The holiday season may bring about blustery weather, but it can also bring around some great online deals to take advantage of.
This is the best time of year to write up a wishlist of items that you would love to add to your preparedness supplies. Moreover, look for gifts that compliment a prepper’s existing preps.
To make it easy, we made a list and checked it twice to ensure this is the ultimate gift-giving guide for all the preppers on your shopping list.
1. The Tactician
Preppers and survivalists who are focusing on tactical type preps are looking for gifts that aid in protecting their loved ones. What better way to say thank you than with some of these gifts?
Every tactician needs a good EDC bag. What I like most about this bag is the sheer durability of it. It’s made of tough water resistant web-reinforced Nylon construction and loaded with MOLLE loops, velcro straps, D-Rings. The thick padding on both sides of main compartment is great at protecting its contents. Moreover, it’s padded shoulder straps will provide some added support when carrying heavy objects. My favorite aspect of this bag is there is a Velcro holder included.
Communication is key in a shtf situation and these walkie talkies can provide the entire group with emergency comms. Bao Feng is a time-tested brand for two-way radios and has good quality in range and battery power. Each radio has an earpiece and a 1500mAh Li-ion battery. Further, the radios give low voltage alerts and have intelligent charging.
No tactician should be without a good gun case. This bag is well made, heavy duty and has lots of pockets and storage space for extra magazines and all your range gear. This case has the capacity to hold an AR along with 2 .9mm handguns, 5-30 round mags and 2 20rd mags loaded, as well as your other range gear, such as ear headphones, protective eye gear, tactical gloves, targets, tools and any field cleaning kit to support all firearms on the range.
Does anyone else want to do the caveman grunt when they see this? What a prepper gift this would make! At 15.75 inches, the SOG Specialty Tomahawk is the ultimate tool in versatility. It can be used for breaching operations, excavation, obstacle removal, extraction, self-protection and other utility applications. According to reviewers, this tomahawk will go through cinder blocks, bricks, and can even be slammed through a truck hood. Are you doing the caveman grunt yet?
Max Velocity, a former special operations forces (SOF) and security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan does not disappoint in this security tactical manual. His emphasis on tactics and strategy that any laymen can do is what sets this tactical book apart from the others. It’s in-depth, informative and must-have for your survival library.
2. The Outdoorsmen
Many of us who view nature as a form of religion. There is something about the great outdoors that enlightens and renews a weary spirit. For the outdoor adventurer, what better way to celebrate their joy for the outdoors than with some gifts that gets them outdoors.
Looking for lost baubles and treasures is the epic adventure. This is a great starter metal detector that has different settings and discrimination circuitry used to tell the difference between the various metals helping you to avoid digging up junk like soda can pull tabs which are everywhere. Earphones or headphones will raise the user’s chance of success by blocking noises that might cause some of the more subtle indicator sounds to be missed.
This alternative cooking source is made of solid construction (stainless steel or aluminum), is extremely fuel efficient and uses only naturally occurring fuels such as sticks, pine cones, birch bark, dry grass, biomass briquettes, etc. The Kelly Kettle is ideal because of its light weight and is environmentally friendly. Many hikers and campers love this product. Read my review of it here.
We’ve done all the research on this hiking boot, all you have to do is get the size for ordering. This rugged hiking boot is made of waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex, boasts a waterproof bootie, has a gusseted tongue to lock out debris and reduces ankle strain. Tip: Consider going a half-size up to accommodate for socks with more cushion.
This stainless steel multitool is one of the most popular on the market and one of my favorite prepper tools. It’s packed with tools and, on a personal note, I carry mine everywhere! This multitool allows you to grab the most common tools without carrying a tool box around.
This fully equipped zombie slayer is the whole package. It comes with 4-16″ bolts, detach quiver, 3 red dot sights, a padded sling and rope cocker, and extra string. Additionally, it has great safety features such as an anti-dry fire trigger mechanism and thumb guard. At less than 5 pounds, this compact crossbow is great for hunting.
This reel is designed for outdoorsmen on the move. It’s a perfect size for tucking in your luggage, backpacking or just keeping handy under the car seat. Minispin System features include: Ultralight MS-S500T reel with smooth, ball bearing drive, multi-disc drag, fast 5.1 to 1 retrieve, GyroSpin® balancing and Twist Buster® line twist reduction, matching 4 1/2 foot, five-piece ultralight rod for 2-6 pound test lines, 1/16 to 1/4 ounce lures, and an ultra-compact hard case with built-in tackle compartments.
