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Bug-Out/Bug-In: Best Gifts for Preppers

Got a prepper on your Christmas gift list this year? Has 2020 made a prepper out of you?

No matter what the deal is if you need to do some survival shopping, we got you covered!

Christmas Gift
Want to make sure they love your gift? Then keep reading!

We’re rounding up some of our favorite survival doo-dads, bug-out bags, how-to books, and more — so you’re sure to find a great gift for every budget.

Everything on our list is something we’ve tested hands-on, and maybe even bought for ourselves. There are no tactical toothbrushes here!

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Preppers aren’t hard to shop for!

Not to mention, we’re dividing up our list by stocking stuffers, best gifts for noobs, what hard-core preppers want, and more, so it’s easy to shop for your person!

Ready? Let’s boogie!

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You’d better be good…or else.

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Stocking Stuffers

These are all little things that your prepper will love! 

Tactical Stockings
Tactical Stockings

Silica Gel Packets

Cheap and ever so useful, a pack of these little silica gel packets is sure to delight.

They can be thrown in with food supplies, in gun cases, and with just about anything else that you don’t want moisture to ruin.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen 

Tactical pens are, in general, a favorite stocking stuffer of ours.

They’re super useful to keep on hand since they pull double duty as a defensive weapon and well…a ballpoint pen.

Defensive grip
Defensive grip of tactical pen

The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen is our favorite of the ones we’ve tested. It’s made from machined steel with a seriously grippy texture and a robust pocket clip.

Oh, and it writes like a dream, too!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It’s a little spendy so be prepared for that price tag.

If the Gerber is a tad much, check out our hands-on tactical pen reviews for some other great pens!

Leatherman Wave+

Preppers of every stripe L-O-V-E multitools. Seriously, I have like six, and I’m always looking at new ones.

The Leatherman Wave+ is one of our favorites around here.

Wave+ Opened
Wave+ Opened

It packs a lot of functionality into a pretty small package, and it feels like a quality tool.

There’s a reason Leatherman has been producing a version of the Wave since 1998.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Gerber Dime

If the Wave+ is a little bulky, the Gerber Dime might fit the bill a bit better.

I personally love Gerber’s products, and with my tiny girl hands, the Dime fits me better than bigger tools.

Gerber Dime Opened
Gerber Dime Opened

I also love that it comes with a specialized tool just for opening those pesky plastic clamshell packages…which is sure to make you Santa’s Favorite Helper come Christmas morning!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Oh, and we have tested out a few other multitools if none of these strike your fancy!

Steripen UV Water Purifier Pen

Water — it’s the source of life…and also the source of dysentery if you’re not careful.

Rather than kicking it Oregon Trail style this Christmas, why not bestow your lucky prepper with the gift of purified water? 

oregon trail died of dysentery
RIP

The Steripen UV Water Purifier uses ultraviolet light to kill off nasty little surprises in water.

But do note, it’s not the same as filtration, so dirt and grit will still need to be handled.

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L Tactical Light

We have run across A LOT of flashlights around here.

But one of our go-tos is the ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L.

ThruNite TN12 Accessories
ThruNite TN12 and Accessories

It’s affordable, easy to power and charge.

By the way, the light even has a pretty decent beam spread and range!

Editor's Choice (Tactical Flashlight)
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Though of course, you can also check out our favorite tactical lights for more ideas!

CAT Gen 7 Tourniquet

We collect these things religiously, especially when they go on sale. You can NEVER have too many TQs, especially if you (or your recipient) go on adventures.

The CAT Gen 7 is one of the most popular tourniquets out there because it’s easy to carry and easy to use.

TQ holder
Two is one and one is none when it comes to TQs!

Worth noting — the real deal isn’t cheap, but neither is a life (or a limb).

Don’t get tempted by super-low prices, since you’ll probably be getting a low-quality knock off.

EDITOR'S PICK
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For the At-Home Prepper

Is your prepper a homebody? Did they fortify their house against zombies?

Then they’re going to love getting gifts that make it easier for them to bug-in!

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Don’t decorate your gingerbread house while binging The Walking Dead.

5-Gallon Stackable Water Containers

Live in a place where potable water isn’t a guarantee?

