Holiday Gifts for the Prepper in Your Life

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First things first.  I want to go on record in saying that I despise the commercialism of the December holiday season.  And this year, in 2011?  Well let me just say that in my opinion, conspicuous consumption is not only disgusting, it is also disrespectful of the many families, single parents, and elderly that are barely scraping by.  Many are holed up in their homes, either unemployed or underemployed or simply lacking in the resources to purchase decent food and pay the utilities.

Accuse me of being a Grinch but I can not see using the holiday season as an annual, one time shot for proving that you love or care someone by showing them with an extravagant gift.  And most certainly, this is not the time to go in to debt.  Think about it:  once the wrappings are torn away, and the glitz of the season is over, those extravagant gifts are just an item on the shelf.  Put away and never used.

This year, why not scale back on the gifts?  Instead of an expensive gizmo, the latest whiz-bang gadget or a new sweater, how about something that will assist the prepper, soon-to-be-prepper, or wannabe prepper in meeting their family preparedness goals?

The following list includes items that I would welcome in my holiday stocking.  And not a one costs more than $100 with most being quite a bit less – like less than $25.  So go ahead and peruse the list.  Find something useful for that special someone and maybe pick up something for yourself as well.  The price is right.

Survival and Preparedness Books

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation

Price:  about $12

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster

Price: about $11

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients

Price:  about $16

How to Live on Wheat

Price:  about $12

Where There Is No Dentist This is a very useful book that is published by the Hesperian Foundation. It includes lots of drawings and is useful in teaching laymen how to recognize, treat, and prevent common dental and oral hygiene problems.

Price:  about $10

Survival Gear and Tools

Gerber 22-41120 Steadfast Knife, Fine Edge

Price:  about $38

Radians Remington Interchangeable 5 Lens Kit

Price:  about $20

Howard Leight R-03318 Leightning L3 Shooter’s Premium Earmuff

Price:  about $20

Uncle Mike’s Deluxe Range Bag

Price:  about $41

Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

Price:  about $9

AA and AAA Solar Battery Charger – Charge Your Batteries Via USB or Sun Power – Features Also Include a Battery Tester and USB Output for Charging Cell Phones, iPods/mp3s, and More

Price:  about $25

Kaito Portable Dynamo & Solar Powered Radio and Cell Phone Charger

Price:  less than $50

Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)

Price:  about $30

Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

Price:  about $38

Swedish Firesteel – Army Model

Price:  less than $15

550lb. Type III Paracord 100′ Black

Price:  less than $9.00

Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier

Price:  about $25

UCO Original Candle Lantern

Price:  about $16 in silver

Victorinox Swiss Army Champion Plus Pocket Knife

Price:  This model is about $32 – other models starting at $15

Cool Stuff for the Home:

Presto 1755 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner

Price:  about $65

Volcano II Collapsible Cook Stove

Price:  about $95

Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device

Price:  about $148

Food Saver

Price:  about $75

Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Price:  less than $20

Ove Gloves

Price:  $32 for two

Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator

Price:  about $60

The Final Word

When all is said and done, it is the spirit of the season that matters most when sharing your love and friendship with the important people in your life.  Giving of yourself is your most precious gift and that does not cost a cent.  I hope you will keep that in mind not only now, as you begin your holiday shopping, but also each month and each day of the months that follow.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some ideas to get you started.

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools M37-N SEAL Pup: This highly rated knife will do it all whether you are an avid hiker, hunter, camper, fisherman or just someone who wants to be prepared for whatever the world will throw at you.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: I think a common mistake is to pick up a cheap hatchet from Harbor Freight and call it a day. This is something you do not want to skimp on. A Fiskars is easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.

MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.

Square Foot Gardening: You do not need a lot of space to grow your own food. Start with some awesome greens and branch out from there. This method works. Seed catalogs will be out next month, why not start your planning now?

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers for Dried Dehydrated and Long Term Food Storage: Anytime you can get 50 Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for less than $20, make a grab – fast. Prices tend to fluctuate so even a set of 50 for $25 is a good deal. 


Holiday Gifts for the Prepper in Your Life — 5 Comments

  1. I don’t consider myself a Grinch either, but I 100% agree with you: the giving of ourselves is far more lasting and meaningful than simply giving another meaningless trinket of some sort or another.