3. The Strategist
There is no “one-size-fits-all” prepper strategy. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you are flexible when a shtf scenario comes along. What better way to prepare for this, than to train using mental strategy.
Games are the easiest way to get you and your prepper group together to flex your mental muscle. Make sure you put some of these under the Christmas tree.
This game puts you in the middle of the aftermath of a global super flu. The wilderness is ravaged by raiders; there are resources to be found, but you have to overcome challenges to get them. You can use them to gain an edge in an encounter, but need to have a certain amount to win the game. Your mission is to scout settlements that may serve as a safe haven for your survival group. This game helps you begin thinking like a prepper and teaches you shtf strategy.
The Prepper’s Blueprint, by Tess Pennington
This best-seller is a must-have for your prepper library. Each chapter uses real-life scenarios to help the reader prepare for any disaster. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Prepper’s Blueprint coaches the reader to make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and essential supply lists.
I’m not a huge video gamer, but my husband plays it along with friends who communicate, coordinate and strategize. The game is intense and helps you simulate a war-environemt where you are spotting and reacting to targets. Perhaps, more importantly, helps you learn to communicate with team members.
(Available for Xbox, 360, Xbox 1, PS3, PS4)
Careful, paint ball gaming is highly addictive and you won’t want to stop. Paint ball guns are a great way for the prepper group to go out and strategize, communicate and work together as a team. This is a great was to learn and practice basic weapons tactics, as well. Typically, you will need to purchase a mask and a paintball marker.
Also, according to GraywolfSurvival.com, you can also get set up to shoot less lethal chili pepper filled ballsthat you can use for defending your home or bug out location as part of your escalation of force plan.
A worse-case scenario is having to defend yourself against an attacker. If you aren’t prepared for this, chances are you could succumb to a dire fate. MMA (mixed martial arts) is one of the best ways to prepare for this type of scenario. Why MMA for shtf training? I believe this is one of the best self defense practices because it teaches you how to grapple, how to defend yourself and, ultimately, will improve your reflexes and power.
This card game is all strategy and mental preparedness. Conflicted is a card game played by multiple participants where you read scenarios and have to answer how you would deal with the situation. The game teaches you how to barter, negotiate and helps you boost your leadership skills.
This game also teaches groups their survival philosophy your camp will have after the collapse and why that philosophy is important.
4. The Homesteader
Tap into modern homesteading and take your steps toward achieving self-sufficiency with some of these great products.
Being able to smoke your own meats is a great way to preserve mass amounts of meat. This sturdy charcoal box has 784 square inches of total smoking area and can hold up to 100 lbs of meat at one time. The dual doors is designed for heat control and minimizes heat loss while adding wood chips throughout the smoking process.
Ever want to try your hand at beekeeping? Having a constant supply of honey to be used as a sugar replacement and can even be used medicinally. This kit gives you everything (except the bees) to work a hive. The kit includes all the beekeeping supplies, easy lift hives high quality wood, plus all the tools you’ll need to get started: bee veil, gloves, smoker and fuel, hive tool. This is a great kit for beginners.
The Lodge Cast Iron 5-piece set features the most needed cast iron cookware pieces for your kitchen. Cast iron is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. This pre-seasoned cookware is ready-to-use right out of the box. This is the gift that will keep on giving!
As preppers, we know that alternative cooking sources are a must-have for our preps. This cooking grate can be used in the fireplace, or used outdoors. The solid steel construction provides lasting use and the adjustable cooking height from 5 inch – 14 inch is great for convenience. When not in use, the cooking grate can fold flat for storage.
I love this garden caddy! Every garden wants a one-stop caddy to get everything you need while gardening. The caddy fits a 5-gallon bucket (not included) – and every preppers a few of these laying around. The durable, easy-to-clean canvas construction offers lasting value. All you need are some tools and your gardener is ready to go!
Using a essential oil diffuser adds environment wellness to the home. The pleasant aromas will help family members relax. This state-of-the-art ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser uses ultrasonic vibrations to create instant relaxation. The diffuses provides 6 soothing color lights to choose and can be used as a ultrasonic humidifier. For safety, there is even a timer with an auto-shut off when water level is low. Don’t forget to add a beginner set of therapeutic essential oils.
To conclude, regardless of if your prepper is a tactician, an outdoorsmen or a homesteader, these are all great practical gifts to give for Christmas this year. Happy shopping!