Earthquakes, power outages, flooding, and other disasters can interrupt municipal water supplies and wells, so it never hurts to have a few gallons of clean water stashed away.

Water Storage, Food, & Ammo
Water Storage, Food, & Ammo

These 5-Gallon Stackable Water Containers don’t take up a whole lot of space considering how much water storage they offer.

And they’re also great for camping!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Surviveware Large First-Aid Kit

Every home needs a solid first-aid kit, and the Surviveware Large First-Aid Kit is my recommendation for home base.

Surviveware Large Kit Opened
Surviveware Large Kit Opened

It has a ton of emergency medical supplies for a variety of injuries, ranging from the not-so-serious to the “call 911.”

Check out our hands-on review of the Surviveware line to see what’s all included! Also, if you’re looking to bug-out longer, the Surviveware 72-Hour Bag may be up your alley. Check out our review of the 72-Hour Bag to learn more.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And, as a bonus, our readers get 10% from Surviveware with code PEWPEW.

Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Supply

The Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food Supply is one of the better meal options from our survival food taste-testing.

Spoiler alert, though: survival meals prioritize nutrition and ease of use over taste. :/ 

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Augason Farms Potato Soup

But, if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, nothing says “I love you” like 30 days of emergency meals, freeze-dried and packed in a handy bucket!

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

FoodSaver FM2100-000 Vacuum Sealer Machine System

A FoodSaver was something I was given a few years ago, and I never really used it…until I started prepping food during the early days of the ‘Rona.

Now, I can’t live without it. 

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My FoodSaver and jar attachments

This system lets you vacuum seal things into custom-sized baggies (great for freezing portions or making snack baggies for your bug-out-bag).

The jar attachment lets you vacuum seal mason jars without heat, which is pretty awesome, too.

MSR Guardian Purifier

Making sure you have access to clean water is at the top of any prepper’s list, and the MSR Guardian Purifier makes that pretty easy.

It is also the top of the line when it comes to civilian water purification. It even self-cleans!

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out more on the best water filters to learn more!

For the Prepper On the Go

Is your prepper more the “bug-out” type?

Here are some gift ideas to stash in their car or office so they can be ready for the worst, anywhere!

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Bug-out bag supplies make great gifts!

Surviveware Waterproof First-Aid Kit

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Surviveware Waterproof interior

Like the larger kit above, the Surviveware Waterproof First-Aid Kit is well-appointed with supplies and tools to fix your boo-boos.

And it comes in a completely sealed, completely waterproof case!

Surviveware Waterproof 1
Surviveware Waterproof lives up to the name!

You can’t beat good gear that won’t get soaked.

Remember, code PEWPEW at checkout for 10% off!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Midland GTX1000VP4 Two-Way Dual Band Radio Set

Comms are important in the apocalypse, but if your prepper isn’t a HAM operator, then FRS/GMRS two-way radios are THE way to go!

We like this set by Midland a lot since you can send one half of the set off with another person and stay in touch. It also gets NOAA weather alerts, comes with a desk charger, car charger, and headsets, and it’s splash-proof.

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Solo Stove

Solo Stove makes cute little flexible-fuel rocket stoves. They’re perfect for just one person (or two) and pack down quite small.

You can also get lots of accessories for them, like pots and alcohol burners to really round out their function. Mine goes with me every extended trip!

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Pack

Obviously, a great backpack is an amazing gift for anyone, but your prepper will love the 5.11 Tactical RUSH72 pack for their bug-out bag.

It makes a fantastic 72-hour bag! 5.11’s attention to detail makes their gear seriously worth the price. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It’s one of our favorite bug-out bags!

And if your giftee needs ideas about what to put in it, you might want to send them to our ultimate bug-out bag list!

For the Book Worm

We’d recommend survival books for any prepper, but if you have a voracious reader on your list, why not try one of these?

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If you know a bookworm, you’re familiar with this!

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide, by Joseph Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP is, hands-down, my favorite medical guide for civilians.

It’s meant to prepare you for situations where there’s no medical care available, but it also addresses what you need to know and have on hand to become your community’s medic.

Pair this with a first-aid kit for a really sweet gift.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens

Another favorite on my shelf, Just in Case by Kathy Harrison.

