Christmas is less than one month away, which means—believe it or not—it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Especially if you’re Christmas shopping for a farmer, since they tend to buy things as they need them, and finding a farming-related gift they need (but don’t already own) can be tricky.
Throw in the ongoing issues with supply chains, and it makes sense to start shopping early. The good news is, we’re here to help with seven gift ideas to get your started.
Raised Garden Beds
You can never have too many garden beds, and raised beds offer many benefits. If you’re handy with DIY projects, consider purchasing the materials and assembling raised beds. It’s the gift that keeps on giving with the promise of fresh vegetables the following year!
A quality wheelbarrow can be put to use in so many ways, from carrying tools to moving compost (maybe for filling those brand-new raised garden beds). The only question is whether the wheelbarrow should have one wheel or two—the different designs have varying strengths and weaknesses.
Every farmer should have a pair of safety glasses. Chances are, the farmer in your family already owns a few. But if you notice they’re scratched, fogged or otherwise worn out—why not spring for a new pair? Perhaps you can find a perfect option complete with scratch-resistant lenses and an anti-fog coating.
Not all chainsaws are powered by gasoline. Electric models are also available. And they offer many advantages compared to their gasoline counterparts. Less noise and maintenance, no exhaust fumes, easy starting—for farmers fond of small-scale yardwork, an electric chainsaw can be the perfect gift.
Just how much rain fell during that intense summer shower, and was it enough to water the garden for the day? A rain gauge can provide the answer. Whether you opt for a utilitarian model or a more decorative choice, a rain gauge is a practical gift sure to see steady use. Just be sure the recipient installs it in a suitable location.
If you want to place a personal spin on a gift, why not consider a homemade tool or two? For the farmer planting an orchard, a wooden measuring stick for gauging hole depth and diameter will be a much appreciated Christmas gift. Meanwhile, a gardener might enjoy a simple bamboo pole seed planter with a clothespin for adjusting hole depth. If you think outside the box, the simplest supplies can be turned into useful tools at budget-friendly price points.
A Subscription to Hobby Farms Magazine
Come now, who wouldn’t want to be gifted a farming magazine that pops up in their mailbox all year long? For inspiration, innovative ideas, equipment reviews, tips and tricks, farming news, instructional projects, and much more, a subscription to Hobby Farms magazine will bring joy to any hobby farmer.