A Prepper Christmas: 25 gifts under $25

Do you have preppers on your Christmas list? Or maybe someone you’re trying to lure to the dark side? Keep reading for my top 25 prepper gifts under $25!

You may have noticed in my previous posts that I have a very long wish list; I think most preppers do! Being a budget prepper though, it’s oftentimes difficult to find a high quality item for a reasonable and cheap price.  I’ve put together a list of 25 items that won’t break the Christmas budget. We try to budget $25 per person on our list (besides parents and our daughter, we think they deserve the world!). With some planning and patience, you can really stretch $25!


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Here are my picks:

  1. Reliance Aqua-Tainer: This 7 gallon rigid water container is a dream. We have plans to add several more to our stash. They are sturdy, come with a spout for convenience, and are still movable when full.
  2. LifeStraw: this personal water filter is highly regarded in the prepping world and a must have in your bug out bags! When you are unable to find a water source that you are 100% sure about, these can be life saving little straws.
  3. 2-pack Edible Wilderness and Wilderness Survival Playing Cards: How cool are these? Having a form of entertainment in a crisis situation is a necessity in order to keep your sanity. These playing cards with neat tips and tricks on them is perfect! 2 birds, 1 stone.
  4. Mylar Blankets (pack of 10): Mylar blankets are another necessity for your various bug out bags and emergency kits. These blankets fold up small and can be stored almost anywhere.
  5. SE FS374 Magnesium Fire Starter: Having a means to start fire if you had to GOOD (get out of dodge) could mean the difference between life and death; and having a reliable fire starter is the foundation. I recommend having several fire starters: a traditional lighter, some matches, and a fire starter like this magnesium fire starter. Be sure to practice with it – you don’t want to be trying to figure out how to use it when it matters most!
  6. Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent: This handy tent can fit 2 people to help hold in more body heat. It is reusable, lightweight, waterproof and windproof.
  7. Safe-T-Proof Solar, Hand-Crank Emergency Radio, Flashlight, Beacon, Cell Phone Charger: Talk about a multi tool! During a disaster scenario, having a means of communication to the outside world will be essential to knowing how to handle the crisis and how to move forward. There are tons of emergency radios on the market, so take your pick…I just like this one 🙂
  8. Grocery Gift Card: I would love this as a gift! Extra money to build up my food storage? Yes, please!
  9. Expanded view 5 Gallon White Bucket & Gamma Seal Lid – Food Grade: We have several of these buckets in our stockpile that contain various items like packaged pasta, flour, sugar, salt, bags of rice, etc. I prefer the gamma lids because they are reusable. When I first saw the price, I was taken back a bit but I think it’s worth having high quality, safe, food grade buckets to store your food.
  10. The Encyclopedia of Country Living: This one was on my Christmas list this year. We can store all the food we think we’ll ever need, but it will eventually run out. Knowing how to live off of the land and be self sufficient is one of the reasons I am passionate about being a prepper. There’s so much satisfaction in knowing that my family and I can survive in our own. Having a quality collection of reference books will be beneficial in an extended crisis situation.
  11. Paracord Survival Fishing Kit: This kit includes a compass, fire starter rod, eye knife, weights, swivels, fishing hooks, floats, line, tin foil, and carabiner.
  12. A quality pocket knife: There are so many options out there and each person has difference preferences. My husband is a total pocket knife snob. It’s pretty obvious as to why having one of these is important.
  13. Pocket Chainsaw: Pretty self explanatory here, it wouldn’t hurt to have one of these around.
  14. Heirloom Vegetable Seeds: Heirloom seeds are essential because the seeds can be re-harvested for use again. I still have a lot to learn about gardening, but I do know this one thing.
  15. UltraFire 7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight: These flashlights are small enough and cheap enough that they can be stored anywhere and everywhere. You never know when you’ll need some extra light!
  16. Paracord: This is one of those poster-child survival tools that has so many uses. Check out this article on 44 ways to use paracord.
  17. Conflicted: The New World Series Deck 3: Ok, so this may not be useful during an actual crisis, but is something I really want to use to prepare for a crisis.
  18. Pepper Spray: Never underestimate a good can of pepper spray. Make sure you know how to use it so that you are ready when it counts.
  19. Essential Oils: my dear friend Tracy has been slowly educating me on the uses of essential oils. The multiple uses for essential oils is staggering. Check out just one of many resources on preppers and essential oils here.
  20. A good set of cast iron cookware: I don’t have a link because this one of those things I like to scour yard sales and thrift stores for. These pans are great for cooking over fires with.
  21. Nalgene Water Bottle: Again, pretty self-explanatory. If you have to bug out, you’ll need something to carry water in when you stumble across it. At least one of these for each family member is a good place to start.
  22. Coleman 5319-700 MicroPacker LED Mini Lantern: small and convenient. A great alternative when the lights go out.
  23. Clear Water Bottle & Survival Kit: I stumbled across this on Amazon, and while it only has 1 review I think it’s awesome inspiration if you want to get creative. This would make a great gift for a new driver, the beginner prepper, the camper, the hunter…and so many more!
  24. Where There Is No Doctor: Another essential book to add to your collection.
  25. Homemade candles: No link because I am making these later this week and will have a post up about it 🙂

That’s it. What do you think? Is there anything I should have added?

What prepper Christmas gifts do you like to give?


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