The 12 Best Survival Christmas Gifts [2021]

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 with our countdown of the 12 best survival Christmas gifts in this crazy year of 2020.

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 and the 12 best survival Christmas gifts you can get your hands on this season- in order of price from lowest to highest.

Credit Card Fresnel Lens

These things are fantastic stocking stuffers. They come three in a pack, and their great in any survival kit. Fresnel lens are super thin and effective as a fire starting magnifying glass. They even made our list of the best magnifying glass fire starters. They make a great gift for anyone looking to get into survivalism, prepping, or even just camping. You can find it here:

Survival Bandana

The Survival Metrics survival bandana is packed full of survival tips for easy reference in the field. It is high visibility, high quality, and has plenty of high ratings.

Bandanas are ridiculously versatile in survival situations, so they make great gifts. They are a great addition to any survival kit, and this one takes it all a step further:

Brunton TruArc 3 Base Plate Compass

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:

Mechanix Wear FastFit Covert Gloves

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. This is the most versatile our of our survival Christmas gifts and makes a great gift for pretty much anyone. Get your hands on them here:

Morakniv Companion Sandvik Stainless Outdoor Knife

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 price tag 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:

TACT Bivvy Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag

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:

Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

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:

Pricare Survival First Aid Kit

A huge step-up from a basic first aid kit, the Pricare Survival First Aid Kit includes a ton of upgrades:

  • MOLLE EMT pouch
  • Combat tourniquet
  • Israeli bandage
  • SAM splint
  • Tactical first aid knife
  • EMT blunt scissors
  • Tons more!

This kit is definitely not a toy, and you need to be trained to use most of the equipment. Grab your kit here:

CRKT Onion Halfachance Parang Machete

Super high ratings, 65Mn Carbon Steel drop point powder coated blade, and a nylon sheath for under $75? 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:

Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool

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 any undead foes. Make the zombie fan happy on your list by getting one here:

Olight Rechargeable LED Flashlight/Headlamp

This flashlight will light up a room quick! Rechargeable, LED, versatile- and coming from the well-known tactical light brand Olight.

The flashlight weighs only 2 ounces, so it’s hardly noticeable on your head or in your hand. It is a T6 aluminum alloy and can throw 2300 lumens on the highest setting. On the lowest setting it can last 45 days on a single charge! It’s a great deal for anyone that wants a serious light as a great survival Christmas gift:

Snugpak Sleeka Force 35 Backpack

The Snugpak Sleeka is a great survival backpack. It is made of 600D nylon, so it is tough as nails while still being lightweight. The day pack holds 35 liters of gear and is water repellent. Snugpak is a well known brand for their quality products, and a Force 35 makes a great gift under any Christmas tree.

The Final Word

Well that wraps up our list for survival gear Christmas gifts. Hopefully you’ve picked up a few awesome ideas for yourself or that special survivalist in your life. If nothing quite fit the bill, check out our other list: The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts.

We’ve also listed out the best sales this year for the holiday season:

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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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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