21 Prepper and Survival Gift Ideas for Father’s Day [2023]

This post has been updated multiple times from our original Father’s Day Survival Gift Idea Guide making this our sixth year of bringing you the best gift ideas. Check back every year to find the best Father’s Day gifts for that tough-to-buy-for prepper in your life (or to update your own wish list).

There are always exciting new tools, gear, and equipment being developed for preppers and everyone knows Dad likes the new gadgets or the proven ones that are just plain useful. Whether it’s the new solar phone charger or a tried and true knife, one of the gifts below should be just the ticket to having a happy prepper dad on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is coming up soon- it is June 18th this year. The gifts below are listed in order of cost, so you can find the perfect thing for your prepping pops and for your budget.

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Father’s Day Survival Gear Gift Ideas Under $25

Father’s Day gift ideas at the bottom end of the budget don’t have to be useless mall ninja junk. There is a ton of prepping and survival gear in this price range that any dad would be happy to get their hands on.

Mechanical Fisher YoYo Reel

Mechanical Fisher’s YoYo

This niche survival tool may have flown under your Dad’s radar so far but it’s surprisingly cheap and effective.

This stainless steel spring-loaded reel with a 60-pound braid on it can pop fish out of the water without any attention required- fire and forget!

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

It’s one of our more interesting picks out of our survival fishing review and can double as a clothesline and land snare as well.

Bayite Toggle Hole Ferro Rod

Bayite Toggle Ferro Rods

We are in love with these things. The Bayite toggle ferro rods are meant to be added on any drawstring. The two holes on each ferro rod let you pop one on clothes and packs so you have a firestarter ready to go anywhere.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

They instantly upgrade anything with a string on it, so it is easy to see why this was our portable pick in our latest review roundup of the best ferro rods.

TNC Ranger Beads

TNC Ranger Beads

Ranger beads are a great lesser-known bug out bag accessory that helps you pace count over long distances.

You make them yourselves with beads and paracord, but this hook fastener attachment version is the best of the best right out of the box.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, you can check out all of the ranger beads we’ve reviewed.

100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson

100 Deadly Skills

This book is great. The skills are very straightforward and blunt, and the pictures are very thorough. While only a few of the skills are usable, the rest of them are entertaining at least.

This is great if your dad is really into tactical gear and bug out prepping, or if he has a great sense of humor. As a Father’s Day prepper gift, it’s hard to be since it is so versatile.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

100 Deadly Skills is a bestseller for a reason, and it’s worth picking up for Dad just so you can skim through it before you give it to him.

Sheffield Field Box Ammo Can

Sheffield Field Box

Just what every prepper needs- more storage. This field box ammo can is a great buy for a prepper and is the perfect size for small kits.

You may be asking yourself “Do I really just want to get a box for my dad on Father’s Day?”, but this is an awesome, rugged, lockable polypropylene field box ammo can.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

If you still feel bad about buying a box, get something else that is small and put it inside. There is plenty of room and plenty of room in your budget at this price.

Rothco Tactical Shemagh

Rothco Tactical Shemagh

A shemagh has slowly and surely become a tactical survival staple with its countless uses and versatility. As an oversized scarf/bandana hybrid they can help you blend in, stay covered in weather conditions, and carry gear.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

The Rothco hits a great spot between budget and premium, as you can see in our shemagh review.

Fallkniven DC3

Fallkniven DC3 Sharpener

Grab the best portable sharpener you can find for your gift and you won’t regret it! Fallkniven has a great reputation for knives and sharpeners out of Sweden, and this little diamond sharpener will keep edges sharp on the go.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

It fits perfectly in a pocket or a bug out bag, and is our top EDC pick from our sharpener review roundup.

Sawyer MINI Personal Water Filter

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Let’s face it- if your dad is a prepper he probably already has a LifeStraw. The LifeStraw, however, is consumable and will run its course after drinking through it over a long period. You could buy him a backup LifeStraw, or you could upgrade him to the Sawyer Mini.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

Sawyer edges out Lifestraw for our small filters but not the larger ones. You can see why in our survival water filter review roundup.

Mechanix Wear Original Covert Tactical Gloves

Mechanix Wear Tactical Gloves

Mechanix Wear has sold a ton of these gloves and for good reason! Their tactical gloves are lightweight, durable, and great for a wide range of survival skills.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

If your dad needs to cover his mitts, these might just be the perfect inexpensive gift for him.

Recoil OFFGRID Magazine


Give the gift of knowledge, entertainment, and getting unplugged with a magazine. While there is nothing wrong with survival and prepping websites (obviously), there is something to be said about holding and reading books and magazines.

OFFGRID offers a ton of survival tips and gear reviews- perfect for the prepper on your list.

*Price per month at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

This magazine came in at the top of our recent top 10 survival magazine list and was an editor’s pick.

Father’s Day Prepper Gear Between $25 and $50

This is the sweet spot for gifts these days after all of the inflation, so you can get some excellent gear at these price points where it is cheap enough to afford but quality enough to never need replacing.

