2019 Christmas Gift Guide for Farmers

This holiday season Successful Farming editors teamed up with Illinois farmer Rob Sharkey, The Shark Farmer to round up a list of gift ideas for the whole farm family. This holiday gift guide includes tools, technology, and other items sure to please the loved ones on your farm.

Tool Gifts for Farmers



First up, Dave Mowitz reviewed a number of tools any farmer would be happy to find under the tree.

Grab Handle

Grab handle Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

This heavy-duty steel Grab Handle attaches to the tailgate striker pin and hinge to provide a handle to step up into a truck bed. The handle applies to either the left or right tailgate hinges and features a bracket that fits most full-size pick-ups except for the Toyota Tacoma. The adjustable handle offers a laser-cut hook to reach and pull out cargo. 

•    Grab Handle list price: $79.95
•    Learn More: hitchmate.com

Crescent Storage Bags

Available in four different styles, the Crescent Tools bags are constructed of ballistic grade 1680D material and feature metal hardware and YKK zippers. The bags come with a three-year warranty.

Crescent tradesman tool backpack Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The Tradesman Backpack offers four exterior pockets and 34 interior pockets to hold tools. An adjustable front pocket is designed to hold larger items like electrical cords. The backpack, which retails for $190, rests upright on a hard-polypropylene base that resists moisture.

•    Tradesman Backpack list price: $190
•    Learn more: crescenttool.com

Crescent contractor tool storage bag for Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The 20-inch Contractor Tool Bag provides 11 exterior and 19 interior pockets. It also rests on a hard base. 

•    Contractor Tool Bag: $141
•    Learn more: crescenttool.com

Crescent Extra Wide Jaw Adjustable Wrench

Crescent extra wide jaw adjustable wrench for farmers this Christmas
Photo Credit: David Ekstrom

Crescent Tools has introduced a line of adjustable wrenches designed to do the work of the next larger size of wrenches. For example, a 6-inch wrench meets requirements for an 8-inch wrench. In addition, the Wide Jaw Adjustable Wrenches feature serrations on their jaws to provide a tighter grip. This provides four times more working torque. The tools’ larger knurl adjustment not only makes adjustment easier but also provides for a tighter jaw fit on fasteners. The line of wrenches is offered in 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch versions. Each tool is finished with black phosphate and lacquer to resist rust.

•    10-inch wrench: $44.05
•    Learn more: crescenttool.com

Crescent 12 Piece Mechanics Tool Set

Crescent 12 piece mechanics tool set for farmers this Christmas
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

Available in 1/4- or 3/8-inch drives, Crescent’s 12-piece Mechanics Tool Set offers a 60-tooth ratchet that features a compact teardrop shaped head for getting into spaces with limited access. The long, balanced handle provides better leverage. The set includes 12 6-point sockets that offer off-corner loading which reduces fastener rounding. The kit also includes a 3-inch extension bar.

•    12 Piece Mechanics Tool Set: $27.29
•    Learn more: crescenttool.com

Milwaukee M12 Surge Hydraulic Driver

Milwaukee M12 surge hydraulic driver for farmers at Christmas
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The fluid-drive hydraulic powertrain on the Milwaukee’s M12 Surge 1/4-inch hex driver maintains torque longer than standard impact drivers to loosen or tighten fasteners. The tool turns out 450 inch-pounds of sustained torque. Because there is no metal-on-metal contact during its operation thanks to the hydraulic drive, the tool operates two-times quieter than standard impacts. The tool’s brushless motor delivers up to 3,000 adjustable rpms.

•    2760-20 model hydraulic driver: $149
•    Learn more: milwaukeetool.com

Worx 40V Turbine Blower

Worx 40V Turbine Blower farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The 40V Power Share turbine blower from Worx delivers a blast of 430 cubic feet per minute of air velocity capable of cleaning out combine engine cavities, grain boxes and shop floors. The blower offers three operating speeds plus a “Turbo” boost which gives a short-term blast of additional air. This blower is backed by a three-year warranty.

