Love Month is fast approaching. Are you feeling the pressure yet? By now you should have made plans for your Valentine’s Day date. Have you reserved a table at that fancy restaurant she’s been telling you about yet? Or will you prepare a romantic meal at the homestead and under the stars? What are you going to give her this year? You’re probably thinking of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will tickle her homesteader bones.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Garden
One reason why some people prefer the homestead or off-grid life is the ability to become self-sustaining. It’s perfectly okay if you get your food and other necessities from the grocery store or supermarket but it would be a lot better and more fulfilling if you grow your own food.
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Gardening is an important part of homesteading and getting brand new garden tools for Valentine’s Day is definitely something your significant other will be smiling about. Well, unless she asked for a diamond ring or something as fancy. Well for now let’s stick to garden tools and other things that’ll make your homesteader wife happy.
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Butterfly Love 8-Piece Garden Hand Tools Set
The Butterfly Love 8-Piece Garden Hand Tools Set is as complete as they come. The set includes a trowel, spade, pruning shears, rake, hoe, weeder, and cultivator, all of which sports heavy duty cast aluminum heads and soft ergonomic handles. She’ll also get a pair of gardening gloves and a canvas tote bag to keep her valuable gardening supplies.
Fisher Blacksmithing Hand Forged Garden Trowel
How many times have you or your wife been so frustrated with boring garden tools that easily break? You’re not likely to encounter these problems with the hand forged garden trowel by Fisher Blacksmithing.
This garden trowel is one of a kind since it’s not made in a production line. Each Fisher Blacksmithing product is painstakingly made by hand so each differs from the other. This particular garden tool is also pretty strong and sturdy since the wide blade is made from high carbon steel while the handle came from a piece of American black walnut wood, one of the most durable hardwoods around. The two pieces are joined by solid steel rivets.
When you’re trying to figure out some Valentine’s Day gift ideas that best describes your love for your wife, this should do the trick. Like the trowel, your love is unique as it is only meant for her. Your relationship is also strong and sturdy like the garden tool. Just be ready with your romantic spiel explaining why you chose this gorgeous handcrafted tool as your Valentine’s Day present.
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Indoor Herb Garden
When you or your wife is preparing a meal, it’s a lot easier and quicker if you have everything you need within your reach. This is especially important if you’re in a hurry. Make things a lot easier for everyone by giving your wife the gift of an indoor herb garden. With an indoor herb garden, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to buy them from the store. You have your own fresh herbs right at home. Even if you have a garden outside, you’ll still appreciate your indoor herb garden since you don’t have to go out to pick what you need.
Planters’ Choice 9 Herb Window Garden Indoor Organic Herb Growing Kit
Imagine having 9 of the most commonly used herbs within your reach. It’s definitely going to be fun cooking up a storm in your kitchen. The 40-piece indoor herb growing kit comes with reusable pots with drip trays, pre-fertilized soil discs that expands 6 to 8 times its size, bamboo markers, and the seeds to grow basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parsley, rosemary thyme, oregano, and sage.
AeroGarden Harvest In-Home Countertop Garden System
Many homesteaders strive to be self-sufficient while being less dependent on modern technology. There is such a thing as modern homesteaders, however. Modern homesteading achieves balance by incorporating modern products to the homestead. This makes for some brilliant Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the missus.
The AeroGarden Harvest In-Home Countertop Garden System, for example, is a modern take to your indoor herb garden. The in-home garden system allows you to grow six different plants, mainly herbs and some leafy vegetables that can grow up to 12 inches.
The device doesn’t require soil since you grow your produce in water. It comes with ultra-slim, energy-efficient, full spectrum, 20 watt LED grow lights that help the plant maximize photosynthesis for faster growth. The easy to use control panel notifies you when your indoor garden needs more water or plant food. It also turns the lights on or off when necessary.