It’s a great prepping book for new preppers with a common-sense take on what you need to know to keep your home and family ready for disasters.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

Our final book pick is the SAS Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” Wiseman.

Written for the British Special Air Service — some serious bad-asses — it covers survival in pretty much any situation imaginable, including urban survival.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For the Noob

Is your prepper new to the world of survivalism? Are you?

Here are some of our favorite buys that will show your lil’ noob you’re thinking of them!

Noobs Everywhere
But we love them so!

Sabre 3-in-1 Defensive Spray

Pepper spray is legal in every state in the U.S., so it makes a thoughtful present for anyone on your list.

We’d pick the Sabre 3-in-1 Defensive Spray over those cutesy little pink canisters since this is the stuff trusted by law enforcement.

Sabre 3-in-1 and Inert Training Spray
Sabre 3-in-1 and Inert Training Spray

It’s designed to be easy and fast to use — unlike those keychain cans.

You can also throw in a practice canister for your recipient to train with!

Best Pepper Spray
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw is the OG personal water filter company. There are other options out there that do similarly, but around here, we all pack at least one LifeStraw in our bags.

They’re super lightweight, easy to use, and have no weird, gimmicky features that can break or leave you wondering if you’re using it right.

Best Personal Water Filter
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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Surviveware Small First-Aid Kit

Every prepper needs a good first-aid kit, and Surviveware’s Small First-Aid Kit is very user-friendly.

The smaller size also makes it more portable.

The Interior of the Small Kit
The Interior of the Small Kit

It’s a great kit for someone who wants to be prepared, but isn’t ready to build their own EMT go-bag. 

And our readers get 10% off with code PEWPEW at Surviveware!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

JetBoil

These little backpacking stoves are really neat!

JetBoil can heat a liter of water to boiling in just 100 seconds. Not to mention, they pack down teeny tiny, which makes them a welcome addition to a backpacking kit or bug-out bag!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

SOS 3600 Calorie Ration Bar

If you don’t have one of these SOS Ration Bars rattling around in your car, are you really a prepper?

These bricks pack over 3,000 calories into cookie-like little bars that have a shelf life of five years. 

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SOS Food Bar

They even won the prestigious award of “not as bad as we were expecting it to be” during our survival ration taste test!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Goal Zero Crush Light Solar Powered Lantern

Preppers love versatility. It’s a fact.

And the Goal Zero Crush Light fits that bill pretty dang well! Not only is it solar-powered, but it also smooshes down flat for storage and it has USB ports to charge your devices.

Hell yeah!

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at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For the Paw-rent

Got fur babies to prep for?

Here are some things we like to keep on hand for our puppers. 

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Oh puppy, no…

Kurgo Baxter Dog Pack

Make Spot carry his own bug-out bag!

The Kurgo Baxter is one of my favorite dog packs, and it also comes in the Big Baxter, which is sized for large dogs.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Need ideas about what to put in it? Check our doggie bug-out bag how-to!

Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Dog Energy Bar

Just like people, puppies need a little energy boost, too!

Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Dog Energy Bars are small little treats that pack a lot of nutrition and calories in to give your pup the power to keep walking.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Carhartt Chore Coat

Every dog needs a cozy coat, especially if they’re used to being cozy indoors and you find yourselves spending a lot of time outside.

Carhartt’s Chore Coat is durable, snuggly, and water repellent — way better than that cute little Petco sweater!

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

RATS Tourniquet

Normally, I’m not a fan of a RATS tourniquet, especially when you can get your hands on a CAT, but unlike the CAT, a RATS can be used on smaller limbs, like pets or kids.

If you’re going to prep for your pup, it’s necessary to keep at least one tourniquet on hand for them. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

We hope our list has given you some great gift ideas for the prepper and survivalist in your life! From water filtration tools to gifts for Fido, we’ve covered just about everything your prepper could ever hope to see under the tree.

And honestly — it’s still 2020. Everybody could use a little prepping in their life. 

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Prepper Santa knows what’s up!

What’s something you’d add to our list? Any of these things on your list for Santa? Let us know in the comments below! And if you want to learn more, check out Prepping 101!

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