Christmas is around corner and Jay and me got together to look for some good gift ideas for you. This Survivalist Gift Guide has some gifts for new preppers or non survivalists as well. Giving non survivalists box of lighters for Christmas might be a bit awkward so book is obviously better choice. We tried to balance what is useful and what is fun and also added some crazy gifts.
Many more expensive products in this guide are “survival luxury items”. Nice to have and will make heart of every survivalist jump, but not really necessary because cheaper item can get the job done as well. It all depends on who you give gift to.
A new prepper who has very limited budget will be more happy about $30 machete, $30 first aid kit, $50 ham radio than one high quality $110 solar charger. This is much different for seasoned prepper with bigger budget of course. Simply because of other priorities.
In the end survival is much more about skills than equipment but we all love having good tools to get things done and some toys to play around.
- $7.99 SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For any climate, for any situation
Of course the classic survival guide.
- $8.29 Death of Grass (Penguin Modern Classics)
This is great fiction book about disease that kills all grass and how people bug out to save location. It is fiction but can get people to start thinking what if. I also recommend this for you. Everyone that is interested in survival likes this. Because of violence maybe not for smaller kids.
- $10.20 Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children
Good book for kids. Part of giving this book and maybe a small tool as gift, is of course that you go out with kids and practice with them.
- $10.59 X2000 Flood-to-Throw Zooming Glass Optics Cree P4-WC LED Flashlight
Flood to throw flashlight is great little flashlight, and gives you important option of zooming so you can choose in what situation you use it. It is perfect everyday flashlight because its size, it is very small actually and it is also cheap.
- $14.29 New Swedish Mil. Mora Knife
I use these knifes often when I’m out in the woods. You can’t beat price and they are actually good knifes that can take a beating.
- $14.59 Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
Nobodies survival gear is complete without good fire starter. I use lighters to start fire but have fire starter with me as backup and for fun. Add some different tinder to fire starter as gift and show them how to light small fire with it.
- $15.16 Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
Good starting point for people to get idea what self sufficiency means. Not too many details but perfect to get fire started. Book to pass around or have lying in guest room by accident for people to look through.
- $15.47 Stanley 014725 25-Removable Compartment Professional Organizer
Great to keep smaller parts of preps organized.
- $16.50 Five Piece Lock Pick Set – PXS-05L
Lock picking can be fun challenge and very useful in urban environment. Some steel doors are just too hard to break so lock picking can become very valuable. Get some deadbolts and this set and you are ready to go. Make sure it is legal to have lock picking tools where you are. (You can check for US on this map)
- $18.69 Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife
There are many small multitools but personally small swiss army knife is more useful for everyday carry for me.
- $18.95 NRS UST Blastmatch Fire Starter
Always good to have more fire starters and this one is more tricked out and can be used with one hand.
- $19.36 Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to Emergency Medical Procedures and First Aid
I work in medical services and this is very good wilderness first aid book. Maybe interesting gift together with first aid kit listed below.
- $22.17 waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage
Especially useful for urban prepper or regular people who can not store much water because of space limitation.
- $23.95 Petzl e+Lite Emergency Headlamp with Integrated Whistle
Personal favorite flashlight for everyday carry.
- $28.95 Outdoor First Aid Kit
More experienced preppers create their own first aid kits but having basic pre packaged kit is better than nothing.
- $29 Lifetime Subscription to my Online Course
I’m happy that my experience from survival during war can help people today and in future.
- $29.74 Magna Cart Personal Hand Truck
During war we used all sorts of home made carts to transport things. In long term survival situations you will move a lot of heavier things around and cart like this is worth its weight in gold.
- $29.99 Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
Not much to say about this… You will find yourself pretty early when SHTF in situation when good multitool can help you more than anything else. Of course this is just basic version of tool and you can get all sorts of versions like this smaller one.
- $29.99 Nebo Redline Tactical Flashlight Strobe S.O.S 220 Lumen #5581
Another very good flashlight.
- $36.37 80 Lbs Self-Cocking Crossbow Pistol
This is toy for survivalists who “have it all” already. We had one guy bringing such crossbow to our gun shooting practice in the woods a while ago. Great fun to shoot.
- $39.98 Estwing E44A 16-Inch Steel Campers Axe
Extracting resources from buildings got a lot more easy after I got my small axe during my time in war. A small quality axe is important part of everyones survival gear.
