Finding the perfect gift for my family and friends is always a challenge.
Every year, I’m never sure what to get Dad, what to get my Wife, what to get my friends, kids, grandkids etc.
Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentines Day, or just because…ugh! It never ends…
Every year, I rack my brain, I search the web, but none of the “best gifts for men” or “best gifts for women” articles are worth a crap.
Those articles only list the most obvious, boring gifts and lack any creativity.
Getting someone a gift from one of those lists says, “Here’s a boring, safe generic gift that you probably don’t want, but it’s all I could find, sorry!”
So this article is your solution. Here’s the secret to getting a great gift this time around.
“Everybody loves survival gifts.”
They are unique, they are interesting, they are creative, they say you care, and they are awesome. This list has something for everyone (as you’ll soon discover). And if you happen to be buying for someone who is truly interested in survival, then this list is an absolute gold mine. You may have just found the last “gift list” you’ll ever need.
This is Skilled Survival’s 10 Best Survival Gifts List:
This super bright tactical flashlight gets rave testimonials from our readers daily. Not only does this LED flashlight look badass, but your family or friends will use it every day.
It’s ideally sized to comfortably fit in your pocket. But you should also stash one in your vehicle and survival bag. I even know several ladies who carry one in their purse and love it.
It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas. It makes a great Birthday present, too. We’ve even sold them as an awesome Groomsman gift.
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The TACT Bivvy is an ingenious emergency sleeping bag that fits in size of your hand. This is a survival gift that shows you care.
It says, “I value your friendship enough to give you a value survival tool. One that will help keep you safe on all your outdoor adventures”.
The TACT Bivvy is incredibly light-weight and compact. It only weighs 6.2 oz, so it’s not a burden to take with you into the wilderness. It stores wherever it’s most convenient which makes this survival gift versatile.
The TACT Bivvy is made from heat-reflecting Mylar and coated with a unique material called Heatsheets. This material is highly durable, resistant to tearing, and stretches so it can be used over and over again.
The TACT Bivvy protects you from the elements. The Heatsheets material reflects 90% of your body’s heat back to you it keeping you warm in brutally cold temps. It will keep both rain and wind off of you, helping to avoid deadly hypothermia. And unlike a regular sleeping bag, it has taped seams that provide a sealed barrier between you and what could kill you (
And unlike a regular sleeping bag, it has taped seams to ensure a sealed barrier between you and what could kill you (freezing temps).
Use it as a stand-alone emergency survival blanket or slide it inside a traditional sleeping bag to improve your sleeping bag’s rating by up to 20 degrees!
It’s a fantastic survival gift for everyone on your list.
The POD – X1 is the perfect survival gift for that practical person on your list.
Listen; jumper cables are clunky and they rely on a second vehicle. So if you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, how are jumper cables going to save you? They’re not.
Instead, give your loved ones and friends the world’s smallest vehicle jump starter. Here are all the specs:
- One Charge Gives 20 Vehicle Jumps
- Charges a Smart Phone at Least 4 Times
- Holds Charge for 6 Months (even without use)
- Full Charging Time: 3 Hours
- 5 Volt USB Port – Charges Cell Phones, MP3 Players, Tablets, Cameras, GPS Units and More
- Includes A High-Power LED Flashlight With 3 Functions: Flashlight, Strobe, and Coast Guard-Approved S.O.S. Flash Patterns
- Size: 5 x 3 x 1 Inches
- Weighs Only 8 Ounces
- Output: 5V (2A); 12V Jump Start
- Input: 15V (1A)
- Operating Temperatures: 32˚F-140˚F
- Battery Power: 8,000mh
- 200 Amp Jump Start Port
- Will Not Charge Large RV or Diesel Vehicles
The POD – X1 is a practical person’s dream gift and it’s so small it will fit in most Christmas stockings.
If you’ve read any Skilled Survival articles in the past, you may have noticed that we advocate owning and wearing paracord. Paracord has many survival uses and can be incorporated into lots of paracord projects.
I also know that our readers are diehard Patriots. We share a deep love of country and truly understand what it means to be an American.
Freedom, Liberty, and Self-Reliance are the values we hold dear. So why not get your family and friends the gift of survival and patriotism all wrapped in one with a Patriot Paracord Bracelet.
This is one survival gift I hope my wife and kids get me (and I hope they read this post – hint, hint). To me, solar is a revolutionary technology for those who are striving to be self-reliant. From off-grid solar power to solar chargers, if a device includes solar, it no longer depends on electricity.
