2016 Gifts For Preppers [Updated 10/16]
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 trying to find gifts for preppers, look no further. While there are always an infinite number of knives, packs and other trinkets in the industry, this short list of gifts was uniquely created for real people, that are truly on the journey to self sufficiency.
Best of all, there’s something at every price point! So without further ado, here you go:
Gifts Under $20
Sabre Red Pepper Spray: Even though some guys think pepper spray is strictly a “chick prep”, it’s not! Get this stuff. In many cases, it’s the best legal implement that you can use to protect yourself. Although it’s not a replacement for a firearm, it’s the perfect compliment. It’s small, it’s inexpensive, and incredibly effective at close distances. Great for warding off animal attacks as well. Don’t be too much of a “tough guy” to consider pepper spray in your preps!
Modern Homesteading: Rediscovering The American Dream: The message of this book is that anyone can homestead. Even if you live in the city, have a 9-5 job, are low on funds, or haven’t grown up with a tremendous amount of “hands-on” skill, there is still a version of homesteading that fits your situation. Written by the YouTube-famous “Wranglerstar” couple, this book gives readers an up close and personal look at exactly what their family went through in their journey towards self-sufficient homesteading. At the end of each chapter, there are also a few pages of what they call “Wisdom From the Journey”, as well as explanations of practical, hands-on skills. This creates the perfect balance between narrative and How-To. Extremely inspirational.
Water BOB: The Water BOB is a great prep for last minute water storage. With just a few minutes notice, the Water BOB can be deployed in your bathtub and filled with potable water. While you may not always have the luxury of a few extra minutes, it doesn’t hurt to keep one or 2 of these on hand for your bathtubs. Holds 100 gallons.
Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter: This inexpensive filter gets my award for versatility. Its threaded end allows it to screw directly on to a water bottle, hose bib, hot water heater and more. If that’s not what you’re looking for, it also works with your Camelback hose, gravity fed water storage bladders, and even has a straw attachment that allows you to drink directly from a river or other source of your choosing.
Gifts Under $50
Physical Silver: How about giving the gift that keeps on giving? This may be a little too boring for some people, but I loved it when my friend gave my little girl an ounce of silver for her 1st birthday. Precious metals have historically been one of the best investments out there. Period. And with ever increasing uncertainty in world markets, the gift of a silver coin or bar could be the perfect gateway to help a loved one make their foray into precious metals.
Cobra 800 Watt Car Inverter: A car inverter like this is inexpensive, and can power the critical components of your home while you have gas in your tank. Simply hook it to the battery terminals, and draw the wattage you need. The load is obviously limited, and as I say, you’re not going to be able to power a rock concert with it, but at 800 Watts, it will give you lights, radio, tv, computers, and possibly a microwave or refrigerator at least intermittently. Well worth it.
Growing Your Own Groceries Video Course: This course is not some pretty little, color-corrected, feel-good training. It’s not about growing ornamentals or making your yard look like something from Better Homes and Gardens. What it is however, is a raw and EXTREMELY real look at what it’s like to produce the calories your family needs. You’re going to see weeds, poop, and even a rabbit killed and butchered right before you on camera. I purchased this in the summer of 2015, and even as somebody who has gardened for multiple years and is a certified permaculture designer, I still got a lot out of it. Highly recommended.
Dark Angel Trauma Kit: Why not give the gift of saving a life this season? Dark Angel trauma kits were designed to do exactly that. Engineered out of 50 years of medical experience, 30 of which from active duty military experience, these kits have everything you need, and almost more importantly, NOTHING that you don’t. When it comes to stopping the bleeding and starting the breathing, you don’t need a 296-piece kit from China, you need quality, accessibility, and reliability. Kerry and the team at Dark Angel also offers training in dozens of locations a year. If you really want to help someone be prepared, take a look at their upcoming dates and locations for their classes.
