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What to Get a Farmer on Father's Day

What to Get a Farmer on Father's Day

More tools? Another plaid button-down? Something for cooking meat? Here, a list that's fit for a farmer.

So you may have noticed, Father's Day is this Sunday. And if you're like me, you may have seen those random internet gift guides offering up ideas for Dad: ties! Golf stuff! Man jewelry! Tech gadgets!

This was last year. I love that when I asked them how tall Dad is, their answers varied from 6 feet to 12 feet.

And then, if you're like me, you realize that none of that is appropriate for your farmer husband. Or farmer father. My dad doesn't golf, he doesn't do technology, he doesn't grill, and he really doesn't "need" anything. My husband doesn't golf, does technology that fits in the tractor cab that he buys himself, does grill, and capital-D-doesn't wear man jewelry. (I have yet to see these men who wear leather cuff bracelet things? Do these men really exist? Where are they? Because the Internet seems to sell a lot of cuffs. It's a mystery.)

Anything Illini is usually a solid win for my husband. But you can only do so much of that. He actually has an Illini grilling spatula, thanks to my mom. Double win on that gift.

One year, I put the kids in Illini clothes and took a picture of them together. So simple (well, not the picture taking…Caroline was 8 weeks old) and it was probably his favorite, mostly because it was a one-in-a-million shot of all the kids smiling and looking good. Last year, I interviewed each of the kids, asking them questions about their dad, then layered their answers over a favorite picture of each of them. That was fun, too. But I can't do that again.

I do have a solid idea for this year. Of course, I can't share it here, on the off chance he might read this in between planting beans and sleeping. But I'm pretty excited about it.

So with that in mind, I offer up a little list I came across on Twitter, courtesy of Titan Tire Outlet. I'm a big fan of the wireless meat thermometer. And the tractor seat barstools. Regardless, it comes a whole lot closer to appealing to farmer dads than, well, man jewelry.


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