12 Awesome Gift ideas for Survivalists & Preppers

So what do you get the prepper who has everything?

If you’ve found that your significant other or good friend has been going on for some time about things like “vacuum-sealed” or “freeze-dried” foods, “threat assessments” and “Bug Out Bags”. You’re fairly certain they’re a prepper, but not positive. And with the gift-giving holiday coming up, you have no idea what to get them.

Well, No worries. I can help.

There are a few lists out there: prepper gifts for birthdays, prepper gifts for Christmas, prepper gifts for the End of the World. They all seem to contain the same old stuff: paracord, lots, and lots of paracord. Rambo-style “Survival” knives, emergency blankets, fishing kits, and reflective mirrors. I’m willing to bet your sweetie or friend has spools of paracord already, and all that other stuff too.

I’ve curated my list of things your prepper probably doesn’t have, but desperately needs, with tender loving care to fit a variety of dollar amounts, as well as trying to find that sweet spot of “totally usable” and “I don’t have that yet”.

The Best Prepper Gift List for 2016

Boy Scout Handbook

The motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared”, so there’s already a kind of spiritual kinship between the Scouts and your prepper regardless of his or her scouting experience, or their views on the BSA. I suspect most any prepper would smile thumbing through this reproduction of the vintage handbook, and even find some useful tips and resonating ideas to make use of.

Universal Portable Urinal

This handy little item is shaped to make it easy for someone of either gender to take a discreet whiz in clean comfort. Perfect for the gobag or the family kit of the prepper who knows someone who might one day need to think about the unthinkable – doing #1 in a place besides the potty.

Maybe the potty doesn’t flush, or maybe there just isn’t a potty around. And it’d be gross if they just went in the corner, wouldn’t it? See, isn’t prepping fun?

Blastmatch

For starting fires, nothing really beats the gold old Bic lighter. If you start to prep yourself definitely buy a handful of the smaller ones for a buck and place them among your various preps; I promise your intended gift-receiver has done this already. But they may also have a backup fire starter, and more often than not it’s the crappy block of magnesium that you scrape shavings off of.

This is a frustrating piece of gear, and no one who loves a prepper would ever buy such a thing of them. Enter the BlastMatch! This little wonder throws sparks in a blizzard or a windstorm in a world where a normal exhale is enough to send magnesium shavings scattering on the wind. I love the BlastMatch.

Carabiner 4GB Jumpdrive

This is for your prepper’s gobag, that trophy piece of gear they’ve refined and spent money over like a ’57 Chevy. Most preppers forget or neglect to put copies of important documents in their gobag, so with this gift, you’re really just making that easier. You can put scanned or digital copies on this jump drive that looks like a carabiner, and then you can use it as an -actual- carabiner. Pretty sweet.

EX Officio Undies

I’ve written about my love for these little wonders in a prior post. Enough said; they’re great underwear to have on an expedition to the Himalayas, or during the end of the world as we know it.

Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger

In a Hurricane Sandy-like disaster, who rules Bartertown? The people with functioning battery-operated devices, that’s who. Your prepper can use this little wonder to end naturally or small-person-imposed embargoes of energy in most any disaster. It comes with a few rechargeable batteries to get you going, but stocking up on those would be a good idea. After the initial investment, you have free power.

It comes with a few rechargeable batteries to get you going, but stocking up on those would be a good idea. After the initial investment, you have free power. Now who rule Bartertown?

Victorinox Swisscard Lite

I carry one of these in my cash clip, after having ditched the wallet. It’s a pretty sweet way of having some basic tools at your disposal in a minimum of space. Of course, you won’t be swapping out NASCAR tires or welding through plate steel with this thing, but you’d be surprised at how comforting it is to know you have all these tools in your back pocket. Literally.

Doom and Bloom Book

I took the EMT class to compliment the CERT work I’d been doing. It didn’t seem like a small amount of training at the time, but after that, even that small amount of training made me “the expert” on medical emergencies in almost any group I happened to find myself in.

You’d figure the announcement “Is there anyone with medical training on this train?” would bring ER nurses, old family docs, and former combat medics out of the woodwork on a commuter train. This is not true, at all, and if your prepper has had any medical training at all beyond “don’t stick a wallet in his mouth during a seizure”, he or she will likely be the Medic of their survival band when things go sideways.

Which brings me to this book. This amazing book. It’s the only book out there written expressly for the survival group, for the person who will find themselves in charge of the group’s medical well being. Even if it’s just a girl with CPR training and the right attitude, this book helps you assume the role of “medical officer” when the shit hits the fan.

It’s no a repurposed medical manual for missionaries or a field surgery guide, but practical advice and procedure drawn up by medical professionals to help your prepper take care of people in the event dialing 911 is not an option. And if your prepper doesn’t have any medical training? Shame them into getting some with this book. Or keep it for when that trauma surgeon wanders into your compound.

And if your prepper doesn’t have any medical training? Shame them into getting some with this book. Or keep it for when that trauma surgeon wanders into your compound.

Maxpedition FR-1 Pouch

Go to your prepper and ask “do you have a durable ditty for your fire kit?” No doubt they’ll do a double take at your carefree use of jargon. This is not an obscene question, nor is it a joke; it’s prepper-code for “do you have a tough bag or case for the materials you store in your gobag to start fires with?”

The thing is, your prepper probably has a kit of some kind, fire starting supplies, ammo, medical gear, that needs a tough pouch to separate it from all the other crap in the bag. A pouch that can be stuffed deep down, or lashed to the outside of a Molle bag, or put in a cargo pocket all with equal ease. This is the pouch for you, and the perfect gift.

Icebreaker 150 Baselayer XL

Imagine a material that kept you super warm in the fall and winter, cool in the summer, wicked sweat away, never smelled no matter how long you wore it, and worked to do all of the above even when wet. Now imagine this is not some superhero’s costume, but something you could buy your prepper today.

This top ( above in XL, but of course they make other sizes ) is an invaluable bit of gear, light and strong and functional, it’s the kind of thing that has so much value, but your prepper probably has nothing like it. You can get bottoms as well, and in different weights than their 150 “light” variety. Icebreaker wool base layer fabrics are worth the cost; you get what you pay for. Here, you get a superhero’s top.

Doxycycline Hyclate Powder

The perfect gift for when you, er I mean your fish, has pneumonia. Or Lyme disease. Or anthrax. This might seem ridiculous, but your prepper will instantly forgive all your strange looks or instant shut-downs of pleas to buy yet-another-GD-rifle-and-what-do-you-need-another-rifle-for-anyway? As a bonus, buy the empty capsules as well; I hear straight doxycycline hyclate powder does -not- taste like sugar. No prescription needed!

Night Owl Optics Digital Night Vision Monocular

Nothing says “I love you” like affordable late-generation night vision optics. At the top of our spectrum of prepper gifts for the prepper, we have Night Owl monocular, affordable, portable, rugged, and well-received on the ratings front. When the power’s out, and no lights are on, who wins?

The person with night vision wins, every single time. You want your prepper to win, right? Are you unsure of or have a mistrust of monoculars? There’s a saying I fall back on in times of fear and doubt – “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” This is twice as true for the one-eyed king with night

he person with night vision wins, every single time. You want your prepper to win, right? Are you unsure of or have a mistrust of monoculars? There’s a saying I fall back on in times of fear and doubt – “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” This is twice as true for the one-eyed king with night vision when the lights are out

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