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Top 20 Best Prepper Gifts for any Survival Situation

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Do you have a prepper on your shopping list? The occasion doesn’t matter really. It could be Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas or Hanukkah, birthdays or just because. But sometimes finding the perfect gift for the prepper who has everything can be tough. Why is that? Well, most preppers already have some of the gear (toys) they deem valuable and it may never have even crossed your mind that a gas mask would be something they wanted. Who knew how excited they would get over a hand crank radio with a built-in solar charger?

Well if you are looking for the best prepper gifts for that special person on your list, you have come to the right place. There are other lists of survival items on the internet and the usually pop up close to those big shopping holidays. Some of the best prepper gear lists are broken down by dollar amount, but I wanted to do a little something different and recommend items based upon the type of disaster your prepper is planning on. If you know what gets their survival juices flowing, we have some ideas below that might make your present, the best prepper gift they have ever received. Hey, they might even share it with you too.

Disaster Scenario #1 – Weekend Vacation Chaos

This could also be the rush evacuation from oncoming flood waters, approaching wildfires, car wreck in a blizzard or rioting on the next block over. What are some of the best prepper gifts for the survivalist who wants to be ready to go in a moment’s notice? What could they possibly carry with them wherever they may roam that could offer an advantage if they encountered trouble?

WaterSawyer Mini – When it comes to survival water filtration, there aren’t any other options I can think of that are as durable, lightweight and compact as the Sawyer Mini. I have these as backup filtration in my Bug Out Bags and when we go backpacking. This little 2 ounce wonder of a water filter will give your prepper the ability to make up thousands of gallons of fresh drinking water from even the nastiest of sources.

The Sawyer Mini, compact water filtration for bad times.

The Sawyer Mini, compact water filtration for bad times.

Food – Emergency Rations – In a survival situation, an empty stomach can be a demoralizer but putting a sandwich in your carry on isn’t usually recommended either. Emergency rations add a little weight to your gear, but the right ones like Mainstay are virtually impervious to extremes in temperature and one pack gives your favorite survivalist 3600 calories of living saving goodness. Well, it is 3600 calories and that brick can save their life if food options are scarce. Yes, you can certainly live for longer than a weekend without any food, but who wants to do that?

Pack it in your bag and when you need it, you will have 3600 calories that could be enough to last you through the disaster.

Pack it in your bag and when you need it, you will have 3600 calories that could be enough to last you through the disaster.

A different prepper gift option could also be used backpacking and would probably taste better. For grid-down meals that are pretty tasty, a couple of Mountain House entrees fit the bill nicely. I got something like this for my Dad, who is not a prepper and didn’t see the humor to boot for last Father’s Day. Any freeze-dried foot you get will need to have water, usually hot water added to it so it can reconstitute. A Jet Boil is a great system for backpacking meals that works just as well if you have had some type of disaster as long as you have the right fuel.

Shelter – Fire Starter/Wet Fire – Sure you can buy waterproof matches, but a fire starter that can never be put out commission in water is supreme and it looks so much cooler when the sparks start to fly. Add to that some wetfire cubes which can even be lit when they are sitting in water and you have the perfect fire making combination. You can also throw all of this in a dry bag for your prepper to add other fire making materials and to keep them organized.

Two great tastes, that taste great together.

Two great tastes, that taste great together.

SecurityTactical Folding Knife – I am not sure you can even call yourself a prepper unless you have at least two knives. A good survival knife can help you in so many ways, but you don’t always have to have the most expensive knife in the world. A good quality folding knife can help you cut a lot of things but not break the bank. If they already have a good folding knife, a multi-tool extends their abilities in roughly the same size factor.

Cold Steel Recon 1

Cold Steel Recon 1

X-Factor – Seatbelt cutter – For the Prepper who has almost everything except a seat belt cutter and a glass punch in their favorite bug out vehicle, the resqme (get it?) Keychain car escape tool combines both in a small footprint that is affordable and its compact size makes it easy to add to your preppers EDC kit.

Resqume Seat Belt cutting tool with glass breaker.

Resqume Seat Belt cutting tool with glass breaker.

Disaster Scenario #2 – Month Long Viral Outbreak Quarantine

For those preppers on your gift list who are planning for a little longer-term event, they need gear designed to work a little harder or to last a little longer. The following prepper gifts will ensure that your friend will be able to last at least a month before the all clear is given.

WaterPlatypus Gravity Works filter – I fairly recently came across this filter at the suggestion of one of the readers of the Prepper Journal and I couldn’t be happier. The Gravityworks filters 2 liters of dirty creek water in under 2 minutes. That way I can collect water, stow it my pack, and get back to safety. Unlike chemical treatments like bleach or iodine, there is no bad taste and I don’t have to boil the water and wait for it to cool.

Filter a whole lot of water quickly with the Platypus Gravityworks.

Filter a whole lot of water quickly with the Platypus Gravityworks.

Food Chef’s Banquet All-purpose Readiness Kit 1 Month Food Storage Supply (330 Servings) – Food storage is on the mind of preppers everywhere, but sometimes you want a simple buy it and forget it option. The benefit of this option is that it comes sealed in its own 5 gallon bucket so all the prepper needs to do is store it in a cool dry place until it is needed. If you purchase more buckets, they will easily stack and reduce your storage footprint.

