11 Great Gift Ideas For Off-grid Girls

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There are plenty of “gift guides” with things you can MAKE at home when you live off the grid… but very few of them inspire you on what to GIVE to someone who lives off-grid.

So when a friend asked me for inspiration on what to give to a fellow off-grid girl, I decided to share my ideas with the world!

Give Her Something Home-made

We don’t often think to give home-made or home-grown gifts to other people who make or grow their own as well… but no one makes fig chutney like my friend Gail, and I love getting samples of cold-pressed olive oil from my friends so we can have our own olive tasting parties. And let’s not forget honey from your own bees, roasted almonds or that perfect body scrub my friend Bea made for my birthday.

(I’m not counting my friend Rekha’s amazing soap & oils here, as that’s not really something I could make myself… but they do deserve a place in this article!)

You can never go wrong with something made with love. Or with chickens, but we’ll get to that later.

Give Her Something Solar

So many appliances “normal” people have running on “normal” (mains) electricity, we can run on solar.

Solar Cooking

For someone who enjoys cooking, baking, or just wants to dry her own fruits & veggies: get a solar oven! You can usually buy a hand made one locally, make one yourself, or for a REALLY good friend you could get one of those sun ovens I’ve been drooling over for ages.

Solar Lighting

When it comes to solar lights, you can go for something practical (like this model we’ve got to illuminate the outside stairs), but hey, it’s a gift – so go for something pretty!

  • A garland to decorate the trees with. We hang one in our olive trees most years and the result is enchanting at night! We do take it off in autumn, as it’s not too practical with the olive harvest and stormy weather.
  • Lanterns or torches to light the garden. Even if we don’t spend a lot of time in the garden after dark, the view from inside is so pretty!
  • Solar mason jar fairy lights – they’re great for outside or inside the house. You can buy them, or make them yourself (that tutorial has jars with fairies in them <3).
  • Have you seen these amazing bee lights? This would be the perfect gift for ME! (hint to my husband)
  • Or this pretty little owl… I’d bet our farm dog would spend days trying to chase it away…

Other Solar Stuff

We off-grid girls love everything solar.

Get us a solar charger for our mobile phone (for those days we spend too much time in the garden… or long hikes in the mountains), a solar shower for the summer (nothing beats an outside shower with a view!)…

Or that robot vacuum cleaner with its own solar panel a friend suggested – if it even exists (yet) (can’t find it online).

Alternatively, that solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone and probably send morse signals to Venus if you’d want it to.

Give Her Something To Work With

My favorite tool of all is our Dewalt strimmer – completely cordless with a string for grass and blades for the stronger stuff… there’s something addictive about clearing the property!

The best thing about this model is the “flexvolt” battery fits other machines too – a chainsaw, power drill, leaf blower (if you find those things useful), and many more. We charge the battery when it’s sunny, and always keep a spare charged as well. (besides, who goes cutting wood when it’s pouring outside?)

If the lady you’re buying for is more of an inside-work person, maybe some crafting stuff would be what she likes. I like to spend long winter nights knitting hats in front of the fire…

Or consider buy-me-once kitchenware. Lasts a lifetime!

Give Her Something Hand-powered

For those of us living on limited electrical power, there’s a whole array of appliances that don’t need electricity!

  • A hand-powered beater, for perfect cream in your coffee or fluffy egg whites
  • A hand-powered washing machine (the one I was eyeing became unavailable and I haven’t found a good replacement, let me know if you have a tip!)
  • Or this hand-powered blender that I’ve been wanting to get myself since I saw it at my mum’s… (then again, I’ve got a perfectly functioning electrical one…)

Build Her Something

If your significant other has been hinting about a chicken coop, a greenhouse or raised beds for her garden… it might be time to get your hands dirty! Do check her Pinterest account before you get to work, so you know exactly what models she likes.

Give Her Something To Read

Don’t be deterred by our “ain’t nobody got time for that” – everybody’s got time for the right book!

Real Life Stories Of Spanish Adventures

Gardening & Permaculture

  • Gaia’s Garden: a guide to home-scale permaculture. Of all my permaculture books, I find this one easiest to read – lots of pictures help too.
  • The complete book of herbs (a practical guide to growing & using herbs), it’s probably the book I use most often in my library. Often to identify new findings with, sometimes just for fun & inspiration.
  • Gardening with chickens. Because you can have a garden AND fresh eggs daily!

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Give Her Something For The Garden

Ladies who love to garden are easy to shop for. From the ultimate set of gardening tools to a practical gardening apron, there’s all kinds of fun stuff out there. Or maybe they need a box to keep their seeds in? I use a simple toolbox for this, does a great job.

Whatever else the garden needs – go for it! Last year I got a garden hose for Valentine’s day… might not sound romantic to some, but boy was I happy with it.

Or make it super-practical and go for seeds for the upcoming gardening season! I buy my (all organic) seeds with Real Seeds in the UK and Les Refardes in Catalunya.

If you want something more tangible, a fruit or nut tree might be it?

Give Her Something She Can Wear

My friend Mellissa designs (and sells) “farm-inspired apparel”. Goats, ducks, cockerels, farmyards, you name it – check out the Farmish Collection here!

That, or rubber shoes always come in handy as well.

Chickens

When in doubt, go for chickens. You can never go wrong with chickens. Or maybe ducks. Quails. A bunch of puppies and kittens. Alpacas.

(no seriously, never ever gift someone an actual living animal – so many things can go wrong. If you want to gift an animal, make it a voucher. Yes, I do feel strongly about this)

Or Something Else

After all is said and done, off-grid girls are people too. We all have our hobbies, interests, passions and obsessions. So if you just want to get us the newest Stephen King novel or a board game, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

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