Survival & Preparedness Gift Ideas

If you are new to survival or want to find good gift for survivalists or preppers you know we have some suggestions. I updated our Survivalist Gift Guide from 2012 with new prices (but kept the old ones, so you can see what became more expensive and what cheaper). So make sure you check out our old guide for more gift suggestions.

When you read this, please also keep in mind that family gatherings and holidays are great options to talk to friends and family about survival and preparedness. Give someone some fire steel or basic survival set and head out to show them some survival skills after you had food. All fancy tools and preps are worth little compared to good working survival group so hopefully you can use the time to help more people understand why survival and preparedness is common sense (and our current way of living dependent on system is non sense).

We also have give away. If you share this post on Facebook or add a comment with another suggestion for great survival or preparedness related gift here on the blog you can win one of my favorite survival knife the Ontario RAT-5 Knife. We announce winner on 1st of December.

Here are our suggestions for survival and preparedness gifts for this years holiday season.

Under $20

$4.69 Set of 10 Caltrops Tashibishi
These spikes dig through sneaker soles. Probably work for car tires too.

$7.18 Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool
Spork, bottle opener and hex wrenches in one tool for key chain.

$9.99 Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Great drinking bottle that can be used to cook water too.

$10.93 Chainmate CM-24SSP 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch
Another small and light addition for bug out bag or overall preps.

$11.99 Caldwell Ar-15 Brass Catcher
For those times when you do not want to leave traces.

$14.95 Self Defense Money Clip Silver
Money clip that can be used as beat knuckle.

$14.99 50 – Pk. Anatomy Targets
Get used to shoot at people (or images first).

$19.99 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Put in your car, bug out bag and show your kids and friends how to use them. Cheap, proven way to filter up to 1000 liters of water.

Under $30

$21.79 Goal Zero 90103 Solar Black Small Crank Flashlight
LED technology made lot of progress. This is updated version of all around survival flashlight. Hand crank and solar powered.

$24.54 Butler Creek LULA M16/AR-15 All-in-One Magazine Speed Loader and Unloader
also available for $26.95 for Butler Creek AK47/GALIL LULA Loader, BUT24216

$24.97 C-A-T Combat Application Tourniquet All black version
Easy to use and can save lives. Have at least one of them with you if you expect to fight. Practice that you know how to use on yourself and others! Quick application is crucial.

$25.08 TekMat 12-Inch X 36-Inch Long Gun Cleaning Mat with AR15 Imprint, Black
Helps with gun maintenance, to avoid scratches and keeps gun in place.

$26.00 2-Book Safes, Diversion Safe made with a Real Book
Always smart to have way to hide some valuables.

$27.49 SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk with 2.75-Inch Steel Axe Blade and Black Ballistic Nylon Sheath, Black Finish
Learn to throw it, use it as all around tool for urban survival to scavenge, breach open windows and more.

$27.95 MOLLE Compatible Military Style M3 Medic Bag, Combat Medical Kit, Rescue Red
Durable bag for medical supplies. Easy access to everything. I use one of these too.

$29 Lifetime Subscription to my Online Course
I’m happy that my experience from survival during war can help people today and in future.

Under $100

$32.59 Cold Steel Brooklyn Crusher
Even in survival scenario you should be able to escalate use of force.

$33.61 Dpms Ar15 Armorers Multi-Tool
Handy tool for rifle maintenance.

$35.00 T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool
In my job in emergency services I have to cut people from their cars often. With this knife you can help yourself.

$37.37 United Cutlery Bush Master Survival Knife
Good starter set for older children or people completely new to survival. Sit down with person who gets the knife and talk about survival. Get a better knife like the Ontario 8627 RAT-5 Knife (Brown) for experienced survivalists as gift.

$37.81 Mosby’s 2014 Nursing Drug Reference, 27e (SKIDMORE NURSING DRUG REFERENCE)
Older edition would be good too but why not get the latest. One day there might be no Internet anymore and when you get your hands on drugs you can look up how to use them.

$37.95 Survival Seed Vault – Heirloom Emergency Survival Seeds – Plant a Full Acre Crisis Victory Garden – 20 Easy-to-grow Varieties
Get a seed stash with non gmo heirloom seeds so you can harvest seeds and keep planting in future years. Consider packing some in your bug out bag. You never know where you end up and they take little space and weight.

