Today is supposed to be Cyber Monday, when people return to work following the long weekend and go Christmas shopping online. While I think Christmas has become over-commercialized, that doesn’t mean I’m Ebenezer Scrooge. Survival is cool and giving is cooler. Giving survival is the absolute coolest.
This year make your Christmas – survival themed! Go preparedness style and make your presents TEOTWAWKI useful. Let me suggest a few random and survival sexy ideas to get your noggin thinking.
Number Ten – AMMO!
Blammo – it’s ammo! A few good boxes of ammunition isn’t cheap anymore. Wrap a box up and it’s a fine present. I mean, who doesn’t want a box of ammo under the tree? Head over to my homeboys at Lucky Gunner or shop your local independent gun store.
Number Nine – A PRESSURE COOKER/CANNER
I love these things, items that can be used now and in tougher times. Whether you know a gardener that needs a heavy duty canner or an apartment dweller that could use a small cooker to cook food faster and with less fuel, these items are making a comeback. Want to learn more? Select the right pressure cooker/canner for preserving and cooking.
Number Eight – BURY ‘EM TUBE
Woah – what is THIS action? If you or someone you love wears a tinfoil hat and fears the TEOTWAWKI worst, give ’em a Bury ’em Tube. Toss your gear in, package it according to the instructions – and bury ’em! These can be used to cache gear along bug out routes.
Safecastle is your Bury ‘Em Tube connection. Tell ’em Ranger Man sent you!
Number Seven – AUTO EMERGENCY KIT
We can talk all day about EMPs hitting and China invading, but a more realistic survival scenario may be your loved one stranded in a car far from help. Nothing says I love you like an auto emergency kit. You can build your own to make it fully customized or consider a ready made one like this one from PreparedCity.com:
They also carry vehicle power converters and vehicle jump starters.
Number Six – HAND CRANK RADIO
Every house should have a hand crank radio. They’re great for camping, too. Batteries don’t come cheap anymore. I’ve taken mine backpacking numerous times and the very act of winding it up to keep it playing becomes its own source of entertainment. Mine is a cheaper one, but I like the looks of this Black & Decker model that has weather band, flashlight and cell phone charger. The cell phone charger feature is cool. I just wish the radio also had shortwave.
Number Five – WOOL BLANKET
I’m talking about the U.S. military style wool blankets. I love these things. I bought a gray one at an Army Navy Surplus store years ago and it’s treated me well. It’s compact, rugged and warm. I want a few more myself. Trust me, if you live in a cold area, and power/fuel went out at the start of winter, you’ll be very thankful you have one of these. Just make sure you have a layer between you and the wool or you might itch most of the night.
Number Four – MULTI-FUEL CAMP STOVE
The cool thing about a multi-fuel camp stove is that you won’t look like a survival freak for giving it. People don’t have to wait until SHTF to make use of them. They can use them camping, tailgate cooking at the game, or right in the backyard. Get a multi-fuel model for convenience and in the event of disaster – have fuel options.
Consider the basic, simply designed Coleman dual fuel camping stove for people that go car camping. I own a backpacking stove similar to this MSR Dragonfly Stove and it’s awesome. They’re absolutely perfect for a bug out bag.
Number Three – SHOTGUN BED HOLSTER
Worried about the midnight break in? Want YOUR loved one to have the shotgun ready? Totally sketchy and sorta unsafe, “The Back Up” is a bedside gun rack that fits all shotguns, and it’s only $39.95! Order today. Watch and learn:
If The Back Up is too sketchy for your home defense tastes (it is mine), consider something more secure, like the touch pad activated Mini Vault Gun Safe, perfect for a bedside handgun.
Number Two – WATER PURIFIER!
Water is life. If your family and friends don’t have a quick, portable method of getting clean, potable water, they’re not even close to SHTF ready. Ensure the odds of their TEOTWAWKI survival be putting a water purifier under their Christmas tree. Whether it’s something like the Big Berkey from LPC Survival (tell ’em Ranger Man sent you) that is great for at home or camp, or something smaller and more portable like the Katadyn Hiker PRO which is phenomenal for backpackers and a bug out bag.
Number One – BOOKS!
Knowledge is power. There is no single better tool to prepare someone for SHTF than a sharp mind. You can’t make someone prepared by buying them a few simple presents (though it helps). People need to make themselves prepared and nothing helps move that along like a thought provoking fictional work or an information non-fiction work. Go grid down paperback and go to my books section for specific book ideas.
– Ranger Man
BTW: What do I want for Christmas? For you to do your online Amazon holiday shopping through the Amazon link in the left sidebar. Let Amazon pay me a small commission for sending you there. It’s either me or super-rich Jeff Bezos will get it all.
Seriously, though? I am serious. Oh, besides that? I’d like a darning egg to mend my sock holes. I’d like to possibly get my Limmer hiking boots sent to Limmer itself to be resoled. I don’t really have many wants, though. Money is tight for most everyone and it certainly isn’t flowing at our house either; but that’s fine. The kids will get presents. That’s the most important thing.
What do YOU want for Christmas?