Career Farmer Barbie Amanda Radke

7 last minute Christmas gifts for ranching families

Need some last minute shopping ideas? Look no further than this 2016 holiday gift guide created for ranching families.

Christmas is six days away! Are you scrambling to buy the perfect gift for your spouse, kids, grandkids or that picky, already-owns-everything sibling? No worries. I’ve rounded up several great holiday gift ideas. With fast shipping, you can get these items delivered to your doorstep and wrapped under the tree before Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.

Here’s my quick, short list of gift ideas for 2016:

1. Snake River Farms gift collections

I received a Snake River Farms gift box for review recently, and I must say, despite having a freezer full of homegrown beef at my disposal, these steaks were top-notch, five-star restaurant quality cuts of beef that we enjoyed from the comfort of our home.

The Snake River Farms Hugh Acheson’s Curated Steak Box includes two 8-oz. American Wagyu filet mignons, two 6-oz. American Wagyu ribeye filets, one Lodge skillet, one Mercer saucing spoon, one Bragard kitchen towel, Jacobsen’s Flake Finishing Salt and Hugh Acheson’s Steak Cooking Guide. Valued at $199, this gift set aims to impress. Choose this one for the pickiest person on your list, and they’ll be absolutely wowed!

Order here.

2. Heart of the Farm calendars

There’s no doubt about it, farm and ranch life can be busy. Stay organized and keep everyone on the same page with these Heart of the Farm 2017 planners. Featuring beautiful agricultural photography, inspirational quotes and plenty of space for detailing your things-to-do lists, meal plans, goals and upcoming events, this is a must-have for the planner in your life.

Also, check out other Heart of the Farm items such as dish towels, decorative pillows, stationary and more for fun stocking stuffers.

Check them out here.

3. FarmHer Barbie

The must-have doll for the season is sold out and out of stock everywhere. She’s the Barbie Careers Farmer Doll, and she’s perfect for the aspiring cowgirls on your list. Just $9.99 on Amazon Prime, the Farmer Barbie will be back in stock on Christmas Day. Pre-order now and let the special girl in your life know that a gift she’ll enjoy and appreciated will be at her doorstep by early 2017.

Pre-order yours here. 

Edited to add: It appears Amazon has spiked the price on Barbie Careers Farmer Doll to $32 due to the rush in demand. A second option to consider would be the Barbie Careers Farm Vet Doll & Playset. It's available for sale here. 

4. FosCam Weatherproof Wireless Outdoor Camera

Calving season is just around the corner, and this barn camera would be the perfect gift to save some cold, late night checks for the rancher in your life. Simply check your phone or computer to view the inside of your calving barn. There’s plenty of options out there, but we’ve been really happy with this camera, which is available on amazon.com for $249.99. It’s got night vision, motion detection and smart phone connectivity. Plus, you can use it inside a barn during calving season and move it into the front yard for security during the rest of the year. It’s a gift that every rancher needs and will undoubtedly appreciate.

Check out the cameras here.

5. Ranch-inspired kids’ books

While you’re on Amazon, take advantage of free two-day shipping with a Prime membership and load up on stocking stuffers! Books make great gifts, no matter what the age. For kids, check out my children’s book, “Levi’s Lost Calf” on Amazon or consider other ranch-inspired kids’ books including — Charlie The Ranch Dog, Sarah The Showman, Sam and the Show Steers Save Christmas and B is for Buckaroo, just to name a few.

Shop Amazon's collection of ag books here.

6. The Happy Toy Maker

For your kids or grandkids who want to follow in your footsteps, consider these toy scale model farm toys from The Happy ToyMaker. Handmade in Texas, you can purchase semi-trucks, pickups, rodeo sets, loading chutes, gates, corrals, feedlots, arenas, stalls, cake bins, trailers and livestock. These toys are so cool, you’ll want to join your kids and play, too!

Shop here.

7. Barn Baby Boutique blankets

My friend and fellow ag advocate, Celeste Harned, has launched an amazing new product line featuring personalized blankets, bibs and more for the newborn ranchers in your family. These products feature the livestock animal of your choice, and because they are custom made, it might be hard to get these before Christmas, but consider these for a fun Valentine’s Day or baby shower gift. If you need a gift ASAP, Celeste has $5 printable items that make excellent gifts for a kids’ room or a family room.

Check out the Barn Baby Boutique’s Facebook page here.

Hopefully this gives you a few ideas for the people on your list this Christmas. If you’re done shopping, save these ideas for birthdays coming up in 2017. Happy shopping!

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.

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