$56.42 Galco KT224B Kingtuk Inside the Waistband Holster – RH, Black, fits Glock 17,19,22,23,26,27,31,32,33
Quality holster for concealed carry.

$98.30 LaserLyte TLB-RT Reaction Tyme Laser Target
Living in urban environment but want to practice shooting indoor? This can help. Needs a matching Laser Trainer. For example for 9-mm

Over $100

$107.35 TSD Tactical Full Metal/Full Auto M9 Gas Blowback Airsoft Pistol
These guns give people who are afraid of weapons, easy way to get started and develop feeling for it. Gas blowback slide delivers more realistic action.

$179.99 Wilton 22036 20 Pound Head, 36-Inch BASH Sledge Hammer
Helps a lot with breaching doors and walls.

$217.37 Benjamin Trail NP Hardwood Break Barrel Air Rifle (.22) powered by Nitro Piston®
Air powered rifles have come long way. This rifle can shoot 0.22 at 950 fps and can be loaded by hand (no need for gas). Good for small game hunting.

$227.29 M-Pro 7 Advanced Small Arms Cleaning Kit with Leatherman MUT
Everything you need for weapon maintenance in one package. Smaller pack available for $45.99 M-Pro 7 Soft Sided Tactical Gun Cleaning Kit (Black)

$299.9 Big Agnes Storm King 0F / -18C Down Sleeping Bag (650 Downtek)
Quality down sleeping bag.

$469.00 Armasight Spark CORE Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular
If you do not want to spend several thousand on new gen night visions, get good and flexible first gen with a good IR light such as $101.83 Streamlight 88704 Super TAC IR Long Range Infrared Active Illuminator

Out of ordinary survival gifts (not so serious)

$8.48 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit in a Sardine Can
Fun gift for prepper who has it all already.

$23.94 CMMG Tactical Cooked Bacon, 9-Ounce
Bacon in can that says its tactical bacon.

£29.99 Muscle enhancing shirts
For people who want to look more intimidating. Like push up bra for men.

$37.95 ThinkGeek Tactical BBQ Apron
It is cold now, but BBQ is serious business. Attach mole accessories to this BBQ apron.

$245 Gerber 30-000601 Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit
Tools aren’t so bad, but you are probably better buying individual items. Decent starter set for someone who has no big knives yet.

$249.99 NEW OPMOD Battle Mug – with Carry Handle OPMOD-BM002
Massive mug with three Mil-Spec 1913 scope rails so you can attach AR 15 scopes and more and then drink beer from the mug.

$385 Titanium Utility Ring
Also perfect wedding ring for survivalist couple. For all those moment when leatherman is not in your pocket.

$850.00 X-FF Fiber Factory – Predator Motorcycle Helmet X1 Airbrush – Medium
Might work to intimidate some people or not.

$1,618.99 Sierra Designs Mojo UFO Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2-Person
If you want to make your bug out bag lighter and have a lot of money to spend…

Variuous stab proof and bullet proof casual wear is available from Miguel Caballero. Polo shirt can cost 3000 – 4000 USD. Slash proof clothing can be had cheaper from UK over here.

$19,999 Polaris RZR XP 1000 EPS
Not the most low key bug out vehicle but can handle some off road action for sure.

$30,000 Off road wheelchair
This can be actually smart investment for people who need it.

$629,000 Knight XV
Bug out with style and be at the center of attention with this luxurious SUV.

32 responses to “Survival & Preparedness Gift Ideas”

  1. Rowan McDirk says:

    I think the Cold Steel Recon Scout is a very good knife and would like to get one as a gift.
    Carbon steel bowie style blade, slip proof handle, kydex sheath, detachable and belt loop that can be opened.

  2. Patriot Farmer says:

    whoa! that’s a lotta neat stuff. may have to drop some “hints” for Santa Claus to deliver a few.

    ….to keep my OPSEC, I’ll say: “I need thus and such for CAMPING?FISHING/HIKING, etc.”

  3. skidmark says:

    calatrops are illegal in many states. drywall screws are less expensive for lots more of them and workfor road denial just by scattering them. put them into boards or thin plywood to make punji strips – the uses then are limitless. and they also can be used for shtf construction/repairs.

    stay safe.

