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Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Holidays- Prepper Style

I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a week away!  Why is it the older I get the more quickly time flies by?  Anyway, the holidays are nearly upon us and with them, our thoughts invariably turn to gift-giving.  What could be the perfect gift for dear old Aunt Effie?  And for brother Joe and his wife?  What could the children possibly use now that they're away at college? 

There are so many great gift ideas out there, both store-bought and homemade, that are lovely, useful as well as lending themselves to preparing our families and friends.  I'm going to throw out a few of my favorite ideas and then I'd love some feedback.

For Dad or Grandpa-
Homemade liquor -(it's delicious AND medicinal!)
Solar radios
Hand-crank lanterns
Dual-fuel grills or camp stoves
Winter-weather car emergency kits
Fishing pole and the necessary accouterments
Solar battery charger
Training (concealed carry, survival, cooking)

For Mom or Grandma-
A lovely down comforter or beautiful Amish quilt
Homemade spiced honey -(keeps forever!)
Heavy cast-iron cookware
Goat-skin gardening gloves and packs of her favorite seeds
Gift basket of homemade preserves- (include the recipe for next year)
Warm leather slippers
Get-Home Safe kit for her car (mittens, wool socks, candle+matches)
Classes (knitting, sewing, cooking, painting, canning, gardening)

For the Kids, including the Older Kids-
Camping gear, such as a small tent or sleeping bag
Craft kits that teach beginning skills (woodworking, knitting, sewing, etc.)
Flashlights- the kind you shake so you're not replacing batteries daily!
Felted wool mittens, hats and scarves
Pre-paid *emergency only* cell phone
Fun educational books
Lessons and classes (music, martial arts, marksmanship, Boy/Girl Scouts etc.)

Just a few ideas for you!  Christmas and Hanukkah need not be filled with senseless gifts that will be thrown out in January.  With a little thought and creativity, holiday gifts can be enjoyable while at the same time, better preparing us for life.

What's on your list for the holidays this year?


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1 comment:

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Good ideas! I'm hoping to have some 'prepper gift posts' in Dec, so I'll have to remember to link here again!!

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