Gifts for Farmers
August 9, 2012 10:38 PM Subscribe
A very particular kind of thank you gift. I'd like to make (possibly purchase, but not ideal) gifts for the folks who farm our home/estate vineyard. It's the hardest I've ever seen anyone work, in any year. They went NEXT LEVEL on us this year. It's shaping up as a great vintage, but still. These folks went beyond. I have some skills in the gift-making department, but this has to be crazy special.
I have also farmed vineyards, so this is not a " I don't understand what you do but I'm grateful" gift. This year, I managed the cellar and cared for the previous years work with all my might. So this has to be a "G#d, I wish I had been there, I've worked my ass off to take care of the wine we made last year, I promise to do the same this year...Garsh I love you guys. You built this vintage with your bare hands and it's stunning."
I'm a knitter, but I plan to make hats not only for the year round crew, but also the interns so it isn't enough.
A couple things I CANNOT give them:
1. Wine. Or beer, or spirits. Trust me, it's not how we roll.
2. Gift certificates. Blech, ugh, no.
3. I am a woman, and single, and they are all partnered up dudes. All the partners know me and know I'm not...anything but a co-worker, but still. I spend hundreds more hours with these guys than they get to, so I'm very arms-length, and trust, I'm no threat, but I just don't want it to be anything that might feel too personal to take home...Not that I have any idea what that particularly might be, but I'm sure you get my drift. These guys are my brothers, and I want their wives/partners to keep liking/trusting me. (Sounds way more dramatic than it is, just felt I needed to flesh that out. WE ARE ALL COOL, YO. NO BANANA HAMPER (hamper? hanger? I don't even know) GIFTS IS ALL I'M SAYIN')
So, what the heck do I give them? A tin of Anchovies from a small spanish isle? Flowers? Tomatoes? Write em a poem? (scratch that) a scarf to go with the hat just seems...meh.
People who love and admire your co-workers, what do you do?