Hello my foraging friends! I have something a little different for you today. As we all know the holidays are happening soon, and with that usually comes buying gifts for those you love. Over the next few weeks I’m going to show you some items that I’ve found that can be used for practical purposes and also be given as super cool and fun gifts. Today I’m starting with my gift guide for foragers and wildcrafters, but make sure you take a look at my Gift Guide for Fermenters and Homebrewers and Gift Guide for Backyard Gardeners as well.
Foraging Baskets and Bags
First up are these beautiful Two-Tone Willow Baskets. They come in a set of three, each a different size, and would be perfect for collecting all types of wild edible and medicinal plants. They would also just be nice to have around the kitchen for storing fruits and veggies. Plus, they’re made from willow!
I also love having small cloth bags for foraging when I’m out on a hike. These are lightweight, easy to stow in a backpack, and perfect for when you find something unexpectedly! They come in three different sizes, and I always make sure to have a few with me when I’m out in nature. Oh, and they are also great to use for produce instead of plastic bags!
Next up is this really cool Mushroom Foraging Knife made by Opinel. This is the perfect knife for collecting wild mushrooms, well made and tested through time. It even has a handy little brush on the end for dusting the dirt off your ‘shrooms!
While the mushroom foraging knife is pretty darn awesome and perfect for your mushroom collecting friends, sometimes all one needs is a basic foraging knife. Joel is the knife aficionado between the two of us, so I asked him what his favorite all purpose foraging knife is. I almost regretted asking this question, as I got an hour long diatribe on every knife he owns and why it is good or not good for foraging purposes, plus the history and purpose of each and every one.
In the end, however, he was helpful in recommending this Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife. According to Joel, it’s a cheap, yet well made and highly effective knife, perfect for foraging. It’s inexpensive enough that it’s not a big deal if you misplace or lose it out in the field, yet still very sharp and durable. Plus, it feels good in your hand, and apparently that’s super important!
Mushroom Growing Kits & Spawn
Of course, if your friends and family love mushrooms but are worried about collecting them from the wild, you can always encourage then to grow their own oyster mushrooms at home with this Organic Mushroom Mini Farm from Back to the Roots. I’ve never tried this, but it sure looks like fun!
I’m loving the mushroom coffees and hot cocoas from Four Sigmatic, and they make the perfect gift for mushroom lovers. They come in handy packets which is great for camping!
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I also love (LOVE!) the mushroom t-shirts and hoodies from Sundial Arts Apparel on Etsy. I want one of the chanterelle mushroom hoodies really bad (hint, hint!). The morel mushroom one is pretty cool, too!
And these children’s books by Joseph P. Anthony look like something I would love to read! One is called The Dandelion Seed and the other is In a Nutshell, and both are about the life cycles of wild plants. What a great way to teach your young ones about the cycle of life. How cool is that?
There are also several foraging guidebooks that I recommend that everyone have before they go out collecting. I own all of these and love them!
These two mushroom books by David Arora are great. All That the Rain Promises and More is the mushroom ID book that I always take with me when I go foraging, as it’s thorough yet small enough to fit in my back pocket. Mushrooms Demystified is the mushroom bible, and is a great home reference.
Hope you liked this gift guide for foragers and wildcrafters and were able to find something fun for your foraging friends!