I’m a planner by nature; my gift-giving list is usually complete by the end of October. But when it comes to thoughtful gift-giving, my husband seems a little…how can I say this… last-minute? What I mean is, he doesn’t know how much I love gifts that take thought, time, and planning—or that aren’t strictly necessities. “Survival Mom” mentality is all about prioritizing, and because we prioritize, we moms tend to put ourselves last. So, to help our special somebodies balance the practical and the sentimental—and to give them ample time—here’s what this Survival Mom really wants for Christmas:
1) An indoor herb garden. I live in the Midwest. Even though I watered the heck out of my first herb garden attempt, all that work baked in the 106-degree summer. The leaves dehydrated on the plants. If I get one of those starter gardens with a few culinary herbs, I might just be motivated to add to it. And if my own little sprouts would plant it, water, it and love it until Christmas, it would be that much sweeter!
2) Sock and glove liners, something moisture-wicking, toasty, and extra soft, please. If anything could make me feel spoiled in a no-electricity, Heartland ice storm, it would be this thoughtful addition.
3) A solar charger for my Kindle/old school cell phone. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You’re convinced that when the SHTF, cell phones will not be functional. That’s possible. But I’ve loaded my basic Kindle with learning games, a TEOTWAWKI library, the Bible, some age-appropriate books for my kids, and tons of classic literature (did I mention I’m a reading junkie?). Most of it was FREE. I’m looking into downloading maps and other valuable resources, too. Slap it in a Faraday cage and voila! It’s the Alexandrian library at my fingertips, PLUS a renewable power source to access it. (Okay, so I added Sudoku puzzles and digital poker. Don’t judge me.)
4) “Miss Concealed”—I never imagined concealed carry could be this flattering! I’ve always had REALLY conspicuous curves. Now I know why. It’s a natural “shelf” to hide the fact that I am my children’s armed bodyguard! Seriously, ladies. If you’re toting that pistol in your purse like I am, check out the website for this amazing contraption. You just might add it to your list, too.
5) Our family tree—Even if it just means copying and laminating Grandma’s research, a hard copy in my survival binder would be such a special addition. Let the kids help decorate and you’ve got a sure winner. You can make your own family tree for free at Family Search.
6) Homemade Christmas ornaments—They don’t have to be fancy, just a reminder of how blessed we are for when reminders are scarce.
7) A pre-paid Visa gift card. What! A Survival Mom can’t have a secret? Honestly, in a home where every dollar has a purpose and even a trip to the bathroom doesn’t guarantee privacy, a tiny private splurge can be great for the spirit. (Honey, if you’re reading, this is only thoughtful if you also help the kids make a homemade gift. Just sayin’.)
8) A hand-crank apple peeler. I put off buying a slap-chopper because it wasn’t necessary. Now I have two because it means the kids can help. And after almost losing a finger canning pears this fall, I’ve concluded it would be money well spent.
9) A can sorter/rotator—Picture a six-year-old with her nose pressed up against a brightly-lit display window on Christmas Eve, begging, praying, virtually salivating over that most-coveted toy. That’s me yearning for this. It’s not a necessity. Pre-fabricated units are not in my budget. You Tube is replete with detailed plans for building them, while I am mathematically challenged and power-tool ignorant. My husband, on the other hand….
10) Reusable canning lids. Because I’m both stockpiling and gift-giving, the reusable variety hasn’t seemed like a good investment. But it’s new to me, and it intrigues me. It’s this Survival Mom’s equivalent to the iPhone 4: it looks really cool, but I’ll probably never get to play with one.
That’s it for me. What “Survival Mom” items have you had your eye on that you’d never buy yourself? Save up for? Cut out and tape to your husband’s steering wheel? (That really does work, in case you’re wondering.) Feel free to post your ideas. I still have a birthday and anniversary coming up.
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