Instead of the latest useless gadget this year, why not get some emergency preparedness gifts for your loved one? Here are a list of items that are guaranteed to be on your preppers wish list!
- Paracord Bracelets
- Emergency Fire Starter
- Can opener
- Water Proof Matches
- Water bottle with purification tabs
- or a really awesome water bottle with filter
- survival whistle
- emergency poncho
- tactical flashlight
- Walkie Talkies
- Emergency Radio
- Survival Knife
- Glow Sticks
Instead of putting them in a traditional stocking, I think it would be cute (and more useful) if Santa had a Bug Out Bag hanging in its usual place with all of the above in it!
Preppers Wish List Going Bigger:
- Canning Supplies (Tammy has some great money saving advice on canning supplies)
- Pressure Cooker (not electric)
- Cast iron pans
- Campstove (don’t forget the fuel)
- First Aid Kits
- Car emergency packs (Costco had a really nice one for $29 the other day)
- Sleeping Bag
- Fishing Gear
- Hunting Gear
- Emergency Toilet (could be a good gag gift that is REALLY appreciated someday)
- 100 hour candles
Going REALLY Big:
- Rain Barrels (check Craigslist for people that deliver in your area and only buy food grade & pressure washed)
- Solar panels
- Big Berkey Water Filter
- Sun Oven
- Big Buddy Propane Heater
- Hand grain mill
Free DIY Prepper Gifts
- Family Information Form
- Emergency Contact Roster (utility companies, RedCross, etc.)
The most important prep we can have in my opinion is close relationships with friends, family, neighbors and loved ones. Take the opportunity this Christmas to reach out and connect with people. Maybe plan a spring camping trip, or offer to volunteer teaching skills you have, make a date to have some friends over to work on canning and food storage, or even set a date to go thrift store rummaging after the holidays. Remember: the greatest gift we can give is ourselves!
Great lists! I really like the way you broke them down by price point. One interesting thing about maps. I recently sent away to all fifty states for the official tourist package hoping to get a map for that state. I got a map free of charge (sometimes two) from all but 14 states.
That is awesome about the map tip. I had no idea. Did you do it by email or snail mail?
I did it all online. I just went to http://www.heyitsfree.net/2009/01/29/free-state-maps-travel-guides/ and followed the links. There was a few I had to go to the DOT of that state for but, the heyitsfree site tells you most of the details. It’s says it’s a 2009 post but he updated in August 2012. It took me a little time on the computer but if you have auto-fill it helps, plus it’s a fun thing for kids to do.
That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing the link. I will put that on my list for after the holidays and update my Map Prepping post to include the info
My adult kids are getting 4 person bug-out bags for their families. Except my oldest daughter. She says she has it well in hand. Lives in Connecticut and has weathered 2 hurricanes now, so feels she has their bug-out as well as bug-in, down pat.
My husband made me 2 paracord bracelets. He also made our toddler one too and she loves it 🙂
Mike the Gardener
Great lists! I have been checking out Goal Zero’s solar generator … I would love a sun based back up to my existing gas based generator.