Don't get me wrong, nobody gets us farm stuff either unless we make a point of asking for it. For instance, my mom just asked what my DH wants, I told her a new pair of Carhartt coveralls since his are trashed.
Oooh, a new hose, I could def. use one of those. I'm sick of getting a cold shower from the one I'm using that has a tiny hole in the middle of it!
j4me-- if I didn't already have mats, those would make the list for sure. I think they are truly my #1 favorite item on the whole farm as far as saving me time and money!
I love the craftsman hoses because once you own one you can return them for a new one when they get a hole. No questions asked, thank you Sears!
Reason #465 why I love Sears.
Agree 100% with mats, pen panels and gravel. (or sand, stonedust, etc) Nothing can make a farm person's heart skip a beat like the sound of a tri-axle dump truck backing up your driveway!
Round pen panels rock...I have two full sets/round pens and I don't "round pen" horses, LOL! But as temporary moveable fencing they can't be beat! I can pop up a stall or a turnout or fence off an area or whatever in a matter of minutes. LOVE them! Mats always come in handy here too.
Trailer sprayers are great...either for the tractor, lawnmower or ATV. Useful for weed control, fertilizing or watering the ring down.
For inexpensive little gifts:
A small electric leafblower. Fantastic for sweeping floors, dusting rafters, cobweb removal, chasing birds out of the barn, blowdrying horses, etc. And you can also amuse yourself by blowing the lunch hay around the paddock and watching your horses try to catch it.
An extension pole with a duster attachment and the grabby-hand-thingy attachment. Duster gets rid of webs up in the eaves, the grabby thingy is great for changing light bulbs without climbing a ladder.
Little 2 gallon wet/dry vac wiith shoulder strap. $20-$40 and takes a short time to get your horses used to them. Awesome for winter baths...sucks the wet right out of their coats. Or to suck sweat out of a winter coat. Or just to vacuum instead of curry/brushing forever to remove dirt and dust from them in winter before riding. Also fantastic in spring when they come in covered in thick wet mud...10 minutes with a wet/dry vac and you can ride! They're also useful for draining hoses in winter in about 30 seconds without moving the hose or getting wet.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
Gosh. Rock is always good. Bundles of tposts and caps, we are always increasing our paddock areas. A big gift certificate to TSC or Southern States! Craftsman hoses and that wet dry vac sound really nice too, as do some thick multi outlet extension cords.
Most of what I want costs a fortune or takes a ton of time though!