Plus, illumination is often critical to survival success. Being able to see what you’re doing (or where you’re going) in the dark will help avoid dangerous mistakes. That’s why this portable, lightweight, Luci EMRG Solar Lantern is a perfect survival gift (plus, great for those who enjoy camping or backpacking).
Leave this solar lantern out in the sun for a few hours to charge it up, then turn it on when needed.
- No batteries Needed
- A Single Charge Provides Up To 12 Hours Of Illumination
- Compact (1 inch tall when deflated)
The tagline for the Biolite Wood Burning Camping Stove is, “Worlds first camp stove & portable phone charger.”
In a survival situation, you’re going to want to build a fire. And it will be handy to keep your cell phone working for a quick rescue. So how about using the heat from that fire to charge your cell phone, smart phone, GPS device, or computer? Brilliant!
The Biolite Wood Burning Camp Stove is also excellent for those who like to camp in remote locations. Amazing places without toilets or electrical outlets. So needless to say, backpackers and adventurers will love this unique survival gift.
This is one of those gifts that nobody even knows to put on their list, but once they get it they light up immediately. It’s a guaranteed winner.
This is the ideal survival gift for those with a green thumb. The Survival Seed Vault includes:
- 20 Simple To Grow Seed Varieties
- 100% Heirloom (no hybrid or GMO’s)
- High Yield and High Germination Rates
- Sealed Can For Long Term Storage (5+ years)
This is literally a garden in a can! Store it for a “rainy day” or use it next spring, either way, it’s a great survival gift.
This is another newer technology that the survival world has just started to embrace. The key to the Tesla USB Double Arc Electric Lighter is the fact that it uses electricity and not fuel to spark a fire. Which makes it both windproof and waterproof.
Can your cheapo plastic lighter catch flame in a violent rainstorm? Not likely. However, with the Tesla Electric Lighter, you can confidently get a fire built in the most adverse conditions.
When the skies turn dark, this reliable lighter won’t let you down.
The bottom line is: This is the simplest fire starter you’ll ever use. Just hold the side button down, and you’ll ignite a double arc of electricity that’ll get your outdoor cooking going in no time.
Once completely charged, the double arc lighter allows for 300 sparks. That’s about 100 more than the competition. The USB lighter includes a small charging port at the base, as well as a blue indicator light to show you it’s charging.
The Tesla lighter is made of zinc alloy (not plastic). Which means it won’t fall apart like a cheap lighter. This Telsa lighter is built to last and makes for an excellent survival gift.
Paracord Fire Laces are a survival gift idea that few people have heard about. These “boot laces” are made from 7 strand 550 paracord with 2 ferrod rods and a fire striker built in.
The rods are on the each end of the lace and the striker is stashed at the half way point of your laces.
Easy to Use: Simply remove the plastic covering on the end of your shoelaces to expose the small Ferro rod. Then use the included metal striker to scrap the rod and create sparks into a pile of tinder.
Starting A Fire Is As Easy As 1-2-3:
- Remove the protective rubber tip from the lace end exposing the ferrod tip
- Quickly scrape the provided metal plate on the ferrod tip
- Direct the hot sparks at your intended tinder bundle
This survival gift is easy to use, light-weight, decreet, sturdy, waterproof, and versatile. What’s not to love?
It’s ideal for anyone with a pair of work boots or hiking boots. Seriously, everyone should replace their boot’s laces immediately with these paracord fire laces.
This is a perfect gift for any survivalist who loves to cook. The All American Sun Oven brand is known for their quality solar cooking products.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a meal powered by the sun. The Sun Oven is specifically designed to reach oven temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Which means you can cook all your favorite meals you cook in your conventional oven.
It’s ideal for hot summer days when you’d rather avoid using your oven. It’s great for cooking when the power is out. And it’s a must have for those who like oven cooked meals in a campground.
The All American Sun Oven bundle includes:
- 3-Piece Roaster with Lid and Rack, Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set, Easy-Stack Pots with interchangeable Lids and Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurization Indicator
- Lightweight, portable solar oven reaches 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Made in America
- Comes with eCookbook with 600 recipes
11 – Door Stop Alarm
Sure, there are crazy expensive home security systems you could install in your home. But this door stop alarm creates an intense noisy racket that will scare off intruders at an incredibly low price point.
