Holiday Preview of Old Iron Gift Ideas

Spread some holiday joy with these gift ideas perfect for any old iron fan on your list.

| December 2012

Spreading a little holiday joy? Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a special someone, you’ll find a great assortment of gift ideas here. Books, calendars and puzzles fill out this bag of goodies! Each is designed exclusively for one niche or another of the old iron hobby: You won’t find these gems anywhere else!

Puzzles & more

Need something to focus on during long winter evenings? Why not a classic tractor jigsaw puzzle? Fun for all ages and featuring an assortment of old iron, Putt-Putt Puzzles offer a different spin on a classic American pasttime. And for those of a “red” bent, a book capturing the best of International Harvester tractor ads from 1963 to 1984. More than 160 pages of full color IH ads sure to bring back memories!

Red Power: IH Tractor Ads 1963-1984, compiled by Tim Putt, 2012, The Herald Inc., and collectible tractor jigsaw puzzles, both available from selected retailers. Contact Putt-Putt Puzzles for more information. 

Digging in

Looking for a comprehensive book on crawlers and dozers? You can’t beat Classic Vintage Crawlers & Dozers, Vol. 2. Crawlers, wheel dozers, bulldozer blade manufacturers and attachments are all here. Terrific photos and vintage advertising trace the evolution of the bulldozer. Makes and models, horsepower, weights and more — like rarely seen historic photos.

Classic Vintage Crawlers & Dozers, Vol. 2, by Roger V. Amato & Donald J. Heimburger, 2011, Heimburger House Publishing Co., softcover 11 by 10 inches, full color, 256 pages, $36.95; Classic Vintage Crawlers and Dozers. 

Start ‘em out early

Shopping for a grandkid? Check out Little Rumely Man. Perfect for grades 3-6, this book invites children to consider where a dream might take them. Old iron rarely finds its way into children’s literature, but author Beth Douglass-Silcox has woven a charming and authentic tale (based on memories of her grandfather, a Rumely enthusiast) that any child will warm to. A fun book to share with the youngster on your list.