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December 12, 2012
Survivalists' Christmas List (and Gifts for People Who are Unprepared) - 3
by Tim MacWelch
You’re running out of time. Hanukkah is half over, Christmas is just 13 days away, and you still have no idea what kind of holiday gifts you should get for your favorite survival enthusiasts. They don’t always make it easy for us either. Many survivalists already have all of the basic survival gear that a person would need; and without knowing any specific wish list items, these folks may be very tricky to please. Some of us are very picky about our gear.
If that wasn’t trouble enough, another holiday hardship comes when we want to give survival and preparedness gear to our friends and family, some of whom have no interest in survival themselves. You feel obligated to help them, even though their heads are buried deep, deep in the sand. How can you get them gear that will keep them safe, that they won’t think is weird, when they have no interest in being responsible for themselves?
There are only two things you need to know for holiday survival shopping: “Double up” and “be subtle.”
The “double up” idea applies to the survivalists on your list. You don’t need to know about every piece of gear that they have. You can get them things they’d be happy to overstock or have duplicates of. Speaking from personal experience, you can never have too many of the things you love. Consider the following:
- Quality knives are things to have multiples of. You can never have too many knives. If your gift recipient has never used a Mora knife, get them several. This lets your giftee keep good quality knives scattered all over the place, without destroying your gift budget.
And what do you get for those folks that think you are crazy for planning for emergencies? Here’s where the part about being subtle comes in. You can still get helpful things for the non-survivalists on your list, if you are not blatant about it.
What’s on your survival wish list? Let us know in the comments.