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16 unique gifts for farm families
Ultimate mobile desk
Keep yourself and your vehicle organized with this mobile desk! It buckles in to face front or sideways, and has a padded laptop sleeve, removable accordion file for folders; a front organizer section with plenty of pockets, and a beverage holder. When closed, the top becomes a writing desk. $59.50 at Duluth Trading.
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Personalized aerial puzzle
This 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is actually an aerial photograph of any address you wish, surrounded by a 1- by 1 1/2-mile area, offering a bird's-eye view of the farm or your loved one's hometown. The assembled size is 12" x 18". $49.95 at Catalog Favorites. Allow two to three weeks for delivery.
Prime Cut kitchen set
This clever set features a print inspired by vintage butcher posters, outlining the cuts of beef, pork, and lamb. The cotton utility apron features an adjustable neck strap and large front pocket, and is $24.95. Matching kitchen towel is $7.95, potholder is $6.95, and oven mitt is $9.95 at Sur la Table.
Torin work cart with handles
Handles and casters make it easy to move this powder-coated steel work cart wherever there is work to be done. It has a locking tool box on top, 2 drawers, and a shelf underneath. $199.99 at Northern Tool.
"Keep Calm" shirts
There are "Keep Calm" items for just about everything these days, but we love these farming ones! Hand-screen-printed kids' shirts come in red, green, and other colors. $15.95 at an etsy.com shop run by a woman from Kansas. Adult sizes also available.
Crock-Pot lunch crock
Warm up leftovers, soups, oatmeal, and more with this 20-ounce mini crock. Leave the warming base at work or in the farm shop, and tote the crock back and forth from home. Also great for dorm rooms! Available in four colors. $19.99 at crockpot.com.
QuieTunes rechargeable headphones
Listen to the built-in AM/FM radio in these noise-cancelling headphones, or plug in your mp3 player, and enjoy music, talk radio, audio books, and podcasts without having to fight machinery noise. One overnight charge provides 40 hours of use.$99.95 at Gempler's.
Axis wallet for iPhone 5
This leather wallet includes a molded bed to help protect your phone, a camera hole, three card slots, extra cash storage, a pivoting stand for widescreen viewing, and a protective cover with elastic closure. Also available for other iPhones and smartphones. Several colors available. $49.95 at shophex.com.
Barbarian Pillager BeardHead
Survive winter like a Viking! This hilarious hat features an adjustable, button-on beard (available in three colors) and helmet-style cap. This style is $45 at BeardHead.com, and there are several other styles available, from the stubble collection, to Santa beard hats.
Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More hammock
This hammock holds 350 pounds and only weighs 28 ounces. It features bug-proof mesh netting, a double zipper entry, and a bag to carry the hammock. Perfect for hikers, hunters, and campers! $84.95 at backcountry.com.
Paper shredder/message center
No more bulky shredders taking up valuable desk space in the farm office! This hanging unit from Black & Decker features a 6-sheet crosscut shredder with 1.5-gallon pull-out bin, a magnetic whiteboard for helping keep you organized, and a pouch for small items. $59.99 at Kotula's.
NiteIze BugLit flashlight 2-pack
These hands-free microslashlights have gear tie "legs" that can be wrapped around a tree branch, hung from a tent pole, perched on a picnic table, or even clipped to the brim of your hat. The powerful LED light has a 50-foot range, and there are high, low, strobe, and signal modes. $24.95 for two at L.L. Bean.
Paricon Fireball snow tube
Wheee!!! Up to three kids or adults can ride on this 60"-diameter inflatable snow tube. It has a thick 18-gauge tube and is made from cold-crack PVC to stand up to freezing temperatures. When winter's over, deflate and store! $41.99 at Ace Hardware.
Ariat women's Western Heritage boots
These boots are tough yet beautiful, just like Mom! Treat her to these gorgeous boots, and she'll think of you every time she wears them. They have a 12" shaft height, rubber soles for good grip, and J-toe wing-tip style. $169.95 at Country Outfitter.
If you have an extra $40,000 lying around, here's a fun way to spend it! This quad-jet ski combo can reach 45 mph on land and water. It has a BMW engine, and the wheels retract at the touch of a button. Perfect for zipping across the pasture AND the pond! Learn more at Cool Material.
If you've got a long-time Successful Farming fan on your Christmas gift list, try out one of these classic holiday magazine covers from the early 20th century. Print them out on high-quality paper & frame them for a great gift. And, they're free!