Don’t be intimidated by the touch sensor buttons, though. It’s pretty simple to use. Just add water and plant food then insert the pre-seeded pods. The non-GMO seeds are not only guaranteed to grow but they grow 5 times faster than when you plant on soil.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Kitchen
There was a time when many thought a woman’s place was in the kitchen. This is one stereotype that needs to be broken if it hasn’t yet. Women are all over the place and in a good way. We have female political leaders like, CEOs of huge companies, and even celebrities who are making a huge difference in the lives of many. That shouldn’t take anything away from women who love to make art in the kitchen.
For every Angela Markel, Nancy Pelosi, Malala Yousafzai, and Gretha Thunberg, there’s a Giada De Laurentiis, Daniela Soto-Innes, Clare Smyth, and Julia Child. All these people started out with someone or something inspiring them to pursue their passions.
If your wife is passionate about cooking, you’ll definitely make her a happy homesteader with some brand new kitchen equipment or tools.
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Fermented food is good for you. There’s no simpler way of saying this. Your wife will appreciate that you want her and the rest of the family to stay healthy by having more fermented food at your disposal.
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FARMcurious Mason Jar Mold Free Fermenting Kit
Fermenting your own food is pretty easy especially if you have something like the FARMcurious Mason Jar Mold Free Fermenting Kit. With this kit, you can ferment just about any vegetable. All you need aside from this kit are wide mouth mason jars and the produce you want to ferment. To give you some idea, check out this list of fermented foods you should have in your prepper pantry.
To make your own fermented food, clean the ReCAP lid first with warm soapy water and then rinse thoroughly. Insert the rubber stopper into the ReCAP lid then attach the slender tip of the airlock into the top of the stopper. Fill the airlock with plain water then place its lid back. The airlock system allows carbon dioxide to escape but keeps air from the environment out.
Pack chopped vegetables and herbs into a clean and dry mason jar then pour in your salt-water solution. Leave one inch of space between the brine and the top of the jar. Cover the jar with the ReCAP lid with the airlock then set your counter for 3 to 6 weeks. Set aside in a cool dark place to ferment.
Don’t worry about the bubble. Those are just the carbon dioxide formed during fermentation. After 4 to 7 days, you can check the taste and crunchiness. If they are to your liking, simply remove the airlock and stopper then close the ReCAP lid and store in the refrigerator.
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It’s every homesteaders dream to own a dehydrator mainly because of its many benefits. Having a food dehydrator means you can make 100% natural, chemical additive-free, preservative-free food. You get healthier food since you don’t lose any of the good stuff during the process as compared to cooking and steaming.
Dehydrated foods also taste better and have a longer shelf life, which is important to homesteading and prepping. Using a food dehydrator also means you have less food waste and you save more compared to buying dehydrated foods and similar snacks from stores. Plus, dehydrated foods are easier to store than fresh ones.
NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator
The NESCO Snackmaster Pro features a top mounted fan with 600 watts of power that produces 2100 RPM for faster drying. Precision drying is achieved with the help of the adjustable thermostat, which you can set at particular temperatures. The Converga-Flow drying system allows equal heat distribution and drying. It also keeps the flavors of the different foods you’re drying from mixing.
The Snackmaster Pro comes with five stackable trays where you can dry fruits and vegetables and make your favorite meat jerky. This can be expanded up to twelve trays. The kit also includes two solid sheets for drying liquids and two mesh sheets for herbs and spices.
Hamilton Beach Weston Pro Series PRO-2400 Dehydrator
If you’re a homesteader, you should be looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas that not only make your wife happy but also give her something to do and earn with. A food dehydrator does exactly that.
The Hamilton Beach Commercial Weston Pro Series single zone 160 liter dehydrator may be on the expensive side but it will certainly be a money making device if you put your heart to it.
With 24 trays to dehydrate different kinds of foods, you can make a lot in one go. That means you’ll have more than you can consume and store. All you need now is to pack your dehydrated products in a nice way and sell them.
