How many of you are like us? We hate shopping. Period. We do almost all our shopping online, mostly at Amazon. Seriously. The only other stores we enter are farm stores, hardware stores for home maintenance, grocery stores (there’s only two to choose from), and sporting goods stores (for camping and outdoor stuff). We’re just not shopping types. So when the holidays roll around, we either give gift cards, cash, or order something online and have it delivered. Mostly it depends on the desires of the gift recipient. All that’s left is the stocking stuffers, and they are super easy too!
A previous article,Disaster Recovery or Gifts Preppers Give; Part 1 about gift giving was important because everyone needs to be prepared, even those who don’t believe in “prepping”. That book offers up a way to get them thinking, and maybe get their brains working in that direction.
Another way to help the unprepared prepare in a kind way would be to give them stocking stuffers or small gifts that will be perceived as thoughtful, kind or silly, rather than pushy. Who doesn’t want someone to care about them at the most important level?
The important thing about all these gifts is that they will get your reluctant preppers to think about things in a different way. Many of the items they will use up right away. Even so, likely they will buy more of them and will have them on hand. When a world changing event does happen, they now have a different way of thinking and will grab those items on their way out the door.
Here is a list of stocking stuffers and small gifts we will be including this year for family and friends.
Clips and D-rings come in handy for a variety of things, especially in an emergency. We keep them in all vehicles, on the kayaks, in tool and tackle boxes. The ladies keep them in their purses in various sizes. They are attached to key rings.
Fire Starters are kept in all the same places as the D-rings. What else do we need to say?
Can Openers are cheap and can be stored with canned goods. For those who live in areas where they need to keep food in the trunk or backseat of the car in the cold weather kit, tape them to the top of the cans so that you don't have to hunt for them.
First Aid Kits are a must for every household and vehicle, but most people don't have them!
Sewing Kits come in handy for any fabric incident, but how many times have you grabbed a sewing needle to remove a splinter or scissors for some other emergency purpose?
Flares are important. Green, yellow and red flares tell people what you need.
Thermometers should be kept with your emergency kit in the car as well as your bug out bagt.
Emergency Blankets are not just for emergencies. They can be used to make solar cookers and waterproof barriers. And they are CHEAP! Ten of them for about $7.00.
Paracords are great! Make stylish bracelets out of them as gifts, or give the kits to kids and let them have a blast!
Emergency Rations are easy to tell people to throw in the trunk of their cars for emergency use during bad weather.
Energy Bars help convince your reluctant preppers to keep food in the glovebox.