It seems like everyone is looking for gifts that get their kids outside. I am always on the lookout for gifts that will plug them into the world around them. I’ve put together a few of our favorites from the last few years to help give you some ideas. I’m always curious what other people are loving, so if you have some suggestions, please comment with them. These are all actual things that we want or own, and we are not paid by any of these companies (although, that would be NICE)
Literati Book Club This has been the most fun. For around $10 a month, you receive 5 curated books. Levi tends to love the graphic novels and puzzle books while Ben likes the science or mystery books. The boxes are age appropriate and we've been introduced to some great authors that we may not have seen otherwise. We have LOVED it.
Kayaks This year our kids are getting kayaks, paddles, life jackets, mesh trash bags and also a small whistle and flashlight. It's really like a kayaking kit. Kayaks can be expensive but we ordered these little ones from Amazon and they are easy to maneuver and will last until they both top 100 lbs.
Leather Working Kit We hosted a field trip this year about all of the uses for beef and it's byproducts. One of the stations was leatherworking and the kids all loved it. These kits are in the $40-$50 range and come with lots of fun tools and leather pieces to learn on. Levi is getting one this year.
Metal Detector Hear me out. I'm laughing because I know this sounds a little silly but a metal detector will keep your kids entertained and having adventure outside. There are definitely models for kids that are a little less expensive but ours kids are older elementary, so we splurged on this one. It retails for about $70 so not too bad. Just be sure they are clear on if its okay to dig holes in your yard!
John is so easy to buy for because he loves everything and is so laid back. Here are some things that he's into this year or has loved.
West Texas Grown Beef- Obviously, we have to include our gift boxes. We have a variety of sized and price points and who doesn't love fresh beef shipped right to their door?? I'm a big fan of John's Favorites box. It's a great seller with the men at any farmer's market.
Nice Socks & Unders- As funny as it is, one of my approaches to gift giving is to get him something nice that he would never get for himself. Our farmer would never spend money on nice underwear but before he knew these cost a little more than his standard brand, he asked me to order him 20 pairs. He's definitely getting a few. Honestly anything from Duluth Trading is great quality and he's a big fan.
Dri Duck coat- This coat is looks similar to other chore coats but is just a little bit nicer. He's loved the Rambler. The weight and quality of it are perfect.
Custom Dominoes- Everyone loves to sit around and play some dominoes. We have these from Esty that have our brand on them but you can customize them however you'd like. They come in an engraved box for around $60.
Guys Trip We have loved looking through the ranches and getaways that are available through Explore Ranches. There are lots of locations and activities to choose from. This one could be a great family escape! We have our sights set on Chandler Ranch out near Sheffield, TX but some of the far West Texas ranches look amazing, too.
Massage Gun- These massage guns can get hard to reach spots and really work. We were skeptical at first, but its pretty amazing how well it gets those knots in your back. We didn't spring for the much more expensive TheraGun brand but did order this one from Amazon and it's worked great for $140.
2022 Friend of the Farm Flower Subscription- this year we are offering multiple options on our season long fresh flower subscriptions. A subscription paired with one of our custom handmade pottery pieces would be perfect. It's truly the gift that keeps giving all season long.
Evridge Farms Gift Card- Let her choose between steak and ground beef, flowers, t-shirts, caps, or a class on arranging with field grown flowers this spring. Our gifts cards are handy for the woman who loves farm grown food and flowers.
Book of the Month Club - A book club is a great way to keep up with the latest releases. If she loves to read, this keeps it fun and exciting at a low cost of around $15-$20/ month.
Lola & Tae Jewelry- a local to West Texas, Amanda at Lola & Tae, stays right on trend with her handmade jewelry. It's always fun and well made. She has great pieces at all different prices. We literally want it all.
Los Nopales Wines- another local to West Texas, the winery is located near Sterling City, TX. The wines have been delicious and we've really enjoyed watching her build her winery.
Turquoise Jewelry- my favorite online stop for turquoise is Heritage Style. I absolutely love collecting new pieces. This is a safe choice for John so I can usually count on getting some earring at least.
Lets Make Art- This is a watercolor project subscription. We ordered this for Levi but I've taken it over. I've really enjoyed learning the different techniques and have even improved just a tiny bit.
Please know that our kids definitely ask for whatever new gaming system is being pushed out. We just work really hard to find other things for them to enjoy. If they do end up with games, they have to pay for them with other money. And sometimes, they do. That's okay. Please add your ideas to the comments...we are all desperate for fun, different ideas. Thank you all for being part of this community!