    Just this past evening, while out for an evening walk with my wife, after commenting on how full we both were from that day’s Thanksgiving meal, we later talked a little about what we both believe the Christmas (or, if you prefer: the Holiday) Season really means to each of us. Ironically, we happened to pass a homeless man using the sidewalk in front of the local Goodwill store as a makeshift shelter spot. He had the requiste cardboard boxes and newspapers, along with a few other scavenged items that would serve as his home for that night. My wife and I just looked at one another as we passed him by, then silently walked over to the local convenience store. We picked up a few things for him: hot food, water, and a few candy bars. It wasn’t very much, but when we offered them to the man you would have thought we were giving him so much more. He seemed sincerely appreciative.

    Later, as we were walking home, I mentioned that I believe Christ didn’t only come to save our souls, but came to also teach us “how” to live our lives in the ways that are both good and right; ways which I personally, and far too often, find most hard to succeed in. I don’t know about you, but I believe with all my heart that today’s commercialism has absolutely nothing to do with the real spirit of The Christmas Season–or by whatever name one may choose to refer to it as.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Gaye. I found them to be very thought provoking.

  2. That was an awesome list! I can attest to the usefulness of “The Apartment Preppers Guide…”, it’s an awesome book! The pressure canner would definitely be the gift that keeps on giving, as would the Volcano Stove, which looks amazing! You can never go wrong with cast iron, either.
    I completely agree that Christmas has become a mad-house of trying to get the best, the newest, the most techie. The one thing that’s always bugged me is how little thought some folks put into gift giving. I say that, planning to give my family gift cards, but that’s because I know they would be better served by having the means to pick out what they need and want, not because I’m lazy. Shipping gifts 700 miles away is not an easy undertaking, nor is it cheap anymore.

    This was yet another thought-provoking post. Keep up the great work!

  3. Your post reminds me of something I realized this past week which is the extent to which the entire “Black Friday” shopping frenzy demonstrates the fact that a huge number of people in the U.S. are pursuing what I call “Dead End” lives. The term “Dead End” lives refers to many things but might be summed up by pointing out that in this age of mass communication/advertizing, millions of people in pursuit of some meaning to their lives and some sense of fulfillment are lead down myriad false paths. Thus people come to believe that “if only I had this ‘thing’, I’ll be happy”. How soon they forget that the last time they got the ‘thing’ guranteed to bring them happiness, it proved to be entirely transitory and that once the momentary thrill of ownership and use passed, they were left again with a feeling of emptiness. These “Dead Ends” aren’t limited to the acquisition of ‘things’. We fall victim to seeking happiness, inner peace, fulfillment and life meaning in a myriad of dead ends such as mere possession of piles of money, increased power and dominance, work “success”, relationships, children, etc.

    My wish for this season would be that more and more people awaken to the unseen signs on lifes road that read “Dead End” and that they turn off the t.v., put down the newspaper, infrequent the cell phone, the twitter account and yes, even the Internet and listen in the new found silence to the sounds around them of their families, friends, relatives and neighbors, (including the birds outside their windows). I would hope that in this new found silence, they would simply begin to learn how to listen and to begin to hear the reflection of their inner needs in the voices and sounds around them. Perhaps, if my wish were to come true, they might find in that listening a new curiosity about whats happening around them and then if my wildest dream were to come true, perhaps then they would be prompted to get off the couch, out of the computer desk chair and proceed to investigate these sounds in light of their new curiosity.

    If people could become aware of the Dead End paths that are out there and stop pursuing them, then perhaps they could start choosing paths that lead them to the open spaces of life and the society around them which would open their minds to a fresh understanding of the meaning of their lives in the context of their mortal existence in this world and the needs of the “others” they’ve never really noticed or listened to.

    So for your prepper wish list, I’d suggest one other category of items….BOOKS! Books written by those who have delved into the roads less traveled; Books written by people who were “seers”, philosophers, life coaches. Inspirational books; books about Martyrs, books about those called “Holy”; books about the Sacred; books about Meditation and Prayer and books about Prayer and Meditation; books about How To Reach Out and help others; books about caring and sharing, living and dying.

    Stop living Dead End Lives!

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