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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.

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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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YoKelly Tactical Backpack
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YoKelly Tactical Backpack

$30 from Amazon
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A fraction of the price of other tactical backpacks on the market, this model has multiple compartments, padded and countered shoulder straps, a waist strap, and a hydration pack compartment. Willing to pay more for more features? This 5.11 brand backpack costs $100-$140 and gets great reviews, too.

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Emberlit Portable Backpacking Stove
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Emberlit Portable Backpacking Stove

$72 from Amazon
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There are similar stoves that cost less than half of what this one does, but they're also much heavier, and any prepper worth his or her weight knows those ounces add up quickly. Made of titanium, this model packs flat for easy storage and will add just under 3 ounces to a pack.

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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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Mushroom Foraging Knife
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Mushroom Foraging Knife

$30 from Amazon 
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Speaking of edible plants, mushrooms are one you really don't want to get wrong. Once you do know a shroom is safe, however, this handy little number will help you harvest and clean it. It features a handle of sustainably-sourced beechwood from France, with a stainless steel blade, and a brush for cleaning the foraged bounty.

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NASA NanoLoft Puffy Blanket & Stuff Sack
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NASA NanoLoft Puffy Blanket & Stuff Sack

$229 from Cool Material
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Is it a pricey blanket? For sure. But are you gonna let price determine your favorite prepper's fate should the proverbial stuff hit the fan? This lightweight blanket can help keep anyone caught between a rock and hard place stay warm, dry, and comfy.

'The Trapper's Bible'
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Redneck Convent Mink & Rabbit Snare Wire
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Redneck Convent Mink & Rabbit Snare Wire

$17 from Amazon
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This product includes a dozen reusable 30-inch snare traps featuring steel cable, an 11-gauge end swivel, polyethylene plastic support collar, as well as other successful snaring details. Buyers note that these are sturdy and easy to set up.

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

$200 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.

BareBones Living Ultimate Tool
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BareBones Living Ultimate Tool

$60 from Amazon
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This tool comes with a five-year warranty and features both a straight and serrated edge, heat-treated stainless steel blade, an ergonomic handle made of bamboo, twine cutter, and bottle opener (because even a prepper needs a cold one now and then).

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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 12.5-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

$260 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

$126 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

$43 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

$25 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.

2-Person Deluxe Survival Kit
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2-Person Deluxe Survival Kit

$140 from Black Hawk Survival
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Why pick and choose when you can get a bunch of cool survival gear at once? This bestselling EDC survival kit — EDC stands for "everyday carry" in the world of preppers and survivalists — includes items like water pouches, food bars, water purification tablets, a survival whistle, pocket knife, and much, much more.

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Multifunction Tactical Flashlight
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Multifunction Tactical Flashlight

$30 from Black Hawk Survival
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Built from aircraft-grade aluminum, this flashlight doubles as a weapon should things get a little hairy. It's also waterproof and its beam can span farther than two football fields.

Portable Multi-Function 12V Vehicle Jump Starter Kit
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Portable Multi-Function 12V Vehicle Jump Starter Kit

$100 from Black Hawk Survival
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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. And, like all good prepper gear, this compact jumper cable set has multifunctionality, also serving as a power bank that can charge your phone and an LED flashlight.

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Black Hawk Plasma Arc Lighter
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Black Hawk Plasma Arc Lighter

$30 from Black Hawk Survival
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This lighter and fire starter comes in four colors and is both waterproof and windproof. It uses dual arcs of plasma to instantly set fire to whatever your prepper is trying to light.

Telescopic Fishing Rod
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Telescopic Fishing Rod

$22 from Black Hawk Survival
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They can throw this telescoping rod in their car or strap it to their tactical backpack and be ready to catch dinner anytime they chance upon a great fishing spot. It comes in three colors, five lengths, and is designed for comfort, convenience, and durability.

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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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Everlit Survival First Aid Kit
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Everlit Survival First Aid Kit

Starting at $38 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.