Welcome back to our 2014 Self-Reliance Gift Guide! So far we’ve covered gifts below $10 and $20, and now in our last installment we’ll be looking at some interesting items up to $50 (or so).
2014 Gifts For $50 & Under To Help Encourage Self-Reliance
A great value in a Ham radio, one of the best you can find under $50. And if you don’t have your Ham license…
Technician Class 2014-2018 study manual with HamStudy software
A very user-friendly study guide; we used Gordon’s course to get our licenses.
Gerber Tactical Pen
There are several varieties of tactical pens, so pick the one that does what you need – they may come with a glass breaker, flashlight, or even a hidden handcuff key.
Sanyo Eneloop Ni-MH Charger & Battery Pack
These batteries can be recharged up to 1800 times, and stored for up to 5 years with 70% of their charge remaining. Never worry about stealing batteries out of the flashlight to power the remote!
Pocket Grappling Hook
Sure, you could use it for retrieving things from water, or pulling down a branch… but give me this and a utility belt, and I’m Batman!
Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio
AM/FM/Weather radio that can run on batteries, AC, USB, solar or hand crank power. Will also charge your USB devices, and you even get a flashlight!
Pandemic Board Game
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it’s up to you to find the cure. This is a great cooperative game where everyone must work together to win.
Barocook Flameless Cooker
Flameless cooking – uses a water-activated heating pad to steam heat a meal indoors or outdoors.
Ultimate Survival Technologies Enspire Headlamp
A super-bright LED headlamp will free up your hands for other tasks. It’s also great for runners and bikers.
Gerber Steady Tripod Multi-Tool
This multitool has all the basic tools you need – knife, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. – and also acts as a tripod for your cell phone.
Condor Elite Tactical Vest
Even if you’re not into the whole tactical gear look, this vest will carry as much gear as a good-sized fanny pack, and is easier to access.
Portable Pop-Up Privacy Tent
This goes along great with the solar shower from last week’s gift guide. You could also use it for a portable toilet, or even as a changing room at the beach.
Mini Alarm Motion Detector and Remote Control
Get a pair of these to make sure no zombies come stumbling into your camp at night. Or, you know, raccoons…
Adventure Medical Kits World Travel Kit
I know I previously recommended just getting an empty bag, but we own this kit and love it. It’s got loads of pouches, and very few additions were necessary.
Hopefully these lists have given you a few ideas for some fun gifts that you’ll be able to put to good use. Happy Holidays!