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2012 holiday gift guide

Browse these ideas for country-style holiday gifts your family and friends will be thrilled to receive! Happy holidays!
  • The Rambler backyard chicken coop

    Six to ten large chickens can make their home in this coop, which features six nesting areas and three removable internal roosts. Lids on the nesting boxes are hinged, so you can collect eggs from outside. Front and rear access doors provide easy access to the main coop for cleaning, feeding and watering. A sliding metal pan collects droppings. The Rambler is made from fir wood with tongue-and-groove construction. Assembly required. $449.95 at ChickenSaloon.com.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • Dan Post women's blue bird boots

    These stylish chocolate brown boots have blue bird and flower underlay designs. They are 11" tall, fully leather lined, and have a flex insole, snip toe, leather outsole, and medium cowboy heel. $229.95 at Country Outfitters.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • French farm animal kitchen towels

    These brightly colored 26"x19" kitchen towels are a fun addition to any kitchen, with their vintage design and French phrasing. The blue towel features a dairy cow, and there are chickens on the red towel. $7.95 each at Sur la Table.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • Pilot Rock campfire ring

    Enjoy a park-style campfire ring at home! These Iowa-made steel plate rings come in three heights and two widths. All include a 270-square-inch cooking grate that adjusts from the top of the ring to 7 3/4" higher, and which rotates to the outside for fire building. Some include back anchor pins that keep the ring in place, but allow it to tip up for easy cleaning. An optional heat shield works with some models to provide protection from hot surfaces on the outside of the ring. Rings with adjustable cooking grates are $143 to $212, and heat shields are $55 at Pilot Rock.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • Wallies farm scene mural

    This adorable farm scene is perfect for boys or girls. Peel and stick the removable, repositionable vinyl pieces to walls, wood, glass, or other surfaces. Includes a windmill, barn, horse, cow, two geese, and two pigs. The barn is just over 38" tall. $79.99 at Wallies.com.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • DIY cheese-making kits

    Make all-natural ricotta, mozzarella, chevre, or queso fresco in less than an hour, using these kits, basic kitchen equipment, and milk from the store. Each kit makes ten batches of cheese. $25.95 to $29.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • 2x4 Basics AnySize workbench kit

    Add 2x4s and plywood or particleboard to these resin leg supports to create a 36-inch tall workbench with three shelves. Use ShelfLinks to make a 2-shelf unit on top of the bench, and attach pegboard to the back. Only straight 90-degree cuts are required, and you can make the bench as long and wide as you want, up to 8' x 4'. Assembly is easy with a power screwdriver and saw, and the finished product can support 1,000 pounds per shelf. Includes four leg supports, six ShelfLinks, and a hardware kit. You supply the lumber. Turn the work bench into a potting bench by cutting a hole in the top piece of plywood and inserting a bin to hold soil. $79.95 at Northern Tool.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
    Tags: Gifts
  • Better Homes and Gardens gas grill

    This stylish gas grill from our sister publication, Better Homes and Gardens, has a total cooking surface of 712 square inches. It features three stainless steel main burners, an infrared sear burner, and back and side burners. The grill also has a temperature gauge, rotisserie kit, side shelves, steel cart, and porcelain steel lid. $357 at walmart.com.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
    Tags: Gifts
  • Mirrored window birdfeeder

    Get a bird's-eye view of your feathered friends with this window-mounted birdfeeder. Mount feeder to your window with suction cups, flip open the lid and fill with up to 2 cups of seed, and watch as birds enter from holes on the ends. They feed inside, safe from predators and the weather. A two-way mirror on the back of the feeder lets you watch birds from inside without scaring them. $39.95 at Gardener's Supply Company.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • Beginner's beekeeping kit

    Keeping bees is a wonderful hobby for anyone living in the country, and this kit has everything you need to get started, except the bees! (You can order bees online from several sources.) The kit includes a complete hive, smoker with fuel and shield, gloves, helmet and veil, beekeeping tools, wire wax, everything you need to assemble the hive, and a book about beekeeping. $179.95 at Miller Bee Supply. Other kits are also available.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • LED work gloves

    Shine a light on whatever you're working on with these lighted gloves. They feature a reinforced foam padded palm, air flow panels, micro-textured grip, double-layered thumb, and stretch fabric. Two LED lights come with the pair of gloves, and there are four attachment points on each glove. Sizes range from "dainty" to "big man hands". $14.95 at Think Geek.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
    Tags: Gifts
  • Solar punched lanterns

    This version of the early American punched tin lantern has a modern touch: a solar-powered LED light. It is made from a weatherproof material that resembles aged bronze and perforated with a flower pattern. It folds flat for easy storage. $19.99 each or $74.95 for a set of three at Gardener's Supply Company.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • SunBrite outdoor all-weather television

    This 32", 1366x768p HD television is designed to resist rain, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air, so it can be used by the pool, on the deck or patio, or in an outdoor kitchen or gazebo. It operates between -24 degrees and 122 degrees F. This model is $1,495, at sunbritetv.com, and a $175 rebate is being offered. Several other sizes and styles are also available.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
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  • Waterproof iPad case

    Whether you're reading in the tub, by the pool, on the boat, or at the beach, this case will keep your iPad safe and dry. It has a hand holder on the back and a clear front for using the touch screen. It's waterproof up to 19 feet: slide the tablet in, and snap the top closed for an air-tight seal. $59.95 at Red Envelope.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
    Tags: Gifts
  • Orvis dog blanket

    Don't forget Fido this Christmas! This comfy fleece jacket is styled to resemble a horse blanket. It has hook-and-loop fasteners on the chest and belly, and comes in four sizes, for dogs ranging from 15 to 80 pounds. $49 at Orvis.

    Date Published: November 9, 2012
    Date Updated: November 11, 2012
    Tags: Gifts

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