22 Useful Presents to Get Preppers This Holiday Season

In theory, buying presents for preppers should be easy as pie.

You could just grab the first zombie survival starter kit you see and call it a day. But, let's be real here—we all know how discerning their tastes are.

With the holidays fast approaching, the pressure’s on to find the perfect gifts for preppers. Lucky for you, we put together this awesome gift guide to help you shop for the folks in your life who wanna be ready for everything:

What Are the Best Prepper Presents of 2020?

Rounding up our list of the best prepper gifts are the things that make life easier and way more convenient for them. You'll find a good mix of items for daily use, for TEOTWAWKI, or both.

Check ‘em out:

For the Bushcrafter

Bushcrafters are often found out in the wild. Out there, they don't just survive—they thrive. And that's because they know how to forage for food, start a fire, and build their own shelter.

Of course, it won't hurt if they’ve got a few trusty tools by their side, like these thoughtful gifts:

This ferro rod's pretty hot stuff! It’s the perfect gift for someone who’s just getting into bushcraft, as it ticks off everything needed in a fire starter and more: it's ergonomic, it's got a heavy-duty ferro, and it has a striker that doubles as a bottle opener, ruler, map scale, and hex wrench.

Whether it's to chop firewood or to scale and clean fish for dinner, this 10-and-a-half-inch bushcraft knife's up for the job. It’s got a full tang blade and an easy grip, making it an indispensable tool for anyone who loves spending a lot of time out in the wild.

Your bushcrafter is never without their metal water bottle, but with all the hunting and foraging they do, they could run out of water fast...unless they've got a water filter.

With the LifeStraw, they'll never have to worry about finding clean drinking water anywhere. It’s super light and can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water.

Every bushcrafter needs a pair of bushcraft pants since normal jeans just ain't meant for the wild. The Vidda Pro is covered by a special wax that offers water and wind resistance AND it’s got tons of pockets for storing gear—making it ideal for nearly any outdoor activity.

With 15 functions packed in 1 tool, this isn’t a typical shovel. It includes a serrated knife, fire starter, ax, hex driver, wire cutter, harpoon, a compass, and more. Sounds like tools a bushcrafter would find handy, don’t you think?

For the Urban Prepper

Preppers are everywhere. They’re not just in remote, off-grid locations. Many live in the concrete jungle, blending in like regular folks.

You won't go wrong with getting these modern-day preppers some everyday carry gear—stuff they could use for regular situations and small emergencies.

Here are a bunch of modern gifts they’ll like:

Cooler-looking than an average pen and with epic features to boot, this tactical pen would be a great companion to any everyday carry kit. It's got a glass-breaker tip, is outfitted with a machined steel body, AND it writes well in different weather conditions.

Sure, phones these days come with their own flashlights, but they ain’t no match for this tactical flashlight. Don't be fooled by its size.

This flashlight actually has a max brightness of 900 lumens and it's also got strike-bezel edges and an aluminum-alloy body, which makes it suitable for self-defense. The best part? It has built-in USB charging so you can charge it on the go.

If you're looking for something to give your partner, the Fenix 5x Sapphire is one of the most useful gifts you can get 'em.

This watch is anything but ordinary. It has GPS, topographical maps, and, with its water-resistant feature and stainless steel case, it can deal with constant use and abuse. Did we mention that it syncs with phone notifications, too? Pretty darn awesome, if you ask us.

A power bank and a wall charger in one, this gadget is a dream come true for those who like to travel light but don't wanna sacrifice their essentials. It’s suitable for daily commutes, long road trips, overnight camping adventures, and emergencies.

Carrying the Leatherman Wave+ is like carrying an entire toolbox, minus the extra bulk.

We've tried all kinds of multitools, but this one's our favorite because it has a huge selection of tools that actually work. It also fits just right in the hand and is reasonably priced for its quality.

This tiny hand-crank radio can save anyone's hide in emergencies. It doesn't only give access to weather broadcasts; it also has an SOS alarm, a flashlight, a reading light, and it’s got a power bank, too. We won't blame you if you end up copping one for yourself.

This wallet multitool may be the size of a credit card, but you shouldn't underestimate this bad boy. It can crack open soda cans, peel fruit, unwrap packages, screw back glasses...you name it. Plus, it's TSA-friendly, so you really can take it anywhere.