Kershaw Cryo EDC Knife: If you have followed me for any length of time, you know well that I am not a knife snob (see this sermon for proof). Nevertheless, there is no denying the incredible utility of a knife, and it behooves everyone to have one on them. The Kershaw Cryo is the knife I have carried on me for over 2 years. It is inexpensive, really thin, really easy to open, and extremely durable. Yes, I know that there are a million other choices, and plenty of knife snobs out there to tell me that I’m wrong for carrying this, but I have loved it. See the entire family of Cryo knives, and thousands of other EDC knife options at Blade HQ.
Emberlit Stove: The Emberlit Stove makes an awesome prep (and a great piece of gear for trail enthusiasts too). Durable and lightweight, it’s completely collapsible, and can turn any fuel into a focused, controlled cookfire in it’s small firebox. So that could mean a fuel tablet, or sticks that you find laying around. Simply snap the pieces together, light your fire, and feed it from one side to the other.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead Manual: Looking to design your property (or next property) into a productive paradise? You will definitely want to check out The Resilient Farm and Homestead! Written by permaculture expert Ben Falk, this manual is chock full of advice to help you design and create your homestead or micro-homestead. In it you will find specific advice on:
- designing your property for maximum productivity
- growing rice in a small space
- the difference between being “green” and being a real producer
- chickens, ducks, rabbits and other livestock
- fuel wood
- medicine gardens
- simultaneously heating your home and your water with a woodstove (schematic diagram)
- so much more!!
Concealed Carry Permit Online: This is NOT recommended for somebody who is completely unfamiliar with firearms. However, if you have significant experience with firearms, and are simply wanting to get the piece of paper that allows you to legally carry your firearm concealed (like I was), this is a great way to go. Enrollment in these classes grants you access to video instruction, and the official test that you will need to take for certification. Upon successful completion of this test, you can print out and send the results to your issuing authority as proof of taking a class. Inexpensive, quick, and can be completed when it fits your schedule–any time of the day or night.
Encrypted Thumb Drive: This may be the “gift of gifts” for the true modern survivalist. In a world that runs on information, an encrypted thumb drive keeps yours safe and constantly at your fingertips. Information stored on these drives are encrypted, so that nobody’s going where nobody ain’t supposed to. 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
- Scans of Social Security Cards
- Medical records House title and mortgage info
Gifts Under $100
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus: 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:
- HAM radios
- GPS units
- Emergency beacons
- Cell phones
Mr. Heater 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!
1 Week of Emergency Food: Unlike most of the preparedness bloggers out there, I actually DON’T recommend that you load up on 6 months of the commercial dehydrated “food storage.” However, I do think it’s a good idea to have 1-2 weeks of these easy-to-prepare entrees per person. Why? They are PERFECT for your family’s bug out bags. Simply add hot water to the contents of the pouch, and you’re done. They are extremely light, and take up hardly any room in your bag.
$100+ Gifts For Preppers
SCOTTeVEST EDC Outerwear: For the preppers that are looking to up their EDC game, why not score them some Jason Bourne outerwear. That’s right, if you’re not familiar yet, Scottevest manufactures an entire line of jackets and vests made for covert EDC carry. Although they look simple enough from the outside, Scottevest products feature waterproofed interior pockets for storing your wallet, phone, concealable firearm, plus TONS of other EDC items. Check em out!
BioLite Stove: the BioLite stove is a thermoelectric camp stove that can be used to power USB connected devices while it’s warming your hands and cooking your food. The great thing about BioLite is that it doesn’t take any fancy fuel, it can be powered with just twigs and sticks that you find on the ground around you. No need to carry special tablets or canisters with you.
Chainsaw: Talk to someone who’s lived in a hurricane area for any length of time, and they will tell you that chainsaws are worth their weight in gold! But it’s not just hurricanes alone–any area that gets high winds is prone to falling trees, telephone poles, older structures, and more. Having a chainsaw isn’t just about making your yard pretty again. The ability to access emergency services, and for them to access you, is very literally the difference between life and death. Even if you don’t have any tall trees on your property, think about everybody that lives between you and where you need to go. If there are 14 logs crossing a road that you need to travel, you’re out of luck. Chainsaws are also the ultimate for clearing heavy brush and timber, or processing wood that will be used for heating.
