The Gift of Preparedness: Gifts to Help Prepare your Friends and Family

Santa holding Preparedness Gifts

It’s that time of year again; that time where people spend billions upon billions of dollars giving people a bunch of useless gifts that they don’t want or need! But what if this year we throw in the towel? What if we refuse to buy a bunch of useless gift baskets and gadgets that end up sitting in someone’s garage or attic?

Preparedness Gifts: Giving the Gift of Preparedness

Instead of throwing away your hard earned money on a bunch of junk, what if this year you used that money to help prepare yourself and your family? Instead of rushing off to grab some meaningless gift off the shelf at Walmart, why not give your friends and family the gift of preparedness?

Trac-Grabber Traction Blocks

Trac-Grabber Blocks

If you’re looking for practical gifts or things that can help ease your friends and family into becoming better prepared, this is a good place to start.

The Trac-Grabber Traction Blocks are something that everyone should have in their emergency vehicle kits, especially if you drive in snowy areas or out in the backcountry.It’s also a gift that opens the door to preparedness and allows you to start talking to those stubborn friends and family who think nothing bad will ever happen to them.

If your vehicle ever gets stuck in the snow, sand or mud, the Trac-Grabber is an easy solution that straps right on your wheel in seconds and will help dig you out without having to worry about calling for help.

Secur Solar Bottle Lantern

Secur Solar Bottle Lantern with the Light on

When it comes to gear that I throw in my bug out bag, I always love equipment that serves multiple purposes. It helps lighten the load of my bag, and it gives me more room to work with.

The Secur Solar Bottle Lantern is one of those multi-purpose items that has found its way into my bag. The solar powered lantern is collapsible, doubles as a water bottle and protective container for your valuables, has a backup 1000 mAh battery for charging devices, and can give you emergency lighting for 12 hours before you need to recharge it — which takes about 5 hours via the built-in solar panel.

Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife

Orange Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Knife

The Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife is a great well-balanced blade that won’t break the bank. It’s also got a coolness factor that makes it a gift most people will not forget.

Selling for a fraction of what most so-called “survival knives” sell for, the Mora Bushcraft definitely holds its own when compared its more expensive counterparts. Throw in the plastic sheath, the integrated diamond sharpener, and the Swedish fire steel, and you really can’t find a better deal on a high-quality survival knife.

ToughTested Solar Power Bank

ToughTested Solar Battery Pack

This is another item that I think everyone should have in their vehicle, it’s also another good way to stealthfully introduce the topic of preparedness. Simply slip it in your glove compartment box and you never have to worry about being left without a charge for your phone or tablet during an emergency.

The Tough Tested 15,000 mAh Solar Powered Battery Pack has a 200mAh solar panel, dual USB Ports, and smart technology that detects your devices exact amperage requirements.

Yaesu VX-8DR Quad-Band Submersible VHF/UHF Radio

Yaesu VX-8DR

When it comes to Emergency Ham Radios, it doesn’t get much better than the Yaesu VX-8DR. Yes, it’s expensive, but this radio is meant for serious emergency communications and is built to take a beating. It’s submersible and rated waterproof up to 3Ft for 30 minutes. When your Chinese knock-off craps out, this baby will be up and running and ready for any disaster.

As for the specs, it gives you standard ham operating (RX/TX) bands (6m/2m/222 MHz/440MHz), plus it covers from 500kHz to 999.990MHz, gives you continuous reception for Shortwave, FM/AM broadcasts, analog TV stations, audio aircraft, public service channels, and emergency weather stations.

SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool

SOG Multitool

This is something that I personally carry with me on a daily basis as part of my EDC Kit, and it’s probably the best Multitool that I have ever owned.

The SOG PowerAssist is a 16 component multitool that includes pliers, two blades, screwdrivers, and a v-cutter that I absolutely love for cutting braided fishing line when I’m out fishing. But what I really like about this Multitool is how unbelievable smooth and powerful the gear driven Compound Leverage mechanism makes it. I’ve been using this tool for the last couple of years and I’ve really beat the hell out of it; in all that time it hasn’t lost any of the smoothness or power that it had when I first got it.

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide

One of the best gifts you can give is the gift of preparedness.

I wrote The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide as a real-world guide to help people prepare for and survive the very real threats that they will face in today’s world. The book has been on Amazon’s best seeler list multiple times.

The guide gives your loved ones step-by-step instructions for surviving urban crime and criminal attacks, disease outbreaks and pandemics; economic problems and social unrest, and man-made and natural disasters


  1. B from CA
    November 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Yes, I agree. Giving a gift is a gentle push. It is a way to help people without meeting a great deal of resistance. Good habits start with the first step.

    It also tells your family what type of presents you want to receive. I will usually make my Christmas presents limited to just a few. Children don’t generally like clothes for example or books. So I put a toy with them. But the toy will be inexpensive. And for grown kids, I’ll attach a box of chocolates to the book.

  2. essentialsolar
    December 20, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Great ideas. Show your loved ones you care with something they can actually use! Solar powered items are especially useful and popular for gifts.

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