Crowds at the stores, lights on houses, yet another version of Jingle Bells on the radio – yes, we’re in the final stretch towards Christmas.
We’ve put together a few lists of items that should make nice gifts for both preppers and non-preppers alike. Over the next three weeks we’ll be showing you gifts for under $10, under $20, and finally under $50. There are loads of cool items we could have included that go into the hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, but Christmas expenses can go out of control very quickly, so we wanted to give you lists that wouldn’t break the bank.
Today we’re presenting gifts for $10 and under. These should all fit nicely into a stocking. In our house we have a tradition of opening the doors on an Advent calendar – every day in December our boys open one door, and they get some sort of small present (rather than getting a houseful of gifts on Christmas morning). A few of these items are in our stockpile for this years’ gifts!
2014 Gifts For $10.00 & Under To Help Encourage Self-Reliance
Esbit 1300 Degree Smokeless Solid Fuel Cubes
Solid fuel cubes that burn for about 13 minutes with no smoke or ash. They smell horrible, but work great for cooking by themselves or as a fire-starter.
$4.99 for 25 feet
Genuine paracord will hold up to 500 pounds and has countless uses. Make a bracelet out of it so you’ll always have some on hand (no pun intended).
A palm-sized flashlight with an adjustable focus lens. Unbelievably bright for this price.
A knife, spoon and fork in one tool weighing only half an ounce. Plus, there’s just something fun about the word “spork”…
I wouldn’t actually keep one in my wallet, but for this price you could throw one in every drawer, bag and glove compartment.
You actually get 10 of them in the package – use them for camping, survival or as insulation.
It takes some practice to light a fire with this, but you could store it in a jug of water for 10 years and still have it work.
About $1 + an Altoids tin
Sometimes homemade gifts are the best, and this is a fun one that even kids can do.
We have a drawer full of batteries and no idea how much life they have. This will test everything from AAA to 9 volt batteries.
This is an amazing price for a gas stove, and it gets great reviews.
$9.12 (on sale)
The sharpener fits in your pocket, it’s not just for pocket knives. I’m always amazed how much better my knife works after a quick sharpening.
We usually take a deck of cards on a camping trip anyway, and these have 42 categories of safety and survival tips on them.
Keeping with the playing card theme, this deck has photos and descriptions of 52 different edible plants.
A playing-card size deck of knot illustrations. There’s something cool about being able to tie a complex knot from memory.
This knife has a spring to help flick it open with one hand, and has both a glass breaker and seat belt cutter on it.
These matches burn hot and fast even when wet. Great for starting a fire in bad weather, but not so great for lighting lots of birthday candles.
Be sure to check back next Wednesday when we go a little bigger with $20 and under gifts!