We are a pretty practical family. For Christmas, I would much rather get a new doorknob for the pantry than something pretty. Each Christmas I try to find practical, useful gifts for my family instead of just buying something to fill a box. All year long I think "that would be great to get_____ for Christmas." Christmas comes around and I can't remember a single thing that I wanted to buy.
Here is a list of some of the items that we either want, need, or already have and can't live without. Hope it helps you with those last minute gifts.
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For the Farmer...
Carhartt Rain Bibs and Jacket - I first bought this rain gear for Daniel because of the color choices. I didn't know if he would ever use the rain gear, but I knew he wouldn't be caught dead in a bright yellow outfit. The green was a great choice. He thought it was a nice gift, but it took him a while to actually use it. One very rainy day he had to load a trailer full of equipment and he pulled out the rain suit. He has been in love ever since. He really loves the bibs for washing the cows at the shows. When it is 10 degrees out and the cows are forming ice on their ears, Daniel's pants stay nice and dry. Daniel's Carhartt rain gear can always be found in either his work truck or the trailer. He said he will cry if it ever wears out.
Deerskin Gloves - So many uses, so few pair. I should just buy these in bulk every year. All I hear is "have you seen my gloves?"
Boot Warmer - What can I say other than that it is constantly in use. Well... until ours broke, and he has been crying ever since.
For the Farmer's Wife...
Weather Station - Why go outside to see how cold it is? Besides, I need to know if I should fix them some hot chocolate when they come in from doing chores.
Salad Spinner - For some reason that fresh from the garden lettuce just isn't as clean as the stuff you buy in the store. This one is simple and inexpensive and does the job much better than my Mom's more expensive one.
Canning Jars - I love to see the lines of canning jars that fill the pantry with produce from our garden. Who says that the pantry can't be pretty? Add some color to your life.
For the Future Farmer...
Egg Basket - Collecting eggs was the first chore that we gave our kids when they were little. What better way to get them excited about chores than to have a fun basket to fill.
Sled - They may be little, but that doesn't mean they can't pull their weight around the farm. Give them the tools and let them carry the feed out to the barn. There are limitless chores that can be completed when you give them the tools. Then, when the work is all done, let them sled down the hill.
You had better get busy. Only 9 more shopping days left (or 10 if you stay up late tonight and order on-line in your pajamas).
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.