Christmastime is approaching once again, and another year is coming to an end. It has been a long-standing tradition to give gifts to friends and loved ones to reflect on the birth of Jesus. The wise men came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. I know that Christmas has been so commercialized that it has lost its true meaning; however, Christmas does give us a reason to reflect on the season and how grateful we are for friends and family. Gift giving is a tradition, so why not give practical gifts that our loved ones can use year-round.
I give practical preparedness items to my friends, family and loved ones every year. As my children get married and have families of their own, they appreciate these types of gifts more than they used to. I have three married children, several who are single and live in apartments and some who are going to college. I worry about them venturing out into the big world. I want to make sure they have some preparations that could make them safer and even could save their lives in times of crises.
One year, I gave my husband and my children sleeping bags that would keep them warm at 20-30 degrees below 0. They were very expensive, and I wondered if it would be practical for everyone. My oldest son volunteers at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, every January. The frigid 20-below weather would surely freeze the faint of heart. My son slept in his sleeping bag in the back of his van for the entire week, and he had no problems. He was very happy that I had given him such a practical gift.
The Following Items Are My Favorites For Gift Giving:
Emergency Food Storage (Pre-Packaged Meals)
Last year, all my children got a large assortment of Go Foods™ prepackaged meals that serve four people. I loaded each one of them up with a large box of food. These meals are so easy to fix that even my daughter in college can boil water and cook them. I like Go Foods because the meals have no genetically modified organisms, no MSG, no trans fats, no illegal fertilizers and no chemicals or harmful preservatives. The shelf life is 15-25 years. You can eat these meals tonight, store them for a rainy day or share them with others. Go Foods has a Christmas special this month that is a great deal.
I love my solar-powered flashlight. I keep it in my car at all times. It charges with sunlight, natural and artificial light. This is one of the gifts my children are getting for Christmas.
The Solar Flashlight works in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. You never have to purchase batteries. It works for more than 100,000 hours, and it holds a single charge for three years without exposure to any light.
It is 100 percent waterproof, and it floats. It is made of 50 percent polycarbonate and 50 percent plastic. It is unmatched in durability due to its one-piece construction. It withstands a strong impact and has a lifetime warranty.
I love my food dehydrator, and I use it all the time. My married daughter wants one of these for Christmas because she has several fruit trees in her yard and she loves to snack on dried apples, peaches and pears.
NESCO®/American Harvest® has been the leader in food dehydrators for more than 30 years. The Converge-a-Flow® airflow assures even drying from top to bottom, without the tray rotation required by other dehydrators.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced “pro” making beef jerky, drying fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers, NESCO®/American Harvest® offers the best units available. These make great gifts for preppers.
Wondermill Junior Hand Grain Grinder
The Wonder Junior is the highest quality most versatile hand grain mill available. You can create super-fine flour or coarse cracked grains for cereals. By simply swapping the stone heads for the stainless steel burr heads, you can make delicious peanut butter or other nut butters and grind flax or any other oily or wet grains, herbs, spices, soybeans and legumes. You can even grind fresh coffee. In all these applications, you are assured to always have the perfect fresh nutritious ingredients for your family — even if the power is out.
Deluxe Emergency Car Kit
This kit fits most all road emergency situations. All items are packed in a heavy-duty backpack. Each kit contains: one 30-minute high-intensity light stick, a tow rope, an auto spotlight, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight with batteries, a fire extinguisher, a solar blanket, a waterproof poncho, a Swiss army knife, a flat tire fixer, drinking water, leather gloves, a whistle, duct tape, a utility knife, emergency instructions, a help sign, wet wipes, a reflecting triangle and a distress banner.
Deluxe 72-Hour (Grab And Go) Backpack For 1 Person
This pack contains one oversized backpack with the following items: a flashlight that takes D batteries, two D batteries, four eight-hour light sticks, one emergency AM/FM radio, two AAA batteries, a solar reflective blanket, an emergency rain poncho, one tube tent, 3,600-calorie food bars, six 4.2-ounce water pouches, 50 water purification tablets, 30 bandages in two sizes, two sterile sponge dressings, six alcohol pads, two antiseptic towelettes, two butterfly closures, 10 cotton-tip applicators, one iodine pad, four masks, a multi-tool knife, one five-in-one survival whistle, one 50-foot rope, work gloves and an emergency preparedness guide.
Sun Oven With Bakeware Preparedness Package
I own one of these Global Sun Ovens, and I use it all the time. I even bake bread in it. The Global Sun Oven bakes, boils or steams any kind of food with the power of the sun.
The Sun Oven basic package includes: one black, round, covered enamelware cooking pot; a built in thermometer that reaches temperatures of 360 to 400 F; attached one-piece collapsible reflectors; a spill-proof levelator; and a self-contained focusing leg.
The Sun Oven weighs 21 pounds, folds up in seconds and comes with a carrying handle.
The preparedness package includes: one additional round, covered, enamelware cooking pot for stacking; one water pasteurization indicator; one set of two loaf pans; one set of two stackable cookie sheet/brownie pans.
ION Stabilized Oxygen (Water Treatment)
Discounts apply to multiple orders of ION Stabilized Oxygen (water treatment).
- A 2-ounce bottle will purify 110 gallons of questionable water on contact.
- ION is non-toxic.
- ION has an indefinite shelf life. It will not go bad sitting on a shelf.
- ION can be used in water storage barrels or containers. It will keep the water safe for up to five years.
- ION can also be used for medicinal uses. If you are feeling sick, take 20 drops in an 8-ounce glass of water three times a day and you will get better.
Cookbooks By Peggy Layton
Cookin With Home Storage includes:
- Charts on what food to store and how much to store.
- Charts on how to reconstitute dehydrated and freeze-dried food.
- Fascinating historical information on how the pioneers really lived.
- Authentic pioneer recipes using basic foods.
- Emergency food storage and survival tips.
- Great Grandma’s home remedies and household cleaners.
- Natural beauty and personal care.
- Homemade baby food and pet food.
Cookin’ With Home Storage is a fascinating cookbook with more than 550 recipes for using basic food storage to make meals. If you purchase in quantities of six or more, you will receive a 25 percent discount.
Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook contains a timely and practical six-step plan for storing a three-month reserve of food, water and survival supplies. It’s perfect for the millions of families who, in light of lingering safety threats, are re-examining their preparedness. This book includes plans for the do-it-yourself crowd. How to put together a 72-hour emergency kit, a medical kit, a car kit and a baby kit. This book is a workbook with charts on what foods to store and how much to store. It walks you through getting prepared step by step in an easy-to-follow format. If you purchase in quantities of six or more, you will receive a 25 percent discount. Giving the gift of preparedness will help everyone you love be better prepared.