Bargain-Basement Survival Gifts — Thoughtful, yet oh so…
- A roll of bright colored duck tape. The new “designer” duck tapes are fun, too, although my favorite brand is Gorilla Glue tape.
- A flint fire starter and a bundle of fat wood. This would be a thoughtful gift during any winter month. As an alternative, put together a bundle of these fire straws.
- A pouch or two or three of their favorite freeze-dried fruit. Thrive Life sells sample sizes.
- Life Straw — Everybody’s favorite portable water purifier.
- All-purpose peppermint soap – Dr. Bronner’s is always a great choice! This brand has the advantage of being useful for multiple purposes, including shampoo!
- An emergency blanket, light stick, and hand warmers. (Simple emergency kit.)
- A bundle of paracord and this book
- LED emergency flashlight and nightlight combo
- Emergency food bars (put one in every stocking at Christmas!)
- A pretty compost keeper for the kitchen
- A simple vehicle emergency kit containing a brightly colored vest and flares.
For the book lover
- Survival Mom — My all-purpose, 300+ page handbook for everyone.
- One Second After by William Forstchen (REVIEW)
- Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Parnelle (REVIE
- Lights Out by David Crawford
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly (REVIEW)
- Check out all my recommended titles here and list of reviews.
For the pet lover
- An emergency kit for cats
- Or…one for dogs
For the beginning prepper
- A copy of Survival Mom!
- An emergency bucket of Mountain House meals. This brand of entrees consistently gets top marks in taste tests.
- A library of preparedness books, both hard copies and ebook versions
- Solar lantern. I love this one and this one.
- Canning Starter Kit and a manual for beginners.
- A couple ounces of junk silver (pre-1965 dimes, quarters, half dollars). I like to buy mine from either a local coin store or Provident Metals.
- Custom vehicle emergency kit (see this list)
- An LED headlamp
- Leatherman multi-tool
- MREs — These are fun for anyone who has never had the experience!
- Hand-crank, solar-powered emergency radio
For the Extreme Prepper
- The HERC tea light oven
- The Sun Oven
- A selection of essential oils from a reputable company such as Young Living, Eden’s Garden, or DoTerra
- A good holster, such as the Flashbang or these sexy holsters (many designed for men don’t work well for women)
- A laminating machine, possibly the one from Purple Cow
- Anything from this list (23 Ultimate survival gifts for the person who has everything)
For Survival Kids
- Their own Everyday Carry Kit
- “Grow Your Own Mushrooms” kit
- A wilderness survival kit
- The Little Sun Solar Powered LED Lamp. Kids can wear it around their necks.
- A Kid’s Herb Book and a few herbs to get started growing
- Martial arts classes
- Backyard chickens! (You’d be the coolest parents ever!!)
- Freeze-dried ice cream (always fun!)
- Sock and glove liners to keep extremities cozy in the winter
- AeroGarden — These things really work and are a beautiful, living source of fresh herbs and produce.
Practical gifts may not be the most popular (video games! music! gift cards! toys!), but that doesn’t mean they aren’t appreciated. You might be surprised by how many newlyweds are really happy to receive an earthquake/tornado / [insert disaster here] preparedness kit instead of another place setting for the china they will never use. Some people are even happy to receive them for anniversaries but tread with care there. A Sun Oven might be appreciated, but a new vacuum probably won’t be, even if it is a “sweeper” that doesn’t use any electricity.