It can be tricky to find the perfect gifts for farm kids, so I’ve worked hard to put together a list of tools, gear, and other things we consider to be essential for the kids on our own small farm.
If you’re shopping for grown up homesteaders, gardeners, foodies, or cooks, you’ll also want to check out my Great Big List of Homestead Gifts.
Perfect Gifts for Farm Kids
Disclaimer: our crew is entirely male, so you’ll notice a slight bias towards that gender, but many items on the list below are equally applicable to both girls and boys.
And whether you have farm girls or farm boys, I’d love to hear what you would add to our list!
All of the people on our farm ages 8 and up wield an ever-growing collection of knives. Except me, actually. Maybe I’ll find one in my Christmas stocking this year…
Knives come in handy for so many purposes around the farm and the house. They make perfect gifts for farm kids or any kids!
- Swiss army pocket knife: Small or large. Both older boys and Mr. Native Texan use the fire out of these knives.
- Utility knife / multitool: Larger than a pocket knife, a good utility knife really comes in handy around the farm. Both older boys and Mr. NT have their own multitool and use them often.
- Jack knife: A streamlined knife option, usually with one single blade.
- Machete: Handy for kids who spend lots of time in or near fields and forests.
- Whittling knife: Perfect for kids who like to be busy with their hands.
Did I mention we have all boys on our farm?
- Sling shot: Both fun and useful, sling shots have been big hits with my older boys.
- BB gun: A good way to begin learning gun safety.
- Bow & arrows: Archery is more than a fun hobby; kids can actually learn to nab small game, which is useful on a farm as a source of animal protein for the laying hens during the winter. Suction arrows are good for very young beginners.
- Traps: We’re still new at trapping, but are excited to experiment with these live coon traps. Pictured below: learning to use a coon trap from The Big Bear Homestead.
Farm & Garden Tools
Any job is made infinitely easier when you have the right tool. For kids, that often means the right tool in the right size.
Ask a kid to dig a hole with an adult-sized shovel and he’ll feel frustrated and discouraged. Ask him to do it with a tool that’s just his size and he’ll complete the job with pride and satisfaction.
- Kid-sized wheelbarrow: We have kid-sized (pictured below), medium-sized (vintage), and full-sized versions and each size is used often.
- Kid-sized shovel: Both pointed and square edge shovels are useful for youngsters who are learning to help with farm and gardening chores. This set contains 2 rakes, 1 pointed shovel, and a hoe.
- Kid-sized rake: Leaf rakes are useful for raking mulch and leaves, while a garden rake tends to be a bit sturdier for little ones. We have both. This set contains 2 rakes, 1 pointed shovel, and a hoe.
- Kid-sized hoe: A must-have for pint sized gardeners! This set contains 2 rakes, 1 pointed shovel, and a hoe.
- Kid-sized push broom: Our boys learned to help sweep out the barn and garage at an early age.
- Kid-sized snow shovel: Little ones love to help with this chore, especially when they have a shovel of appropriate size. Just this year our 4yo cleared the entire back deck with his trusty little snow shovel, without being asked!
- Rope: Yes, seriously. For so many reasons.
- Bike trailer: Our 12yo son asked for a bike trailer for his birthday. He uses it often to transport all sorts of cargo all over the farm.
Kids can be a real asset on the farm and can develop useful, lifelong skills when they have access to appropriately sized tools. Kid-sized tools are definitely perfect gifts for farm kids.
- Flash light: Every serious farm kid needs a good flashlight!
- Sturdy tool set: Kids are eager to help when they have their own tools! They’ll also develop responsibility as they learn to put tools back where they belong so they can find what they need next time.
- Tool set for small hands: A certain 4yo will find this adorable yet sturdy tool set under the Christmas tree this year.
- Socket set: Our 12yo is the proud owner of a small socket set, which has come in handy for projects around the house.
- Cordless drill: Pricey, but a good investment in a lifelong skill.
Wearing the right gear can make or break a kid’s (or adult’s) attitude towards farm chores. Make sure your farm kids have what they need to brave the elements.
- Head lamp: For night time chores and also reading in bed.
- Muck boots: Everyone on the farm needs a serious pair of waterproof muck boots, including the kids. Thick rubber rain boots will work, or you can splurge on top quality muck boots.
- Work gloves: Our 4yo wears these gloves every day. This size is designed for 7-9 years. And the older boys like these.
- Rain coats: Every farmer needs adequate protection from the rain! Sturdy and affordable rain coats for kids are hard to find, but we’ve been pleased with this one and this one for the older boys, and a simple rain coat from Old Navy for the 4yo.
- Flannel hoodie: You’ll find a full set of flannel hoodies hanging in our farmhouse mudroom. They are the perfect farm jacket!
- Cowboy boots: My boys’ favorite choice of footwear off the farm. We bought synthetic boots for a short while, but found them to scuff easily. Now we spring for real leather boots.
Books by Topic
Help your farm kids build a library that will serve them for years to come. The topics will vary according to each kid’s interests, but here’s a list to get you started.
- The American Boy’s Handy Book
- The Dangerous Book for Boys
- The American Girl’s Handy Book
- The Daring Book for Girls
- Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits
- Big Book of Kombucha
- The Flower Farmer
- The Small Scale Poultry Flock
- Complete Starter Guide to Whittling
Inspired by this list of top gifts for farm kids, my own farm kids are helping me compile a list of our favorite picture and chapter books for homesteading kids, as well as a list of our favorite outdoor adventure books. Stay tuned…
Farm kids are an enterprising bunch and you can support their budding entrepreneurial endeavors by contributing materials and supplies. The possibilities are endless, but I’ve listed a few ideas below…
- Animals: Chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, etc. Poultry can be ordered online from Murray McMurray Hatchery. You’ll want to find a local source for other farm animals.
- Fencing: Portable fence is a must-have for almost any critter on a sustainable farm. We like Premier1.
- Coop: Give a pre-made coop or build one together.
- Hutch: Meat rabbits require a hutch. Gift a pre-made hutch or build one together.
- Plants: Fruit trees, Nut trees, pine trees, berry bushes, kiwi vines, herbs, and more. Find a local organic source or order online from Stark Bros.
- Seeds: Vegetables, sunflowers, zinnias, etc. Find a local organic nursery or order from Johnny’s Seeds.
- Workshops: Send your farm kid to a workshop about raising goats, butchering chickens, or trapping predators.
All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. Farm kids need to play, too!
Outdoor play equipment is especially important for homeschooled farm kids and for farm families who love to entertain or who regularly host farm customers.
I’ve already compiled lists of recommended sporting goods and equipment for outdoor play on this list of 100+ Non-toy Gifts for Kids, so be sure to check that out!
More Gift Ideas
Our kids definitely do not need more stuff, which is why I’ve worked hard to compile a few more lists of useful and meaningful gifts for kids. You’ll find more perfect gifts for farm kids on these lists…
- 100+ Non-Toy Gifts for Kids
- Skip the Gadgets: Best Toys for Creative Play
- 12 Best Learning Toys for Preschoolers
- 11 Family Games Even a Three Year Old Can Play
- Awesome Scripture Music for Kids
- Best Nontoxic Baby Feeding Gear
What would you add to this list of gifts for farm kids? Which gifts have your farm kids loved?
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…