Whether you’re looking for a birthday present or one for the holidays, a prepping gift should definitely be on your list, whether or not the person receiving it preps or not. Much better to give them something useful than something they’ll throw in the back of the closet and never use.
If your list is anything like mine, you’ve got more than few people that make finding the perfect gift difficult. We’ve made it easy for you by rounding up some of the best survival and prepping gift ideas and putting them into categories according to the role or interests of those on your shopping list.
First and foremost on anyone’s gift list is of course Mom. Here are some great survival gift ideas for mom whether for Christmas, her birthday, or Mother’s Day:
The Emergency Weather Radio with Flashlight and Power Bank is a handy little device that uses triple A batteries but in a pinch it can be charged using the power of the sun or by hand cranking it. With this great gift idea mom has instant access to NOAA weather updates, a flashlight or reading light if she’s stuck waiting in the dark, and a power bank with USB to charge her cell phone.
First Aid Kit-150 pieces by Protect Life shatters myths about pre-packaged first aid kits by including many quality items that mom will need to take care of cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries. The kit includes the standard first aid items as well as several bonus items like a rain poncho and an emergency whistle. There’s also room for Mom to beef up this kit by adding some single dose medications, like Benadryl, ibuprofen, or an EpiPen yet it’s still compact enough to go in the glove compartment or a backpack.
Next on the gift giving list is Dad. Reward dad for working hard to provide for the family by giving him the tools he needs to keep everyone safe. Here are some great survival gift ideas for holiday giving, Father’s Day, or Dad’s next birthday:
Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet by Gerber makes a great holiday or birthday gift for dad if he doesn’t already have one. The 3.5” blade allows for easy portability but still cuts with precision. The rubber grip is designed to be ergonomic and non-slip in dry or wet weather. Comes complete with a nylon sheath that resists mildew and includes belt loops to make carrying this little hatchet for a hike, fishing, camping or even just working in the yard, a no brainer for dad.
4-in-1 Emergency Utility Shutoff Tool by SurvivalKitsOnline gives Dad the confidence that he can shut off the gas and water quickly and easily in order to protect the family and help prevent further damage to the home during any kind of power outage or disaster situation.
For Elementary Age or Grandkids
Give your elementary age kids or grandkids confidence that they can ward off stranger danger, call for help, or find their way back if they get separated on a hike, camping trip, or family outing with these gift ideas.
Wrist Lanyard with Emergency Whistle by HEIMDALL is great for young kids and older kids who may find themselves needing to signal for help. These sturdy whistles are made from high impact plastic, are waterproof, and emit a whistle loud enough to be heard from a distance. They come on a lanyard designed to be worn around the wrist or attached to a backpack, belt loop, or life jacket which makes them great for a wide range of outdoor activities.
Survival Bracelet Watch is a great gift for anyone elementary age and up. It comes complete with an emergency whistle, compass, thermometer and other features to help your child stay safe. It’s great for kids to wear every day because it has a sturdy clip to prevent it from getting lost and it’s a really cool looking watch that any kid will be thrilled to wear.
Personal Alarm and LED Light by Beegod This is a personal alarm and tiny flashlight to give young kids the tools to call for help when needed. It uses button batteries and has both a wrist strap and clip to hang from purse, backpack, etc. Comes in a wide variety of cool colors including a cute little ladybug design that young girls will love. Easy to use, simply pull the pin and the audible alarm goes off and continues until the pin is replaced.
Prepper Pete Prepares Series is a great introductory series about what being prepared means and some of the concepts about prepping that are important to understand.
For Middle School Kids
As kids get into middle school they inevitably spend more and more time away from parental supervision. The gift ideas below will help your middle school child travel safely and give you a little peace of mind when they are out of your sight.
Energizer Weatherready Crank Flashlight hooks easily to a belt loop or purse strap using the built-in carabineer. Just a couple of cranks provides nearly instant light during a power outage, while walking to/from a friend’s house, the library, or even just walking the dog in the evening. While you’re at it, get one to keep in the door of your car or in the kitchen junk drawer and never worry about dead batteries in your flashlight again.
Tactical Survival Bracelet by Atomic Bear makes a great survival gift idea for middle school age kids. It comes complete with not only a decent amount of 550 paracord but also a whistle, fire starter, compass, and emergency knife. While they may not be able to wear it to school, it’s a comfortable bracelet for kids to wear any other time in case of emergency.
Mini Pocket Pen Fishing Pole is a great gift for kids of different ages. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day but teach him to fish and you feed him for life”. This handy device comes with bait, hooks, bobbers, fishing wire and an aluminum alloy reel. It’s not the Taj mahal of poles but it will help your kid feed himself if he’s ever stuck outdoors for any length of time.
