Prepper and Survival Gifts – Holiday Shopping Ideas for 2019

It is hard enough to find the right Christmas present for the important people in your life. What do you get the person who is interested in preparedness, survival or just yearns for a bunker in the basement? We’ve put some good, useful suggestions together below, broken down by price point. We’ve found deals, whenever possible, to help you maximize your gift giving dollars and most of our recommendations are less than $100.

$25.00 or less

Just be glad you didn’t get a lump of coal….again

 The Smiths Pack Pal Tinder Maker is the perfect stocking stuffer. It looks like a mini-cheese grater, but is actually an easy way to turn found wood into easy to light tinder for emergency fire starting.

The Covert Escape Nickel Coin Compass looks just like pocket change, but is actually the modern interpretation of a WWII “spy gadget” given to commandos as part of their escape kits. If you hang it by a thread, the head of the coin will always point north.

The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 3rd Edition is one of the better “catch all” books on disaster preparedness that we’ve found. This would be a good pick for a family member or neighbor who is interested in preparedness, but needs some direction and a friendly nudge to get started.

The Reliance Luggable Loo is somewhere between a useful item and a gag gift. But, it is really a gift that could prevent some serious gagging if the water gets shut off for a while. When not in use, fill it with toilet paper, trash bags and such to be a useful sanitation storage station. Or, if you can’t resist the gag gift, put the supplies in the bottom half of the five gallon bucket, cover them with a food grade liner and then fill the top part of the bucket with caramel popcorn. Toiletcorn….Yum!

The Zippo All In One Kit comes with the lighter, fluid and flints. It is both classy and a great little fire starting kit. The Zippo will likely become the Unofficial Lighter of the Apocalypse as they last almost forever with a minimal amount of love.

Maxpedition E.D.C. Pocket OrganizerThe Maxpedition E.D.C. Pocket Organizer is a great way to organize “every day carry” items for work or to put together a small survival or pocket-sized get home kit. There is also a smaller version: Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer and a larger version: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer of this item, as well. If you aren’t sure which one to pick, the original E.D.C version is a good size for cargo pants pockets, the Mini is more coat pocket-sized and the Fatty is at home in a pack or laptop bag.

 A Nalgene 32oz Water Bottle could become a good, but useful little gift basket. You could fill it with  King Leo Soft Peppermints for the seasonal sweet tooth or add an assortment of small items, like a keychain flashlight, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, etc for a workplace survival kit. The Nalgene is also one of the few water bottles I’ve ever owned that never leaks.


$50.00 or less

Better than fruitcake

Survival GrillThe Char-Broil Tabletop Grill is the same one we use in our Preparedness Recipes. It is inexpensive and heats evenly. It runs on the common green propane cylinders. When not in use, the legs fold out-of-the-way for easy storage.

  A Maxpedition Ferox Folding Knife would be a good choice for an inexpensive everyday carry knife that could get lost or damaged. In our article on affordable folders, it came out as one of our all around favorites in the tests.

 The Emberlit Stove burns pieces of found wood, like sticks and twigs, and comes apart to pack flat. It allows someone to boil water or cook a hot meal almost anywhere in the outdoors.

The Nitecore MT2A is a solid, multimode LED flashlight that runs on two common AA batteries. It has Low, Medium, High and Turbo brightness levels and can run for upto fifty hours on the lowest setting, in addition to being waterproof.

  Something like the GTE LugStrong Lug Wrench should be in the trunk of every car. When you or or loved one gets a flat tire and no one is around to help, or worse, you’re afraid that someone might, this is the tool that will quickly get the old tire off and the new one on. They are also about fifty times easier to use than the factory tools that may or may not be in the trunk.

Less Than $100.00

Someone really loves you….or is scared of what you know

TriunePen Aion Innovation has a really cool Triune Pen that also functions a a fire piston. This is a type of firestarter that is hand powered and does not use any kind of fuel, beyond a bit of tinder and compressed air. It is a really sharp looking aluminum pen that comes in a few different colors and can break glass in emergencies.

MSR MiniWorks EX MicrofilterThe MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter turns dirty water into something that you can drink and not die of dysentery like your spouse always did when I played the Oregon Trail computer game as a kid. If I’d of had one of these in my wagon, there is no telling how many digital family members I could have saved. But, it uses a filter than you can clean, so it will last a long time, is easy to pump and screws to the top of a Nalgene bottle, so you can actually use it with just two hands.

MSR Meal BucketMountain House is often the standard to which all other freeze dried meals are compared. So, why not set up the survivalist in your life with a bucket of pouch meals that have a 30 year shelf life. I’ve personally eaten some of these that were about a dozen years old and they tasted just fine.

550LB Military 7 Strand Nylon Paracord Rope Spool - 1000 FeetNothing says “I get that you are an outdoors nut” like a A Whole Spool of Paracord. This is, without a doubt, some of the best rope ever devised by man. It has been made into bracelets, can be used to hold up emergency shelter, lash together a bridge and about a million other things. A full 1000 foot roll would truly be an unexpected surprise and is a good option for “the person who has everything”.

The Nesco FD-75A Food Dehydrator will turn fruit into tasty gravel pieces that kids will eat as a healthy snack without complaining (mine sure do). It also gives you a way to make your own beef jerky, which is just amazing and cheaper than what the grocery store charges for a small bag. You are not just getting them a kitchen gadget, you are buying them an endless pile of their own custom jerky.

More Than $100.00

You were really, really good this year.

BadBoysAxe If there is an outdoorsman in your life, consider the Council Tool Premium Bad Boys Axe.  This is the high-end version of the common chopping tool that is made in the USA.

SigRomeo5 If they are a “Gun Guy” or you are lucky enough to have a “Gun Girl”, then consider the Romeo5 Red Dot sight. It can be a nice upgrade to a number of different firearms, including the AR-15, and is just a solid optic.

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