Gift Ideas Straight from the Farm

Dec 08, 2023

How is your Christmas shopping checklist coming along? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Christmas morning special; often the best presents are homemade. As a farmer, you have access to an abundance of supplies, so consider incorporating them into your gifts this year for a truly unique surprise!
         To spark your creativity, we’ve compiled five easy ways you can bring a farmhouse flare to your holiday gift-giving.
Beeswax Chapstick
         Many of our Co-op customers have taken an interest in backyard beekeeping. If this has become one of your hobbies, consider using the beeswax to make chapstick! Simply mix two tablespoons of coconut oil, two tablespoons of shea butter, and two tablespoons of melted beeswax. Although not necessary, you may add a scent to it by including three to five drops of essential oils. Then, just funnel the mixture into whatever container you choose to use and let it dry.
Designer Planter Boxes
         For the gardening enthusiast in your life, Co-op can help you create the perfect gift. Start by choosing a planter box, flowerpot, or mason jar from our wide variety of options. Next, use stickers, sharpies, paint, or other craft supplies to add a personal touch; you can even monogram a name on it. Plus, earn bonus points by adding an actual plant such as a Christmas cactus or succulent!
Jams, Jellies, and Sauces
         There are numerous recipes to make homemade jams, jellies, and sauces from produce you’ve grown on your farm this year. Even the frozen fruits that you’ve saved from the summer can now be put to good use. Favorite treats include strawberry jam, pepper jelly, peach butter, and blueberry syrup. Consider picking up some Mason jars on your next visit to the Co-op and then top it off with a cute Christmas bow!
Vintage Seed Packets
         If you raise and save seeds from heirloom plants, why not share your favorite variety with a friend or relative who enjoys gardening? Find vintage print packets to store them in or make your own using little brown paper bags and string. To make this gift even more special, put the packet inside a gift basket filled with gloves, a trowel, a mini rake, and other garden tools.
Horsehair Jewelry
         Do you have a horse or two grazing around your pasture? Horsehair can be turned into beautiful jewelry, keychains, tassels, and more — after you wash it, of course! This gift will be especially meaningful for the horse lovers in your life and can be a fun way to honor your equine friend. While there are many different ways to turn horsehair into special Christmas presents, most will involve a few extra supplies from a craft shop such as jewelry end caps and glue.
These ideas are just a few of the many ways possible to utilize your farm for the holidays. And of course, your local Co-op is stocked with plenty of products that require no effort to put together. Find the nearest location here.
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