- $39.99 BIC Classic Lighter 50ct Tray Regular Lighter
This is gift that only real preppers (or heavy smokers) can appreciate.
- $42.49 BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio
Great beginner ham radio devices. For more infos look here.
- $49.99 Midland XT511 GMRS Two-Way Emergency Crank Radio
Has also FM/AM receiver, hand crank and can charge via USB port.
- $53.31 Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove
Ultralight wood or multi fuel stove that can be also used with alcohol stoves.
- $54.06 Kershaw Leek Knife with Sandvik 1660CB Stainless-Steel/CPM-D2 Composite two-tone Stainless-Steel Blade
Good looking knife that is popular among knife collectors with easy opening mechanism.
- $62.70 Instapark 10 Watt Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports
Do not waste money on smaller solar chargers, they do not work. Flip out solar panels like this is way to go.
- $64.86 Leatherman Skeleton CX
Ligther version of multitool with most basic tools.
- $69 Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (Graphite)
This older version of Amazon Kindle gets the job done and I like physical buttons on it. You can store .mobi and .pdf and of course Amazon books on it. The free Calibre software helps you to convert documents on your computer. If you want to have light build in have a look at the paperwhite version. Having important survival books as real books is important, but being able to carry so much information with so little weight is great too.
- $80.90 Ontario 8627 RAT-5 Knife (Brown)
Great all around survival knife.
- $85.48 Uniden BC72XLT Handheld Scanner (Black)
This is entry level police scanner to get started. There are better and more expensive options later on. Make sure it is allowed in your country and keep in mind some organizations use encrypted radio communication. Once SHTF this can be best source of information in the first days.
- $110.10 Goal Zero 19010 Guide 10 Plus Small Adventure Kit
High quality mobile solar charging system.
- $126.99 Surefire Saint Minimus LED Headlamp
One of the best headlamps money can buy these days.
- $143.96 Hennessy Hammock Expedition A-sym
Big benefit of outdoor hammocks is that you can make camp everywhere and it is very comfortable. You can also leave almost no traces. If you want to get into “hanging” look here.
- $161.55 Osprey Packs Atmos 50 Backpack
Lightweight bug out backpack in grey that looks more casual than Maxpedition backpacks. Maxpedition is great but looks too tactical if you live in places where they are not often seen.
- $175.68 ESEE Knives ESEE-5 OD Plain Blade w/ Canvas Micarta Handle
Considered by many as the best or ultimate survival knife. If you look for bigger, high quality knife and this is in your budget… this is it.
- $226.67 Big Berkey Water Filter with 4 7″ British Berkefeld Ceramic Filters
You either already have one or know Berkey. Sooner or later every prepper wants a Berkey.
- $237.58 Exped DreamWalker 450 Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag that you can also wear. Great to be ready anytime, even if it just means to get up and go to pee.
- $810.00 Hilleberg Staika 2 Person Tent
Hilleberg is the Bentley among tent manufacturers. The Staika is currently one of the best solo or 2 smaller person tent on the market.
Funny and over the top gifts
- $39.95 Hops Holster 12 Can Ammo Pack
Bug out with enough beer cans always ready.
- $95.99 Tactical Bleeding Zombie Target
If you want to try your new AR or 12 gauge with style, this could be for you.
- $249.99 Gnombie FULL SIZE Zombie Garden Gnome
A biohazard sign will deter people better once SHTF but this little (expensive) dwarf might be able to help as well.
- $498 Chainsaw Gun Attachement
If a bayonet is not enough for your AR 15 or AK then this Zombie Chainsaw Attachement might be what you were looking for (video of it).
- $999.00 Wenger 16999 Swiss Army Knife Giant
Seems like some people really bought this monster. I think its just funny and interesting to see something like this exists.
- $1,679 Third Rock – Burning Earth
If you want to add a bit of style to your bug out location this might be it.
- $3,000 Hidden Bookcase Door
Once SHTF this won’t last but hides the entry to a safe room in regular times.
- ~ $85,000 Seabreacher
If you live next to a lake or open sea this might be option to bug out.
- ~ $326,000 Pal V
Half trike, half helicopter… this bug out vehicle for the rich adds another dimension to your plans.
Ammo is of course always option and weapons too. But this gets very specific, depending on area where you live, common calibers in area and laws.
What were the best survival related gifts you ever got or gave someone? What is your plan this Christmas when it comes to gifts?