•    WG584.9 model blower only: $119
•    WG584.9 model blower with two 20-volt batteries: $159
•    Learn more: worx.com

Worx 40V Hydroshot

Worx 40V Hydroshot Power Washer for farmers this Christmas
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

This one-of-a-kind power washer draws from any fresh water source turning out up to 450 psi at its nozzle utilizing batteries. The washer provides a 4-in-1 nozzle which lets you switch from varying degrees of water stream intensity at 0 to 40° angles. This handy power washer is backed by a three-year warranty.

•    WG644 model hydroshot only: $119
•    WG644 model hydroshot with two 20-volt batteries: $159
•    Learn more: worx.com

Tech Gifts for Farmers

Next, Laurie Bedord shared selections sure to please the technology enthusiast on your farm.

Fixd

Fixd Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

Fixd a pocket-sized device that alerts you to everything from when you need to bring your car in for maintenance to why that check engine light is on. It plugs right into any gas, diesel, or hybrid vehicle – model year 1996 and newer. Once installed, it feeds information from your car to an app on your smartphone to alert you to over 7,000 potential issues with your car in real-time. Multiple Fixd sensors can be linked to one account for easy monitoring of all your vehicles.

•    Fixd: $59
•    Learn more: fixdapp.com

Yeti Sidekick Dry

Yeti Sidekick Dry Gray Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The Yeti Sidekick Dry is a waterproof gear case designed as a worry-free way to carry your keys, wallet, and phone. The protective pouch is made of DryHide Shell, a waterproof material that is resistant to puncture and UV Rays. Its heavy duty design includes a powerful, magnetic HydroShield closure and RF-welded seams that repel water. The Sidekick Dry can be attached to a user’s belt or can be attached to any YETI products that use the HitchPoint Grid.

•    Yeti Sidekick Dry: $49.99
•    Learn more: yeti.com

Micromobile Farm Radio bundle

Micromobile farm radio bundle Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

In rural areas where cell signal may be weak, Micromobile Farm Radio bundle from Midland makes farm communication easy. The bundle includes MXT115 radio, mounting bracket, microphone, mag mount antenna with cable and one pair of X-Talker T71VP3 Two-Way Radios. 

The MXT115 features 15 Channels and 8 repeater channels, and USB port for charging mobile devices. It can be used over a range of up to 50-miles in areas with little or no obstruction.
The T71 radios feature 22 channels, rechargeable batteries and charging dock with micro USB cable. These devices can be used for communication in a 38 mile range with little or no obstruction. Each radio includes NOAA Weather Scan, which will automatically scan through 10 available weather band channels and lock onto the strongest weather channel to alert you of severe weather updates.

•    Micromobile Farm Radio bundle: $219.99
•    Learn more: midlandusa.com

Microbiometer

Microbiometer farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

Microbial biomass is the single best indicator of soil health. Microbiometer is an easy to use, 10 minute on-site soil test for microbial biomass. Results are read through a smartphone app. Data is stored in the cloud by GPS location, which makes it a great tool for evaluating the effectiveness of your soil amendments as well as monitoring soil health over a period of time. Microbiometer is faster, less expensive (about $10 per test), and provides a higher level of accuracy than lab testing.

•    Microbiometer: $135
•    Learn more: microbiometer.com

Speck Presidio glossy grip phone case

Speck presidio glossy grip phone case chirstmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The Speck Presidio glossy grip phone case features a slim one-piece design guards against scratches and drops of up to 10 feet with a polycarbonate shell and an inner IMPACTIUM lining. The case features raised rubber ridges that prevent your phone from slipping off surfaces or out of your grip.

•    Speck Presidio: $39.99
•    Learn more: speckproducts.com

Tech21 EvoCheck

Tech21 EvoCheck phone case Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The thin and light FlexShock material of this phone case provides drop protection up to 12 feet while minimizing added bulk.