Here’s how this clever little door stop alarm works:
- It acts as a door wedge to prevent entry
- It blasts a high decibel siren when the door is pushed open
- Works on carpet and hardwood (and virtually any flooring surface)
- Can be used in your home, your office, and even a hotel room
- Perfect for a college dorm room or a rental unit (where you can’t install another security system)
- It cannot be disabled, before entry, by would-be intruders (like some home security systems)
All you need to do is place the door stop alarm on the inside of the door and arm it.
If someone tries to open the door, the door stopper will make it much much harder for the would-be intruder to gain access to your home through the doorway.
On top of the mechanical stopping power, this door stop alarm will sound the alarm once the door has made contact with it. Watch the video below for a quick demo.
12 – Survival WaterBrick
The WaterBrick has an ingenious design that allows you to build a lego-like wall of water. These bricks interlock to maximize the amount of water you can store in the least amount of space.
They are obviously perfect for storing water but can also store:
- Dry Goods
- Important documents
They can even be used in other creative ways like weighing down the trunk of your car for better traction on slippery winter roads.
You also get a handy little water spigot for free, when you order 4 or more, so you can easily access the water you’ve stored when you need it most. So no more spilling half of your water supply when you need a glass of water.
This is where the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter comes in handy.
It’s hard to believe that these little guys can do all of the following:
- Filter 1,000 liters of contaminated water without iodine or other chemicals
- Remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria like E. Coli & Cholera
- Remove 99.9% of waterborne parasites like Giardia & Crypto
- Exceeds EPA standards for water filters
- Chemical-free filtration
- Filters particles of 0.2 microns
- Made from BPA-free plastic
- No batteries; requires no power supply
- Comes in a protective sealed bag
- Weighs only 2 ounces
- Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 9 inches
The LifeStraw water filter is a great survival gift for campers, hikers, preppers, survivalists, and anyone who needs to purify water on the go.
This survival gift might at first seem redundant considering we have the TACT Bivvy at #2 on this list.
But adding this emergency survival blanket was not by accident.
You see, the TACT Bivvy is, as described above, like a sleeping bag. It’s great to curl up in and hunker down.
There are times when you can’t afford to hunker down and you have to keep moving. That’s what having an emergency survival blanket comes in handy.
Made with the same space age material developed by NASA, these emergency survival blankets will reflect up to 90% of your body heat back to you to help keep you warm (and alive).
If you do, you’re at risk. A bad person can scan your card while it’s in your wallet or purse and steal all your credit card information.
If they do, you’ll likely find yourself with some unexpected charges on your next statement.
The easiest way to protect yourself is to put your chipped cards into a Safe Wallet Shield. When in this safe shield, RFID scanners are blocked from stealing your sensitive information.
- Each blocking sleeve protects up to 2 credit cards or IDs
- Approved for protective use by the U.S. Government
- Made of special alloy that blocks unwanted RFID signals
- Durable and tear-resistant
- Holds all standard-size credit cards, debit cards, and IDs
- Weighs less than 0.5 ounces
- Made in the USA
16 – The Scream Whistle
Every set of keys needs a Scream Whistle.
It’s proven that loud whistle noises get people to STOP doing something they shouldn’t be doing (just like the door stop alarm listed at #11 above).
That’s exactly what this low-tech security device can do.
With one puff of air, you’re able to create a high piercing sound as loud as 100 decibels which will get attention. And if you’re being attacked, attention is exactly what you want.
Each of these Survival Playing Cards details a unique survival or emergency scenario as well as specific tips on how to survive.
Survival playing cards are another great stocking stuffer or office gift exchange idea.
A Bunch Of Bonus Ideas –
Ok, I have a hard time believing at least one of the previous survival gift ideas didn’t fit the bill. But in the off chance that it did not, I’ll give you some more gear ideas for your “impossible-to-buy -for” friends. Here’s a list of Skilled Survival articles that include survival gear recommendations. While many of these articles focus on more than just gear, they do touch on some decent ideas for you to consider.
Survival Gifts Wrap Up
Hopefully, you were able to find that perfect survival gift for that “hard-to-shop-for” person in your life. I still struggle occasionally to find good survival gift ideas, but with this list, I have a few years worth of ideas to work through before I run out.
Time to share: What survival gift ideas do you recommend? I’m always looking for new ideas and so are the Skilled Survival readers. So make sure to let us know of your favorite survival gift ideas are in the comments below.