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Month worth of meals in a handy-dandy 5 gallon bucket. When the food is gone, you can use the bucket for a makeshift toilet.

Shelter – 2 Man Tent – It may be that your survival depends on getting out of the city while a virus runs its course. Before you head for the hills, make sure you have a good tent. The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 is a two-man tent that is very lightweight (only 2 pounds!) and compact. Your bug out bag and your back will thank you for switching to this option. Instead of the poles common to most tents, the Big Agnes Scout uses your trekking poles and sheds the weight. You can also just use sticks to prop up the tent or tie one end off to a tree.

Accommodations for two at just 2 pounds.

Accommodations for two at just 2 pounds.

Security – Fixed Blade – Tactical folding knives are great, but if you plan on living in the woods for a month, you will want a bigger, stronger blade. I have the Gerber LMFII but there is a newer Gerber, the Strong Arm 30-001058 that takes some ques from its cousin. This knife will allow you to make firewood by batoning and hold up to a lot of abuse. It even comes with its own sheath that straps to your belt and the Coyote finish should blend in with your surroundings.

The Gerber StrongArm for when you need a little bit more from your survival knife.

The Gerber StrongArm for when you need a little bit more from your survival knife.

X-FactorNight Vision Monocular – The threats your survivalist is preparing for don’t end when the sun goes down. In order to have an advantage at night, they could use a Night Vision Monocular. This will help them see what is lurking in the dark and give them an upper hand in the fight. This monocular boasts a 1000 ft. viewing distance to help you see what is coming or that big game walking up to your stand from a distance.

Night Vision is a huge advantage when the lights are out.

Night Vision is a huge advantage when the lights are out.

Disaster Scenario #3 Total Collapse due to EMP or Zombie Apocalypse

When it has all gone to Sh*t, your prepper gear will be put to the test. Knowledge and training and I would argue, luck are all more important than the price tag of the shiny piece of metal you are carrying in your Get Home Bag. However, longer duration use requires more durable equipment. That tactical folder may be perfect for a weekend, but what would you do if it became damaged? What if your water filter was rendered inoperable due to the high use? Below are some additional prepper gift ideas for the prepper who is planning to ride out the end of the world as we know it.

Water Big Berkey Water Filter – The water filtration methods I mentioned above are great if you are mobile or only really need to filter water for yourself, maybe another person. If the disaster lasts a long time or you need to filter water for the whole family, day after day, you will need something a little more substantial. The Big Berkey can filter 2.5 gallons at a time and only requires you to pour the unclean water in the top. Gravity does the rest and it even has a handy spout to fill your Nalgene bottles up again with clean filtered water.

Filter Gallons of water easily with gravity fed Big Berkey.

Filter Gallons of water easily with gravity fed Big Berkey.

Food Survival Seeds – Yes, the grocery stores are all long plundered of anything you can eat and the burden falls to the prepper to produce food for their family, going forward. A box of Survival Seeds will give them the necessary seeds to start that survival crop; hopefully their garden is already started well before now, but the seeds in this container can be opened in an emergency and provide the ability to grow a big crop of food for the compound. This can also be useful as barter in a pinch.

Do you have the seeds you need for a bountiful survival garden?

Do you have the seeds you need for a bountiful survival garden?

 

Shelter Hammock – Tents aren’t meant to last forever but with proper use you can get several seasons out of them. Sleeping on the hard ground is tough though and your prepper might want the comfort of a hammock if they are going to spend the rest of their lives in the woods. A Hennessy Expedition comes with rain fly and a mosquito net to keep the bugs off you and packs down small and light (under 3 pounds) as well making it a great alternative if you are trying to lighten your bug out bag.

Hammocks make a great solution for sleeping outdoors and they can really lighten your bug out bag.

Hammocks make a great solution for sleeping outdoors and they can really lighten your bug out bag.

Security – Crossbow – Maybe it is the premiere of the new season of the Walking Dead that has me thinking of this item, but a crossbow has a lot of appeal in a grid down/apocalypse scenario. For starters you can hunt very quietly and there is no point in alerting everyone else that you just brought down that big buck. Add to that, when the ammo is all gone, you can still make arrows, if you have the right skill and that could be limitless ammo for your new weapon. Or you could just do what Darryl does and pull each arrow out of the skull of your victim and move on. The Barnett Penetrator Crossbow would do just that with 116 foot pounds of energy, penetrate and could make an excellent weapon in a total collapse. Don’t forget the extra arrows.

With a crossbow, they won't hear you coming until it's too late.

With a crossbow, they won’t hear you coming until it’s too late.

SecurityMachete/Parang – When all else fails you may need something that can cut a little deeper. From chopping wood to clearing brush or solving problems, permanently, the Parang is a nifty little weapon. Gerber has a nice Parang Machete from Bear Grylls’ line that could help your prepper defend themselves and their family, maybe you from the bad guys. Or zombies.

Bigger than a knife and easier to conceal than a sword.

Bigger than a knife and easier to conceal than a sword.

