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Black Friday Blues? 40 Ideas for the Prepper Gift Giver

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November 26th, 2012
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by Amanda Warren

The blinds are down. The doors are bolted. You slept in. You still bask in the euphoria of a pleasant evening with friends, family, and grateful feasting. Maybe you even helped others.

Congratulations – you had a great Thanksgiving! And you didn’t cave to the pressure to freeze in the cold night, suspend empathy and stampede your fellow man, pregnant woman*, child, old lady, disabled veteran, for overpriced made-in-China trinkets.

So you’re indoors, away from¬†Black Friday’s most dangerous zombies¬†– these ones can¬†run! –¬†and maybe wondering what you could give your loved ones that circumvents the mainstream fishies’ way of life. There’s still a pressure to get the coolest gadget and maybe you’ve gotten or made handcrafted gifts that seemed chintzy and cheap. Ever notice how¬†thrilled¬†people are when someone has donated to a charity in the recipient’s name? Not so much.

I could kick myself, because, again, I put stock in consumerism to show a token of friendship with gifts. I bought bulk organic makeup for my non-prepper friends –¬†it wasn’t¬†– it claimed it was from the Amazon with clay –¬†it wasn’t¬†– and I wasted money for foreign crap thinking it was a better way through the season. And I felt like a cheap snob. I quit!

I mean, I really want to walk away from it all, no matter how difficult. Isn’t it too late to be yearning for things that won’t matter in the upcoming months concerning the times we live in? Too late to condone the 5-sense way of life with fake money? If I give a gift it will be one they can actually use to prepare for the future, or a gift that includes making a memory.

My father inspired me with his new hobby of making birdhouses and what some call “junk art.” People have offered him money for it – now there’s a thought. Instead of watching TV he used his spare time to do something he enjoyed, that others will later enjoy.

Here are some gift ideas for your friends that will be there when the time is right and that your non-prepping friends and family won’t spit on (mostly):

Things that are storable, but do not take up too much space:

Things that aren’t things:

  • Coffee and dessert at home
  • Create a video with a favorite song and pictures for the backdrop
  • Local music or event
  • Farmers market trip
  • Work on a project together – see all ideas above
  • Take a cooking or meal prep class
  • Try something new together
  • Refinish something
  • Write something
  • Repairs
  • Host a movie night with a meaningful movie (Like¬†They Live!¬†Kidding)
  • Shooting range time, or Women in the Outdoors and Project Appleseed events
  • Grab a friend and both do something for someone else together – do you know how many elderly are completely alone? Go on a mission to find them.
  • Just visit

Use any type of skill, gift or talent to contribute to another person – it shouldn’t go unappreciated. Giving gifts isn’t the only Love Language.

Anything that involves not buying prepackaged garbage and does not support overseas money or economic gobblers here. Your family “who doesn’t get it” might roll their eyes, but wouldn’t they be grateful later? ¬†You think about their well being enough already, you can show it without actually showing what you’re doing. And if people have the gall to scoff at those thoughtful gifts, then maybe ask Santa for new friends.

Please add your own in the comment section below!

*True story:¬†I know a young girl who was 7 months pregnant out on Black Friday who got slammed and toppled over by a ruffian and she had to go to the hospital for early contractions! The older man did not help her but instead shouted “Iss not my fault! I didn’t do that! Y’all saw it – you can’t sue me!” Then everyone blamed her for going out. Wait a second, shouldn’t a pregnant woman be able to¬†shop¬†without the fear of losing her baby? But, as for me: PASS.

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  • Brandt Hardin

    Is nothing sacred? This week proved the holidays have slipped away from the general public and been completely bastardized by Big Business. The traditional meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas both have been diluted by mass consumerism. Read more about the War on the Holidays and American Values being waged from the buildings of Wall Street at where one Turkey gets his revenge for encroaching on Thanksgiving this year!

  • daisy liddell

    Cool! I guess, I would still go for the “things that aren’t things” list. Bonding ideas are still priceless. Thanks for sharing!

  • Red Scare

    Glad to see silver on the list. I do think some type of quality knife or multitool should have been mentioned as well.

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