I received a text this evening seeking suggestions on preparedness gifts for a spouse. After I shared a few, the inquiring party suggested I post a list for those people looking to buy preparedness gifts for others.
I hope this helps some of you. Here are some ideas:
Champion Generators. These are highly rated and available at Home Depot. I recommend getting a dual fuel version that allows you to run the generator or either gasoline or propane.
GMRS Radios. I own these. Do not be deterred from the less than stellar Amazon reviews; most of these reviews complain about the lack of range of these radios by people who apparently don't understand how they work. These are much better than the less expensive FRS models you buy at big box retailers.
These GMRS radios do require a license from the FCC, which costs $70 for ten years. No test required - just fill out the license app, pay the fee, and in about a day you'll get your license. Read more about the licensing and rules here. Read more about why preppers should consider getting GMRS radios here.
Knives. These are on sale today on Amazon. Great stocking stuffers and highly rated. (Thanks to Greg Ellifritz for the tip.) Great stocking stuffers. A great deal even when they are not on sale. And they come in a variety of colors.
Registration Fees for CPR/First Aid Classes. Many people value experiences more than things, and this is a fantastic experience you can give. Google "CPR training in my city" and choose an option offered by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
Flashlights. I have soured on Fenix as of late and have switched pretty much exclusively to SureFire and Streamlight for serious flashlights. The prices run the spectrum. I have yet to meet a man that tires of gifts of flashlights and knives. You can give them every year to the same guy.
Tarps from Harbor Freight. Yes, that Harbor Freight. Get the cheap ones. Lots of uses. Essentially disposable. I have nice tarps for certain applications, and then I have cheap ones from The Harbor. This particular one runs $2.99 and has a 4.6/5.0 rating from over 5,500 reviews. Buy several. Give them to your kids and tell them to build practice shelters with them, offering them Disaster Dollars when they do. Give a pack of them to the prepper in your life. They will find a lot of ways to use them.
Emergency Food Sample Packs. Emergency food can be an acquired taste. I highly - HIGHLY - recommend buying sample packs from the various vendors to see what you like and don't like before spending lots of money on a food supply from a particular vendor. Amazon has a wide choice from various vendors.
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