The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts [2021]

This post has been updated multiple times from the original post that was first published in 2016. Check back yearly to find the best prepper Christmas gifts for that tough-to-buy-for prepper in your life (or to update your own wish list).

The gift of preparedness is one of the best gifts you can give someone. Whether you are looking for presents for the Average Joe or the most prepared guy you know, we have you covered this year. So instead of getting everyone you know a fruitcake, consider the best prepper Christmas gifts in the list below.

These are sorted by specific interest with a few options for every budget, so you can get the exact gift you are looking for with the right price range.


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Everyday Carry (EDC) Loadout Gifts

Many preppers are into the EDC concept, or keeping basic necessities close by on your person for everyday use. The items you keep with you can increase how prepared you are for many situations. Many of these tools double as great additions to bug out bags as well- another prepper staple.

Olight i3T EOS Flashlight ($20)

Our top pick for EDC flashlights is a staple for many people on the go. The i3T packs some serious power, with 180 lumens off just a single AAA battery. It has a respectable throw distance of 60 meters and a battery life of 16 hours so it easily topped the competition when we reviewed the best EDC flashlights.

Olight i3T EOS Flashlight

Fisher Space Pen ($25)

The best and most reliable pen available, this pen can write in extreme temperatures, upside down, and underwater. They are usually found being put to task by search and rescue teams, law enforcement, and the military.

Rite in the Rain All Weather Geological Field Book ($21)

This makes a great companion gift to the Space Pen if you are looking to get or give a little more. Having a notebook that you can write on in any conditions is perfect for EDC kits.

Leatherman Style PS Multi-Tool ($35)

If you already carry a knife, this multi-tool can add a whole lot of functionality for it’s size and cost. There are eight tools included: needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, scissors, flat screwdriver, tweezers, nail file, bottle opener, and carabiner. I own one and find a use for it every single day at work and at home. It is TSA compliant so you can even keep it with you on the go.

Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife ($36)

A well made folder makes a great gift. This knife designed by Rick Hinderer is high quality at a low price. The assisted opening, frame lock, and multi position clip all add to the functionality.


Food and Water Storage Gifts

A basic disaster and preparedness kit is the cornerstone for any prepping plan. Food and water storage are a major part of these kits,

AquaPod Emergency Drinking Water Storage ($30)

The AquaPod is a huge bladder for storing water in before an emergency. It’s very similar to the WaterBOB that was discontinued earlier this year. While you need a little head’s up to use it, it holds a ridiculous amount of water (65 gallons!) given how much it costs. They are meant to be disposable, so even if you are buying one for a seasoned prepper, they will appreciate duplicates if they already own one.

AquaPod Kit

Mountain House Just In Case Classic Bucket ($99)

The Classic Bucket from Mountain House is a great food storage gift since the variety lets you try out many different Mountain House meals. It is always best to taste test before you stock up on huge amounts to be sure you like the flavor. The Classic Bucket has always been one of the easiest ways to grow your long term food storage quickly.


Home Security Gifts

An under appreciated facet of prepping is home security. Everyone can benefit from bumping up their level of home security, and these gifts are sure to please both preppers and people just looking to make their home a little safer.

ADT Yard Sign ($24)

Why pay all that money for a security service when you can just get the name recognition from the yard sign? Even the best rigged home security setups don’t have the name recognition that the big guys have, so the sign is where it’s at. I’ve given these to non-preppers as well since they are such a great deterrent, regardless of how robust your actual security setup is.

ADT Yard Sign

Diversion Safe ($15)

Nobody steals a dictionary. While you don’t want to trust it for firearms or important valuables, this diversion safe is a great way to hide things in plain sight. When you give it as a gift, it’s always a nice touch to add some extra gifts stashed inside.

Dictionary Diversion Safe

Door Armor MAX ($89)

Door reinforcement is something that everyone can agree is a huge bang for your buck. You can get a simple deadbolt reinforcement, like our budget pick in our door security review, or you can go all out with our to pick- the Door Armor MAX kit. If you want an impenetrable door, this is the way to go.

Door Armor MAX Kit

Bug Out Bag Prepper Gifts

Whether it is for a specialized kit to prepare for a specific disaster or specialized gear for a bug out bag, specialized prepper gifts are a sure bet to get for the prepper that has everything.

Brondell GS70 Travel Bidet ($17)

While it may seem outlandish at first, this one is pretty hard to go wrong with. All that stored toilet paper does nothing if you need to bug out and leave your residence. A travel bidet is perfect for a bug out bag, and not common on many lists. It doubles as a great gag gift or white elephant gift if you are into that sort of thing.

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Laser Printer Paper ($15)

I am not sure what kind of voodoo magic keeps printed material on the paper and water off, but this set of 50 pages of printer paper is amazing. Use them to create custom checklists or local maps that you can pack as small as regular printer paper. There are plenty of free local maps that you can print provided by National Geographic and the USGS. You do need a laser (rather than an inkjet) printer, so you might need to snoop around to find out (or just ask) what kind of printer they have.

Rite in the Rain Waterproof Paper

Urban Survival Playing Cards ($17)

Cards are always useful in survival situations to pass the time, and make a great gift as well. These cards have thought provoking tips for surviving disasters in urban areas. These make for great stocking stuffers.

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Knife ($23)

For the prepper who is also into bushcraft, or in need of a good knife. The full tang fixed blade Moraknivs are known to be some of the best bushcraft knives in the business, and the heavy duty one makes a great addition to bug out bags or backpacking gear.


Sawyer Mini Portable Water Filter ($20)

The most well known personal water filter brands are Lifestraw and Sawyer, and the Sawyer outperforms the Lifestraw slightly with more versatility. It’s a solid pick for any prepper, and is useful in almost any survival kit.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

The Final Word

Whether you are polishing up your own list or looking for prepper Christmas gifts for a friend or loved one, hopefully you have found something that will work great. Preparedness makes a great gift, but just spending time with your loved ones is more important than gift giving. If you need more help crushing your Christmas list, check out our other holiday round-ups:

We wish you a Merry Christmas here at TruePrepper, and hope it is filled with family and joy.

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.


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The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer by day, but a prepper 24/7. I am an Air Force veteran that developed emergency and disaster plans as an emergency manager and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters worldwide. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

4 thoughts on “The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts [2021]

  • We should note that the TerraSlate 4 Mil Waterproof Printer Paper is for laser printers, not ink jet printers that are more common in most homes. The same “kind of voodoo magic [that] keeps water off” will also keep ink jet printer ink off as well.

    Also, the TerraSlate paper is only available in a 50-sheet package that is listed as “USED” whatever that means for $20 or a 1000-sheet crate for $524. That’s 40¢ a sheet for “used” paper or over 52¢ a sheet in the 1000-sheet package.

    The well known Rite In The Rain paper is also available for laser printers, at $33 for 200 sheets or $12 for 25 sheets (which is still less expensive than TerraSlate. Or if someone wants the ultimate in fully waterproof printer paper, Rite In The Rain offers their Waterproof Duracopy Laser Paper at $71.45 for 100 sheets.

    Even when you discard the bad reviews for TerraSlate from clowns who tried using an ink jet printer, there are still quite a few reviews that identify problems with TerraSlate paper in some laser printers – apparently the TerraSlate paper doesn’t like laser printers where the fuser runs hot (like most older laser printers and many office laser printers)

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  • I’m hoping Santa recognises how good I’ve been this year and brings me a tactical pen, it’s not even like I have a real obvious use for one but they are just so cool and I’d find uses for it. :)

    Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for this post Rusty.

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  • I got this knife in a free giveaway. I’m using it for EDC now.

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