I have to say, I love this time of year. Not only because we get to spend time with family and friends, but because it’s an opportunity to get (or give) some of those prepping supplies on our wish list. It’s also a great opportunity to get other people interested in preparedness.
Even though Christmas is the first holiday we think about when it comes to gift giving, there are holidays and special occasions all year where we might need a good idea for an affordable prepper gift.
Heck, my wife doesn’t even need a “special occasion” to get me a cool prepping gift, she can do that any day of the week. You can never have enough prepping supplies, right? And like the saying goes “13 is 1, and 1 is none. I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes anyway.
Brian and I recently did a podcast that went over 10 affordable prepping supplies that would make great gifts. You can listen to that podcast here, and I’ll also post the live video we did below. I’ll post the timestamps next to each of the preparedness supplies so you can quickly jump to the point in the video where we discuss that specific piece of prepping gear.
Brian’s 5 Gift Ideas for Preppers
Here is a list of 5 prepping items Brian came up with that are great for preppers, and non preppers (or soon to be preppers) alike.
4Monster Hiking Daypack, Lightweight Packable Backpack (10:42 in Video)
- Cost: 16L – $17.99 / 24L $22.99
- Reviews: 1748
- Rating: 4.5
This is not they typical bug out bag that you would want to use on a daily basis, but more of an emergency backpack. If you were traveling with someone who didn’t have a pack, or needed a little extra room, this would be a great option.
This Portable pack weighs only 4 (oz), which is about half of the weight of an iphone and can fit in a pocket. water & Tear-resistant 30D nylon. Has a main zipper pocket, a front zipper pocket and two mesh side pockets.
Gerber LST Knife (13:15 in Video)
- Cost: $16.97
- Reviews: 978
- Rating: 4.6
As Brian stated in the video, if you have a good quality knife, you probably don’t want to use it on a daily basis for mundane tasks. Using a knife like this will extend the life of your more expensive knife. This knife would also be a great gift for non preppers because it won’t break the bank.
This is a very affordable knife. Lightweight Synthetic with Texturing on handle Lock-back blade made of 420HC Stainless Steel. Overall Length: 4.62″, Length Closed: 2.65″
Titan 620LB SurvivorCord – 100’ (15:26 in Video)
- Cost: $27.98 (Various Colors)
- Reviews: 2,851
- Rating: 4.9
We have talked quite a bit about why we think every prepper should have at least 1 of these included in their prepping supplies. While all the paracord you have doesn’t need to be SurvivorCord, this stuff is so versatile, and it serves multiple purposes, its just great to have.
If you know a prepper that doesn’t have any Titan SurvivorCord, this gift will be a guaranteed hit. Even if they do, they will be happy to have even more.
Designed for Special Forces in Afghanistan, our SurvivorCord is a 620 LB tensile strength paracord that integrates 3 life-saving survival strands into TITAN’s trusted WarriorCord 550 Paracord. 25 lb. Test Mono Fishing Line, Waxed Jute Tinder, Multi-Purpose Wire (.255mm) or small snares, trip-wires, antennae, etc…
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle (17:10 in Video)
- Cost: 1L – $31.46 / 22oz $27.96
- Reviews: 7,032
- Rating: 4.6
There are a number of options when it comes to water filters for preppers. Some are a little expensive, and some are more budget friendly.
This filter is great because it incorporates the filter and the container in one product. Because it’s plastic, it wouldn’t be ideal in a long term survival situation, but it would be great to store in your car or truck for a “get home” situation, or for camping or hiking.
Protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, Salmonella), parasites (including Giardia), microplastics, chlorine, organic chemical matter and turbidity; improves taste. Filters up to 1,000 gallons (4,000 L) and the activated carbon filter lasts up to 26 gallons (100 L) of water with proper use and maintenance. Durable and BPA-free
S.O.L. 90% Reflective Lightweight Emergency Bivvy (18:59 in Video)
- Cost: $13.59
- Reviews: 765
- Rating: 4.7
We’ve all seen (or have) the little wallet sized solar blankets. While those would be better than nothing, you would probably find them to be ineffective if you had to survive the night in the elements.
