Do you have a hard to shop for loved one? I can tell you first hand, Farmers and Farmhers can be difficult to buy for. Every year I promise myself I will make a list on my phone for gift ideas for loved ones, and every year I start that list and can't find it on my phone come Holiday season. I know I'm not the only one.
I love buying presents for loved ones, I love finding that special gift that I know someone will love and watching them smile and their eyes light up when they open their gift. But, when your buying for your partner, your kids, nieces, nephews, grandparents, teachers, and others (that family Christmas party or work party gift), the fun is strangled out of it. If I can't find a great gift for you, I'm not going to buy you a gift. It is a slap on the face to see money wasted just because I'm suppose to. I'm sorry folks, I know that makes me a bad person. But please, don't buy me anything unless you know for sure it is something that will be used. Save your money. And please don't be mad if I don't buy you something this year, but when I do it will be kick ass!
So over the years I have found some gifts that are solid crowd pleasers. Ones that I love. Gifts that as long as you are a salt of the earth kind of person, your going to use it and love it, whether you know you needed it or not. So here goes, some pointers to stressed out you this gift giving season.
1. Refillable Pocket Notebook
I'm a sucker for notebooks and everything leather. So I had to include a fancy leather pocket notebook that can be personalized with a quote or logo. It doesn't have to be fancy, but personalize the first page by your own hand, leave a quote or note for who the gift is intended for. I'm always grabbing notebooks at the store and each book has a different topic and a stack in the office that I can always look back at. But on a daily basis, having a small notebook for notes and ideas is always a good thing. Something like this leather pocket notebook from rustico is perfect and at $24 doesn't break the bank.
2. Hearing Protection Headphones w/ Bluetooth
Most of my day is filled working by myself. Driving the skid steer or tractor, shoveling, cleaning, mowing etc. Whatever the day has in store. And although the cows don't mind me talking to them, they aren't great at contributing to the conversation. My favorite gift ever is my Worktunes bluetooth headphones. My husband bought these for me last a year and I use these every day (even when I'm just cleaning house, vacuuming, or cooking). Hearing protection, and I can listen to podcasts, music or talk on the phone keeping my hands free so I can keep working. Battery lasts for about 4 to 5 days of use. I believe my husband paid about $50 but just looked them up to share a link and they are only $35.
3. A GOOD Pocket Knife
Safety First, Always, and that means a knife should be in your pocket at all times on the farm. Whether you need to cut baling twine, or wrap on a bale, or your checking cows to find one is down with bloat. A knife is an essential, and potentially life saving tool that should always be in your pocket. Here are two that are about $20 on amazon. I love the look of both of them and I couldn't decide on one.
4. Books + Publications
Whether you gift a years subscription to Audible, or a book on a farming subject you know your loved one has interest in, books are great. Also consider a subscription to a farm newsletter or a membership to a local farm chapter. Pay my subscription to Angus journal and I'll be a happy camper!
Audible : 1 Year $150, 1 Month $15
Books galore on Amazon!
Angus : 1 Year $50
5. Work Gloves
As a lady, yes just because I'm a farmer doesn't mean I'm not a lady too, I have a hard time finding cold weather gloves and outerwear that fit me. So gentleman be happy you have so many choices. My mother in-law buys me a pair of work gloves almost every year. They are my favorite gift. I wear them daily, love them, and thank her in my head and heart every time I put them on. Where I cut corners on cost, she does not. Did I mention I love them. Here are a few I love for my large hands, but female hands.
Not the warmest but great when it is about 30 degrees because they fit snug, I can grip easily and protects my hands that always are beat up, cracked and sore. $12-$15
These are warmer and my go to in the winter time. I love these and they are touchscreen! So they pair really well with the bluetooth headphones ya'll! $20
So these look awesome and they look like they would cut it in the cold cold weather (-20 to 10 degrees fehrenheit). I have not tried them and since they are men's they probably wouldn't work unless you can get a medium, but they looked pretty great for the fingers falling off, frostbite is inevitable weather. $30
Another pair of men's insulated gloves that fit snug and will keep you warm. $20
So of course my top five above are my favorite, but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to share just a few more.
My husband picked this gift out for himself, it has been on our wish list for a while. Our old school mercury thermometer that was attached to the house when we moved in is great, but we thought hey why not get a little more techy. The clock will update itself so we never have to adjust it, after setup of course, and the weather is displayed including temperature indoors and outdoors, and the date since I'm always losing track of the date. $30
We live along a country road and although our hunting cameras are employed mainly for watching wildlife, it also gives us the option to put it up so we can monitor parts of the farm that are harder to keep an eye on. $60
8. Women's coveralls $60
Women's overalls $120
Men's coveralls $80
Men's overalls insulated $100-200
Men's coveralls insulated $75-150