The All-Purpose Gift Guide for the Prepper in Your Life – The 2021 Edition

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The holidays are upon us once again and we’ve got loads of gift ideas for you! Although this list is geared towards gifts for preppers, non-preppers will enjoy them, too. And it may just nudge them to start their own prepping journey.

But don’t limit yourself to the holidays. This list is great for gift-giving all year. Save it so you can find it easily when you need ideas!

pile of wrapped gifts for preppersA gift to help you prep a little bit every day

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Survival Mom 2022 Prepping Calendar. In its fourth year now, people begin contacting us in July and August wanting to know if we have plans for the next year’s calendar!

Yes, it’s very popular!

Each month you get 15-20 prepping tips and easy To Do tasks to help you prep a little bit more in areas like food storage, organization, stocking emergency kits, family activities, and even a Book of the Month.

This calendar is available in a digital format you can download immediately for the price of ten bucks. Print it out or email it to a printing store like Office Depot, and you’ll have a calendar you can post and use anywhere.

For its full effect, though, I opt for the wall calendar itself. It’s gorgeous in full-color with beautiful photographs, space for notes, and an inspiring quote each month. It’s printed on heavy-duty cardstock and makes a fantastic gift.

Gifts for Preppers Who Want to Stay Warm and Keep Cool

Preppers understand the importance of alternative sources of heating and cooling. Here are a couple of great options I use and recommend.

Electronic, Rechargeable Hand Warmers

This is the gift I gave myself. Seriously. Because I experience Raynauds Phenomenon, I’ve always kept a stock of chemical hand warmers available but rarely did I need to use them until the energy was spent. I disliked the waste. With electronic, rechargeable hand warmers, I have warmth when I want it and an off button when I don’t. I use this one and love, love, love it. It’s part of my Everyday Carry three seasons of the year.

Since it charges up via a USB connection, you can easily get it powered up from any USB port, including one on a solar device like this one on a Luci solar lantern.

Even if your prepper doesn’t have Raynaud’s, this hand heater is the bomb.

Treva 10-Inch Portable Desktop Air Circulation Battery Fan

These desktop battery fans are big enough to cool a single person, yet small enough to be portable. As long as you don’t expect it to move the volume of air that say, a box fan, moves, these cool quite satisfactorily. Two people sitting close together could use one, but I think they’re better suited to one per person. Besides being a handy source of moving, cool air, they are perfect for hot flashes and a quick cool-down after a workout.

Caring for Health and Well-being

A little bit of self-care and a little bit of health care. Here are prepper gift ideas for both.

WAPI

WAPI stands for Water Pasteurization Indicator. This neat little reusable thermometer is tiny, effective, and a great addition to your water purification preps. It allows the user to know for sure when the water has reached a high enough temperature to be safe to drink. The WAPI makes a great addition to any emergency kit, and therefore a great gift for preppers, and it’s a must if you live in an area with frequent boil notices. Hikers and campers will love it if they ever rely on purifying water from natural sources.

G95 Gear

Built-in air filtration protection that melds function and fashion AND is washable and reusable? Yes, please! They offer gaiters, scarfs, zippered hoodies, and pullovers. Read about their filtration tech and view their product line here. This is a handy item to keep in the car if you live in wildfire country as well as to have on hand whenever a face mask is required or you’re just taking precautions.

If you never wear a face mask, the G95 products are still very useful on winter days when there is a lot of air pollution.

All-purpose Peppermint Soap

Dr. Bronner’s is always a great choice! This brand has the advantage of being useful for multiple purposes. Mix it at different concentrations and you can use it for things like shampoo, laundry, all-purpose cleaning, and dishes. That’s in addition to hand soap and facial cleanser!

Gift a bottle of this soap with a pretty dispenser for the kitchen or bathroom for a practical gift that will be used year-round.

Dryer Balls

Fed up with the offending scent of even unscented dryer sheets, I hunted for an alternative. I’d never heard of these before but I won’t go back to dryer sheets. Ever. I even converted my husband and son. I gift these to preppers and non-preppers alike. These are the ones I use, and they’ll have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands.

Soapnuts

Dryer balls last for years. Once you have a set, you don’t need to buy dryer sheets again. Soapnuts don’t last nearly that long, but they are an all-natural, easily portable alternative to “regular” laundry detergent. Both the soapnuts and dryer balls are perfect for someone who wants to live a more natural, chemical-free lifestyle.

Lume Deodorant

Okay, I have to admit that I wouldn’t be exactly thrilled to open a beautifully wrapped box to find deodorant, but if you’re thinking of putting together a gift of toiletry items (bath bombs, oils, etc.), Lume Deodorant is a great fit. Why? Because it’s truly an all-natural product, containing no aluminum and is water-based. Perfect for the natural-living person on your gift list.

Lume comes in plenty of fragrances and forms, including individual packets so you can smell awesome no matter what — and what could possibly be a more apocalypse-ready gift than that??

Gifts for Power Outages and Off-Grid Uses

It’s when the power goes out or when we’re off-grid that we realize how much we take for granted. These gifts for preppers help prepare for those times. Add a super-soft fleece blanket to any of these gifts for an even prettier and more festive presentation.

Heat Powered Stove Fan

This gadget is especially handy when the power goes out if you use a wood stove or fireplace for heat.  If your wood stove doesn’t have a blower, then it’s equally useful to improve heat circulation efficiency any other day. Our woodstove does have an electric-powered built-in fan, so this heat-powered stove fan is part of our cold-weather power outage kit. 