For the Homesteader

If there's one thing we know about homesteaders, it's that they're very dependent on their knowledge and tools to live a self-sustaining lifestyle. Keeping that in mind, we came up with a list of presents they'll find useful:

Whether it's hauling firewood, raising livestock, or planting an entire garden, it's safe to say that homesteaders keep their hands occupied. They need a solid set of gloves, which is exactly why we recommend this pair from TAC9ER.

These gloves have hard molded knuckle protection, full Kevlar lining to protect against the elements, and offer a nice, comfortable fit that’s perfect for long hours of work. They’re also touchscreen compatible, which is a great bonus.


The kitchen is a busy place for homesteaders. There's always food that needs to be harvested, canned, cooked, or stored. Giving them canning equipment would help a ton.

This set comes with everything needed for canning—a jar lifter, long tongs, a lid lifter, an extra-wide mouth funnel, a jar wrench, and a bubble popper.

This 9-tray dehydrator can help step up anyone's food preservation game. Your homesteader can use it to make healthy snacks or preserve their harvest for emergencies. Think fruits for trail mix, fruit roll-ups, vegetable chips, and jerky.

D’ya know what's really frustrating? A shovel that snaps when you need it the most. Thankfully, that’s not a problem with this carbon steel e-tool. Designed for heavy-duty use, it can easily cut through dirt, ice, and stubborn weeds.

You can also use this shovel to hack wood for kindling, dig a latrine for waste disposal, and more. It’s a worthy addition to any homestead.

For the Healer

Healers don’t necessarily have to be nurses, paramedics, doctors, or EMTs. They could also be regular folks who just happen to have a knack for patching up scrapes, scratches, and cuts like they've been doing it all their lives.

You won’t regret getting them these practical gifts:

What happens when someone in the family gets seriously sick during a disaster?

Should you hope for the best and wait for help to come? No way.

Since doctors won't likely be around, it pays to know what to do. That's where this manual comes in. It's designed to equip average folks with the info they need to take care of injuries and illnesses during all kinds of emergencies.

Everyday scissors just won't cut it in emergencies, so if you wanna give medic preppers a thoughtful gift, get them trauma shears.

One of the best ones around is the Leatherman Raptor. This nifty gadget can cut through just about anything. You can also fold it and attach it to a pocket or wear it in a lanyard so it's always within reach.

Plus, it's got extra features, like a ring cutter, carbide glass breaker, oxygen tank wrench, and strap cutter—think of it as a multitool for medics.

What can you get your medic pal if they already have enough medical supplies to fill an entire store? Easy, this backpack.

There are many essentials that can fit in here. The bag also has a clam-shell design that makes it easy to access the stuff, and it has adjustable shoulder straps. Also, since the fabric is water repellent, there's no need to worry about supplies getting wet.

For the SHTF Chef

Whether it's to be more self-sufficient or to keep enjoying appetizing grub during the apocalypse, there’s nothing SHTF chefs would appreciate more than kitchen tools.

These presents would be perfect for them:

There's just no competition for cast iron cookware. It's made to survive the zombie outbreak, isn't a trouble to clean, and you could use it with any heat source—even campfires.

This 5-piece set by Lodge includes a Dutch oven, a griddle, two skillets, and a cast iron cover. It’s what any SHTF chef needs.

Do you really think someone who lives and breathes food can survive on MREs (meals ready to eat) alone? Heck no. Luckily, with this camping stove, they'll be able to whip up some tasty, SHTF-appropriate variations of their favorite meals.

This present ain’t cheap, but your great auntie Mildred deserves the best. She’ll have a blast using this mill to grind oats, quinoa, wheat, and other grains for years to come, even when the power's out.

How can anyone survive a day, much less the apocalypse, without a cup of joe? We know for a fact that if we don't have our coffee, then we'd definitely be mistaken for zombies.

So, it's a good thing that percolators exist. With this classic coffee maker, your SHTF chef can keep pairing piping hot coffee with any meal...and avoid transforming into the walking dead in the process.

Final Thoughts

That's a wrap on the best prepper gifts for 2020!

We hope this helps you find the perfect presents for your favorite preppers (though we're pretty sure a lot of non-preppers would enjoy these things, too). But if you're the prepper, then you could send this guide to your family and friends as a *subtle* hint.

What presents are you planning on getting for the holidays? Tell us in the comments!


Posted in  Tactical Gear   on  November 9, 2020 by  Mel C0

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Mel is a seasoned prepper with a passion for food, health, and bushcraft. When she's not busy enjoying the outdoors, she's prepping for the zombie takeover.

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