Winter Urban Homesteading Gear + GIFT GUIDE!

It was only a week ago that I was feeling a little panicked that I hadn't done any holiday shopping. None. Not a single gift was purchased or wrapped. Granted, we have only a few people we buy gifts for and most of the time we make gifts or give the gift of 'experiences'. Alas, seeing photos on Facebook of friends' presents under Christmas trees kickstarted my motivation to get.things.done.

If you are like me and just began your {small amount of} holiday shopping and are a little lost, or you are the recipient of an awesome gift card, I would like to present to you The Sustainable Couple's Urban Homesteader Winter Gear + Gift Guide! (that's quite the mouth full…)

Columbia Boots

I've owned these boots for 3 years and they are so, so durable (not to mention warm and fashionable). They slip on and off easily, so I can run to and from the chicken coop on wet, snowy Saturday mornings in my pajamas at lightening speed. A lot of folks like these winter boots, but for the price I recommend the Columbia boots.

Lands End Packable Coat with Hood

I love, love, love Lands End outerwear. This packable coat is perfect for very cold days on my commute, and for storing neatly while I am working with teachers in their classroom. The coat packs up into its own pouch and I tuck it away in my teacher bag. Really, when it comes to coats, jackets, or vests, you can't go wrong with Lands End.


Bulky gloves are a bummer, my friends. We all know this. A pair of gloves that allow for fine motor movement as well as provide much needed warmth are essential.

Recycled Cotton Thermal Socks

They're durable, and last for many, many seasons.
They're warm.
They're beautiful.
They're affordable.
They're eco-friendly.

Neck Warmer

If you are out doing chores on your urban homestead or working outside, you know as well as I do that a scarf can be a pain in the ass. The ends are flapping about, or they're balled up behind your neck. Just avoid the hassle and buy a quality neck warmer that you can pull over your head, then pull up over your neck, mouth, and nose.


I recommend a quality hat if the weather is particularly cold or you are going to be out in the elements for more than an hour, but for slightly warmer days or when going for 'appearance' over 'function', this is the headband I use and recommend.

Garden Hand Tools

Can you use these in the middle of winter? Uh, pshhhhyeah! John and I have a sketchy looking growing station in our basement where we start seedings. These garden tools are our BFF on those cold winter nights, and this is my go-to-summer pair. We crank up the Pandora on our Bluetooth speaker, take a shot of NingXia, and get crazy on a Saturday night in our basement with the seedlings. Jealous yet?

Heated Chicken Waterer

You aren't an urban homesteader until you've had to break a thick layer of ice on your chicken water in your business casual work clothes. This heated bowl is perfect for our small coop. Yes, they kick poo and bedding into the bowl daily. No, it never, ever freezes. Amen.

Pizza Stone

I feel like I could give all of my cookie sheets away, because this is all I ever use anymore. If you own any stoneware, you know what I'm talking about. If you've never cooked with stoneware, a pizza stone is the easiest, most affordable, and functional way to begin. You won't regret it, I promise!

What are some things on your gear wish list for the colder months? Leave a comment!

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