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Top 10 Gifts for Survivalists

Updated on February 16, 2012

Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide!

Do you have a friend or family member who is a survivalist, and you don't know what to get them for Christmas? Does your relative, neighbor, friend, or co-worker constantly tell you to prepare for tough times, and warn you that the world economy might collapse? If you haven't been preparing for the worst yourself, you might wonder what to get your survivalist friend. Here are some ideas that you might want to consider.

Some day you may cook with a stick too
Some day you may cook with a stick too

The world is becoming a more complicated place. People are talking about hyperinflation. Greece and Ireland have already accepted bailouts in Europe. People are rioting in France, England, and Greece; experts warn that protests are coming to the United States.

I think that we need to be prepared, and your friends might as well. On this camping trip I went to (photo above), I forgot to bring metal utensils and ended up cooking with a stick. People are gathering supplies so that they won't end up cooking with sticks (or without food) in the future.

Although I've tried to make this page fun, being unprepared in an emergency certainly is not.

#1: Food

Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles #10 Can
Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles #10 Can

You're not going to survive if you don't have something to eat. The thing about food is, you can never have too much. Many of these food supplies, stored in #10 cans, will last for 15 years. That should be enough for your survivalist buddy to get his or her own farm going. One good thing about giving food is... if they have extra food and you're hungry, they might be kind enough to share some with you. At this link you'll find a drop-down menu where you can order different types of food.

 

#2: Gold, Silver, and Copper

If your survivalist friend is prepared with food already, they might want to stock up on gold next. Like food, you can never have too much gold and silver. You can always exchange it for food, clothes, and other necessities. Pure gold and silver is good for investments, but "junk silver" like the 90% and 60% silver coins that are available, could be useful to buy things like loaves of bread in a financial crisis.

Lately, some people have started to buy copper. Why copper? Even silver is starting to get a little expensive. When the world falls apart, you might want to be able to have smaller amounts of money to spend. Copper can also be made into things like pots and other useful items.

#3: Emergency Radio

Kaito KA007, 4 Way Powered Portable Emergency Radio, Dynamo, Solar Power,Built in Battery and Regular Battery Power With AM/FM Shortwave, Flashlight !
Kaito KA007, 4 Way Powered Portable Emergency Radio, Dynamo, Solar Power,Built in Battery and Regular Battery Power With AM/FM Shortwave, Flashlight !

If the world really goes under, the survivalist will still want to know what is going on in the world. Even if the power and radio goes out here, your prepared friend will want to know if nukes are going off in North Korea or if the president is still in control at the White House. A regular FM radio won't do. This radio is solar, dynamo, plug-in, and battery powered, so it doesn't matter if the store shelves are empty of batteries. Radio stations out in America? No problem! This radio gets shortwave too.

 

#4: Home Canning Kit

Granite Ware Enamel-on-Steel Canning Kit, 9-Piece
Granite Ware Enamel-on-Steel Canning Kit, 9-Piece

Freeze-dried food can get old after a while, which is why a lot of people are turning to the arts that their parents abandoned, like home canning. Canned fruit tastes delicious, and will last for quite a while. That's why this gift is great.

 

Is Hyperinflation Coming?

Perhaps this is one of the reasons your survivalist friend is getting prepared...

#6: Water Purifier

Katadyn Water Microfiltration - For Backpacking, hiking, camping, or emergency water purification, Purify up to 13,000 gallons
Katadyn Water Microfiltration - For Backpacking, hiking, camping, or emergency water purification, Purify up to 13,000 gallons

We all need water to survive. Although we can have a small amount of water set aside, for long-term preparedness, your survivalist friend will need to purify water.

 

#7: Shelter

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204" L x 120" W x 72" H
Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204" L x 120" W x 72" H

If things really start to go bad, with rioting in the streets and all, some survivalists may want to head for the hills -- literally. This tent will keep your survivalist friend and his or her family in comfort on the go. If your friend is alone or has a small family, there are smaller tents available.

 

#8: Back to Basics

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition

This is a classic book. My parents aren't exactly survivalists, but they had an older copy of this book. When signs of economic downturn started hitting, I decided to get this updated copy for myself. If you need to know how do do things pioneer-style, this book is a great help.

 

#9: Fire Starter

SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter and Magnesium Fuel Bar, Flint and Steel Kit
SE FS374 All-Weather Emergency 2-IN-1 Fire Starter and Magnesium Fuel Bar, Flint and Steel Kit

If you've ever seen the television show Survivor, then you know that if you're stranded on a deserted island with nothing but 16 other strangers and a bunch of television cameras, you need to know how to get fire. Even if the strangers and television cameras are not present, fire is still an essential skill to have if you want to survive out in the wilderness or on a deserted beach.

 

#10: Portable Generator

All Power America APG3014, 1400 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator
All Power America APG3014, 1400 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator

If things aren't too bad, but the electricity has gone out, your survivalist friend might want a little electricity. These portable generators are not only great for when the country's electrical power grid goes out, they're wonderful during storms too.

 

For More Information...

Perhaps your friend might be interested in emergency preparedness, but you've gotten intrigued. How do you find out more information about surviving disaster? Check out some of these links.

Are you shopping for yourself, or for others? Leave your comments here.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for good shopping suggestions! I believe we should all be prepping... constantly.

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      PatriciaJoy 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great ideas for the survivalist on our gift list and ourselves. Angel blessings.

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      denise777alexan 5 years ago

      I love your lens, any suggestions for mine?

      https://hubpages.com/health/hurricane-survival-kit

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for this information I have featured it on my new survival checklist lens.

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Very helpful, hope my hubby doesn't find this lense!

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      Prepperdad LM 6 years ago

      Great List. I am thinking about buying several for myself for Christmas!

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      ljm63 7 years ago

      We have a generator and it has saved us more than one time after blackouts and hurricanes...best thing we ever bought! (and the neighbors loved us too!)

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      Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

      Can't sell firearms on Squidoo. But they are good ideas.

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      David Gardner 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Great lens! We all live in areas that could be susceptible to disasters of some sort -- natural or man-made-- and it's good to be prepared. I've lived in tornado country, tsunami country, earthquake country, blizzard country, typhoon country, and flooding country... so I've seen much need for a "disaster preparedness" closet. I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your lens to my disaster lenses! Congrats on a great job!

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      Zoltan1 7 years ago

      Cool list. Could include seeds, fishing pole, firearm, too.

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      Nice lens. Short and consise. I am one to believe in always being prepared for the emergency of "have not".

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      we have been without electricity a few days already due to the bad weather! and it was great to have the emergency generator! we felt like kings that night, but in all honesty it was good to be able to help out our elderly neighbours making sure they had hot drinks etc. I would not do without an emergency kit!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      A clever concept. It's good to be prepared for the unexpected.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Not doing much shopping for anybody this year, but those gifts I do give will be double-duty items similar in nature to the ideas presented here. This is a nice list of useful items. The video is interesting, just a bit on the long side. I've bookmarked it to come watch later on this evening.

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