7 Gifts for Preppers – The Holiday Season

update: Check out the most recent guide to Holiday Gifts for Preppers here

To give is more blessed than receive, right?

…or is it?

Well, no matter which side of the equation you’re on, if you’re looking for gift ideas for preppers, look no further.

While there are an infinite number of gadgets out there, these 7 preps are perfectly suited for the real, Daily Prepper. Best of all, there’s something at every price point.

1) Goal Zero Portable Solar Solutions

If you haven’t seen these guys yet, you owe yourself a look. Goal Zero makes a wide assortment of solar panels and storage batteries that are perfect for the prepper in your life. From small and portable kits for your bug out bag, to emergency home backup systems like the Yeti 1250, there’s a solution that makes sense for every situation. Perfect for:

  • Flashlights
  • HAM radios
  • GPS units
  • Emergency beacons
  • Cell phones
  • iPods
  • Laptops

2) IronKey Secure Flash Drives

This may be the “gift of gifts” for the Modern Survivalist. In a world that runs on information, the IronKey keeps yours safe and constantly at your fingertips. Information stored on the IronKey is protected by military grade encryption, so that nobody’s going where nobody ain’t supposed to.

Their aluminum casing is waterproof, as well as fire and shock resistant. Best of all, they hook right on your keychain as part of your EDC, so you’re never far from it.

Perfect for the storage and quick access of:

  • Birth certificates
  • CC info
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Insurance documents
  • Passwords
  • Scans of Social Security Cards
  • Medical records House title and mortgage info

3) Books

What prepper’s life is complete without a bookshelf full of good reads. This Christmas, stuff your prepper’s stocking
with a good book or two. Here are a couple that I’ve especially enjoyed this year:

The Pulse, by Scott Williams–This post-apocalyptic novel chronicles the journey of a father and daughter trying to reunite after a massive EMP (electromagnetic pulse).

Think “One Second After” meets “Dove.”

Emergency, by Neil Strauss–No matter how long you’ve been prepping or why you started, every prepper has a back story of events prompting and inspiring their actions. In Emergency, Neil Strauss shares his journey from tenderfoot to hard shell, colored with his edgy (but real) flavor.

Although this puppy came out in 2009, it still received plenty of attention from me this year (and is actually out on loan getting some more love from a friend at the moment!).

Prepper’s Home Defense, by Jim Cobb–The complete plan for operational security and physical defense. With over 20 years of experience as an investigator, security professional, survivalst and writer, Jim combines his loves in this book by teaching you how to create a secure perimeter, safe rooms, hidden caches and more.


4) Hydropack Emergency Sports Drink

In practically all survival situations, hydration quickly becomes a top priority. Hydropack gives preppers the ability to gather an electrolyte-rich, purified sports drink from even the filthiest of mud puddles. Simply leave a Hydropack in the water overnight, and retrieve the next day. No boiling, filtering or other purification needed!

5) “Buddy” Indoor-Safe Propane Heater

For millions of people living in the Northern Hemisphere, proper protection from the elements is the difference between sleeping comfortably and hypothermia–every single night.

Give yourself a backup plan with the Buddy, by Mr. Heater. This indoor-safe portable heating solution runs on simple propane cans. Perfect for vehicles too!

6) SOL Escape Bivy

In compiling your bug out bag, nothing is as important as protection from the elements. In plain terms, this means 2 things: clothing and shelter. Get your bug out bag started off right by including the heavy duty, reusable Escape Bivy by SOL. This puppy boasts a durable construction and breathable fabric (so water vapor doesn’t condense on the inside). Configured like a mummy bag wit ha convenient side zipper and cinchable hood.

7) Prepare My Life Planner

Quite simply, the Prepare My Life Planner is your blueprint for family preparedness. Everything you need to help your family formulate an emergency plan, including:

  • communications protocol
  • reconvening
  • securing your home
  • utility shutoff
  • establish bug in/bug out protocol
  • create a grab and go list
  • store maps of bug out locations
  • originals or copies of physical documents
  • much more!

Keep it all organized with the Prepare My Life Planner. This bad boy will do for your disaster plan and physical documents what IronKey does for your digital information. And if needed, they are easy to grab on the way out the door.

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