!


  1. Shekinah

    Wow. Just wow. Your blog gives me so much jubilance- I cannot express how grateful I am to see wonderful women such as yourself empowering others to change their lifestyles through nutrition (the organic take on health) and ways of living. You are an inspiration 😊 Thank you!!

    • Shekinah,
      Thank you for the kind words! I’m so happy you have visited Butter For All. If you are on Facebook please connect with me! I have a page, under the same name, and a recipe sharing group called Wholesome Homestead Recipes. Hope to see you there!

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