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!
$129 — Dovetail Freshley Overall in Black Stretch Denim
These are not repurposed, boxy men’s overalls. They’re intentionally designed to complement a woman’s frame, without sacrificing the functionality of men’s overalls. There are deep pockets galore. Accessible — and functional — pockets! There’s even one on the breast of the overalls. A large cellphone (Samsung Note 8) fits securely in nearly every one of the pockets. There’s plenty of room to accommodate its size, and the stretch in the denim keeps it from flopping around. There’s a zippered pocket on the rear leg that’s great for holding valuables such as keys, your ID, and credit cards.
The Freshley has a slightly stretchy fabric — the overalls move with your body: while stacking hay, trimming my goats’ hooves, whatever — and yet the reinforced knee panels mean the fabric stays strong despite the abuse of farm or construction work.
Some super cool features: There’s a small round hole in the front bib pocket, perfect for earbuds cord or even some twine. Not to be outdone — there’s also a secret zipper in that pocket on the side.
$59.99 — Carhartt Force Delmont Graphic Zip-Front Hooded Sweatshirt
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
$24.99 — Enso Women’s Infinity Silicone Ring
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.
$99.95 — Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker
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.
$18.37 — The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
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.
$49.99 — Carhartt Force Lightweight Utility Legging
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
$34.99 — The Horse Holster
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+)
$199 — Dovetail’s Eli Chore Coat
The Eli Chore Coat is windproof and waterproof. Those are must-haves. The back covers my rear and can even cinch along the bottom hem! The hood cinches in multiple ways, which keeps the hood up and contoured exactly to my head. These features help a lot to keep cold air from seeping inside the coat. The hood’s ability to cinch is especially helpful for letting the wearer see all around. And it has pockets — lots of them. Dovetail is smart and generous with pockets. This coat is no exception. My favorite pocket is a zippered one at the breast, by the side of the main zipper up the front. It’s the perfect spot to stash my large cellphone. Overall there are two interior pockets and three exterior ones.
$124.99 — Durango Women’s Lady Rebel 10 in. Pull-On Boot
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.
$16.63 — West Chester John Deere Synthetic Leather Palm Utility Work Gloves
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!
$15.99 — Chicken Egg Collecting & Gathering Apron
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.
$ donation — Ethos Chocolate
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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