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anotherkindofCHRISTMAS: Top 5 Gifts for the Hobby Farmer

Carhartt Men's Arctic Quilt-Lined Sandstone Traditional Jacket

For 120 years, Carhartt has manufactured premium workwear known for exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction, and fit that you can feel in the fabrics and see in the performance. This particular coat is not only the one I wear each day from mid-November to early-March, it is also a pretty heavy duty coat and one that is right for every outdoor person. It has a quilted nylon polyester lining, heavy-duty front zipper, 2 deep hand-warmer pockets and 2 convenient inside pockets, a corduroy collar with under-collar snaps to accommodate an optional hood, and most importantly is machine washable.

Liberty Bib Overalls

Liberty brand denim bib overalls are the number one denim bib in unit sales in America, and the world. Originally manufactured in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1912, they have been the choice of farmers and gardeners for 97 years. I have personally owned a pair since my grandaddy bought me my first pair when I was 2 years old. The newest pair of Liberty's are a relaxed denim. They feature a zipper fly, ruler and pliers pockets, a 5-piece patented bib pocket, reinforced pockets, and a hammer loop. And of course, they are machine washable!

Replacement Handles

There is nothing worse than have to use a splintered ax handle or having to replace what was once a powerful tool with a fiberglass replacement or otherwise artificial material. That's why anyone who works outdoors with trees or shrubbery or has to split logs and prepare firewood deserves a replacement handle from Tennessee Hickory Handles.

Muck Jobber 7-inch Work Boots

For those wet and dirty jobs when you don't need a full-sized boot, the new Jobber is the choice. Temperature range 75F to sub-freezing. This amazing garden boot is 100% waterproof with foam bootie construction. The outsole is self-cleaning and wraps the entire perimeter to provide maximum protection and stability. The coolest thing though is that the added toe protection contains a wrap-up toe bumper with a 10 mm kick rim for hands-free removal.

The Rock Beverage Bottle by Thermos

The Rock is the toughest liquid contain on the market in my opinion. Holding 1 Liter of hot or cold beverage, The Rock incorporates a TherMax double wall vacuum insulation system for maximum temperature retention. It is made of 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior. The twist and pour stopper lets you pour without removing the stopper and the exterior is cool to the touch even when used with hot liquids. It is a great traveling and job site companion!

Whatever you end of gifting your hobby farmer or serious gardener with this Christmas be sure to do it with love and appreciation for the job that we do! It takes a special breed of person to battle weather, stubborn seeds, and mother nature to produce flowers and food that both edify our souls and our stomachs. "The first farmer was the first man. All historic nobility rests on the possession and use of land." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet and Essayist

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Comment by Rachel Hoff on December 14, 2010 at 12:49pm

I have a pair of those boots, but taller ones. Not full knee high, but mid calf. I L.O.V.E. them. Mine are actually called Sloggers though and I got them on sale for a ridiculously cheap price. Best mud boots ever.

Comment by Andrew Odom on December 14, 2010 at 1:01pm

@Rachel - Yeah, they are pretty awesome. I do have some lightweight garden Crocs I wear in the warmer months when I am not working but rather weeding or harvesting but for the money? Yeah, all about the Jobber! Thank you for commenting!

Comment by el vigilante on December 18, 2010 at 10:32am

I prefer the over-the-shoe muck boots because I'm in and out it seems, most of the day.  That way, I can slip off the boots in the mudroom and still have my tennis shoes clean for inside the house.

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