With Mother’s Day right around the corner on May 10th, what are the top Mother’s Day gifts for 2015? Well, I love kitchen products or emergency preparedness items I can use everyday or in an unforeseen disaster. I live a pretty simple life and the more items I have to be prepared the happier I am.
What Are The Top Mother’s Day Gifts For 2015:
1. Flashlight without batteries: Goal Zero Portable Torch 250 with Power Hub and Emergency Light with Solar and Hand Crank. I love this flashlight because it requires zero batteries, it’s solar, it has a hand crank, USB charging cable and an emergency red light built in. It also has a USB port to charge your phone. I have one right by my bed in case we have a power outage. I love mine!
2. Butane stove: Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case. I highly recommend one of these butane stoves for camping and for power outages. If you store a few canisters of butane you can use this to boil water and cook meals inside your home.
3. Dutch Oven: Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt. I love this six quart Lodge Dutch oven for a few reasons. The six quart I can carry easier than the eight quart because of the weight. This one stacks as well because it has the lid with a “lip” I guess you could call it. You can use these in your conventional oven or outside with charcoal briquettes. Oh, just think of all the meals you can prepare in this. I can smell the bacon, can you?
4. Ebelskiver Pan: Lodge Pro-Logic P7A3 Cast-Iron Aebleskiver Pan. This can be used all year long, but also in an unforeseen power outage to help calm the children around us. Kids love these because they are different than the usual pancake. These are popular to make for anyone, and we have all the ingredients in our pantry! Yay!
5. Lodge 12 inch fry pan: Lodge L10SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet, 12-Inch. The reason I like this 12 inch skillet is because you can make a pizza, scrambled eggs, frittatas and just about any recipe you have in it. You can cook in your house on your stove or on your barbecue outside with these.
6. Berkey Sport water bottles: Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle, 3-Pack. These water bottles are great for camping and will remove several harmful microscopic pathogens. They can be re-filled 640 times with water using the same filter. Great for vacations as well where the water might be questionable to drink.
7. Excalibur Dehydrator: Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black. This dehydrator has four trays, which is really fine to do small batches of fruit leather or fruit and vegetables that will go bad very soon. You can dehydrate them and never waste any food again!
8. Bosch Bread Mixer: Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine. If there is anyway you can afford a bread mixer you will pay for it very quickly by making your own bread. I cannot believe the price of bread these days. This would be my #1 gift choice (Mother’s Day Gifts), it really would be!
9. Danish whisk: Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″. This is one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. I learned about this awesome tool from my friend, Melissa Richardson: The Bread Geek. It works great for pancake batter, natural yeast, muffins, eggs, etc. I prefer the smaller one because it fits the opening in my wide mouth quart jars. I love them!
10. KitchenAid Mixer: KitchenAid KP26M1XER 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series – Empire Red. Here’s the deal, I always say buy right the first time. I prefer the six quart, although I do not recommend it for making whole wheat bread. My daughter burned up the motor in hers trying to knead 10 cups of flour. She now has a Bosch bread mixer. But I still need both mixers because I love to cook and entertain large groups of people.
11. Sun Oven: All American Sun Oven Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. I have two of these, well actually the original style units which I love and use all the time! The new ones have a larger opening to hold a 9″ by 13″ pan, which is a bonus. The new ones also have an easier way to make sure its lined up properly with the sun, although I have that down to a science to square it up. If you live where you have a lot of sunshine these work great even in 32 degree weather. It only needs the bright sunshine! Solar cooking at its best!
12. Can opener: Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black. Okay, you might get smacked if you wrap one of these up in pretty pink paper, but here’s the deal, we can never have too many can openers, in my opinion.
13. Camp Chef Combo: Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove. I love this stove/oven combination because it has a stove on top with an oven below and uses propane. I can bake bread anytime outside with this baby! Oh, and it makes the best pancakes if you buy the accessory grill that goes on top of the stove. I love cooking breakfast outside!
14. WaterBricks: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue. I have several of these filled with water for any emergency, and they are stored underneath my guest room’s queen size bed. I recommend storing water in several different types of containers. You can never have too much water stored. You need a minimum of one gallon per person per day. I prefer four gallons per person per day. You need to cook, wash your clothes, brush your teeth, and of course to drink to keep yourself hydrated.
15. Leatherman #831488 Multi Style Tool: Leatherman 831488 Style PS Multitool. This one has a TSA-compliant design as of today. It has needlenose pliers, tweezers, nail file, bottle opener, phillips/flat screwdriver and more. I would love one of these!
16. Paracord 550 lb.: Paracord Planet Nylon Core 550lb Type III 7 Strand Paracord Made in the U.S.A. Over 200 Colors Available! In my opinion you can never have too much paracord. We have spools of every size rope and twine, but this stuff is a lot stronger.
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17. Kelly Kettle: Kelly Kettle USA – Volcano Kettle – Ultra Fast Boiling Kettle. Here is a post I wrote on how to use this awesome kettle. You only need twigs or kindling to boil water or make some hot chocolate or soup. I love, love, love this Kelly Kettle! My Kelly Kettle Demo: Kelly Kettle Demo by Food Storage Moms.
18. Goal Zero Lantern: Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub and Lantern. Plug into any USB or crank for light anywhere, anytime. These have an adjustment for the amount of light desired, that I really like. It will run for 48 hours on low. Yay!
19. Food Storage: MOUNTAIN HOUSE JUST IN CASE… CLASSIC BUCKET. As a mom and grandma I can sleep better at night if I know I can feed my family after a disaster. This is just a start, but these actually taste really good. I typically buy only fruit and vegetables, but these meals are great. Yes, I have tried 95% or more of the brand Mountain House and I totally recommend these.
20. First Aid Kit: Ever Ready First Aid Fully Stocked First Responder Kit, Orange. You can actually put your own first aid kit together, but sometimes these “ready to purchase bags” are cheaper in the long run. You can use a fishing tackle box and slowly fill it as well. Just knowing we have first aid supplies on hand makes a mom sleep at night. Trust me on this one.
21. Emergency Car Kit: AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit. This kit has the minimal amount of items needed, but you can add more items as the budget allows. Always carry water, some granola bars with a porta potty and toilet paper in your car. Please don’t forget the hand sanitizer!
I hope you have some of these Mother’s Day gifts on your wish list or in your home to be prepared for the unexpected. Let’s be self-reliant together.
Sheila: I would like bio packs, rv/septic tank biodegrade, yeah, I know disgusting, but it seems the best thing in a disaster when sanitation should be a number one, pardon the pun, priority. Solar lantern can’t have enough back ups on lighting. Hand powered tools, from egg beaters to blenders. I have already purchased a hand cranked slicer. Very centered on survival equipment. One is none, two is one. Oh yeah, a diaper pail.