The holidays are here, be it Christmas or Hanukah. If you are shopping now for the special people on your list you might be wondering what to get these friends and family members. If they are the self-reliant or prepper type you might be a bit stymied to boot!
So here are some ideas to get you thinking.
“Stocking Stuffers” can be anything from a key-ring type multi-functional tool, first aid kit, compass or wind chill indicator to a tote bag that connects to your belt, purse or fits in your pocket so your friend can always have a bag or tool handy.
Go Bags, First Aid Kits, non-electric items or old fashioned toys and the like can be purchased from all kinds of places. If your friends sew, knit, crochet, can, reload, hunt, fish or whatever hobby they have, a Gift Certificate to their favorite store will be welcomed. Here are some places for the self-reliant/Prepper type that I feel you get the best bang for your dollar with:
- Cumberland General Store (http://www.cumberlandgeneral.com/) is an American family owned and operated business with a commitment to providing you those hard-to-find back-to-basics items.
- Lehman's, (http://www.lehmans.com/) The supplier of the Amish. Tons of old fashioned home, kitchen, garden, ranch and farming tools as well as toys and games. Oil lamps and parts, handmade pottery and copper cookie cutters; wood-burning cook stoves and retro refrigerators; reminisce with wooden and tin toys, cast iron cookware, hand tools and water pumps.
- Campmor (http://www.campmor.com/) Not just camping but anything wilderness and outdoors. Tents, sleeping bags, boots, tools, food, supplies and they have the most comprehensive first aid kits.
- The Sportsman’s Guide (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/Main.aspx?) Name says it all plus ammo, kits, tools, supplies and more.
- Cheaper Than Dirt (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/) Ammunition, firearm parts & accessories, reloading equipment, kits, supplies and more.
- Emergency Essentials (http://beprepared.com/) Supplies, kits, food storage, tools and more. (An LDS best pick)
- Walton Feed (http://waltonfeed.com/) For open pollinated seeds and dehydrated foods (even gluten free).
- SOL or Survive Outdoors Longer (http://surviveoutdoorslonger.com/) Has a full range of small to go-bag sized kits for emergencies and first aid and much much more …
- American Red Cross Store (http://www.redcrossstore.org/) Has a complete line of non-electric emergency radios, first aid and go-bag kits of all sizes and shapes and more …
The Can Organizer (http://www.thecanorganizer.com/) These handy devils are first in first out rotating storage containers for canned goods. There are three sizes to choose from and range from $12.00 to $16.00 for a package of 4.
Does your Prepper friend or family member have some “books” or other loved documents in digital format? If yes, you can have a few of them printed and bound at Staples or Office Depot and places like that as a gift to your self-reliant relative.
Magazine Subscriptions are another great gift especially if that Prepper family member lives in a different state than you. My favorites are:
- The Backwoodsman http://www.backwoodsmanmag.com/ Also see http://backwoodsmercantile.com/Shop_Backwoods/ for items like: Bags, Books, Camping, Cooking, DVDs, Knives, Lighting, Survival, Tools, Water.
- Backwoods Home http://www.backwoodshome.com/ and Their Store http://www.backwoodshome.com/store/files/generalstore.html for all kinds of items.
- Countryside http://www.countrysidemag.com/ and their book store http://www.countrysidemag.com/store/bookstore.html or library http://www.countrysidemag.com/library.html
- Back Home http://www.backhomemagazine.com/ and their books, products and other items.
- Pioneer Living http://www.pioneerliving.net/ and their online store http://www.pioneerliving.net/thegeneralstore.htm
If your friend has had a particular learning/training course in mind, but has stated that they don’t have the funds for the registration? Well then contact the sponsor of that course and ask if you can pay for it and offer it as a gift certificate or coupon of sorts. Your relative will love you for this!
Books are always a good choice, just be sure your family member or friend is a reader. If they are the self-reliant or Prepper type, they no doubt are.
Read on for a complete list see Gift Ideas at http://www.scribd.com/doc/74318223/Gift-Ideas-for-Your-Self-Reliant-or-Prepper-Friends-Family
but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.
Ok I know I ’left some places out’. I didn’t mention Mother Earth News, Cabela’s, LL Bean, REI, Bass Pro Shop or the like because those places are expensive or just plain ‘yippie-yuppie’ and you can get just as good quality at the places I listed above (except for the boot that made LL Bean famous) for a whole lot less.
Nor did I mention any of the national department stores, as we all know what is available in our area with these, as well as what is available in any local independent store.
I also did not mention the magazine “The New Pioneer” presented by Country Almanac as it is an annual publication and I could not find a subscription source.
And I did not mention any of Ragnar Benson’s books – all of which are darn good. Some sources for his books can be found at: http://www.allbookstores.com/author/Ragnar_Benson.html and http://www.alibris.com/search/books/author/Benson,%20Ragnar or online in PDF format when you search for a particular title.
So use your imagination and listen closely when talking with your Prepper or self-reliant friends and family to get an idea of just what they are looking for. Then get them a gift they will cherish and use past the holiday season.
and not in what he is capable of receiving.”