  4. I recommend Anza Knives, they are the hardest, toughest, sharpest knives I have ever owned (and I have owned a lot of knives). They run the gambit of sizes from tiny skinning knives to Big 12″ plus brush-beaters and their prices run from just under $50 USD to a few hundred. I recommend them very highly for any purpose and the people there will work with you to give you something that fits you and your needs better if they don’t have the right knife in their inventory. One thing I DO recommend is that you have them remove the lines in the blade, most Anza knives are made from files and the teeth are ground down but the lines left to show the file-stock, they grab fat and such when you are skinning and it is a real chore to get the blade clean, they will take it all the way down to the bare metal if you ask. The website is anzaknives dot com.

  5. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Good ideas. Many of my gifts are along the line of survival

  6. John R says:

    For a 100 hour candle that comes gift wrapped in Christmas colors with a bow, I am giving these.

  7. Jill says:

    I love the practical and tactical stuff, but I don’t have many friends with a mind on being prepared. My suggestion is a small portable jump box for vehicles. I look for ones that have jumper cables, tire inflators and lights, if I can find them. I often give them at Christmas to folks I want to introduce to prepping. Most people just put them in their cars and forget about them, but when they have a battery or tire problem, there’s preparedness in their trunk they forgot about.

  8. Chris says:

    My personal recommendation under $100..

    The Ka-Bar US Navy Mark 1

    Amazon has it for less than $60. Compact, sharp right out of the box, optimized for penetration, tough 1095 steel, and you can use the pommel as a hammer or bludgeon. Kraton handle means you can get it wet and dirty, and not worry about it rotting like leather or some other materials. And it feels very well balanced in the hand. Not too big, not too light. The non-leather sheath has 3 points securing the blade from sliding out by accident. Made by people who know how a good fighting/survival knife is made.

    It’s in my BOB, and will stay there.

  9. chuck b says:

    Another “Under $100” suggestion:

    Well made, sturdy, and fully functional for everything from tending your roses to getting your 4×4 out of a bind to fending off Zombies.

    Chuck B.

    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

      I agree with the CS shovel gift as well. I’ve kept one in my truck for years and it is a very useful tool. Not thought of as a weapon per se, but can be used as such. Digs out vehicles bogged in road, cuts like a light hatchet and is small enough to pack INSIDE a rucksack when traveling in the urbans. Good suggestion.

      I’d also check out the Schrade SCHF9 sheath knife. I don’t own this one (yet), but its steel is good 1095 carbon (Ka-Bar) and for the price, is very good choice.

      Thanks Selco and others for the ideas.

    • David says:

      I like it!

      Besides, the Knight XV doesn’t get that good gas mileage.

  10. Scott says:

    Greetings from Rainy Oregon!

    Cascadia Preparedness/Disaster Consulting

    Good Fun and Functional survival gear!
    Will send to friends and clients.

    The OPMOD battle mug was too funny!

    thanks !

  11. I notice you have a titanium ring in the list. I got rid of mine when a jeweler pointed out they can’t be cut off your finger if you have a knuckle injury. Just sayin’.

  12. Olivia says:

    Under $30 I would add wound seal powder 4 pack for $6.99 and Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge ,Stop Bleeding Fast, 50 Gram Package for $14.99. These are good for a first aid kit for car or BOB.

    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

      A warning about purchasing the CAT bandages – just read a warning that CAT bandage Asian ‘knock-offs’ are now being sold, a less reliable not as well made product as the actual product. Has a lower price. So it pays to check and find out who and where that CAT bandage is manufactured.

  13. Joel says:

    Last year I gave out Nalgene bottle based survival kits. They had all the basics you would need –

    Space Blanket
    Fire Steel, Matches
    Chem Lights
    Paracord (wrapped around outside)
    Toilet Paper
    Iodine Tablets
    Duct Tape (around outside under paracord)
    Can opener

    I bought a bunch of it in bulk so it came out to right around $30 each. You can get them pre-packed too!

  14. CrazyHorse says:

    Cobra PST154 4-Way Sillcock Key:

    It’s a tool to open those spigots on the side of buildings, convenient stores, etc. Good to have while evacuating, etc. And it’s cheap!

