Finding the perfect gift for my family and friends is always a challenge.
Every year, I’m never sure what to get my Dad, wife, friends, kids, grandkids, etc.
Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine’s 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:
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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 fit comfortably 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 purses 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 your hand. This is a survival gift that shows you care.
It says, “I value your friendship enough to give you a valuable survival tool. One that will help keep you safe on all your outdoor adventures”.
The TACT Bivvy is incredibly lightweight 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 and resistant to tearing, 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, keeping you warm in brutally cold temperatures.
It will keep both rain and wind off, helping to avoid deadly hypothermia.
And unlike an emergency blanket, it has taped seams to ensure a sealed barrier between you and what could kill you (freezing temps).
Use it as a stand-alone 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 Pocket Jumper Pro 2.0 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?
Instead, give your loved ones and friends a portable vehicle jump starter.
The Pocket Jumper Pro 2.0 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.
When a survival item can do more than 1 thing, that’s an item worth carrying. So the fact that this paracord survival kit can help you catch fish, start a fire, and more means it should be part of your gear.
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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 you 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 a 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 Biolite CampStove 2+ is a newer piece of survival gear that I recently discovered. It uses heat from biomass to generate electricity.
The tagline for the Biolite Wood Burning Camping Stove is, “World’s 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, smartphone, GPS device, or computer? Brilliant!
The Biolite Wood Burning CampStove 2+ 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 2 Grow Seed Varieties
- 100% Heirloom (no hybrid or GMOs)
- 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.
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The key to the Tesla 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 This Telsa Electric Lighter, you can confidently get a fire built in the most adverse conditions.
This reliable lighter won’t let you down when the skies turn dark.
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 and a blue indicator light to show you it’s charging.
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 unique boot laces are made from 7 strands 550 paracord with 2 ferrod rods and a fire striker built in.
The rods are on each end of the lace, and the striker is stashed at the halfway point of your laces.
Easy to Use: 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, lightweight, 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 immediately replace their boot’s laces 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 its quality solar cooking products.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a solar meal powered by the sun.
The Sun Oven is specifically designed to reach oven temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This 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
- The lightweight, portable solar oven reaches 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Made in America
- It comes with a Cookbook 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)
- It 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 harder for the would-be intruder to access 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.
These water storage containers have an ingenious design that allows you to store and pour 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.
These are the containers that I personally use for my water stockpile.
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
- It comes in a protective sealed bag
- It 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.
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 an RFID Safe Wallet. When in this safe shield, RFID scanners are blocked from stealing your sensitive information.
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 piercing, high-pitched 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 emergency scenario and specific tips on how to survive.
Survival playing cards are another great stocking stuffer or office gift exchange idea.
It’s extremely useful every single day to power their smartphone while they’re on the go.
And from a survival perspective, you’re giving the gift of free electrical power – the gift that keeps on giving.
This is one of those survival gifts where you buy two because you want one too!
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 if 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.
Looking For Even More Survival Gifts?
Here’s a video I made where I reviewed 19 affordable and high-quality survival gifts.
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 worths 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, as are the Skilled Survival readers. So make sure to let us know of your favorite survival gift ideas in the comments below.
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“Just In Case” Jack
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