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Gifts for Preppers and Zombie Apocalypse Survivors

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While you might not always be on board with their somewhat cynical take on life, you have to admire preppers for their self-sufficiency and survival skills. And, just in case things do go south, you can always count on them for help, especially if you've presented them with one of the prepper-perfect gifts on this list. From products focusing on bushcraft, homesteading, and outdoor survival to tactical and EDC gear, read on for gift ideas for your favorite survivalist.


Prices and availability are subject to change. Jennifer Magid contributed to this story. 

Texas Bushcraft Fire Starter Survival Kit
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Texas Bushcraft Fire Starter Survival Kit

$35 from Amazon
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Perfect for the prepper focused on improving his or her bushcraft and fire-starting skills, this four-piece kit includes fire steel, a striker, paracord survival bracelet, and a water-repellant, cowhide-leather drawstring tinder pouch for collecting combustible materials.

'Bushcraft 101' Book
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'Bushcraft 101' Book

$10 from Amazon
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With this field guide, the prepper on your list will improve skills relating to kit-building, tool-manufacturing, food cooking and foraging, and more. Gear Junkie wrote that "the advice in this book can help you live comfortably and manufacture tools from nature."


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Luckin Packin Tactical Backpack
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Emberlit Portable Backpacking Stove
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'The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants'
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'The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants'

$12 from Amazon
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We're gonna guess that when it comes to surviving in the wild, the Department of the Army — aka the author of this book — knows its stuff. In 160 pages, it can provide readers with valuable info on what plants are edible and could mean the difference between life and death.


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'The Trapper's Bible'
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Packable Rubber Rain Boots
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Packable Rubber Rain Boots

$98 from Amazon 
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It cannot be overstated how crucial it is to have dry feet in the outdoors, especially in circumstances that could turn sticky — both literally and figuratively — at any moment. These are made of natural waterproof rubber with nylon lining and weigh "no more than a bottle of water."


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Leatherman MUT Multitool
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Leatherman MUT Multitool

$160 from Amazon
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Leatherman states that the "MUT is the first multitool that functions as both a tactical and practical tool for military, law enforcement, or civilians." It includes a variety of pliers, cutters, a hammer, scraper, cleaning rod/brush, carabiner, and tons more. Other guys can have those lesser-priced multitools — this one is built with the survivalist in mind. Buy it direct from Leatherman and you can have it engraved.

Digital Night Vision Binoculars
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Digital Night Vision Binoculars

$160 and up from Amazon
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No prepper wants to suffer harm just because it's pitch black outside. These goggles are designed to be used in complete darkness and are equipped with an infrared illuminator and 4X digital zoom. They can even be used to take photos and record videos.


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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

$17 from Amazon
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Nearly 40,000 reviewers give this product 4.8 stars, which means it must be doing something right. And that something is filtering up to 1,000 gallons of unsafe water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals, and in the process eliminating virtually all contaminants and bacteria.

Free Soldier Shemagh
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Free Soldier Shemagh

$14 from Amazon
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Traditionally an Arab headscarf, the 43-inch square shemagh has caught on among peppers because of its versatility in protecting the wearer from sun, wind, dust, sand, and more. It also doubles nicely as a hand towel or for other outdoor uses. This version is 100% cotton and comes in nearly 30 colors.

SOG Tomahawk Throwing Axe/Hatchet
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SOG Tomahawk Throwing Axe/Hatchet

$50 from Amazon
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This versatile 15.75-inch throwing hatchet can be used to ward off zombies (or more realistic foes) and has a "razor-sharp" 420 stainless steel ax blade for many other survival-scenario uses.

Survival Garden Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
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Excalibur 9-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator
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Excalibur 9-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator

$288 from Amazon
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Another essential tool in any homesteader's repertoire is the food dehydrator. This one includes nine trays, a 26-hour auto-shutoff feature, and 15-square-feet of drying space. It can be used to dehydrate fruits, veggies, nuts, meats, and more.

'Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills'
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BeeCastle Complete Beehive Kit
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BeeCastle Complete Beehive Kit

$140 from Amazon
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Even preppers have sweet tooths, right? This kit will help them get their own bee colonies up and thriving with 10 wax-coated, dovetail pine frames, beeswax coated foundation sheets, and other essentials for honey production.

Saachee Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio
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Saachee Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio

$46 from Amazon
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Communication can be key in emergency scenarios — especially apocalyptic ones. If your prepper is sure the end is nigh, help him sleep better at night with one of these. It'll help him keep track of the weather and features an LED flashlight, reading lamp, and an SOS siren and flashing light. Oh, and it's equipped with a USB charger, because c'mon — not all preppers are Luddites.


