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Posted on 12/08/2012 4:26:42 PM PST by KosmicKitty
I'm looking for some suggestions from all my FR friends out there.
For too many years now, I give my best friend a practical Christmas gift. One year, many years ago, it was a pair of jumper cables when I found out she didn't have any.
Anyway, she and her husband are into prepping big time and I would like to give them something that they could use if the SHTF. I''d buy ammo, but my friend's husband is so paranoid that I have no idea what ind of guns they have.
They already have tons of food supplies, but I was hoping someone could suggest a practical gadget that no prepper should be without.
Any suggestions are most welcome.
Night vision weaponsight,with mount would be nice.
Price range for the gift would be helpful.
silver or gold coins.
So sorry - price range up to $50
Duct tape, bleach, plastic sheeting, rechargeable batteries, lighters, oxygen absorber packets (Ebay), 5-gal food grade buckets
AM/FM/Weatherband Solar/Battery Powered/Crank Radio
That looks very interesting. Thank you.
I bet Mr Kitty would like something like that too
Better Badder Flashlights:
These people re not beginners. They have a ton of stuff stashed at multiple locations already including heirloom seeds.
The can has a thousand different uses, including its original purpose.
“Even if the world doesn’t end, one can’t have too many LED flashlights.”
Yes, they are great. Mine was quite handy when typhoon, Bopha took out the power.
I was a bit embarrassed when I bought my first D cell size LED flashlight in the outdoor market. I kept looking around the table and asked where they had batteries for it ;)
By the way, Bopha has made a U-turn and now heading for Luzon.
ok--$50 price range and the above info...
Silica gel dessicant packs
Solar battery charger for digital gizmos
Katadyn water filter. If they have one, replacement filters?
Looking for ideas myself for little stuff to pick up here and there.
I would like my own island.
or an underground bunker
It depends on the amount of money you want to spend, and what they already have.
Here’s a website that could give you some ideas, and then you could google for the best deals.
This brings you to several types of communication devices. I myself am kinda looking at the combo hand crank radio and cell phone recharger, since my car radio died and the lighter doesn’t work anymore for recharging the phone.
They have all sorts of other neat stuff too.
A Gerber or Leatherman multi tool is always a good gift.
The best one I have is an older Vice-Grip with semi needle nose pliers and Schrade tools on just one side. I am not sure if it is still made but that tool gets more use than anything I have.
Check out this cool little stove that makes power for USB devices!
That is interesting. I have seen it or something like it before. I think it was in one of those companies which send deals to me in my email. Not spam but ones I allow.
Or the Kelly Kettle. Closer to $100 but a great gift idea. Get the stainless large version.
Many years ago, comedian George Carlin did a stand up routine called “stuff”, that had a grain of wisdom in it about prepping.
He started out by describing your house as “a place to keep your stuff”. Then, when you travel a long way on vacation, you take a subset of your “stuff” with you. At your destination, you take an even smaller subset of your “stuff” as you go short distances. Finally, for the briefest of trips you take only your “bare minimum stuff” with you.
But this also applies to prepping. If you are staying home, you have all your prep things with you. But if you are evacuating, yet have time to evacuate, you still take a lot with you. Yet if you have only an hour or two to get it together before you go, a smaller amount still. Finally, if it is “grab a few important things” and dash out the door, you have the bare minimum you need to survive.
Now this being said, it is a major help if you have enough organization ahead of time to have different “manifests”, based on the situation.
And I imagine that most preppers don’t. They may have a good “whole house” prep set up, and maybe an evacuation manifest, but they might not have either a “two-hour” prep list or a “grab a bag and head out the door” manifest.
And *this* is your opportunity to give them a gift. It is as much giving an idea as it is giving “stuff”, but if you want you can make them a kit for the prep they haven’t yet made, but should.
Those are nice too!
Lots of good solar stuff at www.goalzero.com. A lot of their products are also on amazon.com.
Give them a how-to book so they can learn a skill. A local area foraging book with color photo pictures. A book on flint knapping and tools. A battery operated soldering iron with flux and solder. Farmers’ Almanac. A sundial. A 5 gallon bucket of canning salt. As many used Foxfire volumes as you can get for $50.
Since they have everything, send them a fruitcake in a tin. Darn things last forever. When they need the fruitcake, they can open the tin, throw out the cake and use the tin for water storage, a shovel, a brazier, candle holder, a small game trap, ,hat,ammo storage, water cup, food storage, mixing bowl, etc.
And best of all, its less than 50 bucks so you can buy more than one.
Heh, some of that B&M canned bread (check Kroger) might do better than fruitcake.
As for reusable gifts, check out the BlastMatch fire starter. $30 or so, but dead simple to use. Do they have backpacks? If not, a milsurp ALICE pack can be had pretty cheap.
Crank radio or crank lights...crank anything....
My parents bought all the kids a BeyGen crank radio/light combo back during Y2K - I still use mine all the time - it’s 13 years old!
(AM, FM, ShortWave...with a light-I don’t think they make BeyGen’s anymore but one like that is great - no batteries)
Great post/thread BUMP! Have multiple plans for multiple scenarios.
Small solar panel kits from Harbor Freight - also good.
Ammo. The gift that keeps on giving.
“Katadyn water filter. If they have one...”
They’ll have a backup! For lots of that critical stuff, having backups, alternatives, etc. is important. If you know the brand/type of stuff they already have - get another one so they can interchange the parts.
Guns, knives, swords, and particularly ammo, will be the new currency. Even good quality spears.
Long storage food will probably be even more valuable.
Water, food, protection, and shelter.
Thatsa very good idea about the bread. I wil check out Krogers tomorrow. I have used coghlans fire starter. Works great. Costs less although the Blastmatch is nice too.
especially the solar powered ones.
Here is a good, but long video on a “Every-Day-Carry” urban carry bag. Probably too personal of a thing, but perhaps could get them started with a decent backpack (I prefer getting a nice clean one at the thrift-store for $6 and shoving it in the freezer in a bag to kill any cooties first!)
But then could fill it with all sorts of basic useful things like a small flashlight, lighter, first aid, etc.
Whats a prepper?
Are they somebody that the socialist groups want a number and location of in a database?
I seriously believe a real prepper respects OPSEC especially when the takers and their zombies get hungry, yeah even zombies would want food.
But if I were giving any gift it would be something to make them disapear from the internet or at least conceal their intentions because all I see lately is the communists gearing up to raid the preppers.
A list of stuff from “Selco” of Shtfschool.com (good site)
“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.”
If they don't reload, then a brick of 22 long rifle rounds. A brick (350-500 rds) will run about $21 to $30. The 22lr will be worth its weight in gold, if bad things happen. With 22lr, you can shoot it or use it for trade.
If either of them smoke get them a Top-o-matic cig machine, a pack of small pipe tobacco and a box (200) of blanks. They can roll their own smokes then....will set you back around $60 and they will get a carton of cigs.....from there on out they can buy the stuff to roll their own at roughly $1.25 a pack.
I roll my own, takes 10 minutes to roll a pack.
An “I <3 Obama” bumper sticker, so they can disguise themselves as zombies.
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