This Bivvy offers full body protection and would do a much better job or retaining your body heat in a survival situation.
Emergency bivvy measures 84 x 36 inches, and weighs approximately 3.8 ounces. Reflects 90% of your body heat back to you to prevent heat loss and trap warm air. Sealed seams and waterproof, windproof material keeps you dry and warm.
Dale’s 5 Prepping Gift Ideas
Here is my list of gift ideas for preppers. While mine are not as budget friendly as Brian’s list, they are still very affordable.
Boker Plus 09BO778 Fire Starter (4:11 in Video)
- Cost: $12.71
- Reviews: 12
- Rating: 5.0
Wile this only has a few reviews on Amazon, I added it to the list because I have personally used this ferro rod for years. I love the length of the ferro rod, the compass is accurate, and it comes with a lanyard to wear it around your neck.
Indispensable utensil in emergency situations. Chips produced with the enclosed scraper help tremendously to rapidly kindle the campfire or emergency flare. Threaded aluminum body with non-slip checkering provides the sturdy construction
25000mAh, Tranmix Solar Power Bank (5:19 in Video)
- Cost: $36.99
- Reviews: 620
- Rating: 4.5
I don’t have this yet, but I’m hoping I get it this year (hint hint Lisa). The reason I put this on the list of gifts for preppers is because of the reviews. Even if I have to “gift myself” this solar charger, we’ll be doing an in depth review on it in the future.
4X Faster Solar Charging: It has 4 ultra-large foldable solar panels, the max power can reach to 6W / 1.2A in direct sun. 25000mAh Colossal Capacity: It can charge your iPhone, Samsung and most phones 7-9 times, tablets 3-4 times after a full charge.
Gas ONE Propane or Butane Stove (6:59 in Video)
- Cost: $59.99
- Reviews: 1250
- Rating: 4.7
While some people have propane grills that have a burner on the side, this would be a great gift for those who don’t. Most preppers have a portion of their food storage that is dehydrated or freeze dried, so having an option to boil water is essential.
5, 000BTU | Compatible with both butane and propane fuel. Operates on a single butane cartridge 8 oz or a propane cylinder 16. 4 oz. Electric ignition that eliminates the use for lighter/matches in order to ignite flame. With Heavy duty Wind blocker 4 corners of the burner head, It eliminates stove from turning off from the wind
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar | Case of 5 (Not in Video)
- Cost: $45.99
- Reviews: 54
- Rating: 4.4
Some of you may be thinking “what kind of gift is this!” Well, if you haven’t tried them aren’t you a little curious what they taste like? While not the ideal survival food, they are small and packed with calories, making them great for bug out bags.
Value Pack of Five 18 Bar packs, Total of 90 bars with 200 Calories per bar, 3600 calories per pack. All natural ingredients with no preservatives and superior coconut flavor. High energy value; ready to eat; non thirst provoking.
Off Grid Tools OGT-SA100 Survival Axe (8:56 in Video)
- Cost: $55.99
- Reviews: 125
- Rating: 4.4
As Brian stated in the video, this is one of those “gimmicky” prepping supplies… sort of. Gimmicky or not, as preppers we love the multi purpose gear, and this qualifies. I would love to open this on my Birthday, Fathers Day or Christmas.
Heat treated, re-sharpenable Hatchet blade. Hammer head and claw. Hex sockets 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 1/2, 3/8, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 15mm. Replaceable, 6″ saw blade. Hardened steel glass breaker and seat belt cutter.
What’s on Your Prepping Supplies Wish List?
We all know there are literally hundreds of prepping supplies that we all want and need. What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below, that way everyone who reads this will have even more ideas to choose from.