As the holiday season approaches, many of us find ourselves immersed in the joyous task of gift-giving. Choosing the right Christmas gift for farm employees is not only an opportunity to express your gratitude, but also a way to show that you understand and appreciate the challenges of their work. Whether you're a farmowner or someone with a loved one working in agriculture, this article is here to guide you through some thoughtful and practical gift ideas that will make their holiday season even more special. Let's explore how you can add a touch of festive appreciation to all their hard work.

Schmitz audrey
Editor / Progressive Dairy

Farm logo apparel 

Farm logo or name apparel makes a fantastic Christmas gift for a couple of compelling reasons. Firstly, it fosters a sense of belonging and pride among employees, creating a more cohesive and unified team spirit. Logo apparel and gear can also be practical so that employees can use them daily. This can include outerwear such as a sweatshirt, hoodie, jacket, sweatpants, quarter zip, vest or stocking cap. Other items could be a duffel bag, lunch bag or insulated travel mug such as a Stanley or Yeti cup. 

Gift card

Gift cards have become a popular and much-loved choice for Christmas gifts, and for good reason. They offer a unique blend of flexibility and personalization that makes them a standout choice. With a gift card, you're essentially giving the recipient the power to choose exactly what they want or need, ensuring that your gift won't go unused or unappreciated. Some examples include a gas card, a gift card to a local restaurant or steakhouse, a gift card to a farm and home store or hardware store, and a gift card to Amazon or Walmart.

Winter gear

Giving employees winter gear demonstrates a genuine concern for their comfort and well-being during the colder months, making it a gift with a practical purpose. You’re not only addressing a specific seasonal need but also sending a heartwarming message of warmth and thoughtfulness. Items may include coveralls, overalls or bibs to wear over winter clothes, a heated jacket or vest, winter barn chore boots, warm socks, gloves, neck gaiters or hand warmers.

Goodie basket

Homemade goodies make a truly special and heartwarming Christmas gift because they carry with them the personal touch that goes into their creation. In a world filled with store-bought items, homemade gifts stand out for their authenticity, making them a meaningful and personal gesture that embodies the true spirit of the holiday season. Ideas for this could be homemade cookies, fruit basket, meat box, cheese box or cheese ball.  



These items not only enhance the functionality and comfort of their daily commute but also show that you've considered their individual needs. Whether it's a set of seat covers, a new air freshener, ice scraper, battery or jumper cables for their vehicle, they are sure to be appreciated. Working on a farm also often involves long hours of physical labor and exposure to the elements. Bath accessories such as body wash sets, plush towels and hand cream provide a perfect way for employees to rejuvenate after a hard day's work.

Christmas bonus

Whether it's used for holiday shopping, paying off bills or simply splurging on something special, a cash bonus ensures the employee can prioritize their needs. Additionally, in uncertain economic times, a cash bonus can provide a welcome financial boost, reducing financial stress and enhancing the holiday season's joy. A cash bonus could be based on how many hours they worked during the year or differentiated between full- and part-time employees. 

Last but not least, don’t forget to include a handwritten note thanking your employees for all they do and what the hard work means to you and your farm. Recognition goes a long way and reinforces the employer-employee relationship and contributes to a positive work environment.