Holiday Gift Ideas for the Doomsday Preppers in Your Life

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Doomsday Preppers in Your Life

Got a loved one who's always prepared for the worst? Here are practical gifts that will delight them this holiday.

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Solar smartphone charger, the gift that keeps on giving.
Solar smartphone charger, the gift that keeps on giving.
Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY (AP)

It never hurts to be prepared. And with climate disasters only becoming more common, it’s wise to stock up on emergency gadgets and tools, like solar-powered phone chargers and first aid kits. These may not be the most jolly gifts you give this holiday, but they’ll definitely be useful—and they might even end up saving the day, should the worst happen.

Go ahead, give your friends and family the gift of preparedness. Here are our suggestions for the most essential emergency gear.

Note: Some product links may not appear for visitors using an ad-blocker. This article was updated on Tuesday, December 13.

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LifeStraw Water Bottle

LifeStraw Water Bottle

Water filtering water bottles.
Water filtering water bottles.
Screenshot: LifeStraw Store

The gift: LifeStraw Go Bottle

The price: $27

Why it’s on our list: Extreme weather events often mean that tap water becomes contaminated or shut off entirely. A water-filtering system like LifeStraw removes bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants, making water safe to drink. Even if you never need it during a storm or disaster, it’s a great tool to take camping.

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Fire And Waterproof Safe

Fire And Waterproof Safe

Honeywell fire- and water-resistant chest.
Honeywell fire- and water-resistant chest.
Screenshot: Honeywell

The gift: Honeywell Fire & Water File Chest

The price: $113

Why it’s on our list: It’s important to keep documents like birth certificates, passports, and leases secure from fire and water. A safe like this one from Honeywell will protect your critical papers in case of a flood, wildfire, or other unexpected disaster.

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Solar Phone Chargers

Solar Phone Chargers

Solar powered phone charger for long lasting outages.
Solar powered phone charger for long lasting outages.
Photo: ERRBBIC

The gift: Errbbic Solar Power Bank Portable Charger

The price: $24

Why it’s on our list: The last thing you want in an emergency is a dead phone battery. A solar-powered portable charger like this one from Errbbic is a great option to keep your battery full in a variety of disasters.

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Large charging bank for blackouts.
Large charging bank for blackouts.
Screenshot: OUPES

The gift: OUPES Portable Power Station 600W

The price: $450

Why it’s on our list: These larger power banks are idea for households with several people in need of charged phones, and this one is capable of charging larger devices, like laptops and electric fans.

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LIfeStraw Mission Water Purifier

LIfeStraw Mission Water Purifier

Large water purification system.
Large water purification system.
Screenshot: REI

The gift: LifeStraw Mission Gravity Water Purifier

The price: $130

Why it’s on our list: This water-cleaning system comes with a 12-liter bag, so you can purify more water at a time. It requires no batteries or special skills to use; just hang it from a tree or hook and let gravity draw the dirty water through the filtering straw. Again, this one is great for camping in addition to disaster preparedness.

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Reusable Utensils

Reusable Utensils

Reusable utensil set.
Reusable utensil set.
Screenshot: REI

The gift: Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set

The price: $15

Why it’s on our list: This gift is handy in good times and bad. Great for on-the-go lunches (skip the disposable plasticware) or times when you’re stuck away from home, these utensils are made of bamboo and come with a storage sleeve.

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Compact First Aid Kit

Compact First Aid Kit

MyFAK Mini
MyFAK Mini
Photo: My Medic

The gift: MyFAK Mini first aid kit

The price: $80

Why it’s on our list: An easily portable first aid kit like this one from My Medic could be lifesaving in a disaster, especially if local emergency services are overwhelmed. And keeping simple first aid supplies at home is always a smart idea.

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4-in-1 Emergency Hand Crank Radio

4-in-1 Emergency Hand Crank Radio

A radio and flashlight for all of your blackout needs.
A radio and flashlight for all of your blackout needs.
Screenshot: Ready Hour

The gift: Ready Hour 4-in-1 Emergency Solar Flashlight & AM/FM/Weather Radio

The price: $35

Why it’s on our list: This gadget is a radio, phone charger, and flashlight in one, and it doesn’t require batteries. You can power it up through the hand crank or attached solar panel. It’s perfect for blackouts or camping.

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Hand Crank Camping Lantern

Hand Crank Camping Lantern

Hand crank lantern that can also charge your phone.
Hand crank lantern that can also charge your phone.
Photo: Mesqool

The gift: Large Capacity Hand Crank Solar Camping Lantern

The price: $24

Why it’s on our list: In case of a power outage, this LED lantern plus phone charger will be a must-have. Since it’s powered by a hand crank, there’s no need to worry about batteries.

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Rechargeable Electric Lighter

Rechargeable Electric Lighter

Rechargeable lighter, for candles or a fire.
Rechargeable lighter, for candles or a fire.
Photo: LcFun

The gift: LcFun Waterproof Lighter

The price: $15

Why it’s on our list: You never know when you might need to start a fire for warmth or cooking. A waterproof, rechargeable lighter will come in handy during emergencies or, of course, on your next camping trip.

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