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Gift Ideas for The Gardener, Forager and Preserver

Foraging, preserving, and growing your own food is a way of life for many people and me. It’s a nice way to get back in touch with what mother nature has to offer. Finding the perfect gift during the holiday season can be difficult. Giving the right gift can spark an interest in a new hobby or lifestyle. Foraging can be a fun way to get outdoors and look for wild food. Growing your own food is an excellent opportunity to eat healthy and organic. There is a misconception that you need a lot of space to grow food. You can grow vegetables in a limited area successfully. Preserving your harvest or foraged finds is a nice way to conserve your food for later consumption. Let’s look at some gift ideas that anyone interested in these activities would enjoy.

Gift Ideas for The Gardener, Forager, and Preserver

Gifts Ideas for The Gardener

Gardening has many benefits. It can be a relaxing and peaceful way to spend a few hours of your day. Growing your own food is a healthy and wholesome way to live your life. I spend many hours in my vegetable garden, seeding, weeding, watering, and harvesting. These are some of the must-have tools for any gardener.

Gardening Tools

Fiskars 3 Piece Softouch Garden Tool Set

Gardening tools are a must. They are ideal for a variety of tasks, including digging, weeding, loosening soil, and aerating.

Gardening Gloves

Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Working Gloves

Gardening gloves keep your hands clean and protected. They are also good for ripping weeds out of the garden. A good set of gloves will give the hands a better grip.

Gardening Books

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

A good gardening book can give the advanced or beginning gardener ideas. As an experienced gardener, I am always learning new techniques and methods to grow and get higher yields from my vegetable garden. Mini Farming is a great book that describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre.

Portable Green House

The Strong Camel Greenhouse

A greenhouse can get your gardening season started early and also extend your season. If you live in a cooler zone, it is a nice luxury to start your seedlings early. I like to use mine to start an early crop of lettuce, radishes, and scallions right before spring. You can really get a jump start and have some fresh lettuce before you know it. A greenhouse will keep all your seed starts warm and protect them from low-level frost. They are easy to set up and store during the offseason.

Seed Starting Kit

Super Sprouter 726402 Premium Propagation Kit

Another way to get a jump start on the growing season is to use a seed starting kit. Basically, it consists of a seed tray, soil, and a growing light on a timer. I have an article explaining how I use mine to get my seedlings started and the transplanting into my raised beds.

Gifts Ideas for the Forager

Foraging is a fun way to look for wild food. It’s the way many of our ancestors found food. You would be surprised how much edible food is all around us. Once you become educated in identifying and finding wild edibles, you get hooked. It becomes an adventure trying to find hidden patches. Getting started in foraging is very easy. There are many books and resources available. Let’s look at some gifts for a budding or experienced forager.

Foraging Books

Edible Wild Plants: Eastern/Central North America

Books on foraging are probably the best gift to start out with, and many of these books are quite comprehensive. It is an excellent way to learn how to identify and pick wild edibles. This is the way I learned. You should stick with foraging books in your particular region. You can check out my foraging page for a full list of books I recommend.

Foraging Tools

Opinel 3-in-1 Foraging Tool Set

Foraging tools can be helpful when it’s time to harvest. A good backpack, knife, multi-tool, and small shovel are go-to items for any forager. The Opinel 3-in-1 foraging toolset is an excellent knife set that is sharp and fits nicely in any backpack. You can see what I like to carry in my backpack when I go out foraging.

Gift Ideas for The Preserver

Water Bath Canning Kit

Granite Ware 0718-1 Enamel-on-Steel Canning Kit

A water bath canning kit can make a great gift for someone who just started out gardening and wants to preserve their vegetables. Canning is easy to do, and you can enjoy your harvest for years to come. Get your loved ones or friends started in the right direction with a canning kit.

Pressure Canner

Presto 1755 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Canner

Water bath canning is good for high acidity foods like tomatoes, pickling, and jams. When it comes to other things like low acidity vegetables, soups and stews, you will need a pressure canner. Pressure canning processes the food at a higher temperature to ensure proper sterilization. It is a nice gift for those looking to can many types of vegetables from the garden, not just tomatoes. See more about how to pressure can here.

Canning Supplies

Ball Regular Mouth Lids and Bands

An avid canner is always in need of canning supplies. Jars, lids, and rings regularly need to be replaced. If you are new to canning, I have an article on canning 101. It is a comprehensive guide on how to use a water bath canner step by step.

Preserving Books

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest

Books on preserving offer great recipes, tips, and methods of canning and preserving your harvest or wild edibles. These books have many recipes for all kinds of jams, pickles, soups, and preserves. They can be a treasure trove of information.

Food Dehydrators

Nesco FD-61 Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator

Dehydrating food with a food dehydrator is another excellent way to preserve fruits and vegetables from the garden. Dehydrating food takes all the water content out and increases the shelf life. There are endless types of vegetables, fruits, meats, and herbs that one can dehydrate. It’s as simple as cutting your food, placing them in trays, and turning on the dehydrator. Check out my article on food dehydration to learn more.


Any of these gifts can be a thoughtful way to express yourself to a loved one. Foraging and preserving is a sustainable way of living. Anyone can learn to do it. Please see my recommendation page for other products that I use.

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About Financial Forager
I enjoy canning, preserving, foraging and growing my own food. It’s become a way of life. When you grow a vegetable garden, you eat with the seasons. Foraging is the same way. I forage for many types of wild berries and edible plants. Preserving is a great way to store and maintain your garden and foraged finds.

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