(See part 1 of this series here)
Are you getting inspired by the idea of helping your friends and family become more prepared this holiday season? I have to admit, I’m having a ton of fun coming up with these ideas. I have some family members who further along their journey to preparedness than others, and I love the thought of finding something they haven’t seen yet (or haven’t splurged on for themselves). On the other hand, being able to help others get started is exciting to me – I hope that something I get them will serve them well at some point.
That said, give this second installment to my list a look-see. Maybe you’ll spot just the right little item for someone you love as well!
- Hand sanitizer – Find out if the recipient uses the standard alcohol-based sanitizers or prefers herbal or essential oil based products. I adore the offerings of Grove and Clean Well, personally.
- SAS Survival Guide Pocket Edition by John Wise- While bigger stockings might hold the full-sized version, this pint-sized edition is super handy. Our copy has been toted around the planet by my son since he was about four years old. He fell in love with it because it was “bubby sized”; he keeps it around as a preteen because it’s just so useful!
- Multitool – Pick a brand, any brand. Depending on your budget, you might go with a starter from Wal-Mart (under $5) or a hefty beast that can take on almost anything (we like SOG products at my house). Just remember to take into account the maturity level and activities of the recipient – a discussion about proper use and not carrying it into a classroom might be in order.
- Seed sprouting kit – Know someone who wants to eat healthier or loves gardening but has no land? A sprouting kit in a jar might be just the ticket!
- Mylar emergency blanket – Just one of many things that can go in their glove box, backpack, or office drawer as a key start to an emergency kit.
- Freeze dried food in small pouches – Fruits like banana and peach slices are handy as the beginnings of a food storage effort, as they let the recipient test out a few brands before committing to anything. A fun option for kids are dessert items like cheesecake bites, astronaut ice cream, and the “Snackies” line from Thrive Life.
- Water collection/filtration device – The hikers and hunters on your gift list will probably appreciate a good metal canteen or water bottle (not insulated – that way they can boil water and cook directly in it!); if you know the person is trying to put together their first emergency kit, you might lean more toward a Seychelle water bottle or a Lifestraw or Sawyer filter, or even a container of water purification tablets. You can even find Nalgene bottles with emergency kits in them at your local outdoor store – even more bang for your buck.
- Fire starter/fire starting kit – Another goodie you can go peruse in the camping section of your favorite store, again keeping in mind the maturity level of your recipient. Fire starting can be as simple as some strike-anywhere matches (add a couple of jar candles and it’s decorative and functional) or a handsewn leather bag with tinder, flint & steel, and much more. I’ve gotta say, Mrs. Santa is making sure a there’s a Bushcraft Necklace from Wazzoo Survival Gear in her own stocking this year. Just sayin…..
It’s that time of year again – folks are trying to get their holiday shopping done and hopefully stay on budget. For those who want to get their family more prepared, this is the perfect time to pick up a few little things that can add up to a lot if an emergency strikes. In some cases, you may just be filling in some gaps in your own home; in others, you can help someone who isn’t currently thinking about preparedness get started. Here are just a few ideas to get you thinking, whether you’re filling a Christmas stocking or setting out items for each night of Hanukkah.
- Headlamp (and batteries) – Handy (ha!) for hands-free light when changing a tire or finding your way through the house in a power outage
- Tactical pen/pen light – Great force multiplier in situations where one can’t carry other weapons, as well as for the usual uses of a pen or small flashlight
- Pocket-sized tin of their favorite tea – I’ve made good use of the Harney & Sons’ chamomile “Tagalong” tin in my purse; you can even fit a little packet of sugar or creamer in with the sachets.
- Hand and foot warmers – As the family member with perpetually cold hands, I find these in my stocking every year (and my kids giggle waiting for me to get to them)
- Mini First Aid kit – There are even TSA-compliant travel kits that include a CPR mask and earplugs. A certain someone in my family may or may not be receiving one of these for their travels. 😉
- Playing cards – Keep an eye out for those with plant ID, survival tips, knot tying, or other useful info to double the usefulness of the cards.
- Box of ammo – Have a hunter or target shooter in the family? Find out their favorite gauge or caliber and throw a box of shells or rounds in their stocking.
- Jerky, granola, or other nonperishable treats – Full disclosure: these may not actually make it to the emergency kit – but hey, you tried, right?
Stay tuned for more ideas – including themed gifts that are great ANY time of year, for everything from baby showers and birthdays to pet adoptions and housewarmings!
Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. Here’s my list of frugal doings for the week – I look forward to reading yours as well!
Fueled truck at Kroger affiliate with $1 off rewards points ($1.699/gal vs $2.699)
Used coupons on snacks for college class day
Sold son’s completed Teaching Textbooks to a friend (saved her $75 vs new; earned us $45)
Took navy showers
Let the yellow mellow
Daughter took free art class at local college; the flight school class my son was sitting in on ended, but the instructor gave him Continue reading
Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. These weekly posts are some of my very favorites to read – both Brandy’s posts and her readers’ comments provide a great deal of inspiration and encouragement for me. True confession time, folks: I have taken to writing a list in my journal all week to keep track of anything and everything we’ve done that is even slightly frugal. Sometimes it feels like I’m not doing enough! I’m hoping that by keeping this list, I’ll have a reminder that at least I tried. 😉
Here’s what I scrawled in the journal this week:
*Took Navy showers
*Used personal cloth for #1
*Used drying rack for all laundry done by me (Daughter used dryer for one load of hers)
*Baked potatoes in Sun Oven – still a learning process, so they weren’t quite done, but we cut a lot of the (natural gas) oven usage with the S.O. Also made brownies and a dinner of bratwurst and sauerkraut in Sun Oven. Continue reading
Each week Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker shares her frugal accomplishments from the previous week. These weekly posts are some of my very favorites to read – both Brandy’s posts and her readers’ comments provide a great deal of inspiration and encouragement for me. Here are my frugal doings from last week:
*Turned off ice maker in freezer; put a jar of filtered water in the fridge to get cold & informed daughter (who is the main one using ice right now) of the change
*Cut 4 handkerchiefs for myself out of two old T-shirts
*Took Navy showers
*Packed lunch for myself and kids for Continue reading