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2017 Holiday Gift Ideas for Farm Families
Crate Master Tool Organizer
Milk crates are handy containers for toting tools around, but with this accessory from Duluth Trading Company, you can turn a milk crate into a highly organized toolbox on the go. It is constructed of tough ripstop polyester, and it fits over any standard milk crate. Tons of pockets help keep tools, fasteners, and other supplies handy, and molded side pockets hold your drill, stapler, and voltmeter. A tape measure dock means you’ll never have to search when you need to measure. The center compartment has plenty of room for bulky items like extension cords and larger tools. Padded rope handles let you carry it with one hand. It’s $69.95 at duluthtrading.com.
The Instant Pot programmable pressure cooker speeds up cooking by 2 to 6 times, so it’s perfect for busy farm families. This is the 6-quart Duo 7-in-1, which acts as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, steamer, yogurt maker, and warmer. It also sautées and browns meat. It features a delay start and a keep-warm mode, so you can let this cooker make dinner for you while you’re busy doing other things. Other sizes and models are available. The Instant Pot can cook a 2- to 4-pound roast in around an hour. You can find Instant Pots at local or online retailers. This model is $97 at amazon.com.
Ultimate Tool Pouches
This set of three pouches from Duluth Trading Company hooks to an adjustable belt or to the side loops of the Duluth Ultimate Fire Hose Work Pants. It includes a hammer loop, utility pouch, and nail pouch. This belt lets you become a walking toolbox. You could also use it to hold all of your fencing tools and supplies, and you could even clip a bag of insulators onto the loop on the utility pouch. It would be very handy to keep your fencing supplies in this belt, so when the cows get out or the fence needs fixed in a hurry, everything is ready to go. The set is $29.50 at duluthtrading.com.
Women on the Land
This beautiful coffee table book features photographs by Kathryn Gamble, and it’s written by Barbara Hall. It tells the stories of 25 women impacting Iowa’s farmland. Some have inherited land and are managing it from afar, and others work with their families to raise livestock and grow crops. Each of the women is affecting the land in her own way. The hardcover book is $18.01 on amazon.com.
Compact Rescue System
A first aid kit makes a great holiday gift for any farmer or rancher, and the Compact Rescue System from Mobilize Rescue Systems is a great choice. The pouch is carefully organized with supplies needed to manage severe bleeding, airway issues, chest trauma, and CPR. The interesting thing about this kit is that it comes with an app for your smartphone, which directs the user to find the proper color-coded equipment in the kit, and provides step-by-step instructions on managing the emergency. Two larger systems are also available from Mobilize Rescue Systems, ideal for workplace first aid kits. The compact system, complete with app, is $180 at mobilizerescue.com.
FarmHer Apparel for Women and Girls
We love the FarmHer project, and are happy to feature Marji Guyler-Alaniz’s beautiful photographs of women in agriculture in Successful Farming magazine and a column from Marji in the family section of the magazine. The FarmHer online store is packed with cute shirts, hats, mugs, tote bags, and other items FarmHers, RanchHers, and GardenHers will love. Most T-shirts are $25, mugs and tote bags are $15, necklaces are $10, and koozies are $5 at farmher.com.
Meet Pete by Jennifer Campbell tells the story of Pete, a calf with some physical limitations. Emi Lou, the little girl who lives on the farm where Pete was born, decides to raise him herself. She feeds him, works with him to overcome physical challenges, and loves him. Boys and girls alike will love this sweet story. The paperback book is $14.99 on amazon.com.
Women’s Heirloom Gardening Vest
This lightweight vest from Duluth Trading Company is made from strong, flexible ripstop fabric that resists snags and tears. It has numerous pockets for all kinds of gardening tools and supplies. A mesh section underneath the back panel helps keep the wearer cool, and the UPF 30 fabric and sun collar offer protection from harmful rays. This vest would also be perfect for wearing while fixing fence or doing other jobs around the farm, since you can carry so many necessities in the pockets. It comes in four colors and sizes from XS to 2XL. It’s $69.50 at duluthtrading.com.
These thick coffee table books are full of beautiful photographs, historical information, and loads of trivia on red tractors, from vintage International Harvesters to modern-day Case-IH machinery. There are several different books available, ranging from $64 to $75 on amazon.com.
There’s something here for every member of the farm family, from kids to grandparents. Happy holidays!