•    Tech21 EvoCheck: $39.95
•    Learn more: tech21.com

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand

Belkin boost up wireless charging stand farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

The Boost Up wireless charging stand from Belkin delivers up to 10-watts of power for fast charging. For example, it takes about 4 hours for an iPhone X to charge. It is powerful enough to charge through lightweight plastic cases up to 3mm thick. A soft LED light indicates when your phone is correctly aligned on the pad and charging. This charger is compatible with iPhone models 8 and later as well as Samsung, LG, and Sony smartphones. Each smartphone has a maximum charge speed. Your phone intelligently communicates this to the charger. For example, the Apple iPhone X charges at 7.5W. This charger will lower the amperage to match your phone’s needs and prevent damage to the phone’s battery.

•    Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand: $49.99
•    Learn more: Belkin.com

NetGear WiFi Range Extender

NetGear Wifi range extender farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

WiFi has become as indispensable as electricity in many homes, yet WiFi performance can be temperamental. Given all the devices, metal appliances, and architectural features that can cause interference in the typical house, even the most powerful WiFi router can miss some spots. WiFi range extenders are an affordable and simple way to add a performance boost to your network coverage. The NetGear WiFi range extender functions as a bridge, capturing the WiFi from your router and rebroadcasting it to areas where the WiFi is weak or nonexistent. This is a great solution to insufficient WiFi coverage, as long as it matches the home wireless network capabilities of your current router. So be sure to do your homework before you purchase.

•    NetGear WiFi Range Extender: $109.99
•    Learn more: netgear.com

Other Farm Family Gifts

Finally, Natalina Sents and Laurie Bedord rounded out the gift list with more ideas for members of the farm family.

No Sweat disposable hat liners

No sweat hat liner Christmas gift for farmers
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

These disposable moisture wicking liners stick inside any hat. SweatLock technology instantly absorbs sweat and helps prevent sweat stains on hats. This product was created by Minnesotan Justin Johnson and is manufactured there as well.

•    6-pack of No Sweat disposable hat liners: $9.99
•    Learn more: nosweatco.com

Spread Butter, Not Hate T-shirt

Spread butter not hate t-shirt farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

This soft v-neck t-shirt says “Spread Butter, Not Hate” and was designed by North Carolina farmer Meredith Bernard. It is available in sizes XS-XXXL.
•    Spread Butter, Not Hate t-shirt: $24.99
•    Learn more: thisfarmwife.com

Carhartt Force Utility Knit Legging

Carhartt force utility knit legging female farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

These work leggings were inspired by a visit to a woman’s pig farm. Carhartt designers recognized the need for a flexible and durable women’s pant. They came up with these leggings made of stretchy fabric that wicks away sweat and fights odor. They are thicker than most leggings and feature reinforced knees and several pockets. The company sells the leggings in three colors and XS – XXL. Tall and plus sizes are also available.

•    Carhartt Force Utility Knit Legging: $59.99
•    Learn more: Carhartt.com

Carhartt Women’s Hybrid Backpack

Carhartt women's hybrid backpack farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

This versatile backpack can be worn as a backpack or used as a tote. A padded laptop pocket keeps your technology safe while a large zippered compartment can store other items. This bag is made of a durable water repellent material designed to keep your gear dry in light rain. It can be ordered in wine, Carhartt brown, or black.

•    Carhartt Women’s Hybrid Backpack: $54.99
•    Learn more: Carhartt.com

Ore MPV Mailbox

Ore mail parcel vault mailbox farmer Christmas gift
Photo credit: David Ekstrom

Ore mail parcel vault mailbox demonstration
Photo credit-David Ekstrom

This attractive mailbox and parcel vault was designed to be incorporated with landscaping to keep mail and packages secure. The trap door system keeps delivered items out of the weather and away from pets and porch pirates until retrieved by the owner with a key.

•    Ore MVP Mailbox: $699.95
•    Learn more: oremailboxes.com
 

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