Survival Christmas Gifts – The 12 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again. Not just to get together with your family and enjoy the cooler weather, but to also round up some survival swag for your closest family and friends. When you need to get a gift for the avid survivalist of the group, we got your back. Over the last year we have been taking notes on our favorite tools and gear that would make the best presents for anyone that like being a little more prepared than usual. Listed below are the results of our note taking, and the 12 best survival Christmas gifts you can get your hands on this season- in order of price from lowest to highest.

SurvivalSPARK Magnesium Fire Starter Compass and Whistle ($9 – Amazon)


Let’s face it: you aren’t going to get ground-breaking quality out of something $10. But this little package is versatile as all-get-out and fits nicely in a stocking. Each component works well enough, and it’s a great gift for anyone looking to get into survivalism, prepping, or even just camping. You can find it here:

SurvivalSPARK Magnesium Fire Starter Compass and Whistle ($9 – Amazon)

Brunton TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass ($12 – Amazon)


Getting lost in the woods sucks. Make sure you keep a solid, well renowned compass around and a good map of your local area. We have a quick guide on how to print local maps here: How to Get a Free Survival Map of Your Local Area. Those might make a thoughtful addition if you want to include them in your gift bag with this small and sturdy compass. You can get the compass here:

Brunton TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass ($12 – Amazon)

Morakniv Companion Sandvik Stainless Outdoor Knife ($14 – Amazon)


I know… What would a TruePrepper gift guide be without a Morakniv plug? These knives are awesome for anything and everything survival and bushcraft related, and I cannot get over the pricetag on them. Quit complaining and just get yourself one already. Then you’ll see how reliable, sharp, and versatile they are and get one for everyone on your list. I prefer the hi-vis orange because I can sometimes be forgetful. Get your hands on one here:

Morakniv Companion Sandvik Stainless Outdoor Knife ($14 – Amazon)

TACT Bivvy Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag ($15 – Amazon)


We gave away one of these bad boys recently as one of our monthly giveaways, and we just can’t get over how lightweight, versatile, and possibly lifesaving this thing is. It is right at that sweet-spot as far as gift prices go, and makes a great stocking stuffer. Grab one here:

TACT Bivvy Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag ($15 – Amazon)

Mechanix Wear FastFit Tactical Gloves ($16 – Amazon)


FastFit gloves are great for EDC, Go Bags, or Car Kits. They sport an elastic cuff so you can easily pull them on and off, and they are a little less bulky than traditional Mechanix Wear gloves. These things made it on my wishlist this year, since you can never have too many. Get your hands on them here:

Mechanix Wear FastFit Tactical Gloves ($16 – Amazon)

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle ($22 – Amazon)


This is one of those ideas where you just wonder why people didn’t do it before. Sure, there were collapsible water bottles, but they rarely held up to the abuse of a camping trip- not to mention a bug out bag or survival kit. These things unroll to hold a whopping 22 ounces and then roll right back up to stash away. This makes a great gift for anyone into fitness or sports as well, since it’s really just a better water bottle. Stuff a stocking by getting one here:

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle ($22 – Amazon)

Limitless Equipment Survival Kit Mk. 1 ($25 – Amazon)


The Limitless Equipment kit is pretty similar to the ‘altoid tin’ kits you have heard about, with the difference being the quality of the gear that comes with it. It is packed with over 40 items including firecord, LED lamps, compass, light sticks, fishing equipment, firestarters- the list just goes on and on. Being shaped like a little box makes it easy to wrap for some of us that are ‘wrapping paper challenged.’ Grab your kit here:

Limitless Equipment Survival Kit Mk. 1 ($25 – Amazon)

CRKT Onion Halfachance Parang Machete ($41 – Amazon)


Super high ratings, 65Mn Carbon Steel drop point powder coated blade, and a nylon sheath for under $50? This 20” blade is meant for hacking through jungles, so you know it can handle any survival task you present it with. The parang blade is great for machetes used for bushcraft, since the shape is better for chopping. If you know of a survivalist without one, they would love to find this parang under the tree. Get your hands on the parang machete here:

CRKT Onion Halfachance Parang Machete ($41 – Amazon)

All Purpose Survival Tool ($55 – Amazon)


Is it an axe or a hammer? Or a pry bar? No matter what purpose you are using it for, this 20” hunk of metal and fiberglass can get the job done. It is better reserved for the urban survivalist; in a car kit, bug out bag, or as a last ditch home defense weapon. This makes an excellent gift for any crossover zombie/survivalist enthusiast, since this would obviously be a great weapon for dispatching undead foes. Make the zombie fan happy on your list by getting one here:

All Purpose Survival Tool ($55 – Amazon)

NITECORE P12GT 1000 Lumen CREE LED Tactical Flashlight Bundle ($64 – Amazon)


This flashlight will light up a room quick! It comes with a holster/case and 4 Lithium Batteries. That’s always a welcome sight, since gifts without the right batteries to use them can be disappointing sometimes. The flashlight can run 520 hours on the low setting, and is both impact resistant and waterproof. It has pretty rave reviews, so if anyone on your list needs a good flashlight, this should definitely be a top contender. Grab a bundle here:

NITECORE P12GT 1000 Lumen CREE LED Tactical Flashlight Bundle ($64 – Amazon)

VSSL First Aid Critical Cache ($67 – VSSL)


This weird little container has a flashlight built in one end, compass in the other, and first aid supplies stashed neatly inside the durable mil spec aluminum container. It weighs less than a pound and is a great stash for anyone that stays on the move. Grab one of these neat caches here:

VSSL First Aid Critical Cache ($67 – VSSL)

Elite Survival Systems STEALTH Operations Backpack ($160 – Amazon)


This thing looks dinky and cheap on the outside, but that’s the point. It is a covert ops bag that opens up to all sorts of MOLLE storage, mag pouches, and even a place to store an AR upper and lower separately. When you are in a situation carrying around guns, it is not always best to advertise this fact with patches and MOLLE equipment everywhere. This backpack takes the gray man concept to heart, and boasts the blandest exterior you could possibly see. Give this to someone to see disappointment wash over their face… until they open it up. The quality and sheer storage capacity is evident once you get inside of it. Add one to your list or get one for your friend at the range here:

Elite Survival Systems STEALTH Operations Backpack ($160 – Amazon)

The Final Word

Well that wraps up our survival gear Christmas list. I hope you’ve gotten a few ideas. If nothing quite fits the bill, check out our other list: The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts. We hope you have a great Christmas, and get to spend plenty of time with your friends and family. We are looking forward to getting back to some nuts and bolts articles about prepping. Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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Survival Christmas Gifts – The 12 Best Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Rusty

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

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