The cornerstone of so many farm families is our moms — and we have many reasons to show her lots of love and respect every day of the year. But on Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, there is no question that a family’s farm mom should be front and center!
While there are many things you can do to show that you care for the household matriarch — from the traditional breakfast in bed to a coupon for a free hug to the somewhat more farm-specific ideas of giving her a rest from cattle or field chores — these types of kind actions can best be punctuated with the perfect gift. Some gifts are highly practical, while others are more along the lines of nice-but-not-as-necessary (though we understand that “necessary” means a lot of things to a lot of different people).
We’re going to focus more on the practical ones — every farmer looks for something to make their life easier or keep them or their animals a bit more comfortable. Plus, if you get that special farm mom a practical gift, the odds are that she will see it and use it just about every single day, so it becomes a near-constant reminder of your relationship with her.
Here are 10 items that should go over pretty well with the farm mom you are celebrating on Mother’s Day!
During many different times of the year, really chilly mornings can crop up, where the fields (and our pickup trucks) glisten with morning dew. This is the perfect accessory for those kinds of mornings, as well as for the times women are working after the sun goes down, getting cows milked or putting the equipment away. Carhartt’s new Delmont Graphic Zip-Front Hooded Sweatshirt incorporates the company’s Force technology, which wicks away sweat and dries fast, making it a great layer no matter the time of year or how unpredictable the weather may be.
- 8.8-ounce, 58% cotton / 42% polyester Force fleece
- StainBreaker technology releases stains
- Three-piece hood with hidden cord locks and inside drawstrings
- Underarm gussets and eyelets for breathability
- Side panels for range of motion
- Handwarmer pockets with hidden media pocket inside
If Mom lives on a farm, then she’s probably getting her hands dirty and scraped up in all kinds of ways. What she doesn’t want messed up is that beautiful ring that was put on her hand on her wedding day. Dealing with animals and metal gates and machinery parts mean that a ring can get scratched or, worse, smashed onto her finger. Silicone rings help take that worry away — as well as not being so dire if it falls off or gets lost in another way.
Ever wondered how many steps you took chasing down that loose cow, or how much higher in elevation the pasture in the Back 40 is compared with some of your other fields? Fitbits are one of the biggest names in tracking your health, from heart rate to steps/distance to calorie burn and a host of other features. Plus it has a long battery life (up to five days!). This item includes both short and long bands, so there should be a good fit no matter your wrist size.
There’s a reason Pioneer Woman is so well respected for how she has been able to bottle the rural lifestyle in her books and other products. If the farm mom in your family enjoys cooking, then “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier” is one book she should have. This national bestseller is a mouthwatering collection of the simple-but-scrumptious recipes that rotate through my kitchen on a regular basis, including Perfect Pancakes, Cowgirl Quiche, Sloppy Joes, Italian Meatball Soup, White Chicken Enchiladas, and a spicy Carnitas Pizza that’ll win you over for life. There are also some elegant offerings for more special occasions at your house: Osso Buco, Honey-Plum-Soy Chicken, and Rib-Eye Steak with an irresistible Onion-Blue Cheese Sauce. And of course, there’s a long list of decadent desserts in here.
Leggings are all the rage these days, but nobody does rough and tumble leggings quite like Carhartt does. These women’s mid-rise leggings allow the perfect mix of flex and durability, and they’re made lightweight fabric that wicks sweat and fights odor (the company’s Force technology). Designed with extra stretch between the legs, the tights give you the range of motion you need when climbing ladders, riding horses, or crawling under the sink to fix a pipe.
- 8.5-ounce, 95% nylon / 5% spandex ponte
- Built to move with Rugged Flex stretch technology
- FastDry technology wicks sweat and fights odors
- Mid-rise sits just below the waist with a fitted hip and thigh and a skinny leg opening
This strappable smartphone holder is awesome for the mom who loves going on trail rides. Made primarily to be affixed to the rider’s leg, it can also be clipped to a pocket, belt, waistband, or belt loop for added support! Couple that with having a cross-body and waist strap for those particularly rough rides, we’ve genuinely never seen any other smartphone holder perform this well.
- There are two sizes to the straps, and all leg straps are 2″ wide: thighs 16″ to 24″ (~pants size 0-8); thighs 24″ to 32″ (~pants size 8+)
What better way to walk the walk and show off your country charm than with the Durango Women’s Lady Rebel Pull-On Boot. This boot has full-grain leather on the upper portion, a ventilated removable cushion footbed, tempered steel shank, and is relatively lightweight. People praise the comfort of them. Plus they come in several different colors and minor variations, making them one of Durango’s most popular.
Durability is the name of the game here, and these work gloves ensure breathability and solid grip to perform outdoor work, landscaping, general maintenance, construction, and , of course, farming. They have reinforced palm design for extra protection, and the hook and loop closure ensures a secure fit. Never underestimate the value of a comfortable and functional pair of work gloves!
If you have more than three or four chickens in your coop (of course, most everyone who has chickens has more than that), then you know how important it is to be able to carry all of those eggs back to the house. This apron is a pretty adorable solution. It features 12 jumbo sized pockets with deep box pleats to safely cradle the largest chicken eggs. It measures 20 inches by 18 inches and has 38-inch ties and a convenient hanging loop.
OK, so maybe chocolate isn’t technically as essential as some of the other items on this list, but really, who can pass it up!? Ethos Chocolate (billed as the first proudly pro-GMO chocolate bar on the market) is perfect for those women in our modern agricultural industry. The chocolate was test released earlier this year as a freebie to the public, to help people better understand what biotechnology in farming is all about. Because of the overwhelming success back then, the bars are being made fully available. To get your hands on some, simply donate to money to support the mission of A Fresh Look, the nonprofit farmer-led organization that created Ethos.
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