As preppers, we want to be ready for what life throws at us – be it illness, off grid living environments or a TEOTWAWKI event. We want to ensure that our loved ones are cared for even in their darkest moments, and nothing says “I love you” quite like a prepper gift. So, without further ado, here are some gift ideas that will melt the hearts of any prepper out there.
Essential Oils Kit $20.00
This is the perfect gift to give the homesteader. Essential oils can be used for a wide variety of needs including soap making, tinctures, topicals, breathing treatments, and much more. Adding a few drops to a spray water bottle will help you naturally add a pleasing smell to your home too. Ensure that you get medicinal grade essential oils. I like Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils because they are certified organic and support the sustainability projects.
Titanium Escape Ring $70.00
Thinking of giving jewelry to your special someone? Why not make it practical gift. This titanium ring is equipped with a shim that can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, as well as a saw to can easily cut through zip-ties, rope and other non-metallic materials. This stainless steal tool is 2″x18″x1/64,” and reviews indicate it is unusually flexible. Give the gift that ensures your loved one can evade capture or saw your way out of a problem.
Kelly Kettle $79.00
This little 13 oz. stove is great for camping trips, used for your bug out gear or good for your off grid tools. The Kelly Kettle has a stainless steel base and is efficient in heating food and boiling water. For around twenty dollars more, you can get the complete Kelly Kettle kit.
Mason Jar Oil Lamps $25.00
I came across these in a forum one day and love how practical they are. If you are practicing a self sustainable lifestyle, then you must have an ample supply of mason jars lying around. The lamp lids fit a regular wide mouth canning jar and comes in a pack of 4. All that’s needed in some lamp wicks and a glass lamp chimney and you’re all set!
Pressure Cooker $210
One of my favorite gifts from my husband was a pressure cooker and I have put it to good use over the years! Not only can you use them for canning, but the food your prepare in them are so delicious and take half the time to cook as compared to other cooking methods. I highly recommend the All American pressure cookers, but I have also heard wonderful things about the Presto brand as well.
Heirloom Seed Kit $30
One year for Christmas gifts, I bought ceramic pots and had my kids decorate them for family members. Then, I added a homemade heirloom seed kit filled with the 10 easiest seeds to grow. My entire family put those seeds to good use and are still producing vegetables from them. Ensure that you buy heirloom seeds so that your family members can harvest their future seeds.
Prepper Books $10
There is some great prepper fiction books out there as well as non-fiction. Whether your favorite prepper is into economy, fiction, cookbooks, off grid living, there’s a book for them. Check out Amazon or Barnes and Noble for a complete list. Some of my favorite books I have on my shelf are:
- Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook by James Talmage Stevens
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (covers a wealth of information)
- Strategic Relocation by Joel Skousen
- The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington (shameless plug)
- The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why by manda Ripley
- How to Survive on Land and Sea by Frank Craighead
- The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
- The Prepper’s Pocketguide by Bernie Carr
- Patriot Dawn by Max Velocity
- Lights Out by David Crawford
Rolls of Coins
For those of you who have family members interested in wealth preservation, this is the gift for you. Roll up a stack of dimes, quarters or other valuable coins with some festive tissue paper and add it to your prepper’s stocking or place it under the tree. Coinflation has a list of valuable coins and how much they are currently worth. All you have to do is head down to your local coin dealer or visit JM Bullion, a leading online precious metals dealer and wrap up the gift that will never lose its purchasing power.
Homemade Family Album
What better way to show you care than to create a photo album of past family members, memorable events, etc. This is one of those gifts that takes time, but is very meaningful. With the strides in technology, you can easily print many of these past pictures from your computer. The cost is dependent on the album and the amount of photo paper your purchase. To go an extra mile, you could also download all the pictures on a flash drive. This will ensure that you have a back up of precious family photos in case you have to bug out.
Let’s not forget other noteworthy prepper gifts such as lifestraws, flashlights, multitools, survival knives (some of my favorites are from KA-BAR), water filtration systems, solar battery chargers, wheat grinders, and walkie talkies.
Not matter what type of prepper you are shopping for or what stage they are into with prepping, there is plenty of options available. To gather other ideas, check out the 52 Weeks to Preparedness which has 52 different lists of prep items you can gather ideas for. Happy shopping!
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Contributed by Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.
Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.