1. Art. Illinois farm girl and "Keeping it Real" design guru extraordinaire Erin Ehnle is now selling prints and canvases of her most popular designs. I'm a fan of the canvas; they are beautifully done and the quality is excellent and you don't need a frame. You just hang them. She has an online gallery and the Christmas shopping has never been easier.
2. Smartphone protection. What farmer doesn't need an Otterbox to protect his or her smartphone? Their company tagline: "Water proof, drop proof, dust proof, crush proof." They don't say "farmer proof" but I think it's implied. I've heard of them being run over by tractors, dropped from bins, dropped in water tanks, you name it. This is, of course, not a personal challenge. They come in John Deere green, too. And camo. Free shipping this month, too!
3. Gloves. I know. It's a little lame. But you know they'll like it. Everybody needs a good pair of work gloves. My grandma used to buy my dad a box of work gloves every year for Christmas and she'd fuss about how bad she felt over getting him something to work in. Dad never felt bad. He loved the gloves.
4. Take a seat. These are just cool and handy: shop, garage, basement, whatever. I see them here in red or green or green but not orange. Apologies for that. And if you're near a TSC and it's still Black Friday when you read this and you actually want to venture out, they're on sale.
5. Personalized farm quilt. Realistically, you probably needed to have started this prior to today in order to get it for Christmas. But definitely put it on your list for another day. Sara Leary does fabulous work and her farm quilts are a beautiful way to commemorate your family farm. She made a wallhanging (scroll all the way to the bottom!) for our family last year, for my in-laws' 50th anniversary. She even worked in the family blue heeler. She's that good.
Five Things: The Series
- Day 1: Five Things About Five Things
- Day 2: Five Things I Loved About Growing Up on a Farm
- Day 3: Five Things Our Farm Boy Said
- Day 4: Five Things an Honest Farmwife Admits
- Day 5: Five Things I'm Reading Now
- Day 6: Five Things I've Learned as an Ag Journalist
- Day 7: Five Tips for Better Photographs
- Day 8: Five Things I Didn't Know When I Married a Farmer
- Day 9: Five Things I Like on My Desk
- Day 11: Five Farm Blogs I Love
- Day 12: Five Things I've Learned About Grief
- Day 13: Five Misleading Food Labels
- Day 14: Five Things to Love About 4-H
- Day 15: Five Things About Jenna
- Day 16: Five Ways to Jazz Up a Field Lunch
- Day 18: Five Places I'm Glad I've Been
- Day 19: Five Things Parents Do in the Back of 4-H Meetings
- Day 20: Five Things Farmers Said
- Day 21: Five Chapters
- Day 22: Five Things We've Learned from our Mothers-In-Law
- Day 24: Five Favorite Verses from the Bible
- Day 25: Five Things Farmers Need to Know about Consumers
- Day 26: Five Things about GMOs
- Day 27: Five Things I Want My Kids to Know Before They Leave My House
- Day 28: Five Things for Which I Am Thankful