X-Factor – Gas masks – If the world really has gone to hell, you might need to protect the air you breathe. There could be NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) agents, viruses, tear gas or who knows what. This Military and Police Tactical mask with the right filters will protect your prepper from inhaling any particles that could bring them down. You can also throw in some Potassium Iodide tablets for a companion gift.

If this comes out, you know it has gotten bad.

If this comes out, you know it has gotten bad.

So there you have it, my list of over 20 of the best prepper gifts for survival. What’s on your list?

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  • Tonez

    I have been thinking the same thing lately. I have been looking at battlbox or something like that, that sends you new toys once a month and has a theme. We are just waiting on the closing of our retreat at the end of the month to figure out the financials. Not promoting these guys, just looks pretty cool.

    • It does look really cool, but I would be curious to see the cost of that box versus what you get. I’ll admit that it is very interesting, but I am sure that company is making money too. You might be able to save yourself a lot of money just buying the gear on your own. Give yourself a monthly shopping trip and call it something cool like, the Resupply Run!

      • Kristin Mcgeehan

        The price of the battlboxes is a lot cheaper than you can buy individual items. Check out black scout survival on YouTube. He has purchased and reviewed all of the boxes out so far. The reason the boxes are so inexpensive is because the company buys the items in bulk at a greater discount than they sell them for. That’s how they make their money.

  • Evil

    The bow is a great item to have, the only thing I would suggest is a bow that is not a compound bow. All the new bows have a 1 piece string that if nicked or breaks needs a special tool to re-string. A better choice would be a standard re-curve type bow. Then you could have extra strings and not need special tools to put on a new one.

    • Good point evil.

      • Evil

        I’ve been looking at bows and crossbows for several years. I used to have a compound with ears on the cables that made changing strings very easy. Unfortunately, they don’t make them any more, thanks to the people who fix things that aren’t broken. That leaves only re-curves as far as I’m concerned. Crossbows weigh as much or more than a rifle, not very weight effective considering the effective range.

    • northern raider

      A bow is essential I think but as Evil points out they need expensive tools to restring ( which you cannot easily take with you) and the pullies and wheels often need specialist adjustment. I would go for a TAKE DOWN RECURVE bow for simplicity and reliability.

  • Kristin Mcgeehan

    Just read the Amazon reviews of the chefs choice food bucket. Some people seem to think it’s great, but many seem to agree that it is poorly packaged (all servings of an item in one pouch that doesn’t reseal, multiple holes and rips in Mylar bags, shortened shelf life (like 9 years from when you get it even though it was made 11 years before that), etc.) I would rather get a food sealer, a dehydrator, empty Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers of various sizes, and make my own meals/food etc.

    • That is certainly a great option too Kristen.

  • Bolofia

    If the topic is limited to being “in the field”, here are a few other items to suggest:
    – A ‘camelpak’ water container for preppers that are just getting started.
    – A pair of handheld HAM radios (such as Baofeng) with an extra set of LI batteries. These are an inexpensive, but very important tool for survival.
    – A tactical vest. This allow you to carry ammo magazines, radio, binoculars, etc. while keeping your hands free. It also distributes the weight of gear more effectively.
    – A 100 yard spool of 550 paracord.
    – A gift card to an outdoor outfitter store.

    • EgbertThrockmorton1

      For the last three years, at Christmas time, birfdays and anniversaries, we’ve been giving our adult children, “The Gift of Preparedness”, which translates into items we have or need as well, and want them to have on hand. Easier than trying to talk them into getting those items. Works like a charm too. The grand kids are now asking IF “Santa” can bring them certain items as well. The older ones are getting Kershaw pocket knives this Christmas, (inexpensive ones) since they are in Boy Scouts. We did Volcano Stoves last year, those were a HUGE hit.

      • Still a great idea for a post and I have that written down EB.

    • I had some of those same ideas Bolo and I agree that they are very worthy of inclusion.

  • northern raider

    TWADDLE, the best and most useful gift a prepper can receive is a priceless source of INTEL, ADVICE, REVIEWS, EDUCATED OPINIONS, EXPERT AUTHORED ARTICLES etc then the prepper can make educated, informed and cross referenced decisions for themselves. Sooooooo number one should be a subscription to a broad reaching, international coverage, bi partisan, fully illustrated PREPPER JOURNAL, I wonder where you can find such a thing? 🙂

    • Aww, shucks NR! You didn’t have to say that, but thanks! Of course if you were being facetious, then I take that back. 🙂

      • northern raider

        Deadly serious Pat, access to fresh real time high quality intel, political reports, kit reviews, news, guidance etc is in my mind the most important piece of kit you can have. Well thought out and researched articles, considered debates, up to date sitreps (especially real time) makes the difference between surviving and thriving.

  • Illini Warrior

    forget about buying the survival seeds …. create your own preserved seed cache from a heirloom seed catalog …. those pre-selected packs have totally useless seeds for some growing areas of the country – likewise too short on the crop seed that will be your local joy making ….

    gardening and farming take DIY practical experience – a tube of seeds won’t be getting the job done post-SHTF ….

    • I completely agree Illini, but they do come in different zones and could aid the experienced gardener.