#TBT: FOUR GIFTS FROM A FARMER TO HIS SWEETIE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

[Originally published: February 10, 2014]

There are plenty of things a farmer could get his sweetie for Valentine’s Day; chocolate, stuffed animals, jewelry, books. The list of “typical” gifts goes on and on.  What about channeling his resources and going that extra mile?  How about a gift that will keep her warm during the months ahead? What about something that will appeal to his love of the environment and the soil? Or maybe something that would make her smile even when he isn’t there?  Well, I’ve been looking around and found some great ideas that could do just that.  Check out these gifts that would make a farmer’s sweetie feel like one lucky gal this Valentine’s Day!

Carhartt1.       A Carhartt Jacket

We all know that farmers work despite the freezing temperatures we’ve been having. And being outside in anything other than a durable, warm Carhartt jacket would make any kind of work more trying. Just because Carhartt jackets are sensible doesn’t mean they can’t be cute too.  They come in a variety of colors from the classic tan to pink or blue.  I’m sure that a farmer’s sweetie would love that he thought about her staying warm in one of her favorite colors.

Photo credit: Costalfarm.com

Fishing rod2.       A  new fishing rod and reel

Summertime can mean long, lazy days enjoying the relaxing art of fishing so maybe a farmer could help her beat his record for biggest bass with a brand new fishing rod and reel?  Yes, she would have to wait until the weather warms up to use it, but she would be bound to appreciate that he planned ahead and is looking forward to making some great summertime memories with her. I have found a cute one here!

Photo credit: Fishing-tackle-manufacturers.com

tree growing kit3.       A tree growing kit

Although planting a tree means waiting for the ground to thaw, she would love that it could be planted together and it is a symbol of their ever-growing love.  (I found a kit for a dawn redwood here). Enhancing farmland land and being environmentally conscious are just great added benefits for the farmer. The tree could be there for years to come and every time she looked at it she would smile and think of him.  (Even if she’s annoyed that he’s been late to dinner all week because he was plowing the fields).

Photo credit: Gifts.com

Open when...4.       “Open when…” Letters

These letters would be great for her to have when she’s annoyed, frustrated, missing you, sad, or upset and he isn’t there to let her know how he really feels. Some ideas I had for putting on the envelopes are “Open when… you wish I’d come in for dinner at a decent time.” “Open when… yet another one of our date nights was spent in the tractor because it’s harvest season.” “Open when… you’re sick of me tracking my muddy boots through the house.” “Open when… you’re mad that I forgot your birthday because it’s right in the middle of busy season.” “Open when… you’re sick of planning vacations around cattle shows.” Opening these letters would definitely make her happy she’s got a man like him!

Photo credit: GirlCalledJulie, Twitter.com

Finding a Valentine’s Day gift for a farmers’ sweetie may not always be easy, but hopefully, these ideas would help find something meaningful and unique for a farmer’s special girl.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ellie SeitzingerEllie Seitzinger
Illinois State University student

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