- Firearms. Fortunately there aren't any anti-gunners in our family so giving firearms as a gift isn't an unusual--or shocking--occurrence. When kids are younger they get a BB gun and as they get older they usually find a .22 rifle under the tree. For the kids who develop a real interest in competitive shooting or hunting, they will eventually find something much nicer from "Santa Claus" (like a Mossburg, S&W, H&K, Sig, etc).
- Knives. Everyone should own a good knife. Even grandma should carry a small pocket knife in her purse for simple things like opening packages or peeling an apple while on a picnic with the grandbaby. A pocket knife will be something that people will own for a lifetime so make sure it is of good quality.
- Outdoor gear. There are plenty of people in the family who participate in outdoor sports which makes Christmas shopping a lot more fun (meaning I would much rather spend my time perusing gifts at Bass or REI than at the mall). Whether you buy some fancy new long underwear for the hunters in the group, a snowboard for Junior, or the latest gadget for the long-distance bicyclist or runner in the family, quality outdoor gear is yet another item that will be used for years and years so makes an excellent gift.
- Emergency gear. I know. I've been told that buying flashlights and Bug Out Bag stuff for Christmas doesn't make people say "wow!" but how can a person resist the lure of a new Maglight or a comprehensive first aid kit?? I am sure these kinds of things will be much more appreciated during an emergency than a tie or a sweater.
- Experiences. By far one of the best gifts that you can give someone, especially the person who has everything, is an experience. Experiences--everything from a deep-sea fishing trip to a guided hunting trip in Alaska (or something less costly and closer to home)--will be something that a person remembers forever with the added bonus that the lessons learned on these types of trips are skills that a person will be able to keep--an use--forever.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Preparedness Gifts for Your Christmas List
Here's the obligatory Christmas gift list, targeted towards the survivalists on your list, of course...