I know some of you have waited until these final shopping days before
Christmas and you're just now realizing that you haven't gotten the goats
anything for Christmas. Here are a few last minute gift ideas that your
goats will truly appreciate -- it really is the thought that counts.
GIFT idea 1: Buy yourself a set of handwarmers or electric gloves . . . your
dairy goats will really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Price: $15 to $25
GIFT idea 2: Buy and chew alfalfa flavored chewing gum . . . no goat wants
to kiss a human with coffee breath. If you can't find this at your local
confectioner, use alfalfa rabbit food like Tic-Tacs. Price: $.50
GIFT idea 3: Give your goat a gift certificate good for personal services,
let's say, fresh bedding, a stall cleaning, or a day pass to the front yard
when tender spring grass emerges. Price: Variable
GIFT idea 4: Buy a mirror for your milking parlor so your spoiled dairy
goats can become even more vain. Price: $65
GIFT idea 5: Animal crackers are always appreciated. Your meat goats sort of
get the feeling that somehow they're settling a score by eating snacks that
resemble other animals. Price: $2.50
GIFT idea 6: For your goats that can read, put a sign on your livestock
trailer that reads, "This trailer only goes to goat shows -- never to
slaughter facilities or auctions." Price: $25
GIFT idea 7: If money is tight this year, you can always wait until you take
the Christmas tree down . . . most goats will enjoy it as an evergreen
holiday snack. Price: FREE!
GIFT idea 8: Edible Christmas cards -- decorated by your children -- are
perennial hits. Start with a flour tortilla wrapper. Price: $2.95
GIFT idea 9: For your goats that will never make it to the show ring -- go
to your local trophy shop and buy a "Reserve Champion of my Heart" trophy.
GIFT idea 10: (My Favorite) Rent a Santa Suit and allow your family to
bring the goats to you one at a time to "visit Santa." Give each one a hug
and a small peppermint candy cane. Caution, some of them will figure out
it's really you, so warn them not to tell the kids.
Merry Christmas and happy shopping!