UVPaqlite

Rechargeable glow sticks. Do I have your attention? These glow sticks recharge by absorbing any light including sunlight, ambient light, flashlight, etc. The brighter the light is, the faster they recharge. They’re not meant to replace flashlights or lanterns, though, so don’t expect that. They provide more of an ambient light. It’s a great stocking stuffer and gift for kids.

The Luci Light

This little, lightweight, inflatable solar lantern stores flat in a bug-out bag or emergency kit and takes just a few seconds to inflate and use. Survival Mom used these during Hurricane Harvey as reading lights on a couple of dark mornings. These collapsible solar lanterns are beloved by so many Survival Mom readers, and it would be hard to have too many! This article goes into detail of all the different and creative ways the Luci light can be used.

Emergency Light Bulbs

These self-charging emergency light bulbs automatically turn on when the power fails. They make a handy handheld flashlight or a 24-hour guide light that’s always charged. They may not be the most glamorous gift you could ever give, but just one nighttime power outage, and everyone will be grateful!

EasyPower™ USB Rechargeable AA Batteries

They look like a battery. They work like a battery. But flip their top and you discover they’re charged via a USB port. At about 500 charges per battery, these USB rechargeable AA batteries can save a lot of dough on batteries. If you include the 4-port charger and a second set of batteries, too, your prepper will always have a set ready to roll.

QuadraPro Solar Power Bank with Wireless & Dual USB Charging

This solar power bank generates an impressive 5.5W of electricity directly from sunlight but can also be charged via USB. It charges devices, resists water, has built-in magnets to attach it to vehicles for charging, and loops to hang it from a backpack while hiking. Great for replenishing those USB rechargeable items. This one is on my wish list.

Prepper Gifts for the Cook, the Foodie, and the Person Who Just Likes to Eat

AeroGarden Black Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden 

Is any list of gifts for preppers complete without a method to grow some kind of food? This indoor hydroponic garden kit includes seeds for Genovese basil, Thai basil, parsley, dill, thyme, and mint. However, you can grow veggies, too. Not to worry if your prepper doesn’t have a green thumb. The control panel alerts you to water and feeding conditions. It even controls the lights!

After giving this as a gift and owning one myself, they definitely work and can produce massive amounts of herbs, in particular. Plus, it’s just very pretty to have a flourishing garden growing inside your home! TIP: This product is very often on sale throughout the year, including Black Friday sales.

Knork Flatware

It may sound strange to recommend as a gift forks, knives, and spoons, but if you’ve ever used Knork flatware, you know it’s not ordinary flatware. Survival Mom loves the very solid, quality feel of Knork. She and her family have used them for several years. In fact, both of her kids now have complete sets in their “hope chests”, waiting for the time they finally move out!

Bonus: the design of the fork allows it to be used as a knife as well.

The All-American Sun Oven

Here’s another cooking method, but this one has no fuel other than the sun. With a solar oven, the oven’s design and the sun do all the work, leaving you free for other activities. Survival Mom has used and recommends the All American Sun Oven. It’s considered to be one of the best solar cookers on the market for cooking food and sanitizing water, and you can read her tips for using it here.

Give A New Hobby

It’s a hobby and a skill all rolled into one, and every prepper understands the importance of skills.

Some Handy Tools

Preppers love tools. They love multi-purpose tools even more.

HEROCLIP Carabiner Clip and Hook

This carabiner clip and hook can hang all kinds of stuff in all kinds of places. Different sizes hold different weights. I can think of a dozen uses for these without breaking a sweat and since they come in different colors, you can find ways to use a color-coding system for their uses. They’re also on my wish list.

HydroStop Lightweight Dry Bag

This Dry Bag keeps your prepper’s important stuff dry, no matter what they have to do. It’s lightweight but can handle anything from a downpour to submersion. Honestly, every vehicle kit and even diaper bag should have one of these inside!

Prepper Gifts For the Pet Lovers

We can’t forget about our furry friends. If you’re searching for gifts for preppers who are also pet lovers, consider these ideas.

Ultimate Cat Pak Pet Emergency Kit & Carrier

It’s an emergency kit and carrier for your feline friends that you carry like a duffel or wear like a backpack, making it hands-free. This kit includes food and water with collapsible bowls, litter and scoop with waste disposal bags and collapsible litterbox, a slip lead, and a first aid kit. A cat toy is even included for good measure.

Dog Pak Pet Emergency Kit

And for dog lovers, there’s also a canine version. Unlike the cat kit above, this backpack only carries the supplies, not the dog. There’s one for big dogs and small dogs.

A Gift for the Prepper Who Has Everything

We all have that person who is super challenging to buy gifts for. Well, how about a waterproof, windproof, and fuel-free lighter?

The Tesla Outdoor Waterproof Dual Arc Plasma Lighter looks like an ordinary cigarette lighter but when you press the large button on the side, you get some sort of electrical surge, just a tiny one, and can use it to start a fire. It doesn’t use any type of fuel but, instead, is charged using a USB cord (included). There’s no actual flame and no smoke, just a very cool pink/purple charge.

It’s excellent for the person who has everything, has been everywhere, and is just pretty much hard to buy for.

P.S. Need gift ideas for the young people in your life? Check out our 2021 gift guide for kids for great ideas in music, fitness, art, gardening, survival skills, and more. But maybe not in ways you’d typically expect. Take a look!

What are some of your ideas for gifts for preppers?

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Renee Russell

Renee is a writer, reader, and avid watcher of disaster flicks. She lives on the west coast with her family where they're all preparing for their own disaster reality show--The Big One--to occur.

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