High School Kids
Being a parent of high school kids is tough enough without worrying whether they will be safe when they are away from your supervision. One thing that can help make giving them their independence a bit easier is knowing they have some items with them to help them take action and keep themselves safe when you’re not there to do it. Here are some great survival gift ideas for your high school age student to have handy for everyday emergencies or a major emergency:
UZI Defender Tactical Pen and Glass Breaker make a great gift for high school age students, especially those that have just started driving or regularly riding as a passenger with other new drivers. Not only will your high school student always have a pen on hand for homework but they’ll be prepared to break a window if they are ever trapped in a sinking car or even a smoke-filled classroom with windows that don’t open easily.
10-in-1 Emergency Survival Kit by Eachway makes a great holiday stocking stuffer or birthday gift for your high school student. Complete with an emergency whistle, compass, fire starter, tactical pen, and knife flashlight, this little kit in the bottom of your student’s backpack or purse gives you the peace of mind that they have what they need if an emergency happens when they’re away from home.
A survival fishing kit makes a great gift for the high school student who loves to fish. It’s a small, compact kit that they can throw in the bottom of their backpack or even in a pants or jacket pocket. High school kids often make spontaneous decisions with friends to take a hike, go fishing, etc. Having this kit and the knowledge to craft a pole from natural materials, means they can fish just about whenever the urge or needs strikes without having to go home for equipment first.
Ahh those college students. They’re off to spread their wings and try on what’s it’s like to be independent. Many times, they can be hundreds of miles from home for most of the year. Here are some great gift ideas to help them stay safe in emergency situations until they can make it home or you can get to them:
Paracord Survival Belt by RattlerStrap includes over eighty feet of 550 paracord and is great for college students. The easily adjustable fit is perfect for the changing waistline of college students which means they never have to be without it.
Maxpedition Medical Pouch has a clamshell design to open fully making it easy to access contents quickly. Outside bungee strap is great for securing a rain jacket, flashlight, or any other item that might be needed for the hike across campus.
Auto Emergency Kit by Bridgestone is handy little emergency auto kit that will give you peace of mind if your college student breaks down on the highway hundreds of miles from home. Add a can or two of fix a flat, some emergency Mylar blankets, energy bars, and emergency water packets for added peace of mind. Keep in mind you may have to remind your student the kit is in the car when their first instinct is to call you to come rescue them!
We all know that getting older is hard. Even active grandparents don’t see or hear as well and many times grandma or grandpa isn’t hip to the latest technology or internet news. If they are still independent and living on their own, here are some gift ideas to make sure they have the basics during a power outage or other emergency.
Emergency Weather Radio and Flashlight by RunningSnail makes a great gift for grandma or grandpa and gives you a little peace of mind. When the power goes out, this handy little gadget is simple but packed with features that will keep grandma and grandpa safe until help arrives. It comes with a flashlight, weather band radio, and port to charge a cell phone. Compact, lightweight, and works right out of the box.
Urgent Response Medical Alert Device by GreatCall clips to a keychain, purse, or backpack. If grandma or grandpa need urgent medical help they can hold the button down for just five seconds to bypass LiveNurse advice from registered nurses and be connected directly with 911 in the United States. No landline required and no monthly fee involved. It does rely on cell towers so it’s great for everyday emergencies but probably won’t function in a major disaster where cell towers are out or jammed.
We all have that one person on our gift list who doesn’t leave the house unless everything about their outfit matches or consists of the most popular brand name or designer clothes. These folks are tough to shop for but we love them anyhow. Here are some safe suggestions for the fashionista in your life:
Go Water Filter Bottle by LifeStraw makes a great gift for the fashionista on your holiday gift list. Lightweight and available in a range of fabulous colors but still capable of filtering icky bacteria and protozoa from freshwater sources while hiking or camping.
Emergency Safety Hammer and Seatbelt Cutter is a great gift for the Fashionista on your gift list. It comes in a fashion-tastic shade of pink and includes a power bank, seatbelt cutter, personal alarm, and a window glass breaker. Give yourself peace of mind knowing the fashionista in your life at least has the basics for protection whether she shows it off or hide it in her purse or backpack.
If you need a gift idea for your neighbor who still has his head in the sand when it comes to prepping, here are some suggestions that can help him pull his head out of the sand and ease him into being more prepared for emergencies:
Four Pack LED Camping Lanterns these are battery operated but with running time of 72 hours to nearly ten days, they make a great little gift for that non-prepping neighbor. These lanterns are great for routine tasks such as tent camping, working at night in the garage, or finishing the last bits of a deck or yard project after dark. Your non-prepper neighbor will get used to having portable light for routine tasks and will turn to this little light for the next power outage.
Survival Seeds Playing Cards are a great gift for that neighbor that isn’t quite ready to admit that prepping is needed but who has some interest in gardening. Tons of information about gardening packed into this card deck.
