Preparedness Gift Ideas

Preparedness Gift Ideas Every Family Needs

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Today I want to share some preparedness gift ideas, let’s think about what happens after those beautiful lights on the tree are put away. We are living in a crazy world right now. I wish I had a crystal ball, but I don’t. But I will tell you this, we must be prepared for the unexpected. I want you to realize I am not afraid of what’s coming our way, it’s not if but when it will happen. I’m prepared, it’s a way of life for me.

We will see our world like no other time in history. We have all been blessed in different ways, but we must be strong and ready for what the future holds. We need to put our heads together and teach the world to give gifts of preparedness. Yes, everyone wants electronics or a new TV. I’m not saying don’t buy that big TV for the football games. If you can afford it without going into debt, then go for it.

Be Ready For The Unexpected

But, one thing must be clear here, you better be ready for the unexpected. We can’t afford to let our guard down. Please be frugal on one hand, but work to be prepared at the same time, does that make sense? Mark and I gave cases of Blue Can water to our daughters and their families for an early Christmas gift. Here’s the deal, it was a super opportunity based on price and shipping, and we had the money to buy them without needing to use a credit card.

We are only giving those cases as a family gift. My daughters and their families are all self-reliant and Mark and I are semi-retired. They will be giving gifts to their children, we give a family gift. We will not give foolish gifts, period. If you think about it, how much stuff do we really need? I really have to think hard before I purchase anything because I don’t want stuff.

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I’m going to list my favorite preparedness gift ideas that I recommend. These are good for family gifts, neighbor gifts, or a gift to a friend to help him or her to get started on a preparedness journey. Please just start with one item and keep going as your budget allows.

Preparedness Gift Ideas

1. The Best Survival Books

I haven’t found any food storage books I can recommend besides my book and the one by Jodi and Julie listed below. I have purchased several and they are less than useful for the average family. If you know of one you’ve found that is helpful and easy to understand please tell me. When you have prepped as long as I have (over 50 years), I can spot the frauds.

Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda Loosli

Food Storage Made Easy by Jodi and Julie

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide by Bernie Carr

The Survival Medical Handbook by Dr. Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP

The Prepper’s Blueprint By Tess Pennington

The Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford

2. Water Storage Containers

I use Water Preserver in these containers so I only have to rotate my water every 5 years. If you use bleach please rotate your water every six months. Here is the link for Water Preserver Please keep in mind you need a minimum of one gallon per person per day to survive. I recommend 4 gallons of water per person per day.



55-Gallon Water Barrels with Pump You can also purchase these at Walmart, at least in Utah.

Large Capacity Water Tank, I have a 250-gallon water tank I purchased here in Southern Utah sitting on 2 by 4’s in my garage. Please check your local preparedness stores for these.

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7-Gallon Water Jugs

Blue Cans, I actually purchased some from a company called Brownell’s

3. Water Purifiers/Filters


Berkey Sports Bottle

Big Berkey 

4. Food Storage

Before you buy any food storage be sure and look at shipping costs and price per ounce. Not all #10 cans weigh the same. Just giving you the heads up here.

Thrive Life is awesome with their #10 cans, Pantry Cans, and Pouches

Honeyville Grain

Augason Farms is a good company for meals, milk, fruits, and vegetables, to name a few items

Valley Food Storage is a good one if you like prepared meals

5. 72-Hour Kits

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6. Cooking/Fuel

Sun Oven

Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

Camp Chef Stove/Oven Combo

Dutch Oven with Charcoal Briquettes (without fuel starter) stored in airtight containers

7. First Aid Kits

Please start writing down all the over-the-counter products you like to use. Be sure and rotate the ones you have in your cupboards. When in doubt throw them out. But replace them as soon as possible in case we have a grid down. This means we will not have power for a very long time. Here is the most popular First Aid Kit article on my website.

8. Paper Products

Every time you visit the grocery store, pick up a few each month of the following products:

Paper plates

Paper cups

Paper bowls

Plastic forks, spoons, and knives

Toilet paper (believe it or not, I would love a case of toilet paper for Christmas, that’s how I roll, no pun intended)

9. Walkie Talkies

These are my favorite ones. Motorola Walkie Talkies Be sure and check Costco for these.

Final Word

Please think about what you give as Christmas gifts to your family this year. Everyone needs one or two of these preparedness gift ideas. Start with one item and add to them as your budget allows. It’s going to be about survival sooner than later, I promise. May God bless this world. Linda

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  1. I have a lot of siblings and we stopped giving each other gifts so I started giving each of them an annual “emergency gift” instead of a Christmas gift. I’ve given them a Water Bob, a LifeStraw and some Etekcity 4 Pack Portable LED Camping Lanterns. These lanterns are my favorite source of light. There are different brands of the same lantern but I love these. I have an L-shaped living room/den/kitchen and one lantern will light all 3 rooms. Mine use batteries but I want to buy some solar ones to have on hand. I normally pay $19 for 4 of them but Amazon often has them on sale 4 for $13.

    I would love a case of toilet paper as a gift, too!!! Staples online is a good place to buy toilet paper and paper towels. They have great sales.

    1. Hi Janet, that is such a good idea giving an emergency gift to siblings!! I’m going to look up those lanterns, thanks for the tip!!! Now I need to look for toilet paper and paper towels on sale at Staples! I love it! Linda

  2. Hi Linda. Last Christmas I gave my sister and my best friend your emergency binder with all the chapter pages/#’s, zip pockets, etc plus Lifestraws for each family member and a fire starter. I wanted to get them started on preparedness. It worked and they were very grateful.

  3. I would add “Living On A Dime” cookbook by Tawra K. and Jill (Tawra’s mom). I’m planning on giving a copy to my 20 something son . Lots of cheap, tasty, and easy recipes.

  4. More with Less by Doris Janzen Longacre is great.
    I like the original version. It has a religious/spiritual/conservation tone. Am not of that religion but found nothing offensive, enjoyed her writing and the recipes very much.

    1. Hi Lee, thanks for the great comment. Let me see if that book is still available. The Living On A Dime appears to be out of print except for one book. Lee, what color or year is the one you purchased? This looks like a REALLY popular book! Great tip! Linda

      1. I have spiral bound 1987 version. Skimming the Amazon version reviews sounds like the recipes pretty much the same but the discussion might be different. IMO I’d look for the original as she had been an overseas missionary so she had interesting perspective on being frugal. Have not read the other versions but they are from the same organization so expect words might be more modern but same outlook. Living with Less by her not a cookbook but frugal, thoughtful living. Worth a look if you can find cheap. -Also a fan of Tightwad Gazette. Numbers no longer work, but philosophy and certainly recipes do.

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