Beer Brewing Kit
One secret of a happy marriage or relationship is to find something common you both love. If you’re fortunate to have a fellow beer lover in your significant other, you’re quite the lucky dude. You’ll also have an easier time concocting Valentine’s Day gift ideas that’ll make your wife happy and maybe a little tipsy.
The Mr. Beer Craft Beer Kit is a beer lover’s dream come true. It’s the perfect brewing kit for first timers because the process is relatively easy and simple. In fact, it’s so easy to do that you can brew your own beer in just half an hour. That’s not the goal of the brains behind Mr. Brew, however. They also strive to provide the best tasting beer possible that can compete with the ones brewed for a longer time.
The Mr. Beer Craft Beer Kit includes a 2-gallon keg fermenter, lid, spigot assembly, yeast, no-rinse cleanser, hopped malt extract, 8 plastic bottles and caps. You’ll also need a few more items to start brewing your beer. Check out the video below for more detailed instructions.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Woodworkers
Don’t you just love women who are handy with tools? Google “female woodworkers” and you’ll see there are quite a number of them. And mind you, they’re really good. If your wife is one of these people who get really creative with their hands, then brand new woodworking tools may just be the right Valentine’s Day gifts for them.
One of the most common woodworking mistakes by beginners is using the wrong tools for specific jobs. This can be quite a problem if you can’t afford all the hand and power tools out there.
If you’re new to woodworking, your best option is to invest on the most essential tools. As you hone your woodworking skills, save up to buy more tool and equipment. Even if you’re not doing some woodworking projects, these tools will be useful in doing house repairs. Here’s a list of the most essential power tools every beginner should think of getting. Two of these important tools are the drill and jigsaw.
DeWalt 20V MAX 1/2” Li-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit
One power tool that every woodworker, novice or otherwise, should have is an electric drill. Hand drills are, uhmm, handy when power is down and you need to drill some holes. But on normal days, an electric drill will help make your job easier and faster.
The DeWalt 20V MAX 1/2” Li-Ion Compact Drill/Driver Kit sports a motor capable of 300 watts of power, which is enough to accomplish different drilling and driving tasks. It comes with two-speed transmissions (0 t0 450 and 0 to 1,500 RPM) that allows you to toggle between driving and drilling in a jiff. The half-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck makes sure the drill bit doesn’t come loose while using the tool.
This DeWalt cordless drill and driver is a very convenient power tool. You can take it anywhere even if there is no electrical outlet. Since you’re not limited by the length of a cord, you can reach tight spaces. The power comes from the 2 lithium-ion batteries included in the kit. There’s also a compact charger and a contractor bag.
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Bosch JS470E 7.0A D-Handle Jigsaw
You can always use handsaws but they take more time and effort to accomplish a task, mainly to cut wood and other materials, as compared to a power saw. The handheld jigsaw, for example, allows you to cut straight or curved lines without breaking sweat. Well, at least not that much.
The jigsaw is a favorite among newbies because of its versatility and ease of use. One of the best jigsaws around comes from Bosch, the company that first manufactured the jigsaw. Bosch acquired the invention from Albert Kaufmann, an engineer who made the first jigsaw in 1946 by using a saw blade on a sewing machine.
The Bosch JS470E 7.0A D-Handle Jigsaw boasts of a powerful 7.0 amp motor that allows easy but smooth cutting through wood, aluminum and mild steel. There’s a variable speed dial that lets you control the tool’s speed while the Constant Response circuitry maintains your chosen speed even in prolonged and heavy duty use. That helps keep your cuts precise and consistent along with the precision-machined plunging system.
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The jigsaw is also designed to vibrate as little as possible for a more comfortable use and more accurate and smooth cuts. You can also choose among four orbital-action settings using a simple switch. These four blade strokes range from smooth to aggressive cuts.
Other impressive features of the Bosch JS470E 7.0A D-Handle Jigsaw include quick blade changes without the need for tools, blade ejection lever, a die-cast foot with steel insert, dust blower, ambidextrous lock-on button, and an insulated aluminum gearbox, among others.
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