Homestead kids find joy in many things that you wouldn’t typically associate with Easter, birthday, or Christmas gifts. They tend to love gifts that they can use for real-life activities and useful gifts that they can use on their adventures in the great outdoors.
They want to be involved in the farm chores that they see mom and dad do so why not give them a gift that reflects that desire. Check out this holiday season gift guide specifically for homestead kids.
Practical Gifts for Homestead Kids
Kids’ Homestead Apparel
1. Muck Boots
These are a must have for homestead kids! Muck boots keep feet dry and they are easy to clean. You could even use new boots to hold goodies instead of an Easter basket or Christmas stockings (depending on which holiday you are reading this post for)!
2. Garden Gloves / Work Gloves
Your kids have their garden tools and seeds, and now they need their very own set of gloves to protect their little hands while in the garden.
A pair of leather work gloves is another practical and inexpensive gift for homestead kids.
Kids can use aprons in the kitchen, in the garden, in the barn, and for playing dress up! This one is great for all of those purposes OR you can make a DIY apron for them (like this 4-Pocket Gathering Apron)!
A great gift for homestead kids is a hat. Hats help to protect their little faces & necks from the sun that they are undoubtedly exposed to all year long.
5. Farm Clothes
Throw a few of these in with their gifts this year. You may think they won’t be happy to receive clothes, but you might just be surprised 🙂
Gardening with Kids
Gift your homestead kids with a functional gift for the garden this year!
6. Kids’ Garden Tools
My kids LOVE to help in the garden so I like to give them their own set of tools to use.
My favorite kids’ garden tool sets are:
A garden cart is a great tool for kids to use to help around the homestead! They can also use it to pull their toys (or each other) around.
The Kids’ Garden Journal is an excellent gift for homestead kids! They can use it to track their own garden’s productivity from season to season!
9. Seeds or Flower Bombs
Gift a pack or two of seeds to your little ones so they can plant their own flowers, fruits, or veggies. I recommend purchasing from Seeds for Generations, a family owned seed company that won’t let you down.
You could also make homemade wildflower seed bombs for your children to plant for the honeybees.
Around the House
Homemaking is a large part of homesteading. This set of cleaning supplies is a favorite for our kiddos and it allows the kids to actually clean instead of just pretending.
Our kids LOVE to clean and I want them to know how to care for our home so this is perfect.
11. Recipe Book & Cooking Supplies
Preserving & preparing food from scratch is a huge component of homestead living.
12. Food Dehydrator
If your children are interested in preserving their own food, a food dehydrator would be an excellent gift! They can learn to dehydrate many different food products as well as how to make fruit leather, jerky, and yogurt!
For the kiddos with cell phones, a Pela case is a great gift! These cases are made with 100% compostable material so you can toss them right into the compost bin when they have reached the end of their lifespan!
Outdoor toys are some of the best toys for homestead kids!
14. Ride-On Toys
The bikes promote exercise and the Powerwheels truck boosts their imagination and their sense of independence.
15. Mud Kitchen
Build or buy an outdoor kitchen so your kiddos can make messy “meals” out by the garden. I made one out of an old pallet a few years ago as a gift for my homestead kids and they loved it!
Kids’ Homestead Tools & Supplies
16. Kids’ Tools
Okay so we haven’t purchased power tools for our littles despite what this photo would have you believe. I just couldn’t help but share her little face here 🙂
Our oldest son is learning to use power tools now, but he just uses ours because they are expensive.
If your kiddos help you carry firewood around the farm, this firewood sling is a must!
When I was a kid, my favorite pastime was fishing with my parents… I even wrote a song about it in high school!
There is something relaxing about sitting by the water and it is thrilling as a child to see your bobber dip under the water. Our son received a fishing themed basket one Easter and it is his favorite one to date!
Throw a fishing rod, bobbers, and lures into their basket or stocking this year for a fun & practical gift they will love!
So buckets aren’t typically what you think of when you are trying to pick a toy for your kids, but they are free and kids apparently LOVE them!
Our girls filled buckets with water and climbed right in while we were feeding one day. Now they try to do this almost every time we are outside!
You might even want to use a bucket instead of a basket for Easter this year!
20. Pocket Knife or Multi-Tool
Knowing how to properly use a Pocket Knife is a good skill for a homestead kid to have. We use pocket knives every day around here so we want our kids to be familiar with them.
You know your child and if he or she is ready for the responsibility of a knife / multi-tool or not, so use your discretion with this gift.
A slingshot is a perfect gift for older homestead kids! Just be sure that they are properly supervised and/or they know how to safely use a slingshot without harming livestock (or their siblings).
22. BB Gun
Gift a BB Gun to farm kids who are responsible and wanting to practice their aim and to learn proper firearm handling and safety.
23. Bow & Arrow
Older kids can use dull tip arrows or the real deal if they are ready. My oldest son has his own bow and arrow and he has recently joined a local archery team with it.
24. Flashlights & Headlamps
This is an inexpensive and very practical gift for homestead kids!
For Homestead Creatives
25. Farm Themed Stationary and Art Supplies
Stuff stockings for children of all ages with farm themed pens, note paper, and art supplies! Here are some of my favorites:
26. Vlogging Camera
My homestead kids have been BEGGING to start their own vlog. This year for Christmas, they are each getting their own camcorder so they can get started!
Raising animals can give your kiddos a sense of pride as well as teach them responsibility & care for living creatures.
But, please be responsible with this one, y’all. If you are equipped to raise animals (have the land, resources, and time) then this is a good option.
Just don’t buy a bunny for your toddler only to resell it or, even worse, turn it loose when the new wears off.
Chickens are a great place to start with livestock for homestead kids.
They can raise chicks to show in a 4 H livestock show, sell eggs at the local farmer’s market, and learn proper animal husbandry with backyard birds.
You can purchase chickens locally, receive chicks from the 4H program, or order from a trusted hatchery like Murray McMurray.
Rabbits are another good homestead animal for kids to raise. They can raise them for meat or as pets. We have an indoor rabbit that we keep as a pet.
My kids are learning how to care for the rabbit and how they require different nutrition than our other animals.
You can find rabbit breeders to buy from pretty easily, but I suggest going through a rescue if you are able.
Goats are good for kids who are a little older. If your kids are in 4H, they can show goats to earn money or they could raise them to sell!
Find a local farm that keeps good records on their goats so you don’t buy an animal with undocumented issues.
Toys for Homestead Kids
We buy Schleich Farm Animals at our local farm store. They are super durable & kids play with these for hours! We also use them when we do livestock unit studies in our homeschool.
They make a perfect practical gift for kids who love animals!
31. Toy Tractors
DIY and Handmade Gifts for Homestead Kids
34. DIY Peg Dolls
Homestead and Farm Books for Kids
Check out these books to teach your homestead kids more about farming and food production.
For the Youngest Homestead Kids:
37. Farm Sounds
For the School-Age Homestead Kids:
46. Vet Academy
For the Older Homestead Kids:
MORE GIFT GUIDES
- Homemaking Mom Gift Guide
- Purposeful Christmas Gifts for Kids
- Homestead Mom Gift Ideas
- 19 Practical Gifts for Homemakers