So its that season again and you always end up wondering what to get. It also happens to be the right time to give that present that may happen to plant that seed that one day could sprout into a full survival mindset! I'm breaking it down into $100, $50 and $25 price range (give or take)
This is a great gift for a like-minded person that appreciates functionality, generally favored by military, LE and outdoors enthusiasts. At 155 bucks these aren’t exactly cheap but this Casio Pathfinder has altimeter, sunrise/sunset, barometer, thermometer and compass besides the typical functions found in the watches. It’s also solar, so you forget about batteries and the waterproofing problems that always follow opening the case for battery replacement.
I have one that is somewhat similar, the CasioProtrek PRW2500T-7 but being made of titanium and having a few more funtions makes it twice as expensive. On the bright side the resin and rubber wristband models are lighter.
2)Surefire P2X Fury Dual Output LED $ 109.89
One of the latest LED lights by Surefire, the dual mode puts out real 500 lumens and 15 lumens on low mode. There are a bunch of excellent flashlight manufacturers, but there's a reason why the military sticks to Surefire.
3)Leatherman Wave $62.47
For those that want top notch stuff, The Charge Tti is a bit more expensive but its absolutely worth it with its premium blade steel and comfortable titanium sculptured panels. That's my first choice, and I keep a Wave as backup at home.
4) Leatherman Charge TTI $117.00
Seven inches of 1095 Cro-van steel, shaped into a true American icon of a knife. Any guy with warm blood running through his veins would love to have one of these and could use a spare one as well. Its not just a fighting knife, it’s a time proven classic that works for all general purpose applications where a knife is needed. For the average prepper that simply wants a reliable tool this one will serve them well too. Heck, I’d love to get one of these for Christmas myself!
This radio isn’t just good for staying informed during emergencies, it could be used to calling for help too which might be an invaluable asset. It has a LED flashlight, alarm and a USB port so as to crank charge your cellphone and other gadgets (that will sure take a while)
8) Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 $40.67
I’ve owned several of these and I believe them to still be the best value today in terms of folders, an outstanding knife for the money. Ive lost one to a police officer and another one to a fellow shooter, both of them good friends that clearly needed them more than I did and are probably putting them to good use right now. Great gift.
The Spyderco Tenacious is similar, slightly smaller and cheaper, still a great knife for $33.90
Of course, shameless self-promotion! In my defense, ever since I published it though, not a week goes by without several people emailing me, thanking me for writing it. In many cases, its people that weren’t into survival and preparedness and my book set them on the right track. From die-hard survivalists that needed a more realistic approach to teens and soccer moms, it just feels great to be told you’ve positively influenced someone’s life
10)Leathermam Micra $21.61
These are great for “converting” people. Being so small, they don’t think much about keeping one on their keychain. A couple weeks later they start wondering how they got by without it.
Tight Budget? Here’s some bonus sub $10 gifts suggestions anyone would love to get:
Nothing says I love you like a pink can of pepper spray! :-) Show the ladies in your family you care about them too by giving these this Christmas. Really, they think its cute and end up carrying it, which is always a good thing.
Very popular and practical keychain tool.
As with the Gerber Artifact and the Leatherman Micra, its only after having it in their keychain for a few weeks that people start wondering how they got around without it before.