The Ultimate Guide to Old-Fashioned Country Skills by Abigail R. Gehring is a handy book for homesteaders and suburbanites alike that provides useful tips and step-by-step instructions on a variety of topics such as preserving food, creating a vegetable garden, making soap, farm mechanics, crop rotation, natural medicine, barn building, foraging, soil, fertilization, and irrigation, and much more. The perfect gift for any homesteader.
The Steadfast Hunter
Single or Double Nylon Hammock by Wise Owl Outfitters makes a great survival gift for the steadfast hunter who is bound and determined not to come home without meat for dinner or for the freezer. This handy hammock is easy to hang, won’t damage the trees, and holds up to 400 pounds which makes it perfect for hunters of all shapes and sizes to catch some Z’s until the prey are active again.
Stainless Steel Hunting Knife with Accessories by CDS-Survival is a great little hunting knife that comes complete with a leather sheath designed for multiple positioning. It also includes a fire steel and sharpening stone. With a full tang, good weight, and comfortable grip, it comes in handy for cleaning fish, splitting, chopping, or batoning wood. A great gift for any hunting enthusiast.
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival is a great book written by Dave Canterbury, a survivalist expert and former co-star of Dual Survival reality show. It’s a great gift for the steadfast hunter who can use more information on the 5 C’s of Combustion, Cordage, Cover, Container, and Cutting. This book includes a clearly illustrated knot section as well as gear maintenance, repair, and even Dave’s personal preferences for survival gear.
If you’re lucky enough to have a gun enthusiast as part of your list of loved ones, you also know how hard it is to buy for someone who loves guns. Unless you ask them for a detailed list of which guns and other accessories they have or don’t have, you run the risk of buying something they’ll never use. So here are our suggestions for the gun enthusiast on your gift list:
Homemade Guns and Homemade Ammo by Ronald B. Brown is a great information packed book for the gun enthusiast on your list. Rated 5 stars by at least one gunsmith, it includes DIY designs for several different types of guns as well as information on gun safety, chemistry, and history.
2nd Amendment Eagle Tattoo T Shirt is a funny t-shirt for the gun enthusiast. It lists gun as second to air on the survival needs list. Something just about any gun enthusiast will be proud to wear.
Non-GMO Seed Pack by Patriot Seeds is a great gift for homesteaders, especially those new to homesteading, because they understand the importance of saving seeds for long-term survival but may not have any stored just yet. These seeds are non-GMO and come already packed and sealed for long-term storage.
100 Books on Backyard Chickens by GeekaMedia is a multimedia CD jam packed with 100 books about how to raise backyard chickens. It includes designs for building chicken coops. Every homesteader either has chickens or has considered them as a source of eggs, meat, and even to help fertilize the homestead garden.
Breeding Backyard Rabbits on CD by GeekaMedia is another great survival gift for the homesteader on your gift list. This awesome CD comes packed with 15 books and 36 different guides and rabbit hutch plans. Rabbits can be a great source of meat to supplement a long-term survival diet. They require very little space overall and are fairly low maintenance. Great for the homestead beginner who is thinking of adding rabbits!
Fishing is one of the favorite pastimes for many people in America and around the globe. When it comes to survival, fishing is also one of the easiest methods for catching dinner when you are stranded outdoors unexpectedly. As long as you can locate a freshwater source and have fishing supplies available, you can have a decent meal in a short period of time. Here are our suggestions for the fishing fans on your shopping list:
Folding Hand Saw by SHINE HAI is a great survival gift for the fishing fanatic on your shopping list. Most fishermen like to travel light, especially if heading to a pond where they have to park and hike into the woods. This handy folding saw is compact enough to fit into a backpack or pocket, it’s razor sharp, but convenient to carry and easy to use. It’s a great tool to have on hand for removing branches or for any type of cutting task that may crop up on a fishing trip, especially one that lasts overnight or several days.
Multi-Tool Set by Jeep makes a great gift for that fishing fan on your gift list. Complete with adjustable screwdriver, pliers, wrench, saw, and utility knife it’s a great backup tool to have on hand for any fisherman.
Did we miss anyone on your survival gift and prepping gift list for this year? Can you think of any great gifts we didn’t mention for one of the categories above? Let us know in the comments. With the increase in natural disasters and terrorist attacks this year, it makes sense to get started on filling your shopping list early this year.
Born and raised in NE Ohio, with early memories that include grandpa teaching her to bait a hook and watching her mom, aunts, and grandmothers garden, sew, and can food, Megan is a true farm girl at heart.
For Megan, the 2003 blackout, the events of 911, and the increasing frequency of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, spurred a desire to be more prepared for whatever may come along. Soon to be living off-grid, this mother of four and grandmother of nine grandsons and one granddaughter, is learning everything she can about preparedness, basic survival, and self-sufficient homesteading. She is passionate about sharing that knowledge so that others can be increasingly prepared to protect their families.