    Hope this wins me that knife:)

  15. john says:

    That solar powered flashlight isn’t bad. Too bad it doesn’t have a charging port on it so you can use it to charge up other devices, like a cell phone.

  16. Hujonwi says:

    Having N95 or N100 dust mask are good also…

  17. Jeff says:

    I gave a couple of Solar kits away last year. These are great for backpacking! Should give some little comforts when the grid goes down.

  18. Redd says:

    My family loves freeze dried food. We give it to our friends for Christmas.

  19. lolinski says:

    I would recommend the Victorinox Craftsman, a bit hard to find but has all the useful tools.

    You can get it for between 60 and 70 USD.

  20. Curtis says:

    a Rocon mototractor would be a great gift

  21. Halfkin says:

    On the seed line – A jar with sprouting lid or mesh screen and rubber band and a variety of sprouting seeds.
    Good source of vitamins and minerals, doesn’t take too long to grow and can be transported.

  22. Jadams2212 says:

    All good ideas — already have many of these! Maybe people also need reminders about basics and about practical stuff to barter.

    Handheld ham radio (gotta get a license — but may be the only way to communicate beyond line of sight if phones and internet are down)

    Supply of dehydrated foods to last six months

    Toilet paper, toothbrush, razor blades, floss, bars of soap, portable toilet, propane cylinders,meds, back up glasses, supply of contact lenses and solutions, feminine hygiene things, thermal underwear, shampoos, deodorants, pet supplies and travel cages, windproof matches, first aid kit, solar recharging kits, extra footwear, nail clippers, mosquito repellents, duct tape, writing paper, pens, fishing gear, sewing supplies, plates-cups-utensils, layer clothing, tea and coffee, cigarettes, wine, booze, glue, nails, nuts and bolts, tool kit, rain gear, hats, sunscreen, window coverings, lumber of many sizes, gloves for outdoor work, medical gloves, ETC….

    _Survival Medicine Handbook_ by Joseph and Amy Alton

  23. Jack says:

    Probably one of the best gift ideas for a prepper is a gym membership or a gift card for a personal trainer. I don’t say that to be snide, but seriously. One of the things I always take away from Selco’s posts is the constant running, crawling, hiding, prying, and other feats that require stamina and explosive strength. Also, strength and flexibility can help avoid injury. We’ve all been to the shooting class or match where a guy shows up with a Larue/Noveske AR but gets winded walking from his truck.

  24. Grant from Canada says:

    For the discerning Geardo family during the holiday season, nothing says Christmas like a set of “Tactical Stockings.”

  25. Malgus says:

    Any of the family of “small” axes by Gränsfors Bruk (Swedish company that’s been making axes for over 100 years). Will fell a tree and limb it, but still small enough to fit in a ruck…

    I like this one best:

    They’re marketed and sold here in the US, so no worries… just do a search for “Gränsfors Bruk axes” and you’ll find a bunch of places selling them….

  26. Kat66 says:

    That water filter straw will be on my Christmas list this year – good ideas all around Selco.
    My suggestion is to keep it simple and stay with the basics.
    I don’t really think there will be a SHTF, but we live in hurricane country so we are always prepared for outages with food and water and candles, radios, batteries, lighters, first aid kits and all sorts of emergency supplies geared to our area. Not to mention the protection for windows and doors from the storm or potential looters.
    Being prepared and as ready for anything as possible is a good thing – so we do whatever makes sense for us in our area of the country.
    I don’t usually comment, but I always read every one of your posts because they are straightforward and sensible and most of all they ring true.
    Here’s to everyone having a wonderful season with peace and prosperity for all.

    • chuck b says:

      Kat66 – The “S” to hit your particular “Fan” may not be Zombies or Red Dawn, it may simply be a bad storm that turns worse than expected for longer than expected. Don’t forget large tarps or rolls of construction plastic, ropes, and duct tape in case you lose part of your roof or get a tree through a wall during a storm (BTDT – REALLY sucks!). SHTF is an almost generic term, and will be different for every person and every location. You are doing well for your perceived hazards, but I do hope you have also included defensive plans/equipment (firearms, preferably) in case of looters (or worse) in the aftermath.
      Stay safe.

      Chuck B.

  27. Great gift ideas! Will be including some of these in my Christmas shopping list for my family and friends. I’m sure they will be happy when they receive it.

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