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Emergency Blankets & Rain Ponchos
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Emergency Blankets & Rain Ponchos

$20 from Amazon
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If the preppers on your list involve little preppers, too, help the whole family prepare for what's to come with this four-pack of ponchos that'll help repel rain while also keeping them warm. They come in bright orange or a more low-key, let's-blend-in green and gray camo.

Kincaid Multifunction Tactical Flashlight
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Kincaid Multifunction Tactical Flashlight

$33 from Amazon
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Built from aircraft-grade aluminum, this telescoping flashlight doubles as a weapon should things get a little hairy, and can also act as a hammer. It's also water-resistant and comes with a rechargable battery. 

Autowit SuperCap 2 Lite 12V Jump Starter
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Autowit SuperCap 2 Lite 12V Jump Starter

$100 from Amazon
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You only have to watch one or two dystopian dramas on TV to know that someone's gonna have to get a juice-depleted car started at some point when the apocalyptic rubber meets the road. It can withstand high and low temperatures and has around a 10-year lifespan.


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Telescopic Fishing Rod
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Battlbox Subscription
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Battlbox Subscription

Starting at $30/month from Battlbox
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Why not extend the gift-giving all year with this monthly subscription for your favorite prepper. Choose from four different levels — basic, advanced, pro, and pro plus — and he or she will receive a shipment of emergency supplies, outdoor gear, survival tools, and more on the regular.


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'Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide'
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'Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide'

$14 from Amazon
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With sections on food, shelter, security, off-grid power, and plenty more, this book should fill in the knowledge gaps of any aspiring prepper.

Everlit Survival First Aid Kit
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Everlit Survival First Aid Kit

$40 from Amazon
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No matter how much they prepare, emergencies and mishaps are going to happen. This 250-piece first aid kit includes lots of items that'll help 'em handle those setbacks with more skill and ease. It comes in a molle-compatible pouch, which you can order in one of four colors.

Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar
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Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar

$30 and up from Amazon

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These survival bars (three or five packs of 18 each) have a five-year shelf life and are meant to give a max amount of energy without invoking thirst. They’re also practically temperature-proof. Reviewers say they have a crumbly, cookie-like texture and are good to have on hand in a car or while camping in case of emergency. 

Soul Scout Kit
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Soul Scout Kit

$20 from Target

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Even if they weren’t a scout as a kid, this kit is as good as the years of training. The small wearable bag contains items such as a survival blanket, compass, and waterproof tinder and fire striker. 


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Learn & Live Wayfinding Kit
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Learn & Live Wayfinding Kit

$7 from REI

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Throw this waterproof kit in a pack before heading for a day in the great outdoors. The compass and included reference cards are a must-have for navigating outside.

Backcountry Access Avalanche Transceiver
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Backcountry Access Avalanche Transceiver

$300 and up from Backcountry

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Simply put, this little device may help find those lost in an avalanche by identifying a victim’s emergency transmitter signal. Requires three AAA batteries. 


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Judy Prepper System Bundle
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Judy Prepper System Bundle

$440 from Amazon

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An entire family plus the neighbors can be kept safe for up to three days with this mega emergency kit. The kit is packed with boxes that contain essential tools and items for warmth, safety, first-aid, food, and hydration to sustain 10 persons.

First Minute Survival Vest
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First Minute Survival Vest

$100 from Amazon

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A wearable vest is a practical way to carry safety gear. This fire-resistant, waterproof model comes with a first-aid kit, water filter, emergency whistle, hand-cranked radio/flashlight, plus a second, larger first-aid kit for your car. Fully loaded, the vest only weighs 4 pounds. 

Anker Portable Phone Charger
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Anker Portable Phone Charger

$22 from Amazon

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Whether you’re traveling or stuck in an ongoing power outage at home, a portable charger like this one guarantees your Apple or Android phone won’t go dead. It comes with micro USB and USB-C ports. More powerful models are also available.

Waterproof Shoe Covers
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Waterproof Shoe Covers

$10 from Amazon

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Never let bad weather mess up a pair of shoes — or a plan — again. Weatherproof almost any pair by slipping these convenient rubber covers over them. Available in four colors and three sizes.

Travel Bidet
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Unisex Travel Urinal
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Unisex Travel Urinal

$10 from Amazon

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When you have to go, you have to go. Never be worried about where or when again. This urinal bottle works for men, women, and children, and is a stress-free way to relieve oneself when facilities aren’t available.

SOL Fuel-Free Lighter
Backcountry

SOL Fuel-Free Lighter

$25 from Backcountry

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This weatherproof rechargeable lighter works under any conditions or at any altitude, so no matter where you are or what you’re doing, fire is at your fingertips.