Gerber Dime Multitool EDC

Gerber Dime Multitool

A dream for prepping and Dad’s keychain. Small enough to always be there when you need it, and strong enough to be used as often as you want.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

The Gerber Dime is hard to beat as far as keychain tools go, and picking one up is a foolproof way to get on Dad’s good side. Plus, it’s one of the top multitools that we’ve reviewed.


BaoFeng UV-5R Dual-Band Radio

If your dad is not a HAM radio hobbyist, the BaoFeng UV-5R makes a great gift. If he has a lot of HAM equipment, he likely already has this or something similar. Other preppers use these as weather radios and emergency communications.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

Your dad can’t go talking to everyone he hears with this new toy- you need a license for most frequencies. Be sure to pick up the USB charging/programming cable as well.

Augason Farms Emergency Food Supplier

Augason Farms Emergency Food

Augason Farms is one of our preferred emergency food suppliers due to their low cost but great value.

This 25-serving pack is great in mobile kits and as a minimum preparedness requirement.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

You can’t ever have enough emergency food storage when it has a 25-year shelf life like Augason Farms.

Clear Lock Pick Kit by Survival Frog

Clear Lockpicking Training Kit

Don’t just give your dad some gear for Father’s Day- give him a skill! Lockpicking is easy to pick up and try, and easy on the wallet as far as hobbies go.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

This inexpensive lockpicking kit is a great starter kit, with picks and a see-through lock to learn how locks work mechanically.

Titan SurvivorCord Paracord

Titan SurvivorCord

We can always use more paracord, and this is the best paracord available. It has so many uses because the individual strands have separate functions including:

  • mono-filament fishing line
  • 30 AWG metal wire
  • paraffin jute wire

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

Also, it has a 620-pound test which is more than the typical 550 cord and at the top end of Level III paracord. It’s no wonder it topped out our paracord review.

Father’s Day Prepper Gift Ideas Between $50 and $100

If your Father’s Day prepper gift budget is between $50 and $100, then these survival gifts will hit the mark.

Estwing Camper's Axe

Estwing Camper’s Axe

The Estwing Camper’s Axe is perfect for survival applications without any of the flair that holds other ‘survival axes’ back.

This tried-and-true solution topped our survival axe review and puts all of the weird axe amalgamations to shame when it comes to practical chopping and bushcraft.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

With an included sheath and perfect size, Dad will strap it to his bug out bag, get to work in the woods, and never look back.

Grayl Filter Water Bottle

Grayl Ultrapress

The GRAYL Ultrapress water bottle with an integrated filter is one of the best survival water bottles on the market.

Filter water quickly just by pressing it through- no straw suction needed! It works great for EDC or bug out bags. Anyone and everyone can use one.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

It was our top-reviewed filter water bottle in our recent roundup.

Teton Scout 55 Frame Backpack

Teton Scout Backpack

This backpacking pack is known in prepping circles to be a steal for a Bug Out Bag. The low-cost, high-volume backpack is able to hold a huge amount of gear and is very comfortable as well.

Getting a good fit is very important when picking out backpacks, so we would encourage you to let your dad know to return the pack if it does not fit well.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

Or better yet, take him to pick a pack out at an outdoor sporting store (although you may spend a lot more for it).

ESEE 4 Bushcraft Knife

ESEE 4 Knife

This fixed-blade knife is the holy grail of survival knives. Full tang, Made in the USA, ESEE’s unbeatable warranty– this knife has it all. If your dad loves outdoor survival you can trust that he’s heard of and would appreciate an ESEE.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

ESEEs top both our bushcraft knife reviews and our survival knife reviews, so this is one of the most surefire gifts on our list.

Over $100 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

If you are really looking to get something nice for Dad this Father’s Day, your money is best spent on quality tools that he can rely on for years to come.

Leatherman Signal Survival Multitool

Leatherman Signal

Leatherman is the brand to beat when it comes to multitools, and the Signal is specifically designed for survival. It’s no wonder it destroyed the competition in our multitool review.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

The Signal comes in a variety of colors, so pick Dad’s favorite and he’ll be grateful for years to come.

Pulsefire UBF Underbarrel Flamethrower Attachment

Pulsefire UBF

What do you get the prepper dad that has everything? A flamethrower. This underbarrel mount flamethrower also works as a stand-alone. It is the cheapest option we recommend in our flamethrower review, but is well-made and versatile to boot.

Flamethrowers have all sorts of uses besides just being fun: from controlled burns to weed and pest management.

*Price at time of publishing; check for price changes or sales.

The Pulsefire Underbarrel Flamethrower is a unique gift that your survival hero will never forget.

The Final Word

I would be thrilled as a father to receive any of these survival gifts for Father’s Day, but above all, I would value spending time with my family. Take time out to give Dad a call and spend some time with him if you can. Hopefully, we’ve helped you with your Father’s Day prepper and survival gear shopping list, and have given you a few ideas to check out.

If you are looking for some more ideas, check out:

Lastly, here are my thoughts on how being a father shaped me as a prepper. This might give you some insight into where your dad’s headspace is as he strives to be prepared for his family.

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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Father's Day Survival Gear Gift Guide

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe 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. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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