15 Old-Fashioned Gifts For Your Garden, Kitchen, And Home To Transport You Back To A Simpler Time

These practical items your grandparents used never go out of style.

November 8, 2017
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Yes, it’s nice to get the latest iPhone or electronic gadget for Christmas—but it’s often nicer to receive something timeless and thoughtful that will last for decades, like a trusty spade or cast-iron pan. And as the gift giver, it’s nice to know you’ve invested in something sturdy and useful that your loved-one will cherish for years to come.

(Brag your love of gardening with the Organic Life 2018 Wall Calendar, featuring gorgeous photographs, cooking tips and recipes, plus how to eat more—and waste less—of what's in season.)

Here we’ve put together a list of practical gifts that never go out of style. Your great-grandparents probably used many of the things on this list, but they’re just as handy today as they were 50 or 100 years ago—and we’re betting they won’t be obsolete anytime soon, like that pricey new smartphone will be. 

rotary egg beater
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Vintage-Style Rotary Egg Beater

Electric mixers are clunky to store and can be annoying to lug onto the counter when all you need to do is froth up a couple of egg whites. Do it the way Grandma used to—with a bit of muscle power—with a rotary egg beater. If you’re lucky you may be able to find a vintage one at a flea market—or just go for a brand new dishwasher-safe model, like this one.

Buy it: $14, Amazon.com

Related: 15 Gifts For People Who Eat Eggs Every Single Morning

hoss wheel hoe
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Hoss Wheel Hoe

This Amish-crafted cultivar is the easiest way to keep your garden weed-free. No gas, no motors—just beautiful wooden handles, a wheel, and a variety of attachments including a plow, hoe, and seeder.

Buy it: $200, Amazon.com

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kerosene lantern
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Classic Kerosene Lantern

This sturdy German-made lantern will always be there for you when the lights go out. Perfect for a camping trip or as an ambient light on the back porch, it can burn up to 20 hours before you need to refuel.

Buy it: $50, Amazon.com

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Linen Tea Towel

Beautiful tea towels made from soft linen are ideal for drying dishes or cleaning up spills in the kitchen. They’re infinitely reusable, made from a completely natural material, and lovely to look at.

Buy it: $12 each, Etsy.com

straw garden hat
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Straw Garden Hat

A wide-brimmed straw hat is a must for anyone who does work outside. This classic design features a chin strap so it’ll stay put no matter how much you move around.

Buy it: $18, amazon.com

Related: 21 Gifts For People Who Love To Garden

 
 
fruit and wine press
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Weston Fruit and Wine Press

For those with a home orchard—or anyone who goes overboard at pick-your-own farms—this fruit press will be the highlight of the fall season. Ideal for the DIY-er or homesteader who wants to make homemade cider, wine, and juice the old-fashioned way.

Buy it: $250, Amazon.com

cast-iron dutch oven
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Lodge Cast Iron Campfire Dutch Oven

Forget hot dogs on a stick. The possibilities for what you can cook over the campfire are endless with a durable, versatile dutch oven like this one. This’ll last you a lifetime, and then some.

Buy it: $70 for 8-quart model, Amazon.com

draw salve
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Amish Origins Draw Salve

A cure-all for minor ailments, this old-fashioned “drawing” salve gets its name because it helps to dislodge splinters, bee stingers, shards of glass, or anything tiny and painful that can get embedded in your skin. This natural botanical-and-beeswax salve can also be used on sores, burns, and cracked dry skin—perfect for anyone who works with their hands.

Buy it: $9, Amazon.com

 
 
foley food mill
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Foley Food Mill

Sure you can make an easy applesauce in your crock pot, but if you really want to go the distance and make your Grandma’s recipe, you’re going to need an authentic food mill to grind up the apples and separate the peels from the fruit. This stainless steel model will last you for years to come, and can also be used for sauces, mashed potatoes, soups. A must for everyone who loves making things from scratch.

Buy it: $25, Amazon.com

meat grinder
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Meat Grinder and Sausage Stuffer

Take the surprises out of your meat by processing your own burger and sausage right in your kitchen. Perfect for homesteaders with livestock, hunters, and even those who belong to a meat-share.

Buy it: $27, Amazon.com

deWit hand trowel
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DeWit Forged Hand Trowel

We know, what gardener doesn’t have a trowel? But we think they’ll still appreciate this super tough forged steel model with a wooden handle. It has an authentic rustic feel that’ll stand up through years and years of work.

Buy it: $20, Amazon.com

Related: 22 Gifts That Will Make The Crazy Plant Lady In Your Life Super Happy

 
 
bushel basket
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Old-Fashioned Bushel Basket

Bushel baskets are still the best way to store and transport your garden haul. Use them while harvesting and for storing root veggies and winter squash throughout the cold months.

Buy it: $14, Amazon.com

linen placemats
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Natural Linen Placemats

Eco-friendly and stylish, these linen placemats in soft earthy hues are truly timeless. Plus they wash up easy, and don’t have the cheap look of plastic placemats and tablecloths.

Buy it: $5 each, Etsy.com

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Handmade Axe

Chop firewood, clear brush, and blaze trails with this beautifully crafted handmade axe. It also comes with a tough, custom-made leather sheath for storage.

Buy it: $125, Etsy.com

 
 
Patagonia flannel jacket
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Woodsy Flannel Jacket

A cozy insulated flannel jacket is just the thing for getting work done in the garden and yard once the temperature starts to dip. Wear it while chopping wood to fulfill your woodsman or woodswoman fantasies.

Buy it: $169, Patagonia.com

Related: 23 Best Gifts To Buy For Someone Who Lives For Flannel Season