The 7 Best Gifts for the Farmer and Homesteader

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Best for the Craftsman: Multitool at Amazon

"A multi-tool like a Leatherman® tool is always useful to carry."

Best for the Kitchen: Food Dehydrator at Amazon

"A food dehydrator makes short work of all of preserving food through the winter."

Best Warm Clothes: Carhartt Arctic Insulated Coveralls at Amazon

"Carhartt Arctic insulated coveralls are super sweet for northern farmers who brave subzero temps."

Best Green Thumb: Aerogarden at Amazon

"A gift any northern farmer is sure to enjoy."

Best Animals: Livestock at cattlemailusa.com

"Nothing says "I love you" like a freshened dairy cow."

Best for the Reader: Books at thespruce.com

"Don't forget plain old novels or other nonfiction books - we farmers like to get our minds off of farming once in a while."

Best MP3: SanDisk Sansa Clip at Amazon

"An MP3 player, a satellite radio and subscription, or even a gift card to download music, all make great gifts for the farmer on your list."

Best for the Craftsman: Multitool

A multi-purpose knife with all tools opened
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Who doesn't need tools? A multi-tool like a Leatherman® tool is always useful to carry. If your favorite farmer already has one, you can't go wrong with a headlamp for the dark winter days. If you don't know what the farmer in your life needs, consider a gift card to somewhere that carries farm supplies or tools. But really - a hammer, a wire tool for fencing, a sledgehammer, or a gift certificate to a tractor dealer - you can't miss with tools or equipment.

Best for the Kitchen: Food Dehydrator

Food Dehydrator
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That harvest of delicious apples, this year's deer, or the abundance of heirloom tomatoes - a food dehydrator makes short work of all of it, preserving it through the winter. If not a dehydrator, a pressure canner, water bath canner, glass canning jars, or vacuum sealer might be welcome additions to your farmer's collection of kitchen tools.

Best Warm Clothes: Carhartt Arctic Insulated Coveralls

Farmer Feeding Cows, Minnedosa, Manitoba
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It's cold outside for most of us, and a warm flannel shirt, insulated work coveralls, wool socks, hats, mittens, and gloves are always appreciated by those who work outside a lot of the day. Carhartt Arctic insulated coveralls are super sweet for northern farmers who brave subzero temps and blisteringly cold wind chills much of the winter months.

Best Green Thumb: Aerogarden

aero garden
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Growing a few herbs and veggies hydroponically in the farmhouse kitchen is made fun and easy with the Aerogarden. A gift any northern farmer is sure to enjoy.

Best Animals: Livestock

Dairy Cow
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Yes, it goes without saying that you have to know a farmer well before giving him a Katahdin sheep, a Highland cow, or even a few geese. But if you do, and you know the farmer wants this particular animal or animals, what a terrific gift! Nothing says "I love you" like a freshened dairy cow.

Best for the Reader: Books

Married couple looking at a book
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Farming books abound - pick the species the farmer is focusing on right now, and buy a "how to raise" book on it, or look at a book that focuses on the business side of farming if your farmer already knows how to raise animals. There are also a plethora of farming memoirs, which can make for inspiring reading during the long winter months. Don't forget plain old novels or other nonfiction books - we farmers like to get our minds off of farming once in a while.

Best MP3: SanDisk Sansa Clip

mp3 player
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An MP3 player, a satellite radio and subscription, or even a gift card to download music, all make great gifts for the farmer on your list. More ideas: noise-canceling headphones for long tractor rides or ​snowblowing adventures, a tough, weatherproof radio for the barn.

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