Thanksgiving has come and gone… Black Friday (which seems to last for weeks these days!) is over too … and now we’re in the thick of Cyber Monday.
All this can only mean one thing. It’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.
With many consumers shifting online due to COVID-19, shoppers have been advised to get an early start due to the possibility of shipping delays as Christmas draws closer.
This goes double when you’re shopping for a farmer. Let’s face it—farmers tend to buy exactly what they need, when they need it, and finding a farming-related gift they don’t already own can require some thinking outside the box.
To aid your shopping, here are six creative ideas to get your started.
No farm is complete without a portable radio for use in the barn or out in the fields. Many are inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry about having them out and about in dirt and dust.
A portable radio is the perfect gift for providing quick, hands-off entertainment for busy farmers. It can deliver music, local news and talk shows with just a twirl of the tuning dial.
For the farmer who’s always out and about with a tractor, chainsaw, wood chipper, etc., a high-quality pair of noise-cancelling earmuffs can be the perfect gift.
Does the farmer on your list already owns a pair of passive noise-cancelling earmuffs? You can always splurge for an active pair more suitable for blocking out the sustained noise of an engine. Purchase a pair with built-in headphones, and the recipient will also be able to listen to music and podcasts while they work.
Now that’s a win-win situation!
A metal detector isn’t just for treasure hunting. It’s very useful for finding nails, screws, washers, etc. when they disappear into the grass. Believe me, it happens more often than you think!
But for farmers with a knack for history, the gift of a metal detector can also provide hours of enjoyment scouring the farm for long-forgotten artifacts like horseshoes, old coins and more.
Wireless Weather Station
Sometimes, knowing the weather in your general area isn’t precise enough. For the farmer who prefers more localized data, a wireless weather station allows you to check the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure from any location where you have a wireless sensor installed.
If you’re worried about cold spring temperatures blanketing your garden with a damaging frost, the localized precision offered by a wireless weather station can help you plan an appropriate course of action.
Read more: Learn more about wireless weather stations.
From identifying garden-raiding critters to keeping an eye out for trespassers on remote property boundaries, a wildlife camera can serve many practical purposes on a farm.
But even in the absence of a specific duty, wildlife cameras are still valuable.
It’s always a pleasure to install a camera on a wooded trail and record photos and videos of every visitor that passes by—deer, coyotes, black bears, raccoons, you name it. For the farmer with a love for wildlife, you can’t go wrong with a wildlife camera.
A Subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine
It’s the gift that keeps on giving! For inspiration, innovative ideas, equipment reviews, tips and tricks, farming news, instructional projects and much more, a gift subscription to Hobby Farms magazine will bring joy to hobby farmers all year long.