The Flow Hive: The Flow Hive was introduced to the world in the Spring of 2014, and revolutionized the beekeeping world. This well-thought out hive allows the beekeeper to monitor the activity, health, and honey production of the hive without disturbing them. And even better, it also allows you to extract honey by the turn of a “tap.” No more smokers, spinners, mess, and all day honey ventures. See the video of how it works here.
Big Berkey Water Filter: The Berkey line of water filters are legendary for their ability to filter out all kinds of impurities and toxins. My wife and I got ours at the beginning of 2015, and have used it for everything since then. In addition to getting our drinking water from it, we’ve used it to make ice, to make baby bottles, in cooking, watering the dog and more! Our household has 2 adults and 2 small children, and we end up filling it roughly every 2 days. If your household is any bigger, I would definitely recommend getting the next size up, which is the Royal Berkey.
The Original “Gunbox” Biometric Safe: As a responsible firearms owner, few things are more important than how you secure your firearm when it’s not in use. The Gunbox biometric safe allows you to conveniently store your handgun, in a way that is still quickly accessible if needed. With the scan of your finger, the safe opens and your firearm can be deployed.
The Excalibur Dehydrator: This puppy isn’t cheap, but it is by far the Rolls Royce of food dehydrators. Quick and even drying, it can handle vegetables, herbs, or meat. It can also be used to dry pasta, make yogurt, cheese, dry nuts, or raise bread. If you are serious about food preservation, this is a quintessential tool in your toolbox.
Designed To Sell: How about the gift of helping someone on their journey to produce their own income? We know that in order to be truly self sufficient, you need to be in control of your finances–saving, budgeting, and EARNING. This unconventional guide by Chris Guillebeau was created to do exactly that. Leaded with case studies, and backed by a100% “no questions asked” $5,000 minimum income guarantee, this is the end all, be all guide for any creator–writer, crafter, builder, designer, photographer, and more. Make 2016 a different kind of year.
Schumacher Portable Power Station XP2260: This unique car prep runs a little over $100 and includes:
- A jump starter
- Air compressor
- 2 DC outlets (cigarette lighter jacks)
- 2 AC outlets (3-pronged wall outlets)
- An emergency light
- USB charging port
- and more!
A unit like this is one of the best preps you could possibly have in your car. I got this one specifically for my wife’s car, but I plan on having one in mine as well. It can save your butt in a multitude of ways, and it can also help you be the hero for others as well (who doesn’t want to be a knight in shining armor?).
Just For Fun
Zombie Detection Alert: Are you ready for the undead? There’s nothing like a little reminder to keep you on your toes. No prepper’s office is complete without this puppy! Aslo great for the garage, the shop, or heck–if you’re salty enough, say it loud and put this thing in the front room!
Dynamite Fire Starters: Start your fires in style! This “box o dynamite” should get the job done nicely. Looks awesome on the hearth, and one “stick” will burn long enough to make sure your fire is roaring.
Tactical Bacon: Blowing up bad guys takes energy, so stack the cards in your favor with this breakfast of champs. A few cans of this should fit the bill nicely. Open and serve (hint: Sharing is annoying. Think-6 is 1 and 3 is none. You know the drill).
Public Toilet Survival Kit: When your stomach is rumbling and Val’s truck stop is the only thing around for 100 miles, you know what you have to do. Thankfully, Archie’s Public Toilet Survival Kit has your back(side). Keep this puppy handy, and dig yourself 1 less latrine!
Tactical Grilling Apron: Get your tactical on even harder with this gnarly apron. This mollified wonder is the perfect housing for your instruments of battle… and the grill. Being an operator isn’t easy, but it’s your life.