10 Christmas Presents for the Farmer in Your Life
Christmas is upon us, leaving many scratching their heads and wondering what to get their family and friends before the big day rolls around. If you’re struggling to decide what to get for your friend, relative or your other half for Christmas, we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you find the perfect pressie for the farmer in your life.
Food and Drink
Beer Brewing Kit
Most farmers like getting handy, so why not treat them to something they can make? Better still — why not appease their love of DIY and their thirst for a good pint with a home brew kit? There are hundreds of different beer brewing kits out there covering just about every type of beer, so you’re sure to find one that suits their taste. You never know, when it comes time to sample the brew, they might even gift you a few bottles — win win.
Cheese Subscription Box
If there’s one thing cheese fans are, it’s passionate. So, if your farmer has a love for a good cheddar, stilton or Wensleydale, give them the gift of 12 months of amazement, with a cheese subscription box. As cheese fans ourselves, we can think of nothing better than receiving a box of delicious, handmade cheeses through the post each month, individually wrapped up and ready to serve with a good cracker. Delicious.
Farmers value the quality of a perfectly-cooked steak more than most, so why not help them achieve flame-grilled perfection with a few steak preparation accessories? From high-quality knives and specialist stone grills to gourmet steak rubs and seasoning kits, there is a massive range of gifts out there to please even the pickiest of steak eaters.
Anyone who knows a farmer will realise just how much they rely on a good flask. Unlike office or worksite-based professions, where you can go and brew up from the kettle as and when you wish, farmers need a flask to keep their morning drink warm for hours at a time. It may seem like a boring gift, but investing in an innovative, high-quality flask that keeps their coffee, tea, soup or Bovril warm on a cold day in the tractor cab will probably be among the best gifts they receive this year.
If you’re looking for the perfect stocking filler for a farmer, you can’t go too wrong with a good pair of socks. Little do most people know, but sock technology has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years, and it’s now possible to get a pair that is completely waterproof — guaranteeing warm, dry feet no matter how boggy the fields get. What could be better for the hardworking farmhand?
No longer used solely by mechanics, plumbers and electricians; head torches are the perfect gift for busy farmers that spend a lot of time in the great outdoors. These handy gadgets make it a doddle for farmers to find their way in a dark farmyard whilst leaving their hands free to carry equipment or work on machinery. Some of most modern head torches are incredibly powerful, making them a practical gift for those working in dangerous environments. Many of them are also rechargeable, so there’s no need to carry around a pack of expensive AA batteries.
Down Gilet/Wax Jacket Liner
They might be the last person to ever admit that they’re cold, but when you have to get up during the early hours and head out into the dark, even the most hardened farmer is secretly grateful of a cosy extra layer. There are plenty of thin down jackets on the market, which will add extra warmth without feeling bulky under a coat. If your farmer is a wax jacket fan, there are plenty of gilet liners that are designed to fit inside one perfectly. What’s more, they come in everything from finest down to luxurious faux fur, depending on what sort of lining your farmer would prefer. They might say they don’t need it, but we bet it isn’t still on the peg next time they’ve gone out to milk the cows.
Personal Gifts and Gadgets
Super-Rugged Phone Case
Carrying a pricey smartphone in the pocket of a pair of overalls is a perilous business on the farm, where disaster could befall the device at any moment. So, in an environment where a standard case just doesn’t cut the protective mustard, help them protect their phone with a super-rugged phone case. You can now buy virtually indestructible cases for most smartphones, and they’ll protect the device against whatever hazards are thrown its way — be it a tractor tire or gushing slurry pipe.
A Portrait of Their Loyal Pet
Does your farmer have a canine companion who helps them out on the farm? Tug at their heartstrings this Christmas by immortalising a photo of their four-legged pal in an illustrated format. There are many sites online where you can commission freelance artists to illustrate pictures of their beloved pet, and the results can be really impressive. Just take a sneaky photograph of their pet, send it off to the artist, and they’ll create a unique, one-off piece of art that you can print off, frame and give as the ideal personal Christmas gift.
Engraved Swiss Army Knife
If your farmer is someone who likes gifts that are both personal and practical, then an engraved Swiss army knife might be for them. Eternally useful when they’re out in the field, these clever knives have everything from a sharp blade and a wood saw, to a bottle opener and tweezers. It’s the perfect gift to make sure they’re always equipped if they notice a bit of fencing that needs cutting, or the dog is limping because of a splinter. Most manufacturers offer a personalisation service at a small extra cost, so you can let them know that you’re thinking about them, no matter how many fields away they are.
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