Do you have a special farmer or rancher in your life? Looking for ideas as to what to get them for Christmas? Well, have we got some ideas for you!
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Preferably to someplace warm, by the beach, and with a lounge chair, say Hawaii or the Caribbean. After working from before dawn to after dusk for months to bring in the harvest or to care for their cattle or sheep, your farmer or rancher would love a nice break with their family before spring work starts up again!
Boot Dryers and Warmers
Even rubber boots get damp and clammy and work boots can get c-o-l-d sitting out in the mudroom. Get your hardworking farmer or rancher an electric boot dryer and some foot warmers to keep their feet dry and toasty-warm while out doing early morning chores or sitting on a tractor in the cold.
Carhartt gear is pretty much indestructible for most folks, but somehow farmers and ranchers wear that stuff out. Get your farmer or rancher a brand, spankin-new jacket or overalls to keep them warm and safe from things like barbed wire, poky weeds or vaccination needles that get knocked out of their hand when the cow flips its head.
What farmer or rancher wouldn’t like to know that it’s -20* and blowing like a hurricane when they have to go outside to take care of things? A weather station that can tell your farmer or rancher the air pressure, temperature, humidity, precipitation and more will help them prepare for the day (like whether they’ll need their new Carhartt or not).
Their old one is probably worn out from all the nights when your farmer or rancher didn’t even make it to bed before falling asleep after a long day of work, or when he or she had to “stay awake” waiting for a cow to calve or a ewe to lamb!
Smart phone/iPad with new apps
If your farmer or rancher hasn’t switched over to a smart phone, now is the Christmas to push them in that direction. Load up their new gadgets with awesome apps that will make their job easier, like irrigation controls, soil monitoring, or range records. Now they can have all of their data in their pocket, and even control equipment, like their irrigation pivots, from their phone.
Drones are the new awesome farming and ranching “must-have-item.” Get your farmer or rancher a drone to check fields for pests, measure water and nutrient content in the soil, check herds, and more. They get to play with a remote-controlled airplane – but hey, it’s work!
Thermos/insulated lunch box
When a farmer or rancher has to get up at 4 am to start their day, sometimes they don’t make it back to the house ’til dinner. Get them a nice Thermos and insulated lunch box to make sure they’re getting enough liquids, food and fuel to get them through their long day. *Bonus:* include a certificate promising you’ll fill up that Thermos/lunchbox for them.
Let’s face it, whichever spouse is at home spends just about the same amount of time out in the fields or at a job in town as the farmer or rancher. During the especially busy times of the year, who has time to clean the house, or do dishes and laundry?! (Who ever has time for housecleaning???) Get your farmer or rancher some housecleaning services to help relieve some of that stress for everyone!
Not only are farmers and ranchers raising crops and cattle, they’re also mechanics, weathermen, engineers, economists, scientists and more. To do all of these different jobs, they need tools. Some good ones – a battery-operated, heavy-duty wrench, a cordless grease gun, a drill bit sharpener, this tire demounting tool, or a tricked-out Leatherman that fits right on their belt.
A farmer or rancher spends hours each day by themselves. Since no one wants to talk to themself for that long, many farmers and ranchers listen to music. Give your farmer or rancher an MP3 player, a satellite radio and subscription, or even a gift card to download music.
Because even farmers and ranchers don’t want to think about farming and ranching all the time!